My father would have called it a disgrace. My grandfather would have used a different word. He'd have said: "It stinks." Both would have been entirely indignant if only partially in possession of the facts.
The first round of the World Rally Championship was always at the centre of a long discussion between my father and I. He would want to know everything: who's in what, what's changed and how did Petter get on. Like most rally fans, dad had a big interest in the Solberg side of things.
And he would offer plenty of opinion too - always based on the television coverage he'd seen. As a life-long competitor-turned fan, he would hoover up any hint of a rally car on telly.
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