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    Tom Edwards
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    Evora S, Sport 110 Bike
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  1. TomE

    New (old) Arrival

    Congratulations! I've shared the road with that car a few times when Colin had it, including over on the Isle of Man. Pic below. Mine has the same transmission noise and had it when I bought it at 6 months old. A Lotus factory engineer came out to listen to it and agreed it was noticeable but not anything to worry about. Several thousand miles later and there have been no issues. I use the uprated gearbox oil (there's a thread on here somewhere with the spec) and that makes it slightly quieter as well as making the gear change 3rd to 2nd a bit less sticky. Although the Lotus service schedule says change it every 4 years I was advised to change it every 2 years, or annually if tracking it.
  2. TomE

    Evora Crash on M40

    Here's an example of aquaplaning on a straight with no cruise control. If you hit standing water you can go from full grip to no grip or grip that varies from wheel to wheel or axle to axle quicker than you can react. Small differences in grip or drag or a slight steering input can induce a spin. Cruise control could contribute to the problem but isn't the only possible factor.
  3. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  4. It's the Rob Walker Centenary Festival in Dorking on Sunday. The centre of Dorking will be closed for a parade of racing cars (including a Lotus 18). The parade starts at 10am but road closures start earlier. If you normally head to Newlands Corner via Dorking then you'll need to follow a different route, for example over Ranmore or via Bookham and past B&C. More info here: https://www.dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk/news-and-events.html https://www.dorkingtownpartnership.co.uk/downloads/Festival-Information.pdf https://www.dorkingmuseum.org.uk/rob-walker-racing-team/
  5. If the ticket machine is still out of order on Sunday, keep an eye out for enforcement officers: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/parking-officer-giving-literally-everyone-15282492
  6. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash. To get the free 20 mins press the green button on the ticket machine before entering any payment.
  7. The day before the British Motorshow when the Evora was revealed, I bought (or so I thought) V6 LOT. The day after the show the plate dealer called me to say there had been a mistake and it wasn't actually for sale. Yeh, right. Subsequently re-advertised several weeks later for a 5-figure sum. But I'm very happy with the plate I got instead. I have also had TOM 111S for years, but haven't so far managed to get it onto a 111S Elise - then it would be both car and name. This is my favourite Lotus plate (not mine):
  8. I did see that Dan. I used to have an M100 Elan so I'm very familiar with erratic pop-ups!
  9. 2019 is also 25 years since Chris Boardman won the opening stage of the Tour de France on a Lotus Sport 110 bike, so the Owners Register will be planning something to mark that. Personally I think the Brands Hatch style Lotus Festival is great as an annual event, with something special at Hethel every 5 or 10 years to mark the major anniversaries. Whatever we end up doing next year, a chance to gather with fellow enthusiasts and celebrate all things Lotus is going to be fun.
  10. Good to follow you for some of the way up and back! Steve posted on the main Convoys thread - videos have been uploaded on YouTube under "Lotus 70th M11 northbound to Hethel" here
  11. Thanks for organising this Dan. Great to meet everyone, fun to drive up together (I waved like a loon at the guys on the bridge just after Stansted!) and saw a few of you on my way back home too. Lets do it again next year!
  12. Is any of the merchandise going to be in the Lotus or TLF shops? I got everything apart from a poster, which had sold out, and would love to have one for the garage wall. I heard it might have been limited to being available on the day only, which would be a shame.
  13. Thank you Bibs for a fantastic event and to all at Lotus, Geely and the various owners, clubs, volunteers and helpers for making it such an amazing day. Great to see coverage on the big screens while walking round the rest of the site, interesting interviews by Guy, epic cars on track and around the site and to feel the collective love of the Lotus family celebrating an iconic brand. The Sport 110 Owners Club were honoured to be invited and kick off the demo laps on the circuit. Reuniting 3 of the Type 108 Olympic bikes was very special, particularly with designer Mike Burrows also with us for the day. Several current and former Lotus staff also stopped to chat about their involvement with the bike projects. Great also to chat to petrolheads taking an interest in this important part of Lotus history from 26 years ago and we were honoured to have the Lotus CEO and VIP party visit the stand for a chat about Lotus bikes. Perhaps they might think about an updated Sport 110? Great to meet old friends and make new ones. It seems most people now know me as "that guy with the bike on his roof"! <-----
  14. Thanks Dan and Maddy. I'll aim to meet you at Stansted Services, assuming I manage to leave on time and subject to traffic. I'll PM you my mobile number. If I'm held up I'll try to call/text/post on this thread but if I'm not there by 2pm I'll assume you'll leave without me and I'll see you at Dunston Hall.
  15. Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. In collaboration with the "little cars" this is our regular third Sunday of the month event, a chance to gather with like-minded enthusiasts and a cross section of Lotus models. An informal gathering with no particular runs in or out organised, just a chance to chat, look at cars and take in the view. Join from 9.00 when the café opens for bacon rolls. We'll probably be around until 10.00/10.30. Location map for Newlands Corner here Note that with effect from 9th July Surrey County Council have introduced parking charges. First 20 mins are free (but you still need to get a ticket) then £1.30 an hour. Payment by credit/debit card or mobile phone (extra fees apply) but not cash.

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