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    Cycling, skiing (apart from the kids are too young), Electronics (my day job)

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    Neil Potter
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    Owned E333 TAH, 88E Stevens, Camel Yellow
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  1. Hi, I prevoiusly owned a Turbo Esprit, E666 TAH, an early Stevens Turbo in Yellow, apparently one of the show cars from Camel Racing sponsorship, the last time I saw it was on Ebay 2-3 Yrs ago and Cat C. So having seen this come up for sale with reg E666 HSG, I was wondering was there anything special about E666, or just a Reg assigned to a couple of Lotus Esprit
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    Pictures wanted - All Colours!

    Starlight black - one showing a set of bike wheel bags (not giant Bertie bassets) reflecting off the front clam, the 2nd showing light reflecting through the garage.
  3. Wow, wasn't this offered for sale at a recent auction? Sorry, here's the link
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    What made you happy today?

    Wow thats empty! Bet you enjoyed helping yourself to more than a couple of glasses :0)
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    lovely 1987 HC for sale

    Has anyone been to see this car to understand why it doesn't sell? It's been around for a long old time
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    lovely 1987 HC for sale

    And UK Sports Cars increase the pricing. I'm sure this was sub £30k, then £32995 and now showing £33995.
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Thanks Martyn for organising the day, a great location to pitch up, just a shame the ticketing booths were such a bottleneck. william enjoyed the day too, I tried to encourage him to like the esprits but he wouldn't have it... his fav was the blue exige 320, surpassed by a beetle, albeit a rusty old one. great collection of lotus on the though. Always nice to have a look round.
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Anyone heading across Milton Keynes / bedford and across the A428?
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Sorry if this has been asked earlier, do we pay on entry at the side entrance? whats the general view on arrival times vs queuing?
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Same here, but they open in iBooks
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Are there any planned meeting points on the way?
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    IWM Duxford Spring Car Show - Sunday 30th April

    Martyn - Esprit SE Chris (Esprit22) - Esprit Turbo ChrisJ - Excel SE or Turbo Esprit - hopefully not both like last year Chipp-M100S2 Nr2k - s1 elise Owen - Esprit GT3 Phil Flash - probably M100 could be Elan+2 Dan E - Turbo Esprit Markw996 - S4 Esprit Loose Cannon - EspritGT3 Mark Hur - Elise S1 Steve A - M100 Bibs - Elise S1 111s Choppa - Esprit S3 Neal H - Evora 400 Sparky - Esprit GT3 Pete - Esprit Turbo Neil P - Exige S
  13. Sorry @Bibs, thats what i meant but wrote the opposite :0)
  14. Hi @Gazm, Here's what was happening: From cold when selecting R from N I had a fairly loud clunk, not quite a crunch, but not a quiet slotting into reverse. From warm selecting R from N I then had the crunching. If i put the car in gear then selected R, from say 1 and waited a few seconds, the crunch was noticeably reduced, but still there. Engaging 1, and trying to select another fwd gear was hard. Didn't always slot into gear when stationary. Whilst driving the gears seemed ok but I developed the habit of blipping the throttle between changes to help engage. The clutch didn't feel too bad but was never smooth across the pedal travel and had a slight sponginess (slave was replaced previously). What was explained to me: From cold the trans fluids are more viscous so they help slow the shafts / align reverse from cold. When warm the synchro does all the work so any grinding during gear change can be clutch drag or synchro wear. Not getting the gears @ N was the pressure plate not disengaging and dragging - causing R to crunch and making gears from N difficult. So I either had clutch pressure plate failure (most likely as the clutch didn't slip) or box. Result: We took the car apart and yes, The clutch had failed - pressure plate. Had this replaced and it's a totally different car to drive. I wasn't aware but it seems there was a Lotus recall due to clutch failure on exige S (correct me if I'm wrong) - some early cars had standard clutch shipped as a unit from Toyota. I can only imagine mine was never changed so we replaced with a TRD updated version.
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