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  1. 2 hours ago, Geoffers said:

    Returning from Le Mans Classic last week, I got off the ferry at Portsmouth & queued up to go through customs. When I got to the customs booth I was a bit shocked when the customs officer said "I'm sorry sir but I am going to have to impound your car". I looked at him a bit inquisitively before a smile broke out on his face & he said "Its only because I want to have a drive in it, lovely car sir".

    I experienced something similar on my maiden trip in my Evora, when I picked it up in the UK with my elder son.

    On the way to the ferry in Dover I was moved out of the queue and instructed to get the car into a warehouse where a strict looking female officer was waiting for me. I was then invited to open the boot for the car to be inspected, my son gently popping up and smiling from the rear seat, much to the surprise of the efficient officer.

    I was allowed to leave, greeted with a smile, and a phrase that sounded like "that is a beautiful car, sir. Enjoy."

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  2. You never have enough fun in that part of the world.

    I have never been as scared driving as in Melbourne, with those special rules you use there for "turn right coming from the left, at the end of the traffic light cycle in just a few seconds before they all come against you from the other side".

    More so because I discovered this local speciality in my first drive into Melbourne, just after landing and picking up the car from the rental company. The fact that the car we used had reversed wiper and turning light controls did not help either... You think you are indicating your turn and suddenly the wiper starts going frantic... My girlfriend was almost in tears (still don't know if it was laughter or fear).

    Not to mention the wildlife jumping at you when you leave the towns or your habit of burning eucalyptus intentionally around your towns and using road signs to warn drivers.

    Love the continent-country, though.

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  3. 12 minutes ago, Escape said:

    I should really start a thread about the recommissioning. I'll start with a pic of a blue threesome just before he came to pick her up earlier this week.

    Please do. And add plenty of pictures. I would be all over the moon if I had that anywhere near me. 🙂

    Is it a keeper or does your contact plan to move it on?

  4. 7 minutes ago, CocoPops said:

    Thierry Verheist by any chance? He had bucket loads of FE cars! :lol:

    Lotus Lorraine in Nancy (Groupe Theobald). They seem to be the largest in France now after Marcassus lost the dealership.

    They still have 9 Exige FEs for sale, according to their website. But almost all the Elises are gone.

  5. It did not work for Rover indeed, but you could say that they saved Land Rover by spinning it off and RR is not doing bad either. BMW Is still “family owned” somehow. Not exactly a romantic endeavor these days but is the closer you get in today’s automotive industry. They do provide engines to Morgan, too. I would rather have them owning a specialized sports car manufacturer as McLaren rather than Geely, tbh.

    Just daydreaming.

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  6. Thanks for your input, Lee @CocoPops. I think I can live without the newer bumper (although I do prefer it) and I am not sure if the wing adds or detracts from the purity of the Elise. The doubt arises on the gear mechanism and the reliability of the Komotec kit. It does not seem to be as popular on the Elise as it is on the V6s. Just wonder if the sole reason is cost and the nature of the Elise compared to the bigger Exige/Evora.

    The older car does have the additional driving lights and comes with a body colored hard top. I would have to pay 2000 Euros for a non-painted hard top for the Cup, in case I wanted to track it... It all adds up, I guess.

    The car will most likely see the light of day in weekends in small roads around here so it wouldn't be a show stopper either way but it is nice to have them.

    I need to check which tires does the older car wear in the front. Since when do Elises use 195 in the front?  Does 195 in the front make such a difference? Can I upgrade to 195 in the standard wheels (not forged) for a 2013 car?

  7. I am (again and hopefully for the last time) considering a couple of Elises to finally add one Elise to the garage. This is being a very long search and some very nice cars escaped between my fingers, but hopefully I will finally end up owning an Elise before the summer... time will tell.

    I considered starting a new thread, but realized that this one has already covered some of my doubts, so I will take advantage and hopefully it will help others in the future by adding more info in one single thread.

    One of the cars considered is a pre-MY 17.5 S3 that has a Komotec 265 kit. Does anyone have any experience with these kits on the Toyota 2ZR engine? Any reliability issues? It also has komotec brakes and a komotec exhaust. Is it much more noisy than stock?

    The second one is a post MY 17.5 250 cup that has seen some track use. Does anyone have direct experience of running a Komotec 265 against a 250 cup?

    As I see it now, it would mostly be used as a road car, so I am not after the ultimate tenth of a second or grip/performance difference and would want something "livable" in terms of noise.

    I guess I would not realize any potential difference in performance and my favourite so far (price, equipment, proximity, etc.) would be the simple(r) pre-My 17.5 but would I miss not having the wing and updated gear change that much? Is the stock car a safer bet?

    Any experience, tips, advise will be strongly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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