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Yesterday I took the Essex up to the factory as I'd had a request from Lotus via our Leader Bibs.

The Discovery Channel are making a documentary about developments made in the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's.

The 1980's one is about the use of composites and Turbo's - hence the request.

I spent the whole day at the factory and was looked after by the film crew and Lotus PR guys who were great. The presenter was a guy called Chris Barrie of Red Dwarf fame (I've never seen it but it's cult status apparently). He was a great bloke, very down to earth driving a 1980's Jag XJ6 despite obviously being worth more than a few bob.

After static shots around the car and the fitting of cameras and sound equipment Chris and Lotus legend Roger Becker took the Essex for blasts round the test track. It may be a few years since Roger drove the white Esprit in The Spy How Loved Me but hasn't forgot how to spank an Esprit within an inch of its life. Great to watch but I must admit wondering if the 29 year old car would cope with it.

Fortunately it survived without dumping any fluids and finally I had to do some high speed laps with the film crew standing dangerously close to the apex of a bend.

As I said, a really great day, especially as it was the first time I've seen my car being driven by somebody else. The guys then went on to meet Clive Chapman at Classic but I had to get home so I headed off. The programme is scheduled to go out late June and despite filming most of the day I suspect that it will only feature Lotus for a few minutes.

When I find out exactly when its on I'll post for anybody who has got access to the Discovery channel.

Thanks to Bibs for fixing up a great day. :)

Bazza

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A guy called Chris Barrie? Smeg, one of my cult heroes!


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Pretty talented chap.

Worked as an impersonator on Spitting Image and did the Ronald Reagan words on Frankies Two Tribes. Also anybody remember Gordon Brittas?

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That's him, although I think that the picture must have been taken a while ago..

He's got quite a collection of classics - E type, TR2, BMW 2002, Alfa (can't remember which one) and the XJ6. I think his E Type is going to feature in the 1960s programme.

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Also anybody remember Gordon Brittas?

Remember well. The Brittas Empire - Good Comedy!

Sounds like a crackin day was had Barrie.


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Cant wait to see the programe.Must have been a great day . Good on you Bazza .Cheers Mike

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Chris Barrie also has done some filming with a few DeLorean's and recreated the BTTF scene with the VW camper chasing the time machine

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Chris Barrie is a big petrol head, he writes for one of the Classic car magazines


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How cooooooooool.


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He's one of my hero's I love him! Not only in Red Dwarf but as Angelina Jolie's Butler in Tomb Raider movies! Now there a job!!

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From Lotus:

Hi Bibs

I hope that you are well

A big thank you to you and Barrie. Barrie's Essex Esprit is absolutely fantastic - It looked so good out on track.

All the best

John


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Hi Barry,

Your car was looking good - it was me that was looking at it / talking to you while you were parked up outside Hethel Engineering Centre in the morning.

Cheers,

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He was a great bloke, very down to earth

Sorry, I'm confused...is 'Bazza' Chris Barrie?


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No, I'm Bazza.

Chris Barrie is the famous bloke on the Telly. He's the great bloke who is very down to earth. Not me :P

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This series starts on the 4th June on the National Geographic Channel (Sky 536 & Virgin 230)with the 1930's so I expect we'll see Bazza's Esprit four weeks on from then.

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Looks like there's a DeLorean featured on there too www.natgeochannel.co.uk/programmes/britains-greatest-machines

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Email just in :)

I am writing to you on behalf of the National Geographic Channel in London to let you know that your website has been selected to feature in our Further Reading section for Britain

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Nice work! Does that mean I need to go back and delete the drunken ramblings?????


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That would be a struggle, there are only so many hours in a day!

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Email just in :(

I am writing to you on behalf of the National Geographic Channel in London to let you know that your website has been selected to feature in our Further Reading section for Britain


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Saw this last night and thought it is an excellent series, even better because it's an hour long. Cant wait for the 80's and the Esprit, deserving it's place as one of Britains Greatest Machines

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Cant wait for the 80's and the Esprit, deserving it's place as one of Britains Greatest Machines

I think the episode will be linking the turbo charger as a piece of kit and then mention it was fitted to the Esprit. Unfortunately it's not about the Esprit as such so it will only be a short clip I guess. I too can't wait though.. :cry:

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