My Story - sorry for the long windedness!
Well, I have to admit in my younger years I was a bit of a knob on the roads, used to go out at nights just to hunt down and race other cars. I had a series 2 RS turbo (had a series 1 before that) and I wasn't doing too bad at my job, was earning enough money to pay digs at the parents and had cash left over to order bits and pieces for the car from the pages of MAX Power and Fast Car magazine (pre internet). Effectively over a period of time I had built myself quite a capable car, uprated cam, Collins chip, SPAX adjustables, peco exhaust etc. and in hindsight not the way you would do things now. SO . . . I have this RS turbo (which I loved and still love seeing them) which was decent enough for the time, went well enough in the dry but horrendous in the wet and struggled to get up steep hills due to wheelspinning. King of the road I was, could see off nearly everything for the time such as XR2's, GTE's, novas, Chavalibras, Chavaliers, even being able to chase a saph cossie round the bends.
Coming out my street one evening and on the way to meet up with friends (remember I was a knob of a driver), catches up with this weird looking thing in grey, had a well fitted bodykit but obviously it was a 1.3 or something. We pull up to a T junction, and I kind of had this manoeuvre down to a tee, the road was quiet and usually I would go out straight behind the first car when they had left the junction on to the main road, at this point I would immediately floor it and would be past before the brow of the hill. So he leaves the junction, I then as aforementioned proceed to follow and I'm straight down with the loud pedal, pull out and then . . . . this 1.3 brick thing with the bodykit is off and when I say off I mean off, had NEVER seen anything go like this ever. I'm still flooring it and this thing is rapidly becoming a small dot in the distance and he's already at the roundabout a good 600 yards away!!! I felt like I had been man raped, I was so ashamed
Took me a while to get my head round the fact that there could be something on the road legally that could do THAT! I ended up going to a mates house and told him half a story - I left the bit out about being totally caned because at the time my mates thought I had the quickest car ever.
I explained what it looked like and we both had no idea so went through the back ages of Max power where they sell cars, didn't find anything at all that resembled it. So looked at a few back issues (we had a good 2 feet high worth) until I found a Sunny GTI . . . but nah, couldn't have been that. It looked very close though and about ten minutes later came across a GTI-R in Black and I'm like THATS IT!! THATS IT!! So I decided me and the RST had to part company, took me a few months to find out that I could import one, this was all kind of new at the time. So I got a bit of money together and about a year later went in to see an import company which had just started out about 5 minutes from my work, told them what I wanted and we went straight on to the auction site, there were a few but we waited it out for a few days and I picked it from a selection of pictures, the 6 weeks were the longest ever but boy was I so glad to see it when it arrived , I was actually shaking!! took it for a blast and got out the car, I was buzzing, starry eyed and a grin from east to west!!!
Had a few since then, just can't get away from them - love them.