Coupe Cartel Member Q&A | Jon Martin

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Starting a new Q&A feature in the monthly newsletter just for kicks. My friend Jon Martin was kind enough to be one of the first to respond. I think it will be fun getting to know fellow Clownshoe owners a bit better and getting their take on this random assortment of questions I’ve come up with. Hope you enjoy! If you’re interested in responding in an upcoming newsletter, shoot me and email and let me know!

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Where are you located?
Fort Collins, CO

VIN of your Clownshoe?

Mileage and how many miles have you recently driven–approximately–per year?
41K miles, 1.5-2k miles per year + ~2k miles for Dorkfest

How long did you want a Clownshoe before you bought yours?
12 years

Where did you buy your Clownshoe?
Gambacorta Motors in Delaware. The seller was the son of the dealership owner and actually had it about 40 miles away in Boulder, CO before shipping it to the east coast.

Top 5 mods you’ve done?
TC Kline D/A Coilovers
Powerflex Subframe Bushings
OEM Euro Floating Brake Rotors
ZHP Shift Knob
LeatherZ Console and Door Armrests

Favorite place to drive your Clownshoe?
Stove Prairie Road outside Fort Collins

What is your preferred variety of music to listen to on a road trip, favorite track?
Tool, Metallica, Led Zepplin

What’s the best road trip snack?
Gas station french vanilla cappuccino, sour gummy worms

Worst passenger in your Clownshoe?
My wife is usually the best passenger, but she did not enjoy the drive to Dorkfest 2012 with morning sickness.

If you could only refuel your Clownshoe and buy beverages–of any kind–from one, single gas station, which would it be?
Shell, not many other good options around here

What is the cheapest make and model of vehicle you’d consider to accept as a trade for your Clownshoe?
Pagani Zonda, maybe a Porsche Carrera GT in the right color combo

If your Clownshoe was crushed in a freak helicopter crash, what would you replace it with?
Another Clownshoe

If you could have optioned any color and interior for you Clownshoe, what would it have been?
Steel gray over imola red

Which Clownshoe would you like to trade with for a day?
I’d like to try Randy Forbes’s twin-screw supercharged coupe or Greg Jones’s turbocharged cosmos over kyalami sunroof-delete. As an additional bonus, Randy could use his day with my coupe replacing the rod bearings, and Greg could throw on a set of Superstars.

Best memory in your Clownshoe?
The very first bbq drive up Stove Prairie Road following Alex. I figured that since we had the same engine and suspension (at the time), I should theoretically be able to keep up. I had not experienced the coupe’s capabilities before that.

What mods do you plan to make on your Clownshoe in the near future?
Mason Engineering Strut Brace
Coated Rod Bearings
Technica Software

What question should have been asked that wasn’t, and what’s your answer?
What other coupes would I like to add to a theoretical collection?
Laguna Seca Blue over Gray (S54 or S52 repaint) for Jenn
Alpine White over Kyalami Orange or Imola Red (preferably high mileage S52)
Topaz Blue over Extended Walnut 3.0



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