I 'ed to Bidrawn when I read this in the latest European Car. My car can beat up your car The crew at Sport Compact Car sits right down the hall from us. We enjoy a friendly yet competitive camaraderie both in magazine design and the actual cars found insude. There's a lot of bench racing, lots of weight vs. bhp... that sort of stuff. Apparently, SCC staffers think their cars are better than ours. Good for them. Creative imagination helps the mind develop. Since I purchased my M3, more than a few SCC staffers have thrown the gauntlet down. "Meet me at Willow Springs, 3 p.m. Be there and we'll settle this like men." OK. Say I accept the challenge. We flog our cars on the track for the better part of the day, testing cornering, braking, acceleration, etc. When the points are tallied, SCC's Evo VIII might have a tenth of a second advantage. But at the end of the day, they leave in a Mitsubishi and we leave in a BMW. We win. Or say it's Porsche vs. Subaru, Audi vs. Nissan, or Mercedes vs. Lexus. At the end of the day, we drive home in a well-bred European machine and they drive home in... something else. We win. Let's talk more about my M3 (I've been threatened with bodily harm if I mention it in the office, even BMW's own Rob Mitchell is sick of it). Obviously, the E46 M3 is pretty damn good, so good in fact I'm in no hurry to change it- almost. Immediately after it's purchase I made four calls: one to California Car Cover Company, one to stereo guru Rich Truesdale, one to my insurance company, and one to Dinan. The wheels are turning here. I'm leaving now to drive Porsche's latest iteration of the Carrera 4S while the crew at SCC is heading off to drive... something else. I win.