Total gangsta! Yo!
And it's Graphite Grey! Love it even more.
We are all very fortunate that Phil's passion is our passion. Very fortunate.
I may have started happily purchasing parts from other Lotus vendors before I purchased my car in early '06 and while I've continued to do so (hell, for a few years there I shoulda just direct deposited a portion of my paycheck into their bank accounts), I have to say that my partnership with Phil & crew at BOE has been the most rewarding. Phil originally spent two and a half hours on the phone with me, the first time I contacted him, talking me off the ledge back in 2010 when I found out my 14k mile engine had "an oil control" problem. Even after I initially decided to go a different route after that (just swapping in a used engine), Phil still provided plenty of free, friendly (hell, downright cheerful) guidance and counsel just as if he hadn't just lost a sale. Fast forward a few months, after it became obvious I didn't have the time to do the engine swap myself, I brought my car to BOE for the engine swap and a Nitron suspension install.
Then the scope creeped (mostly due to my flipping through the damn BOE catalog!)...
Rev 300 supercharger (a.k.a. the only time Phil ever up sold me. Admittedly it was a pretty big up sell, equally admittedly I was pretty amenable to being up sold, tho I did struggle a bit with the percentage increase in project cost as a result... "Uhhh yeah, Frank? This is Phil. Andrew and I are just about to install the engine in your car and we were thinking that it'd be a real shame not to put at least a small supercharger on there.").
Aero. Exige M.Y. '10 rear wing, APR CF front splitter (that Phil included a vote cf confidence cardboard template with for when I eventually tear it off so I can cut a piece of MDF to replace it with) and BOE street diffuser. I added the S111 RaceSills and APR canards after the fact.
Other items from my original 2011 build included clam hinge, 1/4 stick exhaust, etc. The hinge was the only thing I had a bit of buyer's remorse over. Then I used it for the first time and... Buyer's remorse... Gone.
I added a few BOE goodies, like SS caliper pistons and such in the interim and then decided to bring my car back to BOE for a once over and a few more goodies. My car is there right now getting de-HVACd, new radiator, front caliper brake bleeder & inlet line mod, front battery relocate, pressurized coolant swirl pot, Fast Works dyno tune, alignment & corner balance, etc.
Anyway, I didn't intend for this post to be a thread-jack / build thread for my car, so let me get to the point...
I've spent a lot of money with BOE... Twice... and I couldn't be happier about it as I've derived so much more value than the dollars I've spent. Phil, Andrew and crew are not only good people, but also great partners in this insane hobby / passion / obsession of ours. Do your car a favor and send it to BOE, at least once. Do yourself a favor and pay your car a visit while it's there. The shop is amazing, Phil's car is crazy amazing (warning: seeing it is gonna make you wanna buy shyt. A lot of it.). The whole experience is an exercise in delight.
Thanks BOE, you share my passion and you've certainly increased the units of pleasure, and pride, I derive from my Lotus and that's not an easy thing to do.
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