Damon Posted 21, April 2007 Report Share Posted 21, April 2007 Hi guys (and gals), My name is Damon Dupriez and I've just joined ozrenaultsport after becoming the recent proud owner of a MK2 Clio Sport. I'm a motoring journalist and have been enjoying this career for a dozen years now, having worked on titles like Hot4s, Auto Salon Magazine, SPEED, Street Machine and various others. I also was involved in the Auto Salon show series for many years and did some DVDs for Meguiars under the Motor Active banner. I've owned a great number of interesting cars over the years including Brock Commodores, 200SXs, WRXs, an R33 GTR and, more recently, I was custodian of the blue Hot4s EVO VII project car that was sponsored by Yokohama. Mid last year I returned to freelance work and needed to buy myself a fun runabout that was frugal, cheap to insure, wouldn't get stolen or get me carjacked (which happened in the GTR as some of you may have read about in print), was fun to drive and - above all - unlike anything I had ever owned before. I had my eye on the Clio Sport for many years but it wasn't until now that buying one made so much sense. I bought a silver MK2 from a wholesaler in Queensland a month ago and I would like to thank all the tireless ozrenaultsport members for thier work as posts on here did help with the purchase no end. I also used some of the DIY tutorials for a couple of small projects I've already done on the car including a spark plug change and an audio upgrade. If any of you are Hot4s readers you may see my column titled 'The Word' pop up in a month or so which talks about the purchase of my Clio and why I chose it. Hot4s readers are rather blinkered towards riced up Lancers or chrome wheeled WRXs these days (I'm partly to blame I suppose) but hopefully I can get some editorial about Clios in there in some measure. I've approached the editor to use it as a project but alas I think he'll be too conservative to stick a 'dirty French car' in Hot4s with any regularity. Business does dictate that they must feature cars that attract advertisers too and the Clio isn't exactly going to help there. Then again the editor drives a minitruck so who knows? I also believe I may own Australia's highest mileage Clio Sport. It has a whopping 185,000 kays on it! But while this is rather extreme for a 2002 model car it came from the country, had one owner, and has full service history so fingers crossed it will remain reliable for me. For those curious I paid just $10,000 for it. Makes you wanna cry, huh? I plan on being a daily visitor to ozrenaultsport and will post when I feel I have something worthwhile to contribute, but my knowledge level of Clios is growing day by day. Once again thanks and I look forward to being a positive member of the forum. Cheers, Damon Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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