RIP John “Magic” Mountain

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RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Fri 12.03.2021, 21:35

I read today the sad news that Magic passed away in February according to Geoff’s post.
I am pretty sure that most contributors to this section of the forum will have known John
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby clemo » Sun 02.05.2021, 12:57

peteoddcar wrote:I read today the sad news that Magic passed away in February according to Geoff’s post.
I am pretty sure that most contributors to this section of the forum will have known John
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Indeed . Great guy . will be missed.
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby lotusles » Sun 02.05.2021, 20:41

So sad, and clearly now explains the lack of contact ref his website
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby lotusflasherman » Fri 07.05.2021, 18:29

lotusles wrote:So sad, and clearly now explains the lack of contact ref his website

Website? ... John was Electrical Systems Design Engineer at Lotus and did the electrics on the Elan M100, amongst many others. I knew him well for many years, had his phone number, email address, various social media contacts but no website. Are you confusing him with the guy who does Mountain Chips?
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Fri 07.05.2021, 21:53

Hi all,
John ran The Lotus Remembered page on FB, so I wonder if that’s what is being referred to?
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 08.05.2021, 20:51

Unlikely. John invited me to Lotus Remembered very early on and Alan Nobbs was a fellow administrator and is keeping it going. It's very active with great photos and interesting recollections and I spend far too much time in there when I should be doing other things...
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby lotusflasherman » Sat 08.05.2021, 21:16

Thought I'd post here copies of couple of conversations I had with John on Messenger and are still there ... first on headlights:
"I was involved with the performance assessment and engineering of the system with Valeo, I was not the engineer on the M100 s1 but did all headlighting across product range and therefore worked with the M100 guys.....All but Federal cars were to have the Cibie' complex surface reflex lamps for Main and Dip beam units. The commercial guys then got involved and only the Cibie' Main beam made it into production....Don't recall the supplier for dip beam.... As I'm sure you know the wiring is configured to only have 2 dip and 2 main beam..... " so the Hughes Book is not quite correct, (and the ommission of Barrie Wills still astonishes me).
and ... (a project for Pinky?)
"Cheers.... Did I ever tell you about the semi automatic M100 we did?"
No. What is semi? Pre-selector?
"It was a auto clutch, long time ago but quite impressive"
We'll have to talk over a beer..

4wd M100 and ABS were also projects that got killed when GM terminated the M100.
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Sat 08.05.2021, 21:22

It was just an idea ....
Great that he shared his recollections with you.
Hope to have a F2F again soon
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Sat 08.05.2021, 21:26

He invited me too therefore I thought he ran it. As he said he had very little to do with the Elan it was the cross car Headlamp decision that drove the opera glass design .....
I am really surprised he owned one.
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Sat 08.05.2021, 22:36

May have driven the opera glass design ....
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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby chipp » Thu 14.07.2022, 17:32

Not sure anyone can help but i thought i would put this post on here as some may be interested.
It was on my 'Nextdoor' feed.

Colin Spooner
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Is there anybody, ex Lotus or other, in the Attleborough or Wymondham area who wou;d be prepared to take on final restoration of the ex John Mountain M100 Elan. Reasonable mates rate available but cannot meet full garage retail.
All required parts available, just requires labour.
Vehicle is owned By Barrie Wills who was the coordinator on the M100 program and who made it all happen, but who is currently in poor health. He would like to complete it for his son.

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Re: RIP John “Magic” Mountain

Postby peteoddcar » Thu 14.07.2022, 18:01

I really hope that someone local could do it
I suggest put the post on FB Lotus Remembered
I have no idea if he’s able or willing or even still local but a name that springs to mind is Colin Moy.
If not contact Peter Riddle and Ian Doble ( both Sporting Car Club of Norfolk members ) for ideas perhaps?
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