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  1. That's because I'm in Suffolk, near Ipswich - home of the tractor boys. These farmers never clean their tractor tyres before coming out of the fields so the roads are always muddy. Clean it, drive 5 miles and it's mucky again. I just blast it with a Karcher pressure washer to 'add lightness'. Life it too short for spit & polish when I could be driving.
  2. Yeah .. go on then, put me down. Not sure I'll be leaving before 7:30 a.m. as Google maps tells me I need to for 08:30 .. it's only 46 miles. How do you reset it for 'Lotus speed'?
  3. When I bought it the driver's outside bolster was looking a bit worn because there's a tendency to rub against it going in and out. I did find a TLF thread about a big refurb project that put me onto Gliptone Scuffmaster. He sent a small sample of Oyster leather and their match is so good it's nearly impossible to see where you've used it or haven't. Got mine back to looking like new again. In August 2019 I bust my left ankle playing competitive football, repaired with a titanium plate & screws that are never coming out, and initially I couldn't flex it to operate the clutch and had to slide the seat forward to use my heel with bending at the knee. That forward seat position made getting in and out really awkward so I slid the seat right back to get out. Got in, slide it forward. Ankle is fine but I'm still sliding the seat as it's so much easier to get in and out AND no rubbing of the seat bolster. For the benefit of others in the 'Oyster Club' .. photos of the magic potion are attached. Quote my order number and you'll get the same mix.
  4. Perhaps 4 should be 'OO07ALN/SN59FYK/E9ORA' to complete the history.
  5. Thanks, you've made my day. Even if they started at 901, mine probably isn't the 13th made then. I'll have to see what Andy Graham's view on it is...
  6. Hi Allan, don't know what plate it left Hethel on, if any, but Murray M.C. put OO07ALN on Page 3 of the Maintenance Record booklet along with date of PDI as 23/9/09, Purchase as 25/9/2009, so it was being referred to as OO07ALN before it went on the road with you. I went to a charity car show at Ket' Hall in it in April 2019 where I was chatting to Mike Kimberley, who I know from various pub meets, when he was 'nosing around' it. Mike told me the VIN ending 0914 signified it was in the '09 production of LE's and 14 was the sequential number BUT Chapman was superstitious and Lotus never had a Type 13 or put 13 on any serial number, and Mike continued the tradition. From that I concluded mine was the 13th made and told him that cheered me up a lot .. thanks Mike! ha ha .. From that post I quoted earlier, it had a couple of '08 cars, 68 & 69, that I hoped meant it wasn't the 13th down the line but you are confirming what Mike told me .. damn it! Think I may have to treat myself to an Andy Graham Certificate as a birthday present and take the opportunity to ask some questions. (I have the last M100E SE to leave Hethel - supplied to Elf Oil Co on 17/12/93 and initially registered as L1 ELF, which they retained. Andy was very helpful with extra detail on that when providing the earlier basic Cert of Provenance.) I'm more than happy with the long ratio box as I use it as a Grand Tourer to get to the south of France. Set Cruise Control for 2300rpm (135 kph) and 650 miles is done in 8 1/2 hours. With the short ratio box, where 6th is lower than Long Box 5th, it would be doing 3,000 rpm for 135 kph. In my view unnecessarily busy and thirstier too. Wasn't able to get down there during Covid restrictions but looking forward to another trip soon. Around the B and C roads of Suffolk I seem to use 3rd most of the time. Original clutch has done 52k miles so I like to give it a quiet life whenever possible.. Phil
  7. Thanks for info. "25/09/2009 OO07ALN VIN ***0914) delivered to customer by Murrays." was owned by Allan Matheson, hence the OO07ALN reg plate put on it from new, and was the first owned Evora featured on Page 1 of the Evora Picture and Video thread immediately after the Bib's post of the Motorshow launch. It's Aquamarine with silver cast wheels, Oyster interior, sports exhaust. When Allan sold it I guess he retained the plate because it was prepared for sale by Leodis Court Lotus dealer as SN59FYK on 16/11/2011. A subsequent owner changed it from SN59FYK to E9ORA and DVLA reissued the existing MOT Certificate as E9ORA with a date of 17/01/2014. I bought E9ORA in November 2018. It has been taxed and in use continuously since then.
  8. Somebody had better tell Bibs that his definitive document is wrong.. I was quoting from that. It may have been the intention of Lotus that never came to fruition .. not unusual.
  9. Quite a few to go then ... "The Evora Launch Edition made up the first 450 (200 destined for the UK) production Evora's."
  10. Tobias Elwood, Conservative MP and Chairman of the Common Defence Select Committee didn't miss it. He does 'his homework', unlike Johnson. Russian tanks into Georgia in 2008, 2014 seized Crimea, supported rebels Russian Soldiers and weapons in the Donbas. If Johnson hadn't been partying and taking donations from the Russians he might have been more objective and seen it coming. He even put a Russian in the House of Lords! Remember Johnson was on TV at the start of Covid saying "we should all take it on the chin" ... wise words of advice?
  11. Situation not helped by having a PM with no foresight ... Brexshit, Covid and this ...
  12. Let's hope he challenges the Mayor of Kyiv to a fist fight then ..
  13. Thanks for that advice.. now what do you reckon is the worst investment then?
  14. Willow trees were topped off, well .. halved in height, a few years back so I'm still working my way through that load, along with some big eucalyptus branches that went way too far into the farmer's field. 'Nowt was damaged' Windy ... my new fence panels don't look too special.. it missed the pile of old panels so some may go back up until I can get new ones ... they may be in short supply for a few months. Today all I could hear were chainsaws going in various directions so I am not only one affected.... and it's UK Govt rules that came in 1/5/2021, not EU, so blame it on Brexit.
  15. At least I've got some wood for the woodburner.
  16. Eunice has changed my outlook ... 2022_02_18_1153.mp4
  17. Latest forecast for Suffolk & Norfolk is approaching 80mph from 11:00 hrs to 15:00 so midday Friday rather than 'first thing' ..
  18. Never realised this thread was here ... I've got some catching up to do .. Lotus Festival, Brands Hatch, August BH, 2016 Sofia will never fit in that Seven..
  19. 'Granny' is always open to constructive comments... Yes, the geo is set to Lotus spec so camber of -1°37' on rear and that tad of negative wears the inside edge a bit when running straight - need a track day to scrub off the outside edges 😄 . Inner circumferential groove is 3.9mm, outer 4.2mm. Nothing to do with compound, the 'pothole' was more a deep trench with a sharp edge - so deep that a bit of flint ballast pierced the sidewall and is still rattling around inside. I've been 'pothole spotting' since and Highways Agency should be ashamed of the state of our major roads! The other Yoko W.drive is fine but similar tread depth. Work better than P-Zero in the wet because of the sipes but 1/2 tread depth won't be so effective in snow so I'll be looking for a pair of rears before next winter. For now I've added lightness - back on P-Zero for the summer on forged wheels. (Front Yoko' on cast wheel is 19.8kg, P-Zero on forged is 18.8kg - had already fitted rears and couldn't be bothered to take them off to weigh them, I'll do that some other day.)
  20. Yes, indeed it was ... NSR was very flat. Moving from outside lane at 70 the NSR tyre crashed into a deep long pothole that nearly shook the fillings out of my teeth. TPMS warning light flashed on and the car was immediately pulling to left.. which was where I wanted to get to anyway... I managed to pull up on the final tapered part of the slip exiting the service area, off the dual carriage and not really in the way at all. Thought I'd got a puncture so reluctantly used the Tyre Sealant that came with the car but it didn't appear to have much presure in it and soon ran out without doing much except probably gum up the TPMS sensor. Walked down the slip to the BP garage & bought 2 new @ £10.50 each as thought I was going to use 1 immediately but on approaching car from a distance I could see the tyre tread was no longer attached to inside tyrewall ... so time to use my AA membership... lucky I was parked with some concrete steps down the bank just the other side of the armco, a 3 bar fence to climb over and a lawn to walk across to get to Starbucks for my 4 hour wait in relative comfort. (Pothole in photo was on exit slip, the 'tyre destroyer' pothole was much bigger and quite a long way up the road.) ..and by the way - While I waited I decided to screw in the Towing Eye in the daylight for when the truck finally arrived .. wasn't very successful until I put my thumbnail in the threads and turned it ... It's a bloody Left Hand Thread! Anticlockwise to screw it in! Tyre gunk didn't seem to do much on this little hole ...🤣
  21. In which case you may be interested in a few other photos I took at Snetterton on 14/6/2009.
  22. I'm not surprised .. on this crowded island using farmland for solar panels is a stupid idea, and I'm an Electrical Power Distribution Engineer. In the south of France, where they have much more sun, they erect solar panels to roof public car parks so cars can park in the shade without the need to blank out the windows to keep interior cool and EV's have reserved spots to recharge direct from the panel network with no distribution losses but the bulk of the output is fed into the local network. That's a win, win, win situation. Plenty of opportunity for UK car parks to do similar rather than waste farmland but nowt we can do about the reduced light intensity in UK.
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