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November 2007

Can you SAVE an Essex?
Rear split rim Alloy for Essex Turbo....any condition considered – top price paid for single wheel or as a part of a set. Email LEW if you have one or a set, as we have a car that needs a rear wheel to keep it in original condition.


Video Clips
TopGear just added
We've just added a short clip from TopGear where James May discusses Lotus plans to copyright the Esprit 'Wedge'.

Video clips are only available to ClubEsprit members. To find out more about joining, click here.


New Exhaust System
From Australia
After many months of R&D @ Melbourne Performance Centre, Lotus Esprit Australia is proudly to announce the release of the full stainless steel sports exhaust system (Mark I) available in Australia.

Read the press release pdf here.


Discount for ClubEsprit Members
Sorry I've not been too noticeable on the forum or the meets this year – I aim to do better next year. looking forward to getting the GT3 resprayed, so any good places let me know.

Kato's kindly offered me the chance to shamelessly plug my new company – I've got out of the rat race and started a small internet company selling Green and Environmental Gifts & Products – called It Must Be Green.

So, with Christmas coming I'm happy to give some special offers for all ClubEsprit members – if anyone's interested of course! I'll offer either 10% off or Free Postage – whichever is the most for the size of your order.

Here's the site: www.itmustbegreen.co.uk – it really does have some cool stuff for gadget lovers, or for Christmas presents etc. – well, I did say this was a shameless plug didn't I !

Any questions, or advice, feel free to let me know. I did the site myself, hence it's slightly basic look and feel.

Happy Christmas all,


Esprit Heater Control Knobs
New from Esprit Performance
Esprit Performance are pleased to announce that they have developed no less than 10 different types of engraved fluted or plain heater control knobs. You can now add a touch of class and individual mark to your Esprit. These are competatively priced and would make an ideal gift as well.

We can also taylor make engraved knobs to suit your particular request for a nominal fee.

More heater control knobs will be added as soon as they are availible as we are trying to give as much choice as possible for the Esprit owner. Visit our website for details www.espritperformance.com or email mail@espritperformance.com

Esprit Performance are pleased to announce that after a long wait, their alloy half moon dimpled button covers are back in stock. Due to the limited numbers and shape, it has proven impractical for companies to produce. We should now have the supply sorted now but to avoid disappointment, order now and reserve your set.


buckling up will never be the same!
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PRESS RELEASE 9th November 2007 MPH07 (NEC, UK)
The Track-Day Device That Is Good For Your Back!
The CG-Lock® device was invented for the track – for performance drivers wanting the benefits of a racing harness but not the hassle… now this same device promises to give pain relief to millions of drivers and passengers on the highway.
The early feedback from back experts suggests that the device (CG=Centre of Gravity) could bring a welcomed solution to back-ache sufferers.

Back pain is the second most common reason people visits their GP (the first is the cold/flu) accounting for more than 7 million consultations every year. Many sufferers rely on pain-killers and people suffering with chronic back pain are at a higher risk of developing depression. The NHS spends more than £1 billion a year on treating back pain and in addition there are other (indirect) costs to UK businesses. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that musculoskeletal disorders, which includes back pain costs UK employers over £600 million per year and claim that we have an 80% chance of getting a lower back problem at some point in our lives.

In many cases, the pain is due to extra strain on the lower back muscles caused by bad posture from sitting in front of a TV/computer screen or ‘slouching’ on longer journeys in vehicles. Car posture is a particular problem as Emma Field, Ergonomic Specialist & Physical Therapist at Back in Action (www.backinaction.co.uk; a Company dedicated to helping peoples’ back problems) explains; “We can sort out all office and home seating problems but cars are difficult; car seat design in general is not good and posture deteriorates.” During everyday driving with relaxed posture, inertia from braking along with the constant vibration leads to the pelvis creeping forwards away from the back of the seat and the body slipping down in the seat and the hips tilting up. BackCare, the UK Charity dedicated to helping us keep healthier backs (www.backpain.org) recommends; “When driving, maintain an upright posture.” By keeping the lower part of the back to follow the contours of the lumbar support, the correct upright posture is created, however, it takes constant conscious effort to maintain the correct upright position and so many people revert to spending hours in their vehicles in an un-healthy position. Prolonged ‘slouching’ causes the lower back muscles to tighten, working to protect the spine… and this can lead to muscular spasms – commonly known as ‘back ache’. Alan Raw (www.harrisandross.co.uk), top UK sports Physiotherapist to Premier League football players and other top athletes, knows the problem well. He comments: “A useful tip for maintaining good posture whilst driving is to adjust the interior rear-view mirror when sat in the correct upright position, so when the driver slumps down, they can no longer see through the back window via the mirror, thus reminding them of the correct posture.” The goal is to keep the spine in this healthy position without any conscious effort but until now, nothing has been available that can do this.

So does the CG-Lock work?
The search for a drug free solution to back problems has led experts such as Emma & Alan to test out the device. Emma comments; “We are evaluating the CG-Lock as it may well help drivers and passengers maintain correct posture. We are really encouraged by our findings so far.” Alan has also seen great results and adds “Maintaining proper posture in a vehicle is not easy… this simple device has really helped many of my clients, reducing and in some cases eliminating back pain due to slouching.”

Although more formal tests are being set up, the CG-Lock, by holding the pelvis firmly back in the seat would appear to align the spine properly and assist the maintenance of correct posture – significantly reducing back ache. It seems that this is one product at the MPH07 show that just about every driver/passenger can benefit from. Improving performance on the track and posture on the roads.
The CG-Lock fits in minutes to any standard seatbelt and is fully removable in second

Further Press Information:
Press at the MPH07 Show are invited to visit the CG-Lock® stand (MP1) and try the Centre-Gravity Simulator® at the MPH07 Show (NEC).
Read more at www.nomorebackache.net. Posture diagrams to accompany this information can be found at http://flickr.com/photos/cglock/1854283814

Thanks to Back in Action (backinaction.co.uk) & Harris & Ross (harrisandross.co.uk) for their contribution to this communication.
Lap Belt Cinch (Europe) Ltd market and sell the CG-Lock®, a unique product specifically designed to improve the stability, control and comfort of drivers and passengers in any vehicle. The CG-Lock fits in minutes to any standard seatbelt and is fully removable in seconds.

The CG-Lock is patented, and has been independently crash tested and has demonstrated that when fitted the CG-Lock does NOT interfere with the safety of the factory fitted 3-point seatbelt with or without a pre-tensioner (full details at cg-lock.co.uk). The CG-Lock is not intended to replace a racing harness and is not a safety device. Although no problems have been reported, back ache sufferers are advised check with their Doctor or Physiotherapist before using.

CG-Lock is proud sponsor of: BLOW-ME, the alcohol breath testing service for events worldwide (blow-me.co.uk) to promote responsible, safe driving; Back Care, the charity for healthier backs (backpain.org) and British Motorsport Marshals Club, without whom track days could not take place (marshals.co.uk)

Press enquiries – Contact Graham Cox on 07919 565 983 during the MPH07 Show.
Healthcare professionals wishing to contribute to the National CG-Lock Evaluation Trial please contact us at:
email: cglock@btinternet.com
website: www.cg-lock.co.uk
CG-Lock… improving stability, control & comfort in any vehicle.
hope to see you at the MPH07 Show next week at the NEC… and at AUTOSPORT in Jan '08!


Stoneleigh Parts Fair 2004
Sunday 4th November 2007

The parts fair will be held on Sunday 4th November 2007 from 10.30am until 4pm at the same location as last year. Put it in your diaries and make sure you're there as the gathering is normally the last of the year. This is Annual Lotus parts Fair, with more Lotus parts available and clothing than any other meeting in the UK.

Maps here for the venue:

This is one we always attend as a meet for us Esprit lot (using the parts Fair as a focal point). We all meet near the venue here, then drive to the show.

The Porridge Pot
Stratford Road
Warwickshire CV34 6RA


Look to arrive at the Porridge Pot between 9-9.30am for departure at 10am.

2008 Calendar will be available to purchase on the day to save on postage. For a club discount, don't forget to bring your membership card!


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