I returned to Autocar HQ today after a weekend spent driving the brilliant Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo. If you’re not familiar with the car (sorry, pick-up), it’s a 425bhp, V8 monster which is visible from space. Almost.

It’s also one of the quickest, definitely the thirstiest and the most conspicuous vehicle I’ve ever driven. Naturally I was under the impression that every other road user would hate me instantly.

How wrong I was. People loved it. Not only that, but other motorists let me out of junctions more readily, smiled when they saw it and gave me the thumbs up as I pulled up alongside them.

Even a petrol attendant (yes, they’re back apparently) made a beeline for me when I pulled into the station and insisted he fill the tank. Incidentally, £40 (around half full) gets you about 135 miles when driven gingerly on the motorway.