I still enjoy watching your intro and E3 videos from time to time, it could be nostalgia but I think they hold up, even today.
Both in-game and replay, you still look (and sound) pretty good. You weren't only a looker in photo mode, that's for sure!
So PGR4, I'd like to wish you a happy birthday. Shame it's been so long since you or your relatives made an appearance since you graced us with your presence. Maybe one day...
For further reading, I can recommend a retrospective from Eurogamer that's a few years old, as well as their original review.
PS. It's not about how fast you drive, it's about you drive fast.