We live in a world where technology advances at an astounding rate. A world in which people [far cleverer than myself] continue to push the boundaries of science and engineering. A world that has well and truly moved into a digital age. We are an inquisitive species and this drives a desire to learn more about ourselves and the universe in which we exist; to find cures for diseases that have tragically taken lives and to seek signs of new life in distant solar systems. It really is quite marvellous. Now, let's bring things down a notch or two...
To satiate this desire for knowledge, and in the name of research, a very important question was raised recently on the Clio Trophy forum. A question raised by a well-established member who we shall simply refer to as "That Person" (in a bid to afford him some privacy). It was a question that had long been on the lips of many an owner and the results were incredibly surprising and profound.
How Old is the Average Trophy Owner?
There it is, right there in the sub-heading above. Such an innocent question that spawned quite a lengthy discussion as owners, new and old, came forth to share their ages. Whilst, no doubt, the question was posed in the interest of scientific discovery I daresay that a large majority of visitors / contributors to the thread were there simply there because, like myself, they are nosy sods. I guess that's just the inquisitive nature to which I alluded in the opening paragraph!
Traditionally the RenaultSport Clio, especially the older models, are viewed as a bit "boy-racer" by the wider car community. Your everyday sporty Clio gets cheaper by the day (excluding the more desirable Cup and Trophy models) and naturally tend to find themselves in the ownership of younger enthusiasts. That's if they can afford the insurance! As a result there are many a lucky teenager out there driving around in their Clio and an even higher number of twenty-somethings doing likewise. Surely this is a trend that would be mirrored in the ages of Trophy owners, yes?
The Results Are In...
The results, to me at least, were quite surprising. I had expected a fairly large spread of ages across the ownership community but I had not expected the average age of ownership to be quite so high. There were a few younger owners in their twenties and many in their thirties. However, a large number of owners who willingly shared their age are in their forties and above. I won't mention names but there are plenty of owners out there - enjoying their Trophys - who are into their fifties and sixties. I think that speaks volumes in terms of how appealing the Clio 182 Trophy has become to those people, regardless of age, who actually appreciate a good drivers' car.
EDIT: I wasn't going to disclose the result but, at the time of writing, the average age was teetering around 40 years old.