Maybe Im wrong, but Ive been detecting subtle hints of snobbery among the ranks of Lotus owners.....Elise vs Esprit. A gentleman AIM'd me the other day ( he apparently saw my AIM name on my profile on the official Lotus site) and wanted to say "hello" to me. I said hello and he asked if I had recieved my car yet. I laughed and said "no". He said, "oh.....you have an elise on order? I thought you had an Esprit. Never mind. No offense the elise is underpowered. I like V8's". Then he logged off. LMAO!!
Seems Esprit owners are above all else. This strikes me as odd, because I could buy an Esprit if I wanted, but I *choose* not to. You can buy them all day long in great shape for $20-40. Im not trying to reverse discriminate, but whats the big deal? I love the car but it just doesnt move me like the Elise does.
Ive recently discovered Im the only female on this and several other forums. This isnt something I care to point out or make a deal of...who cares, right?
Since joining the official Lotus site Ive had about 7 different men AIM me asking me all manner of questions. I mountain bike, snowboard, race cars and mod cars so Im used to speaking primarily with men, and this is fine with me. Gender doesnt matter to me when discussing thigns Im passionate about. What really IRKS me is that Im hoping to have a nice conversation about Lotus and the conversation ALWAYS seems to go downhill.
Sometimes it starts out promising with questions about cars and racing, but within moments it seems the convo turns to several all important questions....
1. So....do you have any pics of yourself?
2. So...do you have an online profile?
3. So..how old are you?
4. So....do you have a boyfriend or anything?
5. So...what do you do for a living and how old are you?
6. So..do you make a lot of money? Whats your income!?
Whats my income!!!!! LOL,where do these people come from!
This wouldnt be quite so bad if it was just innocent flirting or just young men being "young men", but when I dont play into their whims and I continue to discuss cars they seem to lose interest...even if I was looking for an SO I would still not appreciate such thinly veiled attempts.
I understand guys are little different than women in this respect so I dont mind the occassional young man asking me in a polite way about my status...but it seems more often than not Its treated like a singles message board/meat market.
The best part is that 90% of them know less about cars than I do, but after I dont show interest in their advances they get nasty and want to argue about cars. One guy said "well the elise has no power, I only drive cars with lots of power". He then bragged about his Nissan with has 300hp and what a handful it is to drive. He asked what I drive, and I said I have "miatas". he laughed and said..."oh I guess you're not used to much of a car anyway so the elise will feel powerful to you".
I laughed a little then told him, I have 3 mazda miatas in my driveway with combined horspower of 1,200 to the wheels and even if I had stock horsepower my cars weigh about 1000lbs LESS than your land sled. For some reason he went silent.
Power to weight and suspension talk would have been completely lost on him.
Im not complaining to you guys, nor am I saying Im not sometimes flattered, but sometimes I get a little miffed that we just cant respect each other and talk about cars.
Just my friday observations.
Have a great weekend everyone.