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    Quote Originally Posted by DStew View Post
    Tyler,
    I’ll be back in SF from May 5, you’re quite welcome to come to Marin Co to check my CSR for size,
    no handshakes or even fist bumps these odd times, but happy to talk Sevens anytime.
    PS - are you the kind Tyler who helped me jump the line for Race Gas at Laguna a few years ago?
    Cheers
    DStew
    Are you Darren? If so, how could I not let you cut in line after taking me for a ride in your CSR at Thill... I'm still thinking of that ride hence my need for a 7 of my own.

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidL View Post
    Tyler,
    I'm in Menlo Park, and have a 1990 S3 Caterham. De Dion, with adjustable seats and the "long-cockpit" chassis (I believe they all were by 1990). You would be welcome to come and sit in it and drive it, but probably best after the shelter-in-place order is lifted. I'm shorter than you, but my wife has a 34" inseam (and stands 5'8") and she can drive it no problem. Bring your narrowest shoes!

    MY guess is you'll fit no problem.

    Cheers, -David
    Awesome- I work in Redwood City so that's right in my hood. I will definitely take you up on the offer. PM inbound.

    Quote Originally Posted by MoPho View Post
    If you are near Walnut Creek, you're welcome to squeeze into mine, though it has the Tillet seats
    I will likely take you up on your offer as well. I am planning on Tillets and lowered floor, as it seems those options will be necessary for me to fit. PM inbound.

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    Knifey:

    Shoe size is also an issue, both length AND width. Wear driving shoes or be prepared to drive in your socks. You will definitely be on the tight side, assuming you fit at all. Getting in and out, esp with a fixed steering wheel, can be challenging. Stomach protrusion can be a factor as well....

    And, imagine doing it with the top in place, or better yet, maybe one of the generous volunteers here will have the top up for you to sample?

    Also, the lowered floors put your butt just that much closer to the pavement. Since these have about 3 &1/2" ride height+ whatever height the seat offers, there is not a lot of room to work with. The Tilets do really open up the usable room, I have had both configurations. Stock are much more comfortable, but Tilets aren't bad and are much better for track use.

    MoPho: long time!
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    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car
    '19 Honda Type R, sold
    '19 Miata Clubsport

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    I'm 6'-2" and about 255lbs and drive my Birkin S3 pretty comfortably even on a 100 mile day. Standard floor with the Birkin padded "shell" style seats and fixed steering wheel. The seat is moved back as far as it will go and the pedal box is as far forward as the adjustments will allow. And yes, I need to wear my skinny shoes in order to use one pedal at a time. I do have to look through the top of the windshield frame some of the time.

    I'm in NorCal about 30 miles east of Sacramento, if you find yourself in the area you are welcome to have a test sit.

    Chris

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    Birkin, like Caterham, makes a slightly larger model called the XS (extra space) that is like the Caterham SV. Gherkin has a standard Birkin (AFAIK) and how he fits into it I do not know:at 5'9"/160 lbs I found my '09 Birkin, even with ultra-thin Caterham Tilet seats, just barely roomy enough. I don't doubt that he fits, but if you are tempted by a Bikin, which I found to be at least the equal of my Caterhams, I'd try it on for size as well.
    Kitcat:AKA, Sir Spinsalot
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car
    '19 Honda Type R, sold
    '19 Miata Clubsport

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    I intentionally avoided the term "roomy"...

    I don't track my car, for street it works for me but maybe in the more dynamic track environment it would be nice to have a bit more room.

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    So I sat in mopho's s3 with tillett's and standard floors. I fit surprisingly well. Pedal spacing was not an issue with race shoes (I didn't test with sneakers, but I doubt they'd work with my size 12). Seat was tight but manageable. So I've decided to order a narrow body. I like the feeling of wearing the car.

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