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I found this on an Esprit site.


Exotic Car Owner's Code of Conduct




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My cars will always be clean and well presentable. I will ensure that my cars are in the highest state of mechanical condition and maintenance. Exotics are indeed rare, and to see one is a special experience. I have an obligation to present these cars to others at a high standard.

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I will always be polite, courteous, and friendly. I will not talk down to or ignore anyone, and I will cheerfully answer all questions. Exotic owners wrongly suffer from a "snob" label. By actively and always countering this, I will strive to change this perception among all whom I meet.

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Where feasible, I will encourage inspection and observation of my cars. If someone is clean and courteous, I will encourage them to sit in my cars. I will actively encourage photographs. In particular, I will encourage this among younger children. On occasion, I will offer rides to admirers under the appropriate circumstances.

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With one exception (see 5, below), I will obey all traffic laws or local traffic customs. Especially, I will pass other cars only in marked, safe passing zones, and I will always respect traffic speeds and noise ordinances within city limits. I will always drive in a defensive manner to protect myself and my vehicle. I will not initiate nor will I respond to challenges to race my cars on open public roads.

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Operating my cars as God, Enzo, and Ferruccio (or Colin) intended will occur only on open, rural routes free of heavy traffic or on appropriately designated race courses. On public highways, I will use my highest powers of observation and diligence to ensure that I place myself, my vehicles, and the public in no additional danger. I will be aware of the environment and road conditions, and I will not drive at excessive speeds on unknown or suspect roads. When approaching blind corners or hills, I will assume that an obstacle exists and will take appropriate defensive measures.

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I will share my passion and excitement for exotic cars with others through community service and charitable events. I will actively seek out community organizations such as local police departments and schools and offer my cars for use in events such as DARE programs, homecoming parades, pep rallies, etc. Many communities have "Make a Wish" foundations for sick children. If given the opportunity, I will offer a day with myself and my cars to such organizations in an effort to brighten an otherwise trying life for someone less fortunate than I.

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I will be honest and open with other enthusiasts, and I will accurately represent my cars to prospective owners and buyers. I will keep complete records, and I will always follow up with purchasers of my cars to ensure that they continue to gain maximum satisfaction and appreciation for cars that I have owned and serviced.

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I will always have a smile on my face when inspecting, driving, or showing my cars to others. I will never forget how fortunate I've been to own such automobiles and I will constantly remind myself that the future is uncertain, and that today may be as good as it gets
 

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I would never use my car to help the police or any other government organization (they're plenty good at stealing money on their own), but I would definitely use it to raise funds for the make a wish foundation or anything along those lines if the opportunity came upon me.
 

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Good advice. Is over on nsxprime.com as well. I think most people respond favorably when you are down-to-earth and friendly when showing off your car(s). Jay Leno is a good example of this. He is a regular guywho just happens to be filthy rich.
 

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How about:

9) I will respect other people's rights to choose and drive cars that are not like mine. I promise to remember that the 'enemy' is not someone who drives a Hummer, but someone who will make Hummers illegal.
 

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DanDotDan said:
How about:

9) I will respect other people's rights to choose and drive cars that are not like mine. I promise to remember that the 'enemy' is not someone who drives a Hummer, but someone who will make Hummers illegal.
The "enemy" is the moron driving a hummer who is too busy doing something other than driving and tries to change lanes on top of me without using a signal and without warning.
 

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MikeAR303 said:
I would never use my car to help the police or any other government organization
I would think that helping the police or other government organization would be a good way to make friends in those organizations - and that could be a good thing to have under certain circumstances...;)
 

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But I bought the Elise just so that I could look down my nose at all of the other drivers! :D
 

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I think that's a pretty good list. 'Cept for the first code in the list. I don't go out of my way to make my cars look slobby, but I'm not obsessive over detailing either. Cars that are too clean have an aire of prissiness to them. IMHO.
 

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JonM3Coupe said:
Cars that are too clean have an aire of prissiness to them. IMHO.
About 20 years ago, my friend's dad had a completely restored '32 Auburn. The family took it to a car show, the old fashioned way - they drove it (about 100 miles). When they got to the concours, my friend, his dad, and his sister got out the wax and cleaning supplies and got to work cleaning the bugs off the front, while the mom set up the picnic lunch.

The judges were so impressed with the car, and more importantly that they drove it to the show that the car won the concours. Most of the other (very expensive) cars were trailered in enclosed trailers and driven to the judging by the rich owner's drivers.
 

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JonM3Coupe said:
I think that's a pretty good list. 'Cept for the first code in the list. I don't go out of my way to make my cars look slobby, but I'm not obsessive over detailing either. Cars that are too clean have an aire of prissiness to them. IMHO.
With the exception of a special event or occasion, cars with some dirt and paint chips gives a car character. A performance car shouldn't be rubbed with baby oil all the time.
 

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As a former Porsche owner, these concepts are totally foreign to me. Well, except #1. ;)
 

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Allan Gibbs said:
As a former Porsche owner, these concepts are totally foreign to me. Well, except #1. ;)
Have ya heard the one about the Porsche and the porcupine?
 

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I've heard a lot of "Porsche sayings." And it's all true! From the "porcupine" to the wife-swapping PCA swingers parties!


 
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