Last year, I got to interview my Formula 1 idol Damon Hill about his 'Race of my Life' at Suzuka in 1994.
I thought it couldn't get any better than that, but in 2012 I got to compete against my first motor racing hero - Clive Richards - in a Ginetta G40 Challenge race.
It's fairly normal for most young boys to idolise their fathers, so I guess it's also logical that they should greatly admire anyone who can beat their dad on the racetrack.
Richards (4) climbs the field from row 11 at Snetterton... © LAT
My father entered motorsport by building a Caterham Seven and racing it in the Caterham K-Series in the mid-1990s. I travelled up and down the country to support my old man in his early racing exploits. This meant I got to see a lot of Caterham racing.
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Ben Anderson is Autosport's Grand Prix Editor and one of our track testers. He holds an undergraduate degree in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield and joined the title in March of 2008, after eight months working in local newspaper journalism for award-winning weekly the Surrey Mirror. He has raced karts and cars since the age of 11, and occasionally continues to do so around his reporting commitments for Autosport.@BenAndersonAuto More features by Ben Anderson