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  1. I'd be off to the Alps, try and catch some Cols and passes before they close. Or better yet, if you have the time, the Atlantic road at the top of Norway. Take in the Laerdal tunnel on the way.
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    Exige picture & video thread

    Oh dear. All those lovely photos of various Lotus in the Alps. I just got back today from a few days playing above the tree line. I miss it already. Will be back again next year for the annual trip. This year we chose to go to the French Alps, previously we'd be based in the central alps. The thing I noticed is that the French Cols all look fairly similar (architecturally speaking). Over in Switzerland each Pass has it's own character. The Neufenen with it's concrete surface, The Furka with it's odd little posts and everybody trying to get the James Bond picture, The old Gottard with the cobles, the new Gottard with the big sweeping curves that you can just blast up. I think all things considered, I prefer going to Switzerland. In my wife's Porsche this year. Hopefully next year something a bit more special.
  3. We do a family holiday in Wales every year - but I don't get much time for driving. So a couple of years ago I headed up to Snowdonia with a friend. We had fun on that triangle, some beautiful mountain passes and then down the length of Wales to see the Hot Rods on the beach at Pendine Sands (brilliant BTW) and then home via the Elan Valley and the Brecon Beacons. Beautiful roads. Beautiful country.
  4. suffolk009

    Is an Auto Roadster financial suicide?

    You forgot to mention that it should also be in Yellow.
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    Oh no, another newbie :-D

    It's what I'm planning on doing. Hope you enjoy the drive tomorrow!
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    Oh no, another newbie :-D

    Don't buy a roadster. The roof on a coupe can be converted for relatively little money - it's a seperate removable panel. They are also top speed limited and don't have front diffuser or rear wing. I'm sure someone will be along soon to tell me I'm wrong. In the meantime, hello, and welcome. I've found this to be a very useful and friendly forum.
  7. What's next, after the endplates get fitted?
  8. suffolk009

    Ordering a new Exige 350 - choosing the spec

    Thanks for that film. I think the carbon seats are beyond my budget. I also find the standard ones surprisingly comfy. I don't know if anyone on here has seen the series, I think it's on Quest or Discovery, "How it's made". It a series about building supercars. Everything from Veyrons through to American Superformance GT40s. In the middle there's Koenigseggs, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Paganis, McLaren and obviously Lotus. The highlight of the series after seeing all this beautiful carbon being clamped in place on huge jigs and then glued or welded by robots is when they visit Morgan. I'm not kidding; there's a guy with a bottle of Evo-stick gluing the joints, screwing them together and wiping away the inevitable splurts and trickles of PVA with his fingers. It's like O'level woodwork all over again.
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    Ordering a new Exige 350 - choosing the spec

    Sound advice. Thank you. Oh, I hadn't expected that. Thanks.
  10. suffolk009

    Ordering a new Exige 350 - choosing the spec

    Does anybody happen to know where Lotus buy their CUP rear-wings from? I like the factory fit wing, but not the price I've been quoted. I can't find the supplier on the internet. Thanks in advance.
  11. suffolk009

    MY18.5 350 Sport

    Last time I was quoted (early May, from memory) the base price was £59,600. I don't understand what's going on with the rear lights? I thought all Exiges now has the twin rear lights rather than the quad lights on this car?
  12. suffolk009

    Lotus launches the new Exige Sport 410

    I'm not a fan of plastic trims in engine bays. I preferred the black supercharger, and it definitely needs a Lotus Performance plaque.
  13. suffolk009

    JMG gone!

    I'm a bit saddened by this. I'm aware of rumours that he wasn't hugely liked by the workforce (what boss who has to lay-off that many staff ever is though). I like what he did with the cars though. It's exciting times with new models on the near-horizon and I can't wait to see what they're like. But that's tempered by a serious worry that they will all be four-cylinder turbo engines with flappy-paddles and high-end interiors. And a bit heavier. I'm sure they'll be great, but not what I want in a Lotus. But then no car company will ever get rich, let alone survive, pandering to me.
  14. I couldn't agree more.