I don’t know if many Autocar readers have ever ventured to Santa Pod Raceway in Bedfordshire, to watch the drag racing, but having just enjoyed a day with the family watching the action there last weekend, I reckon it has to be one of the best-value, most-fun car things anyone can do in the UK.

Most striking is the absolute passion and commitment to cars, and car culture and, of course, highly tuned combustion engines and speed and more speed.

In particular no car fan should miss the chance to see Martin Hill’s awesome FireForce 3 jet car, capable of an astonishing 330-plus mph at the end of a quarter mile run.

Built around a Westinghouse turbojet, none of us could believe the clouds of smoke and steam that poured out the jet pipe as the turbine was spooled-up on the start line.