So Lotus's big Paris bang has finally gone off. Its five-strong model family is officially laid bare for all to see. Now the scrutiny begins.
The press conference itself was Paris's busiest by some distance. I arrived 10 minutes early but still couldn't get near the front of the stand. But I was close enough to see all I needed to.
The cars, I liked – for the most part. I'm pretty sure the idea of a V8-engined 'gentleman's GT' with a heavy metal folding roof – the Elite – would make Chapman's blood boil, but I liked the look of the important ones: Elise, Elan and Esprit. They've even left room undeneath the new Elise for a £20k, lightweight, four-cylinder model. A proper Lotus, you might say.
What I didn't like - nobody I've spoken to did, in fact - was the parade of so-called celebrities that Lotus rolled out to take the covers off their vital new models. These cars are supposed to be the future for a sports car maker loved by proper car enthusiasts the world over.
And yet one of them was brought into the world by Brian May and Naomi Campbell. Let's hope that was because Mario Andretti was too busy back-combing his 'fro to make it.