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post #41 of 90 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 07:54 AM
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I'm not worried about finding a virtual Talledega track - it's just straight, left, straight, left, straight, left, etc, etc...
If you turn Left in the banking, you'll end up on the apron.

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post #42 of 90 (permalink) Old 04-13-2017, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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About 1 month away. Anyone passing through Memphis on the way there?

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Quick question...Is the LOG worth going to if you aren't planning on driving on the track? Love the Elise! Just added a 2005 to our family last week so I'd like to come and check out the event but wasn't sure what to expect.

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These events are enormous fun.

Lots of interesting cars, some beautiful.

Interesting speakers.

Tech sessions; learn about your car.

Good, fun roads. We'll be on Tail of the Dragon going home.

The Talladega experience alone may be worth it. We get to drive on the most steeply banked track (in the world?) at decent speeds.

I never thought I'd get that chance again.

You meet people who become friends, who you see at LOG.

Go to their website on 1st page here.


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Note to new Elise & Exige Owners:


1. These cars have large (i.e. dangerous) blind spots. Multivex mirrors are NLA, but RLS (Really Light Stuff) offers very good tape-on replacements.


2. The horns are way too weak (quiet). There’s an inverse relationship: smaller the car, louder the horn needs to be.

Get something such as a Stebel Nautilus.

Stock: “Excuse me”


Stebel: “HONK! LOOK OUT!”

Remove the stock horn; replace with louder.

(I drive with my finger on the horn button in any traffic. Iffy situations, my headlights are on.

Stay to the left of traffic, i.e. avoid passing on the right if you can.

Stop way behind trucks, SUVs, etc. Some have blindspots >50’. )


3. The early cars came with misaimed and dim headlights. If you drive at night, convert to HIDs. While better than stock halogen bulbs are available, HIDs throw more light. Stay around 5000k.


4. Ensure your car has had the work required by the recall for oil line fittings done. You could lose an engine and/or spin in your own oil.

5. The best transmission lube I’ve found is Redline MT-90 plus a little Power Punch Extreme Gear Oil Additive. (Note that it takes two changes to get rid of the previous lube.)

a) Early cars have wobbly shift towers. Look up Stan’s Mod (bolt and spacer; http://www.billswebspace.com/ShifterReinforcement.pdf) and

Sector 111 long thru bolt that terminates under car: re-ENFORCER - Shift reinforcement for the Lotus Elise and Exige - Sector111

These (lube, mods) make a huge change in shifting.


6. As per some engine builders on these sites, wait AT LEAST 10 (or 20) minutes after coolant has reached full operating temp before engaging cam switchover.


7. Rear toe-links can loosen and break with disastrous results. You can check tq periodically, or use Nordlock washers. Best is conversion to better engineered brace, such as BOE’s for one example.


8. While under the car with panel off, look around for hoses and wires chafing their way to failure. That’s how this was found:
https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f311...-u-tube-47232/


9. Visit the Uber Thread

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/e...ow-here-25131/

10. Most parts on the car are made by Toyota and others, so buying things like a/c compressors, engine parts, etc. are wildly expense when purchased thru Lotus.

Toyota dealers, auto parts stores are way less expensive.


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Quick question...Is the LOG worth going to if you aren't planning on driving on the track? Love the Elise! Just added a 2005 to our family last week so I'd like to come and check out the event but wasn't sure what to expect.

Thanks
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If you like Lotus, you'll have fun at LOG whether you drive the track or not. Last year's didn't even have any track action. LOG is fun even if you're not driving a Lotus! Two of the five I've gone to have been without a Lotus and I've only done the HPDE at one (and that was in a Subaru!) and an autocross at another - I'm doing all the track events this LOG and looking forward to it but there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied.

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I've booked my flights and will see all y'all. I'm really excited!!! We are sponsoring the event again this year - every year since 2004. LOG is one of the best celebrations of Lotus all year. Come on out, even if you don't have your car with you (like me). Its worth the trip!
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I'll be headed south out of Memphis that Thursday afternoon if anyone wants to caravan. PM me!

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HPDE Insurance?

Tried to buy HPDE insurance at Lockton Motorsports but the event on the 22nd isn't listed.... Is anyone else getting insurance and if so, who are you using?

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I haven't bought mine yet but am planning on getting it from Hagerty/RLI, they only ask the track name rather than a specific event, at least in the quote. My car gets its inspection on Tuesday so I'm not going to buy it until after then just in case!
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I'm headed there by myself - it's my second LOG but most likely won't know many people. If anyone else is headed there solo, let me know and maybe we can meet and hang out at least the first day.

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Do the locals have any particular suggestions for interesting roads to come in on? It looks like we're probably going to be having lunch in Nashville on Thursday before making the final drive to Birmingham and 190 miles of rt65 sounds pretty boring! It looks like you could take 31 much of the way but it tacks on a lot of time; I can't tell from the map if it's worth it at all, most roads look pretty straight. 31 looks like it's not necessarily interesting, just with a lot of residential areas.

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Just booked my rental car and looking forward to coming out to LOG37. I'm headed out next Wed and meeting up with a couple of suppliers in Atlanta and then headed to LOG on Fri.

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Got my HPDE insurance today with Hagerty and the car inspected yesterday. Looking forward to Barber!
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Does anyone know the number of cars signed up for all the events? The website had a list but it's from February.

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We are running some service specials if anyone needs service before or after the event.
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I kept forgetting to buy HPDE insurance - done now! My car's got its fresh steering rack and tie tods, the rear toe link torque has been checked (a-ok!), new oil and filter, there's a bunch of new SS hardware and HID lights, and Sunday it's getting a full flush of brake fluid and new Motul going in, so I should be set! I suppose I should wash it, too, it hasn't been washed in 2017! Our group of LOONYs will be arriving Thursday evening some time, how late depends on how much time we kill in Nashville and if we stop by the Lane Museum while there.

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I kept forgetting to buy HPDE insurance - done now! My car's got its fresh steering rack and tie tods, the rear toe link torque has been checked (a-ok!), new oil and filter, there's a bunch of new SS hardware and HID lights, and Sunday it's getting a full flush of brake fluid and new Motul going in, so I should be set! I suppose I should wash it, too, it hasn't been washed in 2017! Our group of LOONYs will be arriving Thursday evening some time, how late depends on how much time we kill in Nashville and if we stop by the Lane Museum while there.
Crap! The museum https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/ is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Friday after LOG starts their microcar meet. It looks like I won't get to the Lane Museum.
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Dean, Not to rub it in, but that is a fascinating museum.


Definitely a must-see, sometime.

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I'm headed there by myself - it's my second LOG but most likely won't know many people. If anyone else is headed there solo, let me know and maybe we can meet and hang out at least the first day.
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Crap! The museum https://www.lanemotormuseum.org/ is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Friday after LOG starts their microcar meet. It looks like I won't get to the Lane Museum.
We'll let you know how it is.

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