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  1. My truck and I are ready and waiting for 'the signal', .
  2. Round here, if you took that long to get moving on a green light you'd have been punted up the 'harris' by the guy behind (ooh, err, missus!).
  3. I recall shortly after the Sierra came out, they added small strakes at the trailing edge of the rear/side windows to improve straight-line stability. I take it that the Mondeo equivalent to these is what we see around the rear wheelarch on this example?
  4. Last September, en route to the '70th' event, I drove my 2010NA from Murcia in Spain to Millau in France (almost 1000 km/620 miles) in just over 8 hours driving time and got out at the end of the journey feeling like I'd only been around the block. Over the following 2 days, I covered a further 1250 km/780 miles to get to Norwich and still felt as fresh as a daisy, albeit famished as a Eurotunnel delay meant I'd had to skip lunch on the final leg but that wasn't the car's fault. Only downside is that all those hours of running at high motorway speeds (like Valencia to Barcelona in 2 hours, ) with a CR box and a valve-open 2bular may be the reason why my tinnitus is now a bit more pronounced, .
  5. As the title states, it's that time of year again. Can't believe that 4 years have gone by already since the Evora first graced my driveway - doesn't time fly when you're having fun? The paperwork arrived today from AiB - £614 bar a few pence so pretty much the same as last year and not bad considering the various modifications made to the car. Nonetheless, I did a quick trawl around t'interweb for comparative quotes but there aren't that many companies out there offering exactly what I want. There was only one (Flux Direct) offering a cheaper price (£554.20) but their excess was considerably higher, they had a very restrictive mileage limit, and didn't offer any cover for driving other vehicles so that one was dismissed. Of the 5 others who were willing to quote, 4 of them wanted around the £850 - 900 mark. Bizarrely, Admiral gave me 2 prices - if I was willing to fit a 'black box' (like I'm going to drive an Evora as if I'm chauffeuring Miss Daisy just to win brownie points, ) they'd give me an INCREASE in my premium of £20, . I've saved the best for last though - Owners Club Insurance Specialists (the name sounded promising) would be happy to relieve me of.................................wait for it............................ £12,135.08!!!! WTF? So it looks like @AIBinsurance have got me for another year.
  6. After having had several weeks with a different random selection of LEDs illuminate in the front clusters each time I turned on the Evora's sidelights, they now seem to have had a union meeting and agreed on strike action (or should that be inaction?) in that once they are out, they stay out. MOT due in 6 weeks - great!
  7. Message sent @Matthew Haskins . Looks like I may have to join the party, .
  8. Yep! I will confess to a 'moist eyes' moment when I watched it the other night.
  9. I got 'pulled' a while back, by a pair of Police Scotland's finest - they stopped the traffic in both directions on a busy A road while they conducted a 3-point turn in their Beemer then came after me on 'blues and twos'. While the just-out-of-kindergarten blonde stood with a grin on her face and a notebook open in her hand, her much older male opened with "Much as I like it, you can't have that", pointing at my plate. I tried the "I was at a car show yesterday and forgot to remove them" reply (the first bit was true, but the plates had been on the car for months, ) , ripped them from their Velcro mounts, and got away with it even although I'm sure they must have seen the layer of road grime that had accumulated between the plates as I was sent on my way with only a warning to be more careful next time, . I haven't risked them on the car in the UK since (the above incident was fairly local to me and with my luck it would be the same pair if there was a next time) although they were on for the whole of my recent European road trip with no issues despite being followed by les rozzers on several occasions in different countries.
  10. @Andy Norman Petit Paris restaurant in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh - cars parked en masse in the otherwise 'restricted access' area:
  11. Completely but, I didn't realise the Matterhorn was an active volcano, . Must remember now to include it in my 'roadtrip in planning' to visit Etna, .
  12. I went to an open-to-all breakfast meet last Sunday - you know the sort, anything from an Austin 7 to an Aventador is welcome. Just as I parked, a Panamera pulled in opposite and the driver virtually leapt from his car and sprinted over to me. Fearing the worst, I tentatively got out to confront this potential assailant. I can't remember his exact words but it was something along the lines of: "I had to catch you before you disappeared in the crowd. That car is I-N-S-A-N-E" pointing at the Evora. "You passed me on the motorway and it was like being overtaken by a jet fighter at take-off. I saw you coming in the mirror but as you went past, the wall of sound was unbelievable. What a beast - absolutely amazing!" There then followed a conversation lasting several minutes, during which time he examined my P&J from every angle and took a load of pics. When we eventually went our separate ways to look at what else was 'on show', his parting words were, "I never realised Lotus produced things like THAT!" Hopefully another future convert from 'the dark side', .
  13. Finally, after several aborted attempts, I got the new cover on yesterday - just in time to protect my P&J from the inevitable firework fallout last night. (Apologies for the unfinished driveway - that was something else affected by the recent weather resulting in me eventually just throwing some slabs down to get somewhere to park)
  14. A bought one of these Products/580.jhtml a while back (less than £20 on Amazon as I recall) but only used it for the first time this week to deal with this Mission accomplished (despite the instruction manual giving the impression that I might do more harm than good with it) so I suppose that means I can give it some sort of recommendation.
  15. I went out a couple of hours ago and checked the car again. Still idling like a bag of nails with the MIL on so shut it down. I decided to throw caution to the wind after reading the link posted by @Alan H and realising that the readiness status monitor warning wasn't the big issue being projected by the instructions. The plugs and coil packs were changed at the last service (7 months and 5k miles ago) so I was quietly confident that they would be OK. After a poke and prod around the electrics, disconnecting what I could and giving everything a spray with contact cleaner, I went for broke (having decided to throw caution to the wind after reading the link posted by @Alan H - thanks for that, ) and cleared the error codes. Moment of truth and she fired straight up into a nice even 6-cylinder idle with the MIL extinguished and a few prods on the loud pedal (after letting things warm up a bit first of course) showed that normal throttle response has been restored, although I'm not sure the replete relatives snoozing it off in front of our open fire appreciated the glorious exhaust barks as much as I did, . I'll take her out tomorrow and conduct the 'drive cycle' as described in Alan H's link to restore the status monitors but for now it's looking "all systems go!" Happy bunny (for now at least) so off to raid the fridge for some Christmas cheer, .
  16. Not as yet. It was getting dark by the time I got home last night and we've got folk round for Christmas lunch, not that that will stop me going for a look around the engine bay late whilst they're in 'digestive' mode. P1302 is for "a misfire causing catalyst damage", P1300 is "a misfire, multiple cylinders" and P1301 is "a misfire, cylinder #1", which presumably would be why it went into fail-safe limp mode and shut down one bank of cylinders. Here's hoping it's something simple to spot and fix, or even better just a sensor glitch which fixes itself - don't want to be Lotus-less until next year, - I'm off for the next 10 days and was really looking forward to several sessions of converting hydrocarbons to noise and motion.
  17. I suppose I've done well to get to 45 months of ownership and 36k miles covered before suffering my first 'beat missed'. As it was a nice afternoon, I decided to take the Evora for an extended blast around the countryside. About an hour (and 50 or so miles) in and almost home again, right in the middle of an overtake, it happened. I was pushing through 5k revs when the car gave a sudden lurch, throwing me against the seatbelt, the engine note changed noticeably from the usual bellow of the 2bular to a harsher raspy sound, then it wouldn't rev beyond about 4k and the dreaded amber 'engine of doom' light appeared in the instrument cluster. It sounded like it was then running on only 3 cylinders but felt more like it was only using 1, the power delivery was so weak, but I managed to limp home the final couple of miles despite the engine trying to cut out every time I dipped the clutch, with the idle falling to a very lumpy 500 or so rpm. I had bought an OBD reader some time back but had never used it (or any other similar device) before tonight, in fact it was still sealed in its packaging. A quick read through the instructions and it was plugged in to reveal a stored code of P1302 and 2 pending codes, P0300 and P0301. I was all set to erase the codes and see what happened after that when I spotted the following paragraph on the next page of the leaflet: "CAUTION: Erasing the Diagnostic Trouble Codes allows the scan tool to delete not only the codes from the vehicle's on-board computer, but also Freeze Frame date and manufacturer specific enhanced data. Further, the I/M Readiness Monitor Status for all vehicle monitors is reset to 'Not Ready' or 'Not Complete' status. Do not erase the codes before the system has been checked by a technician." Is this something I should be concerned about (i.e. leave it well alone and seek professional help after the festive season) or should I just push the button and cross my fingers
  18. Although concerning my Evora, the question is really related to the use of the OBD reader itself and there could well be an expert on those in here too. So if you do have some knowledge on the subject, I'd be grateful if you could have a look here :
  19. I've said it before and I'll say it again - "this is the only cup holder you should be using with an Evora", .
  20. All that technology costing millions when all they needed was a roll of toilet paper from the local corner shop, .
  21. I fitted one of the JJC ones a few months back. Seems to be doing the job fine but the only thing grinding my gears is that its colour now clashes with my engine cover, .
  22. @C8RKH - "Warning points incoming!"
  23. I enquired with Elise Shop a little while back about getting GRP versions rather than CF as I too would want them to be painted gloss black (or just possibly body colour) but they replied that they are only doing the latter. I'm now in touch with Hethel Sport in the US who are proposing to do them in GRP and I'm just waiting on them confirming that the 'prototype' set has passed muster before placing an order.
  24. Is she now one of your 3 mistresses mentioned a little while back in the 'Euro Question' thread?
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