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  1. Warning, off topic.

    Hi Mike,

    It wasn't life threatening but I did get beaten up quite a bit. The worst injury was to my wrist. I had the front brake on hard and my optimism ensured that I held on to it until the impact. Most of my weight went down into my wrist before the summersault over the bonnet, poking my head through the windscreen on the way past. :-) This broke and dislocated most of the small bones in my hand at the wrist joint. The good news is that the surgeons did a great job and the mid term effects are not too bad. I have some limited movement in my wrist but that is all. The long term might see it deteriorate and their have been suggestions of needing to have it fused but I am doubtfull this will be the case. I broke ribs and a minor knee fracture along with some cuts and bruises. However I am most proud of my 'man parts'. Honda's are no match for them :thumbup:

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    cheers

    -Chris

    Chris,

    Seems that you had a lucky escape.

    I hear what you say about the Fusion thing. I have damaged and broken my neck progressively over a thirty year period by continual G forces compressing the 2 and 3 vertebrae while powerboat racing. What was 'electric',shocks across my shoulders in the seventies turned into being paralysed temporarily across the top of my body twenty years later. Result was a slash across the throat to access the front of the spine and a piece of my hip bone being used to fuse two verts together.

    Sounds awful but saved me from beng in a wheelchair for the rest of my life!

    Rock on , keep biking, keep boating and keep the throttle nailed in that 'Sprit .........you never know when the Grim Reaper will decide that you are having too much fun and cash in your chips !

    Some of us are leading a Charmed Life...

    Touch wood !

    Mike

  2. Seems like a good excuse to add some pictures for the first time to the forum (sorry if it doesn't work out. :thumbsup: )

    Sorry, I need to dig up some new ones...

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    This is my previous V8...

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    Here is a gratuitous shot of them together with a friends Black V8 (which might just be the best looking of them all :thumbsup: )

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    While I am at it my first Esprit...

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    And here one of my Fireblade after a nice young lady executed a U-turn infront of me and turned it into a short wheel base version...

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    I still have my first Fireblade which is a '93 model which just refuses to die and let me update it. :vava:

    According to the preview this should work.

    cheers

    -Chris

    Jeez , Chris that Blade is in a mess .

    I hope you did'nt suffer too badly.

    Mike

  3. Mike

    Don't you build em for a living?

    Like the Harbour rat, might be cool on the Broads. Trying to talk the Mrs into a speedboat right now to put at Sheringham for the summer. Struggling though....wonder why???? Maybe it's the new bike!

    Anywho...didn't know you were a biker, missed that one. Reckon we may have to have an LEF Biker meet and Hoon. Up the old snake pass, camp outside, get pissed beyond all comprehension then ride back next day with a Hangover! Perfect!

    ??......since '67

    Rats are nice......

    Bikes are nicer !! since '56 .

    LEF Bike Club is nice , (Karl can be President ! )

    Snake pass is nice idea

    pissed is nice,

    hangover def. not nice at all !! One product from the toybox that you are welcome to.......!!

    Mike

  4. Yep, who ever designed it did a great job.............any chance of helping me make it faster???

    T :rant:

    Nah,

    I couldnt possibly consider 'Interpreting ' the rules , You gotta move into a Bigger League.........

    What about a P1 boat for 2008 or a Round Britain rig , a 36 footer and a pair of big banger Mercruisers 800 plus horsepower will help........

    Mike

  5. Confused ? What about, your own sexulality ?

    Camp ? That's no way to speak about Mr Sekinger, is it now ?

    It's true that the members of the Nobility are not as talkative as members of this forum, but that's simply because we are a more exclusive breed !!!

    My apologies to the redoubtable Mr S.....I thought the avatar was that of the novelty music chappie and part - time steeplejack .

    Would the real 'Fred' , please stand up ?

    ?????????????

    Mike

  6. You cheeky Young B'stard Bibs..........

    I was expecting a bollocking as the reply was from you, stating that this subject had been already covered so why dont you lazy sods check beforehand before posting............

    ........And what do I find ?

    some Smart Arse ..............going for a Cheap Shot ! Is that a 'W' Anchor that you are implying ,.......as it looks like a Bay Palm or large Fishermans , certainly not a Plough or Danforth .........Or would YOU know the difference??

    Shame on you Bibs.

    You should have respect for your elders .........or at least a constructive reply.

    " Your name has been noted, There WILL be a Reckoning "

    Mike

  7. Going back into Dinosaur mode ,

    I f I remember right, 50s and 60s cars were susceptible to clutch judder and snatch if the engine and gearbox mounts were sloppy, so there is reason to believe that this could be a contributory factor to judder on a later car as the Esprit................

    Just a thought .....

    Mike

  8. Mike, have you seen this? :(

    Its the worlds tiniest violin! :D

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    Wayne,

    Your violin looks very nice.............

    Thats all very well but has it a fully stamped service book .......? Otherwise I really could not make a decision to purchase such an item.

    I mean ,, really , Just who has been working on it and were they fully apprenticed and trained by Stradivarius himself ?

    I am becoming all neurotic about buying ANYTHING after reading this thread.

    P.S

    Paul ...

    Do you buy your own Creme Eggs or would you trust Vicki to pick them up with the weekly shop ? ( With certification from Cadbury Of course !)

    [Mod: Paul C, Actually, every day for the past two months, my

    apprentice has brought a creme egg for me on his way to work...]

    Mike

  9. Ooh, that is a tough one!

    Getting mine was a dream come true, and I love every trip out in it. I think if I was going to switch, the only model I would consider would be the Sport300/350 - probably a 350 if I had enough cash and the right car came up. I think I would miss the subtle yellow though and would be made an outcast if I resprayed it! :D

    Ben

    Ben ,

    I still have pangs of regret for selling THAT car !

    Enjoy it Bruvver !

    Mike

  10. Seeing how some 'specialists' do jobs on car's I'd be quite happy buying a car like this off of an tech head enthusiast - when it's "your" car you tend to take more care and time over it. Last time my GT3 went to a specialist it came back with numerous paint scratches, dumping coolant and the exhaust leaking from every angle and they didn't know that the car had 6 lots of flexible brake lines !

    Jono,

    You just answered your own question.

    These cars are never going to sell to other than an enthusiast.......

    Forget taking your car to a main Lotus dealer that will put the Junior to work on your pride and joy cos 'Its an old car' and we dont want him learning on these new Elises !

    Cooking car rules DO NOT apply here .

    Would you trust the AA to advise you whether to buy ?

    Of course not , you would take into consideration all aspects of the cars history and the apparant present condition and at the end of the day we are talking 'Bangers' here in current modern day buyers terms!

    Who ever would pay 10 or 20 K, or even MORE for an old car ?

    ( I have just answered my own question ! )

    I rest my case........

    Gotta go now ........

    The Viking Carlsberg calls..........

    Mike

  11. Well Fishy ,

    I was feeling it , but I was out on the A303 ,sun was out, was warm and I had to take my new truck for a run with a 36 behind.

    Must admit that I took some mellow sounds with me !

    Nina S , Lady Day, Ol Blue Eyes, Sassy Vaughan,

    AND Jackson Browne Accoustic 1, also Dylans 'Modern Times' good laid back album that!

    Just suited the mood of a Nissan Patrol and 3 tonnes behind............Got home late but not TOO late to get into

    a beer or two (NOT that you would understand the pleasures of 'Mashed flowers stewed in water ' Fishy )

    Mike

    Looks like the beer hit me earlier than normal !!!!!!!!

    Mike

  12. On the subject of old planes, anyone returning from the factory day along the A17/A47 (can't remember exactly where) will have passed a rather mint Hawker Hunter just parked up on the frontage of, I think, a motel! Would have loved to have stopped but missus was turning green by that point and looking forward to home!

    IF any.........

    of you guys had just got out of nick at Ford prison West sussex ( been a few famous faces and heroes done time there ) you would have walked past , ( with your government train pass grasped firmly in your hand) a rather perfect example of a Navy Hunter on a pole as a gate guardian.

    It was past this WW" airfield that Neville Duke first broke the sound barrier (level flight over the sea) a few hundred yards South in the fifties in a Hawker Hunter.

    Just thought you might like to know that.

    I used to build my boats in the old Photo-Recon buildings that are steeped in our glorious history so readily rubbished by todays ungrateful

    leaders of this once Great Britain.....................

    Many a clandestine flight into Occupied France by so many very Brave Souls took off from Ford.

    My heart bleeds for the future..........................

    Mike

  13. THINK POSITIVE .. Tone, We are all rootin' for yer. and we will forgive this small transgression..........BUT

    You'd better get your sorry arse to the the next meet or there will hell to pay...........

    YOU can do this................ 'On yer ead'..........

    Mike :)

  14. I'm in the market to buy another Esprit as I'm a real glutten for punishment.

    I've come accross two early G Turbo's that are priced about the same.

    One is totally original with low mileage, the other is quite high mileage but has had alot of money spent on it (mostly underneath).

    The question I'd like your thoughts on is which is the better one to have ?

    What do you reckon?

    Bazza

    IF the restoration has been done properly , then buy the one that the PO has ' Blown their brains out' and spent fortunes on and cannot complete the task in hand as this should take you some way into a perfect car.

    You will have to analyse your budget and .............'HOW MUCH' do you want that model ?. Also, are you going to keep it ,or are you on the way up to a later type, in which case hang loose and pounce when you find your dream !

    Mike :)

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