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29th January 2009

Well the start of a new year and I'm planning various car related events this year including 3 or more track days. The one dissappointment is that I won't be taking the Fisher Fury R1Remote site to Le Mans this year. I've managed to escape the worst of the 'credit crunch' so far but, those I planned to go with haven't been so lucky. If there was ever a time to buy a 'supercar', that time is now. Car prices are through the floor and I've seen my first Lotus Elise going for less than £5000. The up-side is that I'm closer to owning another one, than I've ever been.

2009 is the year that gets interactive. For the last two to three years I've been self-teaching myself all things PHP, MySQL and JavaScript. So far my efforts have been focussed on my other websites but, it's now time to focus on updating this site.

30th January 2009

I'm in mourning .

I secretly harboured thoughts of buying my old Elise back if it ever came on the market. I've now found it up for sale on PistonheadsRemote site and it is not quite the standard S1 Elise is once was.

Black stripes on a silver car! A front splitter and red brake calipers!

Body coloured lighting .

And my lovely, original 5-spoke wheels have gone. At least the inside is still fairly standard.

What's really scary is that it is up for sale at £14,800 but, it does now feature a Honda engine.

The full spec:

Very nice example of an S1 with some great upgrades and that famous honda power and driveability! The car was registered in 1999 on a T plate and currently has 46,500 miles. MOT until 23rd March 2009 and tax to end of March 2009. New Aluminium Silver in colour. I am the forth owner of the car and have owned it since February 2008. The car was converted to Honda power by Blink Motorsport at a cost of 9k in July 04. Since the conversion the car has covered 13,500 trouble free miles. Honda K20A engine producing 197bhp coupled with 6 speed gearbox. Sport 160 wheels with Yoko Advan Neova tyres. S2 supension upgrade to Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs. Janspeed sports exhaust and hurricane induction kit. EBC grooved discs all round with new pagid RS42 pads all round. Lots of interior chrome parts which set the car off - window, door and handbrake handles. Alpine head unit with ipod adaptor fitted. The car has got a full service history (half at lotus) and had a full health check with geo setup at Hoffmans at a cost of 2k in August 2008. This included new rear toe links, pagid brake pads all round, wheel bearing, and full bump steer and camber setup. The overall condition of the car is very good for the age and mileage and any inspection is welcomed.

To be fair, its no longer my car and the owner has the right to do what he wants with it. It's just not what I would have done. I'll just keep on looking for a mint, standard S1 in New Aluminium.

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