They do offer a courtesy car and they did offer a cuppa while I waited but, honestly, I’d rather be noseying at the cool stuff in PJS‘s workshop. My Elise S2 was in for a tweak and I couldn’t resist getting a few pics, even it it meant getting under their feet a bit.

Owner Paul shared a few cracking pics from his youth – it’s clear that he got into Lotus as a marque simply because he loves the cars as opposed to some hard-nosed business decision. It’s the kind of place you get frank advice and opinions, and a nigh-on-perfect service. My Elise Sport 135 was in for an MOT and a gearchange linkage clean-up – Nick explained how the shafts get a kind of very mild surface corrosion which gently inhibits slick changes. Little bill, big smile. Particularly at these old pics. Paul as a toddler with a Lotus jacket shows where he started, the Esprit was his (now owned by one of his customers), the 340R was “a disappointment”, and pics of Caterhams and Ginettas filled his album. Thanks for sharing, we MotorPunks love this stuff.

And finally to an Esprit Turbo that was in for some work. My daughter was with me and was absolutely in awe of it. I’ll let the pics speak for themselves;

This is not a sponsored post or puff-piece, I’m sharing this as a thank you to a small bunch of chaps who deliver an excellent service and really, really know their stuff. They restore Elan’s from all over Europe, keep V8 Esprits on the road, and know their Lotus Carltons. Honestly, I’ve paid to visit less interesting motor museums than this. As Lotus thinned out their “official” dealers, PJS and a couple of other specialists didn’t make the cut. I understand Lotus’s corporate excitement and talk of an “exciting retail experience” but I want know-how, sensible pricing and that feeling of being in safe hands. That’s why I take my Elise to PJS.

PJS are in Burton-on-Trent, their contact details are here.

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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