Jun 16, 2013

This Lotus Must Be Eaten

1. A few weeks ago, a bright green 1974 Lotus Europa followed me up the road for a while.
2. Last week, a friend emailed me a cool Lotus concept car.
3. Yesterday, I saw an article about a motor yacht named Lotus in the paper.
4. A few hours later, I met the owner of a green Lotus Super 7 that happened to pull into the Safeway parking lot as my mom was buying some groceries.



The interesting thing about Lotus is that Colin Chapman, Lotus founder and CEO, was hired by John DeLorean to design the DeLorean motor car, which is... the time machine.

The irony is that DeLorean didn't have "time" to design his own sports car from scratch, so he hired Chapman to do it PDQ. The only way Chapman could do it, was by using an existing Lotus design - the Lotus Esprit - as the basic platform.

In sync logic, it is the Sacred Lotus that is the guts of the time machine.


Where we're going, we don't need roads.


7 comments:

Eleleth ר ק D said...

Lotus and Chapman????

"According to Lennon, the inspiration for the first two verses was the death of Tara Browne, the 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune who had crashed his Lotus Elan on 18 December 1966 in Redcliffe Gardens, Earls Court. Browne had been a friend of Lennon and McCartney." ("A Day in the Life")

Michael said...

Lotus' were built so lightly that they were known as "death traps". Some accused Chapman of manslaughter since so many of his drivers perished behind the wheel of his racing cars.

Eleleth ר ק D said...

http://www.sgt.peppercover.com/80_Doll_of_the_Hindu_goddess_Lakshmi.htm

http://i.imgur.com/jWpXRGT.jpg

Michael said...

Chapman's involvement in the DMC scandal, perhaps the largest of the 80's, revolved around his ever-present need for cash. This is apparently how it works - the lack of $ drives all innovation, either automotive or alchemical.

Michael said...

Is Lakshmi the China Doll?

ViolatoR HellSPawN said...

"And I beheld Satan fall as lightning from heaven..."
Lightning cashes and then a Lotus 7 drives out from an airstrip, driven by Number 6 in the opening sequence of The Prisoner. And lightning is thoroughly connected to the time machine DMC as well. I would love to see the Lotus in person, and the Delorean for that matter!

Michael said...

Thank you, V, for your timely comment on a strange series of personal syncs. I had a neighbor named Marty where one day, I saw a white balloon bouncing around at his doorstep, causing a very strange connection between BTTF and The Prisoner.

I bought a new microwave today, the company is at 777 Mark Street. Perfect for the first day of Julius, I suppose.

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