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.....MINE!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Arrived this morning. I'm headed to Pittsburgh tomorrow, so I can be there on Monday. I can't wait! :D :D :D
 

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You Bast...er I mean... Awesome!

Congrats!:clap:
 

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Congratulations! I am 13 there waiting for my Lazer Blue. Too bad I didn't see this post this am. I would have gone to look at it. Not touched it though.....:D
 

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"Too bad I didn't see this post this am"
- yep, now your lazer blue is sitting at Fox Valley at a hefty markup. ;)

- J
 

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Congratulations! I am 13 there waiting for my Lazer Blue. Too bad I didn't see this post this am. I would have gone to look at it. Not touched it though.....:D
Fish: Don't know about your experience at Ascot, but thus far, I couldn't be more pleased. Really nice and helpful on the phone. And thus far, all has gone smoothly.
 

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Btw, do you know if you can see your car from the outside of the shop? It's probably inside huh? I am only 40 minutes from there and would like to take a Sunday drive to see it.
 

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Don't know. :(

I won't reach Pittsburgh today till after dark, so I don't think I'll bother checking.

Actually, they got 2. Since they arrived just a few hours before closing, I suspect the other one is still there, too.

Those guys keep banker's hours!

Mon, Tues, Thurs to 7 pm
Wed, Fri to 5 pm
Sat to 3 pm
Closed Sunday
 

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Congratulations! And I hate you! Well, "hate" in the "Krypton Green with Envy" sense of the word... :p

Post pics when you can! :)

Bob
 

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Yep, just got back. Those guys were great. That really was the most painless sale in history. A few simple forms, and that was it. No games on the prices, no bizarre dealer-installed options offered, no "processing fees", nothing. Curt was great. (And I know he reads this board, so, thanks again Curt!)

Prep took a while, partly cause one of the parking lights wasn't working. Turns out the connector either wasn't plugged into the bulb, or had come loose in shipping. But everything else checked out ok.

Lou (the Service Manager) was kind enough to let me hang out with him as he prepped the car, which was interesting. In talking to Lou, he told me that he's so used to driving rare exotics (Lambos, etc.), so it's no big deal for him anymore, but that when he drove the Elise demo a few months back, "that put a smile on my face." He told me that it was THE best handling car he'd ever driven. And the federalized version is better!

I also met the owner of the dealership. Really nice, extremely refined older gentleman. (Not what I'd picture as a typical owner.) I was remarking on the GORGEOUS new Bentley in the showroom. It was very modern, with a reals sports-car look, unlike most Bentleys. That sucker has over 500hp. Anyway, I commented on how nice it was, and he allowed how it was, indeed, a very nice car. But he said that it remained to be seen if it would become a classic. He contrasted this with the Elise, telling me that "every car Lotus makes is a classic."

They were also nice enough to let me scrounge thru the shipping boxes of all the Lotus merchandise they'd just received. I bought a mug, cap, bunch of pens, and a padded bag for the hardtop (nicer than the one it comes with).

So I just drove back 250 miles. First impressions -- SWEET! At one point in the drive, I suddenly had the sensation of really being one with the road -- of really sensing what the car was doing, like you do in a go-cart. Nothing artificial between you and the pavement below. Really nice.

Getting into the car isn't too bad, but getting out is a TOTAL pain in the arse. Oh well, I'll get used to it.

Full report to follow. I'm sure you're waiting with bated breath. ;)
 

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Congrats! BRP is really something special, both in the dark (elegant) and in the bright sunshine (eye-popping bright and metallic). Enjoy!!!
 

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Very cool Pin. Now you need to change your sig to reflect you have a car! Damn y... I mean congrats!
 

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I think I'm gonna call ascot tommorow...I have heard nothing but good things about them. I heard the wait list is really long in Princeton...so a 300 mile ride across PA shouldn't be too bad.
 

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I had to attend a funeral and I was near Ascot tonight. Begrudginly my wife was dragged to their place after hours. She said, "See? They don't even have one of those cars, now let's go!" Ahhhhhhh...but she doesn't possess the male gene for denial. I got out of the car and snooped around their garage and just as I thought, they had the Holy Grail :bow: wedged in between some Land Rovers on racks. There sat an Ardent Red Biscuit interior Elise! Inspection stickers and all. If I didn't know better I'd swear it was a demo car? Maybe not but I am going to see it tomorrow AM in person. I managed to take some nice shots through the window and then was in fear of being chased by cops so I left.:no:
 
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