The year ahead

Arron attended 52 events last season. Here are a few driving ambitions for 2014

Having averaged one event per weekend last season, the obvious target has to be an even better strike rate during the months ahead.

Despite more than 40 years of constant race attendance (32 of them in a professional capacity), a few boxes remain unticked: a NASCAR meeting remains high on the must-do list, ditto the Indianapolis 500, but there are other essentials closer to home.

Having first attended the Pau GP in 1984, I vowed I would never again miss it… but haven’t returned since 1998. The correct word for this is ‘idiot’, so the GP de Pau Historique (May 17-18) is a must. Ditto the GP de Monaco Historique, one weekend and a comfortable train ride beforehand. A French hillclimb (any of them) is on the list, too.

I haven’t been to Cadwell Park (left) since 2010, although I would have attended the last HSCC meeting had a somersaulting Mazda not written off my car the previous evening and created an administrative diversion. That Cadwell gap requires rectification. And, despite my age, I have yet to attend a meeting at two of the UK’s mainland circuits, Pembrey and Croft. It’s probably time I put that to rights.

In the meantime, if anybody knows of any event that might not yet have infiltrated the Arron radar, feel free to let me know. The wild and quirky are as eligible as anything else, if not more so.