I never met Rob Siegel, grew up in the Amherst/Northampton area in the 1970’s, love to write to the point that I have been a professional auto journalist on and off for years and bought a 1972 Europa TC in 1987. My Europa experiences have been vastly different. In 1985 I joined the regional and national clubs and sought advice on what to buy. The TC I could afford was, shall we say, a mess, but the bones were good and I had the support of friends who understood that I should not have a wrench in my hand without adult supervision. The TC had 168,000 on it when I bought it. Before water pump failure and pending divorce sidelined me and the car I used the Europa as a daily driver, in non-winter conditions. When it went off the road for a long slumber it showed over 355,000 miles. Sure, it was quirky, but I drove it like a car, and found out about what I had to watch out for over what time span and what to listen for. For me, once sorted, I found that there was nothing magical about keeping a Europa on the road. Yes, the handling is sublime. A current Caterham has similar feel and dynamics, very, very few other cars come close. I have not brought the TC back to life yet as a 1970 S2 fell into my lap a few years ago and my now 17 year old daughter is leading the restoration of the S2. She is more patient than I and has better mechanical sympathy for the car than I do. My 18 year old son has been eyeing my TC and that is next up. Our S2 was heavily “modified” by the previous owner and we are 100’s of hours into the S2 to bring it back to near original state. But again, we are getting help when needed from a supportive Lotus community and the car is expected to be moving under its own power by Spring 2018.