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post #161 of 177 (permalink) Old 07-12-2015, 01:54 AM
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Here's an example of an assh*le who doesn't care about the Exotic Car Owners' Code of Conduct. Recently, I was driving back home from Malibu in my DD and before you reach the freeway, are 2 stop signs. Right as I left the first stop sign I looked in the rear mirror and saw this guy in a McLaren Spyder MC12, or whatever it is, right on my ass and he's motioning with his hand to go faster. For this guy to be there he never stopped at the sign. So at the 2nd stop, I'm looking back the whole time and this guy just goes right through it and does the same bullsh*t with his hand. I was so mad. He goes into the next lane to go ahead of me and i just speed up to box him in. This is the kind of person who should never own this type of car and thinks he can do whatever he wants.

So, if you're in Calabasas/Malibu and you see a red McLaren Spyder, be sure to spit in his face.

Funny thing is I'm sure this is the same car I saw at the place I went to originally. I don't know how he reached me near the freeway when I left, but I can only imagine with his attitude and the traffic what he must have done. I just wish there was a cop at the intersections where he ran the stop signs.

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Speeding up to "box him in" and spitting on him are not honorable actions either. Let it go.
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Speeding up to "box him in" and spitting on him are not honorable actions either. Let it go.
You are right. And I am not one who gets riled up by other drivers, but as someone who abides by the code, I couldn't let it go.

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I don't understand how people can own a car and NOT drive it. I'm not saying you need to have a 100k mile Lotus... and sure, I'll bat an eye and not take the Lotus on a 500 mile trip, but if I want to drive it, I do. I drive it a few times a week, enjoy every second of it, and don't care that I'm putting a whole "3000 miles on it a year" ...
A lot of people don't drive their 'exotics' because they of this - best way I've heard it said:

'they can own the car, but they can't own the maintenance'!!

One thing to buy a car for $100K and just drive it. Quite another to buy that same car and have to spend $10K per year to maintain it.

Or add to that, mileage hurts resale - your 430 may have 40K miles, but if every other one on the market has 14K miles, your wallet just took a big hit.

Or add to that - maintenance. Many exotic buyers (Ferrari, Lambo) won't touch a used car without proper service records. Sure, you may be a great shade tree mechanic and can do an engine out belt job on a 355, but that's not the same as a proper Ferrari shop that will give you papers, records, etc. That kills resale too.
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Here's an example of an assh*le who doesn't care about the Exotic Car Owners' Code of Conduct. Recently, I was driving back home from Malibu in my DD and before you reach the freeway, are 2 stop signs. Right as I left the first stop sign I looked in the rear mirror and saw this guy in a McLaren Spyder MC12, or whatever it is, right on my ass and he's motioning with his hand to go faster. For this guy to be there he never stopped at the sign. So at the 2nd stop, I'm looking back the whole time and this guy just goes right through it and does the same bullsh*t with his hand. I was so mad. He goes into the next lane to go ahead of me and i just speed up to box him in. This is the kind of person who should never own this type of car and thinks he can do whatever he wants.

So, if you're in Calabasas/Malibu and you see a red McLaren Spyder, be sure to spit in his face.

Funny thing is I'm sure this is the same car I saw at the place I went to originally. I don't know how he reached me near the freeway when I left, but I can only imagine with his attitude and the traffic what he must have done. I just wish there was a cop at the intersections where he ran the stop signs.
Let me guess, it as Ross Hanneman, right? With a trunk full of Tres Commas tequila?

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Let me guess, it as Ross Hanneman, right? With a trunk full of Tres Commas tequila?

No don't think it was him. I would have remembered that forehead. This guy was older and had more hair.

Why did you think it was this dude? lol

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No don't think it was him. I would have remembered that forehead. This guy was older and had more hair.

Why did you think it was this dude? lol
It's a reference to the tv show Silicon Valley. Pretty funny, you should watch it.

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Or add to that, mileage hurts resale - your 430 may have 40K miles, but if every other one on the market has 14K miles, your wallet just took a big hit.
And this is one of the other reasons I've fallen in love with Lotus. Seeing a higher mileage Lotus doesn't exactly hurt it's value. These cars aren't the high dollar exotics where every mile depreciates the car. Lotus' are meant to be driven.
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^^^ Yes. It is a reasonably priced car, new or used, for people who enjoy real driving.
Odd, many of us put on 25K+ miles a year driving. I do it, with my company truck, pickup truck, and the Elise.

Get back from work, jump in the Elise, and just drive for fun and enjoyment. Perfect.
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Let me guess, it as Ross Hanneman, right? With a trunk full of Tres Commas tequila?

OMG I just spewed tequila all over my keyboard. I LOVE Silicon Valley!!

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lol i kno a certain someone on here that always violates #1...
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lol i kno a certain someone on here that always violates #1...

I've been spending too much time driving it lately to wash it, and it is looking straight haggard. I drove 300mi last weekend, 1,200mi the weekend before, and am planning another few hundred next weekend, haha

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As a soon-to-be S4 owner, I find this educational and way cool. A noblesse oblige of sorts for the exotic car owner/enthusiast. Fantastic.
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Owned a '97 Esprit for about six months.....trying to read most everything at this site.....so when I saw the title of this thread I was curious......knew after a few lines that the rules were written a little tongue-in-cheek.....so I find it even funnier that some entries here are soooooo serious......and debated too!

Rules? Sort of reminds of the "Pirates of the Carribean" movie Code thing....what'd they say?....They're more like guidelines

I know how y'all feel........generally the first question I get when someone sees my Crossle 32F Formula Ford or my Van Diemen Formula Continental is, "How fast does it go?" After 20 years I grew tired of giving them an MPH numerical answer. These days the most common reply is, "Over 3 Gs in the corner.".......which generally leads to an explanation of what that means.

Overall the concept seems to be well expressed here by many > Depending how the 'asker' comes across is how I'll respond.....bravo! In general a kind and tolerant reply is the civil thing to do.......and these days when civility is in such short supply.......we might as well add to the supply.

Clean? One might as well care for their things, it goes with maturity and self-respect.....but occasionally logistics forces one to postpone efforts. While the stereotype is that proverbial anal jerk obsessed with virtual dust-free status [and perfect hair too!...even if it's transplanted hair] I see nothing wrong with a clean old T-shirt tucked away in the car for those seriously "Ewww...Ugh!" moments that can be used quickly, then be simply thrown away.

Pictures?....sure!....can't/won't stop you......but when it approaches the level of the GQ thing as per the thread under the Esprit heading, it's up to the owner to draw the line though some will draw it at different points. Professional use of pictures in all courtesy should have at least a token of some sort back to the owner......think.......if you're not doing them the favor, then they could have jolly well gone out and hired/rented some other car.

Sit in and/or rides?......well......again that depends on circumstances, the person(s), their age and their demeanor/approach 1) that's why there's a passenger seat [the driver's seat is for me and I can't believe some of you would get out of the car and leave the key in the ignition lock!]...2) maybe at a charity event or other special situation rides are a great idea.....but total strangers in a parking lot?......well to each his own.

I must give thanks to those who have kept this thread open and going this long........what a hoot! I might even laminate the 'rules' and post them by the car at the upcoming All British Car Day April 1st at Mead Gardens in Orlando just to test others sense of humor.

As for driving, an illustrative story.....this past Christmas Holiday I and my Wife were in the Esprit doing just under 80 on the Interstate outside Disney World on my way to the SCCA's year end banquet on the Coast to pick up a trophy for my season's finish in the Formula Continental...when some guy in a Lambo comes up behind me and then beside me, downshifts and revs it like crazy several times....obviously challenging me. What? The idiot expects me to race him while I'm on my way some where because I ran at Daytona and Sebring instead. I only would stand on it hard while on the Governor's roads if I had to for safety purposes......about to be boxed in, get away from a driver who I don't trust, find open road, etc.....and then there is that very rare opportunity when the mile or two is clear on some out in the middle of no where....I don't live out West. If I really need to run the Esprit hard, that's why there are either track days, PDX events or station wagon tours first session when teaching at an SCCA Driver's School.......or just wait and get in the Formula Car on race day. For those who don't know....drag racing poses the greatest stresses to a power train, I think we all know these cars were not designed for that sort of abuse

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Based on this thread, I guess I will watch it ;-)
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good thoughts... I always leave extra time when I drive my NSX... knowing I will be asked questions, photographs, etc...

can't tell you how many time someone has has told me "you made my whole day"... just by opening up the compartments so he could see the entire car close up... many people have only seen Lotus/NSX/Ferrarri/etc in a video game!!!
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