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  1. Can someone tell me please what a fair price for a pair of brand new V8 cam covers finished in red would be? Got a couple of pairs here I'd like to sell and havent a clue what they're worth. Deroure is no help... Thanks, Gav
  2. ??? That makes no sense at all to me. Touring mode has the highest level of driver aids when engaged.... What is it you're expecting (or not expecting) the car to do while driving it in built up areas in touring mode? Spin out on you? Not be able to make a corner? What necessitates you having to be in touring mode for slow speed in town driving if you then use sport mode when youre out on faster roads? I don't get your need to be in touring mode in built up areas, sorry. I use to drive the exige in sport mode everywhere as touring mode is far too intrusive, it cuts in with brake application way too soon when only giving it a light work out.
  3. If you remember, I had also organised a factory tour the day before the trackday for anyone wanting to make more of a meal of it. I forgot LoT provided lunch for us and gave us all a years membership aswell... good old Golding!!
  4. You should definitely try it, It's a great track for all experience levels alike. Its a very good venue for trackdays imo, there are loads of places to over take slower cars/allow faster cars to overtake you without holding either party up too much. It flows nicely with all skill levels on track at once. I said Croft as it is middle ground for the members on here that are way up in the north of Scotland. Its at least an hour and a half further south still once youre at the borders... Donington is another 2 hrs south of Croft for most on here yes. However it will be far more expensive to hire it needing a bigger number of people onboard to make it the same cost as one of the lesser tracks. Being a club day, you need to make it as cost friendly as you can allowing members with smaller budgets to attend and be a part of it, the main goal is to fill it with TLFer's and not have too look for others to fill the day. TLF has a fantastically wide range of Lotus cars in the members garages, it would be great to get as many different types out on track as possible and cost/location is the key.
  5. Blyton does suit but for the more advanced drivers it's not going to excite them as it would a noob. I'd look at Croft myself. It's a privately owned circuit, they run loud days (105) and will let certain things 'fly'. It's in the middle of the country for everyone to get to and it's a track that has something for every skill level. It has a great mix of slow, medium and fast corners that are all very technical. Theyre challenging for the advanced driver to hit every lap and rewarding for the newbie when they get it right... everyone will come away enjoying the track driving, new and old alike.
  6. I fear it's too late this year to organise anything in the summer months. It'll either have to be later or next year now. If you want to fill it with TLFer's, I'd suggest somewhere middle to everyone so the peeps way up north can attend without having a thousand+ mile journey there and back again.
  7. I've been on a LoT day and been overtaken by a group C race car (going twice as fast as I was with a 40ft rooster tail coming off the back of it because it was pissing it down with rain). What a sight that was!! In all the years of doing LoT t/d's and racing with LoTRDC I've never seen speed punished, only stupidity.
  8. You won't be able to organise one without one, simple as that. No circuit would entertain you if you don't have the relevant insurance/registarion/tdo accreditation in place.
  9. Jonny, you seem to forget you came on my trackday I organised at Hethel a few years back. That was underpinned by LoT... however it was my trackday and I heard no complaints from you, you seemed to be enjoying it. Guys, If you want your own personal TLF trackday then LoT would be the people I'd be speaking to. Not only for the organisation, but they can set up a dedicated page for money collection and they'll have the ability to fill any remaining spaces left over with other lotus drivers/ enthusiasts should the day not get filled up. It would be a TLF day organised by LoT, not the other way round. Someone's cutting there nose off to spite thier face....
  10. Seats are a personal thing, some will get on with certain types, others won't, especially when you get into custom stuff like the carbon shell seat lotus offer. Your arse either fits or it dont.
  11. Right time, right place... It was deep in the recession, they'd taken it in as a p/x against an Audi estate car. Got a phone call that afternoon saying if I came up with the 6k they'd given him against it I could take it away. Best car I've ever bought and would be the last to go.
  12. They were even lower than that depending on the spec/condition/milage. I bought a wvta sport160 in 2010 with 34k on the clock and I paid 6k for it... from a lotus dealer!! To be fair, It wasn't pristine and I ended up spending 4k on a respray (someone had keyed down one side and osmosis had started on the door tops and engine cover), new brakes and new ohlins dampers went on all round. I've since put 10k on the clock and I'm sure I've made a pound for every mile I've driven in it... doesn't get any better does it?
  13. I have a E666 plate. Came off a Peugeot 205...
  14. Simple solution here of course is not to be the first to jump on the bandwagon. 'Tail end Charlie' is the best spot to be in it would seem. Look above, it's only the first customers that feel like they have been doop'd. The later ones know exactly what they're buying into and don't get disappointed in the same way. However, it's the ealry adopters you need onboard the most, theyre the ones who are going to shout the highest praise and raise the product awareness, they're also the ones who are most likely to make noise when it doesn't go right and could potentially harm further sales so there has to be a balance somewhere. Me personally, Ive been first in the que for new product on more than one occasion but I'll never do it again. Imo , buying cars like this should be an enjoyable experience right through to the point the warranty runs out on them. Not 2 minutes after you've taken delivery.
  15. Lotus never seem to lay themselves any contingency plans, it all just seems a day to day, hand to mouth affair with them. I can only imagine some of the staff there get very annoyed with it having to go back on what they've said they were doing from the start as the projects get hacked around to suit. It was the exactly the same with the GTE sales. First customers were told there are 30 cars of which 20 would be rebuiit with the rest to be used for spares. The colour the cars were originally painted in by mansory were going to the the colours the cars were going to be repainted in but in the lotus colour range, so a mansory matt yellow one would go a lotus yellow, matt grey to lotus grey, etc. We were told they'd have spares avaialable to us (ive even got a full spares list here from them with lotus part numbers and prices). However as time went on an the take up of the cars slowed, (after 8 months they still had half a dozen unspoken for) they allowed you to pick any colour from the range, any painted decals you wanted, interior trim blah blah blah. I signed up right from the start and picked the only silver car out of the 30 and was told that it was going to be the only silver one. That of course didn't happen... the response I got when I questioned them about it was 'company policy has changed and we need to sell the cars'. Great, so you've lied to me the last 7 months... it wouldn't have been so bad if I'd actually got my car and they changed their minds but it was still on the line when another silver one was ordered. Then we get the extra 5 (original spec) cars that were suppose to be destroyed but weren't. I could see what was happening at the time and ended up buying one of them when the opportunity arose so as to not feel swindled on the factory 20. Then the spares they were going to be keeping all went to Strattons literally the minute the last of the 20 left the factory doors. Did any of us get any notification from Lotus this was happening? No, we heard sweet FA. A simple letter to the 20 customers who bought the most expensive roads cars they'd ever made to date stating Strattons (a Lotus approved dealer), would be handling all future GTE sales, spares etc. would have done it but we got nothing, we had to find out for ourselves. The whole thing from start to finish was twelve months of it getting more and more bitter to taste with every day that passed even after taking delivery of the cars Reading all the above makes me sad to see its still happening (and still affects the highest paying customers they've ever had on the books). I love lotus I really do, but their decision making process needs a radical overhaul and it needs doing soon else they'll just keep driving the customers they should have well tucked under their wings away from them. It's interesting to see we have a couple of gte owners buying into the gt430's. Whats going to be even more intereresting is how many 430 owners will sign up to the next 'limited, fastest, down-forciest' cars when they get announced after this chapter.
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