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  1. Hi Bibs, have mailed Paul..... I will be there . Mike
  2. Hi Paul, I send quite a few boats to Sweden and I am in contact daily. PM me what you want exactly and I will get my man to arrange. Mike
  3. My cheque , (as they always say) ... "Is in the Post " !......... Mike
  4. Not at all James , I never did use a CB. Must have been a Freudian slip (from my renegade dark side) instead of using " callsign" Mike B)
  5. ' O LUCKY ME !!' I have just been through the entire members list and I have added a whole one and seven eighths pages of " friends" I am sure there are many 'handles' that I did not recognise and to those people I apologise for not including them............. Just goes to show how many people that you can warmly call "friends" through the Esprit brotherhood. I am not a 'clubby' person but I have met a lot of real Good Guys and Gals on this forum and at meets , and I thank you all for the opportunity to be part of the Lotus association. Humbly, Mike
  6. SAD .......I know Howard but true none the less ! Mike
  7. Graham , been offered a 916 for track days , and seriously thinking about how to rake up the cash ! ( Dont tell " Il Dragone" ! Mike
  8. HEY Wayne !! Looks like we found our pigeon. I'll try him out................... " Howard, Could you find your way clear to lend me a few Quid, as I want to buy some new tyres for the car ??" Mike
  9. Bibsy, OK, I will accept the change to the forum layout and graphics . But wot about me Mates Innit. I am always happy with my own company, but there are a few that I havent bored to death and will still talk to me......where are they and how do we get them on to my list. AND having got a few on the list, how do I not offend those that have not yet become friends but may be on very social terms and right on the cusp of becoming lifetime soulmates...........I would not like to offend thse delightful souls !!! Teach Us O leader. Mike
  10. DONT FIGHT THE CHANGE .... SEND FOR ............................"THE MIGHTY KARL " He likes a bit of the Wild Side , HE would change anything for a Larf ! Mike
  11. HOLY S33T MY ASS IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!! LET ME OFF !! MIKE
  12. Whats up Bibsy ? Got some new toys to play with ? I reckon I liked the previous graphics better , seemed easier to read , more user friendly....... ONLY JUST... My humble opinion, I'm a boatbuilder , what the hell do I know ? Lay it on us Bibs , whats the SP on this one ? Innit , just............. Mike
  13. Claudia, We all wish your dad a happy birthday, and I am sure he wont' be embarrassed ! Mike , Aged [email protected]?
  14. THANKS for all your greetings guys. Most Kind. Pete, not got a clue which Riva , as I am a GRP man and they are built from timber I call em 'Dugouts' ! Beautiful boats all the same . Mike
  15. Cor blimey , Paul. Is Vicki really a Killer Cook ? What is her speciality?? Mike
  16. JUST remembered Wayne, Dors had a Delahaye drophead ( I think it was a 38 model ....Year not bust size. !) this car was outside Broad Oak garage in Heathfeild Sussex in the mid sixties just rotting away , no cover . Very sad now .but then I was into Elans . and WHO was interested in old Bangers like that.. IF ONLY I had known............. The petulance of youth Mike
  17. Almost certainly a Riva ??? Mike PS You daft B....r Pete.............I saw the boat and thought Riva and on second sight , the names in the bottom left corner !!!!! Just HOW old are you Pete..... and I thought I was cracking on . LOL Mike Coor Bigsi , I dont arf fancy them two.. Are they from The Valleys , Look you ? Mike I will have you know Dors was top tottie in the fifties ! ( but YOU already know that Wayne !) Mike Just one flight with those guys would be a lifetime ambition realised. Must be like the 350 flat stick , hanging it all out in a quick boat and head down ass up past Johnsons cafe on an open pipe !! Mike Sheer Class Fishy, Thanks Mike "......One of my faves , got even better with the later collaboration and regularly heard when I have the strength to wind up the gramophone ! Cheers Paul Not the only Good Ole Boy from Sun records. Mike
  18. The key word here is 'SMOOTH,' get that right and the S350 and the V8 is one of the best balanced cars on the road. An esprit , in my opinion is the least ergonomic card that I have owned and driven . It took me a long time to get 'Dialled into ' my first Esprit and the transition from the later GT3 to the S350 was 'restrained ' due to horror stories of handling problems , which never manifested themselves to me. The Esprit range is most varied and having owned an 85 Turbo ,onr of th4e best ) GT3 to the S350 which I like the most , ther are very different driving approaches needed to get the best out of each series. Mike
  19. There were some interesting ,marine engines being developed jointly by Merscuiser and G.M at lake X during the eighties. Never got em in any of my boats as the Powerboat scene in the Uk died with the recession of 89/90. Mike
  20. MKE40

    bad day today

    Simon, At times like these you need those nearest and dearest around you even if you act as if you dont love them. Making light of your probs. is maybe just their way of supporting you and not looking on the Dark Side , they need your support also to continue. In my time I have done my share of smashing things in my frustration , mostly at my own inadquacies and failures to achieve. Its a natural pressure relief valve used by , I am sure most Male Animals ! Like kimbers was saying, Liz and I are the same, we have a nice home that people who visit say " You must do a lot of entertaining " , Do we Hell ! After a day dealing with customers and staff solving, or more to the point NOT solving problems, all I want to do is "L.T.F.D." Lock that f........ door, and enjoy the tranquility of my home. The LAST thing I need is Friends calling round , dont mind E mail, dont mind the phone too much , but I wanna be ' IN MY HOUSE' and enjoying a beer as I work. Liz and I ran a pub for 6 years or so and after that life where your home is open to the general public and worse, that is enough for anyone to want to LTFD from then on ! keep calm Simon, dig your heels in and be determined. You will come through , if you have the faith in yourself. We are with you, and Yours.............. Mike
  21. IT would appear that the letter writer in question is about as blindly biased against progress as any one could be. He obviously only looks at Lotus cars through rose tinted glasses , Thank Christ the Mk's six and seven were superseded by the arrival of the Climax Elite, very radical at the time but dontcha want one now ? Stuff the Purists I say ! All the associations that Lotus have been involved in over the years have added to the rich history.. I for one would love to own a Trabant with Handling and engine tweaks by LOTUS if it could ever materialise. Trabants on the Tunnel Runs ? Yeah Right on let me in ! Survival for any company in this highly competitive dog eat dog world means looking at any thing that will ensure the survival of our Great British Marque. Mike
  22. Me Too Kelley. Stay strong , Simon needs you to be resolute. Mike.
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