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  1. 4 hours ago, JG220 said:

    Yes, thats all very nice but, given that the fudge is certainly worse than remaining, and that no deal 'doesn't have a majority (in parliament or in the public') then isn't remaining the least bad outcome?

    ...and the country will be significantly weaker as a result.


    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?  

  2. 8 hours ago, PaulCP said:

    It’s all opinions created to justify their blind ignorance and their personal and prejudiced vested interests, in the belief that the general public are just idiots.

    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.

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  3. I've got MPX plates for all of my cars and bike but the Elan is nominally Fran's and I put M100 FAP on it when we got it for her - so car and person covered.


    That was 15 years ago and its since been made very clear to me :popo: that she doesn't want any identifying initials anywhere on her cars ... so her new electric daily is TO02CHY ( for "Torchy Torchy the battery boy" which brings a smile to the face of those of us old enough to remember such a thing...and a look of 🙄 to most!)

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  4. I move my G Esprit and have moved a couple of S cars for others without issue on my standard (A410) Brian James trailer.  Is it a particular model that doesn't fit or are other people's trailers narrower? 

    If you need help Mike then I'm always happy to offer...but I'm just a bloke with a trailer - not commercial, no special insurance which means your risk and a thirsty tow car - so typically you'll do better with a professional.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Vipers said:

    ...although the gearbox takes some getting used to, especially when I had no idea you had to pull the stick up to engage 5th, once I figured this though there was no stopping her, it was almost as if it was loving being driven again as it looks like she has sat for years.

    Errm, no you shouldn't need to lift to get into 5th - that's to get reverse.  Obviously its a dogleg, but not a lift.  One more for Sparky next time...


    17 hours ago, Sparky said:

    Transmission: gear selection was pretty bad.  I've improved it, but I'm not 100% happy with it (OK, maybe 98%).  Draining the box yielded a little more metal debris than I'd expect.  2nd synchro is weak, and I can hear a very slight whine in 3rd/4th. 

     "2nd synchro is weak" on mine was magically cured by replacing the red hose with braided - which I know some people don't credit.

    16 hours ago, Sparky said:

    The engine had been running quite hot, but with use has settled down.   I've checked the entire system and it's brand new, but there's evidence of a minor leak from the pump shaft seal.  I suspect this will seal itself with use.  Coolant top-up required a bit more than 1 litre.

    Similar symptoms from a cooling system not properly bled (ie put on a steep down slope, expansion cap off, run it til hot...)

    Now Grannie....about those eggs...



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  7. 13 hours ago, Final Edition said:

    Hi @Bibs , the VIN number corresponds to the number of the Sport 300 that was made. 8064 is therefore Sport 300 number 64. According to DVLA records it no longer exists. Maybe it's in Lotus heaven, had a plate change, exported etc, etc.....


    Yep....No 64 was Tony's (the last one made I believe) - so probably exported to Ireland as I thought.

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  8. 7 hours ago, slewthy said:

    So, it seems that the field is dominated by Spaniards and Italians. Is there a good reason why there has been no UK GP champion for 40 years? Seems odd.


    Probably as many opinions on that as people you ask.  Yes dominated by Spanish and Italians.  The Spanish in particular nurture their youngsters through domestic series into the feeder classes of Moto3 and Moto2.  Young Brits tend to get more involved in British series which are more road bike inspired and lead on to British and then World Superbikes - where we do very well.  But not many of any nationality have made any kind of real success in moving from Superbike to MotoGP.  I'm not sure why.  (Indeed not many do that well going from MotoGP to WSB unless they were good there first).

    7 hours ago, slewthy said:

    In F1, top pole position winners also tend to win championships. Same in MOTOGP?

    Not as close a link as in F1.  In F1 its the fastest car that generally gets Pole.  In MotoGP the rider is a much more significant component.  There have been some amazing proponents over one lap but they haven't got the consistency for a whole race and usually cant cope as the tyres go off or whatever.  Rossi has the most Championships but typically underperforms on Saturday and saves his best for Sunday - often off the second row or further back. 


    7 hours ago, slewthy said:

    Is Silverstone known as a circuit suited for certain bikes or riders, assuming dry?

    No...its diverse enough that most teams have strong bits and weaker bits around the track.  Last year Dovi won on his Ducati.  Year before was Vignales on a Suzuki - (one of that years "shock" wins).   But if you look back over the last 20 years probably a fairly even split between Honda, Ducati and Yamaha , and it will probably be one of them again this year.


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  9. Tim covered some of the main personalities.  Bike wise...

    Marquez is on a factory Honda - proving hard to ride this year but he's awesome anyway.  Cal is on a not quite so factory Honda/privateer but nearly as fast.

    Rossi - has been with Yamaha for some years and its relatively slower this year for some reason - known as the Doctor but also often referred to as the GOAT (greatest of all time) at the age of 39

    The other main contender is Ducati - ridden by Lorenzo or (my fav) Dovizioso - is the fastest bike in a straight line, but even more of a handful to ride around the corners

    There's a number of newer* bikes, riders and teams around who occasionally cause upsets, but not consistently.  The bikes on the second half of the grid have next to no chance and effectively race in a different series with different engine rules etc.

    *newer being an odd choice as the key adjective to use for many (eg Suzuki, Aprilia, KTM, etc) who have clearly been around for decades.

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  10. 23 hours ago, 910Esprit said:

    UK Sportscars will know as they owned the car before & after its restoration.   Be good to see those niggles sorted out

    21 hours ago, Sparky said:

    Indeed, but apparently they supplied no relevant documentation.  Very strange.

    I'd have thought the fact of their involvement would be seen as the explanation rather than part of the mystery....

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