Lucid Air Adventure: Day 3

Ethel Walsh

Our author Andy Reid is driving a Lucid Air for his time in Arizona for auction 7 days, you can follow the second portion of his journey here.

Working day 3 with the Lucid Air Grand Touring started off out like day 2: with frost on the windshield. This is once again one thing that is new for me in Arizona in the course of auction 7 days, and not a purpose I go to Arizona in January. Happily, because of to the fast-on heater the windshield was defrosted speedily, and I built my way to Bonhams at the Westin Kierland to give the to start with of two auction excursions for the working day.

The Lucid arrives at Bonhams

The Air is a extremely serene position to start out the day, pretty tranquil such as a absence of wind sounds. I have now completely mastered the art of a person pedal driving, it is just a subject of lifting off to slow down for site visitors or to cease at a mild. The seemingly infinite torque readily available is also one thing I am setting up to acquire for granted and I will probable have to adjust to driving gas-run vehicles soon after a week at the rear of the wheel of this remarkable car.

I took a stroll-through of the Bonhams auction structure and planned the tour. At the very same time, I ran into a range of friends, reexamined a several autos that I am scheduling to bid for on Friday, and then waited for the members to clearly show up. All 40 ended up suitable on time and I gave the tour of the auction, outlining my historical past of buying and offering at Bonhams as very well as my 22 yrs of encounter with the staff there. I definitely like this auction and the vehicles they are featuring this year are a good blend of inexpensive all the way to leading tier multi-million-dollar collector vehicles.

Trent testing out the Lucid

After the tour I ran into my good friend Trent Abbot from Hagerty. He desired to see the Lucid, so I gave him a brief stroll all around tour of the auto and experienced him sit in the driver’s seat. He, like every person else I showed the car or truck, quickly recognized the unbelievable suit and complete of the vehicle, particularly liking the dash and regulate structure. Immediately after this I acquired into the Air and headed as immediately as I could throughout town to the Arizona Biltmore where by RM Sotheby’s is situated for my 2:30 pm tour.

I dropped the automobile at the Biltmore valet, creating sure he understood how to operate all the controls, and went in excess of to the RM bidder registration desk to get my credentials as properly as to the media desk to get my go. Substantially like Bonhams, the buyer service at RM Sotheby’s is marvelous and all the people today I have labored with there are amazing.

I ran into Brad Phillips from RM Sotheby’s and observed out he would be becoming a member of me for the tour. This was great news as I have recognised Brad for almost 20 decades from going on rallies, to getting my insurance policy take a look at research buddy, and understanding just about every other so perfectly would make us a fantastic group for these types of gatherings.

Immediately after wanting above the structure of the auction and organizing my route, Brad and I met the 45 attendees. I gave them a quick overview of the way RM does business enterprise and my knowledge there as a buyer and a vendor, with the highlight getting that I have marketed and aided offer extra than 200 cars at RM like the Janis Joplin Porsche 356 cabriolet, all for fantastic money. Apart from marketing my very own vehicles, I have introduced clientele to obtain and sell their individual.

We talked about 25 of the vehicles on give at the sale, answered a lot of great issues, and discussed how awesome the offering of supercars they had was, and how these vehicles are very very hot in the market now.

Right after the tour I built ideas to fulfill up with Brad later, as we experienced a dinner to show up at. I permit him know that I was driving a Lucid and offered him a trip which he immediately recognized.

Soon after investing one more number of hrs searching at the autos supplied, which includes a 1971 Iso Grifo that I am arranging on bidding on the following working day, I met Brad, and we headed around to valet parking to retrieve the Lucid.

When the motor vehicle arrived, I astonished Brad by getting him get in to travel it to supper. Now Brad Phillips has pushed and owned as quite a few different cars as I have but he was instantly staggered by the efficiency offered by the Lucid Air.

Appears to be like Brad is a Lucid normal!

What is far more remarkable is that we initially experienced the car or truck set in cruise manner, which is the cheapest functionality method the Lucid offers. At a light-weight I switched it to the greatest overall performance environment and informed him to strike it difficult. The sheer general performance and instantaneous velocity of the motor vehicle blew his brain, significantly like it did for me and we laughed our way to supper.

Following evening meal, I drove Brad back again to the Biltmore and then headed back to my individual resort for the night time.

The working day ended with a whole of 126 miles driven, no challenges, and 255 miles still left on the battery. Of course, the dash method does acquire away from the battery existence extra than cruise method. I know I have only actually alluded to the incredible functionality available by the Lucid Air Grand Touring, but I will protect far more of what feels like to push the vehicle at greatest efficiency in the future segment.

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