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PostPost by: Certified Lotus » Fri May 28, 2021 11:32 am

Well guy's......its been 16 years of everything Lotus and it is coming to an end.

I will never forget my purchase of a 2006 Lotus Elise in fall of 2005 from Sports & Specialist Cars in Hopewell NJ. Special ordered the car all black with sport & touring pack, hardtop and Exige S LLS wheels (black of course). After driving the car for a couple of weeks my Porsche 993 was very lonely in the back of the garage feeling like it was replaced by something more interesting.......something that handled better......something that had telepathic steering......something that delivered a road driving experience that always put a smile on your face.

Sixteen years later I've been absorbed with all kinds of Lotus experiences, nine of them as a dedicated track rat. The last seven years was all about Elan and Europa restorations.
And then back to the fold with another 05 Elise.

I've met many wonderful Lotus owners over the years. Developed strong friendships with a lot of people from around the world. All of it was a great life experience and of all the car clubs and car communities I have belonged to, this one was my favorite.

Thank you to all that have had any impact in my Lotus life. I've enjoyed every minute.

I just sold my tastefully modified 05 Elise to a real sports car enthusiast and I'm leaving the Lotus world for good.

Retired last year, sold the house and garage workshop. Moving to a lake in the mountains of GA and will take up my other passion, boating. For those of you who don't know, I was an avid ocean sailor for a majority of my life. Anything boat oriented that put me on the water was a gift from heaven. I'm going back to my prior life and smiling the whole way.

This is a great community. Be happy to be part of it and enjoy everyone's company, knowledge and desire to learn more. Keep the faith, Lotus will continue to have a long history of developing unique sports cars that don't compare to anything else. Consider yourself lucky. I always did.

Best, Glen (AKA Certified Lotus)

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PostPost by: Mazzini » Fri May 28, 2021 12:37 pm

Good-bye, good luck and have a long and happy retirement :D

Hey just because you're no longer you're not an owner doesn't mean you can't still join in on the forum. All the knowledge you acquired over the years is bound to help somebody out.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri May 28, 2021 2:07 pm

Good luck Glen, it's been a pleasure to have known you!
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PostPost by: tedtaylor » Fri May 28, 2021 3:04 pm

i think i'll miss our road trips more..... wait, that didn't come out right. of course i'll miss you....but, i really, really liked our road trips together!
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri May 28, 2021 3:53 pm

And now instead of seeing some of your money in return when you sell your lotus.
Back to the empty money pit eh!
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PostPost by: seniorchristo » Fri May 28, 2021 5:34 pm

Glen
Thanks for all your contributions both on the forum and through personal contact. You will be missed! Happy sailing :)
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PostPost by: elanfan1 » Fri May 28, 2021 5:44 pm

You’ll be back! :lol:
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PostPost by: richardcox_lotus » Fri May 28, 2021 7:52 pm

Best of luck Glen. You should still pop your head above the parapet here, all contributors welcome !

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Buying the boat
Selling the boat

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PostPost by: Foxie » Fri May 28, 2021 10:55 pm

Never say die !

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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat May 29, 2021 2:07 pm

Mountains of GA? That puts you almost in my back yard. Yelotus is almost ready to be introduced to the fabulous curvy roads of northern GA, so we should definitely meet up over a pint or three. And there is a good number of Lotus-enthusiasts in the Atlanta metro so you will be seeing them zooming around the mountains.
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PostPost by: vstibbard » Sun May 30, 2021 9:52 am

Glen

You will be missed here, I understand the passion for sailing, having grown up in the Solomon Islands, Australia and SE UK, I sailed from an early age and been fortunate enough to have cruised and raced from 16 Skiffs on Sydney Harbour offshore up/down the East Coast of Australia and Europe on Cambria (K4) 1928 K class yacht racing in the Mediterranean and Antigua Classics. The owner of Cambria had plans to bring her up the East Coast after Antigua which we were very excited about, sadly this was not to happen as she was sold and returned to the Med.
We've a young family, so I'm relegated to wistfully reading yachting magazines dreaming about the flush deck classic 8mtr we will own one day!!!!

Enjoy, and if the pandemic settles and you make your way down to Sydney please reach out.

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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:38 pm

Glen, Congratulations on the retirement. I find sailing and lotus' to be a good combination. When I can't sail (snow or hurricane), there always a project waiting in the garage. Until our paths cross again, good luck on your next adventure. Dan
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