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Old Oct 16, 2010, 7:58 PM   #1
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We went to Lakeland's annual Antique Car and Boat show today. It was Bigger than normal with over 600 cars, boats and motorcycles displayed.
After 5 hours in the sun we hadn't covered half the show but were tired and decided to call it quits. There were two big negatives to the show form a photographer's perspective. there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was so bright it made good exposure nearly impossible, and so was getting shots without a bunch of people in the way! In spite of all that, we managed to take over 1000 photos.
Anyway, I'm tired and cranky so, I'm only going to post one of the cars as a teaser for what's to come, then I'm going to head for the recliner an watch a little TV before heading to bed.
This is a 1961 Lotas Super Seven. It was so little it surprised me. It only weighs less than 200lbs more than my motorcycle.









Looks like a really fun car to drive.
I wouldn't mind having one but, I'd need a rope and a skyhook just to get in and out of it!
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Old Oct 16, 2010, 8:52 PM   #2
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One of my all time favourite cars.
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Isn't the car that was in the Prisoner?

I think it is suppose to be the world's fast 0-60 car...

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Isn't the car that was in the Prisoner?

I think it is suppose to be the world's fast 0-60 car...

Yes it is. New ones are built by Caterham who bought the rights from Lotus a very long time ago.
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Yes it is. New ones are built by Caterham who bought the rights from Lotus a very long time ago.
And if you ever go the UK then Caterham racing has it's own series !
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I love the Lotus (and now Caterham) 7. A perfect demonstration of how less is more and how, in engineering terms, lightness is its own reward. Of course, they're not for everyone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EphiSit9Yo
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I recall the Lotus Seven when they were new. In my city, back then ....there were a few hardy souls that drove them daily....except in the winter.

Excellent handling...quite quick, due to low weight, extremely responsive. Colin Chapman, the man who founded Lotus cars....was a strong advocate of lightness.

With light weight....you can use smaller engines, smaller components, etc....but handling and responsiveness if set up right can be unbeatable. Cars like this lithe Lotus disproved the commonly held notion of road holding weight.

Excellent photograph and I must say....the colour....British Racing Green...is perfect for a Lotus.

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I always run into the too-many-cars/too-little-time issue. Like you, I spend too much time at the start of my visit and then have to pick it up later. I'm changing my style to go-go-go. Skipping completely the average cars and only stopping to photograph the ones I really like. Also, as much fun as it is, talking with the car owners should be kept to a minimum. I found most don't do their own work anyway. They are just buyers. So asking about the carb isn't going to get you any good information.

The local show and shines are great as the cars will be back next week. No need to rush. But the special shows? Pressure filled.
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... there wasn't a cloud in the sky and the sun was so bright ...
If you want you could always send some of that sun over to the UK

I know what you mean about the number of cars. I find myself wanting to wander around them all 2 or 3 times as I always think "The photo I should have taken of that xyz was ..."

I was lucky to be a passenger in a Caterham 7 a few years ago; 3 laps of the Racing School circuit at Donnington. Exhilarating is the word that springs to mind. That and sheer terror as we went around the corners with me thinking "Shit! We're not going to make it" but we did.

Another car on my shopping list for when I win the lottery
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Wow, I didn't realize this was such a popular car! Although I can see why, the first time I saw it I could feel a certain excitement about it.
Thanks for all the comments guys.
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