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  1. 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



    Mario Andretti



    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.

  2. 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

  3. 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 :-(

  4. 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

  5. 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

    budget lol

    last owner 10yrs,, now with a trader/dealer

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