The race cars in Forza 2 were paintable too, but if you just had to stick it on top of the default skin. Fine until you scrape it, then you get the old paint job showing through and it looks pants
I think since it's next month they need to just bite the bullet and give us the full track and car list. I know a few of the classics are coming back (Sebring, Silverstone, etc) but would be nice to get it all confirmed.
Hard to tell exactly, but the first confirmed lists appear to have come out around the middle of April 2007, just over a month from the game's release on May 29th. Which I guess means we should have the full list in the next couple of weeks.
I think it doesn't show the animations when the player is using automatic gearchanges.
Either way, it wouldn't bother me in the slightest that the players hand would not move when changing gears. People have put up with it for years on LFS, not to mention the fact that there will always be some delay between you changing gear, and it actually being animated in game.
Either way, im not bothered whether it comes with it or not, but i think it is better without it.
Look at how long it takes the guy to change gears in GT5:P. That would really annoy me, and it looks silly when he's taking corners with one hand, when in reality, you would want both hands on the wheel.