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Ana­logue heir­looms

So Richard Meaden asks who wants one of th­ese au­ton­o­mous cars (Out­side Line, evo 220), rightly say­ing that no self-re­spect­ing driver would ask to be com­pletely re­moved from the process of driv­ing. But th­ese cars are not built for us – and I don’t mean car en­thu­si­asts, I mean our gen­er­a­tion. Th­ese cars are built for our chil­dren and theirs af­ter, gen­er­a­tions hav­ing grown up ex­pect­ing and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a higher level of au­ton­omy in all walks of life.

That is why in my will it states that my ana­logue driv­ers’ cars are to be passed on to my chil­dren and theirs af­ter­wards – with the ex­press in­struc­tions that they are not to be sold, but to be kept run­ning, driven reg­u­larly and above all en­joyed. Mark Jack­son

Sep­a­rated at birth?

I just fin­ished read­ing about the new Pa­gani Huayra BC ( evo 220). What an amaz­ing car and what an out­ra­geous de­sign with the var­i­ous car­bon­fi­bre bits bolted on.

I was think­ing, hats off to the de­sign­ers at Pa­gani for be­ing so bold with it. Then I looked a lit­tle closer and re­alised that maybe it should be hats off to the guys at Honda.

Now stay with me here, but surely I’m not the only one who sees the re­sem­blance: the rear wing, the rear ven­turi, the flared and vented front arches, the square-jawed split­ter…

Not so long ago I re­mem­ber evo de­scrib­ing the looks of the Civic Type R as a bit OTT, yet the BC is de­scribed as be­ing ‘art­fully con­structed’. Why the dif­fer­ence in opin­ion?

Maybe now peo­ple will ap­pre­ci­ate the de­sign cues on the Type R and ap­plaud Honda for hav­ing the courage of its con­vic­tions and build­ing a car that we can all aspire to own and pre­tend we are driv­ing a mini Pa­gani. Ali Sad­dique, Lon­don

Coupe cut

I’ve al­ways slept soundly at night know­ing that what­ever fi­nan­cial mal­adies life would throw at me, I could prob­a­bly al­ways af­ford to buy and run an evo five-star car: a Ford Puma 1.7. So imag­ine my con­ster­na­tion when I read last month’s ’Used Ri­vals’ ar­ti­cle and found that the Puma had lost half a star! Have I missed a memo? When and why did you take my se­cu­rity blan­ket away? Doug Isaacs

As we re­visit older cars, we re­assess their rat­ings in the con­text of newer mod­els and their fresh points of ref­er­ence. Un­for­tu­nately the Puma, while still great, no longer cuts it as a five-star car for us. – Ed

Keep­ing it real

I leapt for joy when I read that the Se­cret Su­per­car Owner’s new 599 GTB HGTE (Fast Fleet, evo 220) had be­come his wife’s daily driver and their au­tumn grand tourer. Hal­lelu­jah, I thought. Fol­lowed by: what the hell is an au­tumn grand tourer?

How about an Aldi grand tourer, I thought. Per­haps I could bring some bal­ance to your Fast Fleet pages by writ­ing about my Manta? Read about my trips to Aldi, yearn about my jaunts to visit rel­a­tives up north and savour com­par­isons to my old and much­missed Mon­tego Van­den Plas. (It was much bet­ter than the Coun­try­man, even though my fourth wife pre­ferred the MG Turbo. Yes, I had all three.)

Let me know when I can start, as I’ve got a spring tour to Hal­fords that I don’t won’t want you to miss. Rick Jones

Above: Civic Type R is prac­ti­cally a Pa­gani in de­sign terms, reck­ons Ali Sad­dique

Above: Rick Jones wants to bring our Fast Fleet down to Earth with one of th­ese

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