I’ve been putting it off for months, but this week I’ve finally decided I’m going to do it. I’m going to save the Clio.

My old Renault Clio Renaultsport 182 – as it was officially called in 2004 – is a 54-reg, in Racing Blue, all boxes ticked model, with a healthy 120,000 miles on the clock from its original engine and gearbox.

At a glance, it looks to be in good condition, but examine closely and you’ll spot a face full of stone chips, paint flaking off the Speedline Turini wheels (sourced from a Clio 172 Cup and badly spray painted by me) and heat-damaged front tyres.

The brakes are also dodgy, the steering wheel's ‘pleather’ is crumbling, and the last time the car ran, its 2.0-litre F4R engine had developed an inconsistent and unpredictable misfire. Then the front right spring cracked and it’s been off the road since.

That was June 2016.