Gary Goodman, via email

In reply to Brian Colton (July 16) on automatics, not being given the choice of a manual would be enough to stop me buying a vehicle. It is a basic skill and many drivers, not motorists, enjoy this aspect of owning a car. I have a 1990 MX-5 and could not imagine it as a self-shifter.

Too right, Gary, and we have a feature next issue that should be right up your alley.