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I just picked up my first toy car this weekend. Been fun tooling all around town. But definitely need to learn to use all of its abilities.



 

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Yes welcome. Check out the Midwest forum, we have a very active Lotus group and do spirited drives, auto crosses and track days
 

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May 19th would be a great day to learn how to use its abilities
 

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Congrats!! Enjoy the car, and let us know if you need anything!!

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Congrats!! Yes, join us for drives and shows. Check out Supercar Saturday in Bolingbrook.. Several of us are known to go and hang out and sometimes go for a drive together.


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Congrats and welcome. I suggest autoxing it to learn it's true abilities. High speed track days are fun...but personally I find it is an exacto knife when it comes to autoxing, and in the right hands. :)
 

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Only downside with Chicago's autocross's is that you will be there all day (7am to 4~5pm) and get 4, possibly 5, one minute runs. But the people are nice and you get to hang out for a day on cone duty with fellow motor heads

As far as local track days

Autobahn (hard on brakes) 3 tracks in one. North, South and full track is a generally safe track with a little more speed on South and Full track

Blackhawk (hard on you) Tight, technical, lots of G's and a complete blast on a old school track. My nickname for 3D was spin-o-matic on my first day at the track

Gingerman (hard on tires) Eyeball ripping grip, very safe and only 2 long straights. There is no correct line for turn 2 so it levels the field and well, just figure 10b out for yourself ;)
 

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all the AX I got to I get 10-12 runs. :shrug:
 

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Yep, we are an active group and I tend to be the ringleader (head court jester) - a) because I'm a loudmouth and b) because none of these other lazy bastards will do it!

Check out the thread for the 5/10 drive - will be a blast. I try to organize a local 'spirited drive' every 4-6 weeks or so in the warm months. My goal is to get a solid half dozen in this 'driving season'.

We've had drives that feature 4 cars and one that featured 30 plus! On my drives, we'll have 8-14 or so.

And of course, the track days and auto-x as others note.

Let us know where in Chicagoland you are.
 

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Oh, and you bought it from Billy. Good for you. The Nuccio clan are good people!
 

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Thanks

Appreciate all the warm welcome guys. I've never done a track day or a AX. What is the best way to go about learning how to drive the car better on a track? I'm not experienced in high-performance cars at all but want to learn some.
 

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The best way is to come to our track day, which is a true drivers education event. We provide classroom instruction and plenty of on-track time with an experienced instructor in the passenger seat. All you need is a proper helmet and a good attitude, and the track will even rent you the helmet.
 

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The best way is to come to our track day, which is a true drivers education event. We provide classroom instruction and plenty of on-track time with an experienced instructor in the passenger seat. All you need is a proper helmet and a good attitude, and the track will even rent you the helmet.
Thanks, I would join you but I have to work to pay for the toy!

Where do you recommend buying insurance for your track days?
 

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Bravo! Well done! I can vouch for the Chicago, Indy, Milwaukee area Lotus clan - great folks. Always with smiles and good spirits. When I can - I do the spirited drives with the group and about one track day a year (sometimes two). Great fun and I even got a speeding ticket on the way back from the Starved Rock drive late last year. State Trooper said he never gave a speeding ticket to a car that sat so low to the ground. I am like write your ticket away from my driver door because your adding insult -his junk is in my face the whole damn time - LOL! Looking forward to the driving season and meeting you.
 

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Welcome! The Midwest group is a lot of fun, I try to make as many drives as possible (going to miss the May 10 one, darn it). Good group of friendly people.
 

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Welcome! I am new as well and look forward to meeting everyone now the season is starting to get better.
 
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