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  1. Thank you for the memory Bibs. The launch of "The Eagle"- first all new car for 13 years at the time. So many great Evora iterations and developments from a standing start in 2008. A fantastic experienced team who built in ACBC's Lotus DNA. Looking forward to a great Lotus future now, kick-started with the Evija.
  2. Little did I think that by introducing Ollie to Colin Chapman for a job interview in October 1970 that our paths, families, careers and lives would be so intertwined and so full of challenge, achievement, fun and heartache. Always a totally dedicated and committed 'larger than life' Lotus character, he never stopped championing Colin Chapman and his 'efficiency in all things' DNA, together with promoting Lotus cars and its innovative engineering achievements. RIP my very good and true friend of 50 years from our first working together on a small Jaguar project after finishing our a
  3. Happy birthday Mike 

    we both trust and hope you are keeping well?

    take care

    Darryl & Sue

  4. Great to see you again Yasuo and look forward to getting over to Denmark in the spring and visiting with you, Kim and a certain Hypercar builder. Happy Christmas and a Healthy prosperous New Year to all. Mike.
  5. Thanking all my Lotus friends from Saturday at the TLF Christmas dinner for a great evening and for coming along to share stories of our great cars and experiences with us all. I would like to personally thank everyone for being there and sharing with me your thoughts and comments on favourite Lotus models and their technical specs, together with talking about past adventures, significant events and watershed moments in Lotus history. A very big thank you to those who traveled from so far to be with us and be part of the TLF Lotus family ranging from Kim and Yasou from Copenhagen, Andy from P
  6. Guess I am the senior here then with you young guys like Kim! Happy Birthday Kim-have a great day and don't get a headache again! MJK
  7. Hi Bibs. I understand that you interviewed Jean-Marc after his announced departure from Lotus as CEO. How can I access your interview please? Hope that you are well. MJK


  8. Hi Bibs, What is the guest list for the Christmas dinner? I know that Wes & Jeanne are coming over from the States-talked to them yesterday after their Thanksgiving celebrations. Am looking forward to seeing as many TLF members as possible and will join you early as noted. Am coming down with James in his Evora 400 and looking forward to a fast run! MJK
  9. A very big thank you To Andy/Bibs for all of his hard work that made the TLF Saturday dinner and Sunday International Lotus day at Brooklands so very successful and a most enjoyable occasion for all Lotus owners and enthusiasts. Many thanks also to Bell & Colvill who were pre-eminent as always. My personal thanks to all who attended and spent so much time & effort preparing, showing & displaying their great Lotus cars.Colin would have been proud. Thank you. MJK.
  10. Kind of you Bibs. Your figures are in the right ballpark. A missed opportunity but the car industry was ever thus sadly.
  11. They are unrelated JayEmm. The Evora concept came about when creating & determining the Product Planning for the 5 year Plan I introduced in 2006. It was essential to move up market from the base line Elise entry level models to a "flagship" Esprit replacement with supercar performance and viable margins. The Evora was the next step up market providing a stunning visual impact with high performance, exceptional dynamics and good ingress /egress/luggage space-seven future variants were planned at that time. The 2 seater Mid-engine Esprit was to follow the Evora using a very high performanc
  12. Bibs DaveC72 Dave Excell Ann Excell Gert. V Alfa2Evora Mike Kimberley
  13. Hello Bibs, The editor of a very well known and respected auto magazine that is read very widely was kind enough to spend a day with me not long ago. We had a great chat, both being car guys, about events at some of the car Companies I have had the privilege of working with. This will be the article coming out. I can say no more at this time and am looking forward to the outcome very much myself. I have been incredibly lucky in having had the best mentors in the auto industry throughout my career, all starting with an apprenticeship. Glad to see that million's more are planned.
  14. I think you guys have given me the incentive to continue writing the the real story/book. I am constantly amazed at the sometimes distorted and often inaccurate, so called history of Lotus. Especially the appalling one that I recently read on Wikipedia. It's strange but I didn't recognise that so called History between 1982 and 1991 !!. It is really sadly distorted and very inaccurate.
  15. Hello Bibs, Laura and all the great folk I met on Saturday night, Thank you both for all your hard work in arranging Saturday nights fabulous event and for your very kind hospitality. As my first night out in 12 months it was great for me to have the chance to chat to so many wonderful folk who all have the same interest and enthusiasm for our great "Lotus" Marque. The widely varied interests and other cars in their "stables" was a real eye opener, and made me feel very humble to be in such super company. I met so many really nice people on Saturday that I wondered whether you wo
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