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  1. Welcome back, Dan. I've wondered how your car was. Is the engine out? QED amd Paul Matty spring to mind but I would have a look in Absolute Lotus magazine and see who's advertising the relevant service in there.
  2. On Saturday, I received an email from Lotus Silverstone which said that all the predicted 2022 build slots were sold out. They are "still taking deposits for deliveries in 2023 (more accurate timeframe will be available once full details will be available later in the year; September time)."
  3. I think some of us may have been too hard on the styling, complaining that it looks like a Ferrari. It may do so, but the Gerrari is over twice the price! Makes the Emira look like a bargain. Harry Metcalfe mentioned on Instagram that he has ordered one and that Lotus has taken 2000 orders. I wonder whether that's orders or deposits?
  4. Well after 16 years of membership, I've achieved the rank of "Rookie!" I think I'll give myself a pat on the back. 😝
  5. I, too, was on the video wall which was a privilege. To be honest, I didn't think the looks are stunning as the Esprit was in its time but, there again, I can't think when there was a car which blew me out of the water with its looks since the Esprit except, perhaps, the Aston Vanquish. I thought the event was the reveal rather than the launch as the car is not yet in production so it's too early for definite pricing, performance figures and final driving impressions. It was more to raise interest and avoid the need to run camoflaged prototypes anymore. So there were never going to be any big surprises. Rather it was going to confirm some rumours and quash others. I think it achieved those objectives and was well done and the weather changing from pouring rain to rainbows and sunshine when the car was fully revealed (there were shots of its outline on the dash, some of the cars in the manufacturing area looked like they could have been partly-assembled Emiras) just added to the drama. Well done, Lotus.
  6. I had a S4 Elan a looong time ago and a S2 Esprit about 10 years ago. I had to recommission the Esprit as it had been sitting for several years before I bought it. Once I had done that ( replaced battery, brake seals and flexible hoses, gear linkage bushes, cam belt and tensioner bearing carburetor floats and needle valves and rebuilt the headlamp motors) it was reliable and needed only planned maintenance. My Elan did need a lot of looking after although some of the issues were there from when I bought it. None of the issues repeated themselves once I had sorted them so a well-sorted Elan should be reliable but will need more maintenance than an Esprit as its service schedules are shorter. As others have said, driving an Esprit is an occassion. People love the car or at least they do in the States. People give you the thumbs up and smile and take pictures. My S2 wasn't quick but it handled well. had a great gearchange and was a joy to drive. The Elan was also a joy to drive. It always felt as though it was doing its best to help and bit like a (well-behaved) Labrador puppy. Although it's probably not relevant to you, it was the best car I've ever driven in snow. As long as you didn't try to brake and corner at the same time, it just when where you wanted it to, a testament to its good manners. Don't forget that Gordon Murray tried to get the McLaren F1 to have as good a steering feel as the Elan so that shows how good a drive it is. I guess that none of the above helps you decide but, if you want to know more about how they drive, Harry Metcalfe, who does the Harry's Garage range of YouTube videos, has an Elan and an Esprit and has dedicated episodes to each. They were 2 of the cars of his 20-car fleet that he used over the winter. Worth looking at to get more of an idea about them. He also does an episode each year in which he reviews the cost of running his fleet and what work he has to do to them and the Lotuses neede very little. I suppose what I'm saying is, try them and get the one you prefer without worrying about how difficult it will be to service. Just get a good one.
  7. That sounds like Richard Woollaston who is a member (RJWooll) on here
  8. Great stuff! 120mph for hours on end on the autobahn must have been a good test of the car's reliability and it sailed through it.
  9. The words "bride's nighty" spring to mind.
  10. LotusExcel.net has gone manic/depressive. 🥴😕
  11. I'll stop swearing at the laptop then, Thanks, Richard.
  12. I was told by a former Formula 1 engine designer who had owned an Elite in the past that the gearbox isn't a problem unless you thrash the car.
  13. Just watched this. Some great background stuff from Peter Stevens. Thanks for posting the link. 👍
  14. Don't forget the Spanish Inquisition. (I bet nobody expected them.)
  15. Part of the problem is that gun control quickly gets perceived as "they want to take away our guns" even when there is no suggestion of that.
  16. Sadly, Rhoda Costin, Mike Costin's wife, died on Wednesday. She had been suffering from Alzheimers for some time and had recently been in hospital but had returned home which meant that Mike could be with her when she died. Mike, of course, was a key figure in the early days of Lotus becoming the technical director before leaving to work full time at Cosworth. No mean driver, he was the first person to drive a Lotus-Cosworth type 49. Condolences to the family.
  17. Encouraging words from Classic Cars magazine
  18. Here are a couple. https://classicsworld.co.uk/guides/lotus-elite-eclat-excel-buyers-guide/ https://www.classiccars4sale.net/classic-car-review/aa-lotus-elite-eclat-excel Search the forum as well where you will find more information. Note that the S2 had a galvanised chassis so it is less likely to rust and generally better build quality than the early cars. The headlights were raised by electric motors rather than manifold vacuum and tended to be better behaved as a result.
  19. He was 99 and had just spent a month in hospital with a heart problem but it still came as a surprise! Sad news, indeed.
  20. Saw a Marcos Mantis driving along the A45 in Northampton this afternoon. I remember looking at them at out local Marcos dealer 50 years ago but I don't remember ever seeing one on the road before.
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