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  1. Yep...Lionel was at both 50th and 60th and the 40 years at Hethel do and the Lotus Esprit Forum Factory day and the Brand Hatch day for the 50th and.... Turbo Esprit first reg 1/1/86.
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    car transport

    I move my G Esprit and have moved a couple of S cars for others without issue on my standard (A410) Brian James trailer. Is it a particular model that doesn't fit or are other people's trailers narrower? If you need help Mike then I'm always happy to offer...but I'm just a bloke with a trailer - not commercial, no special insurance which means your risk and a thirsty tow car - so typically you'll do better with a professional.
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    Retirement activities

    In my book, life is all about maximising enjoyment whether that's while working or once retired. So if you like doing nothing, then retiring has the potential to make you happier than working, but if you like doing stuff then retirement can present more of a challenge, particularly if most of what you used to do was "work". I really do believe that being "on holiday" permanently is only fun for a while - it gets boring unless you do something on your holiday. Sometimes there's not much different between doing something and working...but the biggest plus of course is that you can stop whenever you want! Personally I couldn't wait to stop the day job and jumped at the chance of getting out early. But I do enjoy being busy so set about doing stuff. First year I qualified as an HGV driver (only ever used it for a couple of days since, but it was good fun to do!). Then I got into the car show rounds (its amazing how many of them there are if you start to look). So that meant spruce up in the week and show at the w/e. Fine for a few months but that got all a bit samey. Then I started doing diy/handyman stuff for friends cos I enjoyed it and thought I might enjoy some more dosh. But it wasn't worth it to me to have the commitment rather than just freewheel so instead we looked to move house which involved finishing off doing up the house we were in ....and then taking on a new project in the West Country. Great fun - there's just oodles of things to do here and I'll never be able to get around to everything no matter how long we stay. Been here 10 years and the current plan is to stay another 10 years - but some of the chores might feel more like hard work rather than something fun to do by then so we're open to changing whenever. The property gives me an excuse to have lots of machines and a purpose to play with them. Outside school summer hols, the roads in the west country are much less busy than the southeast so a drive down to the coast somewhere is always a good day out. We count ourselves incredibly lucky ....
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    '85 TE checkover

    Errm, no you shouldn't need to lift to get into 5th - that's to get reverse. Obviously its a dogleg, but not a lift. One more for Sparky next time...
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    New E10 petrol. Problems for us?

    E10 is viscous stuff, but even E5's not ideal. Best to be using one of the premium fuels with no Ethanol at all and let the mass of the disinterested and short termist cheapskates take up the carbon strain with the cheaper fuels.
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    '85 TE checkover

    "2nd synchro is weak" on mine was magically cured by replacing the red hose with braided - which I know some people don't credit. Similar symptoms from a cooling system not properly bled (ie put on a steep down slope, expansion cap off, run it til hot...) Now Grannie....about those eggs...
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    Esprit Picture & Video Thread

    Yep....No 64 was Tony's (the last one made I believe) - so probably exported to Ireland as I thought.
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    Esprit Picture & Video Thread

    From memory I think Tony sold his Sport 300 a couple of years or so back, I believe to someone in Ireland.....but that needs better citation as they say in Wiki.
  9. There was a good showing of Lotus in the car park today...sadly none in the Supercar parking next to the house. Didn't snap them all, but good to see another Esprit...
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    MOTOGP 101 required!!

    Probably as many opinions on that as people you ask. Yes dominated by Spanish and Italians. The Spanish in particular nurture their youngsters through domestic series into the feeder classes of Moto3 and Moto2. Young Brits tend to get more involved in British series which are more road bike inspired and lead on to British and then World Superbikes - where we do very well. But not many of any nationality have made any kind of real success in moving from Superbike to MotoGP. I'm not sure why. (Indeed not many do that well going from MotoGP to WSB unless they were good there first).
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    MOTOGP 101 required!!

    Tim covered some of the main personalities. Bike wise... Marquez is on a factory Honda - proving hard to ride this year but he's awesome anyway. Cal is on a not quite so factory Honda/privateer but nearly as fast. Rossi - has been with Yamaha for some years and its relatively slower this year for some reason - known as the Doctor but also often referred to as the GOAT (greatest of all time) at the age of 39 The other main contender is Ducati - ridden by Lorenzo or (my fav) Dovizioso - is the fastest bike in a straight line, but even more of a handful to ride around the corners There's a number of newer* bikes, riders and teams around who occasionally cause upsets, but not consistently. The bikes on the second half of the grid have next to no chance and effectively race in a different series with different engine rules etc. *newer being an odd choice as the key adjective to use for many (eg Suzuki, Aprilia, KTM, etc) who have clearly been around for decades.
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    '85 TE checkover

    I'd have thought the fact of their involvement would be seen as the explanation rather than part of the mystery....
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    Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

    Find the Jim Clark Museum stand at the very top of the Paddock area. There £20 buys you a ticket with a chance to win a factory donated 410 Evora special edition of 1 in Jim Clark's Elan colours - proceeds to the museum at Duns.
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    Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

    Had a great day there today. Bought my Jim Clark Evora ticket - lovely people on the stand. Great to see Lotus back with a stand and had a lovely chat with Scott W. Its clear things are looking up at the factory, so whatever we all think about the speed of progress towards new cars, the guys there just seem so chuffed to be back in the light and not under curfew they've been in for the last few years. It was great to listen to such positivism. Very noticeable how many electric cars were being shown by everyone else....
  15. Eleanor may be up for sent