I'm buying a second car as a daily driver to keep miles off of the GreyLenz. I spent the last few days test driving and researching the Focus ST. It is a nice car for the money and will likely be popular with the autox crowd. But, after all that I went down and drove a MINI Cooper Roadster R59. I'm so used to doing the MINI thing I've decided to get another one. I'll place the order in a few days and should get it in Feb 2013. The plan was to get a "justa" and drive it most of the time and keep the Lenz for the weekends and autox. But, I've been looking at the recent changes in the SCCA classes. They've set up a new class for modern "small bore" coops like the Mazda2 and Cooper. The class will likely be popular since the older Honda Civics can't class hop anymore. I'm ordering the R59 Cooper Roadster in Blue with the JCW aero kit just because I like the look. I'm confident SCCA will put the Roadster in the STF class since it is way underpowered for the normal two seater class of STR. If not, well... I think the MINI Cooper will be a strong contender in STF and hopefully they'll let the Roadster play there as well. So, if anyone has any plans to do something similar with the R56 Cooper for the R59 please chime in. I'll likely do the basics first and may go all the way on mods though the suspension will not likely be as pricey as I did on the GreyLenz. Lot's of decisions about wheels, brakes, etc as well. Note: no LSD decision to make...not allowed.