Monday, May 21, 2012
This is Mr. C and his beloved Super Car. This photo is actually from last October when we attended the Lotus Owners Group Convention in Las Vegas.
So Mr. C is constantly rebuilding and tuning this car as that is what makes him happiest. No horsepower increase is ever too much. If the transmission becomes too weak for the extra horsepower then you merely rebuild the transmission to be able to take the horses when they gallop. Same with the clutch. So Mr. C had just put this engine back together and started the car for the first time on Sunday while I was grocery shopping. When I came home he said, "let's go for a drive". I said, "already?!!" I am not one who enjoys any drama with vehicles. I love cars but I loathe car troubles. If there is even a tiny hiccup I freak out! Always have and always will as far as I am concerned. Yes, I must go along on the shake down run because I am holding the super heavy computer that is connected like an umbilical cord to the car's brains.
And there is a very special driving sequence that Mr. C must perform to get the car to re-map properly. Okay now I know I have lost you...
Well, we went for a drive and about halfway Mr. C saw smoke and decided we would turn around and come home. Then the throttle stuck wide open! I am not amused. Thank goodness Mr. C knows how to react and come safely to a stop...off the freeway. We continue home and leave the car for another day. NO!!!
After a couple of hours we are off again for another test drive. Can't I please just stay home? NO!!!
Mr. C has fixed the throttle and all seems really well. The car is blindingly fast and I am holding the computer. Smoke? Mr. C says, "I see smoke" and then he says, "I see a lot of smoke". I turn my head and I see FIRE! FLAMES!! Big flames just behind my head and in the engine. Again, Mr. C is able to safely get off the freeway and pull into a driveway of a Chevron station. I run inside to ask for a fire extinguisher. The woman is a complete panic and disappears and never returns with one. Instead she called the fire department. I see one on the wall and some guy from outside helps me get it. The crowd has gathered. I have no camera. My wonderful Mr. C has gotten a hose and poured water on the fire and it is out.
The car is drawing lots of attention for its good looks and exotic stance.
Up roars the full size fire truck with sirens screaming. Next the fire chief arrives. A police car with officer arrives. The fire is out so all the cute guys had to do was get our personal information and put out some kitty-litter drying material. They did see that the fuel line had burned through and was leaking fuel so the fire chief got his vise grips to clamp it off. Both the fire department and the police officer offered to call AAA for me as I had my card out in plain sight. Unfortunately they are not able to do so because of some rule. So I make the call and in about 20 minutes the flatbed tow truck arrives. Getting such a low profile car onto the flatbed was quite the ordeal. The truck driver was terribly grouchy as he had a horrible toothache and didn't feel well. Fortunately the firemen were all able to help Mr. C lift the car's front end to clear the drag onto the bed of the truck. Whew! Goodbye adorable cute very young firemen. Thank you for all of your help and care and concern. Thank you Mr. Police officer for your help and concern. A very special thank you to Mr. Fire Chief who drove me home the 2 miles and who had given me a bottle of cold water to drink. Mr. C rode with grouchy.
It was a lovely Sunday and we met the nicest local guys who were so helpful and caring.
I feel really bad for Mr. C, however the car is not super bad off. He merely has to do a lot of rebuilding and fine tuning once again. It will take a while as the special fuel lines are not available here in the states at this time. This is his summer enjoyment car and it looks like no driving it for quite a while. He so loves this car.
This has been a difficult year for us so far but we are both so fortunate and thankful that nothing major is in the mix. Yesterday could have been a total disaster yet here we are to enjoy another day.
I will be baking some cookies later this week to deliver to the local fire station and headquarters.
It is good to be safe and secure at home. May you each have a wonderful week of enjoyment...