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Mitch - thanks for the pics - I would have loved to have been there...Looks like they were lined up to get in:)
 

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I'm bummed. I had to go the first Sunday and missed all the good stuff. And my brother wanted an opportunity to sit in an Elise. Guess he'll just have to wait till I get mine.
 

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I was there and got to meet the guys from HRM. These guys where really great as the talked with everyone who had a question and where real ambassadors for Lotus and the new Elise. They put on a great event and I enjoyed my 4 hours of loitering and just hanging out. Top notch dealer for sure and very personable staff!
 

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1FASTMX5 said:
I was there and got to meet the guys from HRM. These guys where really great as the talked with everyone who had a question and where real ambassadors for Lotus and the new Elise. They put on a great event and I enjoyed my 4 hours of loitering and just hanging out. Top notch dealer for sure and very personable staff!
Thanks 1Fast. Yeh the gang up at HRM are the best, thats why I bought my Elise from them. They are true hardcore enthusiasts all the way.

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Mitch
 

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I'm bummed. I had to go the first Sunday and missed all the good stuff. And my brother wanted an opportunity to sit in an Elise. Guess he'll just have to wait till I get mine.
I hear ya Jay, I'm bummed I missed it too. It was only 1 day at the Auto Show. Seems that Lotus Ltd. does this one day event every year at the NYC show.

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Here are a few pic's from this past Sunday's Lotus Ltd. event at the NYC auto show. Courtesy of Hunting Ridge Motors very own Mark Starr. Hunting Ridge Motors sponsored the free lunch under the tent for all Lotus enthusiasts. Way to go Mark!!!!

Mitch
- And, if folded up properly, the tent will fit in the trunk of the Elise.:p
 

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I guess Ridgeman was right after all about the yellow elise - just read this article:D

http://www.alternet.org/story.html?StoryID=18473


REV: What I Missed

By Novella Carpenter, AlterNet
April 20, 2004

Did you know that a car columnist recently won a Pulitzer? His name is Dan Neil, and he writes for the Los Angeles Times. I told my mom, and now suddenly she's proud of me and my profession. Of course Dan's in a different league. For instance, he probably got to attend the freaking New York City car show, which just ended last week. The NYC show is the equivalent of the last few seconds of a Fourth of July fireworks display – automakers go all-out to show off their new production vehicles, and pretend they are serious about various concept cars they've developed. It is the highest-attended car show in North America, and it's been going on for over a hundred years. It's the ultimate assignment! And I didn't get to go! Not enough money in the budget.


In a pathetic attempt to make myself feel better, I spent the better part of most days during the show looking at photos of the event online, like some internet porn watcher. From what I can glean from the web, I missed a lot. One big exciting thing is the 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid. People have been clamoring for a hybrid SUV for years, and Ford is the first American car company to go there. (Toyota's Highlander was the first to implement hybrid technology with an SUV body in January.) To create a media frenzy, Ford unleashed its Escape on the streets of Manhattan, and had it drive non-stop until it ran out of gas. Fifteen gallons of fuel and 37 hours later, the Escape came out with an average of 38 miles per gallon and extremely clean emissions. Good for Ford.


I also missed seeing a couple of convertibles that would have reduced me to drool. One beauty was the 2005 Lotus Elise. Lotus is a British sports car maker, and the Lotus is a cutie. It's a convertible, and it just looks like a toy. Did I mention it's bright school-bus yellow? The sticker price is expected to be $39,985 when they are released in the States this June. The debut of the Mini Cooper convertible, alas, was not seen by my eyes either. The roof is apparently soft, retraction takes 15 seconds, and it automatically rolls down the rear side windows, so you don't look like a big dork.


In terms of concept cars, I missed out big. Saturn's 2007 Curve looks rad with an almost bulbous hood, a huge departure from their very typical '90s car shape. Audi made a splash with their RSQ Sports Coupe concept which will appear in a Will Smith movie called I, Robot some time this summer (hey Twentieth Century Fox: send me free passes, would ya?). The car is weird looking, the biggest departure is the wheels are covered by what looks like steel mesh (but it's hard to tell by just looking at these photos!), in order to go along with the storyline: Chicago, 2035 cars drive on spheres, not tires. Actually, the RSQ resembles another movie you might know – Woody Allen's Sleeper – by virtue of its low-slung, almost hovering appearance and rounded top.


But the thing I am the most heartbroken about missing is Volvo's YCC (Your Concept Car), a concept car developed by an all women team! It's just a plain old two-door Volvo, but with some major fancy, female-focused features. For example, every lady needs more closets, and in a car, she needs more storage space. Hence, this concept car has multiple storage bins, including one for ye olde laptop. The car also features an exterior filler location for windshield fluid. This is brilliant! And there's the girlie accessory of removable, washable, seat pads that, yes, come in different colors and textures (embroidered, wool). The YCC has practical aims too, like backseats that fold up like movie theatre seats, which allows more space behind the front seats for grocery bags or briefcases. They've also come up with this system called Ergovision, to be patented soon, which will scan the driver's body so that her proportions will dictate how the car adjusts the seat, steering wheel, pedals, and seat belt for ultimate comfort. The only stupid thing I could detect (though I wasn't there, was I?) is that the hood doesn't open at all. Only a Volvo mechanic can remove it and get into the engine. Other than that, what a great concept – though this car will probably never exist, I would bet many of the team's ideas will appear in other models. The British coverage of the car featured a photo of the Nordic ladies, and they look like a bunch of hell raisers with their black and red clothing. Oh well, maybe next year? Right? Right?!


Please send cash wrapped in tin foil to Novella Carpenter and addressed to the 2005 Car Show Fund, or email her dumb jokes at [email protected].
 

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ivan1 said:
The roof is apparently soft, retraction takes 15 seconds, and it automatically rolls down the rear side windows, so you don't look like a big dork.
Now this is good news. It will be one less car on the road that I'll feel tempted to get out of my car at the stop lights for so that I can break off those stupid glass shark fins. :)
 
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