'Speeding fine' asked in another thread why I'd never posted much about my Cayman R. I'm not sure why really as it's the best all-round sports car I've ever had or probably ever will have. I've had it for a glorious year and will keep it for another two, but after that I don't know what I'll do as Porsche seem hell bent on deserting their traditional customer base for people who want quality family transport and luxury two-seaters stuffed full of gimmicks. (Anyone for electric steering, hand brakes, stop-start and an extra portion of girth to thread through ever smaller gaps in the traffic?).
In the £30-50k ish price range Porsches have chosen themselves for me over the last 12 years - this is my 5th and easily my favourite. It's reasonably compact, powerful enough without ever intimidating, everyday practical if you want it to be, but special enough for every journey to be memorable. It's a period of my motoring life that I never want to end but I know it will in a couple of years. (I like new car reliability, manufacturers warranties, shiney things and the smell of new interiors. Yes I'm shallow but honest!).
The thing is that at 58 I'm probably too old to go back to real sports cars like Sevens, of which I've had four in the past, but although they'd like to think I'm within their demographic I don't think I'll ever be old enough for Jags, Mercs, BMW's or Audi's so called sports models. I hope, in the distant future, they make some manual gearbox Hearses as I don't want to be seen dead in an auto!
For now I'll have two more blissful years motoring in the Porsche, but what should I do next? I even found myself stopping to check out the GT86 recently. Maybe in a couple of years they'll have relented to the demand and produced a quicker one, as I must say that it fits like a glove, and I could live with the low rent interior as all of the contact points seem so well resolved. Any other suggestions?