Last month on this page, I attempted almost certainly in vain to elicit some sympathy for the fact that for the first time in 16 years, I was unable to participate in the Spa Six Hours race. You may recall I was irked by the fact it would deny me an outing in Bell Sport & Classic’s lightweight Aston DB4. The season, it seemed, was over.
Not so. A call came from Bell Sport’s Peter Smith: would I like to share the car at the Aston Martin Owners’ Club St John Horsfall Memorial Meeting on its 70th anniversary? It was only a 45-minute race, so little more than 20 minutes each with a Covid-compliant pitstop, but if you’re a starving man expecting a three-course dinner but offered only canapés, you still bite.
Turning up at Silverstone, I did wonder whether it was a good idea. Sensibly, AMOC had amalgamated some grids so we found ourselves in a near 60-year-old car expected to duke it out with a host of modern GT4 racing Astons and one fearsome GT2 Vantage driven by BTCC driver Jake Hill that had done Le Mans in 2008. And the weather was absolutely filthy.