Finalising Calendar Pictures
Time running out
Started finalising the pictures for the 2012 Esprit Calendar. So if you haven't sent yours in yet, you'd better doing it soon! Once all 12 spots are taken we will be sending it off for printing. So hurry!
SWLC 'Open Day'
24th September 2011
South West Lotus Centre are having our annual `Open day` this year on Saturday 24th September. This year we will be having the new Noble M600 on show for people to come and have a look at. Also we will have a large selection of sports cars on show from the Lotus range, new Ferrari 458, Japanese sports cars and old american classic cars. Just confirmed will be Murtaya Sports cars with their new Roadster RT for people to have a look at.
There will be a large selection of cars for sale, as well as discounted parts and accessories. We will have a free BBQ again this year which always brings in a large crowd. We will also be having Shaw about Vinyl coming down for the day and they will be doing demos of different car wrapping and all sorts.
Please feel free to come and join us on the day to talk and look at cars, walk around the premises and have a look at what equipment we have to offer. If you are travelling from up country and need accomodation please feel free to visit on of the local hotels and B&B we have for offer.
If you would like anymore information please feel free to contact us.
South West Lotus Centre Ltd
1978 Lotus Esprit S2 goes 900 miles (14:57 mins long) NEW Jul 11
Hagerty drives a 1978 Lotus Esprit S2 from Philadelphia to St. Louis to prove that classic cars are capable of anything when you treat them right. See the Fall issue of Hagerty magazine for more on the story, and visit Hagerty.com/lotustrip to learn how you can make your own long-distance road trip in a classic a success.
70's Esprit Needed
Music Video Appearance for Iconic Esprit
Single Status Project are producing a music video on the 27th and 28th Aug and desperately need a Lotus Esprit to feature in the video. They would just be taking some shots of the artist sitting in the car. They need the car for 3 hours either on the 27th or 28th August, (whichever suits you, they can work around it). They will be shooting in North London.They are happy to coordinate filming around times that suit you. It would be better for them from 10:00am onwards.
This is for an independent label and the track samples the Gary Newman song ‘Cars’. All of the necessary permissions have been obtained. The theme of the video is 70’s retro. They are unable to offer payment as the video on a shoe string budget. If you are interested please use the contact details below. Lotus Esprit World would also like to hear about the day, so take some pics (if allowed) and email us with how the day goes so it can be shared with other Esprit owners and Enthusiasts.
Contact Nyla Ali for more information
LEW Calendar 2012
Time to start taking those pics
With most Esprit getting out and about during the summer months, it's now the perfect time to get some cool pictures of your Esprit in cool places and send them into us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The best are likely to make it into the 2012 Esprit Calendar. So get your digital camera set on the highest settings, park your Esprits with a great backdrop and get snapping.
ClubLotus Show and Festival 2011
Donington Park Exhibition Centre, Castle Donington, Nr Derby
The 29th annual Club Lotus Show and Festival takes place at Donington Park on 13th and 14th August 2011. The Show is the biggest and best attended indoor Lotus Show in Europe and regularly attracts over 5,000 enthusiasts from all around the world.
In addition to the regular modern and historic car displays, trade stands and autojumble, the 2011 Show will feature a wide variety of live practical technical demonstrations. These will be given by some of the most respected names in the business and will cover a wide range of subjects. Lotus engine specialists CTM Performance Engineering will be running question and answer sessions throughout the show on servicing and rebuilding the series of legendary Lotus twin-cam engines. Nick Fulcher – the man responsible for creating the interior of the famous James Bond Esprit in the film The Spy Who Loved Me – will be on hand to give advice on how to restore and maintain vinyl, leather and interior trim. Nick will show visitors many of his tricks of the trade and how to keep their cars’ interior in top condition. Option 1 Sportscars will be demonstrating many of the specialist techniques required to repair, restore and re-spray fibreglass. Elan expert Brian Buckland will be running regular general Q&A seminars and giving free technical advice and help to owners and restorers.
We’re delighted to welcome Octane and Evo magazines as our new media partners for the Show. In addition to having some special show offers, their brand new Magbook Lotus Legends will be on sale on their stand.
Hundreds of Lotus cars – both road and race - reflecting the great history and heritage of Lotus, will be displayed both inside the hall and on the many club stands outside.
As always there will be lots to see and do inside the hall including individual Lotus club displays and a used Lotus car sales area. All the major UK Lotus specialists will be at the Show selling everything from new cars, tuning kits, new and used spare parts and accessories to insurance, photographs, memorabilia, models, clothing and accessories. A large and varied Lotus autojumble will provide bargain hunters with plenty of fun and value. All Lotus models will be catered for with companies such as Paul Matty, Christopher Neil and PNM covering the classics and Eliseparts and Hangar 111 amongst others looking after Elise and Exige owners.
There will also be a special display remembering Ron Hickman who sadly passed away earlier this year. Ron was a regular visitor to the Show and we’ll be showcasing his immense design contribution to Lotus with examples of Elite, Elan, Elan +2 and Europa plus the story behind them.
Group Lotus will be bringing their fabulous new Lotus Evora S as well as displays and the latest news about their exciting plans for the future. The new Lotus Cars 2011 Range will also be there with the current range of Lotus road cars including Evora, Elise, and Exige.
Group Lotus Aftersales will be selling a wide range of new and classic spares and parts from the factory at specially discounted show prices plus Lotus brand clothing and merchandise.
Classic Team Lotus will be displaying several of their priceless historic Grand Prix Cars including the beautiful and revolutionary ground effect Type 79 F1 – the car that Mario Andretti used to win the 1978 F1 World Championship and the legendary Type 49B chassis R10 in which Graham Hill won the Monaco GP twice in 1968 and 1969.
There’ll also be modern day racing action all weekend with two days of practice and racing on the revised Donington Park Grand Prix circuit including 4 races of the highly successful LoT Elise Trophy and the brand new Lotus Cup UK Championship. A free shuttle bus service for visitors will be running between the paddock and exhibition centre during the Show.
Organised by Club Lotus, the worlds biggest and oldest Lotus Club, the weekend is certain to be the biggest UK Lotus gathering in 2011 and the place to be for all Lotus enthusiasts. Club Lotus offers a wide range of benefits to members and membership still only costs £30 per year.
General Show Information:
Organisers: Club Lotus, 58 Malthouse Court, Dereham, Norfolk,
Tel: 01362 694459 or 691144.
Fax: 01362 695522.
Date: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August 2011
Venue: Donington Park Exhibition Centre, Castle Donington, Nr Derby
Opening times: Saturday 10.00 to 16.30; Sunday 10.00 to 16.00.
Ample Free parking • Camping available on site
Admission Prices: Adults: £10.00 (£9.00 for Club Lotus members if purchased in advance)
OAP/Child under 16: £5.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 4 Children): £27.00
Under 12’s free
Book online here
V8 Dialled Up
Esprit DIY inside the cockpit
Here are a couple of pictures of a carbon fibre dash pod an owner constructer for his V8 GT a few months ago. He really loved the dash in the post 98 V8 but thought it lacks vital instruments. The gauges he has added are Battery Volts, Oil Pressure, Oil Temp. The pod was constructed using a standard aftermarket Subaru one. It took many hours of filling and sanding to obtain the desired contour. The gauges came with the relevant transducers and were quite easy to wire in. Nice work from another Esprit owner. See more pictures at the bottom of our V8 Dash page here.
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