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Why we chose Wales for Performance Car of the Year 2008

Published: 24 September 2008

We like Wales. You’d like it too if you don’t already. This place is like a giant playground for the car obsessed. The scenery is epic but the roads are even better. We needed a great track for this year’s PCOTY and Wales came up trumps with the reinvented Anglesey circuit. But we know that how a car performs on track often bears little relevance to its everyday ability. We needed great roads to deliver a proper story and Wales delivered that too. In spades.
 
Many are fast, smooth and camera- and traffic free. Often the corners are open too, so you can drive fast, safe in the knowledge that you’re not going to scare people coming the other way or, worse still, come round a corner and collide with a load of sheep trying to lick raindrops from the catseyes. There’s tighter, trickier stuff to explore too, plus the odd opportunity to get some serious air.
 
It doesn’t seem to matter which way you turn in North Wales, there just seem to be great roads everywhere. But if you’re after a recommendation get yourself to Bala, head north west on the B4212 then take a right on the B4391 and another right onto the B4407 which eventually deposits you on the A5. And if your tyres, brakes and arms aren’t aching after that lot, head east briefly on the A5 then take the A543 north. Phew!
 
And remember that the greatest thing about great roads is that you don’t need a Lamborghini to enjoy them. Whatever you drive a hot hatch, a supermini or even an MPV you’ll still have fun. But obviously if you do have a Lamborghini we’d probably suggest you do actually take it.

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By Chris Chilton

Contributing editor, ace driver, wit supplier, mischief maker

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