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February 2005

Ramspott & Brandt Door Sills
These new door sills have just been released by Germany company Ramspott & Brandt. These mirror closely the original style of the Lotus versions, now giving owners more choice of different styles. These Sills come in at €159 + p&p for a pair. See the E-Shop for more info or contact Ramspott & Brandt to get yours. Club LEW Members can get 5% off a set by giving their membership number when ordering.

5% Discount for Club LEW members


25th Annual Lotus Owners Gathering
August 26-29, 2005 in St. Louis, Missouri - USA
Thirty-one years on, Lotus Ltd. continues to grow as North America’s Largest Lotus Club. The annual Lotus Owners Gathering (LOG) has been a large part of the success and joy of membership in Lotus Ltd. LOG 24 in Birmingham, Alabama was no exception as LOG goers enjoyed a fine venue in The Wynfrey Hotel and Barber Motorsports Park and Museum.

Over the past twenty-four years, LOG has been to a variety of North America’s finest cities including Atlanta GA, Buffalo NY, and Toronto, Ontario to name but a few. The 2005 Lotus gathering will see Lotus Ltd. venture into new territory in “The Gateway to The West”, St. Louis Missouri August 26-29, 2005. Lotus Ltd. affiliate club the St. Louis Area Lotus Lovers (STALLS) will be on their best behavior to bring a world class LOG to all attendees.

At the convergence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, St. Louis is famous for The Gateway Arch, the world’s largest free standing memorial, Anheuser-Busch beer, The Muny Opera, America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre and Cardinal baseball. The Gateway To The West, as early western settlers knew St. Louis, offers a central location for many Lotus Ltd. members. Nearby Gateway International Raceway will be put to good use by Lotus drivers for the LOG 25 track day and the annual LOG autocross will challenge even the best cone punters. The rolling hills along the banks of the Mighty Missouri River, winding through the Western Hemisphere’s first registered wine district, offer a driving experience seemingly laid out with the Lotus enthusiast in mind. Colin would surely smile as his automotive creations bob and weave along these roads.

The Silver Anniversary of LOG will feature the cars that made Lotus famous. Open-wheel Lotus formula racecars will be featured at the LOG 25 concourse and track day. All Lotus cars, both street and track, and enthusiasts are welcome. Lotus Ltd. anticipates LOG 25 will be the largest gathering of open-wheel Lotus formula racecars in North America. We are truly please to announce Clive Chapman, managing director of Classic Team Lotus will join us for LOG 25 as a special guest of Lotus Ltd.

Lotus Ltd. and the St. Louis Area Lotus Lovers cordially invite all Lotus enthusiasts, owner or otherwise, to “Meet Me In St. Louis” August 26-29, 2005. Mark your calendars now for the silver anniversary of LOG in The Gateway City. Watch for more details on the Lotus Ltd. web site at www.LotusCarClub.org or contact LOG 25 chairman Mark Pfeffer at (314) 889-0572 or via e-mail: Feffman@Yahoo.com.


Esprit out of production for a year
The Lotus Esprit has now been out of production for a year, with the last Esprit leaving the production line on 20th February 2004.


Brand New OZ S4 Alloys from Lotus Aftersales Surplus Parts Sale
Lotus Esprit World purchased a set of OZ S4 alloy wheels in Lotus' Parts Sale for only £340. These are brand new wheels boxed from Lotus. Normal price would have been an unbelievable £1,500. 25 Sets of these Alloys where available along with many other surplus parts for Esprits, Elan, Elite, Eclat, Excel, Europa, Elise, Exige and 340R.


LEW Hits another Land Mark
Lotus Esprit World had it's 300,000th visit on Friday 18th February 2005.


Donington 2005

LEW will again be at Donington for the Lotus Festival. The major Esprit gathering will be on the Sunday (20th March), as the event is held over two days Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th March 2004. The will be a few meet up points around the country for those wishing to join up with other Esprit owners for the journey to Donington. Visit the Esprit forums for more information.

If you don't know what to expect then take a look at the reports from the last few years.

Donington 2001

Donington 2002

Donington 2003

Donington 2004

Hope to see plenty of Esprit owners at the first big meeting of the year!


LEW's Birthday
Lotus Esprit World is 4 years old on 14th February 2005!


Breakdown Cover
ClassicLine have now introducted ClassicLine Rescue, UK & European Breakdown and Recovery Service. Breakdown cover from just £19.95. Benefits include: Roadside Assistance, Recovery, European Assistance, Freephone Emergency Number. Lotus Esprit World will be including ClassicLine Rescue on its policy. Call for more details, as it might just suit your needs.

138 Castle Street
Leicestershire LE10 1DD

Tel: 01455 639000   Fax: 01455 39035


New Discount Rate for Club members
Black Circles
are offering LEW members a new 10% discount (up from 5%) on all their tyres either by web order or via phone. This is due to the great feedback from Lotus Esprit Members. Yet another great reason to join Club LEW!

Black Circles deliver 'the best fully fitted tyre prices in the UK'


SWLC Iron Manifolds
South West Lotus Centre have had an exact replica of the original Lotus manifolds made but constructed out of a stronger grade of iron, so that they will last longer. SWLC have had no reported failures of their new stronger manifold and with a price cheaper than the Lotus one, It shouldn't be a difficult decision to make.


SWLC have been using these manifolds for about 6.5 years.  They are made from S.G. Iron which is Spherodine* Graphite.  They are 420-12 grade as opposed to Silicone Monobidium* Iron.
They've told LEW that the main difference between the two manifolds is that the S.G. grade will range from -20 °c to 750 °c, and will contract back to its original template, thus avoiding the creation of stress points resulting in cracks.
The manifolds that are available are:
• 907 type Exhaust Manifold (Elite, Eclat, Excel, Esprit N/A up to 1985) – £275.00 + VAT (Retail £348.21)
• Wastegate Adaptor Manifold for Esprit Turbo 1980-85 (now Obsolete) – £450.00 + VAT (Last Retail £562.78)
• Later type Exhaust Manifold for Esprit Turbo 1988-96 – £450.00 + VAT (Retail £639.64)
We were told there was no need for the larger fixing holes and ribs because of the flexibility of the iron.
SWLC have now sold over 450 of the various manifolds with only one being returned, and this one was not due to any of the characteristics of the manifold, rather a quality control mistake whereby a hole had simply not been drilled through correctly by the manufacturer!
Lotus Esprit World members are entitles to an extra 5% off these prices.


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News from January 2005

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