Nothing but positive comments here in France. If the car is parked in front of the house and little kids pass by showing interest I always offer them a sit in it. They love it.
The very first comment/question was, “has it got a V8.”
many have asked if it is road legal ( yes I was in traffic st the time)
and, of course, “how fast does it go?”
i still love the ones that ask, “what is it?” Ummmm, that would be the big CATERHAM word scrawled across the side of the car. If the lights change I just say it’s a Lotus. And smile.
Overwhelmingly positive, but they haven’t seen how I drive.
Man standing at traffic lights ``Is that a buggy? I`ve got one in bits in my garage if you want it!`` Lights changed I went!
I sent a picture of my car to an exhaust shop when he wanted to know what it was, he replied " its death tram" I hung up.
Life's too short to drive milquetoast cars
The most common reactions to mine were
- nice car ! (said aloud by kids between 4 and 14 and women over 60; )
- , is it a Morgan ?
-my mate's got one these . only cost him £700 quid and an old Sierra ; what's yours based on? (Answer - Chapman's genius)
- on hearing i t' only ' had 2 litres, gratuitous advice that 'yer wanna gerra V8 in . it'll go proper then, chap ' (my pleas about weight and balance then go unheeded )
In this last year, 'have you finished the yet?' seems to be the most common one
The one I don't like is 'how much was it?' Why this question above others, and how do you answer? '£12000 in 2005, about £6000 is bits since?' 'It priceless', mind your own business?, same as your Focus?
Maybe next time Ill just pull a random figure from the back of Motorsport magazine classifieds - better still, POA
In Brussels, an old lady wheeling a trolley behind her, on a crossing, stopped dead in front and said "ohhhhh...belle voiture!".
Next day, dropping off my Belgian friend a young lad said something to his mum, I asked my friend what he'd said... it was "that's the car of a spy!"
Overwhelmingly positive comments, I don't think they invoke jealousy per se, just curiosity. It's a lovely aspect of Caterham ownership that people feel free to chat, compliment, enquire.
I forgot, two policeman comments, first after being given 'words of advice' after leaving a village at, lets say, 'pace'..."ive always wanted one of those, being a fan of the Prisoner..."
And a motorcycle policeman, at the lights by Lambeth Palace... "Oi! , Stirling".... ( he had a nice quick chat and headed off)
Good point, lots of people ask about price, often asking if they are still made. Sadly I really have little idea of what new Sevens cost (apart from "more than I can afford").
Democratic dissent is not disloyalty, it is a positive civic duty
Overwhelmingly positive here too. I try to always smile and wave back.
Most common question is which engine it has. It's usually me that tries to explain the Lotus/Caterham angle. And that I built (or assembled!) it.
Never been asked if it's a Morgan. What am I doing wrong?
Strange generalisation !!
Yes. But see BlatChat discussion of drivers of SUVs, German saloons, Jazzes...