What’s pooped on your paintwork this month?
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
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