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  2. Exactly what I would have posted at this time last year, before I bought Nick's S4s. I was also looking at the V8, but was also worried about the potential cost of engine rebuilt, and I just love the OZ split rims of the S4s, and the rear spoiler ... Performance is more than enough, I can only imagine how 4.6 second 0 to 100 time must have been perceived back in 1995! Anyway, the timeless look of the esprit is probably one of the reasons why many of us bought the car. I love the whole analogue driving experience. I would recommend that you wait for a car owned by a forum member, to ensure that it has been probably looked after ! The previous owner of my car - Nick, he owned the car for 17 years, definitely a car that has been treasured and I see myself as another guardian of the car for the (hopefully) next 17 years !
  3. Great day out, thanks for organising Chris. I was lucky to have avoided all the cyclists ... one the way in and on the way out as well. looking for the next excuse to take the car out again! could we have the same weather again next time Chris ? 😃
  4. Hi Chris, BLT and tea for me as well please. looking forward to seeing you all Sunday!
  5. Being the last in the list, I am happy to sit this one out given the number of people going. I will join the next one, hopefully soon enough. i guess everyone is desperate to take any excuse to take the car out for a drive after 2/3 lockdowns over the past 12 months.
  6. Hi Chris, Please could you add me to the list as well please. Thank you.
  7. Interesting video from Harry’s Garage, always like his presentation style started from when he first presented his Granturismo. couldn’t agree with him more, we actually end up producing more CO2 driving electric cars, whereas the number of miles I do on my classic cars and my Stradale is nothing in comparison. Well, I guess that is why I still don’t see the point of switching. It was not surprising that the number one reason that people switched to electric cars is actually Tax benefit! I have not met anyone yet who switched to electric cars to get better driving pleasure! I will certainly be keepIng my Lotus Esprit, I don’t think you would ever replicate the same driving sensation from electric cars! it was so true that by driving electric cars actually made him appreciate his collection of old classic cars even more!
  8. Finally found a phon holder that does need a suction plate on windscreen, does not need air vent and does not require any 3M double sided tape. Sits perfect ok top of the stereo and costs less than 10 quid from amazon
  9. I don’t understand Why is it difficult for half of the US population to see who Donald Trump is. Do they really think a self-centred, selfish egotistic person to be interested in their wellbeing and interests? His behaviour is always “transactional” - what is in it for me? his speech last night highlighted he did not care about the people or US as a country, he knew that he lost but wanted to start a civil unrest and take the whole country down with him. His speech showed a 10 year old throwing a tantrum because he did not get what he wanted. i just hope that the media stop all the media coverage of him and people stop paying attention to all his tweets. I find it fascinating how almost 50% of the people in US voted for him in 2016, and having seen how he behaved over the last 4 years .... the chose to vote for him again? He must doing something right I guess but I just could not see what exactly it is! i don’t live in US but so glad that Joe Biden is about to bring long overdue normalcy back. Having experienced what fascinating politics is like, I much prefer to old boring politics.
  10. Hi all, Having just taken over the guardianship of a lotus Esprit S4s that was in Nick's care for 17.5 years, I am in the process of doing some minor cosmetic "improvements"(only have limited technical skill to do the simple fixes). Anyway, I have ordered some leather touch up kit from liquid leather ( aka Gliptone), just thought that others with he same leather colour as mine (dark grey-ish) colour may want to use this opportunity to get some as well. As I had to send in a sample of my leather to ensure a perfect match (actually done this twice as they lost the sample I sent in 2 weeks ago), you could order a 250 ml bottle using my sample as well (saving you trouble of ordering and trying to find some leather to cut).
  11. Thanks for the link. Would this actually light up all 4 lights when using low beam ? I will have the H1 socket on my so obviously would not want to have all 4 lights on when using low beam. Thanks for the advice!
  12. Hi, Please excuse me for asking a question that must have already been asked before, still a newbie here! I understand the UK S4s would switch off the main dipped beams when high beam is switched on. Has anyone modified this so that all 4 lights stay on when using high beam? There are 2 positive wires and one ground for the low beam. Do you just need to run a diode from high beam to one of these wires? Thank you in advance for the advice.
  13. Looking forward to the next meeting when normality returns !
  14. Just subscribed, looking forward to learn a few things about these magnificent cars!
  15. Thanks Colin, I will give them a call tomorrow to find out how much it would cost for 4. It does concern me if there is a risk of breakage though, and I assume that the customer has to agree not to hold them responsible? So I may end up paying for the service and get only 3 or fewer lights back, not sure if I will be willing to risk it. well, I think SJS has the replacement headlamp, but at over £100 each, so I guess rechrome will still be a cheaper option. Looking at all the parts needed, I think it would cost close to £800 to replace both headlights with new parts... so not to bad I guess as I think any german marque would depend about the same for replacement headlights... having said that, I still can’t comprehend the cost of one small piece of plastic at £6.30 - and we need 12 to fit the lights. Someone could probably just print these with a 3D printer?
  16. Well, I have only had the car for a week, but could not help to try and make some easy improvements on my S4s. My car had officially turned 25 yesterday, and was thinking about either upgrading the full light assembly using the PNM LED or just changing the bulbs to LED ones as suggested by Ian. Upon close inspection, I could see that many components are badly corroded, not a surprise really considering she is 25 years old. I just want to know if you have replaced your headlights or refurbished them ? Has anyone refurbished the chrome paint inside the headlights? The reflector paint in all 4 are pealing and need to be repainted. Each of the small plastic clips used on the headlight is £6.30 from SJS sports cars, and I will need 12 of these, then add the 6 screws for adjustment and the fixing plates to replace the corroded ones - it is probably cheaper to just replace the LED headlights from PNM? I personally would like to keep the original components but not sure if it is economically viable to refurbish them. Just want to know if anyone has done it. Thanks.
  17. Hi all, Having posted an initial post to ask for some buying advice on Lotus Esprit, I missed the V8 advertised on eBay (not sure of seller was/is a forum member), before I started looking at S4s and GT3. Long story short, I was going to give the S4s a miss because it was advertised at UK Sports Cars and I was concerned about the feedback posted in this forum. Fortunately, I then found out from your reply to my post that it was Nick's car @fflyingdog and decided to buy it after I had a chat with him. After all, the car must have been treasured and cared for if it was part of the family for 17.5 years ! UK Sports Cars was lucky to get hold of Nick's car after he traded it in for an Evora, I definitely would not have bought the car had it not been a car that belongs to a lotus enthusiast. I had never driven one before I bought it, in fact I had not even tested driven one before I picked up Nick's car from the dealership! First impression - immediately understood why people say that you need to have small feet to drive the Esprit ! I have found that the more I drive her, the more I appreciate the driving experience. Of course there are flaws, but I do appreciate its characteristic, it is just raw, quirky and I love the whole analog driving experience. Most importantly, I still love the wedge look of the car after all these years. As a matter of fact, Nick just reminded me that she just turned 25 today! Well, she is all washed and waxed and rest nicely in the garage. It is great to join the lotus ownership family, with people always willing to help and give advice. I already visited Ian @Chillidoggyand have seen possibly one of the best conditioned S4s, Ian definitely has transformed his S4s inside and out ! That is quite a high (and expensive ) benchmark for the list of improvements to make ! Thanks Ian for all the useful advice and recommendation, I just need to enjoy the journey and work my way up the list of things to do. I also had the pleasure of visiting Watford Exotic :-), Gary's knowledge on the esprit was the most impressive and I am so glad that I have someone like Gary to look after my Esprit (thanks Ian) and I am taking the car back once Gary has a free time slot for me! Finally, I have been bugging Nick about all the details on his old mistress, I think he is probably regretting giving his contact details to me now 😉. It was very interesting to learn about the car's history by reading through all Nick's posts in the forum! Apologies for the long introduction post, looking forward to meeting you in the next (hopefully) covid-19 free meet!
  18. Hi Chris, have you got any photo showing the PNM Led lights on your Esprit? Would you mind sharing some photos when you have a chance ? Where about are you in London, I may swing by and have a look one day if ok with you. In any case, I doubt that I will be driving Esprit at night but prefer a high performance lighting.
  19. Good morning all, Anyone going to this event - Got an email for an invitation to display my car, but thinking of taking my Esprit (picking her up next week) there on Saturday Oct 10th and just wondering if anyone is thinking of going will be going?
  20. Great, cost effective is always the preferred option, will check out yours hopefully this Friday when I pick up the car. Same bulbs as @Chillidoggy? Yeah, I have the same concern about th modern ones, not sure if if would go well with a car 25 years old, and may not be everyone’s taste, I would prefer to see one in person before I decide. In the meantime, I would probably just use the same bulbs you guys ar using to improve the lighting.
  21. Well, according to Google maps... Public transport - train and underground to Victoria first then a train out. I thought it was quite long, even a bus ride would not have taken that long.
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