While my car had been away for it's 4 day "wash and brush up" I've been driving the wife's Focus 1.6. It's perfectly acceptable, starts at the turn of the key, does the same 30mph through town that mine does, plays the same music etc. etc. It also returns excellent mpg, is cheap to tax and insure and, if I'm honest, is a very good car, even though it does blend in a bit with the neighbouring mundanity. It got me thinking, why do I pay £500/annum road tax, and a higher insurance premium along with occasional single figure mpg - I mean, it's just about getting from A to B isn't it . Then I arrived at MCC to collect my (now very shiny) 500+bhp superwagon, turned the key and set off on a 70 mile round trip to get home (actually 25 miles, but I wanted to play). As I took in some fast and sweeping A roads around Droitwich, Hanbury and Redditch, including easily dispatching a Golf VR6 (yes, legally of course ), it all became clear. Performance cars rule .