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Lotus Club International Magazine

on Sun, 28/12/2008 - 17:00

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It wasn’t until I opened the Winter 08 edition of Lotus Club International Magazine that I knew my comment had been published. It might only be on limited distribution but I got a real kick out of seeing my words in print, particularly knowing they would be read be other Lotus enthusiasts.

The club itself is run by Lotus on site at their Hethel HQ - allowing the magazine the benefit of being able to report on a range of ‘soon to be released’, current and classic Lotus cars.

As a member I receive the club magazine on a quarterly basis and in the last edition they asked members to share their

Aston Martin & Porsche Experience

on Sat, 22/11/2008 - 17:00

Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche, like Lotus, are well known for producing drivers cars. I’ve been looking forward to my first drive in a 911 for a while now and as a bonus it was to be a 996 GT3 in Canary yellow and fitted with the optional half roll cage, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

It is hard to tell much about a car from 3 laps around a 1.5 mile circuit but the Porsche certainly felt like a nice car to drive. Being a GT3 things were pretty basic on the inside and I had some concern that my feet would slip against the bare metal flooring, thankfully they didn’t.

Painting Stone Chips

on Tue, 16/09/2008 - 17:00

It didn't take me long to find out the Lotus was susceptible to stone chips. The first time I heard a stone hit the front end I winced so badly I nearly left the road. Since there isn't a lot of noise insulation in the Elise even a small stone can make a terrible, terrible sound. I later discovered that the louder and more metallic the sound the better - it meant the stone had probably ricocheted off the aluminium under-tray rather than hitting the nicely painted nose.

Touching up stone chips to the front of any car, let alone a low slung and stone attracting Lotus Elise, is a bit of a pain.

Lotus Elise Soft Top

on Tue, 02/09/2008 - 17:00

Lotus Elise Soft Top
A canvas folding soft top is provided as standard fit on every Lotus Elise sold. Designed from the ground up not to require a fixed roof the Elise embraces open-air motoring head on. Yes it gets a little chilly on anything other than a summers day but the experience is more than worth putting a jumper on for, or at least I think so. Take the top off, wind the windows down and you feel about as close to a raw driving experience as you can this side of a Lotus/Caterham Seven.

In my experience my girlfriend often feels the cold more than me when the roof is off, this is perhaps caused by me

Lotus Elise Hardtop

on Thu, 28/08/2008 - 17:00

Lotus Elise Hard Top
It was 6 months into Elise ownership before I decided to take the roof off and get a bit of a tan. I’m joking of course... we were having yet another terrible British summer. It really was 6 months though, so why did I leave the hard top on for so long? Honestly, I just prefer the way it looks. For me the hardtop makes the Elise appear more complete, grown up even, and a little less toy like. There was no question when I was looking at the used car market, a hard top was placed firmly towards the top of my desired spec.

The original Lotus Elise S1 was designed ground up as a soft top

Lamborghini Murcielago Experience

on Sat, 26/07/2008 - 17:00

Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
Thruxton Circuit turned out to be an easy drive from London, although a good 2hours 30mins from the East side. Once you start to get close the track is well sign posted, although you need to be careful to head to the experience centre and not the karting & 4x4 centre. The lane leading to the track was badly broken up in places with some hazardous potholes. Annoyingly I didn’t see one pothole which caused the Elise’s suspension to crack in a truly horrible way. I’ve driven the car several times since and there doesn’t appear to be any damage.

The experience started with a driver briefing

First Service

on Fri, 18/07/2008 - 17:00

It is time for the Elise’s first service. Yes, a whole 12 months have passed. There have been highs (generally driving it) and there have been lows (flat batteries when you really need to get somewhere).

When I bought the Elise it had a full C service carried out so this time round it was only due the minimum A Service. The A Service includes everything on a Lotus service list* except the renewal of the engine air cleaner element, spark plugs, cam belt and fuel filter.

You hear stories of people cleaning their houses before a cleaner arrives, well that suddenly all made sense when I found

Painting the Rear Grill

on Sun, 23/03/2008 - 17:00

Rear Grill
The rear grill on the Elise has been getting rustier and rustier over the last 12 months and I decided it was time to do something about it. The grill consists of two steel sections either side of the number plate, each with a hole to allow one of the twin exhausts pipes to exit. I’ve always thought it odd that the rest of the cars exterior (and quite a lot of it’s structure) were made from rust proof materials and it was just this one aesthetic part that let it down.

Like so many things you would probably only notice the rust if you were looking for it but I’d been wanting to do some