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  1. Sorry this is a bit late but planning to go ahead tomorrow (Wednesday): Richard Woollaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Elite/Eclat/Excel owners' meeting Time: Sep 16, 2020 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 714 4587 7229 Passcode: q87KUB See you there Richard
  2. Super pictures Michael! Thank you. Cheers, Richard
  3. Oliver is still in his convalescent home and , in order to cheer him up a bit, why don't we submit our favourite photos of 'his' cars. I will then get a photo album made up with an appropriate dedication with the names of everyone who contributed (whether or not your photo was included) and send it to him. Eithert post pictures on the forum, or send me a pm and I'll supply my email address so you can send it in the normal way. Cheers, Richard
  4. Next meeting on Wednesday - do join us! Richard Woollaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Elite/Eclat/Excel owners Time: Sep 2, 2020 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 799 7943 2838 Passcode: wLP7a0 Cheers, Richard
  5. I think that the coil was fed by a ballast wire which itself provided the resistance; if so you would need to remove this wire and replace it or find another 12v switched ignition feed to connect to the new coil.
  6. Colin, there is a very nice one for sale on with good history:
  7. Update - I've just had a message from the organisers. We've been upgraded to a 'detached' 11x11 stand with space for up to 6 cars and 12 volunteers. I will attempt to use my powers of persuasion on those I know to bring a car or volunteer; otherwise, come on folks - we could have a wonderful display this year despite everything. If the show is a bit less crowded than usual it will be much easier to look around. Cheers, Richard
  8. The Elite/Eclat/Excel club (aka has once again been offered a stand at this show which takes place on 13-15 November. Every year we attend it is a great event with lots of people showing interest in and admiration for the cars. This year it's a bit different because of COVID. There are distancing restrictions that apply to the whole show, and to our stand (which is at the back of our friends at Club Lotus.) Therefore the organisers are providing volunteer passes that are meant to ensure that we have the staff to monitor visitor movements on the stand in order that the dist
  9. Thanks Mark, it was a barn find that I had restored a few years ago. It is my first Lotus, and one I had wanted since it was launched in 1974. Partly because of the suspension etc issues the Elite had to contend with, I had Excel running gear fitted to mine - hence my inability to help with your issue! I am planning to fit Turbine wheels, like yours, to mine - they are probably my favourite wheel design ever, and really do suit the Elite.
  10. Love your car Mark! Good luck with the handbrake... Richard
  11. Next meeting on Wednesday. Do join us, we normally have an excellent group of well-informed owners attending who offer lots of advice. Here are the details: Richard Woollaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Lotus Elite/Eclat/Excel owners Time: Aug 19, 2020 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 739 7301 7728 Passcode: aBgU3t Cheers, Richard
  12. Hi Colin, Good luck hunting! That car's not an SE. It is the crossover model between the early narrowbody Excel and the SE - with the early mechanicals (LC engine) and interior, and the later blister arch body. It's a lot of money for something that's been sitting for 15 years and not recommissioned, as there will be many unknowns. Cheers, Richard
  13. Excellent Rick. I've bought tickets for the weekend - it gives me some flexibility in case of bad weather for not a lot more money - otherwise I plan to be there both days. Look forward to seeing your car. Let us know when you're confirmed. Cheers, Richard
  14. Silly me - I didn't need a cold spark wire because I'm running with an ECU! In the meantime there is some info in this thread which might be useful:
  15. Are you sure you need the cold start wire on the new starter motor? I fitted a new Wosp motor from Lotusbits a while ago and seem to remember I didn't need one. Was there an existing cold start wire or did you put one in yourself? Cheers, Richard
  16. Hi Ben, I'd wait until you can do a compression test at normal temperatures before jumping to any conclusions. Cold engine tests can be quite misleading. Have you replaced your plug leads (have had problems with old ones myself) If ignition looks OK squirt carb cleaner into the air intakes while cranking - if it fires, this will help identify a fuelling problem. Cheers, Richard
  17. Next one on Wednesday: Richard Woollaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Elite/Eclat/Excel owners Time: Aug 5, 2020 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 739 6192 3829 Passcode: 7Q6ZTi Look forward to seeing you there. Richard
  18. I'm planning to go to the Castle Combe Autumn Classic on 3-4 October with my Elite S2.2 - see: A few of us said last year that it would be good to get together to mark this anniversary - so here, at last, is an opportunity. Can we assemble a quorum (i.e. >1!) Post here if you're interested! Cheers, Richard
  19. Club Lotus will be at this event. If you like historic racing, its the place to be. See Club Lotus News (latest issue - July 2020) for the booking code to get onto the club parking area and for information. Lovely poster: Anyone interested? I've booked for the weekend. Maybe this could be an opportunity for S2.2 owners to mark the 40th anniversary - I'll post separately on this. Cheers, Richard
  20. In case you haven't spotted it, TLF is planning to be at this event - see the topic above. Cheers, Richard
  21. Good news - Oliver was finally discharged from the Norwich & Norfolk hospital today, and has now moved in for rehab to: Ogden Court 60 Ogden Close Wymondham NR18 0PE He is in good spirits and let's hope he gets back to something approaching normal soon. As always, he is tremendously grateful for any cards, messages etc and would like to thank everyone who's been in touch. Cheers, Richard
  22. Next meeting on Wednesday. I'm hoping Pete Boole can join us this time: Richard Woollaston is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Elite/Eclat/Excel owners' meeting Time: Jul 22, 2020 07:00 PM London Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 734 2537 7930 Passcode: dkL7ps Cheers, Richard
  23. Tony, there is some great stuff from Esprit2 in the Jensen Healey forums - here's the link: Cheers, Richard
  24. Yes, it is too long! And I find the interviewer a bit irritating! Apparently, though, this isn't just hindsight - he has been saying that the lockdown was an overreaction since April. Maybe the government should have listened to a broader range of scientific advice - they focussed in on the Imperial College modelling very early and, although there were and are other well-respected schools of thought (including an Oxford University group) with different outlooks, they made decisions that are having massively negative repercussions for the economy based on those Imperial College models. Recently
  25. For anybody with the patience to spend the time, here is a youtube interview with Dr John Lee, retired pathologist, on how it has been handled: Apologies if this has been posted before but I don't have the time to hunt through the whole thread! Well worth watching though - lots of useful insights (warning: it may make you angry!) Cheers, Richard
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