I've just got back from Silverstone, where I went to the Lotus dealership to see the "reveal" of the Exige LF1 that was revealed at Goodwood FOS last week. Lots of good things happened, and one not so good.
There were maybe 30 or 40 people there, in a variety of Loti, so the pre-show chat was quite focussed on people's cars. It was a fun bunch of people, and I recognised our very own Chris_h there too. I plugged Chatsworth to as many people as I could. Some said they are on here already - perhaps they'll read this and decide to come, because they should. It will be great.
We were due to see Romain Grosjean (sounds so much better than "Big John", doesn't it?), but instead both Pastor Maldonado and Charles Pic turned up. They did seem to warm to the crowd, though I'm sure it was the end of a long and hard day for them, and they might have preferred to be elsewhere. They had a long chat with the crowd, and then unveiled the new Exige LF1. I confess, it did look beautiful. To be fair to the drivers, they both seemed to be very nice, straight-talking people, focussed on their jobs but motivated and excited about it. They were smart guys, and gave considered answers to the questions we threw at them. I test drove a V6 Exige Roadster a while ago (there's a post on here about it somewhere), and if the LF1 is better still, which it almost certainly is, it will be an absolute hoot to drive. And it does look absolutely beautiful.
I forgot to take my camera, so I only have some grotty phone pics. Here's the best I have.
A great evening, and many (many) thanks to Aimee and the team at Silverstone for putting on the show and offering me an invitation.