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  1. Thanks for the nice comments. The Esprit was always my dream car, the one whose picture was on the bedroom wall. I feel lucky to have experienced owning and driving one at this stage in my life. I took it to the factory visit in 2006 and will have happy memories of the convoy and a hotel full of Esprit. 10 years you say, that should give me some time to save up for the new Esprit then!
  2. So firstly, I wanted to say thanks to the forum and the community for helping me to find my Esprit initially and have some great moments in it during the time I have owned it. Unfortunately, two seats doesn't now lend itself to a family outing and I am not getting enough usage so the time has come to put it up for sale: http://www.lotusforsale.com/ads/1997-lotus-esprit-gt3/
  3. Thanks, just checked the forum and realised I missed it by about 12 hours! I have put it in my calendar, so I will try to make a future one... (will probably be Oct tbh)
  4. Hi Chris, That was me on my way back from Freeport I spotted you flash and gave you the thumbs up before stupidly realising you wouldn't be able to see it on the other side of the road. I need to get into the habit of flashing the headlights! -Ben
  5. That decision seems fairly harsh but pretty expected on Briatore. I can't help feeling that Piquet and Renault have got out of the whole affair pretty lightly though...
  6. Spotted a lovely lookingblack Evora at Bishops Stortford Tesco - I was the nutter taking photos as you drove off! :-)
  7. I have to agree, I struggle to see how this is much more than a brand badging exercise. I hope I am wrong, but suspect there won't be much Lotus DNA in the team/F1 car.
  8. Hi Guys, Sorry I couldn't make it for the day, but good to see you all this morning and have a quick convoy through the town center! Dave, I think you have the shiniest black car I have seen in a while!
  9. It is a good day out isn't it Pete? I did one of the Car Limits 4 person days a couple of years ago... It was great, Walshy really knows his stuff...
  10. Hey guys, Sorry, but I can't make this one... :-( I have someone coming to pick up some railway sleepers in the morning and am meeting friends down in Broxbourne at lunchtime. Hope you have a good day, hopefully it will be as good weather for you as it was today. If it is dry, I will take the esprit out for a dawn raid, so I will try and stop by at the motorway services at 9:30 to see you all of on your way! Ben
  11. University of Manchester
  12. I think you are right Paul, the upsetting part is that it whereas it goes completely against my instincts, and hurts every time I look at the car, I am starting to give up the fight. I can't avoid parking in car parks in the daily driver so there is no point in getting all the dings, scratches, dents fixed as I will only get more. I might as well either run the car into the ground or get them all fixed in one go before I try and sell it. -Ben
  13. What has gone wrong with society nowadays so that you can't leave a car in a car parking space without some pi***ck damaging it. Anna has just got back from Focus (shop) with some shed paint to find that someone has scraped against the Focus (car) rear bumper leaving probably an 8" graze up the side of it!! I mean is it too much to ask that if you damage someone else's property you leave a note?!?! - You would notice doing it, so what sort of scrote would just drive off? Why should I have to have a wreck of car to use when I need to leave one anywhere just because no-one else seems to care for their property? I tell you, if I found out who did it...
  14. Yey! I have just got my car back from Castle this morning - the weather is fine, the car is running sweeter than ever and I have Monday off... time for some fun! On the shopping list this time: 'B' Service Replacement Rear Dampers from Lotus Replaced Rad/Fans with the upgraded 3 core rad/fans/frame from [email protected] Engineering Fixed leaks from cam cover gasket / gearbox seals Fitted new Cat 2 immobiliser New battery With all those parts, not exactly the cheapest service I have ever done! But Joe and the guys at Castle have done a fantastic job, one drive in it this morning and it was all worthwhile!
  15. Similar to what the others have said, I graduated in 2003 and certainly I didn't have to go and dig up my own graphite to write with like some of you older guys but I still don't understand how people leave with quite such a large amount of debt. Year 1: Catered Halls - at least one meal a day, pot noodle/soup from the cash & carry the rest of the time Year 2: A grotty terraced house in Fallowfield shared with 4 others. I had the ground floor room with chicken wire across the windows and mould growing up the wall Year 3: Slightly posher self catered halls with a university network connection When in halls all the bills were included in the accommodation, and in the flat we just split it each quarter. We would drink (a lot) but it was at the student bars that were offering 50p/
  16. Short but sweet! 1982 Mk1 Ford Fiesta 1.1 1994 Honda Civic Coupe 1.4 1997 Lotus Esprit GT3 2003 Ford Focus 1.8 TDCi ETA: forgot the daily driver.
  17. Got my GT3 just over 3 years ago when I was 23.
  18. When mine was on the back of the recovery truck, the driver used plenty of planks of wood to reduce the gradient onto the ramp. We had to go slowly but got it onto the truck without touching using the planks.
  19. I would definitely be up for that... count me in.
  20. I'll back you up on this one... I am on twitter (_benb). I resisted for a while but joined a while back while at a technical conference as an experiment. It was quite interesting to watch other peoples comments on the speakers during the talk. It also provided a good way of gaining a high level understanding of what was going on in the other talks. I now tend to have it in the background at work. I follow some of the thought leaders in the industry (IT - software development) so it is useful to hear what they are working on / thinking about. I also tend to post technical stuff that I am working on or find out. It is also useful during news events. During the g20 riots, it was interesting to keep an eye on the twitter posts happening at the time (especially as it was going on outside my office!) -Ben
  21. Fusion wet shave every other day for me does the trick... I find I can get away with about a days worth of stubble, and the wet shave seems to cope better in those conditions. Even more so when I haven't bothered to shave all weekend - the wet shave stands a chance, the electric takes about 2 goes, it is like mowing the lawn with a strimmer! -Ben
  22. lemoncurd

    Lotus Sale

    Not sure! but I followed the Marshall in when they let us in at 09:00am (we weren't allowed past the gate until then ) so I know I was second of the "general public".
  23. lemoncurd

    Lotus Sale

    I can see the benefits of the semi online way of doing things - in that it tries to minimize the effect of people buying items just to profiteer on eBay. I guess my only criticism would be that for the items where there is not much stock it turns the sale into a bit of a gamble. It is not a short journey up to the factory, and to do that only to find the part you wanted has run out is frustrating. In my case, I had been waiting since 7:30am, was 2nd in the queue and yet was still ticket number 7 and the rear S4 wheels had gone by then - I can only presume they had gone before the general public got a chance at getting them. I wonder if it would be possible to combine the best of both worlds by operating some sot of pre-order scheme through the forums. You could tie orders to usernames, and would have some sort of hope of identifying the stuff that comes up on ebay. In addition, it would provide some sort of guarantee that those of us after bits won't have a wasted journey. -Ben
  24. lemoncurd

    Lotus Sale

    Gutted Just got back from Hethel with an empty car... Had turned up at the factory at 7:30am with the aim of picking up a new set of S4 wheels - was 2nd in the queue once we were shown in by the marshal only to find out that there were no rear wheels left (the list said 5 in stock). I don't really see what else I could have done to give myself a better chance Oh well.. them's the breaks, just a shame I wasted 4 hours and 1/4 tank of petrol... -Ben
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