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Just been sent a link to a car museum in Istanbul that our Turkish Lotus owning friends have recommended. A must see and a surprise to find one there.

 

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On 19 April 2016 at 07:37, johnpwalsh said:

Just celebrated one year since my stroke and still doing well, still living life and no further effects.

Happy today, Oh yes. 

That made me happy today.  Excellent news!

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:D 


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Welcome to TLF galatian. :welcome: 

Duck over to the Introductions thread and say hi and tell us more about yourself.

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All we know is that when they stop making this, we will be properly, properly sad.Jeremy Clarkson on the Esprit.

Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.

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Hi Galatian. It was a pleasure to see you and your rather nice Ferrari in my REAR view mirror, especially with that number plate. LOT, it would have been better on my car, but I suppose a Ferrari owner will always aspire to something better.:lol: lol.  The old Esprit can still turn a few heads, nothing to do with the in your face color and can't be missed lol.

That old  class B road is nice for giving the car a good run out when it's quiet. Must admit I did like the awesome sound as you went passed. We turned off at the beach to see if you would stop in past but noticed you got caught at two sets of lights. If you are local and kicking about on Sunday morning, there will be a crowed of us down at the beach by the Ballroom at about 0945 on Sunday morning for National Drive it Day. Last year we had 79 cars. We leave the beach at 10.15 am and go for a drive through country lanes , Belhelvie, Pittmedden, Methlick, New Dear, Old Dear, and this year we terminate at Aden Country Park in Mintlaw for coffee. We also have another bright Red prancing horse in the village next to us owned by an old friend of mine who you may know from the motoring world. Gino Ferrari. Gino has had Ferrai's for as long as I have known him, and that's a fairly long time.

It should be a good run with quite a few exotics.You are more than welcome to pop down and join us.

 

John & Wendy.

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Got up this morning and realised i had a 300 mile car journey to do. :(  But then, I saw the sun was out, and realised that the best way for me to get from Perthshire to Cheshire was to head down the coastal route in Fife to Edinburgh. Over the Forth bridge and down through the Borders heading roughly for Jedburgh/Coldstream depending on the road. Then turn due West and go cross country to Carlisle and on to Worthington, for a play down the coastal roads/and lake roads of the Lake District / Cumbria to then head due east, over the Pennines to Shipley for a late lunch, before heading down around Keighley, Hebden Bridge etc. to Glossop and into the North Peak District to drop down and then west to Cheshire.. Hmmm, looks like it might be nearer 475 miles now. Good job I'm going in the E-phwoar-a!!!    lol.  :animier::driving:

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

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Mmm, I can honestly see this being extended somewhat. You may have to detour to miss the snow storms we are currently having up North as they are due to drift South. This of course will mean more additional miles. Have a good run bud.

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Clear blue skies and sun here John - a beautiful morning. I think the best measure of a successful drive will be if i use 2, or 3 tanks of fuel. Obviously the more used, the more successful the drive experience :driving:


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

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ELO - Went to see ELO at the O2 last night. Awesome performance supported by The Feeling. Great night. 

Now off for a cheeky 2 Michelin star lunch at The Square. Don't mind if I do!

 


Out for a Blat or on the Allotment

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Step son now been working in a large national parts and accessories store for a year and has been given a staff discount card. £13.00 off 5Lt of Mobil 1 oil. I say that makes me happy today.

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Replaced the puncture on my Esprit and went for a drive.

Found another Excel that lives only 1/2 mile away from me - owner out when I knocked on the door.

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Thanks for the heads up on the run John, I'll try to make it along and say hello.

I was hoping to have some dashcam footage of your car, unfortunately, I'd only just bought the dashcam and I must have set it up wrong, it didn't record that part of my journey. No surprise really, I'm a bit of a technophobe, I'm just not interested enough in electronic gizmos to be bothered reading the instructions:cry:.

I was impressed by how clean your engine was running, never even a hint of smoke and your suspension set up was nice and soft but not wallowy, It really is a stunning car, would be a worthy addition to any supercar collection, but better still, it yours and you actually drive it.

As for what made me happy today, I fell asleep on the sofa, woke up thinking it was Sunday night and I'd better get to bed for work tomorrow, Yey! it's still Saturday:P

 

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Haha, well done twin. technophobe is my middle name.I also had one set up in the car for the first time and got a lovely view of my wives legs. The Yellow Peril is in constant use as I dont believe in having them sitting about doing nothing, better to run them. I restore Lotus as a hobby and this is my No12. previously had S4 Turbo, another S3, half a dozen Eclat's and Excel's, an Elise S1 and currently looking at another S3 N/A. It would be great if you can manage to come along to the run if only for an intro. I work overseas and am due away again early tomorrow morning but ping me a private message by clicking on my avatar and I can put you in touch with several guys who run exotics like yours and do regular runs etc.

 

John.

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2 hours ago, johnpwalsh said:

Haha, well done twin. technophobe is my middle name.I also had one set up in the car for the first time and got a lovely view of my wives legs. 

 

John.

John - now now. Your are back in the UK and only allowed one Wife here at a time!  However, bloody well done on getting more than one in an Esprit mate! :)

 

Well after yesterdays drive, you can keep the M74 and M6 and stick up someone's ..........  A7 from Edinburgh to Carlisle was superb and then a great B road from Carlisle to Penrith,then the A6 down - absolutely beautiful roads just made for the Evora.


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

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Getting a notice of prosecution in for speeding in the Evora on the 23rd of this month in the post. Why did it make me happy? Well, on reading it properly it was my OLD Evora that I traded in months ago. So yay for me, boo for her new owner.

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That begs the question from the US. Why does the registration stay with the vehicle? As you may know in the US the reg changes with owners here. I can't even add my wife's name to the ownership papers without having to re register the vehicle and that would mean I'd have to get an orange plate vs the nice white with blue plate. (In NY I could keep the same number paying extra, but the plate color change would be mandated because the older plate color was superseded a few years back ). I could see that we have more steps involved (paperwork/plates) but on the good side, offences track the owner.

 

Just curious

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That's a whole new topic, Bob. Why do the British insist the number plate shows the year of registration, thereby giving tow peak-sales months per year and wasting a load of registration numbers?  Why can't you have the registration you want if no one already has it and at a reasonable price?


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The DVLA has made somewhere in the region of £1.5bn from the sale of cherished plates. 'Reasonable price' isn't in their vocabulary.


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Over here you can have any plate you want (provided it isn't already issued and passes the restricted/profanity filter if you pay the "vanity" plate fee, 

There is a website to see how your plate would look and see if it's available.    Have a go   https://transact2.dmv.ny.gov/platespersonalized/

How much do personalized plates cost?

Passenger and Commercial Plates:
Initial Cost = $60.00
Annual Fee = $31.25

Motorcycle Plates:
Initial Cost = $35.00
Annual Fee = $18.75

In this example BIBS was not available but this one was

 

 

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I cleaned out my garage over the course of 3 days to prepare for upcoming projects, toys and events.  The pile of junk filled an entire truck!!  No, I am not a horder, dont judge me.. lol..   old shelves and workbenches built by the previous home owner were a big part of it.  It feels great to have everything fresh and new!!!  Now I am really motivated!!!  yay!!   ( and if the 400 makes it stateside...  plenty of room now. )  

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Made me happy to take a good fast(-ish) drive some 670 kilometers in the Esprit today. Performed speedily and perfect too. Now in need for a sponge and a bucket of soapwater ;)  I can add, that the Sport300 seats are very comfortable, giving no pain or discomfort on to my skinny stature.

Not bad for a handbuilt 26 year old British sportscar ;)

Jacques.

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Nobody does it better - than Lotus ;)

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What made me happy today. Seing all you guys having a great weekend at Brooklands. But seriously peed off that I had to miss it.

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