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  1. Sorry to have wasted your time.   I just thought this was a well produced, mildly entertaining video that shone a good light on Lotus,  and the Evora in particular.  Yes, us lot learn nothing new, but some of the 61,000 other people who have watched it just might. 

  2. Wow!  It's years since I heard Stargazer.  In a previous existence, I played keyboards in a 70s covers band and we did this one.  Although I was initially reluctant, not being familiar with it, it became one of my favourites to play,  because it gave us all the chance to express ourselves as musicians. Though I say it myself, we did a pretty mean version. Our vocalist was the guy who sang King of the Mountain, the theme to TV coverage of the IoM TT racing.

    Nevertheless, I am amazed that someone can read so much into RJD's interpretation of the song.

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  3. Recently, I had all four tyres changed on my daily drive (diesel mondeo), at a local large independent, as used by my tame mechanic.  A few days later, whilst driving on a fast Welsh mountain road I suddenly had a serious vibration/wobble on the NSF.  I pulled in and found that one wheel stud had sheared, two were missing, including  the locking one, and the other two were easily tightened with a socket wrench.  On further inspection, every stud on the other three wheels was loose. I didn't touch the locking studs.  I removed one stud from each rear wheel to replace the missing ones on the front  I tightened them all up, apart from the lockers, so that when I took it back to the fitters, they would be the first to check them, and I was confident that these would be loose as well.

    Take car back to the tyre place. "Oh no, sir. We have eight torque wrenches here, all calibrated. Impossible."  Have demonstration of one of such torque wrenches on my wheel studs, all tight, surprise, surprise.  "Okay. " says I, "Here's the locking nut. I haven't touched them. Let's see how you get on with them."

    A quarter and then an eighth turn to tightness.  "Someone has tried to pinch your wheels, sir."                                               " Impossible."                                                   "You can buy locking nuts on the internet these days!"                                                     "Since I was last here, when not being driven, this car is kept in a secure place both night and day."                                        "Well, even though it's not our fault, you'll have to leave it here so we can sort out that front hub"

    Leave car, cancel next day's appointments.  Arrive to collect car, young f'wit drives it round to front of premises and hands over keys.  Exit car park, ABS light comes on.  Take car back. "Well, it was alright when we test drove it, sir.  But, even though it's not our fault,  you'll have to leave it here so we can sort out that ABS sensor."

    Leave car, cancel next day's appointments.  Collect car.  Vow to never, ever go to that place again and spread the word accordingly. 

    Thank you Delamere Motors of Telford.


  4. On 31/07/2021 at 23:39, electro_boy said:

    Interesting video regarding industrial vehicles:


    This is well worth watching.

    Our government seems to be waking up to the potential of hydrogen as a fuel.  I hope/wish that Lotus/Geely do the same.  I will never own an electric car, never mind a Lotus.  A hydrogen powered Lotus?  Now that would be something I would seriously consider. 

  5. I managed to pass my speed awareness course (non lotus related) at the weekend,  and the ex-Motorway policeman conducting the course told us that, within the next 2-3 years, all speed limits will be reduced.  Current 30mph roads will become 20mph, country roads, currently 60mph will become 40mph and motorways will become 60mph.

    First I've heard of this, and if true then we may as well all drive glorified golf buggies, which,  I suppose, is the plan anyway. 

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  6. In terms of pricing, some are available on t'internet from £16/17 a pair, but these may be deemed suitable for a range of tyre sizes. Ones made specifically for the Evora would be of more interest.  Having said that, I do use mine on the road all year round, weather/salt permitting, so haven't felt the need for tyresavers, but during the last lockdown I didn't use it for a six week period. If we should have a prolonged harsh winter spell of weather then I can see this happening again and possibly for longer.  I would be interested to know if anyone can answer @Greg | ValetPro's question about how long tyres can stand before they start deforming. 

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  7. In the this mad scramble to go all electric, what are the implications for the thousands of people who have caravans, boats or trailers?  Are EVs any good at towing, are we going to see motor burn outs, battery fires, brake failures and "range anxiety " take on a whole new meaning?

    I have not seen this mentioned or discussed anywhere and was wondering if any of the good folk on here had any ideas?

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