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  1. My Spidey-sense was tingling! I hardly ever hang around the forums any more, but lurk about from time to time. I just wanted to pop-in and say thanks for the kind words. I'll be patiently waiting by the mailbox for my champagne care package… Cheers, Karl-Franz Florida Lotus Owners' Group (FLOG) President http://www.espritfactfile.com http://karlfranz.com
  2. Hi Trevor, Yes, the EFF's Registry may be a little buried for those not familiar with the structure of the site, but it is not a submenu of the Stevens section (i.e. you don't have to expand the Stevens section to see it). It is actually at the root level of the Models chapter which is the same level containing other topics such as the Guigiaro, Stevens, Price Guide, Production Numbers, VIN, etc.
  3. Hi folks, For years several people have been bugging me to create a website to sell some of my automotive (and other) related artwork. Well, I'm proud to say that I finally got around to doing this. My online store just went live this week. It features many of my Lotus (and other car-related) prints. Feel free to check it out at: http://www.printskarlfranz.com/ I will be adding other Esprit prints that I have in the works in the weeks and months ahead. Your comments and suggestions are welcome. Cheers, Karl-Franz Florida Lotus Owners' Group (FLOG) President http://www.espritf
  4. Bibs, I'm not here very often so I never caught this before, but isn't this registry a duplicated effort of the one that has been on my website for over 8 years? The registry located in the Models category has over 500 entries. Is there a way we can consolidate this list into mine? The one on my site is database driven and has additional fields. Either way here's my data: SCCFD30C9SHF63077 Norfolk Mustard 1995 Esprit S4s, Melbourne, Florida USA
  5. Just a final reminder that the Celebration Exotic Car Festival is tomorrow (Saturday) in Celebration, Florida. Lotus is the honored marque this year, and from the registration roster it appears that this will be the largest collection of Loti we have ever had for a car show in Florida. We have Esprit, Exige, Elise, Elan, Europa, and we even have one of the 7 FIA GT Elise GT-1 racecars with the ZR-1 engine. (I saw this car race in 97 against McLaren F1's, Porsche GT1's and Mercedes CLK-GTR's.) We also have an S1 that was just flown in last week from England after undergoing a full Pebble Bea
  6. Hi Folks, The Celebration Exotic Car Festival will be held next month and Lotus is the honored marque! Dan Adragna and myself will be the judges in the Lotus category and we would like the opportunity to see and meet with all of you. The actual show is on Saturday, April 21st, but there are all sorts of other activities planned throughout the weekend that you may want to attend. If you look at the list of cars already registered, you can tell this isn't a puny-little car show. I mean, how many shows do you know that have two (2) Bugatti Veyrons? You can register online by clicking on the li
  7. I think my car is starting to develop allergies to racetracks or at least allergies to doing parade laps instead of real track days. One time at Road Atlanta, my car's clutch "threw out" its throw out bearing while I was giving lister Manny Perez a drive around the track. I was unable to select gears and had to limp back from the hairpin (turns 6 & 7) to the pits in second gear. This New Year's Eve, my friend Michael did his first track day in his Elise at Sebring International Raceway. After doing some "spirited driving" at over 140 mph several times earlier that day, my car decided (
  8. From Lotus Limited website (http://www.LotusCarClub.org) Solid 5-Year Lotus Plan Heralds 3 New Models September 20, 2006 - Hethel England: Group Lotus is set for a bright future with a greatly expanded and extended car model programme and new opportunities for the engineering business on a re-aligned basis. Following a major review of the entire business and with the full support of the Lotus Group International Limited (LGIL) holding company board, Lotus intends to launch two additional new models over the next three years. This is in addition to the new Esprit, which will top the range
  9. Dr. Fish, You do realize that Mark included the pic of the white car as a means of showing the likely source of the Photoshopped Esprit picture, don't you? It may come as a surprise to you, but the "GT car where the driver and passenger are separated and can't talk to each other" is a real production car. It started out as a concept spyder version of the Lamborghini Gallardo known as the "Concept S" but, after many requests, Lambo has agreed to make a limited production run of the vehicle.
  10. From our Lotus friend, Robb Rill Begin forwarded message: Hello Everyone, Thanks for all the feedback, and I am glad so many people have enjoyed reading the updates and viewing the pictures either through our email list or through our site at www.darkcydracing.com of our latest Bullrun event. Both the Lotus and the now infamous Navi are now being shipped back to Florida from Cali, and as soon as I get the Lotus back I will determine the extent of the damage by Bomber Bart on the Vegas to Cali leg. Thanks also to Karl-Franz for his suggestions on getting the Lotus fixed. With that said,
  11. Folks, Robb has posted some pics for this year's Bull Run. You can check them out at http://rill.smugmug.com/gallery/1729306/1 Cheers, KFM :-)
  12. Day 7: Well I have to say leaving the W hotel in San Diego was difficult to do because we all enjoyed the hotel so much. the private party held on the second floor on the special rooftop bar was truly an experience I will not forget for a long time, and this comes from someone who does not drink. These events for me are not so much about driving, as about sharing a common experience with like minded people, from various walks of life. Bonding over stories about cops, speed, mishaps, all bring people closer together and this is the epitome of friendship. It really felt like the W was our fin
  13. Day 6 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Today was a spectacular except for one incident, that I will go into detail about later. The day started about 8:30 while we were loading the car and Alex was trying to get the Darkcyd Gallardo fixed for today's stage which was first to Las Vegas Speedway at the Carol Shelby factory. We all got a tour of the factory which includes making the AC Cobra based on the original 1965 model. In fact, they had Carol Shelby's original model which is still titled in his name on display. we also saw the Hertz GTH special cars being produced of
  14. Day 5: Well today was a relatively uneventful one for the rally. After having a seriously expensive dinner for a party of 12 in our hotel last night with the Darkcyd gang, and Rob Ferretti and his partner Noah of Gotham Dream cars, in which the waiter basically treated us like we didn't exist, forcing us to act a little juvenile by throwing cold rolls at each other, after deciding the cold soup wasn't worth bothering with, and the cold food wasn't even worth complaining about, and the fact that he wouldn't even bring us water. I went to bed about 3am after my write up to get up at 7am for t
  15. Well today is a day I will remember for a long time. Whatever went wrong yesterday went right today. Currently sitting at the Sonnenalp in beautiful Vail Colorado by the fire before heading to dinner. The day started off with the 212 tricked out Escalade with the Lambo doors, and candy apple red color, smashing into a tree two blocks from the hotel totaling the car. Nobody was hurt to my knowledge. Bart and I switched cars but not co drivers, and I drove the Darkcyd Bently GT with Holly, Barts long time girlfriend, while he drove the Lotus and we made a race to a dragstrip about 250 miles away
  16. Day 3: This morning was focused on getting the NAVI going. Aaron found a place to purchase 22 inch tires at 7AM in Chicago, and had both the rear tires replaced which were shredded from the inside sidewalls about 12 inches long. I assume this was from all his hard driving in the "gumball lane" but that is the price to pay for top 3 finishes every day. I fixed the Lotus exhaust by removing the exhaust top that sheared clean off due to vibration. So the car is simply louder now-so what. Today seemed like a long one with a lot of action and the night not done yet. We started off with a quick
  17. Well today was a pretty crazy day. We started off on Toronto with the whole Darkcyd group including the now infamous Navigator Chase Vehicle driven by Jason Garber and Aaron Taravella, and were lined up in front of everyone right at the garage exit for a good launch. We all shot off and as usual the Navigator took off in a different direction for an advantage as Team Gas monkey and us in the Lotus ran through town with them breaking away with the Cl65 by running red lights. We could not go that crazy and backed off. A side note Team Gas monkey lead by Richard Rawling had his Co-driver arres
  18. Ok-Need to make this a quick write up because a lot going on. Now 11:15 and on the way to century club in toronto. We launched from 10AM at times square and it was a zoo. film crews people everywhere-maybe a couple thousand and it really was an event. Was pissing ran right after we left and were making a run to Pocono raceway where the Nascar race is Tommorow. We made it in top 15 in the Lotus out of 110 cars and our chase vehicle actually made it 3rd. we did a parade lap at the raceway in front of all the Nascar fans, it it was pretty neat runnin on the track. We then had to run to Toronto an
  19. Hello to Everyone from the Big Apple, Alot is going on and I still have to get up early so this will be relatviely brief. Well First, I would like to say that shipping a car to Manhattan for the Bull Run isnt the easiest thing to do because of parking and receiving issues. The Hotel Gansevoort which is one of the trendiest new boutique hotels in New York located in the meat packing district would not accept the cars, so I had to get someone I could trust to handle it. A buddy if mine who runs a hedge fund was willing to help with a freind who could receive them but since we have a five car
  20. Bull Run Entry Official To friends and family, Our latest adventure starts later this month in the event decribed below. We have evolved again and not only have a 5 car team with a chase vehicle, but will be filming the event with indash and several onboard cameras. If any of you are intrigued enough to actually think about joining us, we have one seat available in the chase vehicle. Details below Bullrun is billed as the most glamorous rally whose goals are to party, drive and enjoy... Fueled by an impressive schedule of public and private o drivers,events at the fines
  21. Hi folks, Some of you may remember our friend Robb Rill from Jacksonville. In the past he has crusaded his black 2001 Esprit V8 in treks such as the Gumball 3000 and the Player's Run. Well, Robb and his copilot, wife Tara are at it again, this time participating in the 2006 Bull Run. Rob has promised to keep me updated with his adventures as he has in previous years and asked me to post his journal to the list. Here is his original post: ----------------------------------------- Hey Karl, Been about a year since last dropped you an email when my wife Tara and I took the Esprit
  22. Yeah, I scanned through the posts to see if anyone had already shown it, but my browser hadn't rendered the pic in the previous post when I scrolled by. Oh well... FWIW I tend to agree w/ the general consensus.
  23. http://www.worldcarfans.com/spyphotos/6060....001.mini1L.jpg
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