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Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by Admin5 » Tue May 14, 2019 9:20 pm

Dear all,

This site was started in 2000 when SELOC wasn't even a thing, Pistonheads was just for TVRs, and british-cars.co.uk was the only source of anything Lotus related but there was nothing for the Exige. I knocked up the site in my lunch break and the rest is history.

After having run Exiges.com for nearly 19 years (really, is it THAT LONG ? that's crazy), time has come for me to pass the baton of ownership and administration of this site to someone who can do it justice.

I've had an awesome time running the site, met some great folks and generally had a blast, but due to family commitments and other things going on I've neglected this site for too long, and its about time some young blood took the reins.

The new admin/owner is Andy Bond, an S2 Exige owner that has been an active member of this site. He's been a good friend of mine for over 10yrs now and he's more of a petrolhead than I will ever be. Not just that, but he also has the necessary skills to keep this site up and running and handle all the maintenance. He's so good you probably didn't even notice that we had transferred servers this weekend to his hosting platform.

Looking back through the pictures from yesteryear, I'd forgotten just how much fun I've had with you guys (not to mention how much I've aged since then).

Here's a thread from some contributors on their favourite Exige moments: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=20767

Thanks to you all for your contribution. I'll leave you with 2 pics that sums it up for me.

Croft April 2005
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Pesky + Russ
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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by jonnyfox » Wed May 15, 2019 8:58 pm

Thank you David, I'm sure you won't be a stranger. Wishing you and your family all the very best for the future.

What have you got planned then Andy?
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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by evo_ufo » Wed May 15, 2019 9:39 pm

Thank you David. :clap:

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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by andybond » Thu May 16, 2019 10:35 am

jonnyfox wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Thank you David, I'm sure you won't be a stranger. Wishing you and your family all the very best for the future.

What have you got planned then Andy?
Hi fella.

Nothing really planned at the minute. I dont want to tread on any toes, or make too many quick changes. People dont tend to like change.

I have moved us to the latest -1 version of php so things should be pretty instant in terms of response and done lots of behind the scenes optimisations to get us as fast as we can. Not of course that I am dissing what David had done in the past - I am just putting my own interpretation on things.

I have moved us across to a HTTPS based site so in theory at least we will get better google ranking from that and also upgraded the theme so the bloody annoying auto scrolling will have stopped. Finally the subtle addition of an up/down button appears on the bottom right of the page when sufficiently long.

Longer term I would like to get some feedback from the end users on what they would like to see. Ill start a thread in a month or so once the dust has settled and see what, or if anyone wants anything.

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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by series_one » Thu May 16, 2019 5:49 pm

Thank you David!!!!!!!

Exiges has been my on online default since the beginning. Living in Oz and then moving 'closer' to Hungary, exiges.com has made life fuller and added 'exige'ness' to everyday.

I've stayed with Rob and he visited me over here. Ben and Tommo and Tim and Wes and Randy and so many of you have brought fun and learning to me. The annual drive over is worth it every time! I would happily contribute payment if ever needed to keep exiges.com going. Everybody I know, knows about exiges.com and S1 exiges because of how awesome our group and the cars are.


Hosting photos would make the site much more lively again I think.

Thank you Andy for taking it on!

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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by jonnyfox » Thu May 16, 2019 6:36 pm

andybond wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:35 am
jonnyfox wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Thank you David, I'm sure you won't be a stranger. Wishing you and your family all the very best for the future.

What have you got planned then Andy?
Hi fella.

Nothing really planned at the minute. I dont want to tread on any toes, or make too many quick changes. People dont tend to like change.

I have moved us to the latest -1 version of php so things should be pretty instant in terms of response and done lots of behind the scenes optimisations to get us as fast as we can. Not of course that I am dissing what David had done in the past - I am just putting my own interpretation on things.

I have moved us across to a HTTPS based site so in theory at least we will get better google ranking from that and also upgraded the theme so the bloody annoying auto scrolling will have stopped. Finally the subtle addition of an up/down button appears on the bottom right of the page when sufficiently long.

Longer term I would like to get some feedback from the end users on what they would like to see. Ill start a thread in a month or so once the dust has settled and see what, or if anyone wants anything.
Good stuff Andy. I guess maybe a midlander..... Possibly? Worth having a look at MLOC another great site and not too dissimilar.

Anyhoo, congrats on taking over. Good luck :thumbup:
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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by thommo » Thu May 16, 2019 8:57 pm

Must add my own thanks and echo Series 1.
Hardly a day passes without me clicking on to exiges . . . it’s given me many years of fun with scores of great people who have become true friends all due to the power of the internet and its ability to bring together strangers with a shared interest. Long may it continue.

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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by andybond » Thu May 16, 2019 10:53 pm

jonnyfox wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 6:36 pm
andybond wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 10:35 am
jonnyfox wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Thank you David, I'm sure you won't be a stranger. Wishing you and your family all the very best for the future.

What have you got planned then Andy?
Hi fella.

Nothing really planned at the minute. I dont want to tread on any toes, or make too many quick changes. People dont tend to like change.

I have moved us to the latest -1 version of php so things should be pretty instant in terms of response and done lots of behind the scenes optimisations to get us as fast as we can. Not of course that I am dissing what David had done in the past - I am just putting my own interpretation on things.

I have moved us across to a HTTPS based site so in theory at least we will get better google ranking from that and also upgraded the theme so the bloody annoying auto scrolling will have stopped. Finally the subtle addition of an up/down button appears on the bottom right of the page when sufficiently long.

Longer term I would like to get some feedback from the end users on what they would like to see. Ill start a thread in a month or so once the dust has settled and see what, or if anyone wants anything.
Good stuff Andy. I guess maybe a midlander..... Possibly? Worth having a look at MLOC another great site and not too dissimilar.

Anyhoo, congrats on taking over. Good luck :thumbup:
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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by jonnyfox » Fri May 17, 2019 10:31 am

Oh dear, I'm sorry to hear that very unfortunate :lol:
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Re: Say Goodbye, Wave Hello !

Post by Fonzey » Fri May 17, 2019 5:22 pm

I've not been around too long and have been pretty quiet since arriving, but it's clear that this forum has been an immense resource for Exige owners over the years - so great work setting this up and keeping it running.

Best of luck to Andy with whatever happens next :clap:

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