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noodels 04-18-2019 05:02 AM

Are you on any medication.

Drogo 04-18-2019 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by noodels (Post 24591382)
Are you on any medication.

:D

No but maybe I should be?

Just been out for a drive and I may have come to my senses.
Came upon a dawdling driver on a derestricted road and dispatched him rather easier than I suspect I would have done in an MG.

noodels 04-18-2019 10:10 AM

:thumbup:

gaddafi 04-19-2019 02:02 AM


Originally Posted by Drogo (Post 24591431)
:D

No but maybe I should be?

Just been out for a drive and I may have come to my senses.
Came upon a dawdling driver on a derestricted road and dispatched him rather easier than I suspect I would have done in an MG.

Well yes, you would rather hope so but it's all relative.

I am currently considering two cars (not as alternatives, as a pair) - a two year old McLaren and a near 40 year old Triumph Stag.

My current daily is a 1.2 litre Corsa so work that out. I have a couple of old Alfas, a supercharged Jag and an S2000 in storage. Yes, clever me.

The point is that I have a completely different mind set for each car I drive and you will need to change the way you think if you want to enjoy an old car like an MGB.

You will not "dispatch" anything in an MGB, you will be the "dawdler" and the dispatchee. I used to regard S2Ks as prey cars when I had my M5 which brought out the bully in me. If I drive the Corsa, I know my place and that everything will want to get in front.

By the sound of things you may only cope with both cars. Once you start looking at the cars you own as inferior rather than different you are bound to be unhappy. I am sure this is why you see so many cars being driven inappropriately. Their owners cannot adjust to what they have under them.

The roads are busy today. I will be far happier pootling about in my old Alfa with the roof down than in any modern. By tonight with the roads empty, were I to be driving, an S2000 would be a good pick.

Have you driven an MGB, or anything else of that vintage?

Drogo 04-19-2019 04:37 AM

Morris 1000 traveller = Learned to drive in
VW Beetle = First own car
Ford Escort MK1 1300E
Triumph Dolomite 1850
Ford Cortina MK4
Ford Cortina MK3

Then we start getting more modern with two MX5's, a 500 SL and various other vehicles along the way, so I would say I have an understanding of what it would be like to own and drive an MGB
BUT I may have to concede the S is a very special car and probably the best car I will ever be able to own.

I have worked on it and replaced a few parts, the clutch slave and master cylinder, both rear callipers.
Swapped the wheels for the latter version, had the roof and windscreen replaced and with all the comments above am coming to the conclusion that at least for the time being I will be happy to carry on looking after and enjoying my S.

Nottm_S2 04-19-2019 10:32 AM

think you are making the right choice, the S2 is a pretty unique proposition at its price

i went to poke about some Lotti in the week.. lovely, low, basic and some clearly cheap parts.. £66k new. clearly a class aside in performance terms but in 17 years would i be waxing lyrical about build quality and reliability?

still might buy one :)

Stevo071077 04-20-2019 05:24 AM

I have a better idea, get an S600 or S800 to complement your S2k!


Originally Posted by Nottm_S2 (Post 24591990)
think you are making the right choice, the S2 is a pretty unique proposition at its price

i went to poke about some Lotti in the week.. lovely, low, basic and some clearly cheap parts.. £66k new. clearly a class aside in performance terms but in 17 years would i be waxing lyrical about build quality and reliability?

still might buy one :)

Agree...but more importantly if you had to live with it as a driver's car for years, would it still top the S2k? For me, mine didn't eclipse the S2k on track, and certainly doesn't beat it on the road. Would it even exceed the performance of your charged S2k? I've enjoyed every Lotus I've driven but none of them have the same finely honed driver interface as the S2k (seats and steering excepted).

If I was going the extreme side of an S2k again it'd be a Caterham, but it wouldn't replace the S2k. Has the OP considered this? Or if maintenance isn't a problem for you, an RX8, peanuts to buy now, different enough and therefore keep alongside the S2k?

There is no S2k successor coming, the MX5 has the jump on an already weak market, so better enjoy the S2k before they're taxed off the UK roads!?

Drogo 04-20-2019 08:47 AM

Just been to look at some Caterham/Lotus 7's with a mate that's just sold his Griffith. We both agreed their a bit to extreme.

Down the lanes and through town I was enjoying the S with a renewed insight.

Drogo 04-20-2019 09:00 AM

[QUOTE=Stevo071077;24592228]
I have a better idea, get an S600 or S800 to complement your S2k!

Nice idea but have you seen how much their go for now!?

Nottm_S2 04-20-2019 09:10 AM


Originally Posted by Stevo071077 (Post 24592228)
I have a better idea, get an S600 or S800 to complement your S2k!



Agree...but more importantly if you had to live with it as a driver's car for years, would it still top the S2k? For me, mine didn't eclipse the S2k on track, and certainly doesn't beat it on the road. Would it even exceed the performance of your charged S2k? I've enjoyed every Lotus I've driven but none of them have the same finely honed driver interface as the S2k (seats and steering excepted).

If I was going the extreme side of an S2k again it'd be a Caterham, but it wouldn't replace the S2k. Has the OP considered this? Or if maintenance isn't a problem for you, an RX8, peanuts to buy now, different enough and therefore keep alongside the S2k?

There is no S2k successor coming, the MX5 has the jump on an already weak market, so better enjoy the S2k before they're taxed off the UK roads!?

dunno, maybe you are right. The charged S2 has c380bhp and is around 1300kg for 295bhp/tonne
the Exige weighs c1200 with c350bhp or 291bhp/tonne so really closely matched but the lotus is much lower and wider so a quicker track car by quite a chunk i imagine

i like the wolf in relative sheeps clothing i suppose, the delivery of SC is fun but both have that.. maybe i should stick, i am good at that haha.. S2 (NA) 17 years, BM 7 years (of bitching)

caterham is a big decision, hard to shift but great fun.. no e throttle shit ;)


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