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..So I'm no longer the FNG!

I've managed just over 4000 miles in my first month with the Elise. Yeah, I had better things to do, but it's pretty difficult to pull me away from this thing. It has been the antithesis of my 1966 Jaguar E-type. The E-type tends to attract old men, the Lotus attracts children (heck, if Lotus made vans, pedophiles would be beside themselves).:eek:

Chrome Orange was a bold step for me, I generally prefer to keep a low profile. The downside is that I've been pulled over three times (never cited, but the plates haven't arrived so there's an excuse for an investigation). As usual LAPD is rude, condescending and a bit miffed hat they had nothing on me when they ran my ID - I was probably detained for over 10 minutes. Pasadena PD was cheery, curious and very quick. When I told the CHP in Carmel that I paid 28.9K, the officer apparently thought I said 289K! Young kid, 25-ish. Nice though, we chatted afterwards waiting in line at a convenience store.

I've had quite a few genuinely original comments, the best by far while waiting for a light on Colorado Blvd. "Pop a Wheelie!" shouted the man on the corner. Passing by a group of college kids in San Luis Obispo, a guy yelled "Shoulda got a Viper!" as I went by. Glad I didn't, I thought to myself. To my surprise most people think it's a six figure car, and I rarely disappoint them with the truth. I've had people think its a Gallardo (and this is in Los Angeles!) and one kid ask me if it was a McLaren F1. I could almost understand it if I were driving an Exige with the roof scoop and all... I jut told him no, I was $950,000 short that week, so I bought the Lotus.

Chicks dig it! Then again, chicks dig me.:rolleyes: but you never would have known it in the Jag. My dearest Susan LOVES the Lotus, even in 400 mile doses - even after I spun it :panic: on cold tires (with her in it) the night we got it.

I've recently discovered that the exhaust system is the Quicksilver stainless, a rather raucous and occasionally fatiguing sounding thing that sends a chill everytime I go through a tunnel or under a long overpass on the second cam. Suddenly I'm Eddie Irvine in Monaco!

I've installed AD07s and cheap EBC Ultimax brake pads, and I haven't heard heard a squeak out of either of them.

On the downside, I took a rather large rock on Angeles Crest a few weeks ago, well beyond Newcomb's Ranch, chipping the left turn signal lens, which is now on order through lotusgarage.com. BTW, skiers in large numbers LOVE the Elise. :up::up::up::up::up::up: Then again, maybe those weren't thumbs.

I got in the Jaguar E-type last week and it was like diving a boat with that 9 feet of bonnet sticking out in front of me, and roughly same day service from the steering and brakes. I have fallen out of love for the first time ever.
 

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welcome aboard, you chose the right color.

by the way...if you have a quicksilver exhaust, you might want to revise your sig ;)
 

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Wow... what an adventure Eric..
I am just the FNG i guess and I'll have to keep a diary in my head of all my here to come new adventures also. Sounds fun tho. I'm just discovering how much attention the CAR brings to the owner/drivers. He He
 

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Your colloquialisms make me wish I had a Lotus van now. Funny thing about kids: They're all pink in the middle.

Yeah, the cops like it too.

Loved reading your account of the last month. Fun to know I'm not the only DD here.
 

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Another perk of driving this car is that most people are pretty courteous in regards to keeping to the right, both on major highways and the two lane twisties. There are a few truly cement headed exceptions, but I never get this kind of service when driving my Dodge Ram 1500 or the Jaguars (and certainly not my wife's Mini). Speaking of the Mini, next to my Lotus it looks like a Land Rover.

The most irritating aspect of it is that every kid that's O.D.'d on Fast and Furious movies (the most insipid and irresponsible film-making EVER) wants to take me on in his Civic or Accord. Seriously???? The Acura guys seem to be slightly more restrained. And if those same guys come up and talk to me, it's ALWAYS about motor swaps. Got that in the Jaguar too, and it was a great way of vetting the ignoramuses.
 

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welcome aboard, you chose the right color.

by the way...if you have a quicksilver exhaust, you might want to revise your sig ;)
Thanks, just figured it out today.... I'll get right on it!
 

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yeah, I've noticed people definitely move over to the right a lot more when I'm in the lotus than other cars. And I've had the most problems with Mercedes trying to mess with me, more so than ricers, perhaps it's because mine is graphite grey and MB seems to own the grey color market.
 

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You will notice people get out of the way, however, you will also notice people (especially large trucks for some reason) like to ride your ass more as well. I don't think they realize how much better our brakes work then theirs :shrug:
 

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Another perk of driving this car is that most people are pretty courteous in regards to keeping to the right, both on major highways and the two lane twisties. There are a few truly cement headed exceptions, but I never get this kind of service when driving my Dodge Ram 1500 or the Jaguars (and certainly not my wife's Mini). Speaking of the Mini, next to my Lotus it looks like a Land Rover.
I swear I get just the opposite reaction here in rural Illinois and Wisconsin. People are much more intimidated by the Dodge Ram and pull to the right in a relative hurry.

 

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I swear I get just the opposite reaction here in rural Illinois and Wisconsin. People are much more intimidated by the Dodge Ram and pull to the right in a relative hurry.

Um, Where's you're E-type Jaguar???
 

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I swear I get just the opposite reaction here in rural Illinois and Wisconsin. People are much more intimidated by the Dodge Ram and pull to the right in a relative hurry.
yeah, well my other car is a mazda miata, not intimidating at all, so uh, I guess people would probably move over more for a prius than a miata.

I don't really notice people riding my ass in the lotus, but then again, I'm used to the miata, where 10% of the population rides my ass, ummm...

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Congrats - you should come out to one of the Agoura Hills drives - keep an eye out here:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f106/local-lotus-club-los-angeles-ventura-58104/

usually between 4 - 8 cars - with lead and rear radio contact, and we almost always have a great time

We don't go quite as crazy as some people do on the twisty public roads because we also usually have at least 2 - 3 cars with passengers /significant others. Passengers tend to really get thrown around and bruised in the heavy twisties you will find. And we don't like getting tickets or the finger from locals and cylists.....
 

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Um, Where's you're E-type Jaguar???
That almost happened! Growing up, our next door neighbor had an E-type. I helped him work on it and I LOVED it. He always promised to give me the first shot at it if he ever sold it.

When that time came, I wasn't in the position to buy it from him. Our identical car choices are a little uncanny. Glad you're here! :)
 
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