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    Marmite

    I was introduced to a new food revelation at a mates bbq last night…….”HAND MADE PORK SAUSAGES WITH A very subtle hint of MARMITE”. 👌 Just sublime and should be sampled by every Marmite aficionado! They come from a local quality butcher who makes them on the premises. Guess where I’m off to on Monday morning?😁
  2. Do it Danny. It is a magical and memorable experience. 45 minutes passed in the blink of an eye but it’s something you’ll never forget. I just need the Mosquito trust to get their fingers out and get one in the air here so I can get a ride in the other icon from my childhood. 😁
  3. There was a private track day on yesterday too. Whilst waiting for my turn to check in to Boultbee, I spent an enjoyable time watching that and checking out the various cars in the paddock. On a day like yesterday, with glorious sunshine, the drive to Goodwood across the Sussex downs always lift my spirits. To me it really is a magical place.
  4. Especially when I got to do this today:- I’ve had a few experiences bought for me in the past but nothing comes near to this. It was from my wife and son for a significant birthday last year but postponed until this year because of the C word. It was just the most perfect day for it too. Not a cloud in the sky and obviously able to see ‘The Hun’ from a way off!😁 The pilot let me take the controls over to the Isle of Wight and then I handed back to him for the several aerobatic manoeuvres. Such delicate controls on the Spitfire. We often hear how the Lotus steering is so delicate, you can think the car round corners and it’s very much like that with the Spitfire. A barely discernible movement on the stick will have the plane’s attitude changing immediately. What a day and the fulfilment of a lifelong ambition for me. I love my family!😁 Oh and the icing on the cake - the pilot owns a Type 25 Elise SC. Good man. 👍 Just want to do it again now 😁
  5. I know Westfield were doing an electric version of their 7esque cars several years ago but don’t know how well they worked. I don’t ever see nor hear of them now. I’m glad I scratched the Caterham itch some years ago whilst they had proper engines. It’s difficult to imagine quite how they can keep it light whilst having to accommodate a load of batteries. It’s not as if they can save much weight from the existing tubular chassis and aluminium panels.
  6. Yes, pretty much. I’ve driven a few EVs now, in an effort to get to like them. Unfortunately, though, I don’t. The most recent one I’ve driven was the Polestar 2 and whilst that is very rapid, the conclusion I came to after a 30 minute drive was it would be hugely improved with a nice pokey V6 under the bonnet! I’m happy to admit that I’m a dinosaur though! 😁
  7. You only know you’ve made a true friend once you are on farting terms with each other. My grandfather Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring a more pleasant form of misery. Spike Milligan Modesty is my best quality. Groucho Marx Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution. ? Some people are like Slinkys, they serve no useful purpose but are great fun to push down the stairs. ? Alcohol is a slow poison, but I’m in no hurry. WC Fields Those are my principles and if you don’t like them, well I have others. Groucho Marx Her: You never tell me you love me. Him: I told you on the day we got married that I love you and if owt changes, I’ll let you know An old boss of mine
  8. I had a bucket handle meniscus tear in my right knee many years ago, which caused pain at times. Because it was only intermittent, I elected not to have surgery at the time (pre keyhole surgery days) and now, some 45 years later, a scan has shown I have no cartilage left in my knee at all and will be needing a replacement! If yours isn’t too bad, there is a stem cell therapy available now that might be appropriate. It was no good for mine as that has gone too far. As for the clutch itself, I have heard of people having a servo fitted to the hydraulic line of cars with a particularly heavy pedal feel. I don’t know if that’s possible on the Evora but might be worth investigating.
  9. One that always irritated me and was mainly used by Londoners at the end of every sentence, although isn’t heard so often now is…… ‘nah ot I mean?’ (Know what I mean?) Was used even when the perpetrator didn’t necessarily expect an answer. I always wanted to say, every time I heard it, no I don’t know what you mean, please explain! I suppose it is all part of the evolution of language and the spoken/written word, accelerated and made worse by social media platforms. Quite why folk feel the need to emulate gangsta rap lowlife in the way they communicate with others, I can’t imagine! 🤷‍♂️
  10. What about a Renault 2L turbo engine, given they will be partnering with them in the future? There is a precedent from the S1 Europa too.
  11. That used to be normal practice in my industry too and nobody considered it unreasonable at the time. Even the guys working in the factory would regularly go out for a few lunchtime pints before returning and operating potentially dangerous machinery. But then back in the 60’s when I started driving, it was still considered socially acceptable to drive out to the pub to meet your mates in the evening and down 8 or more pints before driving back home again. I believe in Japan at that time, drunkenness could even be used as a mitigating factor in causing an accident. Different times.
  12. Mercedes are for old people?🤬 Oh hang on............. 😉
  13. Ouch, that’s not a cheap fix! Porsche do seem to have had more than enough serious engine faults in several of their cars. BMW too.
  14. Reminds me of a pheasant experience I had back in the 80's. I was out for the day with a colleague visiting a customer up in Norwich and we decided to use his company hack, a Mk 4 Cortina Ghia (heady stuff eh?) and just as we were batting along the A11, a pheasant suddenly flew out of the hedgerow straight into our path. There was a thump and a few feathers flying over the bonnet, so we stopped and got out to search for the bird, thinking we might need to put it out of its misery, if badly injured - and into the boot of the car, obviously. Well, try as we might, we could find no sign of the bird and no sign of any damage to the car either so thinking it must be ok and flown off, jumped back in the car to continue the journey. A couple of miles further on, my colleague noticed the temperature gauge starting to rise so kept an eye on it but still it was climbing towards the red. We stopped and lifted the bonnet to see what was going on and it was definitely very hot under there. There was nothing obvious, so all we could do was wait for it to cool down and limped on to a petrol station that, luckily, was a couple of miles up the road. We pulled in and again lifted the bonnet to wait for it to cool. Our thinking was to check the coolant in the rad and top up but if that wasn't the issue, we'd have to phone the AA from the filling station. Remember there were no mobile phones in those days. Cutting a long story short, we had to call the AA and after a 2 hour wait, said patrol man arrived and after checking a few areas under the bonnet, had the presence of mind to look through the radiator grille! There, hidden between the grille and radiator and under a cover plate at the top of the rad, was one very dead and slowly cooking pheasant. What happened was the plastic grille had very neatly split vertically right in the middle, allowing the bird through, and then immediately sprung back in to place, hiding the bird and with no sign of breakage until you gently pushed it with your hand.
  15. Not when you own the company, it won’t. 😉😁
  16. I've been expecting Fernandes to sell Caterham for a while now. After his earlier grand plans with the F1 team and aborted links with Renault Alpine, he just didn't seem to me to have the right sort of motor industry background and he was clearly losing interest, probably because of problems in his prime business. The purchase of Caterham always seemed to me to be a vanity project for him, nothing more than that.
  17. As an addendum to my contribution on this thread, there was one aspect of working that I sorely missed and something I think needs to be thought about. What I missed most at first was male company and office banter. I always enjoyed visiting and speaking to our customers and was fortunate that my business partner has a very similar life outlook to me. One of the first things I did after retiring was to buy a classic Mercedes SL and carry out a light restoration. Trouble was I was mostly doing it on my own. My wife didn’t want to help either!😉 After a couple of months, I volunteered to become a steward at Brooklands Motor Museum just one day a week. That has been brilliant as I was surrounded by a bunch of similarly aged guys, most with similar outlook on life to me and a load of old cars to play with. It’s even provided another branch to our social lives since we regularly see each other with wives outside of the museum. Importantly though, it filled the male banter gap in my life, so it is just one more thing to consider when thinking about retiring.
  18. Damn, I’m late to this thread due to enjoying my retirement time!😁 Maybe you’d call it entrepreneurial, but I’ve been working in some form or another since I was 7 years old. I’d spotted a niche in the market for renting out comics at school for 1d a time, until the head teacher shut that down, so had to take it underground!😂 Later I would build control line model aeroplanes for other lads who didn’t possess the build skills - for a fee obviously. This sort of thing carried on throughout my early life, leaving school at 16 but working all hours, including 3 jobs at one time to fund my motor racing during late teens. It never seemed odd to me that I had this work ethic, inherited from my father, and it set the scene for my life going forward. My own son is similar. During my 30’s, one event affected me and changed the way I would later think about retirement. A very hard working and quite inspirational older workmate of mine was retiring at 65. He’d been looking forward to travelling the world and pursuing his hobbies. On his last day, we arranged a work farewell party for him and, not surprisingly, he had a few to drink. Anyhow, he was taken home, in good spirits, but decided to take to his bed for a couple of hours rest before his wife took him out for a celebratory dinner. The poor sod never got out of his bed again, passing away from a previously undiagnosed heart condition an hour or so after laying down! That made us all think about our lives and how we lived it. This chap and his wife were so looking forward to what they had planned, but that was all gone in the blink of an eye. I made a decision then to retire as soon as I could and enjoy my life whilst I was still able. At 42, I started a business with a good mate and boy did we work hard. Nevertheless, I kept in mind I was retiring at 60 and worked towards that goal. Didn’t quite make that, for various reasons, but did manage it at 61 and I am so glad I did. It’s been 10 years now, I’ve been incredibly busy doing a wide range of things I enjoy and probably happier than I’ve ever been. If you can do it without impacting badly on your finances Andy, I really recommend it. Do it, JFDI my friend! 😁
  19. I’m sure many of these pre production and so called ‘spy shots’ are very carefully planned by the manufacturer concerned in order to ramp up the excitement about a new model. Works for me and I’ll be looking for these spy shots with great enthusiasm. 😁
  20. Oh no, this source is far more reliable than mere politicians! 😉
  21. I’ve been told by a very reliable source that we should expect to start seeing ‘spy shots’ some time next month.
  22. As Kevin says, you can do it before if you know where you will be on 21st March. As it’s my birthday on that day, I know precisely where I will be ...........the same sodding place I’ve been for most of the last year..........here!😤 Did ours yesterday!
  23. Jamie at Bell & Colvill apparently took orders for 23 of them in the first week after announcement.
  24. Surely the only reason there won’t be any FE Evoras is because the Lotus chaps scratched their heads before coming to the conclusion they couldn’t improve on it as is! 🤔 That’s what I’m telling myself anyhow.😁
  25. I know the type well, having once had a daughter in law with very similar traits. Fortunately our son came to his senses before any children happened along, so was able to extricate himself without lasting damage to us or his old friends. If she wants to talk about ‘toxic environments’, the one created by those with this disorder is far worse, in my view.
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