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  1. Heading down the M6 this morning, spotted a red Elise northbound near Carlisle. "Great", I thought, "that's my Lotus fix for today.

    How wrong was I? On the return journey, they were more common than those Stuttgart creations, :rolleyes: .

    All heading south, first there was a mid-blue Excel near Jcn34 (Lancaster), followed a few minutes later near Killington Lake Services by a white 3-11 (brave guy considering it was precipitating somewhat at that time, :o). Then near the top of Shap, there was a yellow Elan (S2/3?). At Jcn40 (Penrith), a grey Exige S3, at Jcn43 (Carlisle Centre) a dark green Exige S3, then a white Evora near Jcn 44 (Carlisle North), and lastly a white Exige S2 at Jcn20 (Eaglesfield) on the A74(M).

    After that overdose, I went into withdrawal when I didn't see any others for the remaining 2 hours of my journey, :cry: .

  2. @Relic222 A little 'something' to keep your mind focused on what you really want............


    .....and before you ask - no, sorry but it's not for sale anytime soon, or even, EVER!

    It's a late 2010 NA with all 3 option packs and an aftermarket (2bular) exhaust. I've had it since March '15 and put almost 30k miles on it in that time - it's now on 62k. During my ownership, other than routine servicing consumables, it has had the following items replaced:

    ICE head unit - my choice. The sound quality of the OE Alpine W505 as OK for me (with that exhaust you don't really need to listen to anything else anyway) but I found the Nav a bit clunky so upgraded to the W920 as fitted to the later S1 models.

    Clutch Master Cylinder - failed at 58k miles. It took a couple of weeks to source a replacement part (eventually found one in the US) and it's a clam off job so cost about £500 (parts and labour) at an independent specialist but that has been the only 'vehicle off road' repair that it has required.

    Tailgate support struts - my choice. I'm about to fit the larger (and slightly heavier) motorsport GTE-style rear wing so thought I'd play safe as they do get weaker over time. Cheap and simple job - £15 for the bits and 10 minutes with a ringkey and a screwdriver to swap over.

    Front brake discs and pads. Advisory on a recent MOT so elected to have them done straight away as I'm off to Spain with it in a few weeks time. Cost about £420 (parts and labour), again at an independent specialist.

    Windscreen washer pump - froze during the winter (-23C) and stripped the impeller. £20 for the part and an hour or so getting in behind the front bumper from the wheelarch and it was fixed.

    My previous car was an Alfa Romeo 159Ti 3.2. The Evora is cheaper to tax, the same (within a couple of £s) to insure, is about 6-7 mpg better on average, and has depreciated next to nothing in 3½ years whilst my Alfa went from £28k to £8k over a similar period. I've had it serviced 4 times and each one was 25-30% cheaper than the equivalent Alfa service at a comparable garage. Put all that together with the fact that driving the Evora is an 'occasion' every time and it's Win/Win all round. It just puts a huge grin on my face whenever I'm behind the wheel and I'll move our other cars off the driveway just to get it out for even a short trip down to the shops.

    Good luck with you decision and search. Especially the colour combo - I waited over a year for the local dealer to come up with mine. :driving:

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  3. On ‎14‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 17:34, Alfa2Evora said:

    ETA : Friday and Saturday night in an 'Excellent' rated B&B in Great Yarmouth now booked for £60 all in - the canny Scot strikes again!


    On ‎14‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 18:36, Chillidoggy said:

    You haven’t been to Yarmouth, have you?

    OK, so I've reacted to the subliminal message hidden in @Chillidoggy's post and I'm now staying Friday night through until Monday morning here : . Is that better? :P

    @C8RKH - Andy, I'll have a spare seat in mine if you're needing a lift from anywhere relatively local - if you're really good, I'll even let you sit in the front rather than gaining first-hand experience of just how practical a 2+2 actually is, :sofa:.

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  4. I 'attacked' mine about this time last year.

    After removing the worst of the flakey bits with some sandpaper, I gave it a coat of brush-on rust inhibitor - Hammerite Kurust if memory serves me right. It goes on a creamy colour but turns black as it dries and in the end It looked presentable enough that I didn't bother to go back and paint over it. I also did the intake grills behind the doors but you have to be a bit careful here - if any dribbles through and lands on the ducting underneath, it remains 'white' when it dries (it's not had any rust to react with afterall) and so you then have loads of fun with a cotton bud on a stick trying to get rid of the splatter, :rolleyes: .

    The front grille still looks pretty good today (pic below taken a few minutes ago) but will probably need done again by the end of the summer - this time I won't be so lazy and might just give it a topcoat of paint for good measure.



  5. Went out for a nice long run in the Evora today to wind down after a hectic week at work (60+ hours) and get me suitably chilled for tomorrow's big car show at Glamis Castle.

    Stopped at a pedestrian crossing in a small town miles from home and the next second - dumph and the car nudges forward.

    Look in the mirror and all I can see is an expanse of white bonnet. I get out to find a Peugeot 508 'resting' against my rear - apparently his "foot slipped off the brake onto the accelerator", :realmad: .

    Fortunately, only superficial scuffing to the bumper which several hours of elbow grease with various grades of cutting compounds has made good but not so fortunate were my custom rear diffuser which is now looking decidedly second-hand and my 2bular exhaust which is now obscenely loud (by the time I got home my ears were, and still are, ringing) so I suspect there's a broken joint in there somewhere. I can't get in yet to have a look as the diffuser mountings have distorted and won't release so it looks like tomorrow is going to be spent under my car with a Black & Decker rather than enjoying myself wandering round admiring the rows of shiny objects at Glamis.

    To crown it all the other party reckons it's at least partly my fault as, had I not overtaken him a few miles back, I'd still have been behind him! :censored: 

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  6. Finally got around to fitting the new hose - I went 'Code Red'.


    The most difficult task was removing the last little bits of the old hose material from the end cap that fits up against the grille so that I could reuse it - just how much sealant compound did they need to use to 'glue' these bits together?

    Mind you, with the engine cover refitted my OCD has kicked-in, :rolleyes:, as I don't know how long I can live with the mismatched reds before I have to take action, :whistle:.


  7. 6 hours ago, C8RKH said:

    The difference in speed is negligible and therefore the time saved is nothing - 1 minute and hour max. 


    That minute could make the difference between making it to your destination or not. I'm not defending this so-called 'elephant racing' but there are times, like my run above, where every second is precious.

    A few minutes delay over the course of a journey which is scheduled to take say 4hours and 27 minutes and you run out of time - at 4hours and 30 minutes of driving time, regardless of whether you've travelled 2 miles or 200+ miles in that time, an HGV driver is legally obliged to stop and take a 45 minute (usually unpaid) break before continuing. By taking this break before he/she's at their destination, this has now eaten into the time available to complete the return leg so now another 45 minute break will be required before the end of the shift.

    Therefore, it is very much a case of pedal to the floor and keep it there if you only want to be taking 1 break in your own time. Also, you're only allowed to exceed the 9 hours driving per day 3 times in any week, and then only for an extra 1 hour at which point it is park up and take the legally-required minimum daily rest of 11 hours, although this can be reduced to 9 twice in any week. Confused? You want to try working to them, along with the Working Time Regulations which have a whole different set of limitations and requirements. Get it wrong and you could find yourself up before the Traffic Commissioner who generally takes a very dim view of any time infringements so you could be looking at a fine of £500+ and having your HGV entitlement suspended for several weeks.

    So you see, it's not all endless supplies of Yorkie bars and a prostitute at every truck stop! :P

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  8. 6 hours ago, Buddsy said:

    @Alfa2Evora I cant see what he was doing? All you done was pull out to overtake? Whats the problem with that? Why did he seem to feel he had to get in your way?



    I was going through the 50mph speed limit zone with exactly 80kph set on the highly-accurate digital cruise control, confirmed by my equally accurate digital tachograph. Chummy in his Focus was no doubt working from his not-so-accurate analogue speedo which said he was doing approximately 50mph but in reality was more like 46-47. However, in his eyes, it would appear that I was judged to be speeding and therefore he needed to take direct action to slow me down - I mean, think of the kittens who's lives were being threatened by my selfish actions, :rolleyes: .

  9. On ‎07‎/‎06‎/‎2018 at 17:01, Dan E said:

    Artic lorry drivers on the A1, complete and utter beep, beep, beep, beep, beep 

    Car drivers on the M6, complete and utter beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.

    OK, it's a 50mph average speed zone and that's what I'm doing (within the accuracy of my tachograph, which is +/- 1kph) so I don't need you coming over all self-appointed traffic cop and trying to reduce me to 45 - I've got a tight schedule as it is and only made it to my destination with 3 minutes to spare.

    I do love the new LED light bar fitted to the roof of my truck though and I'm sure the Focus driver appreciated the extra bit of illumination of the road ahead, :whistle:.

    There is a follow-up video to this but I can't publish it here as I've sent it to the 'real' traffic cops for the area. As I passed him, Focus muppet then accelerated to match my speed and sat alongside my trailer wheels flashing his headlights, before speeding up a bit more, pulling into the lane a few feet in front of me and giving me a brake check - twice! :realmad:  Really? Ford Focus versus 44 tonnes of Volvo artic is only ever going to have one outcome were it not for my lightning reflexes, and the brilliant Collision Avoidance System these new wagons have - boy can they scrub-off speed in a hurry!

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  10. On ‎20‎/‎06‎/‎2018 at 16:01, Kimbers said:

    My son said I knocked a full litre bottle of whiskey off the shelf last night and stopped it breaking with my foot. He said my reactions were awesome. He also said it pissed blood out and I cried. I think he might be right. One broken toe!
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    Jeez - man up! That's barely a nick. :P

    A couple of years back, I completed the remaining 4 hours of a 10 hour shift with a foot looking like this........................


    ..........and managed to drive the Evora home afterwards.

    Mind you, being 'brave' was probably why I then spent the following 7 weeks on crutches and it's still giving me jip to this day, :rolleyes: .

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