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I turn 21 this year and after managing to build up 4 years no claims bonus I am tempted to tentativly dip a toe into the murky and addictive world of performance cars.

As it will be a few years before I can afford a Skyline (and the fact that I feel that it may not be the best first "fast" car!) I was wondering what sort of Performance cars GTR and GTS owners had before their current vehicles, and indeed what started them down the performance car road?

I await your answers/suggestions with anticipation!!!



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Hot hatches!

My first 'performance car' was a 205 1.9 GTI when I was 19 and then bought my Sunny gti-r when I was 21. Both blindin' little cars to drive. I then went on to get a 32 GTR at 23 and crash it 7 months later at 24 :-( so back to the sunny for the mo.


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Renault 5 1.4 Turbo, my first car, looked pants but went quite well, then I had a Porsche 924, which was surorisingly cheap to insure and wasnt bad for an old motor, only 400 quid fully comp when I was 23ish.


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cherry/alfa hybrid then a silvia great car if the turbo was okay! (mine wasnt alot of the time)

Well if your adding all cars thought Id post up the poorer ones

Escort 1.4
BMW 3 series 1.8 - hated it!
Celica - last pop up model
carina :eek:

oh and nearly got a cherry turbo after the hybrid but then didnt :)

fav out of all of them the silvia - until I got the skyline of course!

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Performance cars, hmmmm.

well I had a citreon ax 1.4 diesel,
then a Rover 214Si - speedy thing that wasn't
then a Vectra 1.8GL
then my Skyline:smokin:

Im going to ignore the cr*p ones ...

First - Opel Manta GTE
and these
Ren 18 Turbo
Fiat Super Mirafiori 131
Ford Crapri 3.0 Sport
Ford Escort 1600 Sport
Vauxhall Carlton 3000GSI
Peugeot 309 GTI
Nissan 300zx Twin Turbo
Nissan Skyline GT-R 33

Apart from the maladjusted front wheel drive rubbush i loved em all.

Ahhh nostalgia:):)


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Had a few cars in order-

1 Citroen AX GT (1st Car)
2 Peugeot 309 GTI (head and cam work + exhaust =160+bhp)
3 Citreon AX GT (needed something cheaper to run at uni)
4 Peugeot 405 GRI
5 Nissan Primera 2.0
6 Citroen ZX Diesel (bought for girlfriend, but I drove it for a while)
7 Skoda Favorit (was cheaper than hiring a car at the time)
8 Citroen Xsara VTS (306GTI6 in drag :smokin: )
9 Subaru Impreza WRX (Jap Import)
10 Rover 620 Ti (bought when I sold the WRX and purchase a GTR fell through)
11 Nissan Skyline GTR

Wish I still had the 309 - was fast as fcuk round the twisties


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Heres the list in correct order:-

ford capri 1.6
1000cc mini
Renault 5 turbo (head gasket failed due to winding the bleed valve right out! went well though)
Astra GTE
Mk1 capri 3.1RS pickup!! (don't ask, waste of a good car)
Series 1 RS turbo
Orion with RS turbo motor 220bhp:rolleyes:
MR2 Turbo (still got this)
Golf VR6
Renault 5 Turbo (unreliable)
Mk2 RS2000
Montego estate:eek: (the golf got stolen and i needed a run about!)
Mk1 escort with supercharged 3.1 essex V6:D
Corrado VR6
Corrado VR6 (nic saran supercharger conversion & 6 speed box 292bhp:D was featured in 'performance VW' last month)
R33 GTR V-Spec:D

and i'm still only 24!

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Lancia Fulvia rally
Fiat 124 sport
Alfa GTV x2
Toyota Celica
Fiat uno Turbo
Citreon BX GTi 16v
Renault 21 Turbo (underated)
Lancia Dedra Turbo
Lexus Soarer ( well underated)
I Know it don't count but fun all the same Formula Renault

Locost Racer (caterham) being built with MR2 or Blade engine

And GT-R on the way :D :D

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Metro 980 in pea green (dont laugh )
Fiat uno turbo (thats when i got boostitis)
silvia turbo
Fiesta turbo
escort turbo
saab turbo (bought for £150)
Rover 220 coupe turbo (great car)
Currently Calibra turbo (pile of shit) scuse me french ,worst car ive had ,£150 saab was better

Next will be a skyline (dont no how yet)........but it will.......

As for your first performance car id say anything thats got a turbo bolted on to it (preferably 2):smokin:

If money is a factar id go for a uno turbo /5 turbo if money isnt a factar id go gti-r for sure....

Trippy much u payin 4 insurance ,im 25 and will be gettin a skyline soon ,ive been ringin round for quotes and the best ive had is........................WAIT 4 IT .................£3400

Following EJH#25
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Cars in order to date,

1. Peugeot 309 SRi
2. Nissan Sunny ZX coupe.
3. Peugeot 405 MI16.
4. Nissan 300 ZXTT UK.
5. Nissan Skyline R33 GTR (Import)
6. Nissan Skyline R33 GTR V-Spec UK.

Thats from passing test to present.


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Stick with Jap I say....

Before the GTR, I had an MR2 GT Turbo.... fantastic car, if the road is dry...

Before that, a Sapphire Cosworth (crap)

and before that, the legendary honda CRX V-Tec.... now that was a car!... infact, I want another one!

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As an older skyline owner, I had some interesting cars early on.

Mini Cooper s 1293 cc when I was 17
Lotus Elan S4 SE
Lotus Elan Sprint (2)
Capri 3 liter
Porsche 911 E in 1975/6
Escort RS 2000
Porsche Carrera 911
Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3
Mitsubish Lancer Evo 5
Subaru Impreza Turbo
BMW M3 Evo
Skyline R34 V Spec

Elan`s were wonderful, early Porsche's too- but a handfull.
Evo 5 like driving a go kart (with no suspension movement)
M3 Fast and smooth, but honestly Skyline is best.

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1949 ford Anglia w/ MK111 Zephyr power
MK1 Lotus Cortina
MK11 Cortina 1600E
Valiant Charger E49
Holden Torana XU1
Porsche 928 S4
Pontiac Grand Prix GTP

oh... and a.. umm .. err..Vauxhall Viva and Triumph Vitesse

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My first performance car's

Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico (standard/ stock)

Ford Cortina MK 4 2.0 litre S( Moddified 2.1 litre, RL1 Kent cam,Twin 45 webbers, big valve head, port polished head, tuffrided crank, rods ,lightened and balanced,bottom end ,uprated clutch, 2 1/4 inch group4 exhaust manifold made 180 bhp @ wheels ,many years ago

Ford Capri Mk3 3.0 S Standard/stock

Lotus Sunbeam
one of the fastest car 's for it's time in standard from (it was quick)

Ford Rs 2000 Mk2 modified similar to the above Cortina but the Rs2000 was a group 1 Brooklynn build main differance to the above is that , webbers were downdrafts !DFS Twin 44's
that car got stolen never seen it again :(

Ford Rs 3dr cosworth Rs500 refinments now ( moddified) to much to list sorry chaps

and thats it

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Here goes in order (off the top of my head)

1. Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6L
2. Astra GTE Mk2 1.8i
3. Escort Mk3 RS Turbo Custom
4. Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 Turbo
5. Mitsubishi Starion 2.6i Turbo
6. Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo
7. MR2 Mk1 Supercharged
8. Vauxhall Calibra 4x4 Turbo ... another one?!
9. Mazda Xedos 6 2.0i V6
10. Toyota Supra Twin Turbo UK
11. Nissan 200SX Touring
12. Nissan Skyline R34 V-Spec UK
13. and Volvo V40 1.9TD Estate (commuter you understand?)

Phew. 13 years of driving!!!

Of all the cars above I would still have a Supra, Skyline, 200SX and the 300ZX again if I had to.

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I have had 13 cars this year!!!!

Hi All,

Sorry guys & girls i won't bore u with me list of cars but will give an insight:

1. Fiat 127 (did 150mph honest!!)

then good cars:

1.911 RS 993 Ltd
4.Fiat Uno Turbo
5.RS TURBO Creg Custom
7.Lotus 340 R

got to go etc etc...

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