Memories of the year: A diary of sheer delights

Memories of the year: A diary of sheer delights

Not just one, but a series of happy memories of the past year from our on-staff motorsport presenter Henry Hope-Frost - who doubles as one of the magazine's sub editors...

Button big in Birmingham

As I emerged out onto the stage, hundreds of expectant eyes bore into me. These excited fans had waited patiently for most of the morning to see one man. And it wasn't me. It was mid-morning on Saturday January 16th at AUTOSPORT International, the world's best racing car show. And the man the crowd wanted to see was newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion, Jenson Button.

I'll never forget the explosive roar of approval as Britain's 10th motorsporting world-beater joined me for a one-to-one interview. He was relaxed, articulate, witty and more than comfortable in his elevated position as a sporting role model to millions.

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