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Ventureshield

I have just spent 3 days with a very nice set of artists brushes, touch-up paint & lacquer sorting out the stone chips on my car in anticipation of an imminent application of VentureShield to protect the paintwork.Firstly, paint chips or scratches, in my 36 years of time on this planet cannot be "painted out", "taped over", or any number of names for the numerous services or applications on the market to disguise or repair the damage and have no mistake it is PERMANENT (unless a complete re-

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Battery

DOH! First time I've ever left my lights on, thank £$%^ for jump leads for getting it back up and running in minutes. Pain in the arse to get to the battery to jump it though, managed to break the clip on the leads trying to get it on the battery terminal.

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First Track Day.

I decided to take the plunge and do a track day. This was after watching a couple just to get a feel for it. We decided to go to Llandow to do the one run by Peter from MLOC for a couple of reasons. First because quite a few MLOC ers went ( 13 i think ) and second because it was a small circuit to cut our teeth on. What can i say but bloody fantastic. Well run and a great day out. I managed to spin a couple of times due to over enthusiasm. You would be very unlucky to do any real damage to your

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S1 111s Mods And Thoughts.

I will list the things here i have done to our little blue bomber and my thoughts on them.1) A service carried out 18/10/2004, yawn.2) New rear tyres fitted Toyo T1R, 225/45/16. 19/10/2004. I could not afford the fronts at the same time so just changed the rears. I have been using them for about 12 months now and im impressed. Reasonable price for a good all round tyre IMO.3) Aluminium indicator stalks fitted, 20/10/2004.4) Aluminium heater controls fitted 20/10/2004.5) Aluminium switch covers f

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The Choice Is Made.

I thought i would start a blog to explain my thoughts, feelings and experiences as a Lotus owner. First things first. Why a Lotus ? Its fair to say Liz ( my long suffering partner ) and i are not in the first flushes of youth We have got to this stage in life and finally scrapped up enough money to buy a sports car but which one ? Im old enough to have grown up watching old gold leaf coloured Lotus Elan sprints dash about ( deep joy ) Ive been smitten ever since. Me being me it had to be a Br

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Touch-up Stick, Key & Carpet

Took the Elise to Peter Smith Sports Cars this morning to get a new key as it had no spare when I had it delivered. The keys come from Lotus with the alarm sender attached so has to be configured to work with the alarm code as they obviously all need to de different. The alarm worked OK first time and after a quick trip to the local key cutters (keys come as blanks) & £1.50 later the key works in all locks & ignition. I can stop worrying everytime I close the boot now.The carpet had come

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Yoko A048's

Well that was fun, first time in the wet with them last night, just how wet was it! Deffo have to drive more carefully when the roads have standing water as you can feel the car go light through the puddles.Grip in the dry is amazing though, you can full throttle out of the corners and it just grips and grips!

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2nd Hgf?

Driving along towards Bromsgrove and the temp starts rising, was fine a few minutes previously. Got to the A38 island to go towards NW direction and the temp is up to 105, by the time I reach NW its at 125 and flashing so I pull over and abandon it and get a lift home.Just my luck it will be another HGF, will be one every 20k miles at this rate :(It was too dark to diagnose anything, engine revs were low but it was running ok otherwise, the coolant cap/area was hissing but it was just too dark t

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Hard Top For The Winter

I have been thinking about fitting the hard-top to my Elsie for a couple of weeks now but held off as I do love to drive it with the top off but decided that it should go on today.I got the roof a few months ago new from Peter Smith Sports Cars which is where I got the car from initially but would not order one without the hard-top as it was to be used throughout the winter and is my primary car. The roof cost me £800 and came with a new soft-top as well as my S2 is an early version with the lon

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Been Shopping!

Just been to Tesco in Ashby driving from Swadlincote.No Lotus sightings today but plenty of people looked at mine. Kids just go crazy when they see an Elise I never cease to amaze myself at just how much shopping I can get in the boot. As long as I pack the shopping in small quantities I have not come unstuck yet

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New Version Of This Site

Will post some preview screenshots up in the coming weeks. The front end will be changing slightly, a more professional look but not losing its current theme.The backend should be much slicker, a lot of it has been rewritten using something called "ajax", if you have used Google Maps then you have used this, basically its a way of interacting with the server on the fly without reloading the page.I.e. in Google maps as you scroll around the maps they keep loading but the actual page doesnt reload

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New Tyres

Yokohama A048's should be fitted today, be good to see what they are like when they are scrubbed in Thank $%&^ for warrantys with the heater unit replacement costing £700! £300 part and the rest labour, I think I would be leaving it and wearing more jumpers otherwise! :cold:New Oil leak on the engine discovered now as well

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First Entry & Introduction To My Blog

Hello and welcome to my BLOG I have not had a blog before and I was not really interested in getting one until a couple of things changed my mind, one externally and one internally driven.Firstly, I kept looking in the MLOC BLOGs following their set-up by Beefcake and I was a little disappointed that no-one else had set one up as I do find the rest of the site interesting and thought members in here would be more inclined to post.Secondly, I have absolutely loads of fun driving my Elise and po

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Birmingham Imax/thinktank

If you havnt been already then goto the Birmingham IMAX, the 3D effects are amazing!Watched a few IMAX movies in the last couple of weeks, 3 3D films and a 2D and they are worth every penny The screen massive, all you can see in your vision is the film, totally absorbs you into it Sounds pretty good as well, 12k watts of sound :eek:Some of the films are a bit kid like and some are a bit educational but mostly they rule, Matrix in the past on the IMAX was something else :)Plus if you have ki

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More $£

Add to the pile of done/todo:A serviceO/S/F Wheel bearingNew front discs and padsOil Cooler is leaking at the jointSplit track rod end gaiterHeater dial no longer turns because the plastic unit has come away from the metal inside.Aircon really needs regassing/cleaning soon because its useless now, used to be ok!A048 tyres on backorder.

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Blogging

What to Blog?? Who knows what you lot will use them for, I think a lot of people may use it like the diary here http://www.elises.co.uk/diary/index.htmlI know I found that useful when I was first looking at Elises, infact even before I thought I could ever afford one I used to read it

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Money Pit

The Exige seems like a bottomless money pit at the moment, in the last few months:Caught on fireNew ClutchNew Alternator (Warranty phew)This weekA serviceNew set of tyresI have let it off for now though after last night hooning it down the lanes

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View New Posts

I have no idea why but it took me a year of using this forum to work out the best way to use MLOC to see the latest posts since your last visit.Click on "View new posts" at the top right of the screen.http://www.midlandslotus.co.uk/forum/index...rch&CODE=getnewThis will bring up a list of all posts since your last visit. Once you have finished reading them click on "Mark all posts as read" at the top right of that page and then it will be accurate next time you visit.

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Mloc/seloc Links

If your an avid reader of SELOC you may have noticed that I am now the regional liaison for the Midlands on SELOC. Now listed on here http://www.seloc.org/contacts.phpHopefully this should allow us to work closer with SELOC to bring benefits for all Lotus owners. It makes sense for us to be part of the SELOC regional setup to help other regions get going and to the same level as MLOC by providing our existing knowledge/experience. In return we get more exposure as a region and thus more members

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