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  1. Hi John, If it is any help I have the original artwork as a jpg file that I could send through to you such that you could get it printed locally? Regards Phil
  2. ....and so it begins! 😂
  3. Nice one Dave, I admire your reasoning but oh the dichotomy of it all, it doesn't look far off a garage queen already and presumably these photos are before the full 'Dave treatment'? Despite what you say I know you'll be wanting it looking as pristine as possible so I hope you're looking forward to many a happy hour touching in stone chips, polishing molten rubber from the bodywork and brake dust particles from the wheels 😊 Gearbox may just need a change to a good synthetic oil to quieten it down.
  4. Terrible news Kurt, very best wishes that all goes well for little Amy.
  5. I feel your frustration Leigh, hopefully the pace will soon pick up again for you now. Everytime I see an Asda van I wonder how you're getting on with it 🙂
  6. It's insanely expensive but the styling and aero details are simply stunning, Well done Lotus I wonder how much that carbon fibre Lotus badge would be to replace
  7. Congrats Kieran, lovely looking machine.
  8. I had a few Subarus yes but no 'big power' ones. I bought a secondhand Evora a couple of years back now from a Lotus dealership and then by pure coincidence my Evora's previous owner bought my old Type 49, it now resides in Scotland. Sorry to hear you can't make LitP this year, we'll hopefully meet up again some other time.
  9. Hi Bis, good to see you back on line again. I no longer have my S1 I'm afraid. Any chance of you making it to LitP this year?
  10. Stunning! Looks like it should be finished next week 😉
  11. Nice job! A word of warning, when you refit the bonnet, aligning the latch mechanism can be a right pain. It may look right, so you shut it, only to then find you can't open it again! Been there, done that!
  12. To stop the alarm going off you just need to ensure you disarm the alarm and then disconnect the battery before the alarm self arms again.
  13. Leigh, there's no such thing as a crap looking Stratos...even stealth black looks pretty good
  14. Nice video Ray, gives a good feel for the event, thanks to you and Derby Movie Makers for putting it together
  15. Is whoever is balancing them applying weights on both the inner and outer edges Alex? I had an issue recently where a tyre fitter 'balanced' my wheels with just weights on the inner edge. I had a wobble so took them back and watched them balance them again, still with weights just on the inner edge and still the wobble was there even though their machine was saying they were balanced. I went somewhere else (ETS on Alfreton Road) and they balanced them properly with weights on the inner and outer edges and hey presto - No wobble!
  16. Phil S1

    Last drive.....

    The end of an era Leigh, it must feel a bit strange I'm sure. Mind you, you've got 2 stonking cars to console yourself with, well 1.9 maybe just now
  17. Sim@n looks to have a non-supercharged Exige for sale, not sure where that sits with your budget... http://fulwoodmotorcompany.com/car_detail.cfm?id=593 He's a top bloke and Lotus enthusiast...give him a call.
  18. I got mine from Camskills but they're out of stock so no use to you right now. I intend to change to the Michelin's next time though as Chris has done.
  19. I certainly had to think long and hard before finally selling my S1 type 49 a couple of years ago now, after 13 years of ownership. Whilst I don't regret the decision I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it. I've only seen your car on a few occasions but it was always a stunning looking and well spec'd example and given it's a 111s as well I would be careful not to undersell it. As for an M135i in the Peak District, I think you'd better make sure you have winter tyres fitted, else you'll be going nowhere! Maybe a Defender might be more appropriate Best bet I reckon is follow Duncan's advice, look for somewhere on the edge of the Peak District with a garage and keep the Elise.
  20. Since selling my Elise and entrusting the servicing of my Evora to PJS Sportscars there hasn’t been much in the way of ‘winter work’ for me to do so for me it will be little more than a detailing session this time around. I have however been spending a good deal of time of late on a different project. When I first started work many years ago I spent all my spare time and money racing radio controlled 1/12 scale electric cars, with some success it must be said. Alongside that I also had a brief foray into radio controlled slope soaring, nothing fancy, just 2 channel rudder and elevator controls. Circumstances changed (married etc) and I moved onto other things, family, diy and real cars. Late last year one of my old friends from the car racing days who has flown model aircraft ever since got in contact to say they would be flying indoors at our local leisure centre and why don’t I pop along. So I did and was amazed at how the technology has moved on over the last 30+ years. What really got my interest though were pictures of a slope soarer that another of my old friends had built. An old Mig aircraft, built from scratch out of plywood, Correx and finished with self-adhesive vinyl in the style of the American Reno Racers. I had never heard of Correx, for anyone else who hasn’t either it is a twin-walled fluted material commonly used for housing ‘For Sale’ boards. The more I looked into it the more I knew I needed to build a Mig of my own. My friend had recently upgraded his radio control transmitter so I bought his old one off him and started gathering all the materials I needed for the build, a large part of which happened over the Christmas holiday. The plans for the Mig and many other aircraft are freely available for download off the internet. Once printed off at full size build could commence. The fuselage is made from plywood formers and sheets of 2mm and 3mm thick Correx which is ‘de-fluted’ (cut) on one side to allow it to be shaped around the formers, the two being stuck together with hot glue. The wings are folded from a single sheet of 2mm Correx using a plywood spar and 3mm Correx for the ailerons. These are partly bonded with impact adhesive and the rest with hot glue. Gradually it started to take shape Then, when it came to deciding on a colour scheme it just had to be a Lotus-inspired one and one immediately sprang to mind, not the Gold Leaf colours as you might have expected though. It had to be ‘Essex’ The canopy by the way is made from the bottle of a well know Cola brand. As you can see the Mig has ailerons as well as rudder and elevator so I now need to spend some time using a flight simulator on my PC linked up to the transmitter to practice all my crashing before taking to the air for real when the better weather arrives. When it does I’ll be heading off into the Peak District to find a good hill to fly from, fingers crossed I may even be able to fit it all in the Lotus to do so! Sorry for the slight thread hijack
  21. Do you have driving lights set in the grill? If not then that would make a good improvement
  22. Thanks for posting Chris, looks like a good fix. I'm not surprised it has broken, when opening my door it always feels like something is bending before the mechanism actually works. At least it looks like one of the easier fixes
  23. Very best wishes to all for a merry Christmas and happy New Year
  24. Happy Christmas to you all, thanks for all you've done this year, both for my Evora and supporting LitP
  25. Thanks Paul / Daz, gives it a bit more sporty look I reckon
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