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    Paul Brown
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    1987 S3 HC NA
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  1. I see on Instagram a post from Hendy in Exeter indicating there's a new range of Lotus clothing/merchandise available - is that coming to the TLF shop too?
  2. Sorry, I'm out teaching with the Sea Cadets up in Kettering that day so will sadly miss it. Even though I will be passing right by on the M11 as I come out of London (and hopefully in the Lotus if the weather is okay), but given I need to be up in Kettering for 09:00 it would have to be a very early breakfast indeed! I'll hopefully be around for the next one.
  3. Sadly I can't make this one either I'm afraid, as I need to get to Dorset on Sunday.
  4. Brilliant news, very glad it's performing as expected! I remember my first London traffic jam going right through the centre to Chiswick and crossing my fingers as the temp just edging above 90, until I heard the fans come on and saw the temp drop a bit back to 90.
  5. Lovely selection, a shame I missed it.
  6. Was that the first major trip in it Spyros? I hope it all went well! It certainly looks lovely, will hopefully see it at a future meet.
  7. I can't speak for an S2, but I'm a touch over 6ft and have no issues at all with my S3. It's clearly never going to be as roomy as a Range Rover, but I did 240 miles in mine last weekend without any complaints (other than the headlight switch melting at midnight on the M3...). If you like the look of the Giugiaro designs, I'd certainly sit in some and test drive them before you rule them out!
  8. Do you know what model/vintage Esprit you're interested in? I'm unlikely to be down in Sussex with the car in the near future, but if you're ever up in London you'd be very welcome to drive my S3 HC NA.
  9. Spyros - have you tried phoning some of the usual suppliers? I thought SJ's had some "normal" ones for G-cars as well as the 25 anniversary ones posted further up. In my relatively short ownership experience I've been finding that many of these Lotus specialists often have things hiding on a shelf that aren't on the website, so definitely worth a couple of calls! I have some protectors on my HC etched "Esprit HC", but no idea where they are from sadly. And whilst they do protect the sills, sadly they don't protect the outer edges which seems to be where most of the wear happens...
  10. Jon - yes, will hopefully attend some future events too, and will sort out membership shortly. That pair certainly didn't need to do any work on your very shiny engine, they could have cleaned up mine though while they were there! Ramjet - thanks, I'm still trying to work out the best angles for an Esprit, and the light that day was very annoying... Basalte - I loved the Citroen stand and their presentation through the decades, that was really interesting and nicely put together.
  11. Definitely no official Lotus presence (and no Emira) at the British Motor Show currently on a Farnborough. I was there on Thursday exhibiting with my Esprit (see attached thread) as part of the Lotus stand put together by the North Kent Lotus Group who were asked to attend to fly the Lotus banner. I did think overall it was a reasonable show though with plenty of variety. )
  12. I had a great day out on Thursday with Jon, Michelle and the North Kent group at the British Motor Show, taking my Esprit HC there from London. Jon and Michelle had managed to pull together a nice mix of Lotus cars for the stand, and I thought the show itself had good variety across classics, modern, supercars etc., both indoors and outdoors, with plenty of things happening throughout the day in the arenas and presentation areas. Many thanks for the invite, was great to meet everyone.
  13. Likewise, I've only had my 1987 Esprit since the start of the year so nothing like the long ownership of Chris to compare with, but no issues yet in 1500 miles of usage, both crawling around London in endless traffic and on proper drives! I'd similarly wanted one and looked at them for years, kept convincing myself I didn't need one, looked at other more modern cars, but eventually took the plunge during COVID. Personally I think the "old car" reputation (for pretty much any old car) tends to come when they are sat in a garage for 99% of their life unused, and then suddenly expected to be perfect on the odd sunny day they are driven. If you use it regularly and maintain it, there's no real reason it shouldn't be as (or more) reliable than a far more complicated modern car.
  14. Sounds great, look forward to seeing some pictures of the event! I sadly won't be able to make it this time, but will definitely try in the future if it takes place again.
  15. Where "installing it" = praying all your measurements were correct and it will just squeeze in with a few centimetres to spare! At least, that was what my version of this was when my car arrived, and the delivery driver wasn't convinced it would go in...
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