There’s a summer treat coming over the next couple of weeks: a series of articles comparing 2014’s best affordable driver’s cars.

All were written on the back of what we’ve come to call our ‘junior handling day’ test here at Autocar HQ: something we’ve made a habit of doing at this time of year, with the motorsport season in full swing, the weather good, the holiday season well and truly open and ours roads that little bit clearer.

These are the usual cues to start daydreaming about buying a real-world performance machine. Read next week’s issue – or just keep coming here every few days as the summer blazes on – and you’ll know which the good ones are and which the not-so-good.

Meantime, if you can’t wait that long, I’m wondering if we can arrive at a way to work out how much fun any given sporting purchase will give you for your money? A good way, that is – because I’ve had a go for next week’s issue, and I’m not sure it’s very good. My mathematics is about as good as my lawn green bowling.