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Rob Ford
Cell.: 0781-235-3976  (Please try this number first.)
Tel./Fax: +44 (0)1761 453351
E-Mail: roblotusford49_AT_mbzonline_DOT_net

Rob uses Canon imaging products: http://www.canon.co.uk
Lowepro carrying solutions for the imaging world: http://www.lowepro.com

Club Lotus Avon Speakers 2015
January 6thAdrian Hamilton
Son of Duncan Hamilton.
February 3rdEdward Ruskin
Of Dynamic Mouldings.
March 3rdLes Thacker
Of BP Motorsport.
April 7thMalcolm Ricketts  *CHANGE*
On his famous and unusual Lotus vehicle finds.
May 5thJohn Woodington
Ex Lotus.
June 2ndGraham Capel  *CHANGE*
July 7th*NO MEETING*  (Back to normal on Tuesday 4th August.)
August 4thJames Weaver (Racing driver)
September 8thMalcolm Ricketts and Martin Ricketts  (Please note date - second Tuesday.)
Lotus Europa - G.S. Cars of Warmley Europa specials.
October 6thHenry Williams  *CHANGE*
Of Williams Automobiles (Lotus dealer)
November 3rdGraham Capel
December 1stRodney Gooch
Director of Castle Combe Racing Circuit on his career in Motor Racing Circuit Management at various circuits.

Also coming in 2015:

Paddy Hopkirk - Famous rally driver

Chris Craft - On motor racing

Peter Windsor - Lotus guru

John Watson - Formula 1 race driver

Prospective speakers: Derek Bell, Bob Sparshott, Michael "Mike" Taylor

Coming in 2016:

May - James Weaver

Future speakers (in no particular order; dates to be announced):

Jonathan Buncombe
Motor racing

Brian Buckland
"Elan Man"

John Bolding
The Lotus 47
Susan Miller
On Lotus

Vince Woodman
Motor racing

Jeff Bloxham
Motorsport photography

Bob Dance & Richard Parramint
On Lotus

Venue:  The Bull Inn, Hinton; SN14 8HG, adjacent to Junction 18 of the M4.
Date:  1st Tuesday of every month at 8PM, except where noted otherwise (note extra meetings on the 3rd Tuesday).

Important note: All meetings are subject to last minute changes beyond our control.
Members are advised to check before travelling long distances (to check, call Rob on the number above).

(You may wish to bring a cushion to make the seats more comfortable!)

All Lotus enthusiasts are welcome.

Thanks go to all previous years' guest speakers.

Farbio Sports Cars Ltd.: http://www.farbiosportscars.com

Lotus News

  Kickstarter project - 'RunBabyRun'  Posted April 24th, 2015
Peggy Brodie has sent in news that a film is being made by Chalk Films about David Brodie's car, 'RunBabyRun':


  Lotuseer Dennis Ortenburger passes away  Posted March 2nd, 2015
Sadly, Lotuseer Dennis Ortenburger has passed away.

I remember treating Dennis and his wife to a meal at the Bathwick Boathouse in Bath when they came over to the UK. Dennis was a great Lotuseer and a lovely bloke who will be sadly missed by everyone.

Link about Dennis and Type 14 Elite chassis body unit number 1461:

Very best regards,


From Brian Caldersmith:

28th February, 2015

Sadly I advise of the passing of one of our very early members. Dennis Ortenburger died on Wednesday this week following a very short and tragic illness of just a few days.

A lot of members met Dennis on his two trips to Australia where he made many friends. He is also well known through his books (that substantiate his enthusiasm for the LOTUS marque):

Flying on Four Wheels (Frank Costin & his car designs)
Legend of Lotus Seven
Lotus Seven and the Independents
The Lotus Eleven
The Lotus Elite
Lotus Elite: Racing Car for the Road
The Red Leather Driving Gloves

Dennis was an intelligent, knowledgeable, enthusiastic person that made friends around the world and will be missed by many. We were fortunate to have he and Gail stay with us on their last visit to Oz and we extend the LEADFOOTS sympathy to the family.

Brian Caldersmith

  Lotuseer Len Terry  Posted January 13th, 2015
Lotuseer Len Terry passed away in the Autumn of 2014.


Very sadly, we are losing far too many friends.

Very best regards,


  LEADFOOTS Luncheon  Posted October 5th, 2014

A little background about our 5th of November gathering - and a nudge for those who do not want to miss the day by replying late.



LEADFOOTS lunch Nov 2014 B.doc

  September meeting  Posted August 16th, 2014
Ricketts Racing: http://rickettsracing.com

(John Wagstaff and Ron Bennett also aim to attend the meeting.)

  Gerry Bath  Posted August 3rd, 2014

  Lotuseer Gerry Bath passes away  Posted June 16th, 2014
Lotuseer Gerry Bath passed away on Wednesday 11th June, 2014.

Lotus Elite guy, Lotus 6 racer, and special builder Gerry Bath R.I.P.

This link gives some information on Gerry building some of his specials:


  Bath Pageant of Motoring  Posted April 23rd, 2014
The 3rd Bath Pageant of Motoring - 5th & 6th July 2014

Second year at Walcot Rugby Club, Lansdown, Bath.

Register now and enjoy free entry! *
(Internet & manual entries available.)

* Free entry ends 1st May.


A great day for all the family.

Classic cars, classic motorcycles, autojumble, trade stands, exhibits, children's entertainment, food court & bar, live music.

(Free camping available on Friday & Saturday for exhibitors.)

Awards on both days.

If you have queries or questions please contact:

E-mail:  info AT bathpageantofmotoring DOT com
Tel.:  01225 752025

A charity event organised by the Rotary Club of Bath.

  Malcolm Ginsberg May talk  Posted April 10th, 2014

Malcolm will be bringing the Lotus Elise S Club Racer along to the meeting on 6th May.

  Club meeting picture  Posted April 10th, 2014
Guest speaker Jack Sears at our meeting on Tuesday 1st April 2014:
Guest speaker Jack Sears with Ernie Unger and Martin Woodhead at the April 1st 2014 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Left to right: Ernie Unger, Martin Woodhead, and Jack Sears

  Lotuseer David Lockspeiser passes away  Posted April 10th, 2014
Stephen Hall has advised me that David Lockspeiser has passed away. Yet another Lotuseer friend gone.

David Lockspeiser


  Graham Warner obituary and funeral details  Posted March 19th, 2014
Graham Warner obituary: http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/obituaries/rip-graham-warner

Dear members,

Brian Mitchell has advised me that Graham Warner's funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Tuesday 25th March at 3:30pm.

Details of Guildford crematorium are in the link below.

Please advise if you are intending to go to Graham's funeral, as Brian Mitchell will need to know numbers to plan accordingly.

Sadly, we are definitely losing too many good firends these days.

Very best regards,

Rob Ford


  Mike Costin evening cancellation  Posted March 19th, 2014
Dear members,

Due to circumstances beyond our control relating to a viable venue for the Mike Costin evening on 22nd April 2014, we have regrettably taken the decision to cancel the event for 2014.

We would hope to be able to reschedule a suitable event for 2015.

Please address any queries to area leader, Rob Ford (details at the top of the page).

  Lotuseer Graham Warner passes away  Posted March 13th, 2014
Another Lotuseer passes away. This time Graham Warner on Saturday 8st March, 2014. We are losing too many good Lotuseer friends.

  Jack Sears interview on video from 1962  Posted March 13th, 2014

  Lotuseer Peter Kirwan Taylor passes away  Posted March 13th, 2014
Lotuseer Peter Kirwan Taylor, otherwise known as PKT to one and all, has passed away on 1st March, 2014.

PKT designed the original Lotus Elite Type 14.

Obituary: http://www.lotuscars.com/gb/news/corporate/peter-kirwan-taylor

  Extra meeting - 21st January  Posted January 11th, 2014
Would all members please note that there will be a second meeting in January 2014 - on Tuesday, 21st January - with guest speaker Malcolm Ricketts at The Bull Inn at Hinton.

Malcolm and his chief mechanic, Mike Loughlin, run Ricketts Racing.

Start time: 8 PM

If you have any questions or queries, then please 'phone me or E-mail me by using the following points of contact:

Rob Ford
Mobile phone:  07812 353 976
E-mail:  roblotusford49 AT mbzonline DOT net

Very best regards,

  Mike Warner Memorial  Posted December 10th, 2013
A Memorial Gathering for Mike Warner has been arranged for Friday 3rd January 2014 at 12 noon in the Old Buckenham Hall School, Brettenham Park, Suffolk IP7 7PH.  Please note the school is not in Old Buckenham.

All friends, colleagues, and associates are welcome to be present to remember the life of Mike, his story, and achievements.

Warren King

  Very late change of speaker  Posted December 2nd, 2013
Would all members please note that the guest speaker for Tuesday 3rd December 2013 will now be Brian Buckland on the USA Lotus L.O.G. and travels in the United States.

Please direct any queries to Rob (details above).

  Lotuseer Mike Warner passes away  Posted November 20th, 2013
Yet another Lotuseer passes away. Very sad that we are losing so many people at this time.

It is with regret that I have to tell you that Mike Warner died peacefully on 27th October 2013 at the age of 76 after a long illness. Maggie Warner and their children Julian and Vanessa will arrange a private family funeral, and in due course a Memorial Service will be held in the local area near Bury St. Edmonds.

Mike Warner was a significant figure in the Lotus story. He began with Lotus as a qualified Inspector on the Elite assembly line at Cheshunt in the early '60s. Before long he joined the Purchasing Department and became Purchasing Manager several years later. By the end of the '60s Mike was Manager of Lotus Components, producing successful competition cars for the racing world including the Lotus 69 F2 car and the Lotus 47 racing version of the Lotus Europa. The company also designed and released the Series 4 Lotus Seven before all production ceased. Mike left Lotus, and with others established the GRD racing car production company which flourished until the mid-'70s.

In retirement, Mike enjoyed restoring and driving a wide range of vintage cars. He will be sadly missed at a number of old car events in East Anglia.

Warren King

  Lotuseer Tony Pritchard passes away  Posted October 27th, 2013
Anthony "Tony" Pritchard passed away on Monday 21st October 2013.

Tony died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident two weeks previously. Tony was 74 years old.

Tony was going to give his talk on Colin Chapman in February 2014.

Yet another Lotuseer gone.

This sort of bad news just keeps on coming and sadly we can do nothing about it.

I will of course have to look at scheduling a different speaker for February 2014.


  Lotuseer John Standen passes away  Posted October 1st, 2013
Sadly, I have to let you know that John Standen passed away on 9th September, aged 82, after a long illness. The funeral will be held at St. Faiths Crematorium, Norwich, NR10 3LF on Friday, 4th October at 2:45 PM.

John was associated with Lotus at Hornsey in the 1950s and became Purchasing Director for many years. He transferred to JCL Marine in 1973 where he remained until 1978.

Rosemary will be pleased to welcome all old friends and colleagues on 4th October.

With regret,

Warren King

  Terry Sanger memorial event  Posted September 18th, 2013
Would all members please note that the Terry Sanger memorial event will be held on Saturday 16th November 2013 at The Strawford Centre at Castle Combe Race Circuit.

The precise time will be notified later, but is likely to be between 3 P.M. and 5 P.M. in the afternoon.

Please come along to share your memories of Terry with the assembly of friends.

If anyone has any video of Terry talking at one of our meetings or any other video of Terry then please let me know as we would like to show a clip of Terry if possible.

Very best regards,

Rob Ford

  Tribute to Terry Sanger  Posted September 1st, 2013

A poem by Sir John Whitmore was read at Terry's service by Terry's son.

  Lotuseers passing  Posted September 1st, 2013
We have also lost the following Lotuseers:

Freda and John Lawry.
John Lawry raced the second Lotus Elite and won the Autosport Championship. It only seems like a few weeks ago that John phoned about the Mike Costin event for 2014 and John's next talk to Club Lotus Avon, which John did not want to be too soon after his previous talk.

In addition, we have also lost John Coombs.
Obituary link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10243526/John-Coombs.html

Sadly, we are losing too many good friends.


  Terry Sanger's funeral information  Posted August 23rd, 2013
Dear All,

Thank you for all your kind messages of condolence over the last few days; Terry would have been very appreciative of your thoughts, cards, and telephone messages. For those of you who are interested, we are now able to let you know the funeral arrangements for Terry. There will be a cremation at:

Parc Gwyn Crematorium,
SA67 8UD

Tel.:  01834 860622

To be held at 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, 27th August, 2013.

At a later date we will be arranging a memorial event in the Bath area.

We would be delighted if you could write down any amusing incidents that you remember with Terry and bring them with you to the funeral, as we will be creating a book of memories.

Love, Diana

  Terry Sanger, BRDC member - another Lotuseer passes away  Posted August 17th, 2013
Our very good friend Terry Sanger passed away on Thursday 15th August 2013 after being diagnosed recently with cancer.

Terry was a first class racer of all types of vehicle, and a great raconteur.

We will all miss Terry's wit, good humour, enthusiasm and larger than life personality, and his support for Club Lotus Avon.

Terry was due to be with us on August 6th 2013 but phoned to apologise that he could not make it due to feeling unwell.

I have fond memories of Terry Sanger; a great guy who will not be forgotten.

Very best regards,

Rob Ford,
Friday 16th August 2013

  Club meeting pictures  Posted May 28th, 2013
We had a superb talk from Dave Brodie on Tuesday, 7th May.
Guest speaker Dave Brodie at the May 7th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Guest speaker Dave Brodie
Dave Brodie's Twin Cam Escort, 'Run Baby Run'
Dave's car
Dave Brodie Lotus 62
Lotus 62

  Club meeting picture  Posted March 27th, 2013
Guest speaker Brian Angus at the March meeting:
Guest speaker Brian Angus at the March 5th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Brian Angus (right)

  Club meeting picture  Posted March 6th, 2013
Guest speaker Gordon Spice at the February meeting:
Guest speaker Gordon Spice at the February 5th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Gordon Spice and his book, Life of Spice

  Club meeting pictures  Posted January 21st, 2013
Many thanks to Karen and Julian for a great evening, I know all of the members enjoyed it immensely.
Nigel Fox and guest speaker Julian Balme at the January 8th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Nigel Fox and guest speaker Julian Balme
Karen and Julian Balme at the January 8th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Karen and Julian Balme
Area leader Rob Ford and guest speaker Julian Balme at the January 8th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Rob Ford and Julian Balme
Guest speaker Julian Balme at the January 8th 2013 Club Lotus Avon meeting
Julian Balme book signing

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Lotus Events

Useful Contacts

For General Servicing, contact Colin Taylor:
Tel.:  01761 415687

Lotus Elan Steering Wheel Re-Covering
Contact Tony Penzato:
Tel.:  01225 483889
Cell.:  07730 523885
E-Mail:  tonypenzato@gmail.com

Lotus Elise Specialists, Brooke-Kensington Ltd.
Brooke House E6, Telford Road, Bicester, Oxon, OX26 4LD.
Tel.:  01869 325551
Fax:  01869 322164
E-Mail:  simon@brooke-kensington.co.uk
Web:  http://www.brooke-kensington.co.uk

Caterham Dealers, Millwood
Millwood Motor Company Ltd., Mill Garage, Cam, Dursley, Glos., GL11 5DH.
Tel.:  01453 544321
Fax:  01453 544671
Web:  http://www.millwood-mc.co.uk

Track Developments
Cotswold House, 32 The Tarters, Sherston, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, SN16 0NT.
Tel.:  01666 840482
E-Mail:  davidcooper@trackdevelopments.co.uk
Web:  http://www.trackdevelopments.co.uk

T.A. & J.M. Coburn Trimmers
Widhill House, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN2 4DA.
Tel.:  01793 721501
Fax:  01793 721531

Historic Lotus Specialist, Mike Brotherwood
Tel. (Daytime):  01380 859989
Tel. (Evening):  01249 760284
Fax:  01249 760530
Web:  http://www.mikebrotherwood.com

Coterie Press Ltd.
6 Forest Hill Industrial Estate, Perry Vale, Forest Hill, London, SE23 2LX.
Tel.:  0208 699 5111
Fax:  0208 291 6463
Web:  http://www.coteriepress.com

Fibreglass Services
Progress Garage, Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundal, West Sussex, BN18 0AS.
Tel.:  01243 554422
Fax:  01243 554545
Web:  http://www.fibreglassservices.co.uk

Autodromo Ltd. - Design and Model Making
Unit 5, West Wales Business Park, Redstone Road, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7ES.
Tel.:  01834 860999
E-Mail:  sales@autodromo.co.uk
Web:  http://www.autodromo.co.uk

Bath Model Centre (The Modeller's Den)
2 Lower Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1QR.
Tel.:  01225 460115
Web:  http://www.bathmodelcentre.com

For all of your cycling needs in Bath contact:
9 Chelsea Road, Bath, BA1 3PP.
Tel.:  01225 446887
Web:  http://www.cadencebikeshop.com

Axminster Specialist Panels
Based in Devon. Specializing in manufacture of fuel tanks for various Lotus models. Also header tanks, aluminium race seats, and various other parts.
Contact Andy Wiltshire:
E-Mail:  andywiltshire at talk21 dot com
Web:  http://www.andywiltshire.com

Full or Part Restoration, Maintenance, and Track Day Preparation
Classics and Retro Service
134F Engineer Road, West Wilts Trading Estate, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 4JW.
Tel.:  01373 228020 / 0788 380 2391
Web:  http://www.classics-and-retro.co.uk

MK14 Components Ltd.
Parts for 1959 - 1963 Lotus Cars
Unit 2E, Manor Road, Marston Trading Estate, Frome, Somerset. BA11 4BG
Tel.:  +44 (0)1373 465919
Mob:  +44 (0)771 771 6452
Web:  http://www.mk14components.com

Cranley Sports & Classics Ltd.
Guy Munday
E-Mail:  cranleysports at outlook dot com
Tel.:  +44 (0)1379 677177
Cell.:  07718 385168

Bath Classic & American Cars
Members can try Bath Classic and American Cars for all general servicing and M.O.T.s, etc.
Web:  http://bathclassicandamericancars.co.uk

Local Lotus dealer:

Web links:

The Lotus Links Page: http://www.webtractor.com/teamlotus/lotlink.htm
Organized Lotus Links: http://silverstone.fortunecity.com/cosworth/633/Lotlinks.htm
Manually selected Lotus car resources: http://www.cbel.com/lotus_cars/

Banks Europas: http://www.banks-europa.co.uk

Lotuseers Audio CDs for sale: http://www.yesterdaysracers.com

Moto-Lita steering wheels: http://www.moto-lita.co.uk

Motorsport artist, Tim Layzell: http://www.timlayzell.com

Millers Oils: http://www.millersoils.co.uk

Meguiars Polishes: http://www.meguiars.co.uk

The Future Endeavour Club: http://www.feclub.co.uk

Dennis Ortenburger's Lotus Elite Journal: http://www.lotuselitejournal.com

'88 Lotus Espirt Turbo: http://www.lotusespritturbo.com

PePiPoo - Helping the motorist to get justice: http://www.pepipoo.com

A-Plan Car Insurance, Bath: http://www.aplan.co.uk/motor/car-insurance-quote.php

Classic Car Instruments:

Patrick Neame's motorsport photography: http://www.incamera.co.uk

Tim Hain: http://www.timhain.com

Nick Fulcher: http://www.coachtrimmer.co.uk

Option 1 (bodywork & paint): http://www.option1sportscars.co.uk

Lotus Bits (parts supplier): http://www.lotusbits.com


Track Sport - Car driving track days at racing circuits nationwide:


The Museum of Berkshire Aviation: http://www.museumofberkshireaviation.co.uk

Rob supports the Silver Ring Choir of Bath: http://www.silverringchoir.org
& The Bath Chorus: http://www.thebathchorus.org.uk/concerts.html

Jazz violinist: http://www.lizzlipscombe.co.uk

Cars & Parts for Sale

UK Lotus Dealer List

Paul Matty Sports Cars Ltd.

Mick Miller
Classic Lotus Specialist

Specializing in parts for the Lotus Elan and Plus 2.

Carlton Cross, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2NL.
Telephone Susan Miller: 01728 603307

Now accepting major credit cards.

RHD Fiat 124 Pininfarina Spider Drop Head Coupe

Due to a change of projects, Rob Ford now has the following for sale:

Rare Right Hand Drive Fiat 124 Pininfarina Spider Drop Head Coupe

'P' registered car. Taxed until end of December 2014. Will come with 1 year MOT.

These rare right hand drive cars are normally offered at around 15,000 plus.

I would be satisfied to sell at around 5,000 to obtain a quick sale.

Contact Rob Ford (Club Lotus Avon Area Leader):

Tel.:  07812 353 976 (Cell.)
E-Mail:  roblotusford49
AT mbzonline DOT net

Hillman Imp parts for sale

1 Distributor cap
2 Distributors
3 Coils
3 Alternators
2 Starter motors
2 Horns
1 Water pump with fan
1 Petrol pump
2 Air filters (twin and single)
1 Inlet manifold with carburettor
1 Exhaust manifold
1 Silencer, standard
2 Engines (1 stiletto)
2 Cylinder head gaskets
1 Clutch assembly (new & complete)
1 Gearbox
1 Tie rod (long suspension)
2 Steering arms (1 long, 1 short, as new)
1 Pair king pins (new)
4 Assorted brake shoes & parts
1 Sunvisor, broken
1 Rim
2 Hub caps
Haynes Hillman Imp manual
Hillman Imp workshop manual (Routes original)

Contact Barry Ottaway:

Tel.:  01761 433020


Serviced every 6 months and maintained by S J Sportscars. Excellent condition. If interested, please call on the number below and I can supply more details.

Contact Graham Lynch:

Tel.:  01633 412315 (Newport)


Unipower GT For Sale August 2012.pdf



Elite #1312 is offered for sale per the attached advert. The car is located near Seattle, Washington, USA. If interested, contact butchracecars AT msn DOT com.

Very best regards,

Don Christopher
Editor - Club Elite Newsletter

Elite 1312 For Sale.pdf


Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale
  Lotus Elan SE Turbo for sale  

69,000 miles. Black & yellow leather seats.

Full service records. One owner since 3 months old.

MOT until December 2012, taxed until end of June.

Tel.:  01252 850796 (Farnham area)


1989 Lotus Excel SA for sale 1989 Lotus Excel SA for sale 1989 Lotus Excel SA for sale

Burgundy with magnolia leather interior. Originally registered to Lotus Cars.

I live locally (Wickwar), and have owned the car since 1998, with loads of work done over the years. It has been to Paul Matty in Bromsgrove for MOTs and servicing/repairs, etc.

If anyone should be interested, give me a call or e-mail, and I will be pleased to expand upon the considerable history and details.

Tel.:  07776 185893
E-Mail:  davidbeddow
AT msn DOT com

LOTUS ELITE S2 #1302$60,000 USD

Please see document below for details:
CEN ad - Lotus Elite 1302.pdf

E-Mail:  ewrgreg AT msn DOT com

1963 LOTUS ELITE SE #1962$95,000 USD minimum bid

For Sale - Lotus Elite #1962

As readers of the CEN, you're all aware of Elite #1962's extreme originality and Greg's work to refresh it. You're also aware of Greg's desire to show it at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the Preservation Class.

In hope that someone not only wants to own what might be the most original Elite in the world, but also enter the Elite in next year's Pebble Beach, Connie is putting #1962 up for sale as of today. Per Greg's wishes, CEN readers will be given the first opportunity to purchase #1962.

Please see the attached advert for more details on #1962.

If you're interested in purchasing the Elite, contact Connie Paris directly at the address below.

Best regards,

Don Christopher - EWR Enthusiasts

For Sale -- Lotus Elite 1962.doc

E-Mail:  ewrgreg AT msn DOT com


Lotus Exige S1 for sale Lotus Exige S1 for sale Lotus Exige S1 for sale
Lotus Exige S1 for sale Lotus Exige S1 for sale  

Registered on 2nd August 2000 as W407 YAL, now OHF 7 which will be retained.

14,127 miles.

New aluminium with black cloth seats. Blue Alcantara on sills, and removable steering wheel.

  • 190 BHP upgrades.
  • Sports exhaust.
  • Uprated AP Racing.
Gear box  
  • Ultra close ratio gear set from Quaife (QKE7 RHC), 3rd, 4th, and 5th revised.
Gear change  
  • Quick shift modification.
  • Dynamic suspension dampers adjustable for bump and rebound.
  • Separate canisters.
  • Eibach springs.
  • (Original springs and dampers available.)
  • Standard callipers with Pagid RS14 pads.
  • AP Racing ventilated discs on Motorsport bells.
  • Goodridge Teflon, braided ss hoses.
  • Black cloth seats.
  • Standard inertia reel belts, plus Willans 4-point belts mounted on a Kelsport bar.
  • Detachable steering wheel.
  • Radio.
  • Standard black painted Exige wheels.
  • Yokohama A 048R.

Two previous owners. Full history file. Used sparingly for track days by previous owner who had the car meticulously maintained by Pat Thomas at Kelvedon Motors in Spalding.

This can suggest that the car has been abused. This is not the case. It has been driven hard but as the manufacturer intended. The car has been carefully set up and is a pleasure to drive on the road, if slightly firmer. Backing off the damper settings restores almost all of the lost comfort, but I prefer the responsive feel that the track settings provide.

Both the interior and the exterior are unmarked and it would be hard to tell it from new.

It has the driver's handbook, radio instructions, and all documentation that came with the car, in the correct wallet.

I have owned it since 2007 and there has been absolutely no trouble apart from an immobiliser malfunction. This has been bypassed, but the Metar alarm is still fully functioning.

E-Mail:  martin AT omicron DOT uk.com

Lotus Elan parts for sale

Lotus parts for sale.pdf

Registration number for sale

I have a registration for sale, 'E7CEL', which would appeal to Lotus Excel owners.

Please contact Nick:

Tel./Text:  0781-EASYREG
E-Mail:  nick



It does not happen often, but there is a new Elite on the market in Australia.

Bob Bennett has finally decided to divest himself of #1747 due to continued lack of use. Not an easy decision, but my guess is that his off-shore sailing has more than interfered with his priorities.

Those interested parties should contact him direct to discuss the whole affair at (02) 9974-5393.

1985 LOTUS EXCEL4,500 ono.

1985 Lotus Excel for sale 1985 Lotus Excel for sale 1985 Lotus Excel for sale
1985 Lotus Excel for sale   1985 Lotus Excel for sale

White/red half leather. 2 owners; current (lady) owner only uses 'Blossom' on sunny summer days - not very often then! Very good condition. Immobiliser fitted. Service history. Most recent repairs include brake pipe replacement and stainless steel exhaust. Recorded mileage approx. 62,500. Taxed 'til October 2010, MoT 'til April 2011. Located in Gloucestershire.

Call Les on 01453 826088 or 07896 373699.
E-Mail:  leswest

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