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PostPost by: Citromike » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:31 pm

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I've just crawled over the line and turned 67.

I owned a Twin Cam Europa from 1985-92, I've had my current 1972 Elan since 1993, my current 1991 M100 Elan since 1994, and also had a Caterham from roughly 1996-2000. I "almost" owned one of the first 340R but managed to get out of the contract when assured of no support if I wanted to take it to the US.

I am not really deterred by the mechanical work but I am put off by the volume, speed and general hostility of traffic nowadays (I live in Southern California). I don't drive my Citroens too much either, for the same reason.

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PostPost by: Bud English » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:38 pm

There is no wrong side of seventy as long as you're on the right side of the lawn! :wink: I'll be seventy two in January, God willing, and hope to live long enough to finish putting my +2 back together after way, way too long apart. I've had it since '78. Second owner.
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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:20 pm

Citromike said: "I am not really deterred by the mechanical work but I am put off by the volume, speed and general hostility of traffic nowadays (I live in Southern California). I don't drive my Citroens too much either, for the same reason."

This is probably the greatest deterrent to driving a Lotus in today's world. What is it with pick-up truck drivers? (The question is for those in North America-you don't have this problem in the rest of the world-so far as I am aware).
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PostPost by: mark030358 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:27 pm

Yes we do... 99.99999% of BMW and Audi drivers...
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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:49 pm

Mark, we have those here too but I am talking of a different level of thuggishness. When the vehicle in question towers over surrounding traffic and is driven by a testosterone fueled teenager.
This is my Derby Bently, which towers over my Elan with an example of what I mean:
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You don't have these in England!
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PostPost by: Bill » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:53 pm

Jeez David - my other rig is a turbo Hyundai Veloster.(the grocery car)

But I do prefer my Toyota Tundra pick me up truck when I have to compete with the dinosaurs on the the freeway

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PostPost by: Davidb » Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:46 pm

Bill, when was the last time you were accused of being a teenager? :)
And I've seen you drive-enthusiastic would be my description-certainly not thuggish!!

Edit: This isn't the place for me to complain I realise. Apologies to the original poster!
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PostPost by: el-saturn » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:03 am

--------------- in which case i'm also a youngster at 66 (3 days ago!!) sandy
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PostPost by: kwhittle » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:39 am

I am 74 and speed hillclimb my Lotus 19 and Lotus 46, with the type 50 being re commisioned ready for next season
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PostPost by: Davidb » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:39 pm

kwhittle: Which Lotus Nineteen do you have? I was involved (slightly) in the restoration of a Nineteen in the eighties.
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