I received my favourite kind of email the other day. “On September 10 it’s the F1 world stock car final – 700bhp V8, big wing, etc.

“They look the nuts, and we’ve been offered a test in the world champion’s car. Would you fancy it?”

Um, yes guv. Yes. I would.

So a couple of Saturdays later, there I am, meeting the very affable Andy Smith, stock car champion and one of the stars of last year’s highly-charged BBC documentary Gears and Tears.

I haven’t been to watch a stock car meeting since I was a young lad, taken to Matchams raceway near Ringwood on a Saturday afternoon. I think the cars have come on a bit since then.

There are a few different championships in the UK, but the BriSCA F1 series, in which Smith races, is the daddy.