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  1. 22 hours ago, Kimbers said:

    Happy Birthday to my Dad. Many of you know Pops but if you don't (I apologise for the essay) Dad was born before WW2 in Coventry. He had an awful disease when he was younger, which nearly killed him, however one of my loves today, playing Cards (Poker for me) came from him as the guy in the bed next to him was a card Shark. When he was younger we didn't believe him when he said he could count cards, Deal from the top, the bottom, the middle etc. So in a game of brag one night he dealt us all Three of a kind J's vs Q's vs K's Vs Aces. He kept the money to teach us a lesson!

    My love of cars also comes from him. In his career he started at Jaguar in 1953 and worked on designs for virtually all the cars made in that time including the E Type and XJ13 (the most heart achingly beautiful car I have ever seen - Pic Below) where he sat on a box on the passenger side as it broke the UK closed-lap Speed record in 1967. In 1968 He moved to Lotus and his first job was as Project Leader on the Europa TC. After that his record on Car design input includes The Elite, Eclat, Esprit, Excel, Lotus Carlton & Sunbeam and Elan M100 to name just some. When his good friend and Mentor, Colin Chapman died he took over at Lotus as CEO and has been credited with saving the company and all the jobs there, twice! He then worked for GM for a few years then Lamborghini, where he was President. Then Tata in India and Proton in Malaysia where he was asked in 2005 to go look at Lotus as it hadn't made any money in a long time. Proton listened to his advice and put him back in Charge and in 2008 the Company made its first profit in 14 years. He was awarded EDP businessman of the year for his contribution to his beloved company. We became really close and with a friend ( Bibs ) I assisted him to make contacts and build the Lotus Community for the company, helping arrange Shows and Events for owners and enthusiasts. Since he retired he has spent his time with family and all his Grandkids (when not in a sunny climate). However. After a fall at work in 2009 where be broke his back he had to retire, leaving behind the first all new Lotus in a long time, The Evora. He also had the 2-11, Europa and had set in motion the V6 Exige before he left.

    I got my love of travelling and living abroad from him too. When I was younger Dad travelled and worked everywhere from Japan to the USA (Where he went to Harvard Business School for an advanced Business Degree to add to the Engineering Design and mechanical Engineering) so I rarely saw him but after he left Lotus I lived with him on and off in Malaysia and Italy.

    In his time he has "Hob Nobbed" with some very famous names. In Hollywood he knew James Bond (Roger Moore), he arranged the cars for 2 movies and was on set, met the actors etc. He also arranged the cars and even wrote part of the Script in Pretty Woman and Basic Instinct where he had to intervene after they wrote the car off and found another at short notice. He knew Paul Newman and even got him to drive for his SCCA Esprit Race Team. He knew Royalty, King Hussein of Jordan even invited us all over to his Palace for a holiday, He was nominated for a Fellowship in the Royal Society of Arts for his car designs by the Duke of Kent, whom he also knows and knew Prince Phillip! He was Automotive advisor to Maggie Thatcher (not that she listened to him) and her son even stayed at our house. Heads of the biggest businesses! He knows personally the likes of Elon Musk, Bernie Ecclestone etc etc. And knew very well some of the best and well known Formula one drivers including Nigel Mansell, Ayrton Senna, Mario Andretti (who was a good friend) he was there in the Hospital room when Ronnie Peterson died in 1978 and so on.

    And through all this I was tagging on to his coat sleeves and loving every second. I travelled and lived abroad, I met the people he knew, I drove the cars and I raced Cars and Bikes & go karts at several circuits. I made a career of talking to people, something I do well, and am the only one who followed him into the Automotive industry. I Have had a very successful Career in Management, Sales and Marketing.

    I did all this because of him and his assertiveness that you just need to work hard and always do the right and honest thing. Look after people and be a good person. Thanks Dad for not just your Love but for everything you have taught us and the examples you have set. And I didn't mention the bad things you taught me....... I do those as well Lol!

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    May be an image of 2 people and text that says "LOTUS LOTUS ESPRIT LOSE TURBO PAUL NEWMAN Professional Race Car Driver MICHAEL BROCKMAN Professiona Race Car Driver Lotusport, Inc. 1655 Lakes Parkway Lawrenceville, GA 30243 404-822-4566"

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    Many thanks for that wonderful in-site and great pictures. 

  2. If it’s the same car, I knew a previous owner who worked as a flight instructor in Oxford but we are going back to the early nighties. You’ll have to PM me for the name. I last saw it about 25 years ago parked up in a side street in North London with a For Sale sign on it. I think it needed some work. 3 grand if my memory serves me right was the asking price which at the time I thought was dirt cheap and I always wished I’d been able to buy it and tuck it away somewhere. As I say, if it’s the same car, there cannot be that many S3’s in Lotus Yellow. 

  3. If your wheels take the same nuts as those found on S2 esprit’s (& S2 elites, then this set available from Halfords for around £25 should work. Not a great snap but there is an S2 nut in there and if you look hard enough, you can make out the matching cone seats. Forgive me for scrubbing out the key serial number, it’s not that I don’t trust you lovely people. Hope that helps. 

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  4. 2 hours ago, Escape said:

    The lacker on the roof on my Excel has been peeling since I got it and I really needed to do something about it. So I had a friend come over to give her a new look. Very happy with the result and can't wait to show her on the local Rotary car run on Saturday (the crease behind the antenna is actually reflection from the roof light).1048507651_2021-09-2919_36_39.thumb.jpg.aa24f885b55315be1521f942bb3679b1.jpg

    Also fitted a new brake master which cured the occasional soft pedal. Next up is fit a new radio and tidy up the interior.

    And find her a new owner so I can focus on my (many) other projects...

    Filip

    Have to say, that looks really cool. 

    14 minutes ago, LotusElan17 said:

    Here’s a sad picture of the final production Elite I took in part exchange for my Altair Green Elite S2.2, criminal that they are allowed to get in this state, 28 years off road, last taxed 1993.

    I wish I had time to devote to the rebuild but I don’t so it is currently on EBay, if I can find a dry storage facility I will decide to keep it and rebuild over a year or so, never say never.

    David

     

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    This project looks superb. That will turn out to be a really special car. The first and last cars are always the best to have if you’re a serious collector. I wish I had the space. 

  5. Fantastic pics Keith, many thanks for sharing. The early pics from the days of chemical photography are so nice to look at, particularly when it comes to these cars as they look spectacular in their new and shiny glory. These 70’s colours are also seldom seen these days. 
    Are you able to post the pics individually in better resolution? 

  6. It’s so pleasing to see cars like this restored to such a high standard.  It normally starts a process where others follow, the cars are appreciated and values rise.  I commend you on your effort and it’s also a great tribute to Oli. I hope you get to enjoy it and look forward to hopefully seeing the car in the not too distant future. 

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