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October 2004

Sportomotive Join LEW
After some good reports from Esprit Owners and being contacted by Sportomotive themselves, LEW is now helping to promote Sportomotive in the Esprit community. They are joining a growing list of Specialist that can help keep your Esprit on the road and supply the support you need. Sportomotive are also sponsoring the 'Used Car Centre' and will be advertising their Esprits there.

Sportomotive, who are based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, have one of the most experienced Lotus workshops anywhere in the country headed by Cos Di-Martino and Dave Snook who together have over 25 years experience in the Lotus marque, covering all your needs, including: servicing, repairs, paintwork as well as performance tuning, upgrades, tyres and much more. They also have one of the largest selection of used of used Lotus' anywhere in the UK.

So if you need some work done on your Esprit, then keep Sportomotive in mind.


(taken from Cranfield University's staff magazine)

A Plague of Lotuses
You might think getting stuck on the M25 is bad enough – but who in their right mind would get themselves stuck in a traffic jam for fun? Owners of Lotus-built cars who wanted to get in the Guinness Book of World Records, that's who.

Jason Carvalho, Website Developer in Marketing and Communication, explained:

" The South East Lotus Owners Club organised a day of charity events at Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire, and one of the ideas was to attempt the largest convoy of Lotus-built cars. Similar records exist for other models of car and motorcycle, so we thought we'd give it a try."

With 400-plus cars there on the day, 174 cars set out on the first lap at a top speed of 5-10mph – rather slower than your average race car. " The world record rules state that a distance of no more than two car lengths between each car must be maintained," said Jason. "Because of our speed, three laps of the track took around two hours to complete."

Due to numerous cars having to pull over due to over-heating or running out of fuel, only 127 and 126 cars managed to complete the second and third laps respectively. "That means that, though we're assured of a record, we're not yet sure what the number will be," explained Jason. "It will all depend on which lap the records people decide is valid."

Photo and video evidence has now been handed over to be analysed and confirmed and, with no previous record to beat, the group know they'll be the first to grab the Lotus convoy title - at 174, 127 or 126. And alongside all the fun they managed to raise around £30,000 for Tommy's, the baby charity


Lotus Auction
The Coys Lotus Auction is taking place this Saturday (30th October) in Brighton. An Important Auction of Lotus Motor Cars, Lotus F1 Racing Spares and machinery, also to include Lotus Plans, Memorabilia, Toys & Models. Lotus Esprit World has been sent a copy of the sales brouchure, which is impressive. With 426 lots in the Auction, there's plenty of items for any Lotus Fan. Including the following.

Motor Cars
• Mika Hakkinen Grand Prix Debut Car (1991 Lotus F1 102 D/1)
• Ex Mika Hakkinen, Johnny Herbert (1991 Team Lotus Formula 1 Type 102/B2)
• 1978 Lotus Esprit JPS Commemorative Edition No.70
• Ex David Wright 1959 Lotus Eleven Series 2 Le Mans
• 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk1
• 1984 Lotus Etna
• 1964 Lotus 23 B
Plus more Elan's, Elite's, Europa's, Eclat's, Esprit's, Elise's, Exige's, 340R.

• Team Lotus paper work
• Ayrton Senna Medical Card
• Colin Chapman's Pedestal Desk
• JPS – Lotus 72 left sidepod
• 1977 John Player GP Poster
• Ayrton Senna – a signed cartoon
• Colin Chapman's Black Leather flight bag

Racing Spares & Machinery
Air Compressor
• Tyre kit spares
• Battery Charger
• Suspension parts
• Gear Ratios
• Spot Welder
• Tyre Warmers
• Gearbox parts
• Actel Lap Timing Equipment
• Used Carbon Brake Pads
• Plus much more. . . .

Auction location:
Regal House
The Hyde Business Park
Lower Bevendean

Sale Starts: 1.00pm
On View: 29th October 1.00pm – 8.00pm
and on day of sale from 10.00am


Calendar Orders
If you've ordered your LEW Wall Calendar over the past week or so, they should be shipped on Monday 1st November. If you haven't ordered yet, why not! Desktop & Package orders will be shipped the week after. Go to the shop now and order.


Carbon Fibre Sills Plates

100% authentic carbon fibre sill plates available for selected models of Steven's Esprits. Beautiful sleek design. Make your Lotus stand out from the crowd at only- £ 120 per pair incl p&p (uk only), rest of world (price tbc) Special requirements made to order. See E-shop or Parts pages for more details and pictures.


Calling Northern Ireland Esprit Owners
Apparently there are no get togethers in Northern Ireland for Esprit Enthusiasts and this is very frustraing for an Esprit lover like myself. I would be grateful if any Esprit owners in Northern Ireland who would take pity on a fellow enthusiast and let me look around their Esprit. I would be very grateful.

James McCann


Van Sten Engineering
I can give a very big pat on the back to Van Sten Engineering in The Netherlands...
Free coffee or soft drinks when you are there, work completed on time, gift's every now and then. For instance free digital tyre pressure reader which was very nice. Able to walk around the workshop and see everything done on your car, old parts kept in storage free of charge, like CAT, Airco pump etc. Always friendly, able to pop your car on the ramp and work on it yourself for quick fixes, using their tools.

Advice given free of charge, odd bits, like tightening things up, changing the old nut or bolt are just done when needed with no charge.
They are just like mates really, maybe it's the Dutch but I have never come across such an honest and friendly bunch in my life.


Special Price for Club Members
See Club Page for more details of this offer for this A4 limited edition print.


Thumbs Up for MJ!
Normally LEW users email's concerning garages aren't that complimentary, as people only really comment on poor service or when they are not satisfied. A user contacted LEW this week, saying he'd gone to use Morland Jones after finding their link on LEW. He was very impressed by the service he'd received. He would highly recommend them to anyone.

"It was the little things that made the difference: Car was ready on time and returned cleaned inside and out, worn clutch peddle rubber was replaced (I never asked them to and they never charged me). Very knowledgeable, and very helpful".

If you've had good service, email admin@lotusespritworld.com and tell us a bit about the service you received. It's time for pats on the back for companies who are helping to keep us on the road, while giving good service at a reasonable price.


LEW Calendar for Sale
Don't miss out on your LEW Official and Desktop Calendars now on sale in the LEW E-shop. There's only a limited number, so order now. Calendars that have been ordered will ship in a week or so.


Owners Documentary
Alan Paterson is still getting more film for his owners documentary. Alan's done quite a few interviews with different owners so far, has also film an interview with Brian Angus from Lotus and Derek Bell, who is currently working on the gearbox project. More owners are being lined up for filming, so hopefully we'll see something good in the future.


LEW heads towards 250,000 hits
Lotus Esprit World.com should pass quarter of a million in the next week. Quite an achievement considering there's just under 11,000 Esprits!


LEW Calendar Now Available
The Calendar is now on sale in the LEW E-shop. Order promptly to avoid disappointment.


LEW's GT3/S4s suspension has been successfully fitted and collected. Only a short drive home, but a marked difference was noticed. Details of the sand blasting, powder coating and suspension fitting soon.

A set of Sport 350 suspension will be available soon on LEW's parts page.


5%+ Discount on LEW Calendars

CLUB LEW members who supply their membership no. when ordering, will receive 5% off list price on all calendars.

£18 for Official Calendar 2005 • £27.50 for 2 x Official Calendar
£24 for Calendar Package£7.50 for Desktop Calendar£11.50 for 2 x Desktop Calendar


LEW Calendar
As usual had some delays with the printers. Both the Official and Desktop Calendars should be ready soon, so in the very near future you will be able to place a pre-order. Again there is a limited amount of Calendars, so it's possible they will sell out again, so make sure you make your order in promptly.

Orders will be taken via paypal, phone, fax, post and email. You can pay via paypal, cheque, bank transfer and credit card. Once your order has been received you will be sent an email to confirm you order. Calendars will be dispatched in bulk once enough orders have been placed.

Club LEW member will receive a small discount on the purchase price and will be guaranteed a calendar if orders are placed within the first week. Discounts will not be automatic, so make sure you supply your LEW number and request your discount.

Mailing list members will receive an email one day before the calendar is published on LEW, giving a link to where to order the calendars.


LEW's GT3/S4s suspension has been successfully sand blasted and powder coated. The dampers in black and the springs in bright yellow. LEW's Esprit is currently having the suspension fitted and all the geometary set-up at a wheel alignment centre. The Esprit should be ready by the middle of the week for a nice long test drive.

Details of all the work done will be on the site soon.


Stoneleigh Parts Fair 2004 (Dedicated to the Esprit)
The parts fair will be held on Sunday 21st November 2004 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 this year is dedicated to the Esprit. This is Annual Lotus parts Fair, with more Lotus parts available and clothing than any other meeting in the UK. There is Esprit under cover parking available on a first come basis.


25% Off Devon Get Away for LEW members
25% off to LEW Members Get away to Devon. 51 weeks a year Self Catering Holiday. 2 berth Luxury Modern Caravan situated in secluded spot within 1 acre beutifull Gardens surrounded by open countryside and woodland, Yet within easy reach of the Cathedral City of Exeter, Dartmoor and the coast. All you need to bring is your duvets and food and of course the Sun. Normal fee £250 a week or £125 Weekend, but you will get 25% off of this if you are a LOTUS ESPRIT WORLD CLUB MEMBER.  Email: pktyrell@hotmail.com or telephone 01392811288 for Bookings and details


ing to test a few more items from this Esprit friendly company during the rest of the year. So watch out for those. In the meantime, have a look at their site to see what they can offer. Mention Lotus Esprit World if you contact them, they have also been added to the Parts page,


News from September 2004

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