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About Thorburn

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    Porsche Carrera 4S
  • Birthday 09/06/1984

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    IT Support and Contracting
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    Lotus Elise, Ford Fiesta Zetec S
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    Lotus Elise, Subaru Forester
  1. SD, HD , Ultra HD

    Just redid my office workstation with a trio of BenQ 32" 4K monitors. A little overwhelming initially going from a 30" 2560x1600 main and 2 x 1920x1200 24" displays, but the extra work space and display quality is well worth it. 100% sRGB colour gamut is nice for photo and video editing, and much easier on the eyes than the older panels. Oh, and i can use them for this too:
  2. Haynes motor museum

    One of those was in the Top 5 people's choice at Beaulieu last weekend. I swear people just voted for it just to see if it could make it to the site area and back without breaking down.
  3. 720 Wop

    Very nice.
  4. Haynes motor museum

    Ups and downs, but not bad. How are you?
  5. Haynes motor museum

    Sparkford, just off the A303. I live about 10 miles away from it. They do a breakfast club meet the first Sunday of every month, normally a couple hundred cars in attendance, from hatchbacks to supercars. Food can be a bit variable though - used to be long lines but really good, then they tried to streamline things and the quality went down, not been able to make it for a few months but will try it again soon. Haynes Breakfast Club Meet June 2016 by James Thorburn, on Flickr Nissan Skyline by James Thorburn, on Flickr Haynes Breakfast Club - July 2015 by James Thorburn, on Flickr Haynes Breakfast Club August 2015 by James Thorburn, on Flickr
  6. I fear the end is nigh for Lotus...

    They already have invested £100m apparently and going by the new job postings and this they are hiring for new products internally and anticipating more external consultancy work: Lotus Embarks on Major Recruitment Drive | Lotus Cars Worth remembering the car manufacturing isn't all they do, often when that has run at a loss the group has still been profitable overall. The Elise in many ways was just an advert and to validate the aluminium chassis construction, with Lotus Engineering later using similar techniques in the design of the Aston Martin Vanquish chassis, etc.
  7. I fear the end is nigh for Lotus...

    Rumour mill has been suggesting a new Elise platform in the works and its about time really as looking an Exige V6 you can trace big chunks of the architecture back to my 15 year old S1, even if it does drive very differently. It's a great car, but for some existing owners the similarities makes it hard to justify. DRB-Hicom have also said they're working on a new Evora with a different chassis and engine. Wouldn't be surprised to see both built on variations of the VVA platform (as used in the current Evora), with the Elise around 2015 still a relatively compact car but with easier access and a bit less tight inside and a 4-cylinder, while the next Evora would use a more modern V6 and would also form the basis for a next generation Exige. Might be totally wrong, but just me joining up the dots from various mutterings I keep hearing.
  8. What first car did you really want?

    My dads E36 325i coupe: Unfortunately insurance was a bit high for a 17 year old and so I got a Fiesta instead.
  9. I fear the end is nigh for Lotus...

    Haven't read the article but the numbers don't sound right to me. There were more Evoras than that on the production line when I was at the factory in March and all were built for orders, not for stock. Evora Sports Racer has helped a bit and there are certainly more than just 11 of those worldwide! There were dozens of completed Evoras in the shipping area to China as they had Lotus NYO badges on the front. If that was 17 Elises and 11 Evoras in the UK market then I'd believe it however. Speaking with dealers the main complaint seems to be they can't get stuff built quickly enough, Exige S sales seem very good and its set to be their best year in a while - not exactly a big boast but certainly progress. UK sales are up significantly on last year (70 cars January-June vs. 80 cars for the whole of 2013) and I'd imagine worldwide figures are the same. All seem positive on the future plans DRB-Hicom have shared with them for the next few years, but under NDA so I can't get any specific details. If they were going to die then they'd of gone last year, 2012 was grim. Instead DRB-Hicom have paid their way through the worst of it and are investing a sustainable future for the company. If it was being wound up they wouldn't be doing that. My read on it was Metcalfe got rather friendly with Bahar before he was ousted and is less keen on the current management.
  10. Group Lotus denies liquidation claim

    Snows Group are opening one up in the Lexus showroom there, official opening is in May. They should already have a solar yellow Exige V6 down there.
  11. Group Lotus denies liquidation claim

    ART Grand Prix (which ran as Lotus ART/Lotus GP in GP2 and GP3 in 2011 and 2012) filed the winding up request in January over a contract dispute which apparently been sorted, but once the application is placed it has to go to court from what I've been told even if just to then dismiss it. Autocar saw the application and assumed Group Lotus was filling for it, then quickly back tracked. They also published the story saying that Lotus had declined to comment seemingly before they'd even contacted them for a comment, which is a bit of a no-no. Not sure the Evora is £15-20k over-priced when you look at the prices of say a new Cayman (okay you CAN get them for £48k, but demonstrators are all £65k+ and know people with orders speced at over £70k), 911 (£73 for the base model without options), Morgans (£86k for a Aero Coupe), etc. The latest Sports Racers are really well built, the black detailing makes them look a lot better, and its essentially a £7k price drop off a fully loaded car and has seen an increase in interest and orders from what I've heard from dealers I talk with. Obviously compared to second hand then you can get more for less, but then the same applies to ANY car. Rear seats are fairly comedy, but still beat a pure 2 seater when you have 3 people who need to travel a couple miles. Dealers are a mixed bag though, some are really good, some aren't. There are some signs of new growth again from the scorched earth that Bahar left in that regard with new dealerships in Newcastle and Hedge End. What they desperately need is to give people confidence in the company and get a steady stream of Exige V6's delivered to customers though, there are too many people with orders who've been told its been pushed out another month multiple times who are rightly running out of patience.
  12. Yep, another lesson for next time. Only had an hour to get the incidental shots done before I had to be at the factory, but should have taken the extra time to set up on the tripod I had with me. I didn't have the steadiest hands because it was bloody freezing! I did try to stabilise them a bit in After Effects, they were hilariously bad before that.
  13. Eh? I don't remember literally eating gravel? :confused: Both fair points. I contemplated dropping Trevor's section to shorten it overall, but didn't really seem fair on him. Was indeed reading from a script (although I'd written it as well, so shouldn't have been too much of a struggle), the voiceover was the bit I was most nervous about and I ended up going out and buying a proper mic, stand and pop guard arrangement and re-recording it all last night as the first pass on it all was, frankly, crap. Certainly an area that I could improve on though.
  14. Had another chance to drive the Exige last week, this time on the test track at Hethel. Had a go at doing a video report on it, first time putting something like this together so any comments and critiques are greatly appreciated.