Well, I've been pretty consumed with the Elise since driving one at Pike Peaks International Raceway back in September. In short, while I had never considered English car ownership, post the Elise drive, it became my only option.
So, I've kept an eye out for a pre-owned '05 ever since then (setting up an eBay search that same evening), although I hadn't been able to find exactly what I wanted (GG / black w/ all the goodies) during the ensuing five months on eBay, cars.com, this forum, other dealerships, etc. Well, Mark Starr, of HRM fame, came up pretty huge and I got the call a couple weeks ago that he had exactly what I wanted, albeit new instead of used. Oh well, what is one to do? Well, besides pulling the trigger (even though it was above my budget) and adding: satin silver stripes (in a nod to the devastatingly good looking 2006 anniversary edition Ford GT), matt black powdercoating on the wheels, fuel filler door, and diffuser (nod to the Exige), Sector 111 harness bar, grommits / provision in the seat backs for harnesses, plus ss brake lines and a Stage II exhaust.
The car rolled off the truck yesterday morning and what can I say... "I LOVE IT!" The finance major in me has never been able to stomach a new car purchase due to the resultant depreciation. Although, after rolling up 88 miles on the clock yesterday (only 88 miles as I had to go skiing w/ my son and then it started raining & snowing in the evening, so I couldn't get the 300+ miles on it that I wanted to) and I can say that I HATE the break-in period! No WOT, 4k rpm limit, brakes that haven't been bedded-in, and tires that still have release agent on them is... EFFIN' PAINFUL! 1,000 miles of this is cruel & unusual punishment (not to mention I won't be able to really drive the car this week prior to leaving next week for spring break. Doh!).
Anyway, you know you have a problem when you buy parts for a car that you don't even own / have taken delivery of yet. Which is what I did from Sector 111 a week ago: Schroth Profi IIs, micro mirror (the factory rear view mirror is bigger than a pickup truck's!), HNT pad, and a front tow hook. More to come too: RAC Monolites for track use w/ the stock Yokos (I'll probably run Toyo T1-Rs on the factory wheels for "commuting" to and from LVMS, Spring Mountain Raceway, and Miller Motorsports Park, from Colorado this track season), a removable steering wheel hub with a suede Sparco flat-bottom wheel (anyone know what size the factory steering wheel is?), Exige seats(?), mesh front & top grills, and body colored Exige-esque side scoops (I am not a fan of all the plastic grills / slats on the Elise).
The car will primarily be used for track events (although we've had most of our tracks close down in CO last year) and I plan on driving it to & from. That being said, I might consider an Alpine head unit (w/ iPod control) and Focal speakers, provided I can get them to drop-in w/o modifications (anyone know if this is feasible?), and I suppose I might consider getting a trailer for it. Can anyone suggest the smallest / lightest trailer I can get away with?
Anyway, here are some pics of the new baby. Furthermore, I can not stress enough what a fantastic experience I had with Mark, Liz, and Drew at Hunting Ridge Motors... they ROCK! Thank you so very much guys, you're the best!
One more thing, can anyone point me towards a child booster seat / cushion that works with / fits the stock seats? I have a six-year old boy who loves cars (especially doing doughnuts in them), and it would be a shame not to let him ride in the Elise, especially since I plan on road tripping with him, in the Elise, to the ALMS race in Utah this summer .
A final, one more thing, those sidemarkers have GOT to get smoked. They'll be getting sent to Wetworks Garage for a street tint (or perhaps one shade darker).