The Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch was a beacon of motorsport excitement between the 1950s and 1970s, and this writer even remembers watching it on one of our three television channels as a kid. So the prospect of the British motorsport season being extended in the wake of the coronavirus crisis got this now middle-aged mind into a tantalising whirl of anticipation.
'What if the British Touring Car Championship finale was held just after Christmas at Brands?' I wondered. Autosport's subsequent conversation with Motorsport UK chairman David Richards last week in the latest in our series of #thinkingforward interviews did little to quell such thoughts.
On the subject of running the mainstream sporting calendar (as opposed to the odd winter event) up to Christmas, Richards responded: "As the governing body we will be as accommodating as we possibly can. We will find ways of running events as safely and correctly, and with the right support from officials and safety crews, as possible. But our weather in the latter part of the year isn't quite the same as sunnier climes."