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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David Evans is the rallies editor of Autosport and Motorsport News. A successful rally driving father ensured an early introduction to motorsport and, fascinated as he was by rallying, the fourth estate was of equal interest. Having read (or at least looked at the pictures) from the age of two, he joined <i>Motoring News</i> in 1996 and later moved to Autosport in 2002.@davidevansrally More features by David Evans