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Bienfu - New member from France

PostPost by: Bienfu » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:10 am

Hi everyone,

My name is Adrien,27 years old, living in France and passionate about classic and sports cars since my childhood. Excuse me in advance if my English is terrible.
I am the proud owner of a Simca 1200s that I own since more than 10 years. It is from 1967, and I am currently the 3rd owner.

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I am also the owner of a splendid Lotus Elan S3 "super safety" from 1968 since a little more than one year.
The interior was re-trimmed and the car was repainted with the BRM team colours.
There is also a Spyder chassis, Tony Thompson big bore exhaust, FIA roll bar (rear and side).
But also Omega forged pistons, larger valves, Cosworth L2 camshafts, an Elan 26R cooling system, better shock absorbers, and some others things…
A very fun car to drive :D

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:59 am

Welcome Adrien,

there are quite a few elans in France, though not that often seen on the road (e.g. mine I'm afraid) : I'm glad there is now one more chance to see one...

you'll find this forum very invaluable, for technical issues of course, but not only.

keep it on the road !
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PostPost by: Mazzini » Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:07 am

Welcome Adrien,

You have fine taste in cars :D

It's nice to see younger people interested in classic cars.

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PostPost by: pharriso » Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:19 am

Welcome Adrien! I saw your car at Paul Matty - it's extremely nice, congrats!

Whereabouts are you in France?

Don't worry about your English, we are communicating about our shared passion. :D
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PostPost by: rgh0 » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:24 pm

Welcome Adrien you have a lovely Elan, drive it and enjoy it. Your English is better than most Australians and North Americans and English ( UK residents) for that mater :lol:

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PostPost by: HCA » Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:51 pm

[quote="rgh0" Your English is better than most ....................... English ( UK residents) for that mater :lol:

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Rohan[/quote]

Pourrait etre dit en plaisantant, mais tres proche de la veritie... :D :D

Bienvenue Adrien - vous etes proche du Languedoc?
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PostPost by: gherlt » Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:31 pm

Bienfu wrote:Hi everyone,
My name is Adrien,27 years old
...
I am the proud owner of a Simca 1200s that I own since more than 10 years. It is from 1967, and I am

So, you started with a classic car at 17 ?
1964 S1 (engine ready, awainting body paint)
1967 S3 DHC (now adjusted by Brian Buckland, totally calm idle)
1969 S4 FHC (final interior stuff)
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PostPost by: benymazz » Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:49 pm

gherlt wrote:
Bienfu wrote:Hi everyone,
My name is Adrien,27 years old
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I am the proud owner of a Simca 1200s that I own since more than 10 years. It is from 1967, and I am

So, you started with a classic car at 17 ?


I restored my Elan when I was 17...

... it was last year :)

Welcome to the forums Adrien!

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PostPost by: nigelrbfurness » Mon Apr 27, 2020 4:47 pm

I restored my first Elan when I was 17 too. But that was in 1972 :lol:
Welcome indeed, I'm sure the forum will prove to be fountain of knowledge for you!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:07 pm

Welcome Adrien, beautiful cars!
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PostPost by: Bienfu » Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:07 am

Thanks you for your kind words. :D
HCA wrote:
rgh0 wrote: Your English is better than most ....................... English ( UK residents) for that mater :lol:
cheers
Rohan

Pourrait etre dit en plaisantant, mais tres proche de la veritie... :D :D
Bienvenue Adrien - vous etes proche du Languedoc?

I also use a translator to do not do too much mistakes. :)
I'm in Isère.
gherlt wrote:
Bienfu wrote:Hi everyone,
My name is Adrien,27 years old
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I am the proud owner of a Simca 1200s that I own since more than 10 years. It is from 1967, and I am

So, you started with a classic car at 17 ?

Yes, because my parents love classics cars too, and have many classics. They buy that Simca 1200s when I was 16, before I got the driver's license.

After, I buy a Honda S2000 from 2005, a teenage dream and replace it with my Lotus Elan.
Of course, no regret. The Elan is really fun, even at 50mph (80km/h) ! :D
Before i sold the s2000, i also compared the acceleration of the S2000 and the Elan, me in the S2000 and my brother in the Elan, both in 3rd gear, from approximately 37mph (60km/h) to 81mph (130km/h) (not tested above), both cars have the same acceleration. Pretty insane for a 52years old car, but you should know it. :mrgreen:

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PostPost by: rgh0 » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:00 am

The size difference in the Photo tells it all :D
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PostPost by: elanner » Tue Apr 28, 2020 11:15 am

Gotta say that, much to my surprise, I like the colour of the bumpers. I'd never have been brave enough to choose it, but it works. In fact it's remarkable that almost any colour combination seems to work well on an Elan.

I think it's vital to use colours that make these tiny cars visible among the vast hulks on the roads today and, given the dark bodywork on this car, the bumpers fit the bill.

Well done!

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PostPost by: stugilmour » Fri May 01, 2020 2:10 am

Salute! What a wonderful car. Greetings from Canada.

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PostPost by: alan.barker » Mon May 04, 2020 10:52 am

Hi Bienfu,
Where do you live in France.
I live in the Morbihan
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