This week Netflix announced a new film starring John Boyega as a young Formula 1 prodigy forced by family circumstances to work as a getaway driver for the mob.
Some readers might consider this scenario implausible. Those of a sensitive disposition may be outraged at the very thought of organised crime having a connection with the world of motor racing.
But in fact a great number rogues, crooks and mountebanks have enjoyed eventful if not always ultimately profitable appearances within the racing firmament. Many of these stories make Netflix's storyline seem jejune in comparison.