It is that double-edged sword that entices us to import older Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions and Nissan Skyline GT-Rs. However, this importation business penalizes us with prices that are higher than market levels. Someone is profiting from our desire to get something we wanted badly some three decades before.
Maybe back in the days of the Mark II Golf and Jetta, where both cars were actually the same from the front bumper to the C pillar. Back then, journalists found the difference between the GTI and GLI, remarking that the latter was more of an inexpensive Audi than anything. That’s quite a compliment.
I know. That is an audacious statement. It is not without data, impressions, I know. That is an audacious statement. It is not without data, impressions, and results. However, it has always been a basis of argument between myself, my colleagues in the automotive media, the readership, and anyone else who wants to start a conversation about vehicles in the most important automotive segment today.
The subject of track days came about during a discussion on advanced driver education programs. There has been a push to create driver education programs for teenagers by teaching them advanced, but necessary skills. Car control is a huge piece of the puzzle, as teenagers need to understand how their vehicle can react when presented with a dangerous situation. It used to be called "defensive driving," but teaching these skills on controlled environments raises this concept to new levels.