No, they're just liars and SELLOUTS!!!!!
However, I have an issue of Classic & Sports Car with a yellow Miata on the
cover and the jist of the article is that if British Sports Car owners, as
well as owners of other sports cars, snub the Miata they are snobs and
missing out on a great car. They call the Miata a "Classic."
Well, at least one Jap car gets some recognition.
----- Original Message -----
To: <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, June 08, 2001 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: 2000 Roadster in Practical Classics Mag
> In a message dated 08/06/2001 16:54:06 GMT Daylight Time,
> email@example.com writes:
> > Why did it not come top of the heap against that competition? The
> > may have more style (depending on your perspective) but the Datsun is
> > better car than the TRV and TR4.
> > Brian
> Good question Brian - it all came down to the 'Japanese thing'
> The cars were tested on a military testing track used by McLaren for
> their F1 road car.
> Phil Bell, the main writer, ran the 2000 to the limit for about 12 laps
> compared to just 5/6 laps in the other cars which he'd already tested. He
> came back, grinning from ear to ear, and I was really looking forward to
> piece, expecting that she would come out top. At the end of the day he
> had himself photographed in the Datto (no other) for the summary piece.
> When the mag came out, the whole piece was nothing like I, or a couple of
> other owners, had expected - Phil said later that it all boiled down to
> alienating the readership by choosing a Jap car as the favourite - in
> case why write the article at all?
> The other guy, I don't remember his name, came from something like
> Gardening magazine before he joined PC. Enough said.
> Conversely, Phil told me that the reason an MGB wasn't included in the
> comparison was because they had received a stack of letters around that
> from readers saying that if they featured another MGB/Jag E-Type or Morris
> Minor then they would cancel their subscriptions.
> (It's difficult spreading the word when everyone's tone deaf).
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