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This is my first post in a lotustalk forum.

My story is short, I am a NYC refugee. Moved from Ozone Park Queens to McKinney TX (just north of Dallas) in spring 2012.

I got my first Lotus yesterday, its an Elise 05 in Starlight.

I am a long time VeeDub GTI owner (had 6 of them) and I still drive a VW as a daily runner, though it is a Jetta.

Anyway, the Elise is clean although it looks like I'll have to address in the coming months, some of the usual known issues on this car but the mileage is fairly low at 32K and the history is clean.
 

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Mike,

If you are looking for better weather overall, then Texas is certainly one choice. I was born there (Midland) and grew up there (Dallas, Houston, some time in Austin), but then lived and worked in Connecticut for a year or so around Danbury/Killingly area. Now, I'm overseas.

Have to say, I loved driving up there in Connecticut, and Lime Rock is nearby. People were good, but hated the taxes, the nanny state politicos. Loved the food and four actual seasons.

Living in Saudi now, with a home in Prosper (North Dallas), and good roads there are hard to find. To compensate, we have three tracks nearby, four if you count Hallet, a few hours north. The Hill Country is where the roads are, with second place going to parts of east Texas. Great roads in the Ozarks, just NE of Dallas into OK and AR.

Others have noted that Texas is like a different country. That's sorta true, and more so the further west you go.

Houston traffic is a killer, and no one there can spell z-o-n-I-n-g if you put a gun to their head. Austin is our little version of insanity - people who wished they could afford to live in California, and vying with Houston as our most liberal, nanny, busybody city. San Antonio is pretty, and with either, you can be in the Hill Country in pretty short order in your Elige.

I like north Texas because I'm close to different tracks when I'm home. But with the new F1 circuit, I'll be going down there when I get back.

Circuit of the Americas or Lime Rock? Decisions....Decisions....
 

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Mike,

If you are looking for better weather overall, then Texas is certainly one choice. I was born there (Midland) and grew up there (Dallas, Houston, some time in Austin), but then lived and worked in Connecticut for a year or so around Danbury/Killingly area. Now, I'm overseas.
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I like north Texas because I'm close to different tracks when I'm home. But with the new F1 circuit, I'll be going down there when I get back.

Circuit of the Americas or Lime Rock? Decisions....Decisions....
I used to run at Limerock. Took me a good 3 hr drive from Queens but what fun that track is. My old Shelby was sold in 2006 but the Elise works better for me nowadays and much easier to drive. Taconic Parkway up to Poughkeepsie from The Bronx or Route 9 just north of Sleepy Hollow into Putnam county are prob my fav roads, especially during the fall. Alas, I dont miss the insane taxes or the politics though :)
 

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Dephcon5, welcome to the area! That is a beautiful Elise! I hope there is not too much culture shock for it's owner. We had a blast up at Eagles Canyon Raceway yesterday, check it out some time. There are normally 5 - 10 of us that show for Cars and Coffee in Plano (1st Sat of each month from 8-10). The Drivers Edge events are great too at MSR - Cresson and TWS. I am just over in Flower Mound.... there are a few of us Lotus guys around. Hope to see you soon.
 

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yea like i said before.. i dont mind driving.. we can't be too far away from a city (wife works) but if i could help it, i'd be surronded by 100 acres with no one around lol.. living in libral ny, i don't want to be around it again. i'm a realist, constitutional freedom loving person.. i basically don't belong in any party.. seems like austin might be out of the question.. thanks again everyone..
 

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@ Flying Scotsman; I agree, Charlotte NC is really nice. I got an uncle who relocated there.

@ jefrac; Not so much culture shock. I was pleasantly surprised to find really good bagels and some exceptionally good pizza. Yes, McKinney Texas has two small restaurants that has some seriously good pizza and that was a bit of a surprise :) Overall though, I like Texas. It isnt anything like the hill billy place I thought it might be, at least not the North Dallas area. Winter is more tolerable here, no snow to shovel even if it does snow and I have not been shot at for being a NY Giants or Yankees fan.... yet :)
Anyway.... The shock for me came when I stepped out one day and it was 106 degrees outside! In that instant I felt like I was the pizza. Holy crap!

The cars and coffee bit sounds good to me, you'll prob see me around and thanks for the welcome :huh:

@ cokey; I know EXACTLY what you mean :)
 

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The shock for me came when I stepped out one day and it was 106 degrees outside! In that instant I felt like I was the pizza.
For me, the deal in Texas at 108 degrees was all about the wind direction.

Wind from the west, I was fine, just keep drinking that water.

Wind from the east, I'm dying here, I might not last the day.
 
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