My first encounter with an Elise was 1996 in the Co-op car park in Werrington, Peterborough. Living in the flatlands I'd only ever seen a handful of sports cars outside of the relatively commonplace 911s.

Donington track day

I've driven other Elises on track before, but always with an instructor beside me to rein me in. I decided that after 2 years of managing not to have any more crashes, I could trust myself with my own Elise on track.