Rallycross is a perfect sport for the modern television age. It features short, sharp races that virtually ensure non-stop excitement. It features hugely powerful four-wheel-drive cars, which can be driven at crowd-pleasingly lurid angles. And it features action-packed courses, that mix jumps, bumps, gravel and asphalt sections.

In short, rallycross is pretty spectacular stuff. And that’s because it was designed for television, albeit back in 1967. On February 4 of that year, the first rallycross event was held at Lydden Hill in Kent, to fill some airtime on ITV’s World of Sport programme. A fusion of racing and rallying, it was fitting the inaugural rallycross event was won by Vic Elford, one of motorsport’s greatest all-rounders. Elford convinced Porsche to loan him a 911 from a nearby showroom, drove it to the Kent track and won. He would go on to race in Formula One and sportscars, and won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1968.