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  1. 2 hours ago, Orsom Weels said:

    Oops, :blush::blush: but on arrival, we were told that "The East Anglian Lotus Club has a display & have asked us if we could direct all Lotus cars to them, do you mind?" When we got to the display area, there were several Loti arranged in two rows back to back, a gazebo, quite a few people wearing EALC sweat shirts &/or baseball caps, some of whom I recognised from our visit to the club night, they introduced themselves as EALC, & I was given a little laminated card advertising the EALC, (which I actually still have as I thought it was a brilliant idea & had thoughts of pinching the idea for our classic bike club) so please forgive my mistake/confusion :blush:, but I assumed that it WAS an EALC organised display. & Yes, I know assume makes an ass of u & me :lol:. Later on, friends with an Elan were given the same request at the gate, & duly arrived on your display. I have been to the same event at Holt before & since, & yes, arranged our own entry ticket as always, but that was the only time we've been asked to join other Lotus cars, & none of the other general entry cars were grouped together by make or model, so don't think it came from the show organisers.


    I've had a look, but can't find any photo's from Holt in my EALC folder, and I usually take photos of every event I've attended. I looked up in my photos and can only see 2014 and 2015. If EALC did go it was before then, 2013 maybe? I can't find any photo's from that event or remember going as EALC. If we did go as EALC it was only the once, becuase they haven't been recently.

    This was 2014, rained all the time, didn't stay the whole day.
    Extra cars tagged on the end

    2015 event
    The complete line up with additional cars tagged on the ends

  2. 8 hours ago, Orsom Weels said:

    Regarding the above, we have attended one or two events where we have been either directed by the organisers, or asked by an EALC member to join them on their club stand/plot, as have a couple of other Lotus owning friends of ours. Holt vintage transport festival being one in particular where we were told on arrival that EALC had asked the organisers if they could have ALL Lotus cars parked together & were directed to their stand. We had actually travelled together with friends in their Daimler Dart, & had planned to park with them, but we did as we were asked/told. We assumed it was to boost the number of cars on display & show a sort of 'united front', perhaps in the hope we may join up. Sorry if we caused a few raised eyebrows, but we wouldn't just tag on without being asked by someone. You may want to clarify things with your event organisers in future?

    Regards, Tim

    EALC have never done the Holt show, someone may have given that name, but most event that have take place at Holt I or Garry Smith have organised and gone under the name Anglian Lotus Group, which is the Facebook page I've got for events in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge. The Holt event was just a turn up and park event, you organised your own ticket, so that's why you would have been asked to park near the other Lotus cars, just to put on a better display of the brand.

    The same practice was done last year at Helmingham Hall. EALC didn't go, some of it's members went and parked in the private entry field. We kept a few spaces free so if any other Lotus cars turned up we got someone to direct them to our row of cars as it makes for an impressive display. We did actually get a new member from that event.

    What I was quoting was like a show EALC did attend as a club at Rougham Air Show some years back. We had a plot allocated to our club, but the organisers just directed all the Lotus cars to our plot. I didn't organise that one.

    Last year EALC did the Yarmouth Festival, all the cars coming with the club had to be notified to the council before we arrived on the day for insurance purposes. The non club members attending went representing EALC, so they signed insurance forms so they were covered. Still at that event other cars turned up and tagged on the end, but they were not covered by our insurance.

    Event organisers just want to get cars in quickly, so more than often they will just say go park near all the other Lotus cars, but some plots the club has paid for to be at that event. So you can see why it raises eyebrows if the club members have paid and the random car arriving late hasn't and the punters assume it's part of the club.

    I think perhaps the thread is going off topic, it's not about EALC, most local owners know that EALC exist and to do their events you would have to join the club as a paid member. I think the question is whether you stick to the TLF date every month or decide to go along to the CL night and see if you can merge the two nights, but I think you need to talk with Pat as he's the main man as it's CL night, at least it's at the same pub.


  3. Hopefully I haven't given too wrong an impression of EALC. The club is a good club, I've been in it for most of my Esprit ownership which is ten year in April, and they do a lot of great events, and I'm now on the committee for the second year. Like all clubs there are a core few that attend a lot of the events organised, and as said a lot more turn up at the food events who you never see any other time. EALC wouldn't turn you away at any meeting, and like meeting other Lotus owners. Maybe if you went every month they would ask you to join at some point. ;-)

    As Scott I think has said, you mostly want to turn up and just have a chat and organise the odd run/event. EALC organised events are more regimental, organised and made sure everything is in place, t's crossed and the i's dotted, hence the need to sign insurance forms, it's these events I'm on about, not the monthly meeting. I have seen people turn up at events in a Lotus and just tag on the end of the row of our club plot, which raised a few eyebrows. To be fair they are just covering liability and making sure it's all runs smoothly as Trevor said.

    Sometimes you don't want that part and just want to have fun, as I go to CL meets at BIH as well as EALC, IMHO I think they have a more casual approach to meetings so perhaps that meeting would suits your needs better. By all means go to an EALC meeting and see what you think.

    All the issues you mention go on in every hobby club. The Star Wars club I'm in has disagreements, issues and fall outs, but it still going strong. The R2 Builders Club I'm in also has the same, it's part of club life, and usually you get over it and stick with it, or just don't bother going anymore.

    At the end of the day clubs are about having fun and meeting like minded people. When that stops and it becomes like work, then it's time to leave.


  4. 13 hours ago, Buddsy said:

    I think if we did combine/ meet another group it would be still a once a month meeting. It just seems a waste if there are two groups of Lotus fans meeting at the same venue on differing nights!

    From what Ive heard though EALC seems to be run by people who want to control or own "their club" where as here I think we are just a bunch of interested people who like to meet others when we can!



    CL meets are more like you have said, just turning up and having a good chat with fellow Lotus fans. EALC wouldn't really entertain non members turning up at their meetings, it does a lot of events and gets a good turn out of cars, but as you have said Scott, it for the paid members.

    If you are going to pop along to any, CL would be the one and it's at the pub you want to go to, BIH. Pat was the CL organiser, but he did stand down, but may be doing it again as no one wanted to take the reigns.


  5. I have to say I haven't been out in my car much lately, not even once a week to work like I used to. I'm back in that sell, don't sell quandary, I think since getting made redundant in late 2015 my minds been on other topics, mostly trying to find the right job to settle in, so enthusiasm to do other stuff when I get home is low. I've used my car a few times, but it's mostly just sat under the temporary gazebo cover. I've lost my Esprit mojo, also it's my tenth year ownership soon, just wondering if it's time for a change.

  6. 3 hours ago, Buddsy said:

    @andydclements Yes there seems to be a good bunch of people already meeting.

    @PhilW I dont know what they are like other than Owen & Chip. The club seems a bit anal. As in asked me to bring my car to an event then have to pay £20.00 to join the club. The chaps I met seem perfectly pleasant. They do seem to have people to ogasnise stuff. 

    Im not really in charge of the meetings. I just post up when the meeting are on. Happy for others to take a more active roll or change things.


    Hi Scott, when did you get asked to pay £20? Hope it wasn't at Yarmouth last year, as you were invited and didn't need to pay any money.

    I've read the comments regarding the EALC, but being on the groups committee, I'm afraid to say that I don't see it working at the moment as it like banging your head against a brick wall. Myself and a few others welcome other clubs to mix with the EALC, but a few are reluctant to mix who are on the committee, old school you see and takes time getting people to adapt to new ways.

    As a local club we do try and organise a lot of events throughout the year, good events as well. This year the club is doing official events and quite a few unofficial events, these are mostly of interest to members and someone is perhaps going so making it known if others wish to attend from the club, or non members. Helmingham Hall last year was one I sorted, great day, had around seven cars displaying and is always a good event if you like cars. Yarmouth I mostly sorted last year and some of you did attend, which was much appreciated as again this was a good event. This is happening again this year so the call will be going out to non club members to attend. Phil I expect to see skis this year!

    As for the EALC monthly meeting, I personally hardly attend throughout the year, the club bbq, Christmas and maybe a good speaker then I'll attend, but just meeting, then I don't normally show. The meetings never get a massive turn out.

    It's like Club Lotus meetings, which at the moment are very poor. That meets every month at Bird in Hand on the second Thursday of the month. Most meetings consist of myself, my wife Tracy and Paul and Karen who most know with the silver Elise. A new couple have started coming called Paul and Brenda, he has a mk1 Eclat. this meeting is more a evening meal as Lotus does get mentioned, but not a great deal, also I'm not even in Club Lotus, which as a club is pretty poor considering we are in Lotus country.

    Do the playground still meet at BIH?

    I can mention it to the EALC committee regarding the comments, as said I and others do want change and more working with others, whether that's individuals or groups. I think as long as you don't mind signing the indemnity form when attending othe EALC events, then I personally don't see it as a problem.

    I agree with what Phil said, it is usually a core amount who do attend most events, which I can never understand when a club that has 100 members, it's always the same faces unless food is involved, then all these people show up who you have never seen!



  7. I've got my gate to stop hitting the sunroof and improved the shut lines. I checked the hinges on the gate and made some adjustments up and down, but not back and forth. The shut line gaps are pretty even all the way around so didn't move it that way, I just made adjustments to up and down position. I did purchase some new hinges, but haven't fitted them yet, also one is obsolete, so I got two right hand version and might modify one or could 3D print a replacement one. 

    I finally got it lowered and improved the shut line by trimming some off the locking handles on the roof. The rubber seal that the fixing screws go through has about 1 mm sitting on the back of the handle, I removed this and this was enough to make the roof pull down tighter on the seal and make the gate clear the roof, but in doing so bought the roof shut line level with the gate, which was sitting proud. I've also noticed this has improved creaking in the roof, as I think this allowed the handles to flex more, now it doesn't and is tighter on the seal. If there are problems I can always revert it back my just using a thin 1 m rubber washer how it was originally.

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  8. 8 hours ago, Loose Cannon said:

    Did you win a competition or something to do this Owen? As a Lotus/Bond obsessed 11 year old at the time I would gladly have murdered you and adopted your identity to take your place!

    I was there with another young lad who had won a competition, I think he was on his own, so as far as I can remember has no kept memory of the event, other than what he can remember from back then. I was invited by the pen friend I used to write to on a regular basis who worked in marketing at Lotus at the time. She used to send me loads of Lotus stuff, brochures, posters, patches, t-shirts, lapel pins, anything they did, stuff would just turn up at my parents house in the post, she then got me the ride in the JB car. I used to get a Christmas card every year from Lotus. I went with my Dad, you can just see the top of his Vauxhall Viva in the clip. Obviously this is the old circuit and the driver did go flat out down the long straight, he said at one point we were doing 120 mph, which back then as a kid was very fast. I can remember the car being very noisy and lots of rattles. I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to get a ride in it as I understand it's no longer on the road, but in a museum. 

    6 hours ago, GTK said:


    Here here Owen, that's such nice footage to have! Do you still have the camera? The biggest thing that struck me considering the two videos have 36+ years between them... you've changed your hair! :stuart:

    I think the camera is still at my parents home along with the original 8 mm film of the event. I converted it to digital some years ago.


  9. The tailgate has never been off and I don't have a problem with the gate hitting the roof when open. It hasn't always happened, only recently, this is why I think it's the front hinges, I think something is inside not allowing the roof to go fully in so it's sitting too far back. I will buy new hinges and pivot plates if available and see if that cures the problem. I do find getting the hinge plates in the slots difficult, not as easy as it used to be. I'll shoot a small video so you can see, it's not marking the roof, just clipping it, but don't want this happening once it's painted again.

  10. 12 minutes ago, MML said:

    I think it was around 20 people on the Meet and Greet - it started as hour or so before the main event I believe.

    Owen, have you seen the exhibit in Covent Garden in London? I was over a few weeks back, it was well worth going to. Amazing selection of hardware, but sadly no Turbo Esprits!


    I think it's the same collection, Bond in Motion. It started at Beaulieu Motor Museum and has gone on tour. You'll notice in my photos there is no one about, everyone had gone home by then so my wife and I had the place to ourselves virtually.

    Bond in Motion

  11. For a while now my tailgate hits the sunroof when it opens, I just wondered if anyone else has experienced this happening?

    I put a new seal on a few years back to try and stop the squeaking roof noise, but it didn't help, that was cured by silicone spray every so often on the seal. The seal was tight as it was new, but it din't make the roof hit the gate. I'm wondering if it's my front hinge slots, the roof is not going in far enough so it's further back allowing it to hit the gate. I don't know if these are still available, but will buy some new ones if they are. I'm also wondering if the rear locking handles are getting weak or flexing so they don't hold the roof in the correct position?

  12. I was disappointed when I visited the Bond Collection at Beaulieu Motor Museum a few years back. The day my wife and I went to see the Bond collection it was off limits as a film company was making a Bond documentary with Roger Moore in attendance. The collection finally opened at around 4 pm, so had about 2 hours till closing time to view it all. Was just gutted Roger couldn't come out and do some signings considering the exhibition was off limits because of the filming, would have been nice and made the day so much better.

  13. Spotted a lovely Norfolk Mustard Esprit on Sunday around 11.45am, could have been an S4s or V8, didn't have time to study it. It was in Dereham on the Matishall road A47 flyover turning to go onto the Dereham by-pass heading west. I wasn't in mine, but we did wave, well my wife did!

    Haven't seen it before so don't know who the owner is.

  14. 3 hours ago, skiing said:

    Early cars have all four on dipped beam and main, later cars have just two dipped and four main - I believe that legislation changed which mean't you could have 2 dipped beam. 

    Later cars have the two outside as dip beam, these go off and the two middle ones come on for main beam. You can add a relay into the existing loom to convert this so all four come on with main beam, which I have done, it just costs a new relay.

    to get to the bulbs you have to strip the lights down, remove the trim, remove the bezel and release the reflector to get to the bulb.

  15. On 10/13/2016 at 00:46, Steve V8 said:

    Beautiful car @OwenGT3 like the FE wheels. Does Caroline Munro always carry a handgun for photo ops, or did you just happen to have one in the glovebox? 

    No she didn't bring the gun, that was my little touch, but she was happy to pose with the gun as she was on the baddie team in the bond film.

  16. Between me and the wife we've had:

    x2 Smart Car, Mk1 and now currently own Mk2 version
    x2 Ford Ka, Mk1 and Mk2 version
    x2 Ford Granada, both Mk2's 2.8GL and a 2.8i Ghia X
    x2 Triumph Dolomite, an 1850HL and a Sprint
    x3 Mini, all different, V reg Mini 1000, Mini Minus, first ever one produced and currently a 'BMW' Mini Cooper S

    I did write down my car history recently, I've owned 22 cars since 1982, although I've driven thousands of different cars helped by working in the motor trade, ranging from £200 to £250,000

  17. Must say I've never had an issue with Steve, always had the parts and helpful with the odd question I've asked him. Once when I did order something he thought he had and didn't in the end, he phoned and sorted the refund straight away. Another time he sent the wrong part, I packed it up, returned it  which he paid and got the replacement the next day, all sorted in a week from first ordering. If Robert at Stratton Motors doesn't have it, Steve is always my next port of call, or in some instances first port.

    Yes usually around August September he does shut down and go on holiday, but if you phone before his holiday, he will usually tell you to order soon as he will be shut for a week or so.

  18. I've got a few prices recently regarding respraying my Esprit. My quotes range from £2000 to £6000, and that's me stripping the car and reassembling the car!

    I am getting my done, but am going with solid two-pack paint which works out a lot cheaper than base and lacquer for a solid straight colour. It's fine, you just need to be careful how much you polish or cut the paint as it will remove it over time. Also my paint work is tired, but not bad, so prep is minimal work, reducing cost as well.

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