Nothing that I’ve done all year has made me feel luckier to earn my living this way than to spend a chunk of yesterday with Richard Noble and Andy Green, discussing precisely how the former is going to arrange for the latter to drive across the surface of the planet at over 1000mph.

As you might imagine, raising the cash to finance such a project is not easy at the best of times, let alone in the current economic climate. Then again, we are all in dire need of something to feel good about, and you if can’t get excited about and a car that’ll do London to Birmingham in six minutes, you need to have a long hard look at yourself in the mirror.

Full details of what was said will be in the mag soon, but some flavour of their mindset can be found in their mission statement which reads: ‘To confront the impossible and overcome it.’

Noble is as inspirational now as he was 25 years ago when he relieved the Americans of their stranglehold on the Land Speed Record, by driving across the Nevada desert at 633mph, his Thrust 2 car right on the point of becoming an aircraft.