Ok, Are You telling Me You'd have as much fun in Your TDi repeated around some place like Goodwood or Silverstone as You would in a Skyline GT-R Mike? I'll admit it'll probably be a bit of a giggle at first but You'd soon tire after a few Laps from its overall lack of grip, cooked Brakes and lackluster moderate performance.
I actually disagree. If you enjoy DRIVING, not Cars, you can have that 5% experience in ANY car. I did a Quarantine run up to Colchester in my Passat Tdi and when I arrived the brakes were cooked and my heart was racing. Best drive I've had in YEARS and that includes during Skyline ownership. It's not what you drive, its how you drive it.
As for something else like Santa Pod, I doubt getting a eighteen or (on a good day) even a sixteen second mind blowing time up the Strip is going to get the Pulse racing towards anything indicating more than mild amusement.
This is absolutely why next time I decide to take a trip out to somewhere like Llandovery via the Brecon Beacons, I'll lean more towards using My Skyline GT-R thanks solely to its extra performance potential, superb handling characteristics and excellent Brembo Brakes than a typical Family daily transport Wagon!
Which is why I didn't Buy My Skyline until 2013 Mike. Till then I'd been a long time Forum lurker/dreamer who was absolutely scared to death after reading all the nightmare stories of £30k+ rebuilds regarding total engine and gearbox annihilations. But I took a risk and bought one and I am now so glad that I have a GT-R in My life! If We never took a risk or two, You'd never get out of Bed in the Morning.If you have worked hard to buy said dream car on any kind of budget, you'll want to protect both the investment and the condition, so dailying it simply isn't an option for 95% of people. and I again refute that people don't change. Selling my Skyline, my dream car, was the best thing I ever did. It was a burden. My family didn't make me need to do that, it made me want to do it.
As for protecting My investment, I bought the Car to enjoy....Not make a profit on. It gets Serviced when necessary and gets upgraded Tuning parts when I can afford them. Makes no difference to Me if its a gloriously Sunny Day or pi$$ing down with Rain, If I want to use My Skyline to go to Work, Shopping, Date Night, etc, etc....I do so without hesitation because (I guess I'm really lucky here) its proved itself to be reliable enough of a vehicle to do so.
Again, You are 100% correct Mike but doesn't it feel good to have an Iconic motor at ones disposal 24/7 though? If I had a fiver for all the times I'd heard Mates say "I wish I'd been in My M3/Supra/Lancer Evo/Lotus, etc Today on the Blah-blah-blah instead of in the Wife's Mondeo/Zafira/Passat, etc" Stories....I'd be a pretty rich Fella indeed! How many missed opportunities do we have being on the right Road at the right time but in utterly the wrong vehicle to create truly exciting or intoxicating memorable experiences.You don't need to have an amazing car to have amazing fun. So the argument to daily a "special car" simply doesn't fit with me.
Don't get Me wrong here, I've had loads of giggles and a $hit ton of fun in many different types of vehicles over the past 27 Years but its the Skylines overall package of reliability, drivability and performance usability which keeps Me entertained with such excitement even after all of these Years. Its just a real shame that You seem to have fallen out of love with Your old GT-R Mike.
And I do hope that You do return one day too Mike! We are all heavily influenced by Our Parents whether We like it or not and without exposure to any performance machinery, Future Generations of Petrol heads would just simply die out. Its Our personal passions and enthusiasm that ignites the flames for aspirational Kids who dream of one day Owning their Own performance Icon to ultimately turn their Youthful dreams into reality.I'll come back round to cars when I'm older no doubt, but for now I can have as much fun in ANY car as I want.