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‘ For three weeks be­fore I bought the C63, I owned a Monaro VXR. I’d been in­spired to get it by a mate who owned a Vaux­hall VXR8. I liked the power and the noise, and I def­i­nitely wanted a V8. But then I went with an­other mate to col­lect his C63… It was bet­ter in ev­ery way: the way it looked, the way it sounded, the way it was built.

‘ So I quickly did a bit of re­search into which model I wanted. My friend’s car was a pre- facelift ver­sion, but as I looked into it, I re­alised that a facelifted ex­am­ple would make more sense. It has an im­proved gear­box and the en­gine’s in­ter­nals are bet­ter.

‘ I was lucky with my car. It popped up in the clas­si­fieds and was rea­son­ably close, and I bought it within three hours of the ad go­ing live. It’s a 2011 Edi­tion 125 saloon in white, with the op­tional Per­for­mance Pack Plus. It’s awe­some at ev­ery­thing: docile when you need it to be, so it just blends in with the traf­fic, and loud and fe­ro­cious when the mood takes you and the road con­di­tions al­low.

‘ I’ve since mod­i­fied it with IPE ex­haust head­ers, sports cats and a remap, and the sound it makes is sim­ply amaz­ing. I’ve also fit­ted high- flow air fil­ters and a car­bon air­box, but I’m not re­ally sure they’ve made much dif­fer­ence. Be­cause I al­ways in­tended to try a track­day or two and a high- speed event in my C63, I im­me­di­ately re­placed the front discs and pads, which cost about £ 870. And af­ter the track­day I needed an­other set of pads, which was an­other £ 175.

‘ The Ter­mi­nal Ve­loc­ity event I went to was on a 3.1- mile RAF run­way; stand­still to how­ever fast you can go. I hit 173mph but I was hop­ing for more – the run was into a head­wind and se­vere brake fade made me ner­vous of when to back off. But I’m go­ing back hop­ing to be quicker.

‘ Would I ever re­place it? With what? To go any faster I’d be spend­ing dou­ble the money.’

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