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.
After watching the event on television, I'd seek out the reports on the British Rallycross GP in the following week’s Motorsport News (then called Motoring News), so it is apt that our sister publication is backing this weekend’s event at the Kent circuit as part of its 60th birthday celebrations.
Rallycross has been around almost as long, but the sport’s prominence has burst through the stratosphere in recent years - chiefly, I suspect, because it is the ideal motor sport for the modern generation. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone; this drag race between a rallycross car, Ariel Atom and superbike is one of the most popular ever on our video channel.