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    Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    I've joined the forum as I'm deliberating if I need a Lister Bell in my life.

    I've have a Lotus Elise S at the moment which I've for a few years and although I thoroughly enjoy its handling, styling and performance but its little too mice for modifying and requires nearly no tinkering which is something I rather enjoy.

    I've looked into kitcars in the past, I even started a ZCars Race - Mini which I sold but there has always been specific issues or design characteristics which have been enough to put me off until I discovered the Lister Bell kits.
    I obviously love the look of these cars but its the layout / weight distribution and scope to fit a V6 which really appeals to me. There also been a few Fulvia's in the family so I do have a week spot for Lancia.

    I'm from Nottingham, not far from Ikea although work for 920 Engineering / Shiftec in Daventry.

    Like I've already said I'm genuinely considering a Lister Bell and as soon as the Autosport show is out of the way I'm going to get in touch to see if I can visit them for a look around but was hoping to get some feedback on the cars beforehand.
    I have no doubt that the kits are a good quality and I'm sure that the kits go together very well after looking at a few builds on here but how perform /compare to there cars? Is there any other Elise owners or perhaps sports car drivers?

    Besides a Lister Bell I'd only sell the Lotus to make room for another Lotus or a Mk2 Escort in Grp4 spec which I realise would cost me significantly more to buy and for the latter regular rebuilds and service charges that come with motorsports parts.
    This leads onto another question, are there any owners who use your cars in competition/ are they eligible for any rallying? If I decide to buy a kit I think I'd like to make it a Group 4 replica with the intention of perhaps using it for the occasional event.

    Anyway, this looks like a friendly place, hopefully I will become friends with a few of you and any help or guidance would be appreciated.,


    Dan MM

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Hi Dan

    I work in Meadowbank Court, Eastwood opposite the Warburtons bread factory........ great smell !.......... live at Southwell near Newark.

    I have also had a Fulvia... still have a Fulvia Zagato in the corner of the garage waiting for me to retire and get it restored !....

    By the way...............................YOU NEED A LISTERBELL IN YOUR LIFE !...

    Good luck

    Phil

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Hi Dan,

    I've had 2 Hawk Stratos and for one year, an S1 Elise.
    I feared for my back when removing the battery on the Elise. Immediate clam access is one area where a Stratos scores above the Lotus.

    Mark (Redline) has a competition prepared (white 'Zenith') Lister Bell. Cage protection in the LB is robust to say the least.

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Competition preparation is one thing. Getting a log book is another entirely.
    Is there any up to date information about recent log book applications to the MSA?
    Without one you can forget rally's but can still have great fun on speed events.

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Re the performance aspect. No direct answer to your question since my Group 4 replica isn't built yet but I've had pretty much every variation of Lotus Elise, Exige and Esprit along with more than-a-few exotic Italian, German and even British 2 seater sports cars. One of my toy cars at the moment is a 600bhp Ultima GTR.

    Anything light weight with decent level of power is going to be fast so I'm expecting my Stratos to be fairly rapid and handle fairly well. I had a passenger ride with Craig from LB and that put me in mind of being in an Exige test drive (apart from the bit we were airborne, the Lotus guy never got us off the ground)

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Quote Originally Posted by ProtoTipo View Post
    I feared for my back when removing the battery on the Elise.
    ah, the joy of hauling the battery up through the narrow "tunnel" of wiring and plumbing - I remember it well (and still have the scars)

    Dan, have you watched the Autocar video on youtube of Steve Sutcliffe driving the green LB on the track - might give you some idea.

    Cheers,
    Graham

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Hi Phil, good to hear from you, I think I know the place, are you opposite RacePaint UK?
    It makes me very sad to think that one of the Fulvia's was deemed to be 'too far gone' and was cut up and taken to the tip and the other was given away for free and has never been seen since; if only I had be old enough to claim them for myself : (
    Do you have a Lister Bell too?

    Dan

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Thank you all for your replies and thank you 'Long time fan' for finding me at the Autosport show, it was good to hear how much fun your having since starting your build!
    Its also reassuring how complimentary all of you are about the kits and it has reinforced a few assumptions I already had about competition use.

    Seeing Steve Perez real Stratos at the Autosport show has made me crave one even more (I literally looked at every mm of that car for half an hour, Steve is also responsible for my love of these after he turned up at my uni in his red road car many years ago) but DanSport really have done a fantastic job of preparing the car on display and this is what I'd want mine to look like (minus the sponsors) if I do undertake the build.

    Hope to meet a few more of you at the Stoneleigh show if no before!


    Dan

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    Re: Hello Everyone, Potential new owner in ?Nottingham / Daventry

    Quote Originally Posted by DanMM View Post
    Hi Phil, good to hear from you, I think I know the place, are you opposite RacePaint UK?
    It makes me very sad to think that one of the Fulvia's was deemed to be 'too far gone' and was cut up and taken to the tip and the other was given away for free and has never been seen since; if only I had be old enough to claim them for myself : (
    Do you have a Lister Bell too?

    Dan
    Hi Dan

    No we are not opposite Racepaints.... there is a small ish "Court" which is opposite Warburtons main lorry entrance.... I can see the main Eastwood bypass Island from our offices...

    I have 2 Hawks, Fulvia Zagato (rusting in the corner) and couple of other non Lancia cars

    Must admit that the LB with a Toyota 3.5 VVT really interests me !

    If you go over to LB you are always welcome to call in

    Cheers

    Phil

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