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    Simon Mitchell
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  1. As a recipient of one of Ians fine kits, now in service, I feel it’s only right to now comment on this thread. Ian and all the team of folk who developed, manufactured and tested this kit and contributed to the various related threads here have done a truly fantastic job. For those considering it, I highly recommend you take the plunge. The kit itself is extensive, incredibly well prepared and documented and it’s clear that a significant amount of time, energy and no doubt enthusiasm went in to the development process. A heartfelt thanks is therefore due to Ian et al. If you have the DM system, even if it’s still working, this kit transforms the feel, performance and whole character of the braking and therefore driving experience.
  2. Thoughts with you. And it is okay to cry with your girls... if they see its alright for Dad to cry, then they'll know they can too.
  3. My indicators are the wrong way around too. Same colour car... Anyway... after following the debate, my system gave up the ghost. So I guess I'm down for a kit. I'm curious about one thing and have looked but may have missed the answer or just had a brain fart... All the conversions noted seem to pop the vac pump in the engine bay location replacing the current vac pump and spurring a vac line off down to the front of the car. No probs with that. But is it not also possible just to leave the current system intact and unmolested and pop the pump in the nose on a suitable 12v feed?
  4. Saw this and realised I know this car. It belonged to Glyn Rowling who I'm sure was once a member here or a previous forum incarnation. He died in January just two weeks after turning 39. He lived just a couple of miles from me and the car was a regular sight on the roads albeit hadn't seen it for a while. I'm sure Obione will remember a run out with Glyn in the long distant past. Very sad.
  5. Read the book and had the privilege of meeting him and a brief chat. Having also met and spoken with Johnny Johnson and Eric Winkle Brown, all three shared a common desire to play down their achievements and talk about anything but their history, in the main preferring to discuss the merits of the nearby eye candy. Inspirational gentlemen all of them.
  6. Ah, Obione just told me his is with you for some love :)
  7. Ooh shall I be sacrilegious and leave the Esprit in bed and come in the Aston I still desperately need to shift?
  8. Hello folks! Since last year, I've been the co-owner of an MOT test centre down in Ford, West Sussex. We test all classes but have a particular interest in bikes, trikes and unusual cars and the test centre has been designed and built to be Lotus friendly - duly tested with my own Esprit. For the second time this summer, we're hosting a free barbecue on Saturday August 5th and all are welcome. We'll be providing all of the food and drink for free, and there will be, amongst other things, free draught Carlsberg on tap for the non drivers. Several local bike clubs are already making it a ride out, so I felt it was time to redress the balance and gather together some tasty 4 wheelers if any of you fancied getting together for the drive. We'll be lighting up from 10am with breakfast bacon baps and running in to the afternoon. There are also MOTs available on the day (starting at 9am, before the barbecue) on a first come, first served basis. If you'd like to come along, please post up so we can gauge numbers. We are on the Rudford Industrial Estate, Ford, near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 0BD, map to follow, plus we have a Facebook page you're welcome to like and snag the details from.
  9. Bibs - are you able to ping dimensions and PM photos if you have any?
  10. Vanya, I've got a collection of them, I shall try and take you a photo tomorrow. Essentially they are dimensionally the same but pretty sure if I look closely they're a slight tapered fit and are of a spring equipped soft thermoplastic (I believe at least) construction although very similar to look at to Travis top pic.
  11. My S4 had the seals as the new ones you've got pictured and were Lotus bagged parts fitted in 2007 and interestingly had failed - and were originally fitted via a press... Not that that helps! But the new issue Lotus part doesnt need a press... having just done it the weekend just gone...
  12. Actually might have come up with my own answer.. With absolutely no plans to sell - it's a keeper for me - I make it how I want until the day comes it has to go. Then it can be reinstated. Talking of which, I still have the threadbare red steering wheel, any suggestions on refurbishers of leather steering wheels?
  13. So I have a conundrum.. I have one of the 1994 BRDC GTC commemorative Esprits, number 5 of 11, and I really need to get the alloys refurbished because they are quite frankly a mess. The previous owner had the wheels painted or refurbished in all over standard silver instead of the original silver/yellow combination. So now my conundrum - I prefer the look of plain silver wheels but I'm also a stickler for maintaining originality - so what do I do? Stick with what I find visually appealing or return the car to how the factory shipped it? If I do that, does anyone know the actual colour or colour code of the yellow used? It must be said also that other original features of the commemorative cars such as the red steering wheel have been replaced over time too so original it certainly isn't right now... Open the floor to you all for opinions... (please choose for me, I cant decide!)
  14. We're talking cars here - but diesel engine technology is everywhere industrially and commercially and in a lot of bulk transportation such as shipping. Interesting to note therefore it's not just in cars that perhaps the diesel engine has an uncertain future. The Royal Academy of Engineering did a study a few years ago on alternative propulsion for shipping, which I found an interesting read, and I wonder how much of what they hypothesised may translate to smaller machinery, perhaps down to domestic road vehicles. Can't see nuclear catching on though..
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