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cars personal V12 Vantage

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Manual registry is now live

The Aston Martin Vantage is a car that I have been fascinated with ever since it the VH II based V8 Vantage first came out in 2005. Luckily my Lotus dealer was also an Aston dealer and gave me a chance to take their demo V8 Vantage for a quick spin up CA-17 and back. However I found that while it was an achingly beautiful car in person, the performance of the original 4.3L cars did leave something to be desired. Aston seemed to understand this too and a few years later went to the 4.7L engine which improved performance but it still wasn’t a true supercar yet.… Read the rest

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A Michelin Tasting at Home

In the last year of COVID life I only made one multi course meal and it was a collection of old favourites that I put together for a Pandemic Thanksgiving meal. During the meal I was talking to our guests about those recipes when I realised that I hadn’t really made a truly new menu since my Potato Dinner of 2018. We got to talking about cookbooks at that meal and I brought out the Alinea and Manresa books to show people. I then spent the Christmas break going through the two books and marked out a selection of recipes that I thought were both interesting and practical to make at home.… Read the rest

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cars personal videos

Viper Video Feature

A Youtube Video that we shot in 2019 about the Viper has finally come out.

Talking about some of the flaws of the car

Comparing it to the Hellcat

The funny part is that these came out exactly a week after I sold the Viper. In total I had the viper for 2.5 years and really enjoyed my time with the car. I even used it as my daily driver for a few months and found it super practical to live with. I will definitely have to get a Gen V Viper some day.… Read the rest

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15 Year Anniversary of my 2006 Lotus Elise

Today was the 15 year anniversary of my picking up the Elise. I did post some pictures after years one and two but I figure a milestone event like this is worth a few more. Click through on the pictures to see them in more detail on Flickr.

Picked up from Los Gatos Luxury cars on 6-Dec-2005 some 5 months after I placed the build order. I was told that this was the first 2006 Elise delivered in California.
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Did the 1500 mile break-in down Highway 1. I was at the dealer 6 days after pickup with the odometer at 1490 miles.… Read the rest

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cars personal road trip V8 Stalker

Back in a Seven

Little America, WY

I am happy to announce that I am the new caretaker of this wonderful V8 Stalker and am back in the Seven life. When I sold my Ultralite a few years ago, I didn’t really miss it too much since I had my Elise as a track car. But then I went to Spa with some Sevens and remembered just how much fun they are on track. I decided that I would have buy another one at some point and ideally do either a bike engined Caterham or V8 Stalker to try out a different style of Seven. I wasnt actively looking but when the builder of this car poseted that he was thinking of selling it I was intrigued.… Read the rest