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  1. Malcolm Ricketts throws open the doors of his race workshops and invites Lotus enthusiast to look around a collection of very special Lotus cars. Malcolm normally finds something "special" to display and last year it was a Lotus 72. As usual there will be drinks and a food on offer in exchange for a donation to their chosen charity, Isabel Hospice. Lots of lovely Lotus cars all in one place make this a very special day. Opens midday until 6.00 pm and is at Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, St Albans. AL4 8RG. (Turning to race shop easy to miss so look out for Lotus sign) Anyone who has not be
  2. Classic Lotus and other classic vehicle owners may be concerned about the increasing amounts of ethanol contained in pump fuel. Many articles have been written and this is just a small extract from the Guardian newspaper. "Ethanol is also a powerful solvent that, without a suitable additive, attacks many fuel system components including zinc and galvanised materials, brass, copper, aluminium, seals and hoses, cork, polyurethane and epoxy resins. In other words, almost everything used in a vehicle made more than about 20 years ago. It’s also hydrophilic, and water causes all sorts of additiona
  3. I don't think there are any precise details yet, there is a very small bit in the latest Club Lotus magazine and so I think over the next couple of weeks more details will come forward. From what I have read it will be a one day event and so it depends from where you are travelling as to whether you really need to stay overnight or not. I imagine you will be able to buy tickets in advance but also pay on the gate on the day. This really is hot off the press so I am not sure if there will be an LDC stand as such but I let some of the committee know and if we do I am sure they will let
  4. Details are sketchy at present as the event is being finalised but keep the date free. At present I understand there will be factory tours and demonstration runs of F1 cars courtesy of Classic Team Lotus. The last open day I went to was brilliant, so I am hoping this will be as good. Kim
  5. I like him! I think he is under huge financial pressure at the moment with Tesla burning money and rumours abound about how long that can continue for. Once in a generation people like EM come along, he has been called the "architect of tomorrow" and for sure his out of the box thinking makes this description apt. A few people invent one thing or have one big business success which sets them up for life. Serial entrepreneurs like Musk are very few and far between. Having made a fortune from his first software company which was sold for $340 million he set up another business, an on
  6. We probably won't make the breakfast, any one know what time the drive out starts or what time the BBQ?
  7. 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
  8. 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 breakdow
  9. 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
  10. Eddie, Shall I bring your monitor to Donington? Kim
  11. 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
  12. Hi Eddie, I love the picture in the list of the Lotus 19 (not) LOL
  13. 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!
  14. 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 ex
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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 grea
  18. I've just spoken to The Gower, 3 rooms still available, but booking must be made by phone, ie LDC rooms don't appear on any booking website 01834 813452 Jules
  19. Hi David, As a past editor I understand what a big job this is. Each new editor brings something different, I dragged the magazine from the dark ages, literally, black and white to full colour! I wish you well and look forward to the next issue with great expectation, no pressure then. Best wishes Kim
  20. Hi All. Just to let you know, there won't be a meet at The Clock Warehouse at Shardlow next month as they will be closed for a major refurb. If anyone has an idea for an alternative venue please let me know - any your way Paul Nichol?? Jules
  21.   Hi Kieran, it certainly does. No one gets there much before 8.00 pm so if you go earlier you may think its not happening.   Hope you can make it.   Kim
  22. Last time we stopped there the food was good - mind you it was some time ago - AND a bit nearer to us Leicester folk. Good choice - remember to watch out for the speed cameras on this road boys and girls!!   Jules