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    Leigh Greenham
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    Essex Elite S2.2

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  1. I've not seen this model before, available at IXO 1:43 1980 Volvo F89, Essex Race Transporter, Lotus F1 Team Race Car Carrier | eBay
  2. Not quite right, as a 55W bulb is rated at that power when fed from a 12V supply, but the lights will only be used with the engine running and the working voltage will more likely be 14.2V if the alternator is good. So if the bulb has a nominal hot resistance of 2.6 Ohms, the current drawn is more likely to be 5.5 Amps per bulb. I have fitted LED bulbs to my original Lucas lamps, more light for under half the current!
  3. Last seen together in 1981 at the same circuit
  4. Hi Ian, My Elite S2.2 was ordered by the F1 team and painted and trimmed in the colours of the two main F1 sponsors for 1980, Essex Petroleum and Tissot. So it mimics the Essex Esprit Turbo's colour scheme of dark blue paint with full red leather interior, but with a less obvious red/silver stripe near the sills and small Essex logos on the doors and Tissot on the rear window. It was rushed through the factory in time to be on the ferry to Belgium for the GP there, then a fortnight later it was in Monaco, then Spain, Germany, Netherlands etc. A driver took it to the circuits so it coul
  5. Hi Ian, my Essex Elite was registered LCL 852V on 25 April 1980 and has chassis number ending 1689. Being the Team Lotus F1 team car, it was in Belgium for the Grand Prix on 4 May 1980, although the Lotus archive says it "left the production line on 8 May 1980"! The archivist states "the first S2.2 Elite was 1637A" which agrees with Duncan's post. I have physically seen LCL 853V (S2.2 Elite) and LCL 854V (Esprit).
  6. ....and here's that Essex Sunbeam in the background of this pic of the 1980 Monaco GP paddock, with my Essex Elite and an Essex Mini.
  7. Hi Mark, that was me on my way to the Silverstone Experience Museum where I am a volunteer. If I had set out a few minutes earlier we could have had a nice convoy going, whereas just when I caught up with your Challenger you disappeared off the M40 onto the Bicester sliproad! The Museum car park is often an interesting place! Leigh South Oxfordshire
  8. You might recognise the car on slide 11 Leigh
  9. Just a reminder about this request, I've not had any responses from any owners, and my email to the regional Autobahnstormers person went unanswered. I was particularly hoping to track down the estate version that attended the Lotus 70th at Hethel in 2018, as my uncle was very intrigued when I told him about it. Any ideas welcomed.
  10. Also interested in a set of 4, as long as not exorbitant. It seems only recently I fitted a set of Falkens, but actually that was in 2012 !! Leigh
  11. Thanks Bibs, please cross post for me. I am happy for you to post my email address [email protected] Leigh
  12. My uncle, John Rutherford, was the key marketing guy at Vauxhall responsible for the interface between GM and Hethel when the Lotus Carlton was being developed, apparently he is mentioned in the glossy book. He turns 80 on the 3rd April 2020, so I wondered whether I might surprise him by having a Lotus Carlton arrive on his driveway and take him for a short drive. He mentions the project occasionally when I see him, with anecdotes of conducting high speed laps at Millbrook Proving Ground, not far from his home near Junction 12 of the M1. If anyone is up for this, I will check with Uncle
  13. I've just read the great review featuring your car in C&SC. You beat the Merc and Lancia, with no less a judge than Martin Buckley! Well done!

    (Article is at

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      Leigh Greenham

      Thanks Richard, yes it was a good article, particularly after the same magazine's Julian Baume panned the car when he road-tested my Elite against a Elan 2+2 back in 2002.  He didn't admit that he actually owned an Elan 2+2.

      It's odd the recent article has just gone online, it was printed in the summer of 2011 !!!!  If they keep to that 9-year pattern I'll be getting another call from them next year!



  14. Thanks again Richard for coordinating the display, and it was fun chasing you around the circuit with my rear-view mirror full of Paul's brown car. Who knew you could get up to 80mph on a few parade laps? Why wait for the 40th Excel anniversary in 2022 when it will be the 40th anniversary of the S2.2 next year!!!!!! My new camera-phone did a half decent job of a portrait of my car. Leigh
  15. I should be able to get there mid-morning with the Essex Elite S2.2 Leigh
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