When I tell my auto-Muggle friends that I did a track day or autocross, invariably someone asks, “so how fast did you get up to?”

I pause, first caught off-guard by the question, and then not having an answer. I mean... who cares? I guess we just have to edumacate!

For the record, I didn’t clock any speeds in my autocrosses or at the Porsche center, but I did get a top speed right around 80 mph on my Jetta at a small-circuit track day. I’ve gone markedly faster in that car on public roads, that time I tried to catch a Lotus Esprit, so...