I was thrilled to be invited to one of the famous Three Friday Nights at Goodwood Racecourse as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Mazda MX-5.
It made perfect sense. The mantra of the MX-5 design team, from the very beginning, has been Jinba Ittai, meaning horse and rider as one. They created that same feeling between the MX-5 and its driver, and have kept it, throughout every new generation or facelift.
The highlight of our bubbly-fuelled evening, was the Mazda Jinba Ittai stakes, won by Great Fighter. I didn't win anything, but a young lady in our party went away £2k richer after guessing the top three horses in one race. By the next week, the motoring rumour mill had it that a some lucky 'chap' had won £8k.
I've never been to Three Fridays before, and I was amazed by how many gaggles of youngsters were circulating, and even more gobsmacked by the height of the platforms under the teetering fillies' feet. Still, stilhettos would sink in the grass.