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Be hon­est, what’s the fastest you’ve en­tered a 30mph zone?

With­out wish­ing to crow, I’d wa­ger that you won’t beat the 110mph I pulled go­ing into Kirk Michael in June.

I say I, but the re­al­ity is that I was an awe-struck pas­sen­ger with a ner­vous gig­gle. The man to my left was Mark Hig­gins. The road? Moun­tain Course, Isle of Man, TT week.

Hig­gins was af­ter a new record for the 37.73-mile lap and Pro­drive had built him the ul­ti­mate Subaru WRX. It had 600bhp, 800Nm of torque and DRS. No won­der he even­tu­ally man­aged to round the moun­tain in 17m25.139s. The maths? Al­low me, it’s an av­er­age of 128.730mph.

I didn’t get a go in that thing, but Higgy did wheel me around in a road-go­ing WRX. The high­light was a tow­er­ing ap­proach to Bun­ga­low and Brandy­well. The speed car­ried through both, mind-bend­ing, but still noth­ing in com­par­i­son to what Mark man­aged alone later that day.

Look­ing back, the only re­gret is that my flight left be­fore there was time for Higgy to run me around on his bike.

Next year. Maybe not.

Mark Hig­gins re­turned to the BRC and the Isle of Man

Our long-time Brands snap­per Gary Hawkins caught this MG crash

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