Tuesday, August 22, 2006

7,500 mile Lotus service in Dublin Ohio

Alright, alright, I know I'm REALLY late with this post but I've been pretty busy since our service in Ohio. It's all paid off though, in two weeks I start a new position as a web developer for English Emprise / The Spalding Group, the folks who were behind the two George W Bush campaigns (the "W" logo & store people). Needless to say I'm extremely excited about working for this company.

Anyway, on with the Lotus Elise goodness! We drove the Elise up to Dublin Ohio to have it's 7,500 mile service performed by Midwestern Auto Group (MAG). Andrew, our service advisor, could not have been nicer and truly made the experience absolutely top notch. The building was VERY cool and a real treat to walk around. All of the techs were very nice and seemed genuinely interested in the cars they were working on, then again, I'd be pretty damn interested in the cars I worked on too if they were Ferraris and whatnot. While at the Midwestern Lotus I got to walk around and check out some interesting cars that were in the building...

Red Ferrari F40
This is the first Ferrari F40 I've seen in person, absolutely stunning.

Red Ferrari F40 at Midwestern Auto

Red Ferrari F40
While I was checking this thing out two different employees walked by and made a point to say "And just think, this car has a hard time getting away from your car on a track".... Cool! ;)

Ferrari 360
Ferrari 360 waiting to be picked up. You can kinda see a smidgen of my Krypton Green car in this photo, unfortunately I forgot to snap a photo of it in the service bay :(

Midwestern Automotive Showroom
Up in the showroom I got to check out a Ferrari 612, Aston Martin Vanquish & Vanquish S. Very humbling.

MAG Showroom
There was also a Maserati and several Porsches.

Black Ferrari 612
Black Ferrari 612

Black Ferrari 612 Rear

Blue and Yellow Lotus Cars
Couple of Lotus cars in the showroom, standard blue Elise and a Lotus Sport Elise.

Lotus Sport Elise
Lotus Sport Elise, limited edition Elise with some Lotus Sport goodies.

Lotus Sport Elise Limited Edition

Lotus Sport Elise

Lotus Sport Limited Edition Elise

After checking out some of the cool cars we headed out to our loaner, a 2006 Saab 9-3.
Silver Saab 9-3

I've always had a thing for Saabs so getting to drive one of these for a couple days was awesome, so awesome in fact that I'm really considering making one of these my daily driver. They have enough power to be entertaining, handle very well for what they are, are very comfy and in my opinion are just a flat out good looking car.

After checking into the LaQuinta we headed out to a very nice shopping area. Easton Towne Center proved to be well worth the trip and had several cool sights.
Huge McDonalds

Easton Town Center Apple Store
Easton Town Center Apple Store. I'm kind of an Apple nerd so this was like the highlight of my trip.

Apple Retail Store

The next day we headed to the Columbus Science center, COSI. A brochure at our hotel informed us that there was a Star Wars exhibit at COSI that featured original Star Wars props and experiences designed by the Lucas team. Not a Star Wars geek by any means but it was very neat to see some of this stuff up close. Stuff like one of the orignial Yoda puppets, Obi Wan's lightsaber, Darth Vader's helmet, etc...
COSI Columbus Science Center

Star Wars Speeder
Speeder from the original movie.

Posing with R2D2
Posing next to R2D2 & C3P0.

After picking the car up on Saturday we headed over to a neat outdoor art exhibit that I found online, a field of corn...
Concrete Corn in Columbus Ohio
Concrete corn that is... ;)

Concrete Corn in Dublin Ohio
This is a big field of concrete corn that was created by, I think, a Dublin Ohio artist. Pictures don't do it justice, it's really cool in person, especially when you've got a Krypton Green Lotus Elise parked next to it ;)

Concrete Corn Field art exhibit

Concrete Corn in Dublin Ohio

Concrete Corn in Columbus Ohio

Concrete Corn in Dublin Ohio

After checking out the concrete corn field we headed on back to Louisville. The trip was an absolute blast. If you are in the Ohio/Indiana/Kentucky region I highly recommend MAG for your Lotus service.

The Sunday after returning home we went to pick up our new puppy. We now have an English dog to match our English car. Introducing Leela, our English Bulldog, posing proudly in front of the Lotus.

English Bulldog Puppy

Anyway, thats all for now. Hopefully the next update will be in a more timely manner ;)

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