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  1. Good point. Too many modern cars make an insane racket nowadays. I mean why does an executive saloon like a V8 Mercedes or Audi need to sound like a dragster? What happened to the subtle Q car mentality?
  2. Are you talking about the car or the lady?
  3. Yes I was sat up there all morning eating Lotus biscuits and reading my classic car magazine, whilst my car was in for a service.
  4. I was at Lotus Silverstone on Saturday. They are expecting 600 guests over their two day roadshow window 1-2 November. Apparently Lotus themselves are running the whole event. MD Matthew at LS is curious as to how they will cope with the parking situation. Previous LS organised events have generally been at the weekend or in the evening, when the neighbouring industrial units have been empty and parking ample. The roadshow, on the other hand, will be held over two full working days. Coincidentally I will be visiting another company at the circuit on the morning of the 1st, so I’ll probably pop over to LS, but there’s no guarantee that the Lotus staff will be able to let me in, since I haven’t asked for an invite.
  5. Well even CV-19 hasn’t been enough to save the planet. Seems that even though we produced 5.6% less CO2 last year due to the pandemic, the overall levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere just kept on rising, most likely due to natural phenomena. So make the most of it while we still can. Glad I don’t live near the sea! 😆
  6. Only 3280 first and 3030 second vaccine doses administered on Friday. Pathetic.
  7. To be fair, the chances of him seeing an Emira in his rear view mirror will be pretty slim, whereas seeing another C8 in it will be a fairly regular occurrence.
  8. As has been reported in the car industry generally, nothing much is getting built nowadays anyway, so you’re probably not missing out by waiting for an I4 DCT.
  9. Who said it’s not an Evora in a frock? 😉
  10. It’s amazing really. For decades the automotive giants have been screwing the global supply chain with year-on-year price reductions and OTT penalty clauses for even slightly late deliveries. God help any supplier who ever brought a production line to a stop, no matter what the reason. Now the shoe really is on the other foot, as their once all-powerful Purchasing Departments scratch around for components seemingly at any price. Lotus certainly picked an ideal time to stop production in advance of tooling up for the Emira. Let’s hope things improve a little next year.
  11. Wow, three Covid jabs, blood system full of antibodies from your recent Covid illness and a flu jab on top. You should be good for a while now.
  12. They certainly took their foot off the Covid vaccine pedal in the summer. Could have got straight on with the kids without letting up and then on to third doses for the older age groups. Might have helped keep the new case numbers down a bit. The infrastructure was already in place so why not exploit it?
  13. Sounds incredible, but amazing how much nicer the F1 looks at the end!
  14. Just buy a pair of plastic sticks then.
  15. Never seen that before, but other than the driver getting in and out of the car, what benefit does it have? You still have to make sure that you’re perfectly centred on the ramps. It doesn’t make the car any narrower or the garage any wider.
  16. This climate change conference is coming up in Glasgow. I didn’t realise until today that it has been an annual event since 1995. I guess people only really acknowledge it, when it takes place in their own country. So even after 26 years of conferences, pledges, agreements etc, global temperatures are still rising. Possibly not helped by all the hot air and CO2 produced by the 25,000 attendees each year.
  17. Slightly off-topic, but probably not worthy of its own thread. Gas cookers: why don’t we hear about safety checks/servicing etc? It is pretty much expected by the industry that you should get your gas boiler checked annually, but I never hear about cookers. Our gas range (7 hob burners + 2 ovens) is 17 years old and had never been checked until this week. The only reason the engineer came round this week was because of a defective cooling fan switch. Fortunately he also gave the stove a clean bill of health, but you’d think that something safety critical might fail over a 17 year period, such as the rubber pipework, or the igniters.
  18. Even my garage entry routine is easier than climbing out the other side. I’m not complaining: just explaining how it might be for Emira owners with single door garages. I knew this before I bought my car.
  19. We also had a fuel shortage thread….
  20. I’m glad that Williams didn’t seize the Evora in lieu of legal damages from Lotus! As for Cropley, I always remember him writing about his Ferrari 308 GTB in the 1980s. I have a feeling it was one of the now heralded early fibreglass cars. I think he sold it and bought an Elan. He wrote for Supercar Classics at that time, along with Russell Bulgin, Roger Bell, Phil Llewellin, Ronald “Steady” Barker et al. Other than the TV show guys, I couldn’t name a single other motoring journalist nowadays.
  21. No because that would mean I can’t get out of the car.
  22. I also have the a toy (actually an infant’s plastic hoop) dangling from a string, which tells me when I am sufficiently far in by tapping on the windscreen. However I would not agree that this is good enough for lining up the car centrally. There are too many variables. There have been a number of times when I have looked up from inside the car to see if the garage door internal rope/handle is lined up with the rear view mirror, thought it was centred, but when I got out to check, then realised that it wasn’t. If I hadn’t got out every time before driving in, I would have scratched my car by now. It really is that tight with a fat Evora GTE getting through a single garage doorway, so will probably be similar with an Emira. I even removed the rubber draught excluder strips from the door frame to save a couple of centimetres and always park with the mirrors out. They act as a good final measuring tool when you are half way in. If it looks like one is going to touch the door frame, it is time to carefully back out and try again, rather than risk damaging the wide rear bodywork.
  23. You will learn to stop outside your garage, get out, open the garage door, stand in the centre of the open doorway and look directly at the front of your car. If the Lotus badge lines up exactly with your garage door handle/rope, you can get back into the car and safely drive in. If not, you will have to get back in the car, reverse and try again and keep repeating until you are 100% certain. Your neighbours will think you are mental though.
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