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  1. Well done Bibs. I've been many times to Hethel over the last 30+ years and the 70th was by far the best organised. Thank you Peter
  2. Those planning to drive Friday on the M25 through the Dartford Tunnel please allow for a long queue. From 1 pm onwards on Fridays the queue can go right back to the M20 exit for the M25. Hope this "heads up" helps? Peter
  3. After an anxious time thinking I was too late for tickets, Club Lotus have kindly sent them to me with a Yellow sticker. Phew! I'll be driving up in a Lotus convoy starting a 6 am from the Dartford Bridge Hilton hotel if anyone is interested in joining us. Talking amongst us I learned some have Green windscreen stickers and are assigned to the factory car park immediately to the right of the factory entrance. Curious to know why all Lotus cars wont be parked together on the track (former main runway) like we were in 2008 and 1998? Peter
  4. Sorry if I've come late to the party! Tried to get a ticket but the website says Lotus owner tickets are sold out. Any suggestions please on how I get one elsewhere. Bibs. If it helps my cause. My white Esprit has been in the Brands Hatch show & shine comp' every year. Cheers Peter
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  6. What a fantastic weekend despite the awful rain on Saturday. Club Lotus displayed 7 cars on both days and the playground had 5 Elises on Sunday. Overall though the club car display section was poor in comparison with the rest of the show. Even the Ferrari owners club were sidelined to the perimeter fencing. I bet they were hacked off not to be taking centre stage. My Esprit paled into insignificance parked right next to the 7 £1m cars. An Enzo, Maserati MC12 (Chris Evans car), Aston One 77, Mc Laren, Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini Aventador and Koenigsegg. I therefore had no concerns whatsover about leaving my car ungaraged for two nights in their company. Clive Chapman was there too with a Type 72 and drove it spiritally in the hill climb. There was also a Camel Lotus Judd 101 and a Type 49 in Gold Leaf livery. So the four Lotuses painted a poor representation of the marque compared with all the Ferraris Jaguars, and Astons that were involved in the hill climb, It was great to meet fellow TLF member Martin (and his wife) and view the shots he took of my car during the hill climb. Would I go again? Most definitely. How come "the playground" got converted into the word playground??!! This is crazy! S.E.L.O.C. keeps converting to playground??!!
  7. For those interested I've received my driver's pack together with some daunting BRSCC rules despite the hill climb being a non timed "procession at speed" over 0.9 km course. Nick Mason will have 7 of his vast collection taking part and participators are required to report for scrutineering this Friday. Shame the weather wont be as good as it was for the Brands Hatch festival.
  8. Looks like my inclusion in the hill climb is for real as I've been asked to provide a car picture for the show programme. You were right Martin about the camp site options but I've been told participators will have their own camp site allocation but at a cost of £100 to cover the water, electrics and shower facilities. Of the 14 hill climb categories I'll be one of seven cars celebrating an anniversary.
  9. Hi Bibs I had given up hope last week (4 months after originally submitting my car details) but I was lucky enough to meet a Brands Event co-ordinator at the London Club Golf Live event. He gave me his email back in May and fortunately passed on my enquiry to a colleague dealing with the Car Fest. I hope Lotus have a club group representation from somewhere Peter
  10. Looks like I may be the only one from this site that is going to the Car Fest then. Found out yesterday that my Esprit has been selected for one of the "magnificent seven" hill climbs in the anniversaries group. I'll add updates once I get the drivers' pack. Peter
  11. You will have it soon! You've been PM'd
  12. I forgot I had this and my first thought was to stick it on Ebay. Then I wondered if Mr Kimberley has one archived away. It has a forward wriitten by him and the obligatory Chairman's picture. If you (or he) would like it I would be happy to pass it over (for free). The least I could having had 20 years of happy motoring in my Turbo Esprit this very month. Merry Christmas everyone. Peter
  13. Ever since 4 star disappeared I've always put in super unleaded from Sainbuys in my '85 Turbo. Never had a problem starting the car when left alone for two weeks or so. Next week I will have had the car for 20 years! It hasn't aged; unlike me!!
  14. I've just ordered a mug, key fob, mouse mat/coaster and 3 tax disc holders. Not sure about the colour of those Polo shirts! Burnt orange! I'll have the fashion Police after me in that. Peter
  15. Hi Dave Funny you should say Matthew liked my Esprit. My son said the same about yours! We left at 4 pm to the exit from the field wasn't too rutted by then. There were a couple of kids sitting on a gate watching the cars leave and I head one say to other "Sub zero" as I drove past. A nice comment for a 23 year old car. Yeah, hope to meet up with you again. Peter
  16. Iain Know what you mean about the cars wanting to return "home" even quicker! I meant to say to you that I noticed when you hit your brakes your fog lights came on too. Is that on purpose? As for entering the site through the field (like we did on the 50th and other times). I was thinking the access has been blocked due to the construction of that Hethel Engineering Complex just before Potash lane. Cheers Peter
  17. Great pictures, well done. You've even got a picture of my Esprit (the white one, next to blue giugiaro). Thanks for that Peter
  18. Hi Guys We're home after a slow but uneventful drive. Not like some others however. we witnessed an Elise dump it's entire radiator contents at the Sainbury's roundabout (24 miles from Hethel on the A11). The girlfriend did not look happy and the guy could only look in disbelief at all the antifreeze pouring out. It was great to meet everyone at the Stansted services this morning. Apologies for not remembering everyone but I do remember the two Dave's and who could forget Patrick for turning up from Canada. Respect to you mate. The drive with 6/7 Esprits and 5/6 Elises was a great hoon. I was a bit sceptical about meeting so early but our half hour wait down the road from the factory gates was nothing compared to those that turned up later. As usual the Police couldn't organise a Pi*s up in a brewery. Well done to Bibs and the team for putting together such a good stand. All the best Peter (in the all white turbo)
  19. Dave, good to see another Guigiaro in the line up. I'll have my son with me too. We must be the "old gits" in the convoy. Had my Esprit 20 years this Christmas! Only seems like yesterday. See you Sunday (and no rain is forecast) Peter
  20. Thanks for putting my mind at rest Cliff It's so similar to how we lined up in the curved parking spaces. Happy days Peter
  21. FAO Cliff I've just noticed the picture you attach to your replies. Was it taken at a service station up the MI somewhere years ago on the way to Stoneleigh (or maybe Donnington). If it was I was one of the 15 or so Esprits in that particular convoy. What a sight. Peter
  22. I'll aim to be there for 8 am but was wondering how long you anticipate hanging around. Will you all be stopping for a coffee etc. I thought the gates didn't open until 10 am and it must only be another 80 minutes to the factory from Stansted. Will I be the only one in a Guigiaro. Cheers Peter
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