In the interest of getting to know the readers a bit better (and have them get to know me a bit better), I wanted to pose a couple of questions:
What was your first race car? (If you have never raced, what was the first car that really captured your imagination?)
My first race car was a 2000 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS. This was the first generation chassis, and it was a 4-door manual. I beat this car up at autocrosses, rallycrosses, off-pavement TSD rallies, and track days. It was put into service at the end of 2000 and retired from service at the end of 2005.
This car was pretty darn gutless, but it was also incredibly stable on-throttle. Even on packed snow, you could just stand on it.
It was a great starter car, but it also taught horrible driving habits. The only real incident the car suffered was the result of a miscommunication between my co-driver and I on a winter rally (oh… turn here!)… I put the car into a snow bank, but backed right out and kept on going.
If Subaru would sell me a new one of these, I’d buy it.