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Lurker finally buys a Sprint - Essex UK

PostPost by: Simon_C » Fri Sep 23, 2022 12:05 pm

Hello - So I finally took the plunge and got a '71 Sprint
I have been lurking and learning for ages so thanks to lotuselan.net and doses of Paul H and Oliver Naylor.

It is the 'fitted bags' red over white recently seen at Brightwells. I have some tidying up to do but more importantly some driving.

I'm in Ongar, Essex, and think there are some Elans locally?
Cheers Simon

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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:29 pm

Welcome, Simon. I'm up the road from you in Dunmow.

Can you make it to Hethel on Sunday for the Elan 60th Picnic? If so, we could drive in convoy. Mind you, since I'm organising the day I will be leaving at 0600hrs and would quite understand if you wished to drive up later!

Enjoy your Sprint and check out my web site.

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PostPost by: Simon_C » Fri Sep 23, 2022 1:51 pm

Hi Tim,

Thanks for the welcome
I have booked myself into Hethal on Sunday - looking forward to it!!
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Sep 23, 2022 3:46 pm

Excellent, Simon.

Do come and say hello. I shall be based in a CTL branded gazebo in the Elan only parking area, with my Sprint reg MMM 15L close at hand.

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PS Do ensure you go to Hethel, not Hethal!
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Sep 23, 2022 4:07 pm

Looking forward to seeing you at Hethel Simon.

I will be close by to Tim with my Elan S4 special "SuperSprint* and my Elan +2 Spyder Zetec.

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:20 pm

Spyder fan wrote:Looking forward to seeing you at Hethel Simon.

I will be close by to Tim with my Elan S4 special "SuperSprint* and my Elan +2 Spyder Zetec.

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Looks like both your +2 and home need new stem seals :lol:
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PostPost by: Spyder fan » Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:41 pm

it's all smoke and mirrors to get that effect

It was a cold day, and in the UK we have stupid condensing central heating boilers that produce more steam than heat. Zetecs don't burn oil either, just condensation in the exhaust on warmup.

Just get in your car and come over for a Picnic!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Sep 24, 2022 4:29 am

Welcome Simon!
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:34 am

Welcome Simon, looks like a lovely car!
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Sep 24, 2022 7:47 am

Welcome aboard ! you'll find plenty of useful tips and excellent insights here... my 2 cent : drive, drive, drive !

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PostPost by: Andy8421 » Sat Sep 24, 2022 8:20 am

Simon_C wrote:Hello - So I finally took the plunge and got a '71 Sprint
I have been lurking and learning for ages so thanks to lotuselan.net and doses of Paul H and Oliver Naylor.

It is the 'fitted bags' red over white recently seen at Brightwells. I have some tidying up to do but more importantly some driving.

I'm in Ongar, Essex, and think there are some Elans locally?
Cheers Simon

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Simon,

The car looks great.

If you are up for it, the cheapest upgrade you could make is to buy a tin of matt black paint and a roll of masking tape. The 'flat bit' at the bottom of the sill should be matt black. I am always surprised that restorations miss this bit. IMO it makes a big difference to the look of the car, costs virtually nothing and all it takes is an hour or so of effort.

This is how it should look:

https://www.historics.co.uk/buying/auctions/2020-07-18/cars/ref-36-1972-lotus-elan-sprint-fixedhead-coup%C3%A9-wp/

and this is how it shouldn't...

https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/lotus/1971-lotus-elan-sprint/

Good luck!
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PostPost by: AshleyPark » Sat Sep 24, 2022 11:44 am

While you're at it you could remove the tacky 'go faster' stickers :wink:
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PostPost by: alaric » Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:45 pm

Great looking car Simon, and grin to match :)

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PostPost by: cliveyboy » Mon Sep 26, 2022 7:43 am

Welcome Simon from a fellow Sprint owner
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Mon Sep 26, 2022 8:44 am

Good to see you yesterday Simon
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