I last owned a Lotus in 1998/1999, having purchased a new S1 Elise in deep purple from King's Lotus in Warwick. I did over 40k miles in that car in under 2 years, and I loved it.
My only gripe was the complete lack of any "play zone" between grip and spin - I spent a lot of time going backwards, but then I suspect ambition/bravery(stupidity) has always been slightly ahead of talent when it comes to my driving exploits!
Since the Elise and I parted company I've been through quite a few "drivers cars" (and quite a few family hacks and sheds!) including (in no particular or