Crossing the Country in a Lotus Elise – A Story From My Book

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Crossing the Country in a Lotus – A Story From My Book

and gentlemen, I’ve written a I know what you’re Who the hell are you? And the answer is: guy who got a Cadillac CTS-V station for the sole purpose of a) reviewing it, and b) yelled at for not buying a stick

If you’re among the crew upset about my transmission don’t worry. The book is Plays With Cars details here ), and it includes of stories about cars, of which have stick (the cars, not the stories). the items in the book:

– a Lotus Elise without air across the country in the middle of

– Visiting the Tail of the in a Porsche and evading the police a pontoon boat

– Taking my Lotus to an event, and regretting it

– my E63 AMG wagon on a mountain run with a GT

– Buying a Cadillac someone who was hours away being deported

It also reviews of various cars owned, from a Porsche 911 to a 2012 Jetta and a first-generation And when was the last time you a review of the first-generation Prius? hopefully never.)

If that sell you, I plan to a few selections from the book the next few weeks. Maybe will do the trick. Or maybe just remember me as that with the automatic Cadillac and the with the yellow cover.

Either way: today’s is from Chapter 11, entitled Across America,” about the I bought a Lotus Elise in San and drove it home to Atlanta.

I arrived at Willow Springs for the end of the driver’s meeting. Like all meetings at amateur events, it was led by a 60-year-old who probably raced at the circuit as Colin Chapman, on different days, a fact he undoubtedly still brags to people he meets at gas stations. He had all the gathered around and was screaming like:

Man: WHICH ONE OF YOU HE KNOWS WHEN IT’S TO PASS? Drivers [Collectively]: Uh…


This lasted 40 minutes. Not the driver’s meeting, I this one particular anecdote Colin Chapman.

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That gave me ample to take the Lotus on a parade which involved keeping to a speed limit until I was a hill and away from the 60-year-old. Then I could the car up as if I were racing. I’m glad I did because it taught me the Lotus was a fun car, and not just a tremendously highway cruiser.

I couldn’t to get home to Atlanta, where I enjoy it all the time, except at

After the parade lap, I Dan and began the journey towards Las where I would meet my Mom had agreed to accompany me from to Denver, my birthplace, where she and Dad a life that’s totally of thoughts like: No, I can’t that route home. a dip in the road.

Needless to say, Mom would be in for a call.

I got my own wake-up call I left Willow Springs and discovered that driving the Mojave Desert in July is less comfortable than to change a light bulb it’s on. Fortunately, the Touring that gifted me the annoying also included air-conditioning.

But was a problem: no matter what I pushed, nothing came out of the And I don’t mean nothing “You’re in a Lotus so it probably ….” I mean nothing as in it was to walking up to a possum and saying: breathe on me.” Except, of I wasn’t going to get bit and infected some sort of incurable virus that would me incapable of leading a normal but highly skilled at partaking in possum activities, such as into the road right a car drives by.

Panicked, I Googled the problem on my Nothing relevant came up. I realized it didn’t matter why the air working. It just wasn’t.

meant, like thousands of in Conestoga wagons over a before me, I would soon the entire Mojave Desert climate control. And despite the promise of gold and silver in the even they wouldn’t attempted the trip in the middle of

Near Barstow, I pulled at a gas station and flopped out of the Lotus a seal climbing onto the I use this comparison, by the way, the amount of sweat that me out of the Lotus was similar to water on a seal emerging from San Bay. Also, because I no longer feel my legs.

With Vegas still two away, I prepared for the rest of my with more gas and a climate system that would Lewis and Clark proud: one of water to drink, and two to pour on Mom was really in for a wake-up call.

operates and writes for The About Cars . He owned an E63 AMG and once tried to evade at the Tail of the Dragon using a boat. (It didn’t work.) He as a manager for Porsche Cars America before quitting to a writer, largely because it he no longer had to wear pants. he wrote this entire bio in the third person.

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