Sold the Elise

I sold my Elise S Club racer today. Short story was I went into Lotus Sydney (SSC) 2 weekends ago as the centre Lotus logo fell out of the wheel centre. As they were popping a new one in, I mentioned I was thinking of selling it as I don’t get enough use out of it now with baby Zara and a lot more family time.

Before I knew it, the following Monday Lotus Sydney (SSC) said they had 3 interested parties if I was willing to sell.

Test drives and deal was done in under a week! Lotus Sydney (SSC) were great and offered me a very good deal and the process was simple and painless.

So, the car was dropped off today ready for its transfer to new owner.

Just wanted to say two things as I exit the building:

  • Thank you to Lee and his Lotus Sydney (SSC) team for a great sales process 2 years ago when I bought the car new, and to a great service again when it came to finding a buyer so quickly, just when I mentioned I could be interested in selling it,
  • Thank you to all the guys on Aussie Elise’s for the fun and great memories over the past 2 years, the breaky runs, the weekend trip to the Snowy mountains (wow what a great drive following Doc up the mountain!!) and thank you to those I drove on track with the past 2 years.

After owning 3 Lotus’ now, I’m sure I will be back in the future at some point as their handling is just simply infectious.

Sanna and I both took Zara for separate drives.

Zara’s first and last time in the Lotus, she was funny when I accelerated hard, her arms went out sideways and then she gripped the sides of her baby seat to hold on 🙂

 

Last time I saw the Lotus as I dropped it off.

Bye for now.

 

Drive day to west of Blue mountains with Autofocus guys

Had a great drive today with a group of car guys that called themselves ‘Autofocus’. Had to set the alarm for 5AM, a time unheard of for me. It was worth it though to see Sydney winter at its best, with ice on the roads, frost in the grass/bushes, and the temp a low -3, you just wouldn’t think -3 in Sydney, Australia would you.

Outside temperature -3!

A good mix of cars and driving abilities from the guys.

Here are the autofocus guys.

A cold and icy stream, I would definitely not want to take a dip.

Check out the cold freezing icy grass.Ice patches on the roads, had to be careful. At one point I slipped for a few metres but the stability control  saved me well once the tires regained grip.

Marks AWS Solution Architect Course notes – Apr/May 2017

To give back to the wider community, I’ve provided all my course notes for the AWS Solution Architect certification exam. If you read through all of these bullet points and diagrams and understand the lot, you will know enough to pass the exam. to prove that, this is everything I learnt to pass the exam myself, late May 2017.

I have created a separate page for it here: Marks AWS Solution Architect Course notes – Apr/May 2017

Wakefield Park Raceway Trackday – 18th May 2017

Yesterday I have a great day at Wakefield Park Raceway which is 2 1/2/ hours from Sydney for a trackday. Perfect Autumn weather, top of 17 degree’s and sunny all day.

Driver briefing:

My friend Geoff has a  Porsche GT3 Cup which is a race car which cant be driven on the road. He took me our for 3 laps, but got a puncture so had to come in early. It was a  real experience, the main thing that stood out was just how loud it is inside a race car. Even with your helmet on it is so loud. It was so loud that in the video below the microphone on my phone just couldn’t handle it, that’s why it goes all quiet.

My Lotus next to a Mitsubishi Evo V:

It was a open pit lane type of event so I could get a lot of laps in to practice driving, I went through a whole tank of fuel, my fastest lap time was 1:13. I was impressed with how fast the Lotus was, I could pretty much get past most road cars on the track, including a Audi R8, only the proper race cars were faster (and by a fair way) than me.

I found the Series 3 Elise is so much easier to drive fast on track with its 2 mode stability & traction control system compared to my old Series 2 Elise & Exige’s. I put it in ‘Sport’ mode all day except a few laps with everything turned off so I could do a bit of power sliding on a nice left hander halfway round the track.

Excuse my poor lines and too early breaking, turning in in the video below. I got a 1:13 as my personal best, not great by good drivers standards, but I had a lot of fun and that’s what trackdays for me is all about 😊

Have a watch of my video below:

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Ws8xVdw0m8I

Cars & Coffee event at Walsh Bay wharf, Pyrmont

The Cars & Coffee events are exclusive events for owners of sports and super cars to mingle, have breakfast and coffee and allow the public to come and have a look.
My little Blue Lotus was probably the cheapest car there on display.

Weather was perfect, was nice to see a lot of friends from the different brands, and overall was a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning in Sydney.

My car very very slightly got on the news

Number plate of friend Nicko’ s Black McLaren is ‘batman’.

My aspire to car, the Porsche GT3 RS

Breakfast was a pretty social buffet sit down affair.

BMW & Lotus

 

BMWandLotusMy friend Easton just bought a lovely new BMW M240i in Blue, my favourite car colour of course. We took it for a first country drive along with my Lotus and Brendon’s Black BMW Z4M Coupe.

Easton took this photo from his ‘DJI Mavic’ drone quickly, it produces such a great professional look with very little fiddling with the settings. As with all the photos on my blog, dont forget you can click them to load them up in full quality, full screen.

Seat covers DIY- making them child proof

Our Ikea dining room chairs we’re in a  white cotten fabric that was really not child friendly. White shows up every stain and they were not wipe clean.

So I went to the local fabric store, Spotlight is the biggest chain here in Australia, and bought 2 meters at $20 per meter of darker pattened fabric that was weather resistant, so can be wiped clean.

It was simple to cut to size with enough to overlap the sides.

Staple the fabric to the under side wood of the chair. Top tip! use a decent stapler, mine was a super cheapo one and it kept not pushing into the wood and breaking, which made the whole job twice as long.

All done! Total time took me 1 hour, but if I had a decent stapler I could have done it in half the time. They look modern and are now child friendly from food stains. 

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