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  1. It looks like you get a free set of AA batteries too! Maybe it’s a hybrid!
  2. A man of great taste then. I bought a BRG Austin 1100 in around 1990 for £30 and ran it for a few years. I even stuck RAF roundels on the front doors. I have no idea why!
  3. Nice photos. I’d take the copper Lamborghini Silhouette. Imagine seeing that on your local High Street in 1978. That’s when seeing a Lamborghini in the wild was a once every few years experience. I got chatting to the owner of a very early chassis number (prototype?) at a local car show a few years ago. The seats had stereo speakers in the head restraints. Imagine that in 1976! By the way do you know what car Brian Johnson brought with him?
  4. Only faster than the older Evora models on paper. I reckon the Emira will be on a par with the Evora 400, whereas the various 410 and 430 models will be quicker than the Emira.
  5. I know that I am in a minority of one, but I just can’t get that excited about these cars. It’s almost like an and of career Rock ‘n Roller’s Greatest Hits album and tour. Blend together all the bits from your past glories and wait for the money to start rolling in from your now-rich groupies. I am sure they will be mega to drive, but, as you say, living history, rather than looking to the future.
  6. Check out this nugget from the BBC News website: So nearly 3 months after the Russian invasion, the former Head of State of Germany has finally stepped down from his role on Rosneft's Board of Directors. Well done you!
  7. I remember getting an early adopter electric handbrake Passat in 2005. Bored one day in a traffic jam crawling towards Goodwood FOS, I thought to myself, “what would happen if I pressed the electric hand brake button?” Big mistake: there was a loud bang and the car instantly stopped dead. I thought the back axle must have been ripped off somewhere behind me! 17 years and 5 Passats later, I have never attempted that again.
  8. It’s just one of those long straight extension leads, not one you wind up, so yes it’s fully extended. Fnarr.
  9. Interesting about the heat. I charged my Passat GTE PHEV yesterday on the 3 plug pin cable and when I came to unplug it from the domestic extension lead, the plug and socket were almost too hot to hold. I had never noticed it quite that bad before. By the way, I got 33 miles electric only out of the battery yesterday. That is significantly more than I have ever managed before. I bought the car last September, so am yet to enjoy the free bonus miles of the warm summer months! Nevertheless, I am still struggling to average much more than 45 mpg overall, thanks to my predominantly long journey driving routine. 3875 miles vs 85.8 gallons of petrol to date. I guess that will improve slightly over the summer.
  10. There used to be a Jaguar like that one located next to the Westbound carriageway of the M6 between Rugby and Coventry. There was an Alvis Stalwart amphibious vehicle parked next to it. They were used to advertise a paint ball place I think. However, the last time I drove past, both had gone.
  11. At 6.00pm yesterday, I was driving my son to cricket practice. We came up behind this 50-something Licra clad bloke on his racing bike. It looked like he was speeding home from work. I waited until the road widened at a right turn filter lane into a petrol station and overtook him, with plenty of room to spare. So far, so good. About 200 yards later, I slowed down to go straight on at a roundabout. All was clear, so I kept on going. Just as I was exiting the roundabout, the cyclist suddenly appeared from the left side just a yard or two directly in front of me and promptly started shaking his head! WTF! My son was as equally shocked as I was. The speeding cyclist had obviously not bothered to slow down for the roundabout, so had just undertaken me at the most dangerous of locations and nearly ended up killing himself. For what? Telling his disinterested wife over dinner how he’d shaved 0.5 seconds off his commute home from work? It was the worst bit of cycling I have witnessed in my 35 years of driving.
  12. He said Evora. The GT430 is supposed to be about 3.7/3.8 seconds to 60mph.
  13. What model is the McLaren pictured at the bottom?
  14. This story was reported on the Hagerty Insurance website on Wednesday. Also unconfirmed.
  15. The Evora GTEs had them first time round. It was one of the things they thankfully changed at Lotus Motorsport during the re-working.
  16. “Fly me to the moon” as Frank Sinatra used to sing.
  17. So, did you switch it for a fake and put the real one on your living room wall?
  18. So just another new Porsche then?
  19. Thanks for the information! The mention of the Diablo Roadster reminded me of a bright yellow one turning up at a local classic car meet. Everyone stopped and stared. The driver got out and was the spitting image of Peter Stringfellow in looks and fashion sense. If ever a car suited its owner, it was that one!
  20. If you scroll down to Cropley’s Wednesday entry, he states that “he remembers ex-Lotus boss Mike Kimberley and his gang taking over Lamborghini for a bit in the 1990s and thinking they were the men for the job”. I didn’t know that. How did it turn out?
  21. Having read on-line and watched TV about the woes of renewing a passport (10 weeks currently being quoted), I anxiously sent off my son’s renewal for a first adult passport on 27.04.22, well in advance of our summer holiday. The new passport has just been delivered today, so that was 13 days from door to door. There were text and e-mail updates throughout. In fact it couldn’t have been easier. Well done Passport Office!
  22. Apparently the Russians have cancelled the Victory Day fly past “because of the weather”. Looks OK to me. I bet they were just scared about my earlier post about Ukrainian SAMs. Maybe Putin’s on TLF?
  23. I don’t remember my alloy door handles being labour intensive to care for. I pulled them and the door opened.
  24. ^^^ Apparently that didn’t (yet) actually happen. Fake news. Ukraine say they hit a little landing craft. Putin will be able to use his big parade tomorrow to celebrate the skill of his armed forces in precision bombing a school full of civilians. It would be nice if the Ukrainians could smuggle some surface-to-air missiles into the Moscow area and give Mad Vlad something to watch as they pick off his flypast.
  25. Having had both, I can assure you the early alloy door handles are significantly sturdier than the cheapo plastic ones, chrome plated or not. Basically penny pinching by Lotus.
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