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Old 02-04-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Jay Leno owns a pretty nice Lotus Elan and put up a decent video of it the other day. I never realized how much they look like an NA miata. Impressive performance for 69' too.

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My car doesn't look like that anymore, but there was a time when it did
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That was an awesome video, thanks. Looks pretty damn quick, too.
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wow that was awesome
lightyears ahead in 69. pop up lights, radio, electric windows, etc.

and i couldnt agree more with how big horsepower isnt everything. too many people overlook the weight of a car and the power to weight ratio
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Wow man thats for the link. Very cool video and car indeed.
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I'm so torn between love and hate with Jay Leno. Sometimes I want to see him empty an Uzi clip in his mouth and blow doritos out the back of his head (Bill Hicks), and other times I want to praise him for driving bad *** cars that most people would rather rub with a diaper.
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go to 14:07, it has a swirl pot.

(and a header tank)
edit: ok, then he describes its function, lol.
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sounds like a nasty cam profile too. lol


I think we own the last car of an era. We'll never see "light," RWD, simple cars like ours ever again. I had that much fun last night driving my car through the hills in Austin.
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I'm so torn between love and hate with Jay Leno. Sometimes I want to see him empty an Uzi clip in his mouth and blow doritos out the back of his head (Bill Hicks), and other times I want to praise him for driving bad *** cars that most people would rather rub with a diaper.


I feel that same way, I love the car guy in him but can't stand his show.
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I feel that same way, I love the car guy in him but can't stand his show.
I couldn't agree more. Any one who owns a mix of vehicles like mclarens, vipers and y2k bikes really has some soul.
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Dang, that Elan is probably even faster than 2/3's of modern cars, 1600 pounds with almost 170hp and a 9500rpm redline. Granted it cost a bit to get it from 120ish hp to 170hp, still would beat up on a lot modern convertibles.
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I never realized how much they look like an NA miata.
You mean you never realized how much the NA Miata looks like it...
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Great video. Really makes me proud to own a car that was modeled after such an amazing vehicle. Im also split with Leno. Love his cars, and that he is a car guy, but dont like his show or his comedy.
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Id give my left nut.
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BTW, peep whats in the backround at the 1:26 mark.
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BTW, peep whats in the backround at the 1:26 mark.

That's Leno's Miata.
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I agree with Jay Leno. I drove a gallardo with paddles and although I'd love to own a Gallardo so I could sell it and buy a house and a green turbo miata, I think that without a doubt, the green car is more fun and I'd rather rape on the track with it.
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I saw Leno at a Casino in Vegas about 10 years ago. This was in the casino, not at a show. The guy looked really bad. Gray skin and worn out and this was 10 years ago. Just plain looked unhealthy. When he isn't "up" for the camera he looked like a sorry guy to me. Just wish I had his cash and collection.
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