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There's a buzz about the AUTOSPORT Awards that's so much more than just a celebration of the season's achievements

The AUTOSPORT Awards evening was a picture of a hall-full of remarkable people in the midst of adapting to major change by doing just what they've always done, a whirl of snatched conversations with old friends and new information, a celebration of history as well as the shaping of the future, lots of funny moments, a collage of encounters so many that it's impossible to put them in chronological order afterwards.

John Watson felt the effect: "I live a fairly quiet life in the semi-sticks," he said, "and when you step into this it's instantly full-on and a little disorientating at first. It's a bit like going into the F1 paddock after a while away; you take a deep breath and throw yourself into it, a million things all going on at once, everyone there for a purpose."

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