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by barker_001
Wed Jan 06, 2021 18:35
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Headlamp overhaul and fog light alignment
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Re: Headlamp overhaul and fog light alignment

Thanks Andy,

Yes they are original, I saw the ball and cup arrangement on the spare light I have, just couldn't figure out how the securing nut would lock this in the correct position. If it works, though, that's good enough for me, just need to brave the weather and try it.
by barker_001
Mon Jan 04, 2021 21:58
Forum: Electrics and Electronics
Topic: Headlamp overhaul and fog light alignment
Replies: 2
Views: 371

Headlamp overhaul and fog light alignment

I spent the Christmas break overhauling my Cibie headlamp units - couldn't go to the pub or go visiting so it seemed like a nice little project! I was pleasantly surprised how much better the light output and beam definition was after I had cleaned the "haze" from inside the glass, using Mr Muscle g...
by barker_001
Fri Jan 01, 2021 18:43
Forum: General
Topic: Spark Excel model
Replies: 24
Views: 1785

Re: Spark Excel model

Just got this via email: “We have no firm plans for the time being but might reissue some of the models you suggest over the next year or two. Thanks for your interest Clive Rigby” Great news that they are at least considering it. All we can do now is keep our fingers crossed, and report back to th...
by barker_001
Wed Dec 30, 2020 15:17
Forum: General
Topic: Spark Excel model
Replies: 24
Views: 1785

Re: Spark Excel model

Could an organised stream of enquiries by email to Spark trigger them to consider a re-run? I like the idea of the Winterbottom Edition Excellent idea! :idea: I've submitted an email via Spark's website: https://www.sparkmodel.com/en/contact I think the key to this will be if enough people show an ...
by barker_001
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:34
Forum: General
Topic: Spark Excel model
Replies: 24
Views: 1785

Re: Spark Excel model

It crossed my mind that with Oliver W's untimely passing, awareness and interest in the 4 seat wedges is probably at it's highest for many years. Maybe Spark could be persuaded to release "Oliver Winterbottom Memorial Edition" models of the 3 cars, and reaching the 1000 model figure that way - i.e. ...
by barker_001
Wed Dec 23, 2020 19:34
Forum: General
Topic: Pud
Replies: 9
Views: 973

Re: Pud

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!

Here's hoping that 2021 is a better year and we get more opportunities to meet up and drive our cars...
by barker_001
Sat Dec 12, 2020 17:22
Forum: General
Topic: Sara Helmer, Oliver’s sister
Replies: 6
Views: 472

Re: Sara Helmer, Oliver’s sister

Hi Sara, welcome to the friendliest Lotus forum on the Internet! :) I had the pleasure of meeting Oliver a couple of times when he came to talk at the Club Lotus Avon branch, on the last occasion I helped him with his laptop slideshow, becoming an unwitting "projectionist" for the evening...
by barker_001
Mon Nov 30, 2020 20:37
Forum: Events, Meetings and a "Run Out"
Topic: The Winterbottom Run
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: The Winterbottom Run

I like the sound of this, would definitely be up for it. A fitting way of commemorating a great designer. Covid restrictions permitting, an overnight stop with an opportunity to toast Oliver would be great.
by barker_001
Thu Nov 19, 2020 20:20
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: RIP Oliver Winterbottom
Replies: 37
Views: 3136

Re: RIP Oliver Winterbottom

igg-hiss wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 18:39
Oliver proceeded to sign the book with dedication “to a simple man with regards”
He signed mine "Keep Excelling"! :)

I would be up for some kind of memorial get together. If it involved Oliver's favourite pub then all the better!
by barker_001
Sun Nov 08, 2020 18:16
Forum: Wheels and Tyres
Topic: Wheel Paint
Replies: 8
Views: 758

Re: Wheel Paint

I think it is a case of YMMV, but I would have expected more than 5 years. Mine were professionally painted and lasted about 8 years before corrosion started to get under the paint. The tyre valves and the hubs were the worst affected area, and once it started the deterioration was rapid. I've now h...
by barker_001
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:43
Forum: History & Memorabilia
Topic: RIP Oliver Winterbottom
Replies: 37
Views: 3136

Re: RIP Oliver Winterbottom

Very sad to hear this. On the occasions I've met him he was always very personable and happy to chat, with so many stories (many of them humorous...) of life at Lotus. RIP Oliver.
by barker_001
Mon Nov 02, 2020 18:24
Forum: General
Topic: Peter James Insurance price hike
Replies: 35
Views: 2142

Re: Peter James Insurance price hike

I've been with RH Specialist Insurance for the last 5 years or so - always competitive so I haven't felt the need to move around. Funnily enough I left Peter James for them too.

https://www.rhspecialistinsurance.co.uk/
by barker_001
Thu Oct 29, 2020 17:04
Forum: Servicing, Belts, Fuels and Oils
Topic: Replacing front brake discs
Replies: 5
Views: 969

Re: Replacing front brake discs

The discs are only £28.20 + VAT from SJ Sportscars at the moment, that's what I fitted when I did mine. At least you would be sure of no fit issues. I didn't have any issues with the wheel bearing seals, it all came apart easily and I just kept it scrupulously clean, adding some fresh grease on reas...
by barker_001
Mon Oct 12, 2020 19:47
Forum: General
Topic: Photos for Oliver anyone?
Replies: 25
Views: 2295

Re: Photos for Oliver anyone?

Great job Richard, thank you for pulling this together. Good news too that Oliver is finally on the way home.
by barker_001
Wed Sep 30, 2020 19:59
Forum: General
Topic: Photos for Oliver anyone?
Replies: 25
Views: 2295

Re: Photos for Oliver anyone?

Stoneleigh 2007: (Can send a larger file version of this if needed): https://hqaotw.am.files.1drv.com/y4mj7evZXB35_fewQsbPfcNEEwabPd3TDMk7f7tlnILQw0AxsHMGXNcARrlUdJk3Ik287x4Xd61Np8tLbpm0kYwRigiI44ctFPCXLeNKFVVu3qtJToofy0l-afgnJcbZRssGHtqh7VRoU8kLQCKlaGIg8OBvpvIuyef5d0nD5FgQbcVlhU1-Mau5pMBKvPWYYsA_I1...