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  1. Atthelimit

    Clutch not engaging

    Hi, The only thing you can try is to get both rear wheels off the ground, chock the front wheels, put it in gear, handbrake off, and then start it up, if the clutch is stuck on, then the wheels will be spinning at this point. If not, ignore the rest because its a different problem. Heat usually helps so l have the car running like this for about 5 mins. Then rev the car a little so the revs are up and with the revs up, brake hard quickly, the car will either stall or the clutch will snap free. By braking you are causing a difference in speed between the flywheel and the clutch plate and it should split free. You can try this a few times if it does not work the first time. Make sure the car cannot fall off the jacks when you brake. Sorry for late reply but have only just seen this. Kim
  2. Routen Chaplin provide a range of breakdown covers to suit the needs of Lotus Enthusiasts. Classic Car Breakdown Cover. We have a "classic" car breakdown policy aimed at the older Lotus models. It includes roadside assistance, recovery etc, for both UK and Europe. As a classic car policy, it excludes home-start cover as most owners of older cars know which wire to wiggle when it won't start. We can add extra cars to the policy but there is a tipping point at which it makes more sense to arrange a "personal" cover policy which covers you for all vehicles, young and old. Some breakdown policies, especially some of the "free" breakdown policies that come with bank accounts etc may have a vehicle age restriction, some set at 10 years old some 15 etc. With prices starting from £35.00 it's a great way to get peace of mind when out and about in your classic Lotus. If you want any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Kim Eaton Routen Chaplin Insurance Tel 0115 6978 842
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    TRAX Donington - Sunday 1 July 2018

    Big Thanks to Martin & Gill, Stuart & Vicky for all the hard work in organising the Trax Donington event. Good turn out, great weather, good people! Oh, and the cars weren't bad either! Thanks to all for a great day. Kim
  4. Just a quick amendment. The telephone number is amended to 0115 6978 842
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    TRAX Donington - Sunday 1 July 2018

    Eddie, Shall I bring your monitor to Donington? Kim
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    Hi Matt, Sorry we cannot do track day covers, however if you are not already fixed up try R.E.I.S who might be worth a shot. Kim
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    Who will win the 2018 F1 Drivers Title

    I would like "Dan the Man" but don't think he has the car unless the Renault engine comes on strong and I don't see that happening!
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    New MOT Rules

    On the 20th May this year the current MOT rules change. For newer cars they become stricter with new areas to be tested such as daytime running lights, reversing lights, brake pad warning lights and it will take a much tougher stance on emissions and particularly on diesel vehicles. On the other side of the coin is is the fact that vehicles over 40 years old will no longer need an MOT unless they have been significantly altered. So most Loti first registered before May 1978 should be exempt, you will need to declare the vehicle as such when you tax the vehicle, even thought it is tax exempt anyway. However if the car has been modified or what DVLA consider to be significantly altered then the car will still need to have an MOT test. The DVLA definition of substantially changed vehicles includes items like engines, so Elans fitted with Ford Ztec engines will have to undertake the new stricter MOT, Chassis of the "same pattern" as the original are not considered as a substantial change but I am not quite sure if a space frame Spyder chassis is the same pattern as a folded steel chassis? I would not think it is but who knows what DVLA will think of them. I know of other substantially changed Loti such as Excels with V8 engines in them etc and they will certainly have to take the MOT test. From an insurance point of view the lack of an MOT is not an issue, in all motor policies there is a clause that states, "a vehicle must be kept in a road worthy condition at all times" so nothing has changed in that respect, so if you have bald tyres, can see the road through the floor of the car, you are already in trouble anyway! This is a rolling exemption and as cars become 40 years old they fall into this group, so most Loti up to and including early Esprits should qualify but you will have to register it as MOT exempt. Kim
  9. With the first view races out of the way we all have a good idea of who is realistically in the running. With 3 teams domination the top step of the podium lets see who you think will be on the top step at the end of the year. Just for fun!
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    Pembrokeshire - 4 - 7 May 2018

    Hi Eddie, Investigating options, but yes having looked at the parts the standard items look a bit thin!. Elise Parts and the Elise Shop do upgrade kits, just trying to work out which one is best, I will be doing the whole rear end to be on the safe side. Kim
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    Pembrokeshire - 4 - 7 May 2018

    Had a great weekend, meeting old friends and new. Unfortunately we broke down on the way home (broken rear toe link) so thanks to those who stopped to offer help. Not much can be done with this sort of failure and so we waited for the tow truck which arrived in an hour (great for a busy bank holiday) and delivered us back home. I am sure this will give Colin our chairman a good giggle as its normally him that needs the truck! Still it could have been worse, it could have happened on the way down and messed up the weekend. Thanks to Dave, Chris and Tash who as always delivered a great and very hot weekend. Kim & Jules