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Well I bought my first Lotus on Friday! I flew out of Seattle, WA at 11:55 pm Thursday with my dad and landed in Richmond, VA at around 10:30 am Friday. We were picked up by Forum member prowlerman and went back to his house to look at/purchase his 05 Elise.

I hit the road around 3pm Friday with my Dad and we drove through Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. Essentially went coast to coast ending In Bothell, WA at 430 pm Sunday.

Nearly non stop driving with one person napping while other driving. Saturday night was the most difficult as we were sleep deprived and had limited visibility to avoid roadkill, tire blow out tread, and animals in the roadway in Montana. All in all, a crazy weekend with my dad and my dream has finally come true. 23 with a lotus, one day I might get an Exige.
 

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You are my **** hero! That's fantastic! Congrats. You'll always have that amazing weekend to treasure with your Dad. Someday he won't be around and all you'll have is your memories with him. Personally, I'm trying to make the most high quality memories with mine while he's still around.

Great color too! Oh yeah, just remember............don't lift!
 

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Did you tape up the vehicle before the drive? If not it is going to take a lot of work to get the bugs off, and look at the vehicle to make sure there is no chips or cracks from the drive. Other than that good find on the vehicle and I welcome another lotus to WA. The only thing that I do not agree with your post is “23 with a lotus” that statement can get some negative comments from others here. Other than that get the oil coiler recall done if not preformed previously.
 

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Did you tape up the vehicle before the drive? If not it is going to take a lot of work to get the bugs off, and look at the vehicle to make sure there is no chips or cracks from the drive. Other than that good find on the vehicle and I welcome another lotus to WA. The only thing that I do not agree with your post is “23 with a lotus” that statement can get some negative comments from others here. Other than that get the oil coiler recall done if not preformed previously.

No I didn't tape up the car and the bugs did require a lot of scrubbing with the wash mitt. What's the deal with that? Also, I did not find any paint chips or cracks from the drive after a quick wash when I got home which i consider somewhat of a miracle considering all the construction roads and terrible asphalt we encountered.

I understand that people would see my statement of being 23 with a Lotus as a negative thing but that's okay. This is a big accomplishment for me and I have had a lot of naysayers in my life try to convince me my goals are unrealistic.
 

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You knew what you wanted and went for it. Congratulations.

By the time you paid for the airfare, fuel, etc you probably could have shipped the car for about the same price (saving the 3000 miles on the odometer, tires, paint chips, etc), but it wouldn't have been the same.

I think I understand your impatience. Patience is a virtue (that I don't possess). Patience at your age is rare. It all worked out well and to share the experience with your Dad is a big plus.

You're due for an oil and filter change so that gives you the opportunity to learn a bit more about your car. Hopefully your Dad is there to give you a hand. A very good time to sort out the basics of the car.

Must have been a very compact ride. I'm guessing many cheeseburgers were consumed with a few fries and drinks.

Glad that you both arrived in good shape and spirits. Enjoy your new toy and be careful with it.

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No I didn't tape up the car and the bugs did require a lot of scrubbing with the wash mitt. What's the deal with that? Also, I did not find any paint chips or cracks from the drive after a quick wash when I got home which i consider somewhat of a miracle considering all the construction roads and terrible asphalt we encountered.

I understand that people would see my statement of being 23 with a Lotus as a negative thing but that's okay. This is a big accomplishment for me and I have had a lot of naysayer in my life try and convince me my goals are unrealistic. Although other may feel that I am immature, inexperienced, (insert stereotype here), etc. I don't care. I am proud of my achievements such as my military experience, putting myself through under grad and currently grad school, home ownership, and purchasing my Lotus with cash that I have worked hard for and saved. I race motorcycles I owned 2 gsxr 600s a gsxr 750 and now currently a 07 gsxr 1000. I know what responsibility is and I know how to work hard and enjoy life.

Now before I get banned for sounding like a pompous a--hole I will get off my soapbox and resume my life as a boring medical claims adjuster Monday morning.
I'm retired Air Force. I'm proud of my Air Force heritage. I have a ZX-10R making 178rwhp. I have a C6 making 401rwhp and a Lotus Exige S making 281rwhp. They're all fast and each have their particular specialities. Pick the right tool for the job. I expect my tools will change very soon.


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The only thing that I do not agree with your post is “23 with a lotus” that statement can get some negative comments from others here.
He'll be okay. I bought my first one at 23. as long as you have a little bit of fear in the car youll be ok. As for the memories its defi true. I just put away a gopro file of my father and I taking my S240 to a show.
 

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23? He!!, I lost my first fortune in realestate by the time I was your age!

The fact that you shared this with your Dad is really cool. I am envious because I lost my Dad 4 years ago. I often realize I am talking out loud to him on top-off evening drives in the Mountains when I see something outstanding like a great sunset...or a fantastic meadow I didn't expect.... or a hot blond in shorts. :D

Thanks for sharing the story!
 

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Good for you and great to spend time with Dad!! Mine went suddenly but he is always in my mind reminding me of things....... Note quite the same but, my Mom drove my Lotus last week. It was fun to watch her be so wide eyed ;-)
 

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:clap::up:

Are you going to be at the WCLM? It would be great if you were..so I can ask about your whole trip from one coast to the other. Thinking of someday doing a trip like that.
 

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:clap::up:

Are you going to be at the WCLM? It would be great if you were..so I can ask about your whole trip from one coast to the other. Thinking of someday doing a trip like that.
I'm not sure what WCLM is? Sounds like it might be fun could you share details?
 

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Looks like I missed the late registration deadline by one day. Bummer. I also wouldn't be able to take the time off work but I will definitely mark my calendar for next year!
 

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You sound just like me! GSX-R fanboy, club racer, young homeowner, put myself through college, and Lotus owner!

Welcome! :cool:
 

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Wow you guys are pretty tough... that must have been a brutal weekend since you didn't even stop to enjoy the scenery :bow:

I bought my first Lotus (Elise #499) when I was 23 and caught a lot of crap here. I got my Exige 5 years later and still have it.
 
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