After a sad farewell to my Clio Trophy, a car that really will be hard to replace I knew that a move away from the Clio's was needed simply because I haven't the heart nor the energy to start again with another Clio constantly comparing it to the Trophy just didn't interest me. For those that are interested here is a project thread to my supercharged Clio Trophy: http://www.cliosport.net/threads/robs-supercharged-trophy.761636/ I wanted a Japanese Import because I have very fond memories of my Toyota Glanza V sourcing rare parts/modifications from Japan, and even with that tiny CT9 turbo they really are a blast to drive, I miss it now! The shortlist:- * Honda Integra Type R DC5 * Subaru Impreza 'Bugeye' WRX STI S202 * Subaru Impreza 'Classic' WRX STI Type RA I ruled out the 'S202' early on mainly because my budget just couldn't stretch to the money that they command, which is a shame because out of the box they are awesome machines! This was followed by the 'DC5' a car I have always wanted, but after much thinking I decided that a change from FWD would be fun. So as I'm sure you've already worked out... I bought a Classic Impreza! I have always loved the original Impreza as a kid watching the WRC when it was at it's most exciting before they just filled the stages with Ford Fiestas... When I was at school I used to race RC cars and my first kit was a Tamiya TL01 Chassis based on a 1999 Impreza which I wish I still owned! A friend of my dad bought a P1 when they were brand new and I'll never forget that passenger drive as a teenager, being the first time in a 'Scooby' it blew my mind! So onto the new car, new project! A 1995 Subaru Impreza WRX STI Type RA Personally for me the Type RA is the perfect Classic Impreza and ticks many boxes, and a car I hope will make a perfect toy on and off the track! I drove all the way to Wales yesterday to view the car and bought it from a lovely chap called Matt aka @Matt13 who was an absaloue gent to deal with. Here's his classified add which will give you a good indication of the RA's history and current spec including photos:- http://www.type-ra.com/subaru-forum/threads/my95-sti-ra-fa52.25649/ I'm over the moon with the RA, and the drive back from Wales was epic! A big thanks to my friend Dave who went with me to view the car. There is lots of things I want to do with the car, but at the moment I just want to enjoy it! Today at work we got the car over the MOT inspection pit and I'm happy to report it's bloody clean with no hidden nightmares! The only fault we could find was a minor leak coming from one of the rear diff seals, and unfortunately the downpipe/de-cat is in a pretty poor state compared to the rest of the exhaust which is in fantastic condition. The downpipe however has two holes that have blown threw. There isn't any decent metal left to carry out a repair so fortunately as it is only a bolt on part I'm going to be buying a stainless steel 3" downpipe/de-cat very soon! Thanks for reading! Updates to follow! Cheers, Rob.