Matt Neal's privateer heroics in late-'90s Nissan Primeras inspired a generation of fans of the British Touring Car Championship. They certainly made an impression on Rob Huff, who went on to become a BTCC race winner and, last year, a World Touring Car champion. Today, at Donington Park, Huff will sample Matt Neal's 1998 Team Dynamics Nissan Primera, one of the cars that turned him into a wannabe touring car driver.
"I told Matt about this when I was in Morocco for WTCC earlier this year and he was very excited," says Huff as he lays eyes on the machine that Neal carried to third in the '98 BTCC Independents title race.
"It's lovely isn't it?!" says Huff, as the car's current owner - British club racer Dave Jarman - shows him around his steed. "Right, I'm going to take some photos - sorry!" Huff is clearly excited by the prospect of what's to come. "It takes me back to the days when I used to stand at the top of Paddock Hill Bend and watch at Brands Hatch," Huff explains.
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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