Yes, alright, it's the middle of July. And Wales Rally GB isn't until the start of October, when sunny afternoons and mild evenings will be nothing more than fond and distant memories. But people get delirious about Christmas months before the event, and this is much more exciting than that.
No, really. While it's trendy not to get behind rallying nowadays, the spectacle remains just incredible. Sure, the days of production-derived stage stars are a long way behind us, but what we have instead are vehicles blessed with almost supernatural abilities on any surface. The speed is just extraordinary, and to see them up close is a real privilege - anybody frustrated with the access of modern motorsport should watch a WRC round. Specifically Wales Rally GB. And what better year than an anniversary year?
Its first running, in 1932, was inspired by the Monte Carlo rally, with an end destination of Torquay and 342 competitors taking one of nine different 1,000-mile routes to the English Riviera. The winner was the driver who made it with the fewest penalty points, and that was Colonel A.H. Loughborough in a Lanchester 15/18. But Motor Sport magazine suggested the RAC might be seen as "meek and mediocre" against the Monte. So there you are.
Along with Rally Finland, Rally GB is the only event to have featured on every WRC calendar since its inauguration in 1973. Indeed it was once an event often dominated by Scandinavian drivers, only Roger Clark's '72 and '76 triumphs breaking their monopoly until McRae's first win in 1994.
There's an onboard video of that below to mark a quarter of a century since the milestone - which was followed up by successes in 1995 and 1997 as well - plus last year's highlights as well to show what phenomenal machines the latest WRC cars are. Because rallying is always awesome. With a win back in 2017, Elfyn Evans will be keen to repeat that on such a significant year for his homeland in 2019. Only 82 days to go...