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I ordered a new Lotus, having cancelled the Porsche. That makes me happy

After 5 years of hard work and graft my Downton mini fired to life this morning and sounded absolutely amazing, everything has been rebuilt so big smiles. Just lots of loose ends to finish off no

My Dad came through his open-heart surgery successfully.  

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Elite 2.2 working again today-first time for 18 months- with clean fuel tank with two filters, new HT leads and new dizzy cap and valve clearances  reset, ran engine to get it good and hot then it didn`t miss a beat and started first time even when hot ! Looking forward to driving it again....  

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Yearly Niceic assessment done and signed off for another year.

and another job done on the esprit 

all in all - a great day even if the weathers rubbish

Only here once

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Barry,

so that will be all Guidance Note books back in the cupboard for another year then :lol:! They are the most pristine books I own and must have had them 10 years. I often find my wife looking at  Guidance Note 3 with wonder! ( inside sparky joke) 

Approved or Domestic? 

Dan 

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8 minutes ago, Dan E said:

Approved or Domestic? 

 

He's mainly fowl! 

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88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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Well last Thursday actually but I finished work :animier:

When I started work I said I wanted to retire at 55 and I have managed to do so!!

Now just the cattery to keep me busy (92 cats in this weekend :shock:)

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Well maybe unemployed, but I have managed to complete 2 courses so far which are fundamental to me gaining employment in the UK. The courses have come in at a cost of over 3 grand so far with another two to do. And the bit that makes me happy is my former employers are coughing up the cost of them, and I am on a time sheet while on training..

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Two weeks ago I took the Esprit in for its required annual State Inspection (MOT equivalent). Went to the same place I had been going to for several years. 

The sole remaining inspector had (according to the facility's manager) "left the building." A short Q and A period revealed something of a rift between the two, details were neither sought nor explained. I departed the premises.

One week later, having called to find out that the inspector had returned to gainful employment with the facility, I brought the car in again. Turn signals, brake lights, horn, etc. were demonstrated to his satisfaction. 

Then he reached for the wiper arm to inspect the blade. 

And discovers that a microscopic (less than one third of an inch) had separated from one end. This on a 25 inch blade, which is one inch longer than the one called for.

Fine, I said. I'll glue it back together. NO, he said. I cannot pass you. Get a new insert and come back.

I depart the premises.

After a tedious online search for a replacement "refill" I have one posted to the house. While waiting for it to arrive I successfully "superglue" the errant section back to its correct position. (and yes, I considered simply cutting the offending portion off altogether to produce a 24 inch blade).The bond is as strong as the rubber itself. The repair is completely undetectable. 

I call to arrange my third attempt at an inspection. Elvis has once again "left the building." His return is in question. My patience grows thin.

I decide to go to a different inspection station. They are numerous. My loyalties to the previous location have evaporated.

As I start the car to proceed to the new station my phone rings. It is the "old" location's manager calling to inform me that a new inspector has been hired, and that he will be happy to perform the inspection. I ponder my options. 

I drive to the new station. The people there are gracious, and quite willing to accommodate my  personal requests (e.g., let me drive the car to demonstrate that it can stop, etc.). The inspection proceeds apace. They even offer me the OBDI connector to plug it into the car myself. These are good people.

They never once lifted the wiper blade off the windscreen. I did not object.

A minor fright occurred when the gas cap would not initially cooperate during the required pressure check, but the inspector was cheerfully persistent, and things were soon sorted to his satisfaction. These are good people.

"You're done," he says. 

I pay the fee, and I depart in good spirits. I know which station I will use next year.:)

 

 

 

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Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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6 hours ago, swindon_alan said:

An MoT certificate.

A pass.

With no advisories.

With my Esprit registration number and VIN on it.

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/simpsons/images/2/26/Woo_hoo!_poster.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20111121223950

TWENTY YEARS OLD ON THE 9TH SEPTEMBER

HAPPY BIRTHDAY P64 OAH/L3 TVB

Umm - cough cough - I'm afraid to tell you - but that's exactly how the story of my v8 started.

the very next day she'd wet herself in the garage

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Ouch. Well how to stomp on a man's happy day. Could have left him for the weekend for things to go amiss Barry. LOL. How's yours coming on now anyway.

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Had a rough week so thought I'd cheer myself up :)

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88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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Oh dear. You bought a German car. That would make me sad. Here, have a head rub instead. Never mind.

 :make other happy:

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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Made in Portugal,  and Portugal is nice :)

88 Esprit NA, 89 Esprit Turbo SE, Evora, Evora S, Evora IPS, Evora S IPS, Evora S IPS SR, Evora 400, Elise S1, Elise S1 111s, Evora GT410 Sport

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Crossposted but as it made me happy:

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When was the last time you went for a drive for the sake of driving?

When did you last slip into the driver’s seat of quite easily the best car you've owned, turned the key and pressed the starter button, hearing the rorty exhaust bark into life before settling down into a rhythmic 6pot whisper.

Engaging sport mode suddenly kicks the noise back to the barks and growls as you pull out of the garage onto the street.

As I left the residential area and exited town into the countryside this morning, it dawned on me that I’ve not taken a car for a drive without a reason for a long time. Just for the sake of driving, just for the sake of pressing on through the countryside hearing the cacophony of sounds assaulting my ears.

I have to say, the Evora 400 is quite possibly the perfect sports car. The perfect composition of power, the Evoras 400 horses are definitely lively whilst being easy to control. Taming those 400 horses might take longer but learning is sure to be fun.

Feeling the gear change, with the solid aluminium gear knob in the palm of your hand, it’s easy to notice the changes Lotus have made to the gear linkages when moving from the older Evora to the new Evora 400.

Buzzing through the gears, the Evora gathers pace at an astounding rate of knots. Passing briefly through a small village, I quickly put the exhaust back into quiet mode, allowing a smooth silent pass through the village centre.

Again drawing looks from pedestrians, the Evora is definitely a great looking car, this time the visual appeal drawing attention rather than the noise levels.

After more fun on the roads of West Berkshire, I return the car to the garage with a satisfying grin and the sound of hot metallic pinks and clicks as the car cools down. Locking the car, hearing the soft whirring of the wing mirrors folding closed, it’s hard not to smile.

It’s safe to safe I’m happy with the 400 purchase and would recommend it to everybody. For those of you lucky enough to own one already, go drive it!

 

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Previously Owned: 2016 Lotus Evora 400 'Hethel Edition' in Essex Blue, Red Leather, Red Calipers, Silver Forged Wheels
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1 hour ago, Sparky said:

I'm sure it's been subject to stringent emissions testing.

Doesn't this belong on the Paddington thread?:o

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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3 hours ago, Barrykearley said:

It's diesel as well @C8RKH - quick get the smog masks at the ready

Well, that's it. @Bibs has gone over to the dark side. The power, strong no longer is, in this one!

 

Alcohol. Sex. Tobacco. Drugs. Chocolate.  Meh! NOTHING in this world is as addictive as an Evora +0. It's not for babies!    

The first guy to ride a bull for fun, was a true hero. The second man to follow him was truly nuts!   

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5 hours ago, Bibs said:

Had a rough week so thought I'd cheer myself up :)

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That looks suspiciously like a Fiat 500 in the background. Has he "gone Italian" on us as well?

Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose.

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