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
Last edited by EYERACE; 01-10-2017 at 08:05 PM.