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Posted February 21, 2012
Posted February 19, 2012
Edited February 19, 2012 by wolflyn
Lotus 81 Mario Andretti
Essex Oil's distinctive Bell 206L-1 LongRanger II 3A-MSX landing at Bern Belpmoos Airport in Switzerland in 1980 (Photo: Anton Heumann) owned by Essex Oil founder David Thieme
Colin Chapman had his own helicopter G-AYTF " GAY DANCER" which appeared in both Essex and JPS liveries
gota love this pic = Lotus 88 Essex F1 car (Mansell - and the car was famously banned from competing, along with its 2-chassis construction!) in the reflection of a Lotus Essex Esprit (car no.100
Mario at Monacco 1980
apparently the photo of the helicopter on top on the team motor homes is outside the Albert hall,,, showy millionaire David Thieme - with a black hat and a goatlike beard - plastered his Essex logos all over Team Lotus. At the time Thieme's parties were stunning, simply because no-one had ever done such things before. For 2 years running he had a gala dinner in London's Albert Hall, with excellent food and gorgeous wines. The diners were then serenaded by singers Shirley Bassey in the first year and Ray Charles in the second.
The launch of Essex Team Lotus in December 1979 was at the Paradis du Latin cabaret in Paris, THE fashionable club of the era. The press were put up in a fancy hotel and ferried about in stretched limousines and then, after dinner and an exhibition of feathered ladies dancing around, a Lotus painted in Essex colors suddenly began to descend from the roof, with a terrified Mario Andretti, clad in a dinner jacket, clinging to the car as it floated gradually to earth. Those were the days before every F1 launch had dry ice and laser beams and people were rather stunned.
Posted February 19, 2012
Brands Hatch July 1980
David Thieme in cowboy hat
Jet ranger helicopter
Essex Lotus 79D backup - Mario Andretti 1980
1988 Essen motor show
another shot, with the St Tropez in the top corner
i will find the link for the photos, Rolf,, most were fro piston heads or flickr websites
came up when i was searching got the saint tropez pics,, like the retrim and engine cover too... like you have said one hell of a lot of work mkaing the body panels......
catch that pidgeon!!!!!
great website,, thanks for sharing ;-)
more photos here
Red one at Knockhill 2008
dont know what that is for either,,will have to trace wiring,, the aeriel doesnt work,, did wonder if somone had fitted a switch to it, no alarm fob came with it
thanks for the answers
Posted February 18, 2012
thanks for the comments guys
wonder if you could answer a few questions,, this is where the complete novice owner questions begin ;-),,, my lotus doesnt have the tailgate release behind the drivers seat,,, as there is lock on the tailgate,,
also the choke isnt under the steering wheel,, but located on the tunnel top mounted in the centre arm rest, between the electric window buttons,, (well i think its the choke)
also there is a rocker switch located there too (photo attached) dont know what this is for.....
is this because its an earlier esprit
Posted February 16, 2012
more deseamed pics
Dry sump club ? Never heard of it! U must be mistaken!!
My misses always gives our cars nick names, she wanted to call it pixie via it starts with p and ends in x, but I said Walther lol, Sud I spray in bronze and fit a ski rack lol?
Don't think the Essex lads wud be impressed with a tinfoil fake Essex :-(
Cheers guys, hopefully get to meet some of the local guys, as I obviously will need lots of advice, even has the roof mounted Panasonic radio, unfortunately the head unit has been changed to a modern one :-(
Forgot to say all it needs is the Essex stickers and don't think anyone would now the difference lol, as for bumpers definately will repaint satin black, plus a few touch up elsewhere
The downside is that it doesn't have full service history, only partial
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Posted February 15, 2012
Lotus Esprit Turbo (1981)
Date Added: 15 February 2012 - 11:04 PM
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it certainly does clean the look up, but then again thats what circumcission is all about lol
my new baby,, just made it back from Oldham (250miles) in one piece ;-)
Posted February 14, 2012
due to the bad weather and snow on the weekend, i decided not to go up,, but will be going tomorrow ;-)
Posted February 5, 2012
Lotus Esprit Turbo [Type 82] in The Great Muppet Caper, Movie, 1981
that would be the one,,,hopefully going to see it on the weekend
Posted February 4, 2012
hi,,are there any members in the oldham area? theres an esprit i fancy going to look at ,and it would be good to go with someone that knows what to look out for
for info its a 1981, (no sunroof) in blue with red interior, MOT till nov, new tyres, new turbo, lots of history and 55,000 miles said to be excellent overall condition
oh,,,and it my
last owner 10yrs,, now with a trader/dealer
Posted January 22, 2012
haha i can dream.. though i do know of the guy that won the million,lucky git,,,
didnt get to see the white lotus in the end and its been sold, will keep on looking