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    Tom Edwards
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    Evora S, Sport 110 Bike
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    Surrey

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  1. For those interested, the cake was made by Dawn at Dorking Cake Cupboard. Dawn also made the 5th anniversary cake, the giant bacon roll. Her other bespoke cakes are amazing too. Today's cake was made entirely of edible components. The base is Lotus green icing, the logos are edible inks printed onto sheet icing, the lettering is made of individual iced letters. The Evija has been made based on photos of the launch car. Dawn and I considered three different concepts before going ahead with this and she's done a superb job turning the idea into reality. Attention to detail included the black and silver nose badge. The other ideas are saved ready for the 15 and 20 year anniversaries!
  2. Wait till you see the whole thing, that's just a corner of it to whet your appetite...
  3. I've just been to pick up the cake. It's stunning and it'll be a shame to cut it.
  4. We're still going ahead. There is a specially commissioned cake which won't keep to next weekend or next month and if I eat it on my own I will have a month-long sugar rush. If you don't want to bring your Lotus then other cars are fine (as always). If the rain is likely to cause flooding then I'd suggest avoiding the A25 between Dorking and Shere and instead approach Newlands Corner from the A246 (Clandon) side. The road at Gomshall and Abinger can be impassable. Drive safely and see you there.
  5. It's the BIG ONE! Celebrating 10 years since our first gathering, 10 years of bacon rolls, chatting with fellow enthusiasts and admiring the Surrey scenery and the whole range of Lotus cars (plus a few interlopers). There will be cake. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed the weather isn't like the weekend before. Everyone welcome and we look forward to attendees from The Lotus Forums, SELOC, Lotus Drivers Club and Club Lotus. ----- Time for another Sunday breakfast gathering for some of the finest bacon rolls around. 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 there is a charge for parking. 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.
  6. Hi Mark. There's a view in some quarters that the MY12 cars are better screwed together and the improvements add up to a worthwhile difference. One significant and visible difference is the seats, so worth looking at and trying both styles if you can. Some of the perceived weaknesses of the pre-MY12 S1 cars have largely been resolved by the owners over the years, so you will find many cars that have either had the MY12 gear linkages fitted or mods and adjustments made to the originals. Some S1s have had lifting airbag covers, peeling headlights, water leaks, broken A-pillar covers, dodgy sensors - you'll find lists of common things to look out for on here. But equally there are cars like mine that have experienced none of these faults, have no rattles or squeaks at 9 years old and have been largely trouble free. On the S1s there were only a few options in addition to manual vs IPS, paint colour and wheel style: Tech Pack (plus an optional reversing camera), Sport Pack and Premium Pack. All are worth having. It's rare to find a car without Sport Pack (and they can be slow to sell), most parts of Tech Pack can be retrofitted if not originally specified, and Premium Pack is mainly interior finishes so down to personal preferences. Happy hunting!
  7. Advanced warning to those who remembered the 10 year anniversary and are anticipating a repeat of the 5 year anniversary cake - sadly no celebration this month as I've been madly busy, but we'll mark the decade at the Feb meeting.
  8. 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 there is a charge for parking. 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.
  9. Newlands Corner is the 3rd Sunday every month, so next one on 19th Jan. I usually post it up a week beforehand - it's the same format each month. A straight run down the A3 for you, so hopefully see you sometime. That and other southern events are in the SLEGS forum https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/forum/437-topics/ - add yourself to the members list to get notifications.
  10. Ah yes, Tony mentioned you as one of the owners who had raced one, Hopefully we'll meet at one of the 2020 events.
  11. Welcome! Great pics and nice to see another 110 owner. I'm wondering if we've already met via bike events?
  12. TomE

    A Year In

    I've had a similarly low running cost experience over my 8 years of Evora ownership. Servicing, consumables, tax, insurance all in line with expectations and (touch wood) no nasty surprises so far. The only problem has been a failed starter motor which Lotus replaced FOC despite it being outside warranty. I've got a fund stashed away for possible emergencies such as clutch, and am expecting a slightly bigger bill next year for disc replacement. @Gareth44 and @paranoidandroid if you fancy an hour's run over to Guildford you're very welcome to join our monthly Sunday breakfast meetings at Newlands Corner (not far from B&C) https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/forum/437-topics/
  13. Great pics! January 2020 will be 10 years since the first Newlands Corner meet, so expect some special celebration...
  14. Wow, 4+ years to reply to a Spotted post is impressive! It would be great to see you and the car at one of the monthly Newlands Corner Sunday breakfast meetings in 2020 https://www.thelotusforums.com/forums/forum/437-topics/
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