Cars, speed, racing and male testosterone………those same components that consumed the atmosphere at ’24 Heures du Mans’. Such sentiments were just as effervescent when I watched my lovely son, James, racing in the Sports Club of America, (SCCA), Mazda Spec Miata, series at Sonoma Raceway, California.

About 70 specially spec Mazda Miatas, growling like hungry tigers, eagerly snarling on the starting grid at Sonoma Raceway.

Impatiently revving their engines, waiting for the flag to drop, signaling their permission to screech onto the track. Ready to scream up through the gears, ‘pedal to the metal’ and hurtle themselves into the chicanes of the Sonoma Raceway.

Jostling for position, daring to take the ‘racing line’ into the corners as tightly as possible……  Roaring engines, gears shifting, clouds of brake dust, loving the complete exhilaration on the Sonoma Raceway!

What happened to my little boy lying on his tummy, whizzing toy cars across the floor, making car noises……..I guess he grew up!