Evening folks and thanks for the replies, must admit I do still feel a bit of a muppet for the roller-coaster ride I've given myself over the last 24hrs, it gave the guys something to chuckle about at work today so all wasn't lost.
With regards to the interest in how I came to the conclusion that I wanted an Evora after a TVR is an interesting one. Previous to the Cerbera I had this little number:
A 4.3Ltr Straight Six TVR Tuscan, it was great fun but still left me wanting for something
So I swapped it for a immaculate 4.5Ltr V8 TVR Cerbera, this was a totally different beast, being the daddy of the TVRs and having the big old V8 it just had so much torque
Even had the edge over some surprising other marques
But it was costing me far too much to mechanically keep it on the road, forgetting tyres, fuel and insurance etc, I was paying almost £3000 every year just keeping the thing running. So it had to go.
I then made an agreement with my better half that rather than just buy something immediately to replace it, I would use the money to clear our debts and put into the house then when I got my lump sum of leaving the forces I could take the money back out and buy a car (hence my feelings of remorse with the first post!) I've been looking at the Jaguar XKR 5ltr as its a lot of car for not a whole lot of money, but have been put off by two things, the depreciation which is phenominal and also the fact that, as much as it looks nice and has a very nice cabin to sit in, I just don't think it's "special" enough. I took the new V8 mustang out and was left feeling decidedly cold, so I've since been looking at tuned and modified imported ones. I've also looked at the Maserati Grantourismo but having gone on the forums and chatted to owners I fear that it'll cost me similar prices to the TVR to maintain. Porsches do very little for me and besides, having come from TVR I could never go to Porsche after all the banter there is between the two marques owners clubs and forums. So I was back to looking at the Jags and an imported Mustang....Until I saw an ad for an Evora. The last time I'd seen one in the flesh and up close was in 2012, I run a charity rally every 2 years and a chap turned up to do the rally in one. My main concern was that it was going to be woefully underpowered for me, both TVRs had almost Boeing 747 thrust from standstill, I do a lot of charity passenger rides and I loved seeing the reaction of people when their heads were thrown back and they were pinned to their seats during the acceleration demonstrations.
When I arrived at the dealership to look at the car I was taken back by its beauty, they are stunning cars in the flesh aren't they! They gave me the keys and I sat in the drivers seat, my initial impression of luxury soon started to dissipate when I actually realised how spartan the cockpit is, at least in comparison to the Jags or Massers. When it came to starting it up, I loved the dash dare I say, very McLaren. The controls were somewhat out of reach initially with me missing the indicators and wipers a few times, but once I got used to it, it wasn't an issue. Within minutes I was feeling disappointed, as expected, this car was well down on the performance I was used to, I did a few launches from standstill and went up the rev range with very little G-force pushing me into my seat, this car definitely wasn't for me... So what happened? Why the hell did I buy it?
The last 10 minute of my test drive, something magical happened. I was driving in 3rd I think and I came to a small set of twisties I was at 4k rpm, I put my foot down slightly as it was damp and the car rocketed around the bend! Somewhat taken aback I took the next bend faster and slightly increased speed as I progressed, the car went around those bends like it was on rails, I was flabbergasted, the TVRs would have had me facing backwards at those speeds on a greasy road. I'd discovered what this car had over my TVRs, usable power! I was in a car that I could actually put my foot down and concentrate on the road direction as opposed to the surface quality, the Evora had everyday usable fun and it had it by the bucket load. I won't try to deny its not as fast as the TVRs as it clearly isn't, but I think I may have just started growing up and something has twigged inside me that I don't need to have the brag of high BHP now, I've been there and done it, now I want to actually start my driving experience and you know what? The Evora did that, as unbelievable as it sounds, that last 10 minutes won me over in that car and I think it will help me relearn how to drive properly, how to work for the power and use it properly and I'm actually looking forward to it, so come April I will get one but this time with uber excited kids and a smiley wife in tow so we can all enjoy the experience.
Sorry about the war and piece entry, hope it made sense and cleared things up!
p.s. so how do I blag this full membership offer then? May as well hang around