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As with all cars mine have names. My Ford is called Little Miss Gooner ... because I'm an Arsenal fan, the car is red, and prone to problems at embarrassing times ... like failing in the middle of a 'drive through.'

The Esprit, on the other hand, was called "Larry The Lotus" ... which was nearly changed to "Little Lotus Annie" in memory to my late mother ... although recently it changed ... due an interesting e-mail at work she ended up being termed "The High Speed Camel" mostly due to me mis-reading said e-mail. The term revolved around me planning a business trip, in driveable distances, and wanting to know if the weather was ok before I left ... the plant manager responded by saying weather was good, and he didn't care which care I bought even if I rode "a camel that spat dates at high speed" ... I read it as "a high speed camel spitting dates" ... and since then it stuck.

As much as I hate it, I now subconsciously think of her as "The High Speed Camel."

So ... I'm curious to know if anyone else has a story behind the name ... especially if it's

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High speed Camel? :P


. . . okay, to answer your questions, the cars I have owned since I met my wife, Patty, have all been named, pretty much out of silliness, but there is a common thread to them:

Red Esprit S1 was "Lolita"

White S1 is "Lola"

Blue S1 is "Luna"

Porsche 944 is "Portia"

Lancia Scorpion was "Lana"

Ferrari doesn't have a name yet, but it appears to be drifting toward "Felina" or "Fiona"

The only exception was the XJ6, "Kitty"


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Cars often suggest names - my ex first named Lottie thus, although I also bought a lovely old Bentley S1 when I had money with the registration MVS 530 - who just had to be a Mavis!

At 90mph you'd ask her if she wanted to go any faster and I swear she'd reply "ooooh, I just DON'T know Ritaaaaa" (only makes sense to Coronation Street fans, as I'm clearly not called Rita).

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The car I drive at the moment is called Jack, due to the license plate

my first car was called the tank - tolbot horizon huge steering wheel and a gear stick that wobbled more while in gear than neutral

my dads cars have been

Datsun called the unripe tomato (it was half green half red for some reason)

he had a car that was yellow called banana

he had a vauxhall victor called well victor

Austin Maxi called bluey cos it was blue :lol:

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i think everybody knows where the K stands for

have had porsche's for 14 years. never any problems

i really know i have a lotus now

she's like my wife

sometimes i hate the moment i said "yes i do" but i wouldn't like to miss her even for 1 day ( hm 1 day ?)


researche is something i do when i don't know what the hell i'm doing

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Sticking with the 'E' theme, I wanted names with great music associated.

My S1 is Esmeralda : Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Santa Esmeralda - Kill Bill vol.1

and the S4 is Edie : Edie (Ciao Baby) - The Cult - The Singles 1984-1995

2 X the fun!


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and the S4 is Edie : Edie (Ciao Baby) - The Cult - The Singles 1984-1995

Good track, great strings and ace solo in the middle. Was very dissapointed they did not

play it live when i saw them touring for that album. The subject of the song, Edith Sedgwick,

is a very tragic tale. I look at that Winehouse and how we get a media fed account of her falling

apart and wonder if/when it will end the same way, and why the world watches it happen.

My red Esprit S3 was referred to as 'The Lady'. The White SE has no name, in fact now i've had

nearly ten years of Esprits, i'm less into thinking of them having names (even souls!), and now

consider their heart to be entirely oily.

Bizarrely, the Esprit is the first car i've given a name. But having lived with maintaining one for

so long, seeing the bills and all the broken stuff, i don't think i'm romantic enough to give any car

a name again.


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Mine varies at the moment..................

Last weekend when i was trying to upgrade the suspension it was called........

F**K**G B*ST**D

Caught between a rock and a hard place in a catch 22 situation, So its 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Your damned if you do, but your damned if you don't so shut your cock!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mines called The Lotus...! Car names...had an Alfa Romeo Bertone GTV which got rammed by an uninsured dipstick and slowly deteriorated bodily thereafter..a friend said it looked like an old mole that had torn itself free of a it became The Mole. Hence the pseudo garage business became Mole Motors...Then came an ex-Gas Board minivan with windows and a full race 998 Cooper engine..real Q-car..Mole Mk.II ! There followed less memorable vehicles until a VW Polo Fox.."Superscoot"..which went to the great celestial scrapyard when the cost of the parts needed outweighed the value, especially as I had been given a Fiat Panda...Freebie the Fiat. Freebie has now followed Superscoot, and I currently have two Audi 100's..Agnes and Audrey, in honour of my late Aunt who seemed pretty staid but went like the clappers..she was christened Agnes but decided to become Audrey when she toddled off to Germany with the US Army as a stenographer at the Nuremberg trials..which she said were the biggest floating party ever. Audrey is a 2.6 litre V6 estate, which will be the donor vehicle for my kitcar project, an Edge Devil...and if you don't know what that is, Google it and be amazed!!

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I just call mine "Old Girl". Is it just me, or do any of you talk to their car? My wife thinks I'm strange when I get home after a cracking hoon/blast and tell the car "Well done old Girl, I'll let you rest now but I'll be back tomorrow!". On the way home from Castrle Coombe my oil pressure hit the stops (high) and I was telling her to calm down, I'll be gentler with her, lets get home etc etc.

Am I insane or are there many of us insaniacs out there?

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I don't have a name for my V8...although i've always thought 'Bob' is a good name for a girl

I like the way that when i flick the battery isolation switch to ON, the headlights pop up as if she's just waking up and she's raring to go...then when the V8 roars into life and the neighbours start shaking their heads i know all is well... :yes

Marge: Homer, I don't want you driving around in a car you built yourself.

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Red Escort XR3i was called Redbull

White MR2 turbo was called Snow White

Black MR2 turbo was called Black Death

Silver Lexus is200 was called Alexus

Red Mitsubishi GTO twin turbo was called Red Devil

My blue Esprit V8 GT was called Lightnin.

No idea what to call the Cayman yet.

Yeah I know I'm sad!


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Haven't we done this before??? Mine all have "proper" names on their reg plates (which is no longer legal of course - heinous criminal that I have become).

Esprit (my first Lotus) is Lionel Lotus

Carlton is Charlie Carly

M100 is Eleanor Elan

Bike is Victor VTR

Truck is Harry Harley

Flatbed is Tommy Trailer

There have been others of course over the years: Sonny Sunbeam, Bertie BMW, Freddie Firestorm, Henry Honda, Patsy Polo to name but a few...

Plain daft innit !!

Loving Lionel and Eleanor......missing Charlie and Sonny

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Funnily enough, mine was called just the same when I was trying to un-sieze the rusted adjustable top links :lol:

And mine but it was the bottom links. Most of the time she is called the Orange Lady

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Normally it is known as the "phonse-mobile" due to the license plate. Note that is pronounced as it would be in the proper name Alphonse, not like the TV character from happy days.

On many other occasions, especially the day it stranded me in the middle of a New Mexico interstate, it has been known by a variety of names much along the lines of that indicated by two others.

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Ummm let's see... I guess it depends on who is talking.

Austin Healey Sprite - Little Blue or Spriteley

Mazda RX-7 - The Ticket Meister or Rotary Red

Mazda Miata - Mi'miata, Spice, Little Red

Lotus Esprit - THE Lotus, THE Esprit, Sugar, Spooky, and That Other Lambo at joking times...


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