Monday was a sombre day in the Autosport office. We all felt pretty down - shocked - about the plane tragedy that had claimed the lives of David Leslie and Richard Lloyd in such a brutal fashion.
The buzz, the silly voices, the shouting-out of ideas, all seemed to have faded out on Monday March 31st. Most of the guys knew Leslie or Lloyd, some of us knew them both. And what we all have in common is that we genuinely liked them.
But, later, there was a smile... That lunchtime, I was preparing my obituary on Leslie and chatting with our picture editor, Peter Mills. Pete showed me a transparency he'd dug out from 1998. It was a post-season test at Nogaro, attended by most of the British Touring Car Championship teams, and to which I'd travelled with photographer John Brooks to get some winter feature material.