The Best Thing Lotus Ever Made

Sorry, couldn't resist the pun.

Here's me stood next to my favourite car - the Lotus Esprit, as driven by my favourite of the Bonds - Roger Moore.

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The photo was taken yesterday at Waddington Air Show where I took Felix for a boys day out. He wasn't nearly as impressed by the USAF's Thunderbirds or the Vulcan as I was. In fact he seemed completely unimpressed by everything but the hook-a-duck stand at the fair. Kids!

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The day out came at the end of our family holiday and my annual week off, which we spent in Whitby (again). We had great weather and a brilliant time.

Today I'm trying to get back on top of things.


  1. Actually I find the most interesting thing in this story also: what makes the kids find hook-a-duck so interesting.

    Is the fact that they can do something with their skills and win prises?

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      • Jake Howlett
      • Mon 4 Jul 2011 08:02 AM

      Hmm, good question. Not sure why Felix was so drawn to it over a stall where he could simply buy a toy. He's unaware of the fact it's a "prize every time" setup and that you can't lose. So, yeah, maybe it's the buzz of him thinking he really "won" it.

  2. Lotus also made the Excel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_Excel

    Good thing they didn't name one of their cars "Bob", or "Clippy". "It looks like you're driving this car. Would like help?".

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      • Per
      • Mon 11 Jul 2011 04:14 PM

      Microsoft 1-2-3?

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      • Jake Howlett
      • Mon 4 Jul 2011 12:04 PM

      Yeah. Maybe the Esprit wasn't their best car, but it's my favourite. I like the angularity and simplicity of its design.

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      1. I'm with you Jake - the Esprit was their best car by far although I am old enough to remember the √Član and (even better - not sure why) the Europa.

        However being Scottish I don't believe you are right about the best Bond. :-)

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          • Jake Howlett
          • Mon 4 Jul 2011 03:39 PM

          You're probably right about the Bond thing. If general consensus is right. I think some of it has to do with age. When I was a kid it was Moore's turn and so that's who I remember. It's the humour in his role too.

          I'm no longer such a Bond fan since Brosnan's later (ridiculous) films and then Craig's role where it goes "gritty" and "real".

  3. USAF? or RAF?

    1. Ah, no I see you're right.


      That must have been a really good show.

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