Sunday, June 17, 2007

Lotus Elise roadtrip

This is another "long overdue" post. My wife and I went to Gulf Shores Alabama back in April for about a week and we decided to take the Elise along for some roadster fun at the beach. Packing for the trip was no different than the other roadtrips we've taken with the Lotus, we just had to leave the soft top on until we arrived in Orange Beach where we could unpack and clear up room to store the top. The Lotus Elise is made (specifically) for curvy roads that test any car's handling ability but it is also a fun car for a 2 day roadtrip down a very straight highway. The downside is trunk space / boot space but as I've said before it's not hard to pack for travelling with it, you just have to be smart about it.

2005 Lotus Elise @ Johnson Beach in Florida, just over the Alabama/Florida border.

We were in Gulf Shores during Spring Break and you could tell. Every restaurant was packed, the main roads were always busy, lots of tuner cars, etc. The Elise was definitely the show stopper wherever it went though. Camera phones were taking pictures, kids were yelling & waving, girls were (ahem) flashing, etc... If you ever want to feel like "somebody", rent an Elise for a day. I can't even begin to count how many times I was asked "How much did that cost?!?" only to be followed by a look of disappointment when I tell them "about $45,000". People were guessing in the $120,000 range for the most part although the high & low guesses were $250,000 and $25,000, respectively.

2005 Lotus Elise at Johnson Beach in Florida.

During the stay I only saw a few other exotics out and about, a red Ferrari 355 Spyder and a silver newer Aston Martin along with a slew of modified 996 & 997 Porsches, unfortunately I wasn't able to photograph any of them. This trip was for relaxation so I didn't worry too much about getting Elise photos, hence why there aren't many in this post. Check back soon though for some photos from a local British car show (British Bash 2007) and some photos I've taken around town.

Krypton Green Lotus Elise on a Florida Beach.

2005 Lotus Elise
2005 Lotus Elise at Florida Beach.

2005 Lotus Elise at Johnson Beach in Florida.

Krypton Green Lotus Elise

2005 Lotus Elise at Perdido Dunes in Gulf Shores Alabama.

Lotus Elise in Gulf Shores Alabama.

2005 Krypton Green Lotus Elise
Top view of a Lotus Elise.

Lotus Elise behind a C6 Corvette at a Florida beach.

Lotus Elise, C6 Corvette and black Subaru WRX.

Rear view of 2005 Lotus Elise.

2005 Lotus Elise behind a C6 Corvette. This photo kinda shows the size of the Elise, it looks like a toy next to the Corvette.

Something I want to start doing is adding a wallpaper to each post, available in the 5 most popular resolution sizes that visit this site. To kick it off...

Lotus Elise on the beach in Florida

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At 8:42 AM, Blogger editblog said...

Great post. It's fun to see the Elise down by the water. I have a question though and/or suggestion for a post. As I contemplate an Elise purchase I'd like to see some detail on the trunk/storage space. If 2 people can road trip for 2 days it can't be a bad as I have read. Some good pics and details of how you guys pack for these trips would be something I haven't been able to find anywhere on the net! Keep the posts coming!

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Chris Watson said...

Good idea! You can see a bit of the trunk in this post, Bringing the Elise home , or atleast what we were able to squeeze into it on the trip home with it. That was our first trip with the car where we had to pack without knowing what would or would not fit. Now that we have the car we have become a lot better at using all of it's available space.

I'll definitely cover this in the next post though, thanks for the idea!

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Gusman said...

I love your Florida_Beach5 wallpaper - this is now my desktop pic. Now I can turn my pc on to an amazing car.

At 5:10 PM, Blogger James said...

Just a quick message to say your car looks fantastic! In fact, I went to the British F1 GP this year at Silverstone and saw a Krypton Green Exige on display.

I was so taken with the colour that I found this site and it inspired me to track down a Krypton Green Elise.

I managed to buy one last week and couldn't be more pleased with it. I got a 2005 S2 111s. The colour is incredible - so much more vivid in real life, and it attracts a huge amount of attention!

At 8:04 AM, Blogger AutoFinance said...

I love your Florida_Beach5 wallpaper - this is now my desktop pic. Now I can turn my pc on to an amazing car.

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Satori Son said...

I really laughed about everyone being disappointed when you tell them how much it cost you. Happens to me almost every time I drive it. You'd think they'd be impressed, ("Wow, what a great price for that car!"), but it's always "That's all. Bummer."

At 3:41 AM, Blogger carloans707 said...

At 12:05 AM, Blogger mark said...

Hi Chris! ...well your Lotus has been my wallpaper on my computer for the past 2 and half months and has kept me 'focused' on what was important ;) ...and just last weekend I visited one of my local dealers in Beverly Hills and picked up a 2007 Krypton Green Elise!!! THIS CAR IS AWESOME!!!! ...I can hardly contain myself!!! Thanks for your Blog and posts!!


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