A quick post to share something cool I bought for the Elise last year and never got round to fitting – I bought a wooden gearknob because it’s nice to have some warmth to offset all that functional aluminium in the cabin. I took the car to PJS in Burton who are decidedly less ham-fisted than me to get it fitted, to share some doughnuts, and to enjoy a quick nosey around the workshop. Pics? Pics;

I loved the Chevette HSR in for a lot of work, the Mini was cool too (like welding?) and there’s always an Elan restoration ongoing. Paul is working on a smaller, more contact high-torque starter for the Elan, nice to see some R&D happening here.

I love the blue Evora 410 for sale (info somewhere on this web page).

The knob was fitted with only a small amount of sniggering. I got it from a chap called Basil on Instagram, it’s made from recycled skateboards or something and the colours were my choice to reflect the Lotus green and yellow. Service was a bit slow and the locking nut was the wrong thread, but that’s what you expect when dealing with a little business making a great product, right? I love the result.

Gratuitous pics. The car is great fun to drive, no problems to report, and I really ought to clean it at some point…

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Rich Duisberg

Rich Duisberg* has had work published in Classic & Sportscar, Practical Performance Car, Modern Mini, Banzai, MogMag, Evo, GT Porsche, Complete Kit Car, Absolute Lotus, Alternative Cars, Classic Retro Modern, and elsewhere. Rich often appears on CBS’s XCAR and Carfection channels, and Motors TV, plus JayEmm on Cars, enthusing about historic motoring. His latest book (find his work on Amazon) was described by SniffPetrol as "hilarious", although he was also threatened with legal action by elderly DJ Tim Westwood. In his Midlands man cave is a 1972 Fiat 500, a Lotus Elise, a BMW barge and a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike. Previous machines of interest include an Mk1 MX5 (owned for 14 years!), an Alfa GTV6, a Porsche 968 and a Sinclair C5. The Metro (right) was bought for an experiment, and abandoned in Africa. "I am not getting in a car with him" -  said Le Mans winner, Derek Bell. *A nom-de-plume inspired by the BBC's League of Gentlemen.

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