If part of me was still debating whether to head to Lydden Hill in Kent for this weekend’s World Rallycross Championship event, the news that Will Gollop will be present in his Silkolene-backed MG Metro 6R4 has clinched the deal.

When I was young I hoovered up any motor racing I could find on BBC Grandstand. The end of the year was always a fruitful time, with the Formula Ford Festival and then the British Rallycross GP, both at Brands Hatch.

On television, Gollop’s 6R4 – which will appear this weekend at Lydden as part of a special historic celebration – was one of those motorsport machines that just looked perfect to me, along with the Silk Cut Jaguars at Le Mans and Nigel Mansell’s 1989 Ferrari F1 car.