Originally Posted by dtmt
Huge difference between the occasional track day, and racing competitively.
The vast majority of people, even with some track experience, would still get easily passed by an instructor in a slower car, meaning that the advantage of the Cayman would be lost on them.
Besides, what percentage of miles on your car are from the track anyway? Idealistically, of course everyone wants the most performance possible. But in real life, there are far more chances to enjoy the pleasure of having the top down.
Ah.. I've never been a convertible guy. I get no enjoyment from having the top down on any car. Ideally, I like to be entirely enclosed in my car and on the track, not on a regular road with the top down. I live in a city and rely on public transportation, so my car sees a large percentage of its miles either on the track or in transit to the track.
To me, convertibles are loud, impractical, heavy, have poor visibility with the top up, inconvenient... bleh, I just really don't like them. I grew up with a Miata (learned to drive on it, actually) and am fairly active in motorsports regionally, so I spend a lot of time around different cars, and I can honestly say, in my opinion, convertibles suck.
I think a lot of people get convertibles because thats all they can think of when it comes to automotive enjoyment. To me, driving around in a convertible with the top down is still just driving around. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good drive, but really, doing the most exciting stuff on the street is considerably more boring than doing just about anything on the track. That's why typical convertibles spend most of their time in the garage.