After a lot of experimenting I've found the best way to get off at the lights is just to floor the accelerator as fast as you can! For me this tends to get the tyres squeeling a little bit, but not so much that they start spinning and losing grip.
Another way which I found out accidently....
If you change from second down to first as you're rolling up to the lights, it tends to take a little longer than other gear changes. Also if you're on the accelerator during this change (as you would be if the lights changed green just as you were doing the change) it will put on revs, before it has engaged first gear. When the gear enagages it releases the clutch quite quickly, and if you're hard on the accelerator you can have 3000+ rpm on when it does it, leading to some serious wheel spin :-)
On another note my car has now done 16000km (with a slight top-end rebuild at 12000km) and is feeling better by the day. It revs much more freely than it ever did, which is not good for the tyres.... hehe.
I've noticed lately when I dont have the radio on I can hear a noise like a bird chirping whenever I go over bumps coming from the rear of the car, sounds like suspensions. And the engine makes a weird rattling/buzzing noise at 3000rpm for the first 10 mins of driving each day.
But I still love it :-P