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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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A Hidden Benefit of Elise Ownership

Hurricane Sandy, 2012:

I left the Orlando LOG heading north. Usually, I drive straight through from south Florida, but the storm, while fading, made it too difficult to drive at speed at night.

The next day, I determined it would be best to arrive during daylight. After all, the brunt of Sandy had hit here.

When I got off the highway, I saw that both of my usual routes were blocked. Trees, poles, wires, and the like closed those roads.

I live in a semi-rural area and began trying smaller roads, without any luck.

“I can’t be this close and not get home!” I thought.

Finally, I took one little street that had a sign that read “Road Closed”.

I soon found two giant SUVs in front of me, each the size of my college dorm room.

Shortly, we all arrived at the point where trees, branches and wires were hanging over the pavement.

I waited for the Queen Mary’s to turn around.

Then, in my little plastic car, I drove under all the debris and went home.

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On another “closed” road, years before, I drove my Elan under the inverted V arm of an earth mover parked on a bridge.

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Right after I bought the car, I realized that I could drive under rail crossing gates. I've never actually done that, but it is tempting sometimes as I wait 10 minutes sometimes for the engines to backup past the switch that triggers the gate. This is near a yard, where no freight is actually going by, just backing engines at <10 mph.
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I read on Lotus Talk about some members driving underneath barriers.

In Boston in October I escaped from a pay parking lot by doing so.

Last weekend, I entered a condo development by driving under such a barrier. I didn't see an attendant at the booth so that's why I went under. 30 seconds later he came out and demanded to know what I was up to. My friend arrived at that moment so we just drove off together leaving the attendant befuddled.
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You both reminded me of the LOG in Alabama (I think).

Hotel guests got a card to open gate to our parking lot. As we know, very low cars are not best for this kind of thing.

But, I could just drive around/under the arm. Much easier and quicker.

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I'm backing your play! I worked for a government contractor in a secured facility. It's tough to reach up and hit the button to get buzzed in, so I figured I'd just drive under the stop arm. I got about 30 ft past when one of the security/maintenance guys came running out yelling for me to stop with a huge smile on his face. We knew each other well from my time working there so it was all lighthearted but he did ask nicely that I refrain from doing that again.
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I assume you are all familiar with the most famous example of a Lotus driving under a barrier. At around 37 secs

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So I guess everything is bigger, taller and larger in the US.
There's no way an Elise could pass underneath a parking barrier here in Europe.
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I assume you are all familiar with the most famous example of a Lotus driving under a barrier. At around 37 secs
Great find. I'd forgotten that.

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At the ATM, I have to get out of the car. Once was reprimanded for that....

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Then there's the "Lotus" limbo-bar...
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Then there's the "Lotus" limbo-bar...
That's awesome. I presume that was Lotus-only parking?
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That's awesome. I presume that was Lotus-only parking?
See "small" sign on the uprights. "Lotus Parking Only".

Bar was set at 50". Could have lowered it to 46", but then it would have been difficult for M100 (48") and Esprits (47"), but EASY for Europas (42").

And FWIW, a Miata can get under at 50" bar (49").

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Gordon Morris, who writes for Lotus Ltd "ReMarque" often drives his 7. British, of course, so RHD.

But, a group goes to France for some Lotus activities.

He devised a rod with a cup on the end for those tolls on the wrong side of his car.

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Moss Emergency Line-https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f10...cy-line-36631/
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Properly installed barrier gates should have the arm set at 36".
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