I was passing near this car on a trip, the stars aligned, and the owner was able to accommodate my last-minute, late-in-the-day request to take a look. My expectations were for a very short visit, I'm 6'1", 200 pounds, 34" inseam, with size 14 feet (yet narrow) and I assumed we'd get out the shoe-horn and fail miserably to even get me into the car. To my amazement, I fit rather well. My girth was an exact fit between driveshaft tunnel and "door" sill, my knees were well clear of the (removeable) steering wheel, and I was able to operate the pedals with no issue. Now, admittedly, I took my shoes off first in order to get the best chance of fitting, but with race shoes on there's no doubt that I would be fine. This was all with the pedal assembly at the closest position. We removed the seat back to simulate moving the pedals 2" and my legs were essentially straight out. The only issues would be roll bar height which would be too short for (I assume) most regulating bodies for track/competition work. I also would have to play around with individual pedal positions to get the best alignment for heel and toe work. Beyond those two (hopefully easily solved) issues, my main concern about the car was resolved favorably.
At this point I had no plan. I have tried on a Brunton Stalker and Dare TG for size and they were both completely hopeless. I literally couldn't drive either of them because my legs were jammed hard into the steering wheel. As I said, I figured I'd be there for 5 minutes tops and be heading on my way. Being a little lost as to what to do next, Scott and I just talked for a while, about the car, our driving experiences, hobbies (turns out we're both avid cyclists as well), etc. As time passed it became clear that he was a real driving enthusiast and had enjoyed his time with the Birkin tremendously. We had put the car up on his lift and looked it over, stem to stern, and eventually decided on a quick drive.
I insisted that he do the piloting given it was dark by then, and I really didn't want to push things since I had already been driving 10 hours. To make a medium-length story short, everything went well. Admittedly this was my first ever ride in a "7" but I was pleased with how flat it handled all while having a remarkably supple ride. My TVR Vixen, by comparison, is exceptionally stiff, as in the suspension basically doesn't move (I have softer springs on order). The engine was responsive and all mechanicals seemed to be in proper working order. There were no un expected clunks, bumps, bangs, or other noises. Just plenty of scoot when the loud pedal was deployed and ample negative acceleration when the anchor was applied. Handling? How do the Brits say it? I think it's something like "It stuck to the corners like a limpet". Oh, and the exhaust note is sublime, just loud enough when pushed, yet quiet enough not to disturb the neighbors when driving "normally". In other words, it's a "7" through and through.
My unexpected conclusion is that I will own a Birkin. At the moment I have a few things to sort before I would be able to purchase this one. I need to figure out where to acquire a taller roll bar (or cage?) and make some room in the garage by selling a few toys (anyone want a TVR?) but it was a surprising, enjoyable, and convincing visit. Thanks Scott!