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  1. I've been on loads of track days, though admittedly very few of them in recent years, and have never been refused in the Esprit due to no tow hook or for any other reason. There has consistently been advice in the briefing to fit tow hooks "if you have them". However, I take it as just another risk factor. Stuff can happen and loads of people wont track their car in case it does - thereby missing out on enormous fun. Of course mostly stuff doesn't happen. If something bad has happened and you have a towing eye then it will be used and probably less further damage will be inflicted. If you don't have one, a rope or chain will be put around anything that they can get at that's solid enough and the car dragged away - probably causing further damage. So that would be sad, but not the end of the world. The end of the world bit is the embarrassment at running out of talent - or being next to some one else who does but who you cant really sue.
  2. Odd isn't it. I guess the Turbos never had the wet nellie dust to elevate them. Back in 2012 when Beaulieu were hosting their Bond exhibition they held a big meet day for any car featured in a Bond film and an enormous number of different marques and models turned up. (Some of which it has to be said were just close relatives not the actual models featured). Anyway from a cast of literally hundreds and despite a choice of lovely Turbos to chose from I was extremely lucky to get the nod as one of just seven cars taken to the house and introduced to Lord Montagu. He was pretty frail and in a wheelchair by then, but still clearly a fan. So a turbo was featured ... but the 2CV still got the public vote as best Bond Car
  3. Enjoyed that. Great interview Bibbo, and totally agreed that Matt W came across very well. But still some disquiet from me. There was a very good question which started with a statement about just how good Evora is and was received by the press/etc yet didn't result in mega sales. How will Emira be different...? My hearing of the answer was "we've made the car better with a wider appeal". I'm confident that that will be the case but to me suggests that they haven't yet recognised the problem. Its not that Evora wasn't good enough, it was that very few people knew about it to consider it. Other than us fanboys/girls most people don't know what a Lotus is and a worrying number of those that think they do are still in the loads of trouble kit car mindset. Hard to understand how a fifty year old mindset still pervades amongst the under fifties, but its there. The bit still missing to me is primarily the marketing and then dealers/aftersales. I've seen the shop pop up proposals etc so at least awareness may improve once they get going...but a strong and widespread (Worldwide!) dealer network is needed and there's still much to do in that space. The retort from Matt about seeing the best sales in the US recently suggests at best an overly positive spin on dire numbers and at worst head, sand and burying.
  4. Hmmm - not sure about all this excitement about the car parks. I go early. Even then the queues around Chichester and near the Goodwood estate are horrendous. The prospect of keeping any sort of convoy together I would have thought would be zero. Many roads are closed and turned one way so people approaching from different directions get no choice about which car park entrances they use. The pleb car parks where I go turn into dust bowls if its dry. They are vast and at least a 20 min walk through the golf course from the Entrance. The start line entrance is a 20 min walk from the F1 paddock past the house and a further 20 mins or more if you want to get up the hill to the rally stage. I don't know anyone who spends any voluntary time in the car parks despite the distinctly average to stunning contents - its just head down and march on to get inside. I'm sure the paid for car parks will knock some walking time off, though not once inside the venue. Whatever you do don't leave a soft top down or window open or your car will be full of dust on your return - unless its raining in which case obviously sodden - there's always some to point at when returning late in the day. Expect an hour or so delay at the start of your journey home as you try to clear the area as the traffic will be awful - so don't take a car that's not happy in traffic queues. Other than getting there and out again...I've always had a great time!
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    I switched from Ovo to Octopus because I got totally fed up with Ovo's customer service and estimation approach. Went through formal complaint to the ombudsman and lost (with total incredulity). I was with Ovo for years. I am a big user as our heating is electric (GSHP). So despite having a consistent annual total, I was always way over their "estimate" in winter, and way under in summer. So I kept getting wild swings in demand for changes in my Direct debit. The last straw was when I was £500 in credit in May about to hit my low usage summer when I got a demand to increase my monthly DD by £130 - to £380/mth FFS!! I both phoned and wrote - and pointed out that I could stop paying at all and wouldn't use my credit by October based on all previous years history. The next month they took the money by DD anyway so I manually reduced my DD myself back to £250 and complained to the Ombudsman. Sure enough by the Oct I was over a grand in credit, but the ombudsman found for Ovo as they agreed they had made a reasonable estimation of my usage. I pointed out the errors in their arithmetic on appeal but to no avail so switched. Madness! Not been with Octopus a year yet but the one wobble they had with my usage pattern they backed off when I explained and left the DD at the level we first agreed. Looks like its going to work out about right so will be interesting if they stay calm next year.
  6. Interestingly nothing significant posted on it yet this year Ian, but looks like Rambo (Mark) and Muley (Jim) are expecting to go. Thread here.
  7. ....and me, though I'm not going this year as it clashes with the LandRover show at Gaydon which I fancied trying for a change. Also not been to LMC so I had always thought that the three separate fields plus showroom of Porsches at Silverstone was more than their fair share. Clearly the continentals don't agree. You'll have a great time Ian - the highlight for me is usually strolling around the pit complex. I only ever do one day so you'll get around it all a few times if you're staying - but as many like me only do one day the display cars must substantially change each day. LEC usually have a contingent camping over the weekend - the stories of the Saturday night suggest you'll be in good company!
  8. Yup they were the ones...but they were the only ones available throughout the site Having heard about the M5 we "nipped" down through Bristol onto the A37 and home that way. Inevevitably Bristol centre was gridlocked and overall it was a 40 min longer journey than going up via the M5 in the morning ...but maybe better than the M5 queue South?? who knows? ..and while I clearly missed you Barrie I did see your party sat around ESX1 which was looking as glorious as ever. I saw Peter M there with Jen and he'd tried to park in the usual spectators car park to get on the bank by Camp corner - Met with security people and told to move away. In 31 years I've never seen access so restricted, and again I cant really see what they are achieving covid wise by not letting us spread out and see the rest of the track. Some organisations do chose to interpret guidelines in weird and non-intuitive ways. Sounds like I'm moaning - don't mean to, had a great time. My mate Gary came with me this year and drove the Esprit up so that I could also take the M100. Was great to split the sessions between the cars - completely different experiences - the Esprit more demanding but ultimately faster, the M100 easier to drive and lovely to be topless in the heat.
  9. Another great day at Combe, with both weather and circuit in fine fettle. Sadly the catering was pretty dire as only a cafe take out service and the queue was mostly over 30 mins long. Loos almost as bad. I portaloo (2 urinal and one trap) for ~500 blokes. Not quite sure why covid prevents the normal loo blocks to be opened. Not many Esprit's there this year - maybe a dozen and I think only Lionel on track. Loads of M100s - great showing from LEC, and a fair cluster of Excel/Eclat/Elite. Drivers mostly very well behaved on track which made it a real pleasure - managed 4 sessions + parade! Great to catch up with a few old friends off here....
  10. Wow, that must have taken a pasting in its short life - always a possibility with hire cars I suppose. Possibly undisclosed incidents by the hirers when they ran out of talent, but very poor of the hire company to not notice/fix.
  11. I hope this goes well, but I'm intrigued. What opportunity is there for an S3 Elise to be "badly set up"? What adjustments can be made? My experience is limited to S1 Elise, but that was what it was like it or lump it (short of replacing stuff with aftermarket bits).
  12. Totally agree about the incredulity in how he got voted back in....but isn't this just rabble rousing? Most "classic" cars are not used for commuting or the daily school run - they sit parked under covers and come out a dozen times per year. Yes annoying to pay for the privilege on those 12 days, but its not a ruinous expense. Its all of the really useful non-classic older cars that should be up in arms. I still don't really understand the logic of the scheme - my 5 litre V8 Supercharged RangeRover is compliant...but neither of the Lotus are - hard to believe they put out more nasties than the FullFat Rangie.
  13. Ahhh yes, technically true Dave, but she's not driven it since 2008 and I did the mods when it was clear it had become my toy...
  14. No, very limited experience of MX5 just one mate who had one of the first folding metal tops - whichever generation that was. Was a nice enough "sports car" but didn't really float my boat, and although I sat in it for many miles, I never drove it myself. My M100 has had most of the popular mods that get done to these cars, so its a much better drive and much faster than standard - eg at Combe I outpaced an Exige 240 cup in damp conditions. But in some ways that defeats what you appear to be after - I've made it faster and better braked. If faster and better braked is what you wanted then there we are again back to the GT430. Standard M100 (well the SE/S2 anyway not sure about the NA) were widely reported in launch tests to be one of the fastest a-b cars through A and B roads. Handling excellent and actually very easy to drive fast - one of the advantages of the FWD that lost them so much acceptance. The standard brakes are pretty awful though - not least because they require constant maint to stop the pads sticking on the pins - so I'm not sure that would suit a no effort ownership. Brakes aside, they're very close to modern turn the key and it works type of motoring. My BiL had a +2 130 for a few years - lovey car in great condition, but never as well sorted as Dave's S2. Again only ever passengered in either. I preferred the extra room inside of the +2 but for everything else the modded S2 was better. What would I have thought of a std S2??? - no idea!
  15. Not sure what sort of special occasions would be better met by an Esprit or baby Elan than the GT430 Evora. Old stuff can be great for many things including all of the reasons you say aren't important to you. If you just want it to work and drive well/enjoyably then you've already got that with the Evora. The Turbo Esprit is a great drive on road or track - but much slower and less refined than a GT430. The Elan is properly old but if well sorted can be great fun - eg Dave Merlanes red S2 coupe is great to be in while he attacks Castle Combe - fully controlled 4 wheel drifts, amazing cornering, but slow on the straights. A well driven GT430 would leave it for dead. You could get a soft top I suppose which would at least offer something different. Classic cars are mostly about pootling about, going to shows/events and enjoying some nostalgia. For serious no effort daily transport and proper speed anything modern is better. Oh and having voted with my wallet, I think the M100 is a better car than the baby Elan and a perfect companion to a Turbo Esprit!
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