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  1. 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....
  2. Eleanor may be up for this...email sent
  3. Thursday for me...just too crowded on the main 3 days.
  4. Apparently the likelihood of a false DNA match is 1 in a billion which is pretty remote, but non zero. But the techniques used for suggesting a match - sometimes down to just 17 markers - can make it 1 in a few thousand. The lottery is 1 in 14 million and loads are convinced that they are going to win that... https://gizmodo.com/when-bad-dna-tests-lead-to-false-convictions-1797915655
  5. Yeah....pretty boring for me. I get the history and the glamour - enjoyed being there in the past and walking/driving round. Qualifying is impressive, but its not really a racing circuit if the best drivers that there are can't actually race with each other. The only up side is that its the shortest race on the calendar and watched at 1.3 speed, as I tend to these days, its over quicker!
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    Castle Coombe

    Great to see you Ian - some good pics of Eleanor there (I was blind to the other porn!) - sorry we didn't get to chat more. I only saw the one red SE on track and that was certainly going very hard (my third session at about 2:30 or so). But an interesting observation for the TLF trackday thread where people have been "arguing" about whether TLFrs are like minded rule followers or not. The briefing was very clear at CC. If someone catches you up from behind they are by definition going faster. Overtaking is on the right by consent (indicate left) and let them through. Well I caught the red SE at least three times in that session - almost jumped in the boot at quarry where I had the biggest edge but no consent to pass - he just blasted away on the straight with a much more powerful car. Indeed he was reluctant to let anyone passed even those with clearly faster cars including that red S4 in Ian's Vid. I saw those with faster cars eventually force passed without consent being given..... Some of us are happy to do our own thing....but some people just like to race!
  7. Not as easy as that to answer your Q I'm afraid. Totally depends on what wheels are on it and if its got slicks they may well not be original wheels. Even if they are, SEs are 15 inch and S2s 16. Std S2 wheels came with Goodyear Eagle F1 205 45 16 inflated to 29 psi or 2 bar. Someone will be along soon with the 15 inch info....
  8. You'll only need your photocard part - the paper part is no longer valid as said above. However, its worth having a note of your National Insurance number with you. Some places (incl for car/van hire) get twitchy about doing a points check and that's now available online on the DVLA site using the Driving License number AND the corresponding National Insurance number.
  9. Like a few others on here I've recently bitten the bullet and changed my ancient correct sized Goodyears for new Vreds. There's nothing wrong with the Goodyears other than they are 20+ years old so pretty hard. The fronts are 195 60 15 and the rears 235 60 15. If there's any interest, I'll take some pics and measure the tread etc, but if not they can become planters. Free to any full forum member. If anyone wanted them at Combe on Saturday I could probably get them there....
  10. MPx

    The Royal Wedding

    I'm a confirmed royalist, but this is really not my thing and the wall to wall coverage is not only boring but, frankly, potty. But its a lovely day so while F is stuck inside in front of the tele, I shall have a lovely day outside!
  11. Had a decade with the Carlton... And later, five years with a 4.2 SC Rangie Also had a BRG Dolomite Sprint in the early '80s BD (Before Digital) ...and what I learned is: if you have to have four seats, painting the box they're in green makes them go faster.
  12. It would be rude not to...see ya at Haynes - as you know just a 25 min blast for me. I wonder if Martin (Phumy) will bring his Carlton down too - would love to see that again.
  13. ...as I mentioned Ian, he thoughtfully provided a 20 minute jetwash along the M25...although it was cleaner before that! ...not only that Barry and given that as usual it didn't really need it, he didn't charge me the fiver for doing so, which is unheard of in the industry.
  14. So that was nice! Although I hate using public transport I couldn't resit the idea of driving it home instead of trailering as usual. Took 4 hours (lift to station, mainline, jubilee tube, metropolitan tube, and a short walk)....but there it was ready and waiting to come home. A welcome cuppa and catch up with Sparky and off I set. Sunny in Watford to the M25; Deluge of biblical proportions round the M25; Sunny on the M3 and beyond to deepest Zummerzet. I did stop for some lunch on the way back, but nevertheless made it in 2 hours 40 incl the stop - which was a lot of fun...I just hope not too expensive in fines. The car is running beautifully my dear chap. I did have a moment of paranoia when I stopped for lunch - was there just a whiff of oil bunt on the manifold? Maybe...but not by time I got home so that was good. I now just have to get the wheels refurbed and new Vreds on and I'll be all set for Combe. Bring the support truck, this is going to be fun! Thanks again Gary - Watford Exotics delivers again...
  15. Well that is a pleasure to see. Well done that man - looking forward to my next drive. Thanks you!
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    Castle Coombe

    No...it'll be lovely. See ya there...
  17. Now isn't that looking tidy. More please!
  18. ...and for the hard of herring??
  19. Phwoar....that looks niiiice. It's been properly touch with your tickling stick!
  20. I don't know what we're looking at really (which is why its soooo much better that you are doing this than me!!!). I love how solid the new inserts look. But I don't like the look of the "crack" in whatever that recess is next to the furthest right valve guide bit of copper(?) pipe (last pic - or bottom in 2nd pic). The others don't have it so it suggests to me it shouldn't be there. Reassurance please....
  21. At the Practical Classics and restoration show today I had one conversation of potential interest. Blockley Tyres seem to be a nice enough bunch and doing their bit to get tyres made in unusual sizes. They don't currently do a 235 16 15 but would potentially be up for doing one if they could see a market of 1000 or more and initial order of 500. So I said about Esprits and XJSs and the guy thought some Quattros also used that size so there may be a reason to do it. They have been caught before were no tyre exists, they do one...but everyone has by then moved on and bought new wheels or another sized tyre and the market disappears before they make their investment back. I'm one of those having recently bought 225 Vreds but if anyone wants to do the work to coordinate some interest there may be a place to use for the supply side.... The tyres they had looked way better than the Pirellis...and were properly V rated.
  22. All the OP pics work for me. Enjoyed the show today though being a restoration show the standard of the majority of cars was "poor" compared to the bigger classic show in November. The joy was about a third of the crowd so you could see everything you wanted to and move about unhindered. The autojumble stuff was actually better and the prices lower....and the pork bap for lunch absolutely delicious! One conversation of potential interest. Blockley Tyres seem to be a nice enough bunch and doing their bit to get tyres made in unusual sizes. They don't currently do a 235 16 15 but would potentially be up for doing one if they could see a market of 1000 or more and initial order of 500. So I said about Esprits and XJSs and the guy thought some Quattros also used that size so there may be a reason to do it. They have been caught before were no tyre exists, they do one...but everyone has by then moved on and bought new wheels or another sized tyre and the market disappears before they make the investment back. I'm one of those having recently bought 225 Vreds but if anyone wants to do the work to coordinate some interest there may be a place to use for supply.... The tyres they had looked way better than the Pirellis... (I'll repost this in the tyres bit in case of interest)
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    cambelt

    Against the run of views on this, my (standard) belt normally gets changed every 4 years and has been fine on that frequency for decades. The car goes in for service and MOT together once a year and follows the specified A B A C schedule - so a C (and belt change) every 4th year. Obviously twice a long as recommended, but I only do 1 to 2k miles a year... sometimes less! Having said that .... the last belt has moved on the pulley and rubbed on the guide fraying the edge so will be changed again after only a few hundred miles. Hopefully after we work out why it happened....since it never has before.
  24. Like the sound of what Gosneys do according to their website...although you obviously don't need to be a very good engineer to write a good story! They don't specifically mention the type of head repair we need, but I guess you've already covered that! Thanks for all your efforts as always Gary.
  25. ....I knew it wouldn't be long before the teeth sucking started! Nice to see it coming along and none too shabby in there.
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