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    John Tennyson
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    1975 Elite
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    San Francisco

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  1. Greetings from California! Question: What do club racers use to tow their cars to the track in Europe? I've got to look for a new tow vehicle. We use pick'em up trucks over here in the States and I hate pickup trucks. I like passenger vans, but currently among new vehicles there are only two over here, the Ford Transit and the Mercedes Metris (Vito) which are rated to tow 5000 lbs. I figure the two cars I'd be towing (a BMW 2002 or a Morgan +4) would come in about 3500 lbs. including the trailer. I don't remember seeing a lot of pickup trucks over there-- so how do Miatas get to Cadwell? Thanks! John Tennyson San Francisco
  2. It speaks volumes about the man and his creations (and their fans) that a chassis engineer would be so recognizable and so mourned. It'll be sad news to the Golden Gate Lotus Club on this Saturday. Most of us would have heard about it yesterday, but on Friday we had a track day at Laguna Seca. Just the way he would have wanted it, you'd have to figure.
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  4. Well, I've finally got time to start in on my '74 Elite and since I'm planning on an engine swap, can anyone tell me the distance from the front of the bell housing to the center of the shift lever hole on the transmission? Thanks!
  5. Can anyone post photos of this event next week for those of us stuck on the wrong side of the planet? Thanks!
  6. ! Has anyone tried this, and do you have before- and after- photos of how well it worked? I've been half-thinking of pulling the glass from the instruments and covering the entire gauge area with an angled, curved sheet of clear plastic, like a TR-7 or early MX-5. This would sure be a LOT easier!
  7. It comes down to a producer who has 'the touch.' The success of any TV series comes down to the chemistry of the cast and how well audiences like or identify with them-- think 'Seinfeld' or 'Friends'. Premise can get a series started, but it's the cast and scripts which keep it going. If the producers can put together another group of presenters who can make that happen, we'll watch. It's not impossible-- look at Aussie TG. Alexei Sayle? If I was the producer, his number would be the first I'd dial.
  8. I've just had a quick look, but couldn't see where this has come up before, so... Has anyone converted the rear hatch glass latching mechanism from the cable-operated S1 arrangement to the external latch set up of the S2.2 cars? I've got a '75 (and will also be ditching the rear wiper, welcome to California) and just wonder how many bits from the later car I'd need. Thanks! John
  9. Looks like his inner 14-year-old comes out when the cameras have stopped rolling as well. Whether you find him funny or offensive, it's a whole 'nuther ball game when he assaults someone. Think the BBC wants to send him abroad to film another segment after that? I wonder if this has anything to do with Sniff Petrol not being updated this week?
  10. Chris: are the steering wheel and shift knob stock pieces?
  11. Bibs: Yep, it's the emissions. If it's made after '75, it's got to pass tailpipe emissions tests as well as (and this is the real PITA) a visual inspection and all of the original smog equipment has to be there and untampered. The federal regs allow cars older than 25 years to be imported, but the additional California regs don't allow it. On the other hand, Golden Gate Lotus Club had a track day Monday at Laguna Seca, Sunny, clear, 23ºC... but no Excels there!
  12. Nice! But once again, it just serves to remind me that I'm on the wrong end of the planet! (We never got Excels.)
  13. Thanks for taking the plunge and telling the tale! I'll be looking at this thread again (and again and again) when I pull my doors.
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