1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit – If It Has A Burglar Alarm, Just Leave It Alone

Here is a highly uncommon sight here in the Midwest, at least outside of big cities like Chicago, Des Moines or St. Louis. Spotting a Lotus Turbo Esprit in the small town of Geneseo, IL (pop. 6,586), a mere twenty minute drive from the Quad Cities, is a rather rare experience.

If, like me, you grew up in the totally awesome 1980s, your most vivid memory of the Esprit could be of the white S1 from the film The Spy Who Loved Me. Kind of funny, thinking a British car could be watertight, eh? Ha! I guess Q Branch had really stepped up their game. “Now 007, we’ve installed rather numerous gaskets and grommets to ensure your car will stay leak-free. Do try not to destroy it this time!”

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Here’s the Road And Track Porsche and Lotus Comparo Test

Sucky and the beast.

This page gets fewer than 100 visitors a day right now. No surprise there — it’s brand new and the subject matter, namely moi, is not compelling. But more than half the visitors are searching for “jack baruth road and track”.

Well, here it is: Jack Baruth Road and Track. Don’t say I never did nothing for you, as my BMX mentor Richie Hetzel once said. Check it out, and let me know what you think.

So, I’m In Road & Track This Month


I’m pleased to announce (to the three people who haven’t heard me going on about it) that I have two pieces in the April issue of Road & Track. I’m also featured in the 2013 Boxster review; look for my top-vent Impact! helmet steering the porky Porsche around a narrow-radius turn at Carolina Motorsports Park.

Check it out and let me know what you think!