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    That is such a nice looking machine! I hope it proves to be as much fun to drive as it is to look at. Wow, that's nice!

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    EPIC THREAD been watching from Page 1 - Seriously sexy car and one of the great WBF threads well done everyone.

    Why to go Lew, beautiful car
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    For the Amish. . .



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    We just checked into the Bates Motel in Bardstown KY. A terrific day! I'll get back to you all after taking a shower.
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    There are cigarette burns and deep gauges on the tub. Should I be concerned?
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    I don't have my computer so I've cribbed Paul's iPad for these posts. He's got some pics of the bug spattered Lotus which now has 1000 miles on it and is now officially ready to be worked up to redline.

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    All right now, we are going to need at least one photo of the car beside a lushly vegetated, snaky 2 lane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    I just spent two hours behind the wheel of the Lotus. Dream machine.

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    Fantastic! Some of the best people in the Bilge too. So jealous, and so wish I could have made it.
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    It was a spectacular machine, but right now I can't sleep and wish Paul was here, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    There are cigarette burns and deep gauges on the tub. Should I be concerned?
    Only if you paid in cash.

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Bates Effing Motel.
    Only guests, we did survive the night at least. Now covfefe.

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    How cool is it that my spell checker recognizes covfefe?
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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    They're not all going to fit.

    P.s. I can only identify two people in that line-up.
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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.I. Stazzer-Newt View Post

    P.s. I can only identify two people in that line-up.
    Which two?

    left to right: Paul, Kat, Dan McCosh, Donna McCosh, Lew Barrett, S/V Laura Ellen, Mrs. S/V Laura Allen (Allan and Jo)
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    Thanks
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    Today was the best. After we left the Bates, we had a chubbah-fying southern breakfast at Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown. Bardstown is worth some discussion. Kentucky in general is worth talking about.

    Let me start by saying (and I include myself in this), man, are we a fat country. We all know this. It's evident all the time everyday, but you really can't help but be struck anew by the depth of fatness when you're in a place like Bardstown. Even the relatively good looking people are fat as we discovered on our first stop, a tour of the Maker's Mark distillery. One benefit of traveling through the south is that no matter how fat you are, you will always find somebody who is much fatter. Usually, more than just one somebody. You get to feel better by comparison, so it can be great.

    Bardstown oozes old town cuteness in the middle of pastoral splendor which is ruined for me mainly by aggressive mosquitos. I have no idea where you're supposed to sleep other than the Bates or a B&B that was at one time the county jail so you're on your own there. The best thing about the restaurants in town is that you always seem to have to walk through the bar to get the dining room. The town's establishments have the longest bourbon lists you've ever seen, in fact they are longer than you could possibly imagine. I'm not clear why Bardstown has chosen Stephen Foster as their hero, but the town has managed to associate itself with Foster and holds an annual music festival dedicated to him . I associate Foster's music with slavery and sentimentality about the old south, but for a certainty they've adopted him there. And that's Bardstown for you, or at least as far as we got into the place.

    However, from there we drove to the Maker's Mark distillery., The roads were undulating and twisting, narrow two lane country affairs perfect for the car's strengths. I drove into the distillery and Paul drove out and it was the best driving of the trip. The car exists for that, it's hard to find flaw when you're driving roads such as those. Interestingly, they're much like the roads I've seen and imagine exist all around Hethel. The hardest part of this car, and for big guys like us is getting in and out which takes some twisting of its own. Once you're cocooned inside, it's quite comfortable. The AC worked fine in humid mid-summer southern heat which was a tremendous relief to me.

    Paul can tell you about the distillery tour if he wants but if he doesn't, I'll pick up there.

    This was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We all have different dreams and wants. Owning a very selfish high performance car has been a dream for me for almost as long as I can remember. Sometimes we get our wishes met and they don't meet expectations or it seems to come out differently than we imagined. How the Lotus works out in the long run remains to be seen, but these last four days have been priceless. I'm really grateful my life has allowed me to do this and that's the real blessing here, I hope you all have the opportunity to check off a big one for yourselves one day really soon. Just realizing I could do it has been the biggest thrill. That said, the reality has been a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Today was the best. After we left the Bates, we had a chubbah-fying southern breakfast at Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown. Bardstown is worth some discussion. Kentucky in general is worth talking about.

    Let me start by saying (and I include myself in this), man, are we a fat country. We all know this. It's evident all the time everyday, but you really can't help but be struck anew by the depth of fatness when you're in a place like Bardstown. Even the relatively good looking people are fat as we discovered on our first stop, a tour of the Maker's Mark distillery. One benefit of traveling through the south is that no matter how fat you are, you will always find somebody who is much fatter. Usually, more than just one somebody. You get to feel better by comparison, so it can be great.

    Bardstown oozes old town cuteness in the middle of pastoral splendor which is ruined for me mainly by aggressive mosquitos. I have no idea where you're supposed to sleep other than the Bates or a B&B that was at one time the county jail so you're on your own there. The best thing about the restaurants in town is that you always seem to have to walk through the bar to get the dining room. The town's establishments have the longest bourbon lists you've ever seen, in fact they are longer than you could possibly imagine. I'm not clear why Bardstown has chosen Stephen Foster as their hero, but the town has managed to associate itself with Foster and holds an annual music festival dedicated to him . I associate Foster's music with slavery and sentimentality about the old south, but for a certainty they've adopted him there. And that's Bardstown for you, or at least as far as we got into the place.

    However, from there we drove to the Maker's Mark distillery., The roads were undulating and twisting, narrow two lane country affairs perfect for the car's strengths. I drove into the distillery and Paul drove out and it was the best driving of the trip. The car exists for that, it's hard to find flaw when you're driving roads such as those. Interestingly, they're much like the roads I've seen and imagine exist all around Hethel. The hardest part of this car, and for big guys like us is getting in and out which takes some twisting of its own. Once you're cocooned inside, it's quite comfortable. The AC worked fine in humid mid-summer southern heat which was a tremendous relief to me.

    Paul can tell you about the distillery tour if he wants but if he doesn't, I'll pick up there.

    This was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We all have different dreams and wants. Owning a very selfish high performance car has been a dream for me for almost as long as I can remember. Sometimes we get our wishes met and they don't meet expectations or it seems to come out differently than we imagined. How the Lotus works out in the long run remains to be seen, but these last four days have been priceless. I'm really grateful my life has allowed me to do this and that's the real blessing here, I hope you all have the opportunity to check off a big one for yourselves one day really soon. Just realizing I could do it has been the biggest thrill. That said, the reality has been a blast.
    Nice post Lew.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dryfoot View Post
    ". . . two hours behind the wheel of the Lotus."

    Still like push rods?
    Can't I like pushrods, dohc, desmos, pneumatic valve trains, wankels, turbines, hybrids, two strokes, electric, steam and fuel cell powered vehicles equally???

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    I've done several distillery tours over many years and it was a great pleasure to introduce Lew to a bourbon distiller. We went to Maker's Mark, which is just so well done and such a pretty setting. And also at the end of a really great Kentucky two lane winding rural road.

    Maker's has teamed with artist Dale Chihuly to add a few noteworthy glass installations to their facility. Here is a very cool one located in one of the rickhouses.

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    Well done Lew! Is a video out of the question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    I just spent two hours behind the wheel of the Lotus. Dream machine.

    Jealous bitches?
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    Quote: "How cool is it that my spell checker recognizes covfefe? " - Paul Pless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    I've done several distillery tours over many years and it was a great pleasure to introduce Lew to a bourbon distiller. We went to Maker's Mark, which is just so well done and such a pretty setting. And also at the end of a really great Kentucky two lane winding rural road.

    Maker's has teamed with artist Dale Chihuly to add a few noteworthy glass installations to their facility. Here is a very cool one located in one of the rickhouses.

    Without me and jealous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Can't I like pushrods, dohc, desmos, pneumatic valve trains, wankels, turbines, hybrids, two strokes, electric, steam and fuel cell powered vehicles equally???

    Pushrods forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Today was the best...I'm really grateful my life has allowed me to do this and that's the real blessing here, I hope you all have the opportunity to check off a big one for yourselves one day really soon. Just realizing I could do it has been the biggest thrill. That said, the reality has been a blast.
    These kinds of days are what we all live for. So glad you had some good loving people around to enjoy the moments. And thank you for sharing this with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Today was the best. After we left the Bates, we had a chubbah-fying southern breakfast at Mammy's Kitchen in Bardstown. Bardstown is worth some discussion. Kentucky in general is worth talking about.

    Let me start by saying (and I include myself in this), man, are we a fat country. We all know this. It's evident all the time everyday, but you really can't help but be struck anew by the depth of fatness when you're in a place like Bardstown. Even the relatively good looking people are fat as we discovered on our first stop, a tour of the Maker's Mark distillery. One benefit of traveling through the south is that no matter how fat you are, you will always find somebody who is much fatter. Usually, more than just one somebody. You get to feel better by comparison, so it can be great.

    Bardstown oozes old town cuteness in the middle of pastoral splendor which is ruined for me mainly by aggressive mosquitos. I have no idea where you're supposed to sleep other than the Bates or a B&B that was at one time the county jail so you're on your own there. The best thing about the restaurants in town is that you always seem to have to walk through the bar to get the dining room. The town's establishments have the longest bourbon lists you've ever seen, in fact they are longer than you could possibly imagine. I'm not clear why Bardstown has chosen Stephen Foster as their hero, but the town has managed to associate itself with Foster and holds an annual music festival dedicated to him . I associate Foster's music with slavery and sentimentality about the old south, but for a certainty they've adopted him there. And that's Bardstown for you, or at least as far as we got into the place.

    However, from there we drove to the Maker's Mark distillery., The roads were undulating and twisting, narrow two lane country affairs perfect for the car's strengths. I drove into the distillery and Paul drove out and it was the best driving of the trip. The car exists for that, it's hard to find flaw when you're driving roads such as those. Interestingly, they're much like the roads I've seen and imagine exist all around Hethel. The hardest part of this car, and for big guys like us is getting in and out which takes some twisting of its own. Once you're cocooned inside, it's quite comfortable. The AC worked fine in humid mid-summer southern heat which was a tremendous relief to me.

    Paul can tell you about the distillery tour if he wants but if he doesn't, I'll pick up there.

    This was a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We all have different dreams and wants. Owning a very selfish high performance car has been a dream for me for almost as long as I can remember. Sometimes we get our wishes met and they don't meet expectations or it seems to come out differently than we imagined. How the Lotus works out in the long run remains to be seen, but these last four days have been priceless. I'm really grateful my life has allowed me to do this and that's the real blessing here, I hope you all have the opportunity to check off a big one for yourselves one day really soon. Just realizing I could do it has been the biggest thrill. That said, the reality has been a blast.
    This last bit. This bit I like.

    This is YOUR dream. It sure ain't mine, but, because of you, I've lived the dream, eh? I've become invested in the supercar dream. I've become inspired to pursue my own Dream a bit, but also entertained by the fulfillment of yours.
    What I mean is, you have lived The Dream, which we can all relate to, whether Our Dream is a car, or not. Some dream of cars, some airplanes, some motorbikes (I hear some idiots even dream of WOODEN boats, and there are some starry eyed saps who dream of BUILDING a boat from WOOD, of all things) some drones... Whatever.

    You captured it, though, I think. The sweetness is partially in the dreaming, but also partly in the realizing. Once the dream has been realized, well... Who knows?
    But the adventure of The Dream is over, and now the car just becomes part of daily reality. It's not a Dreamcar any more. Now, it's just Your Car.

    Thanks for dreaming, Yo. And living the dream. And sharing the dream.
    You are inspiring to certain of us, eh.

    Peace,
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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    This last bit. This bit I like.

    This is YOUR dream. It sure ain't mine, but, because of you, I've lived the dream, eh? I've become invested in the supercar dream. I've become inspired to pursue my own Dream a bit, but also entertained by the fulfillment of yours.
    What I mean is, you have lived The Dream, which we can all relate to, whether Our Dream is a car, or not. Some dream of cars, some airplanes, some motorbikes (I hear some idiots even dream of WOODEN boats, and there are some starry eyed saps who dream of BUILDING a boat from WOOD, of all things) some drones... Whatever.

    You captured it, though, I think. The sweetness is partially in the dreaming, but also partly in the realizing. Once the dream has been realized, well... Who knows?
    But the adventure of The Dream is over, and now the car just becomes part of daily reality. It's not a Dreamcar any more. Now, it's just Your Car.

    Thanks for dreaming, Yo. And living the dream. And sharing the dream.
    You are inspiring to certain of us, eh.

    Peace,
    Robert
    I think that it is less about materialism here in a life well played. It is a culmination of a series of choices that Lew has made that brought him to this point. While it is true that this Lotus is just a car when he sees it in the drive way, it has a meaning that goes beyond that. I really like the fact that one can connect a special object to an arrived personal perspective and share the joy of achievement with others. Cars, bikes, boats, planes and the other stuff we covet as we dream are just points along this life's journey. I look forward to the day I can rest my hand on the hood of this car and hear a few stories about stuff that happened along the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    I think that it is less about materialism here in a life well played. It is a culmination of a series of choices that Lew has made that brought him to this point. While it is true that this Lotus is just a car when he sees it in the drive way, it has a meaning that goes beyond that. I really like the fact that one can connect a special object to an arrived personal perspective and share the joy of achievement with others. Cars, bikes, boats, planes and the other stuff we covet as we dream are just points along this life's journey. I look forward to the day I can rest my hand on the hood of this car and hear a few stories about stuff that happened along the way.
    Werd.

    What I really look forward to is the next Dream, though. Dreams are what make life worth livng.

    Peace,
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    Ted, Rob, you're both excellent! And your names came up, fondly noted along with many others as Paul and I enjoyed this experience together. We're all connected because we chose to be.
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    Man.
    Bob and Ted's Excellent Adventure needs to happen. I just need to find a phone booth. Hehehe.

    The hilarious part is, Ted really does resemble the character, as I do Bill. Dang. Wyld Stallyns ride!

    It is pleasant to have this crazy place to share time with like minds. And unlike. I truly look forward to the day I can meet each of you. There are a few Rats that have become real friends, and I think it is amazing. There are a few Rats I owe tremendous debts of gratitude to. A generous, friendly bunch, for the most part. Even the ones who don't know they are.

    The Imperial Tour is going to happen. Not as originally, laughingly planned, but the wheels are turning, so to speak.

    Peace,
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    P.S. Is the guy who did the glass work in the distillery the same who did the Bellagio (I think they had the glass flowers?) do you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lew Barrett View Post
    Ted, Rob, you're both excellent! And your names came up, fondly noted along with many others as Paul and I enjoyed this experience together. We're all connected because we chose to be.
    Most Excellent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    Can't I like pushrods, dohc, desmos, pneumatic valve trains, wankels, turbines, hybrids, two strokes, electric, steam and fuel cell powered vehicles equally???

    Pushrods forever!

    You don't like SOHC? What's wrong with you?
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