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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!)


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  2. 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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  3. 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...)

  4. 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.  

     2019 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS)

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

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  7. 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.


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  8. 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.

  9. On 01/01/2019 at 11:35, mayevora said:

    Going to Haynes Motor Museum for their Breakfast meeting next Sunday if any other takers fancy a drive out. 

    I'm up for this Ian.  What time you getting there?  Want to meet somewhere nearer me for a convoy or see you there?

  10. 1 hour ago, mayevora said:

     Anyone actually been pulled/fined? 

    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....

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