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  1. Only caught it from part way into the Ethiopia trip to the end. Was the first half better? Looked same old, same old, to me. I'll give it a miss...but pleased its delivering for you guys.
  2. The old Bat out of Hethel eh? Good to see you...
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    Combe i do every year?!?! No, sorry matey I'll be on my way home soon after 5.
  4. Noticed some new event signs on our road yesterday and popped along to the local equestrian centre of all places to find a number of helicopters! It seems our neighbour and local business boss (Andrew Whitehouse) owns/runs Historic Helicopters in his spare time from the same site. They were flying one of their two Wessex aircraft for the first time having recently managed to get an air worthiness certificate again after a considerable layoff and refurb. He's also got the only flying Whirlwind; and two (non flying) Sea Kings. We often see him in his white Bell JetRanger 3, and white Hughes 300 overhead and the JetRanger was there too. As was a Gazelle, but I don't think that was one of his. Anyway..the Wessex was quite a beast and good to see up close.
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    I'll be there as ever Chris...but in the M100 this year not the Esprit.
  6. On the electric theme, we bought a BMW i3 for Fran last summer and have had great fun with it. She loves driving it. It does 100 to 120miles on a charge (160 for the new one just introduced) which is further than we want to go in it and if its of any sort of factor for you "fuel" costs are (literally) about a tenth of what they are in my Rangie! Like all electrics its very nippy, comfy enough, a few toys....worth a look? (No memory seats tho...)
  7. Was surprised to find the 5 litre supercharged Full Fat Range Rover with over 500bhp is exempt from the charge but the M100 and Turbo Esprit are not. Seems unlikely that they chuck more sh1t in the air than the FFRR but since I never drive the Lotus up there, but sometimes do go in the Rangie that suits me just fine...
  8. On a slightly different tack...I've been a bit disturbed to see the latest reliability surveys from JD Power (US) and Which? (UK). Essentially they have Volvo pretty near the bottom of the list with twice as many faults reported compared to those at the top of the table. Which? car brand reliability Rank Car manufacturer Reliability 0-3 years Reliability 3-8 years 1 Lexus ***** ***** 2 Suzuki ***** ***** 3 Toyota ***** ***** 4 Dacia ***** **** 5 Alfa Romeo ***** *** 6 Honda **** ***** 7 Mitsubishi **** ***** 8 BMW **** **** 9 Kia **** **** 10 Mazda **** **** 11 Mini **** **** 12 Audi **** *** 13 Ford **** *** 14 Hyundai **** *** 15 Renault **** *** 16 Seat **** *** 17 Skoda **** *** 18 Subaru **** *** 19 Citroen **** ** 20 Peugeot **** ** 21 Vauxhall **** ** 22 Volkswagen **** ** 23 DS **** n/a 24 Jeep *** **** 25 Porsche *** **** 26 Jaguar *** *** 27 Mercedes-Benz *** *** 28 Nissan *** *** 29 Smart *** *** 30 Fiat *** ** 31 Volvo *** ** 32 Ssangyong *** n/a 33 Tesla *** n/a 34 Land Rover ** ** 35 Chevrolet n/a ** 36 Saab n/a ** n/a - not available or sample size too small I'm aware that the 2019 JD Power study will be based on 2016 presumably pre-Geely? But the Which? survey has 0-3yr and 3-8yr and new Volvo's are poor too. Chinese quality control does not have a good reputation in the UK and their Motorcycle product are a laughing stock in that regard. We're not going to resurrect the old acronym are we ?....after what must be at least 2 decades of it being totally inappropriate? That would be a cruel irony given the great hopes we all now have for the marque.
  9. My first time at Race Retro today. Hall 4 (mainly auto jumble) was a bit reminiscent of the old Lotus Parts fairs held there about 20 or so years ago. I even saw some M100 rear lights! The rest was in more modern buildings with what seemed to me an odd eclectic mix of racing stuff and "lifestyle" stands. Is that essential learning from Goodwood? - (Ladies clothes stands, teak furniture, glasses cleaners....) A few great cars to gawp at but have to say overall I was underwhelmed. Sat for half an hour with a coffee watching Harry Garage on my phone doing the Silverstone Auction highlights as it was another £15 (on top of the £22 entry) to get in their part. 2.5 hour run up there with no issues. 4.5 run home with most of the M5 in car park mode. Good to have experienced what they have to offer...but I wont be going again.
  10. Pete, cant help with this myself, but... I was down in the SouthWestLotusCentre last week and James and Phil showed me around a lovely dry sump Turbo Esprit that they are recommissioning to "as new" condition. Its stunning and was ready to back out under its own steam for the first time when they found they couldn't get reverse. Further investigation revealed symptoms almost identical to those described above including the snapped/welded lever. The guys were actively making a good lever assembly from two or three others, each of which had some sort of issue. Maybe you could give James (and/or Phil) a call and talk it through with them?
  11. Has done several times, but not every year. The mood on the stand last year was wonderful and a dramatic change to witness after the cost cutting JMG era.
  12. You make a well argued case Andy. As an EV owner I also frequent a forum of theirs. The evangelists there are very evangelical and I've seen many put downs of the Hydrogen power verses battery power. I've no knowledge myself, but have cross posted one of the better argued positions on hydrogen albeit put in a slightly different context in answer to the "why not wait for hydrogen?" reason to not buy electric. Do you find it convincing? I'm intrigued about the argument on how hard it is to get hold of the admittedly abundant hydrogen around the planet - that, if true, sounds like a killer to me. Why not wait for hydrogen? You'll probably have heard that hydrogen is "less efficient", but let's put that in real terms. Clean hydrogen is made with electricity (again you may have heard "hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe!" - but it's always attached to something and requires energy to separate). Because it's so inefficient, you need three times as much electricity to drive a mile in a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle than an electric vehicle. This means that on most electricity mixes, an HFCV produces more CO2 than a combustion-engined vehicle. You can produce it from renewables, sure, but you'd get three times as many miles from putting that electricity into a battery instead. But most hydrogen isn't produced cleanly, and is made by steam reformation of natural gas. Being a fossil fuel, this means CO2 is produced as a byproduct. This is why hydrogen tends to be eulogised by petrochemical companies and countries with lots of natural gas deposits, because they stand to make a lot of money by exporting gas if it becomes the oil of the future. There are also cost issues - the main reason we haven't seen hydrogen take off, despite some reasonable cars being on the market, is that filling stations are exorbitantly expensive. It would take £20bn just to make enough electrolysers to fuel all the country's car miles, before accounting for all the electricity generation required, storage and kiosk facilities, maintenance etc. So if it happens, which wouldn't make much sense for the aforementioned reasons, it will be a long, long wait. And the conscience-related reasons for ditching combustion engines, whether geopolitical, health or climate change, all worsen the longer you wait.
  13. Ignoring the high end stuff....most serious racers have vans like the Transit or Vito to carry the "workshop" and the car on a trailer or in a shuttle. Other than that, Europe has gone mad for SUVs (old school 4x4s in the UK) though most of the new ones are often only 2WD with all the towing power of a hairdryer. Towing weights are therefore the spec to check on and the kings of the road here are Land Rover's products (ignoring their questionable reliability). Most often Land Rover Discoverys sometimes Range Rover (either full fat or Sports). All of the big LandRovers have a 3.5 ton towing weight.
  14. Short memory Buddsy - that's exactly what Cameron did after firing the starting gun... That was the opportunity to put a Brexiteer in the hot seat - but MPs were wise to that and ensured the power stayed with those who have absolutely no confidence or belief in a future for the UK outside the EU. At that point the negotiation was lost. No deal is our only hope now but it is looking very unlikely already and less likely by the day.
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    Great...see you there.
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    I'm up for this Ian. What time you getting there? Want to meet somewhere nearer me for a convoy or see you there?
  17. Not been bothered by the police at all, but I have had to retain a proper plate to put on the bike for its annual MOT test which I then swap back to the smaller one afterwards. Obviously depends who you get - anyone in that kind of position can be jobsworth one moment and have better things to do the next. None of my plates are even vaguely illegible or have distorted letters or strategically placed coloured screws but they're not all entirely dimensionally correct or with the official font. Was stopped by a bike cop once when I forgot to change the plate on the trailer I was towing to the right car. I actually had the correct plate on the trailer but with another velcro'd on top. As soon as I peeled off the wrong one the chap was happy....but in fact neither plate was regulation perfect if he'd wanted to make a fuss....
  18. Clearly the just over half of us who voted out don't think we that get value for money from the EU. Those who do well from the EU will think it is worth the money that we pay in. As members of the club, we agreed to pay so much in and get so much out. At an agreed date with reasonable notice (19 March 2019) we should stop paying in and we should stop getting the benefits. That will mean lots of money that the eu committed to not coming here. There will be losers - although if we had some decent leadership it could be managed rather more subtly than looks likely. The point is that most of us thought that overall there would be more winners than losers over time. EU nationals living here should have nothing to worry abut unless they are criminals (just like anyone else in the UK) I don't see any need to change their status - just maybe their "rights" if they choose to stay EU and not UK nationals. UK nationals abroad I'm less worried about. If they like it there then they're fine...if they don't they need to get back before 19/3 or they will be at the whim of whatever the EU decides to do with them. I really just don't understand why all the powers that be want to make everything so difficult all the time. Simplify and add lightness, not more bureaucracy.
  19. At last Ian...back in the fold. Great looking car - hope to get a close inspection soon. Congrats and Happy Christmas!
  20. Just on the "this is the only deal available" line....does anyone actually believe that? I can believe it is with the caveat "by the deadline", but otherwise its utter BS. We may be the first to leave so there is no precedent for a divorce settlement, but we aren't the first to want a cooperative relationship with the EU from outside the EU and there appears to be a number of different deals that other countries have got with the EU so they don't always apply a one size fits all take it or leave it philosophy. The only reason they are able to sustain their line is because we have clearly been made scared to death of no deal as the experts claim we will all be some extreme of worse off the next day. Some will be, but some will do better - that is the nature of change. The great divide here (apart from the currently haves and currently have nots directly affected) is whether you believe in the long term the UK will do better as an independent economy or as part of the EU. Size matters but the complexity and bureaucracy of the EU slows it down too much to remain competitive. Hence the 10 year plus lead times for trade deals - it shouldn't need to take that long - it doesn't need to be as complex as that. Either way my fundamental brexit driver is wanting someone in power who it is possible to remove. The EU isn't set up like that. A two party system like ours is deeply flawed. You have to have one or the other despite half of either side's policies/personalities being completely unpalatable - they then claim a huge mandate for their nutter ideas when they win a GE. But at least you can switch at the next GE so if the madness and greed become despotic there is a sanction. If the EU had more than one "party" and more than one "manifesto" then I'd be happy enough to be in the United States of Europe run by the least bad elected government. Better still if there were many parties and no majorities and the resultant coalitions had to cooperate to get anything done. That slows things down but at least stops the more outrageous flights of fancy. Until then crashing out is a "better" deal than what's on the table.
  21. Amazing. I know of no one changing. Barry Brexit knows people changing towards Brexit...James Remain knows people changing towards remain. Looks like the only thing I was right about is that we all operate in our own little bubble and extrapolate unbelievable nonsense from our position of next to no insights beyond our immediate circle.
  22. I'm guessing that you didn't get the bit about neither side giving any credence to the others stats (your bit about majorities) nor their firmly held beliefs (your statement that the fudge is worse than remaining and the country being significantly weaker). I'll say it again...I've not yet come across one solitary person outside parliament who has changed their mind in either direction based on the presented evidence or argument from the other side ... It appears that what the individual believes is based on too many factors dear to them such that it cant be successfully challenged by an argument about just one or two things however "right" that particular point is even if its accepted which very few are. Or is your experience of this subject different to mine and you have made loads of converts?
  23. We bought an electric vehicle (i3) this year, so I now have another forum to monitor. Predictably the SpeakEV forum is dominated by lefty tree huggers (I'm not a good fit!). Judging by a recent poll on there its at least 2 to 1 remoaners vs leavers. There's been some "lively" Brexit discussion on various threads (all of which have now been locked!) ... but the bottom line has been the majority of them saying almost exactly that quote from Paul about the leavers. As I see it those of us that voted leave have our reasons which are many and varied but based on our experience of life in the UK and our hopes for the future. The remoaners by contrast voted remain for many and varied reasons based on their experience of life in the UK and their hopes for the future. Both sides regularly trot out firmly held beliefs in soundbites that they feel decimates the other position and are incredulous that the other side aren't convinced by them. Nearly always it involves statistics despite nearly everyone being aware of the standard textbook "How to lie with Statistics" which should at least flag up some expectation that the oppo may not believe the implied arguments from the numbers quoted. I see it as surprisingly simple. Its a binary choice - we're in or we're out. Clearly both positions will have pros and cons so its not hard to find something that is better or worse in the other position and argue that small point - as if it would have the weight to change someones position. Not even in the least emotive and well reasoned debates have I seen any evidence of anyone at all on either side changing their position. In my view we Brexiteers were lost as soon as a remainer with limited imagination was put in charge. That view from Oz a few posts ago sums it up brilliantly - we haven't had the leadership to make a success of Brexit so its going to be a fudge. To be fair to them I'm not convinced that anyone in the running (BoJo, Gove, Leadsom, Fox or even Davis or JRM?) would have had the courage and backing to do what was required either. (Well maybe BoJo would but it would be just too cringey to have him as leader - similar to how the thinking half of the US view Trump.) So what we will get will be a half arsed compromise. It wont be as good as leaving and we'll miss most of the biggest potential benefits...but we'll probably not take some of the biggest hits of Brexit either. Everyone will be able to point to their bit of success "saving" Britain from the lunacy of the other side and all those things that we miss out on will be dismissed by the other side as stuff that always was unobtainium which of course can't be proven otherwise. A huge shame, but at least it will pass and I'll be able to get back to sharing a beer and chat with others again without having that awful moment when you say something innocuous but realise you've broken cover as an X in a roomful of Ys and what everyone was enjoying as a bit of banter suddenly turns ugly.
  24. OOooerr...didn't know that (!) I reckon she'll have to change her name before we next visit then. Mrs W**k... hmmm maybe I wont mention it.
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