"If we can't find a proper driver, then you'll have to do it!"
It was little more than a throwaway line from AUTOSPORT editor Charles Bradley, but thanks to the short notice and busy schedules of more than 15 professional drivers that were approached, I was sent packing to the Lotus Cars factory at Hethel to drive the monstrous T125.
It was exciting more than nerve-wracking. I'd been fortunate enough last year to be invited to Renault's F1 'Feel It' programme, where (wealthy) members of the public have a day of training and get to cap it all off with a couple of laps in an old Formula 1 car.
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Glenn Freeman is the editor of Autosport.com. After 10 years of karting, he decided that writing about motorsport would put less strain on his dad's bank balance than competing, and after obtaining his NCTJ qualifications in newspaper journalism, he joined Motorsport News in 2005.
As deputy racing editor, he covered British Formula 3 and selected international events. He also got the chance to take on boyhood hero Nigel Mansell in a kart race and beat the 1992 world champion.
Glenn left MN to become Autosport.com's international editor in September 2006 and joined the magazine's news desk in January 2008, spending six years as news editor. During that time he covered four seasons of DTM and a year of GP2/GP3, before switching to Formula Renault 3.5 from 2012-14. He became the website's editor in 2014.