The roar of turbo-charged engines. The smell of superheated oil. The tension. No, it's not America's preparations for war against Saddam, it's a meeting of Jardine Lloyd Thompson's motor club.

In fact, director John Lloyd is a keen rally driver and recently finished third in the 2001 Asia Pacific rally championship.

Following a large lunch, Backchat was given a first-hand demonstration of Lloyd's driving skills from the navigator's seat of his Group N Subaru Impreza. Sorry about the upholstery, John...