Welcome to the preliminaries
Henry comes back from work with the Mercedes his dad bought him, sighing as the day was awful like usual, as his job envivronment is far from the best.
Like usually, no-one is at home, since both of his parents are busy running the business, which they would want to pass on to Henry as well, but he is honestly not very interested about the idea, but he doesn’t let them know about it, since they would most likely get very upset about it.
So, to relax, Henry decides to go to his room, locking the door while walking inside, plops on his bed and takes out some magazines he had hidden under his mattress so his parents wouldn’t find them… The tekniikan maailma magazines, with his lovely, lovely cheap cars in them. He starts going through the pages, trying to find some cars he could afford, and soon he sees a review of what it seems like a “Grand tourer for a very low budget”
Quezon Cordova 1.6 Dual-Cam 4MT by @variationofvariables
The now 2-year old Quezon Cordova finally got its first update for the 1981 model year, with some rather minor changes mostly made to the interior and engine.
Like 2 years ago, we still find the car extremely good for it’s price, with its Twin-cam engine running the front wheels, and the sporty, but distinguished shape of the car pleasing the eye.
The Cordova is a very stable and also fun car handling-wise thanks to the front-wheel drive, and moderately light weight. The car also performs extremely well in asphalt, and we found the steering to be very responsive, and there was very little understeer with this car.
The car also performs well with the comfort-area, with bucket seats that are quite supportive, and the interior space is very decent.
Only complaints we have is the rather fuel-hungry engine, which averages around 24mpg, and we see that the engineers have tried their best to make the engine more economical with economy-oriented carburetors. Also, we found that the brakes tend to fade some, even though the car has disc-brakes all around.
“I really love how the car looks, but I’m not so sure how problem-free that Twincam engine will be… and the fuel consumption isn’t that great either.” Henry thinks, looking at the reviews. He notices at the bottom of the page that the average service costs for this car tend to be quite high as well, and the car is almost touching his budget… I think I should be focusing on the more economical cars"
The Quezon Cordova will not be included in the finals.
Henry flips the page, seeing a page full of smaller (cheaper) car ads, and he sees a black and white picture of a rather… interesting-looking car in the corner.
Darrah Styrus 1190L by @Stryder237
The ad is rather small, and honestly pretty hard to read as the text isn’t really big either. He sees that the car has quite decent- actually really good, but Henry can’t get over how tiny the wheels are, and the shape of the car is also really odd.
The specifications are also really close to the AHB Alberto he looked at a few days earlier, but the car is only 1000$ more expensive, and the model is also a year older.
“I think that i’ll pass this one, I’d rather take the AHB over this” Henry thinks, not being able to stop staring at those tiny wheels under the car, putting the magazine away, taking out another one under his mattress.
He opens the magazine, seeing the picture of an infamous sedan…
Zephorus Pita 1.3 B by @Sky-High
Henry doesn’t even bother looking at the article, as he knows very well what a heap of junk this car is, as this thing is only known for 2 things: Because it is so cheap, and why it is so cheap. These cars are so horribly made that pretty much everything falls apart on the car during the first year.
He has also seen one after a crash; the A-pillar had bent so much forwards that it was almost touching the hood of the car… the driver was obviously dead too.
The Zephorus Pita 1.3 B will not be included in the finals
(Riley, did you honestly think you would get away with a fuck ton of negative quality points on everything except the fuel system and top end?)
Henry flips the page, seeing a rather sporty-looking car…
Navis SDV1 1800S by @saddiseased
Henry instantly likes how this car looks, but a quick glance at the specifications turns his slight smile to a frown real quick…
“Oh no, there is no way I can afford the run this… what a shame” Henry thinks, a bit sad that there is now way he could realistically own one of these spaceships.
Navis SDV1 1800S will not be included in the finals
Henry flips the page, rather disappointed about the Navis.
Next thing he sees is a rather small thing, called the…
Moravia Veverky DE by @Maverick74
The already rather old Moravia Veverky finally got an update for 1982, and we can see that the engineers have really tried their best to bring this little car to the 1980s. The car is also just as impressive as it has been for the past decade.
The Veverky has proved itself an extremely reliable car during the 1970s, and since the engine is mostly the same now, we expect the same kind of durability from it now on.
The driving experience has been improved some since the release, but the car still handles quickly and effortlessly, thanks to its low weight.
The low weight and small size also helps with the decent fuel usage rating of 33mpg average, but even with the lightweight body the car is still rather slow, as the engine only makes around 32 horsepower.
“Hmm, it looks kinda grumpy, but I also kinda like it… even though it is really small… and not that cheap even compared to the Alberto, which is bigger and as economical… and faster, and safer too… And I am really not a fan of how small this is, I think I’ll pass this one as well.”
The Moravia Veverky DE will not be included in the finals
Henry flips the page, and now is presented with a larger car…
Autodelta Elaphus 1600 GL by @Marv666
It’s a car ad, one of those with a huge wall of text and a lot of details… Which makes Henry happy.
The specifications of this car are moderately good, all-around rather average, surprising for a car with looks that radiate quirky french or italian energy.
The car seems to be overall rather decent, and this thing seems to be a bit of an exotic car too… which is appealing in an unique way.
“I think I should try this out” Henry thinks, ripping the page out of the magazine and puts it back under the mattress so he’ll remember it.
Autodelta Elaphus 1600 GL will be included in the finals
Henry hears the front door opening downstairs, so he quickly hides the magazines under his mattress again, so his parents wouldn’t know that he is looking at some filth like the poor people’s cars the magazines have.
Well here it is then, round 2, I’m still not sure if I should just make a bigger round 3 with cars, or split them into round 3 and 4, making it 2 rounds with 4 cars, before actually getting to the finals, but you’ll see it eventually™ yourself!