I bought it!!!
Purchased on Tue and picked up on
Thur. I wanted a blue sport, but Boyland (where my deposit has been down since mid July) told me on Mon they can't order a M/T until next year. Russ Darrow confirmed that, said in the allocation request software the option to select "manual" is greyed out and will be until next year. So I got my VBP manual!!!!
I forgot this thread had been here until I received email from Russ Darrow on Tue saying this car was available. Great place. I'll be posting more about this in the Dealer forum and probably one of the "cant get manual" threads.