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2007

Green and Yellow Stripes

on Sat, 15/12/2007 - 17:00

Like many Lotus enthusiasts the green and yellow colour scheme conjures up great images of Jim Clark and his Lotus Type 25 Formula 1 car. But long before I knew who Jim Clarke was or really what Lotus meant to me I have the vivid image of the special edition Lotus Elise Type 25. Metallic green with twin yellow viper racing stripes, black wheels and a red leather and grey alacantra interior. This was the car that really made me want an Elise.

There were only 50 of the original special edition Elise Type 25s made.

Silverstone Ferrari 360 Experience Day

on Sun, 04/11/2007 - 17:00

Ferrari 360 Modena
I've often read articles where a journalist tells the tale of the first time they drove a Ferrari. They say you never forget it.

I hardly slept for the few weeks leading up to the event but eventually I found myself standing alongside a corsa red Ferrari 360 in Silverstone livery. It was quite a sight to behold and even stationary I couldn't help but feel how much more at home it looked on the track. I had to step back and walk around the rear to take it all in.

Silverstone Lotus Exige

on Sun, 04/11/2007 - 16:00

Silverstone Lotus Exige
I've already written about driving the Ferrari 360 at Silverstone in my post Silverstone Ferrari 360 Experience Day. Excitingly the day also provided me with my first drive in a Lotus Exige. I won't lie, I was there for the Ferrari, but getting to play with the Exige was a factor in choosing this particular experience and one I had been very much looking forward to.

After the morning briefing everyone on the Ferrari experience was grouped together to warm up using a Lotus Exige S. My car was black with Silverstone livery and looked fantastically aggressive.

Range Rover Terrapod Experience

on Sat, 03/11/2007 - 17:00

I really don’t like 4x4s. They are too big, too slow, have terrible centres of gravity and are uneconomical. They make almost no sense outside of the farming community and don’t provide as much of the perceived protection that many of their owners think they do. Obviously all these statements are generalisations and at MPH07, held at London’s Earl’s Court, LandRover threw me a curve ball. The show was playing host to the Land Rover Terrapod Experience and a drive in the latest incarnation of the Range Rover Sport got me thinking.

The Land Rover Terrapod is a unique all terrain stage of steel

DIY Rear Diffuser Rubber

on Sun, 30/09/2007 - 17:00

Without me noticing it seems a part of my car has fallen off. Not a significant or hugely noticeable part, but a part none the less. I would never want my Elise to be anything less than perfect so set about fixing the problem.

It seems that some of the protective/decorative rubber trim that runs along the back edge of the rear diffuser has ripped away. If you don’t know the rear diffuser, it is the section of the car’s under tray that lips up out the back of the car to improve downforce at speed.

Lotus Elise Key

on Sun, 08/07/2007 - 17:00

Lotus Elise Keys
There weren't many things about the Elise that disappointed me when I first collected it but if I had to pick one it would be the key. I shouldn't be so vain and it annoys me that I am but come on Lotus, parts-bin just isn't good enough. Any Petrolhead would probably agree that going from a Vauxhall Corsa to a Lotus Elise is a pretty big jump and one that you’d want to be special, right from the moment you turn the key. So when it transpired that the Elise used the same key housing as my old Corsa, my heart sunk a little.

Sold!

on Fri, 06/07/2007 - 17:00

Picture of my Elise with sold sign in window
I started saving at Uni. I didn't drink or smoke so a little money started to accumulate - not nearly enough to buy a Lotus though. My first job helped a lot. I lived at home for 9 months following University and was free from much responsibility or many bills (for which I can only thank my parents). At the age of 23 I eventually reached my target budget and achieved my goal.

I spent some time hunting for the right car. The 111R was so desirable but well out of my price range, likewise the 111S. The only real option was to go for base spec.

Lotus Driver Training - Hethel

on Tue, 03/07/2007 - 17:00

Group Lotus Sign
I could scarcely believe it when the instructor jumped out and the door to a shiny new Cobalt Blue Lotus Elise 111R lay open in front of me. Fumbling over the sill and falling into the seat I immediately felt a sense of belonging. It's hard to describe but having poured over pictures of the Elise in magazines and requested all the brochures I could get my hands on the Elise felt both new and familiar to me at the same time. I'd sat in a few at motor shows of course and treasured the fleeting time I'd had, but that had all been while stationary.

Welcome

on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 17:00

I was going to entitle this first post "A love affair begins", but that wouldn't have been strictly accurate. My love of Lotus, and particularly the Elise, began a long time before I actually found myself in a position of owning one. I was around 16 and it was the 2000 British Motor Show in Birmingham. My Sister and I had been bundled into my Dad’s 5 Series so that we could go and hunt for a new car for my Mum. I didn't really appreciate it at the time but I think this is where my love of cars first really began.