Actually I'm not sure if describing myself as an ex-member is that accurate. Although I've probably not posted on here since about 2008, I get updates on my facebook feed so I've kept up with most of the news and seen plenty of people (and cars) come and go. It's good to see that plenty of the old timers are still active though.
Anyway, Miles suggested that I should stop by to say hello now that I've got another "proper" car. I'll come clean straight away - it's not a Lotus. I did look into getting a 111R, but can't believe how Elises have held their value. I went for what I saw as the next best thing.... A VX220!
I started off looking to do a straight swap for my Alfa 159, but couldn't resist looking at the Turbo models for a bit more money. I was then drawn to the more modified versions. I finally ended up with a 2.2 NA model fitted with an Eaton supercharger and chargecooler, Sachs adjustable suspension and loads of other mods. It's running 265bhp and 230lb/ft and is sat on Federal RSR's. It's also de-badged, so I've already had a few people ask what it is.
I've not had much chance to properly stretch it's legs due to the greasy roads, but on the few occasions I have been able to put my foot down I've been amazed how quickly and easily it will go from pootle to police cell speeds, even in a high gear.
It might not be the most sensible choice for a daily drive, but it puts a massive smile on my face.
I'll be keeping an eye out for any runs events over the summer (assuming you don't mind a Vauxhall imposter amongst the ranks), and hopefully will see some of you at a trackday some time soon.