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.
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.
I'd wanted an Elise ever since it hit the headlines back in the mid '90s. I was barely old enough to have a driving licence then, but I loved the concept and couldn't wait to drive one.