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    Mark Rigby
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    2001 Lotus Esprit V8-GT
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    2004 rear light panel, central exhaust and slotted valence
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  1. Further investment in engineering and technology. Good news.
  2. Sunday lunchtime. First and only lotus out to play we've seen in a while.
  3. From a distance thought this was an Elan S2. Walked through waist high grass and nettles and found this in front of an overgrown dilapidated garage. Not a huge fan but a shame nonetheless.
  4. Original bread van rear I think. It was in a garage but my wife saw it out and about the next day. Also an original Vauxhall Viva on jacks out front at some stage of restoration. Obviously a connoisseur of fine automobiles. Might be cheeky and knock on the door next time I walk by.....
  5. Seems to be the bastard child of an Evora and an Evija. Quite a mash up. For some reason, clicking on the +5 image icon and scrolling down reveals......what appears to be the Eterne from 2010 (quite a pretty thing, that and the 2010 Elite). Makes you wonder if Autoexpress know what the hell they are talking about.
  6. I've put a few cars through these guys and can highly recommend them. Rob and Lauren really know their stuff and as a broker they have access to a range of lenders and schemes including asset finance and equity release. Their newsletter and market information is always interesting to read and customer service is top notch. They are also real petrolheads....
  7. So that's another major objection knocked off - the 'upstream' generation of electricity has now gone completely fossil fuel-free in the UK. So no feelings of guilt when you plug your BEV in to top with 'dirty' electricity. To be replaced by smuggness no doubt . Whilst the end of Covid-19 and the advent of winter may bring one or two power stations back on stream there is no doubting the trend. I for one would now seriously consider a BEV for the next family car. But will never sell the Esprit....
  8. As a long time fan of Harry's Garage and an EVO subscriber since Day 1, he has been at the top of may Petrolhead Superhero list for a long time (Henry Catchpole is a close second). I doubt his crown will ever be taken. This has been on my wish list since about 1978, when it would have be in my dream alongside the Esprit. I'm almost there, having owned a 1992 Zephyr 1100 for the past 15 years, along with the current V8. I have started perusing the classifieds since Harry announced its arrival . Better get one soon before I'm to old old and feeble to hold the damn thing up.
  9. It certainly has the race car 'patina' but I guess the number roundel is the giveaway..........
  10. Sunday 31/5, early afternoon. Heading out of Kinross towards the M90. Large white number roundel on the bonnet, wife thinks it was a 16. Sounded very rumbly and if it had seen better days.
  11. Lotus has form of course. Reading this thread reminded of the introduction of the Tesla Roadster. It had its naysayers who said it would never sell but it was very well received and Tesla managed to shift 2500 of them (see A very nice cash injection for Lotus who badly needed it at that time. The Tesla drive train initially went in to an Elise of course. Considering this was around 15 years ago and the advances in battery and motor technologies since then as well as the reduction in costs, a new electric sports car from Lotus, notwithstanding the Evija, will no doubt be a very fine thing (those early Roadsters can actually be upgraded to the latest tech by Tesla - I wouldn't say no....). And the ability to integrate with home and the grid seamlessly is a very attractive proposition. I've come to realise that time waits for no man. I'm just grateful that Lotus is still around and if that means they have to go BEV sooner rather than later, then so be it.
  12. Just got round to listening to the podcast or whatever these are called these days. I must admit to being somewhat disappointed and would endorse what others have said. It got me thinking about the lack of marketing effort behind what are superb drivers cars that are an absolute delight to drive and own (mostly). Plus they are pretty rare - I'm usually the centre of attention when parked up with Porsches and the like and its a 2001 Esprit! Notwithstanding the 70th party, which was an awesome day out and extremely well organised (thanks Bibs) I simply haven't been engaged at an emotional level with the brand by the limited marketing effort in recent years. So what might engage me or make me think I need to buy one of those? Most of us would agree its not a rational purchase, its emotional. I had reason to re-post this video on the Facebook forum a few days ago and thought bloody hell, that's probably the best thing I've ever seen come out of what was then a very tight budget marketing effort (I have the original 1996 VHS, nicked from the dealer at the time) Maybe this should be compulsory viewing for the current CEO and the senior management team. in my view THIS is why we buy a Lotus, noting it probably couldn't get made today as we are all under the woke. See what I did there....... Anyhow, enjoy, even if you don't agree with me!
  13. Lotus did get some some coverage a few weeks back. Also good to see a Chinese company getting a little credit for helping out locally due to the Lotus connection. Interesting to compare with how McLaren are promoting their Covid-19 work. I couldn't see anything on the Group Lotus site.....
  14. According to my Goodwood Road and Racing Newsletter. Nice to see the Evija making the list. And that's an awesome picture of it....
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