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Alan Paterson

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  1. It looks like there's a current trend to have your boost gauge needle dance about. My 88MY Turbo has a transducer fitted on a plate above the drivers side rear wheel arch. I've tightened up the connection but am still getting the needle dancing around in time to a loud clicking (or sparking) kind of noise. I'm guessing the transducer is on the way out, but I can't find the part number on the Lotus Service Parts list and SJSportscars don't list it on line. Does any kind soul know the part number? Better still, does anyone have a spare one that works? Any help or advice gratefully received. Alan
  2. Belated happy birthday, youngster.
  3. Why not just buy an S3 Turbo. They were quite reliable by then. Alan
  4. Happy Birthday Mike! Remember to alert the fire brigade before you light all those candles. :-) Have a great day. Alan
  5. Open neck shirt with curry stains, trousers , notepad - instant Waiter at local Tandoori. Alan
  6. Or it might have been glued on by a previous owner if they'd had problems with it before. Alan
  7. Hope you got your wife to apply some ice. :-) I've gone back to a leather gearknob on mine for that very reason, although the alloy one did look good. All the same, you had the best looking car in the car park. Alan
  8. All I know is that if someone has seriously pissed you off, it's well worth waiting till they leave the room for a moment then shake up their can of Coke. Revenge is a dish best served cold - just like a can of Coke. Vindictive? Moi? Alan
  9. Spotted a nice, shiny orange GT3 at Clandon Park today. We were there in our Fiat Punto Multijet Turbo Diesel as I've been doing a bit of work on my Esprit. I only had my pocket Nikon with me so the GT£ is more Norfolk mustard than Chrome Orange in the attached pic. The room stewards in the big house were slowly melting in the heat. Alan
  10. There are lots of little freebie convertors around that should do this, but you might encounter a problem if the .mov is a file that has been captured from digital tape on to a Mac using Final Cut Pro or similar. The Mac uses a codec called Apple Intermediate Codec for which there is no equivalent on a PC, so when you try to open or get a PC based convertor to recognise it - it just flatly refuses. This might not be a problem for you, but I thought I'd mention it in case you encounter it and keep banging your head on the wall. If I'm presented with a .mov file, I usually import it into Premiere Pro, stick it on the timeline, edit it then export an .avi - if that's the final format that's required. I can't really comment on the freebie convertors as I've been using Grass Valley Procoder 3 for years, which was about £300 if I recall, and it's excellent. Sorry, I can't give a firm recommendation for a freebie convertor but hope I've helped somehow. Alan
  11. Tony, I'm embarrassed to say that today is the first time I've read of your problem (rather a small word for it). I know you're a brave guy and I hope it all works out for you. Kind regards Alan
  12. Mine's been called 'Number 6' for about 12 years now - because it was No 6 off the production line after the shape changed from Guigiaro to Stevens. Alan
  13. I stopped going to the cinema some time ago and bought a decent HD projector, a 7 foot screen and a good surround sound system - then spent ages calibrating it properly. This means I don't have to put up with the village idiot laughing at every swear word or peer through someone's Affro hair style at the movie. Viv and I get peace and quiet to enjoy the movie from a Blu-ray, which these days comes out not so long after the movie has been in the cinemas. If Viv announces she's off to bed, I put on my Pioneer surround sound headphones and wind up the wick. Ah, bliss! The chance to watch 'Dances with Wolves' or 'The Great Escape' on a big screen with no interruptions. Back in the 80's, I used to run a part time Cinema operation in Scotland. Cinema owners don't actually make much money on bums on seats. They have to pay Distributors 33% of their box office receipts (50% if it's Disney), so add overheads and staffing costs - then there's not much left. That's why they mark up the food and soft drinks so much - as that is their real profit centre. And it was always thus... Alan
  14. It undermines the credibility of the rest of the article. If one known fact is incorrectly reported, then so might be others. While Bahar wasn't popular with everyone, he was certainly a 'mover and shaker' - although financially a huge risk taker, some would say irresponsible. Hindsight will dictate whether he was a genius or an idiot - depending on the success or failure of his plan. Now he just won't be around to take the blame or credit - delete as appropriate. Alan
  15. Been seeing these on EBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-Esprit-2-2-Lt-Electronic-Distributor-Ultra-Spark-/120766230670?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1c1e3a708e#ht_2206wt_1018 Just wondered if anyone had fitted one and if they're good, whether they last etc? Any probs fitting them? Alan
  16. The weather was superb today at Castle Combe but I struggled to see many faces that I recognized. Viv and I had a chat with Rob C beside his Sport 350 and then wandered around. The only other person I knew was a rather wilted looking Alan Morgan (well, it was hot). The funny thing is, I recognized quite a few cars but they seemed to be driven by new owners. I guess I was just noticing the changes as I've been a club member for around 12 years now. It was nice to see some other poor devil lugging around a camcorder and tripod though. Alan
  17. Another belated one from me. Do you realise that I was sitting my 'O' Levels in the year you were born? Just like to keep things in perspective. Happy Birthday youngster. Alan
  18. I'm looking forward to being there, although sadly not in my Esprit which is in the garage. If you see a wild and woolly Fiat Punto diesel, it'll be me. Hoping to get there by 11am. Alan
  19. Words fail me. Nausea is quite a good one though. Alan
  20. I paid a visit to Stuart Mathieson when I was making 'Esprit-Addiction For Life' and he showed me his notebook that he kept of the tests while developing the early turbo on the Esprit. It was fascinating. Sadly, I'd done all the main shooting on the film and only covered Stuart's part with a few stills. Alan A bit more: I just remembered there's a B/W still of the Engine bay of the Esprit showing the Turbo in position - used in the film.
  21. I've got a replica set of 'Jaws' teeth as well as the golden gun from 'Man with...' and the wrist dart gun from 'Moonraker'. A chap needs his toys. Alan
  22. Bibs, You asked for some 'C&C' so I'm hoping to help rather than hurt here. I know you probably didn't have much time to shoot the piece and you were working alone, but here are the things I've learnt to do over the years. On your interview with Jamie, you could have done with a camera mounted diffused lamp to just pop a wee bit of light into his face. You get fairly good battery powered LED lights these days that are also dimmable. You'd have to take a manual white balance off his shirt or a white card to avoid colour casts. His white shirt might have been causing you an exposure problem (slightly darkening the shot), so taking a manual exposure off a Kodak Grey card or exposing for his face would sort that out. A tie-tack radio mic (I use Sennheisers) would have helped get you better sound and might have rejected some of the aircon noise. If you can, ask them to turn off the A/C before starting to shoot. You learn to become paranoid about ambient noise after a while - especially if there's musak playing in the background. If you're going to stitch it together as an interview with you as the interviewer, after you've finished shooting your victim turn the camera round on to you to do the 'Questions & Noddies'. Repeat the questions and nod as if listening to him. This will help you at the edit. It's also worth shooting cutaway shots of the things he talks about in the interview, so you can overlay them in the edit - and they'll help you foreshorten bits where your victim waffles on a bit too much (not that Jamie did, but in general). Think of how you get into the sequence and how you get out of it. Maybe an opening wide shot of the B&C garage and a closing shot of an Evora driving off. I'm sure you can think of something more imaginative, but you get my drift. During the interview, vary the shot - do some wide, some close-ups. Change the shot while the question is being asked. The basic routine for an interview is: Shoot the victim Questions & Noddies Cutaways Get these three areas covered and you'll have a fighting chance at the edit. Hope this helps Alan
  23. I can vouch for Max & Tim at Lakeside too. If you get a problem around MOT time, they are very helpful in fixing it in time for a re-test. I've found Max great with advice as he used to own an X180 Turbo like mine. Alan
  24. I've stopped watching Clarkson's shows as I'm fed up with his desperate attempts to get free publicity. 'Top Gear' has become tired and devoid of new ideas, so if that's what he has to do to attract an audience, I'd rather be doing something else. Harumph! Alan
  25. Wow! End of an era indeed. Still, you've got your sequence in 'Esprit - Addiction For Life' to recall the day you took it to Bell & Colvill, to read up on its history. Best wishes Alan
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