PH FLEET: LOTUS ELISE SPORT 135
Goodwood Revival leads to a revival of another kind in relation to Danny's Lotus
The reason for its resurrection was the Goodwood Revival. With a beautiful warm, sunny late summer's morning forecast, the offer of a lift down in a Citroen DS5 was unsurprisingly scorned in favour of an early morning blat through the beautiful Sussex countryside.
It might not have been the best drive I've ever had, but there was something about the combination of car, conditions, roads and our period of separation that elevated the experience.
For a first timer like me, Revival itself was a brilliant event. So much thought and effort has gone into the period detail that you can't help but feel immersed in a glamorous time warp. And, of course, the racing itself is breathtaking.
Watching priceless classics trading paint while holding lazy four wheel drifts is something that will never get boring and a welcome antithesis to the endless grip of most modern race cars.
After the chequered flag was waved for the Can-Am racers at the end of the day, it felt pretty special to walk back to my own little classic and even more special to enjoy its simple pleasures on the drive home. So, Lord March, please accept my thanks, not only for entertaining and enthralling the public on a grand scale, but reviving a love affair on a much more personal level.
Car: 1998 Lotus Elise Sport 135
Run by: Danny Milner
Bought: October 2010
Purchase price: £9,500
This month at a glance: Revival breathes new life into a relationship
Why's the Elise apparently slower on its fancy new suspension?
Rain stops play so Danny reads some old reviews of his car
New suspension and a shakedown at Abbeville
A Lotus joins the PH Fleet!