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Does Barry Ely have a good reputation? I know they used to be based in Leytstone, but have just noticed they have moved to Maldon, Essex, which is near me, so would be very handy.

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Hi Martyn,

Message understood, I know the place in Leytstone was not eaxctly Nasa.

Chris

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Im team GST...... out in newmarket so a bit of a trek but well worth it as hes a top guy and the work is always top notch. has helped me out so many times.

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I went to see Barry today as it's only up the road, really nice chap. Spoke to me for ages,

Had a some nice cars Esprits, Elans, Elises etc in the new unit which is still being sorted.

I then popped to JD Classics, they have some nice stuff, fancy a Miura or an e-type with 3k on the clock? They have an open day on Sunday.

Maldon has loads of specialist car places for some reason. I was born there so it must be good!

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I've made this positive response before when the subject has come up but I think at best Barry gets a mixed review so there is clearly potential for issues. However, in my view when Barry looked after my Esprit, which he did for about 8 years, he kept it very well indeed - never better. He also did a similarly good job on the Sunbeam for the 3 years that I had that. Barry is a real enthusiast and happy to gas about his old racing days and/or anything Lotus - I always spent ages with him when I picked up the car. You do sometimes have to see past the immediate no-fault defence if there are any points of contention, but I just saw that as part of learning how to get the best out of the guy. We often spoke about him moving away from that awful lot on Leighton High Road and I know he very nearly did a couple of times, only to be let down when the house buy/sell chain collapsed. It certainly didn't look like the sort of place you'd willingly leave any of your posessions let alone a cherished car. Hopefully the new lot is a bit more salubrious.

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Barry sold me my first Esprit and he came with me and my brother for a track day at Castlecombe years ago. Say hi please :)

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~ Jeremy Clarkson (about the Lotus Esprit)

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I bought my Esprit from Ely 18 years ago. The car was/is still excellant however I remember the day I picked the car up it had supposedly just been through its MoT. I checked the rear inboards to see almost zero amount of pad left..... He apologised and I waited and watched him change the pads sat on Leyton High Street.... :whip:

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Although a nice bloke to talk to the premises in Leyton is what put me off most. I bought some pedal rubbers for my Esprit S2 off of him and drove to Leyton to pick them up - his office was like a garden shed! I'll pop over to Maldon soon and have a look at the new site.

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Lakeside's premises are a mess too but on the whole they've a solid reputation for their work.

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Barry's new place in Maldon is nice. I had seen the place in Leytstone years ago. it's a big unit, with a 2 or 3 4 post lifts, an engine/ parts build room, a good selection of cars. he is having an open day soon I think it's Easter weekend??

We were speaking about running your own business and he said sometimes you just have to make the most of what you can until you can afford to move etc.

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