It started with lunch at the RAC Club with Erik Carlsson and ended with one night's sleep in a working week. And my most outrageous expenses claim ever.
The story that highlighted the last decade of my working life included a gestation period spanning two of those 10 years. But it was, without doubt, absolutely worth it.
Pall Mall's finest prawn cocktail done, 'Mr Saab' told me about the adventure that was the 1960 RAC Rally, an event he and Stuart Turner had won at the wheel of a Saab 96. Starting from Blackpool, on Monday November 21, it went north to the top of Scotland before tumbling, tired and emotional back down Britain to Brands Hatch for a Friday afternoon finish. That, Carlsson suggested, was a rally.