Here’s the thing,
Track days are a gift from God. Taking the car in your garage and pushing it to the ragged edge or the end of your abilities, whichever comes first, is something any gearhead can get behind. And if series like LeMons and the thousands of high-school parking lot autocross meets across America have taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun. So why are people still buying high dollar track cars?
Well, the fact of the matter is that a lot of them will probably never actually see a track. That guy in the new M4 GTS or the Camaro Z/28 are more than likely just looking for something that makes them look like they know their way around Laguna Seca. Sad, but true. Where as these cars are the most capable versions of themselves, they are usually purchased by people who just want the most expensive or the most recognizable trim level for their daily of choice.
For every person there is blowing transmissions out of TT-RSs beating it around the track on weekends, there’s 15 guys in Mk1 TTs just trying to make their tires last 10 more laps. And that’s the wonderful thing: cars with amazing track potential are a dime a dozen, if you’re willing to look for them. But why look for a cheap gem that you can actually drive when you can look the part for the small sum of $134,000? And that is, in fact, what the GTS costs. No wonder no one is taking them to the track, can you imagine binning your new $100 grand car in the wall?
So what is the solution? Well for one, quit buying ridiculous cars. These cars sell out before they’re even made, and do so at sticker or well above. Instead, we all need to be buying 20 year old 3-series, and F-Bodies from the early 90s, and welding roll cages into them. Then enroll in enough HighPerformanceDriving days that you’re good enough to teach one. Maybe then companies will take a chance and start building cars for drivers instead of collectors.
And that, that’s the thing.