Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Fame at last!!

Whilst our Dream Machines Lotus has been criss-crossing the county, we've tried to follow it's progress.

This week we were joined by the Daily Mail who reported:

"Police Sergeant Paul Masterson is looking pleased after getting his hands on Britain's fastest Panda car - a 140mph Lotus. The £35,000 Lotus Exige complete with Sussex Police livery can accelerate to 60mph in just 4.1 seconds - and was road tested by officers in Hastings.
The 220 brake horsepower motor has a top speed of just under 150 mph and is being used to tackle boy racers.

The Lotus, which is marked like a normal police car is only driven by police class 1 drivers who have gone through months of driver training courses.

Sergeant Masterson, who works on the force's casualty reduction team, said the Lotus was the fastest police car that he knew of though standard police cars can reach similar speeds.
"As far as I know it probably is the fastest quoted speed of any police car I know of - certainly in the South East region," he said.

"Its top speed is just shy of 150 mph which is what most of our patrol cars can do anyway."
Sergeant Masterson described the car as impressive but said that it sounded like a normal police car with a standard exhaust on it.

A self-confessed car enthusiast Sergeant Masterson said that he now drives a people carrier off-duty but used to have a taste for sporty Fords.

He added the car was not not an operational police car and unable to get involved in high speed chases: "The idea is that drivers will come to us and have a chat," he said.

"We generally turn up at events where youngsters hang out.

"With this vehicle they actually come over and want to talk to us. Then we introduce the road safety message."

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Round and round she goes!

Our Dream Machines Lotus has been on a whirlwind tour of the county over the last two weeks.

It made an appearance in Hastings this week at a public meeting to address anti social driving - and the Meridian TV cameras were there to record the occasion.

The car will be in the north of the county around Crawley and Horsham this weekend in support of an operation to tackle anti social driving in the town centres. The Lotus is supporting a young driver initiative around both towns and will be returning to Horsham on the 16th for the Sussex Lotus owners meeting following a similar event for Kent Lotus owners on the 13th at Brenzett before, a week later, attending another street meeting with young drivers on the 19th in Horsham.

Why not make an effort to look us up - and perhaps have your photo taken?

Eastbourne Motor Show

Once again, our Lotus was a real star of the show at the recent Eastbourne Motor Show - doesn't she look great??!!