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Thread: California noob with some questions re: ordering new 7

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    I registered mine with only the aeroscreen through the DMV office in Los Gatos, but that was 20+ years ago.

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    Great- hopefully I won't hit any snags. It seems like the experience can vary a lot in between different DMV offices. I'll need to shop around perhaps. Los Gatos is only 45min or so from me.

    BTW I have been in contact with Bruce at Beachman - he seems on top of things so I may order from him even though he's out of state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnifeySpoony View Post
    BTW I have been in contact with Bruce at Beachman - he seems on top of things so I may order from him even though he's out of state.
    Its a bit difficult these days but I would normally suggest you make the effort to visit Bruce's facility. Its an impressive set up and he has a bunch of cars in various states of assembly/disassembly and that usually triggers some great discussion on options which gets you to a better plan on the options you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KnifeySpoony View Post
    ... BTW I have been in contact with Bruce at Beachman - he seems on top of things so I may order from him even though he's out of state.
    Good choice, Beachman is realistic and has excellent customer service.
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    I have quite a bit of experience with Rich Kamp (Kampena Motors); he did quite a bit of maintenance work and upgrades on my 1994 Caterham and eventually sold it for me on consignment. I have seen the work he does building new Caterhams in his shop; he is a bit slow but does meticulous work on the builds; I would love to someday have a car that he has built. He is a "one man show" and tends to work at his own pace; "deadlines" usually have a very fluid definition for Rich! He is a very nice guy and knows everything there is to know about Caterham and Lotus cars. I would STRONGLY recommend that you use Rich for your car because getting a Caterham licensed in CA (through the SB 100 program; which allows the car to be licensed and forever smog-exempt) is very tricky and somewhat arbitrary. Rich knows the nuances of the system and some tricks-of-the-trade that can greatly improve your odds of getting it licensed.

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    Although I ended up buying an imperial project car from a user on this forum, I've spoken to most of the US dealers and if I was going to buy a new car, I would not, for one second, go to anyone other than Josh at Rocky Mountain Caterham. This guy is an enthusiast first and a Caterham dealer second. Where in CA are you? I'm in San Diego.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centerfireman View Post
    I have quite a bit of experience with Rich Kamp (Kampena Motors); he did quite a bit of maintenance work and upgrades on my 1994 Caterham and eventually sold it for me on consignment. I have seen the work he does building new Caterhams in his shop; he is a bit slow but does meticulous work on the builds; I would love to someday have a car that he has built. He is a "one man show" and tends to work at his own pace; "deadlines" usually have a very fluid definition for Rich! He is a very nice guy and knows everything there is to know about Caterham and Lotus cars. I would STRONGLY recommend that you use Rich for your car because getting a Caterham licensed in CA (through the SB 100 program; which allows the car to be licensed and forever smog-exempt) is very tricky and somewhat arbitrary. Rich knows the nuances of the system and some tricks-of-the-trade that can greatly improve your odds of getting it licensed.
    Hmmm. I like that he's local (and well regarded). But I generally don't do well with people/businesses that operate on their own arbitrary time table. I think that even in a small niche market like this, you have to run your business like a business. I will reach out to Rich though, and see how it goes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrino View Post
    Although I ended up buying an imperial project car from a user on this forum, I've spoken to most of the US dealers and if I was going to buy a new car, I would not, for one second, go to anyone other than Josh at Rocky Mountain Caterham. This guy is an enthusiast first and a Caterham dealer second. Where in CA are you? I'm in San Diego.
    I am in the Bay Area. I'm still trying to find a local with an S3 to see if I fit. I want to put in my deposit ASAP but don't know which car to order...

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    You know what is good about this post thread - you have a bunch of happy customers recommending their dealer based on their own past experience. To have three positive dealer recommendations on the west coast is a good thing in support of Caterhams.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec
    2018 Caterham 420R with 2L Duratec 210hp at Donington UK
    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - engine and dry sump install time)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore SS Group A
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A
    1982 Ferrari 400i
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth WRC (fettling after long period of storage)
    1990 Range Rover 2 door Classic
    and another project car coming....

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    I built a 420R SV with lowered floor last year, I'm 6'5", 215lbs. SV was the right decision for me, lowered floor was essential.

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