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  1. #801
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    Welcome! I'm not as tall as you but have the same inseam, I've owned a regular Caterham and a Birkin and both were a tight fit, not only in terms of length/height but the pedal box is very tight width wise. I have just bought an SV and while I'd agree with your comments about the difference in appearance I am very excited to be able to fit comfortably and to be able to press one pedal at a time

    Not sure where your travels take you but if you map them out I'm sure you'll find someone nearby, I'm around the MA/NH line if you're ever up this way, my car should get here this weekend.

  2. #802
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    I made an intro thread but it disappeared. I'm assuming it's pending approval?

    Here is mine

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    2001 Caterham Superlight R

  3. #803
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    Hi everyone Im Josh from Chattanooga, TN. Starting to look at Caterhams to purchase next year. Will be completely debt free at 38 years old so I told the wife to be prepared for another car purchase. Ive had multiple sports cars/ fun cars. Built a Factory Five Daytona Coupe 7 years ago and tracked it a few times and put about 7000 street miles on it. Got tired of burning up in it during the summer and folding up to get in the little door opening. Ordered a 2015 Mustang and fitted it with full Steeda suspension for track days and got bored with it cause its so heavy. Im ready to get back to the simplify and add lightness theory. Probably be in the market for a used R300, R400 or 360R next year.

  4. #804
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    Good to see your here after your post on LotusTalk. There are many knowledgeable and helpful people here. Good luck finding the right car for you!
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    Jon
    2008 Lotus Elise S/C
    1985 Twin Cam Powered Caterham (sold)

  5. #805
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    Yep, still kicking around Caterham or Evora 400. Came here to get info on the Caterhams. Really like a simple car with no driver aids. Traction control to me is knowing how much right pedal it needs.

  6. #806
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNcoupe View Post
    Yep, still kicking around Caterham or Evora 400. Came here to get info on the Caterhams. Really like a simple car with no driver aids. Traction control to me is knowing how much right pedal it needs.
    After a decade + of riding bikes and just recently getting a car of my dreams (Cat) my advice for you decision is to decide whether you want a fun car or a 4 wheel motorcycle. And I mean that with the negatives as much as a positive. It sits next to my bikes (I have 7 total) and for the first time in my life I find myself asking when I'm going to find time to ride them as when the time and weather agree for the bikes they also agree for the 7 and I find myself for now to just be taking the Caterham.

    Until I get a roof I find myself being even more weather averse with the 7 as the bikes don't melt in the parking lot if I take it to work and it rains, but I really don't want to be drying carpets and have other issues with the car being soaked.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vovchandr View Post
    After a decade + of riding bikes and just recently getting a car of my dreams (Cat) my advice for you decision is to decide whether you want a fun car or a 4 wheel motorcycle. And I mean that with the negatives as much as a positive. It sits next to my bikes (I have 7 total) and for the first time in my life I find myself asking when I'm going to find time to ride them as when the time and weather agree for the bikes they also agree for the 7 and I find myself for now to just be taking the Caterham.

    Until I get a roof I find myself being even more weather averse with the 7 as the bikes don't melt in the parking lot if I take it to work and it rains, but I really don't want to be drying carpets and have other issues with the car being soaked.
    I prefer to have an R model with no carpet. Ive never owned a car without a top so I dont know what its like. Bad thing here in TN is it rains almost everyday during the summer at 3pm.

  8. #808
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    Quote Originally Posted by TNcoupe View Post
    I prefer to have an R model with no carpet. Ive never owned a car without a top so I dont know what its like. Bad thing here in TN is it rains almost everyday during the summer at 3pm.
    My SLR not only came with carpet, but it even has floor mats .

    From what I hear full OEM top is bulky, heavy and a PITA, so my plan is to have a rain cover and a half hood from softbits to get me around with inclement weather. Should do the job.
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Welcome TNcoupe!


    Vovchandr - If you go the half hood approach then you should also get a mesh screen that velcros over the roll cage and runs vertically down to where the belts mount onto the chassis rail. Why? Well as you drive along a wet road, a fine spray kicks up and gets sucked under the halfhood from the rear, ultimately landing on your neck and back of the head unless you have the mesh screen there. Its pretty simple to make or look on UK Ebay for ones that appear from time to time. The SBFS one is not really big enough to wrk effectively.
    Mike
    2010 Caterham CSR with Cosworth 2.3 Duratec

    1975 BMW CSL Group 4 (restoration - awaiting new engine)
    1977 Holden Torana "A9X" (awaiting restoration)
    1985 Holden Commodore Group A (restoration - awaiting engine rebuild)
    1982 Ferrari 400i (catching up on deferred maintenance)
    1965 Ford Mustang Fastback "Holman Moody"
    1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
    1991 Range Rover

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    Josh, good hunting for just the right car. About that 3:00 PM rain date. My first car was a 32-33 Ford street rod with no top, etc. Since I lived in Mexico City, I had a similar situation to yours. There, it rained all summer for 20 minutes at 4:00 PM. I carried a tarp in the truck to throw over the car and simply had a cafe to wait it out. If the weather is as reliable as that, you just plan ahead and work around it. With the driving joy of a Seven, we don't need no stinking top, windows, AC, radio, sat/nav, power steering, cruise control, ...

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