Friday, December 29, 2006

Autoblog Reader Ride of the Year

It seems like theres a ton of competition at the end of this year, what with the Motortopia challenges (more on that in a bit) and now this. Autoblog has taken the 14 "Readers Rides of the Week" from the past couple months and put them into a poll to draw out the "Reader Ride of the Year". Back in October my Elise was Reader Ride of the Day on the same day that I lost my job, kind of a funny coincidence. My Lotus Elise went on to be voted to the "Reader Ride of the Week" for that week and is now thrown into the "RR of the Year" poll.

So guess what I want you to do... ;)
Head over to Autoblog's Reader Ride of the Year Poll and put in a vote for your favorite ride, which will hopefully be a Krypton Green 2005 Lotus Elise. I would love to see something as cool as this title originate from a day where I was kind of at my lowest, I just think its too ironic.

And with the Motortopia challenges, I'm in a featured challenge AGAIN! This time instead of being put against a traditional American "Muscle Car" I'm up against a Pontiac Solstice. "What, that should be an easy choice" you say, well what if I tell you that the Solstice has been transformed into a Mallett. The Mallett conversions consist of gutting the Solstice/Sky drivetrain and replacing it with a Corvette LS2 motor & running gear. So now its kinda interesting ;) I'm sure I'll lose as there are just way too many active domestic folks on Motortopia but it's still a neat challenge I think.

Aside from that, not much news or updates. Santa brought me a carbon fiber rear view mirror and new front & rear tow hooks for the Elise, you can expect to see an installation post for all of that in the next week or so. Hopefully that post will include some cool news from the Autoblog's Reader Ride of the Year Poll ;).


Monday, December 11, 2006

Motortopia strikes again! (in a good way)

Motortopia seems to love the Lotus Elise. This morning I accepted a challenge (similar to Battles on Boompa) from a Camaro SS dubbed "The Rocket" and later today I recieve a message saying this challenge is the current "Featured Challenge". Neat!

Motortopia Featured Challenge
(click image for detailed image of the challenge)

So yeah, if you haven't joined Motortopia yet, now is the time to do it! Head over there now, create your garage and head over to "The Challenge" and put in some votes for everyone's favorite Krypton Green Lotus Elise!

My smile from winning the challenge not enough motivation? Well damn, then do it so I'll have a chance at winning the exterior care kit courtesy of Griot's Garage! Whoever wins the most challenges in december wins the care kit that's valued at $150. If you all help make it happen (watch for future challenges with my Lotus and vote on those too!) I promise to reward everyone with some photos of a freshly detailed Lotus Elise! Now seriously, who could pass that up!

(disclaimer, I'm not really this shallow, just having some fun. If it was me reading this I probably would have closed the browser after the first shameless plug!)

So aside from the Motortopia news there hasn't been much going on in my garage. I started to install the 2006 Lotus Exige grill that I picked up for my Elise but once I got into it I decided to hold off until I'm doing the aftermarket exhaust install. The heatshielding and need to modify the grill a little bit are just a lot more than I want to mess with for a simple cosmetic upgrade. When I have the stock Lotus exhaust off the grill will be a lot easier to swap out, so I'll do so then. I hope it snows around Louisville soon so I can grab some photos of a nice clean Lotus Elise in an inch or two of snow, not out driving but in my driveway!