New Clio 200 owner in the North West

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Matt Scarbro, Feb 28, 2017.

  1. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    Clio 200
    Hello All! Copied across from ClioSport as I registered there first...

    For as long as I've been driving, Renaultsport have been making drivers' cars and I've always deeply admired them for it. As a Honda man I felt like they had taken over the mantle for making exciting and engaging affordable cars. With the low income of a student I read Evo magazine cover to cover and built up the iconic cars such as the Clio Trophy and then R26.R as real working class heroes; the sort of cars I would aspire to own once working full time.

    Jump forward a decade and despite being a massive driving enthusiast and having owned quite a number of different cars, I've never dipped my toe into the Renaultsport pool until now.

    A little about my motoring past, I started off with classic Minis as my father spent his working life building engines for them. I had (and rolled) a 998cc as my first car before progressing, having learnt to drive a bit, to a well modified Clubman.
    From there I went Japanese with a series of mk2 Honda CRXs, modified to varying degrees, then an S2000 and more recently I got into trackdays and started a love affair with MX5s.

    My partner and I are now fortunate enough to have a lovely BMW 435d as our nice car, I have a fairly ridiculous, borderline time attack, Honda-powered MX5 track car and a share in another MX5 as a cheap winter track slag. Our second car, used mainly for running to the train station and about town has been an Audi A2, but I desperately missed having a small, fun, manual road car.

    That brings us up to date and we have replaced the Audi with a Clio 200 Cup.
    I was looking at R26s (couldn't afford the .R) and other similar hot hatch alternatives, but decided I preferred the more modern feel and mechanical simplicity of the Clio.

    Despite the car having utter crap tyres (why do people do this on drivers cars?), I've been thoroughly impressed with the little terrier! It's just so much fun and I can't believe Renault make something so focused as a normal, full production road car! For the first time in a while I keep going out in the evenings and just driving! :smiley:

    As you can tell, I can ramble on a bit so I'll leave it there and pop some pictures of the Clio here, I'm chuffed with it!




  2. nutnutwelshman

    nutnutwelshman Gold Member

    Welcome to the Family Matt glad you're enjoying her enjoy your stay on the forum
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  3. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate Devotee of OCD Paid Member

    Lowestoft, England.
    Racing Blue RS-200
    Welcome aboard Matt.

    Second pic has a rather stunning backdrop...... :smile:
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  4. mr freeze

    mr freeze

    Alien green 200 cup
    Very nice mate and welcome :french: what part of the north west are you in .
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  5. Pav

    Pav Moderator

    albi blue 197 with boost
    welcome along..very nice looking 200..enjoy your stay..
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  6. Dystant

    Dystant Detailing Dale Paid Member

    Clio 200 CUP
    Welcome along, lovely introduction! :good:

    Car looks ace and my god those Recaros look pristine! Bet you're scared of getting in and out of them :tearsofjoy:

    You got any mods planned? :smile:
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  7. Timbo


    Clio Sport 200 Cup Trophee
    Congrats! We're on different continents, but our cars are brothers from the same mother! d730e840fb0a4618ce15a8b7e58f9c89.jpg
  8. LOCKE

    LOCKE Paid Member

    RB 182 Cup/LY 197 R27
    Welcome. That looks a nice find indeed mate.

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  9. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    Clio 200
    Thanks for the very warm welcome! :blush:

    I'm in Crewe, Cheshire and spend a bit of time over in Lincs as I have family there.

    I'm an absolute terror for modifying cars so there are definitely plans afoot! In fact I've already been quite bad! The following meme captures my battle really well...


    I never listen to that man in he mirror so I'll start a project thread with what's happened so far and future plans.
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  10. Johnny 99

    Johnny 99 Platinum Member

    Clio Renaultsport 200
    Welcome along. Good car history & a great introduction. Enjoy the car. Looking forward to your project thread.
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  11. MarkTeamF1

    MarkTeamF1 POTM Winner - March 2017

    R27 197 #379
    Very warm welcome bud! You couldn't of joined a better community of caring and knowledgeable people! If in doubt always ask! Someone will have the answer!
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  12. matt9566

    matt9566 Paid Member

    Ultra Red R27 #91
    Welcome to the forum! Car looks great! Look forward to seeing your progress
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  13. DS197

    DS197 POTM Winner - June 2017 Paid Member

    Clio 197
    Welcome to the site Matt. I've never seen a meme I can relate to more than the one you've posted :tearsofjoy:
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  14. Antti O

    Antti O Paid Member

    Mikkeli, Finland
    Clio 197 Ultra red 2007
    Welcome, 200 cup is true drivers car.
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  15. Sneydster

    Sneydster Gold Member

    Gordini #47
    Welcome to the site and to the world of Renaultsport. Never failes to amaze me how people gloss over and look over these cars then drive one and instantly fall in love with them.
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  16. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    Clio 200
    Indeed, in full disclosure I had my eye taken by a well modified FN2 Civic with B14s, Quaife and other good stuff.

    Arranged to test drive it and a friend suggested I try the Clio too. We always talk about how we love the Renaultsport cars and on track the drivers always seem to be our sort of people so I arranged a second viewing of a 200 on the same day. The rest as they say is history!..
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  17. Cossers


    Vxr astra (j) and an r27
    Welcome along, I do really like the 2 tone recaros! Very nice
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  18. Big Ben

    Big Ben Winner - POTM February 2018 Paid Member

    Welcome along Matt. Love that meme:smiley:
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  19. Matt Scarbro

    Matt Scarbro Paid Member

    Clio 200
  20. Jimmy

    Jimmy Good cop Administrator

    Welcome to the forum Matt, and what a great introduction that was! The 200 is looking good, and very glad to hear you're enjoying it so much! Nothing like a 'f*** it I'm off for a drive' moment!
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