Lotus Elan

Other Lotus owners

PostPost by: "Clivey Boy" » Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:07 am

Steve,Rob
I find that owners that do not know an Elan is a Lotus are usually Elise
drivers. Although it is only a few.
I have noticed that Esprit owners all seem to know my car is a Lotus and
flash their lights and sound the horn.
Another curious thing is that a lot of very young children seem to spot the
Elan and know it is a Lotus yet the car is probably older than their
parents.
Funny world this Lotus ownership.
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PostPost by: "Rob Thornton" » Thu Jul 14, 2005 9:43 am

Absolutely Cliveyboy. It is with the latest generation of cars that the link
is starting to fade.

Post Lotus dropping out of F1? (apologies to our USA readers for using such
bad language at this time of day....)

Maybe an Elan is featured in one of those funny little 'box' game things -
(Playing Station or Z box or something aren't they? Life substitutes
whatever they are called) and hence they are recognised by the youff of
today??

My, sounding pretty decrepit aren't I. And pop music is all just noise,
can't hear the words, no melody, at least you could sing along with 'The
Pistols' and you never saw Joe Strummer doing a dodgy duet with Sir Elton
John etc etc etc.

Best to all

Rob

PS Just when did you see an Esprit with both light AND horn working? I think
you will find they just flashed their lights at you and the horn sort of
went off as well.





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Steve,Rob
I find that owners that do not know an Elan is a Lotus are usually Elise
drivers. Although it is only a few.
I have noticed that Esprit owners all seem to know my car is a Lotus and
flash their lights and sound the horn.
Another curious thing is that a lot of very young children seem to spot the
Elan and know it is a Lotus yet the car is probably older than their
parents.
Funny world this Lotus ownership.
Cliveyboy







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PostPost by: zuckerlowe » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:56 am

I've found the same with the +2 and also with my MGB. Owners of older
cars wave but many owners of Elise's or MGF/TF's don't.
In the case of the MG I think it's down to the gap in production
between the MGB and MGF, with the name only being used on a few
dreadfull Rover products. With Lotus it might be something similar,
few cars were produced during the eighties and early nineties.

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PostPost by: M100 » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:20 am

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:55:33 -0000, "zuckerlowe"
<***@***.***> wrote:

I think it's down to the gap in production
between the MGB and MGF, with the name only being used on a few
dreadfull Rover products.

Got to be careful there Lotus had a big hand in the development of the
MG Metro Turbo! The normal MG Metro, which was probably a much better
car, was a pocket rocket and an absolute hoot to drive down a twisty
road.

Martin

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PostPost by: davidallen » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:24 am

Strange, but owners of 70's Elites wave and flash but ALL other lotus owners
ignore them!

Opps, shouldn't have said that!

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I've found the same with the +2 and also with my MGB. Owners of older
cars wave but many owners of Elise's or MGF/TF's don't.
In the case of the MG I think it's down to the gap in production
between the MGB and MGF, with the name only being used on a few
dreadfull Rover products. With Lotus it might be something similar,
few cars were produced during the eighties and early nineties.

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PostPost by: "Nick Giovas" » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:19 pm

Actually, my son plays a video game called Gran Turismo 4. The 60s Elan is
one of the cars you can race, but you have to win many races before it is
unlocked. My son wasn't even interested in the Elan until he saw it on the
game. Now he tells all of his friends that his dad has one.

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Absolutely Cliveyboy. It is with the latest generation of cars that the link
is starting to fade.

Post Lotus dropping out of F1? (apologies to our USA readers for using such
bad language at this time of day....)

Maybe an Elan is featured in one of those funny little 'box' game things -
(Playing Station or Z box or something aren't they? Life substitutes
whatever they are called) and hence they are recognised by the youff of
today??

My, sounding pretty decrepit aren't I. And pop music is all just noise,
can't hear the words, no melody, at least you could sing along with 'The
Pistols' and you never saw Joe Strummer doing a dodgy duet with Sir Elton
John etc etc etc.

Best to all

Rob

PS Just when did you see an Esprit with both light AND horn working? I think
you will find they just flashed their lights at you and the horn sort of
went off as well.





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Subject: [LotusElan.net] Other Lotus owners


Steve,Rob
I find that owners that do not know an Elan is a Lotus are usually Elise
drivers. Although it is only a few.
I have noticed that Esprit owners all seem to know my car is a Lotus and
flash their lights and sound the horn.
Another curious thing is that a lot of very young children seem to spot the
Elan and know it is a Lotus yet the car is probably older than their
parents.
Funny world this Lotus ownership.
Cliveyboy







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PostPost by: archigator » Thu Jul 14, 2005 12:46 pm

Wow, you're right. I must admit I would turn my proboscis skyward at
the sight of a '70's Elite. You can put an Eclat in that catagory as
well...

Gary
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Strange, but owners of 70's Elites wave and flash but ALL other lotus
owners ignore them!

Opps, shouldn't have said that!
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PostPost by: "nebogipfel2004" » Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:39 pm

Now this is only an opinion but .........

Everything post '74/5 ish is Kak anyway! ;)

and all this later stuff isn't really Lotus, might be GM or Proton or
Skoda or whoever the h*ll owns the Lotus name today.

The spirit of Lotus and Colin Chapman and the great history of Lotus
cars and Team Lotus resides in the classic models.

Lotus is gone and the genius and spirit and sadly the Great Britain in
which it could blossom is gone and we will never see it's like again

Should you really care if the Vauxhall Elise driver flashes or not? :)

As I say just an opinion .....

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PostPost by: marcfuller » Thu Jul 14, 2005 4:48 pm

Maybe it just my nostalgia showing, but I agree with John. The Lotus with
the sans-serif font logos are the essence of Lotus and Chapman's philosophy.

At 10:38 AM 7/14/2005, you wrote:
Now this is only an opinion but .........

Everything post '74/5 ish is Kak anyway! ;)

and all this later stuff isn't really Lotus, might be GM or Proton or
Skoda or whoever the h*ll owns the Lotus name today.

The spirit of Lotus and Colin Chapman and the great history of Lotus
cars and Team Lotus resides in the classic models.

Lotus is gone and the genius and spirit and sadly the Great Britain in
which it could blossom is gone and we will never see it's like again

Should you really care if the Vauxhall Elise driver flashes or not? :)

As I say just an opinion .....

John

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PostPost by: mikecauser » Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:16 pm

On Thu, 14 Jul 2005 10:48:40 -0600 Marc Fuller <***@***.***> wrote:

Maybe it just my nostalgia showing, but I agree with John. The Lotus
with the sans-serif font logos are the essence of Lotus and Chapman's
philosophy.

Whew! My '83 Excel just sneaks in then. That's a relief.

You might want to study http://www.mikecauser.com/lotus/parts/badges.html



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PostPost by: twincamracing » Thu Jul 14, 2005 5:29 pm

The spirit of Lotus and Colin Chapman and the great history of Lotus
cars and Team Lotus resides in the classic models.

Lotus is gone and the genius and spirit and sadly the Great Britain
in which it could blossom is gone and we will never see it's like
again


I'll agree with the foregoing statements and tend to agree most of the
post '74 machines miss the mark although I have a soft spot for the
series 1 Esprit and think the front engine 907 powered derivatives
would be a lot more fun with a Buick/Rover V8.

I believe the Elise holds true to Chapman's philosophy, not that I
could afford one much less even fit in one...at least I fit in a +2 and
that makes me happy.

As for the loss of the genius and spirit of Great Britian I feel
Americans are headed down the same road.

Cheers,
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PostPost by: poiuyt » Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:10 pm

We're already there - the latest Pontiac GTO comes from Holden in
Australia.

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As for the loss of the genius and spirit of Great Britian I feel
Americans are headed down the same road.

Cheers,
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PostPost by: marcfuller » Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:36 pm

I agree, but we have already arrived.

<snark> Witness Ford's recent official admissions that even with close to
40 years having elapsed they are incapable of any new ideas - the "new"
Shelby Cobra, Mustang, Thunderbird, and GT 40. There was a recent program
on Speed TV featuring Ford's new GT 40 where the designer was lamenting
about how difficult it was to design the new GT 40. (Maybe the duplicator
was down and he didn't know how to use a pantograph?) </snark>

Wish Henry II (or even Edsel) was still at the top.


At 11:29 AM 7/14/2005, you wrote:
> The spirit of Lotus and Colin Chapman and the great history of Lotus
> cars and Team Lotus resides in the classic models.

> Lotus is gone and the genius and spirit and sadly the Great Britain
> in which it could blossom is gone and we will never see it's like
again

I'll agree with the foregoing statements and tend to agree most of the
post '74 machines miss the mark although I have a soft spot for the
series 1 Esprit and think the front engine 907 powered derivatives
would be a lot more fun with a Buick/Rover V8.

I believe the Elise holds true to Chapman's philosophy, not that I
could afford one much less even fit in one...at least I fit in a +2 and
that makes me happy.

As for the loss of the genius and spirit of Great Britian I feel
Americans are headed down the same road.

Cheers,
scott
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PostPost by: "John Palmer" » Thu Jul 14, 2005 10:24 pm

<snark> Witness Ford's recent official admissions that
even with close to 40 years having elapsed they are
incapable of any new ideas - the "new" Shelby Cobra,
Mustang, Thunderbird, and GT 40. There was a recent
program on Speed TV featuring Ford's new GT 40 where
the designer was lamenting about how difficult it was to
design the new GT 40. (Maybe the duplicator was down
and he didn't know how to use a pantograph?) </snark>



Or, just possibly, the regulatory, legislative and and litigious environment
the designers and engineers must face in 2005 has changed somewhat from the
one they faced in 1965...

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PostPost by: marcfuller » Thu Jul 14, 2005 11:16 pm

Yeah, that could be it! Today's changed regulatory, legislative and
litigious environment means the only exciting product ideas and solutions
for the US marques are 40 years old. Extending this hypothesis into other
industries might even explain why we have "new" movies today like the
Honeymooners, The Longest Yard, Bewitched, Herbie, War of the Worlds, and
Dukes of Hazard.



Or, just possibly, the regulatory, legislative and and litigious environment
the designers and engineers must face in 2005 has changed somewhat from the
one they faced in 1965...

Regards,
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