Sure, on one hand it sucks to get blown away by a soccer mom w/ a car full of kids laughing at you, but it really comes down to apples and oranges. If any one of us took the kind of money that is spent on these newer cars and properly applied it to any of our cars, we would handle tighter, stop shorter, look better, out-run, and out-show any of those cars. But the bottom line, it is what it is. Some of us have $8,000 in our cars. Some of them will spend $80,000 on theirs by the time interest, insurance, and work is all done. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. We all have to live within our means, and maybe the guy who just smoked you in his caddy is jealous of the guy who just smoked him in his viper, who is jealous of the guy who just smoked him in his bentley, who might even be jealous of the guy who just smoked him in his $12,000 budget build-up 9 second "street" car! Get the point? It's all in the eye of the beholder. Ferraii, viper, Mustang, Evo, escort, Grand Prix, it doesn't matter: Maybe it's the sound of an exhaust, the plush beauty of an interior. The bare bones, stripped to the core interior. The soft lines of the body. The hard lines of a body. The "shake" and burble of a lopey cam. The whisper quiet whirr of 300 horses. A hood ornament. A status symbol. A name. A brotherhood. A work-in-progress; a project. The pride of making something from nothing, with your own blood, sweat (and sure, sometimes tears!). Whatever it is that does it for you, be happy and grateful for what you've got, and if you want more, go for it! Nothing in this life is free (for most of us), and certainly, "you've got to pay to play"!!! Keep in mind, too, the grass is not always greener on the other side until you're completely contented, don't ever settle. (oh, and p.s., don't ever be contented) I'm sorry - did that rant go off-topic?