“It’s lovely and it’s definitely had my family and myself talking a lot more about the past. People have been sending me so many videos and photos of him racing.”
Button was speaking at a test day for the series, the garage having a grassroots feel as he and other drivers such as rallycross ace Andreas Bakkerud and WRC rally-winner Kris Meeke (coming along to see what all the fuss was about) chatted about finer points on the new car, which all competitors will use.
It’s a grassroots feel that comes to mind for Button when recalling his father’s rallycross days – not to mention the technical high-jinks.
“For him back then it was very family orientated,” says Button. “My mum, my three sisters and I used to always go along and watch him race – it was a proper a family atmosphere.
“He loved competition. He did Autocross first and then rallycross – he was just always telling me stories about how he’d have to cut a hole in his windscreen, to actually be able to see out of it because of the mud!
“He also had an amazing water spray system that most teams didn’t have, to quickly clean the windscreen.”
Button says he has wanted to become involved in rallycross for a considerable amount of time, but that it was about finding the right opportunity.
“I was trying after I left F1 [in 2016],” he reveals. “I actually did a test with Andreas [Bakkerud’s] Honda Civic at Sebring.