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    Mark Rigby
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    2001 Lotus Esprit V8-GT
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  1. Nice piece about Gavan in the new issue. He's been at Lotus 33 years and has the same garage as me - Esprit and Volvo! Plus an S1 Elise of course. Their big feature is an ask of their staff writers for their personal Top 10 cars (they've driven) No surprise there then - 8 out of 10 placed a Porsche of some flavour as their Number 1. Exceptions are Harry Metcalfe with a Countach LP400 and Steve Sutcliffe with a Ferrari 458 Speciale (Porsche Cayman second). So predictable. Elise S1 featured in quite a few of their lists and came 4th overall in the final assessment, which was something I suppose. Wonder what they will put the Emira up against? Picture because its an Esprit 😁
  2. The actual chair used in the production. I could pick it up with one hand. It went on a tour of Volvo showrooms - "Sky Atlantic sponsored by Volvo" - after the show finished. Wife was a superfan. She was very jealous......
  3. Loving this photo of a (no doubt) smug Tesla driver wafting past the queue for fuel. No wonder there has been a surge of interest in BEVs in the last day or two.
  4. Oh FFS. As I posted that my wife shouts down from upstairs, no unleaded or diesel at our local BP according to the village FB page. Twats.
  5. You would think, after all these years, they would have learned that headlines saying "Don't panic", "There's plenty of fuel/bread/beer/whatever", "Please buy fuel/bread/beer/whatever as you would normally" etc. would have exactly the opposite effect. Numpties. A news blackout about fuel/bread/beer/whatever would have had the desired effect and the rest of the numpties would have stayed at home. @Bibs not sure I approve of your smugness. But I do envy you 😁
  6. Excellent choice and the best colour, but I am biased. Welcome to TLF - I've had the Esprit so long, and one before it, it was the LEF when I joined πŸ˜€ Its a great resource with plenty of help when you need it.
  7. 5 minute walk from me, who'd have thought. I have seen (and heard) it out and about but this is the first time I've seen it at rest to get a photo. First Lotus I lusted after before the Esprit arrived. And the mini in front is identical to one of my wife's over 40 years ago. Similar reg (H), she called it Heathcliffe. There is also Vauxhall Viva parked up - our first married life family car 39 years ago. Maybe its our younger selves living there? A glitch in the matrix?
  8. I'd second this - very surprised how few I see on the roads these days. Last week I picked up a new daily from Hampton in Arden and drove it back to Scotland. Six and a half hours almost entirely on the motorway, including the 3-lane M6 car park crawl between Birmingham and Manchester. We then spent 4 days tootling round the Cairngorms, getting as far up North as Mallaig before heading back to Fife. In that entire time, some 700 miles, we didn't see a single Lotus, not one. A couple of Astons, a Ferrari 360 and a Lamborghini Hurracan. That was it. I did relish the sight of dozens of bikers though on plenty of interesting machinery ☺️ Having something different and yes, rare, is all part of the Lotus experience. Its why I put up with the pain and expense of my Esprit V8 even after 14 years. I envy the potential Emira owners but I guess the upside is I'm more likely to see one on the road in the coming years at the volumes they are talking about. And while I'm here, we all love the marque. Let's be nice to each other, even when we disagree or want to express alternative views 😍
  9. You might find this interesting @Snorkel
  10. The snippet I picked up was Matt's brief comment about his Board meetng that morning - the next car has been approved/signed off. I wonder what's next? The SUV?
  11. hedgerley

    Lotus Emira

    Football used to be defined as a game of two halves with 11 players each side. Then Germany win. But guess what, the times they are a'changing πŸ˜‰ (See what I did there?)
  12. I think you should give an honourable mention to LEF @Bibs, the predecessor to TLF and probably one of the first decent member forums for any marque/model on t'internet. I was proud to be an early member. And well done on the interview Andy, great work.
  13. hedgerley

    Lotus Emira

    Ooohh errr. Big teaser, huge.....
  14. So yes, it was legit, so they say, but was obviously a ruse to get her in to the showroom. I told her not to sign anything but you know what women are like. At least she's inherited my negotiating skills - did a part ex deal on a nice 5 door Corsa, 4 years newer, half the mileage and much better suited to her needs i.e. its unlikely to break down as much (she still has a use for her old Dad....), 12 months warranty for free, old finance deal settled and she's walked away with Β£15/month less than she was paying for the Meriva. So turned out alright I guess. And the Meriva? Yeah, they'll probably just scrap it they said......
  15. Just had a call from my daughter who has a 2014 Vauxhall Meriva. She's been contacted by someone representing the main dealer in Edinburgh, Peter Vardy who says they are contacting Meriva owners and offering to buy the car for breaking/spares as they no longer make the Meriva and with new parts available they are trying to stock up. Anyone heard of this or similar? Is it a thing or a scam?
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