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  1. At the Type130 Launch, the convoy drivers got a small goody bag. Much appreciated, but in the end its memorabilia which I don't really need any more of - indeed at my age I need to de-clutter a bit more actively. The bag itself was repurposed by Fran almost immediately...the sun glasses were requisitioned by a small person passing through the next day. What's left is a copy of USLOT - issue number one of the new Lotus Staff magazine which was a good read. And 2x padded envelopes which we were asked to use to put our mobile phones in while we were looking at the Evija prior to its evening launch. I'm sure there are many thousand out there and the value is 0p, but rather than just chuck them I thought someone who collects such stuff, but didn't get the chance to be there, may be interested. If so, PM me your address and I'll send them over. First come...etc. Otherwise they'll be gone by Thur 8th (bin day!)
  2. Congrats on the sale Martin, glad you got to enjoy it and move it on easily when needed.
  3. Amazingly 4 g-cars at the Sherborne Castle show today...
  4. He was driving this '72/3 reg Sprint on Tuesday and said that he'd bought it in 1993 so not had that from new...but clearly happy being a long term owner.
  5. Well that was fun ! The Evija is awesome in the flesh - almost conventional supercar from the front until you start looking at the detail, but the completely jaw dropping sculptural holes through the back really show its something well beyond. The "parade" was great fun if predictably shambolic in London traffic with very few of us knowing the roads. This not helped by a late change of route due to roadworks on the Brompton Road. As an ex-biker commuter, I'd have managed OK with new route details....but turn left instead of right at Buckingham Palace and follow the yellow Lotus in front was way short of passing on where to go. As the lights there allowed us out 2 or 3 cars at a time the party inevitably split and we all made our way back in small groups by various circuitous routes the final two arriving a full 40 mins after the first two! What it did do was create incredible interest around the streets of that part of London - particularly when we were all together - with hordes of tourists and regular workers stopping in their tracks and watching us go by - literally lining up along the pavements to get a better look - and there must be thousands of phones now filled with short video clips of yellow Lotus. Others will have better pics that will appear idc no doubt but this was (most of) the fleet that assembled at the start in generation order : Baby Elan Sprint; Elan +2 130/5; Elite; Eclat; S2 Esprit; M100 Elan; V8 Esprit; S1 Elise; Exige RGB; Elise 220 Cup; Evora GT410 Sport; Exige Sport 410. I followed Harry Metcalfe around in his Sprint and he was videoing the whole thing so that will presumably be released on his channel at some point, and Lotus had some photographers on a bike with us and static on the mall so hopefully they got some money shots too. It was such a laugh to see the public's reaction we all did another quick run up to Parliament Square and back before the evening show started. There was what seemed like genuine interest from some of the "big names" (I didn't know any except MJK!), journos and other hangers on as they arrived for their presentation. But of the ones that spoke to me, they shared surprisingly little knowledge of the Lotus back catalogue - given their professional involvement and presumed interest in automobilia. It was a privilege to help enlighten them! Just awesome to be given the chance to have a tiny involvement in such an event - the grin will stay with me for a very long time...
  6. ...and I got the same look when I trailered the car backwards and all of the "foam" in the B-pillar cavity disintegrated and blew into the car.
  7. Did you guys miss this ad on here on the 2nd? So those of us meeting the conditions 1) Have a yellow Lotus; 2) Have nothing better to do on Tuesday; 3) Are lucky enough to be invited... ...get to go to the venue before the pukka guests arrive and get a private preview of the car. We've got a bit of driving in London to do, and a bit of Lotus eye candy to provide for the launch audience as they arrive, and we get chucked out before the real show begins....but really - how exciting is this, cant wait!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  11. 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.
  13. 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...)
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  24. 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....
  25. 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.
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