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Writing a new Plus 2 Book

PostPost by: elan_fan » Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:02 pm

Mine has also arrived, I can?t read it until xmas though as it is a present (if you buy it yourself you always get what you want).

Anyway no spoilers as I don?t know how it ends yet :wink:

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PostPost by: S3FHC » Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:00 am

Hello Kevin,

I received your new book on Saturday, I've not had a chance to sit down and start to read it properly yet so I hope to enjoy it over the Christmas/New Year break.
(I couldn't resist a quick flick through - very pleased!)

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PostPost by: kwhittle » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:02 am

Thank you guys
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:27 am

Sales of the Plus 2 book ae going pretty well i am pleased to say.
A big thank you to all who have purchased a copy.

While i still have copies of the book available, sorry to say, any books ordered after today,
are not guaranteed to be delivered before Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all you Lotus owners and enthusiasts world wide !
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:56 pm

Feedback from those who have bought a copy is good too.

"Good morning Kevin,I have received my copy of the Plus 2 book.A pleasant surprise as I was not expecting it this side of Christmas.I am very pleased with the quality of the book and am looking forward to reading it soon.Your books are great value for money and I look forward to future publications.

Kindly keep me appraised of issue dates.Wishing you a great Christmas.
Kind regards,
Peter"

Another

"How do you do it you rotter ?
I got the plus 2 book yesterday and despite never really bothering about the +2s, today I want one.
Need one.
You swine.

Seriously Kevin, another corking book.
Well done
Barry

Happy Christmas to you both."
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:48 am

Received today. Looks great! Haven't had time for a detailed perusal but can't wait to!
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:06 am

2020 Book review by Peter McFadyen in The Society of Automotive Historians
https://www.thesahb.com/lotus-elan-plus-2

In his series of books on individual models, knowledgeable Lotus writer, restorer and racer Kevin Whittle has this time turned his attention to what is clearly his own favourite among the marque?s road cars, the often underrated Plus 2 version of the Elan. In his introduction he reveals that having owned four examples he considers it to be more elegant than the earlier Elite, quieter and more powerful and, with more internal room and boot space and the ready availability of spares, a very practical car even for everyday use. Only the name, he believes, has held it back and had it been called the Excel or Esprit it might have shone rather than being overshadowed by the Elan. Throughout the book he argues his case well and, after reading it, it is hard not see his point.

Wisely, the book follows the successful format of the others in the series which dealt with the Lotus 19 sports racer, Type 35 single seaters, Type 46 (Europa) and the Formula Fords beginning with a review of Lotus road cars and the twin-cam engine leading to the conception of the Plus 2. The prototype car, dubbed the Metier II or M20, is described by its current owner Malcolm Ricketts who also contributes the book?s foreword and the various aspects of the Plus 2, including the 5-speed gearbox, are then considered in detail.

Among the series? great strengths are Whittle?s own accounts of rebuilding an example of the model in question and, as well as being interesting to read, anyone facing a similar task will find a wealth of practical information and advice illustrated with copious photographs. This time, as well as his own account, he has enlisted the aid of two other owners who recount their own experiences rebuilding a JPS Special Plus 2 and the ubiquitous Lotus Twin Cam engine.

Throughout the book there are reproductions of period Lotus advertising as well as contemporary road tests and other articles from a variety of sources, all rounding out an interesting and enjoyable read for anyone interested in Lotus but particularly for those with a taste for the Plus 2 and who are fortunate enough to have acquired one before their prices start to climb ? as they may well do following publication of this book.
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Note the last sentence regarding prices. I do hope the book has a positive effect on the Plus 2, Kevin
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PostPost by: stuart » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:13 pm

hi Kevin how can I get a copy of your book?

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PostPost by: kwhittle » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:07 am

Email me on [email protected]

Thanks for your interest
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PostPost by: Foxie » Wed Jan 15, 2020 1:08 am

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for your +2 book, very nice, very well put together, lots of info

Pleasantly surprised to see pics of my Lotus 4 -Speed, my Lotus 5-Speed, and my Voigts T9 5-Speed in the book.

And photo credits to me ! :)
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:22 am

Thanks Foxi,
Glad you liked the book

Lets hope it raises the profile of the Plus 2, and its value
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PostPost by: S135 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:43 pm

Hi Kevin

I have just received my copy of your new Plus 2 book, thank you.

The content in this quality hardback book is very good with high quality images combined with good text detail and information, that portrays this great sportscar car just as it should.

A very good read!

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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:14 pm

I found what I was looking for thanks to you Kevin Whittle
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PostPost by: Lotus 50 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:30 am

Good book. Despite several books in my collection, I learned a lot. After I finished it I bought two more of his books
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:05 am

I am having a little difficulty with my website hosting
If you need to contact me or better still order a book, (Lotus 19, Lotus 46, Lotus F Fords, Elan +2) then please use [email protected] to reach me

Stay safe & keep reading !
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