Motor (Australia) - - CONTENTS - Kam Agh­tan, via email

What’s pleas­ing or dis­pleas­ing you in the world of per­for­mance cars?

I’M A LONG time reader, but first time ven­ter, so keep the good stuff com­ing! I was flick­ing through your cur­rent is­sue just be­fore and saw that the new Civic Type R won BFYB and PCOTY. What a cracker of a lap time, too (as a fre­quent track-day at­tendee at Win­ton, that lap time is pretty epic for a stan­dard car on stan­dard tyres in my books)! Now, I’ve been in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion to have owned a num­ber of great per­for­mance cars and am also lucky to be at a point in life where I can start to cre­ate a per­ma­nent col­lec­tion. Co­in­ci­den­tally, the two cars I have in my per­ma­nent col­lec­tion are both PCOTY win­ners. It got me think­ing I should be col­lect­ing cars based on your PCOTY win­ners, but where to start? Well, wouldn’t it be great to read an ar­ti­cle that uses a vari­ant of the BFYB for­mula on the past PCOTY win­ners based on their cur­rent sec­ond-hand val­ues, not to men­tion a round-up of the al­ls­tars for some back-to-back com­par­isons. That would be a great read and in­ter­est­ing to see how far things have come. I have two cars from dif­fer­ent ends of the spec­trum, a 2002 S15/200SX and a 2007 997 GT3. I wouldn’t say that one car is more fun than the other. The GT3 is more re­ward­ing when you find the groove and can stitch to­gether con­sis­tently good lap times. How­ever, for the money, the 200SX is so much fun and be­cause ev­ery­thing hap­pens at such a slower pace it feels like the track is twice as wide and you can just have a huge laugh throw­ing it around. Lucky you! An in­ter­est­ing idea re­gard­ing the past PCOTY win­ner show­down, we will mull it over. Just off the top of our heads, though, per­haps the next past PCOTY win­ner to con­sider is an E46 M3...

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