It started with a relatively simple festive email from a gentleman called Bill Thomas, formerly of this parish but nowadays the editor of Wheels magazine in Australia.

He sent the following video clip to a few colleagues back in the UK, claiming to be ‘pretty impressed with this bloke’s transition work.’ And then he said ‘Happy new year etc’.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stSb9UAnKUc&feature=related

It then descended pretty much instantly, and rather pathetically given that the recipients of said email is each the wrong side of 35, into a; ‘yeah yours is okay but check out mine’ YouTube driving clip-a-thon. Which included the famous Walter Röhrl’s shoes footage, gifted to the group by Ben Oliver, also once an Autocar scribe and now at CAR:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ieRNmgxiA

Then it went somewhat bizarrely to this, sent from Chris 'Monkey' Harris, now at Pistonheads:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

And then finally, after various other vaguely interesting car related clips had been round-robined, it ended up with this – perhaps the most ludicrous piece of fast driving you’ll ever see:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5TcuMGAoVE

Conclusion: car journalists are very sad, very lonely people indeed. Bear that in mind, please, the next time you tear one of us to shreds…