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all look­ing to TVR to do some­thing spe­cial again. Here’s hop­ing that it can bring back that raw­ness and vis­ceral feel­ing that at­tracted us to fast cars in the first place. Mark Dodd Red H at the Green Hell As some­one re­cently in­au­gu­rated to the Nür­bur­gring Nord­schleife, I was deeply im­pressed by the im­mense driver courage and com­mit­ment on dis­play dur­ing the set­ting of the 7min 43sec front-wheel- drive lap record with the forth­com­ing Honda Civic Type R [pic­tured above].

How­ever, as a serial Type R owner, I am less im­pressed with Honda it­self. The orig­i­nal Type R ethos was one of light­weight pu­rity, and scorch­ing pace from an out­gunned en­gine. There is no Nord­schleife time for the DC2! But yet again, in the name of Ring times, the new ma­chine has more weight, more rub­ber, more power…

Please, Honda, progress lies in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. Let driv­ers, not mar­keters, write the leg­end’s next chap­ter. Si­mon Chong, Auck­land, New Zealand Rob Davis raised an in­ter­est­ing and very valid point on the ap­proach to com­par­ing ac­cel­er­a­tion fig­ures (In­box, evo 236). How­ever, I don’t feel that his pro­posed meth­ods would give tan­gi­ble re­sults that we can all re­late to.

I would like to pro­pose a more re­al­is­tic real-world com­par­i­son, and it’s one that read­ers of this great mag­a­zine’s fore­run­ner will re­call.

Back in the Per­for­mance Car days you did the TED test – Time Ex­posed to Danger – which mea­sure the time a car spent on the wrong side of the road when over­tak­ing a truck trav­el­ling at a con­stant speed. Not only did it give a de­cent com­par­i­son be­tween the cars you were test­ing, but it gave us some­thing easy to un­der­stand and com­pare with our own choices of trans­port, ir­re­spec­tive of whether we drove a Fer­rari or a Fi­esta.

Bring TED back! Matt Crofts I did it. I took the plunge. I bought the best-sound­ing driv­ers’ car that I could af­ford. I did the man maths and told the fam­ily that the car we now ‘need’ is a Mini John Cooper Works.

It’s a sim­ple, all- petrol car, and while its pops and crack­les may be en­gi­neered-in, it’s as close as I can get to ex­ot­ica.

I had to do it now, be­fore it all goes silent in this new Tesla world that qui­etly but surely grows around us petrol­heads.

Mo­tor­ing is chang­ing at an ev­er­faster pace and that car you’ve promised your­self you’ll buy one day can no longer wait – so just do it! Car­los Carneiro Loved the £50,000 garage ar­ti­cle (Mar­ket Analysis, evo 235). It’s a ques­tion all of us who live in the real world have surely asked our­selves. My real £50k garage is as fol­lows.

BMW 320d for all the bor­ing stuff. Cost: £10,000.

A Porsche (987) Cay­man S Sport [above] is my daily driver and more re­cently has been en­joyed on road trips and evo, Cas­tle Combe and Good­wood track­days. It cost £ 31,000 when I bought it in 2010.

Fi­nally, there’s a Cater­ham HPC for

raw fun: for blasts around lanes and air­field slaloms and for re­mind­ing me what be­ing alive is all about. It’s a 1984 car with 8000 miles on the clock and 230bhp, and it cost £14,500.

Nowa­days this trio would be much cheaper, of course (ex­cept the Cater­ham), but I’ll soon be look­ing to up­date my garage, so please keep print­ing what other read­ers own or are dream­ing of, as I’d love more evo in­spi­ra­tion. Paul Wilkin

I’ve just re­alised my cur­rent three ve­hi­cles equate to a £50,000 garage but are not nec­es­sar­ily my fan­tasy. My 2016 Dis­cov­ery Com­mer­cial is a su­perb com­pany car that shares drive­way space with a 2003 Clio 172 Cup and a Mk2 Golf GTI from 1992.

In fan­tasy-land I’d be tempted by three ve­hi­cles all at a sim­i­lar price point: a Cay­man S from 2007, a pris­tine Se­ries 1 Elise (I owned one for ten years prekids) and, if I have to ferry the pre-teen mon­sters around, a four-door V8 M3 [above] with a man­ual gear­box. Andy Pearce

I reckon I am two thirds of the way to my perfect £50k garage. In fact, if my wife hadn’t taken out a three-year lease on a Mercedes SLK250 CDI, I would prob­a­bly be there by now.

The perfect trio? First, a Mk7 VW Golf R with DSG (£27k). Most peo­ple need a daily driver ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing four adults, some lug­gage and maybe a dog. My R has done that in style for the last year, clock­ing up 27,000 miles with­out miss­ing a beat and de­liv­er­ing around 30mpg. It never looks out of place in any car park, ir­re­spec­tive of bud­get, and is bril­liantly ca­pa­ble on B-roads. Want a bit more per­for­mance? It’s eas­ily chipped to around 370bhp. The only real ques­tion is, should I have gone for an es­tate?

Sec­ond is an R53 Mini JCW (£5k). Ev­ery evo reader should have a toy, and late last year I bought an im­mac­u­late 2002 JCW to which I added some ad­justable coilovers to cre­ate a su­perb-han­dling track car. OK, it’s not as fast as some cars round a track, but the go-kart han­dling makes cor­ners a hoot and the Ger­man build qual­ity means it's good to drive home af­ter­wards.

Fi­nally, and still a fan­tasy for now, there’ s a Porsche Boxster S–a 3.4litre 987 (c£18k). Ev­ery fan­tasy garage should have a con­vert­ible, de­spite the slight short­com­ings in han­dling, and I find it amaz­ing that you can get a lowmileage Porsche with all that re­fine­ment, per­for­mance and pedi­gree for less than £20k. OK, it’s not a 911, but a Boxster of­fers 90 per cent of the per­for­mance for 70 per cent of the cost and is great when the sun shines. As soon as my wife’s SLK lease is up, one will be join­ing the garage. The only ar­gu­ment seems to be about which colour! Hamish West­wa­ter

Co­bra cor­rec­tion

Hav­ing just read Ed Speak in evo 235, can I re­spect­fully point out that, con­trary to what was im­plied, the Co­bra pic­tured chas­ing the TVR at Good­wood [see above] is un­likely to be a 7- litre ver­sion.

The pic­tured Co­bra’s grille is that of the Mark II, which has the 289 cu­bicinch (4.7-litre) en­gine. The body­work of cars with the 427 cu­bic-inch (7-litre) en­gine has a larger, el­lip­ti­cal-shaped open­ing, not a flat-bot­tomed semiel­lip­ti­cal one as seen.

Yes, many Mark IIS when raced have gained larger whee­larches to cover the wider tyres, but it’s still a Mark II Shell.

En­joy­ing the read none­the­less. P Coombes (Mem­ber of the 289 Reg­is­ter)

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