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    Mike
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    '86 Turbo Esprit
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    Clutch hose, Front Brakes, Fuel Lines
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    Deepest Sunny Zummerzet

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  1. I'm one of those impressed with the growth and ambition going on at Lotus, and totally underwhelmed by the hardcore corporate twaddle spouted today. Took me back to "away days" and "strategic reviews" from my days in management and almost made me laugh out loud at how impressive saying nothing is in consultant speak. But aside from the fluff, there was some real information and the odd fact. The one I cant get my head round came in the sustainability pitch where they claimed 70% of all Lotus cars ever made are still out there (indeed I think they implied still running). Now I know tha
  2. This is another factor to consider, but I see it from another angle. Pensions have changed significantly over our working lives. My parents generation had the (then derisery) State Pension and potentially a work pension which had defined benefits, typically final salary related. In the eternal moves to greater "efficiency" there have been many moves to cut the costs of pensions - not because they were unaffordable as is often portrayed but because you cant spend the money twice and more people prioritise wanting to spend today and not worry about tomorrow. Part of the reason I could afford
  3. To me its all about enjoying your life. Only you know what you enjoy. Maximise what you enjoy, minimise what you don't. If you're not enjoying more of your time than not then make changes until the balance is positive. Money is the killer for most, but the majority have no handle on how much is "enough". Once you have enough money to enjoy more of your life than you don't enjoy, then paid employment becomes irrelevant. Nearly everyone in the world could enjoy more money, but having money itself seems pointless to me, and the one's I know with the most seem pretty hopeless at spendin
  4. I prefer the "none" on mine - which is actually as ordered and delivered from the factory.
  5. Errr, not all of them, my '86 doesn't have.
  6. Your height will make it a tight fit at best, but proportions will dictate if its doable. If you're all legs I suspect you'll have a problem getting far enough back from the pedals, but if just generally big then you may be OK. I'm 6ft and fit with the seat one click forward from max back. If I need to wear a crash helmet for track days then I'll be wedged hard up against the roof, but its fine with no headgear. Your best bet is to get to sit in one asap to see if the bubble gets burst. Where are you ? We may know of a car local to you.
  7. MPx

    Drones...

    ...well right up until the sacrificial "landing" during the strike anyway.
  8. It does of course...but with 650 MPs vs 669,000 nurses, the actual costs are incomparable. Any amount paid to MPs (while morally bankrupt) will not feature in any macro national cost analysis (eg 650 x£10,000 = £6.5m which is small change in the national accounts) whereas any amount paid to nurses will appear huge when multiplied by 2/3rds of a million - (eg just a £1500 rise = another £billion cost to the country) - and may well be simply unaffordable.
  9. I agree with Colin's posts - I don't see it as a compassion thing and don't think he posted anything about that. Level of pay should be about value we put on the job relative to the value we put on other jobs tempered by the availability/willingness of people to do it. That balance has currently been struck at wherever the payscales currently are. Having a hard year is, IMO, no reason to change a payscale. Reasons to change payscales are difficulties in recruitment/retention, additional demands meaning greater skills required which are harder to attain, and such like (many of which may wel
  10. Beggars and choosers matey. If you were still on a 1mb link (on a good day) for £15/mth as we are then 6 times more money for 100 times speed seems not such a bad deal. I paid my deposit yesterday - but they say maybe 6 months 'til I get it. On a related point I'm a bit concerned about the stats being used by the Gov (as ever!). I got my annual review with Zen last month and they class me as having a 10Mb service. If that's how its reported on up the line then no wonder so much of the country is claimed to have acceptable broadband. I got Zen to check and their tests showed that 1Mb
  11. Its an annual event organised by Club Lotus always on that same Saturday each year. Its open to anyone, free to attend and you tend to get anything from 100 or so Lotus in a monsoon, to maybe 500+ Lotus on a sunny day parking up in what is normally the paddock. (Porkers and other lesser marques can use the public car parks 😉) About 100 of us pay around £100 each for two track sessions of about 8 laps each (but you often get more sessions at the end of the day if you want at no extra charge, I typically do 4 but my record was 5 + lunchtime parade). If you want track access you have to join
  12. Well that sounds like the heart of "HECler" country - I expect ChrisJ will be along soon to sign you up...or pop into their group thread on here to join in. Obviously at the moment that'll be joinging in to nothing, but hopefully it wont be too long now before we're allowed out again. If freedom comes before the end of May, get yourself down to Castle Combe on the Sat of the Bank Hol w/e and a number of us will have our cars there to ogle at, sit in and maybe get a pax ride if the timing is right. Edit: beat me to it Chris!
  13. Where abouts in the country are you, we may know a friendly owner nearby?
  14. There's absolutely no doubt that all cars have become much more refined and accomplished over the last few decades. If you go for a G car you are stepping into a 1970's design even if its an '80s car. Its going to feel crude, but no more crude than an '80s Carrera and I guess you know them well. The Esprit (and every Lotus I've driven) are "easy" to drive. The M100 Elan probably the easiest, but the Esprit is fine. In monsoon/ice conditions, its possible to loose the tail if you're not paying attention, but its the 911 with the reputation in that department not the Esprit. It is awkward
  15. Just on specs....mine is a December '85 build/Jan 86 reg, one of the last Gen3 before the HC came out....and I don't have a glass roof or air con. I'd advise if you do get a glass roof to also make sure you get aircon as the heat gain through the windscreen is bad enough, but through the roof as well would be roasting without aircon. When I bought the car 31 years ago, my mate bought an '88 911 Carrera. We shared the driving "to" many a golf match, but I'd nearly always drive home afterwards in whichever car we'd taken as Jim would have enjoyed his time at the 19th - so I did a lot
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