Bring, bring. Bring, bring. It’s the phone. “Hello. Charles Morgan here. I need you to take your test Morgan Plus 8 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and drive it up the hill. Try to do it quickly, put on a show. It’s insured. Just enjoy it. Goodbye.”

And that was that. No time for me to mention I’ve never driven up the hill at speed. Or that a shunt would mean I’d be walking home. Time to man up, fire up the V8 and do my best in the Michelin Supercar run.

Truth be told, the Morgan felt a bit of a minnow alongside the McLaren P1, Ferrari F12 et al but, as Autocar readers will know, this car’s charm is that it blends heart-racing performance with a loveable charm that no high-end exotic could match. At least that’s what I told myself.