My first time at Spa will live with me forever
They say you always remember your first time and I certainly will. Spa has given us more drama than I ever dared imagine.
Eddie Jordan's trademark seems to be making big, and largely accurate, calls over a race weekend but even he wasn't capable of prophesying how things would unfold at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Now, I don't pretend to be an EJ-style fortune teller but I had a feeling something was going to happen this weekend. In fact, after our mammoth trip to Belgium (taxi, Eurostar, local train, hire car) I told commentator Jonathan Legard that I had a feeling something special was going to unfold this weekend.
Eddie has quite a relationship with this place - he had some landmark moments at Spa as a team owner - so I should have known his outfit's latest guise, Force India, would figure strongly.
In fact, EJ's not alone in having a unique relationship with the Ardennes mountains - our entire team of on-air experts have special memories of crashing through the trees here.
If you checked out Andrew Benson's F1 highlights blog you'll have seen Martin Brundle finishing third here in 1995 in the race you voted as your favourite. David Coulthard then made the headlines there three years later....
Indulge me for a moment as I point out that I really enjoy DC's company. You might think that's no surprise but it is for me. For a man who has been a global sporting star for two decades, he is incredibly approachable, friendly and easy-going and I have met a fair few that aren't. I hope his real-ness shines through on TV.
Sitting on the tyre barriers at La Source this weekend, chewing the fat about when he caused the mother of all pile-ups in 1998 was a special moment for me.
It wasn't only because we were discussing such a famous F1 moment, but because we were doing it in the manner you'd talk about a mishap involving a brother or a good mate breaking a window. Just mulling over what went wrong and laughing at the absurdity of it all.
Perhaps it's my love of history, but there is something I really enjoy about being in the very spot where stories have been created, especially with the person who was at the centre of the tale.
To wander along this track with a man who had won at Spa was incredible for me. I know to David it's just his past, and he feels no differently about it to how any of us feel about the things we've experienced, but it's the closest I'll ever get to knowing what it's really like to create history.
Now, I hope it didn't show but I've been plagued by a sickness bug all weekend and getting to know my previous evening's dinner and the bins behind the Ferrari motorhome 10 minutes before we went live on Saturday afternoon wasn't perfect preparation. Thank goodness I had EJ to take my mind off all things medical.
Eddie has no shortage of energy, but he seems to be plugged into some sort of natural power source when he's in Spa. I guess it's the memories of his one-two in 1998 that gives him a natural high, but it certainly helped take my mind off my health as he literally bounced around the paddock and pits hugging people, regaling them with stories and delivering his distinctive chuckle.
So, why was this weekend so special? Well, I've driven the hills above Monaco with DC, enjoyed the party atmosphere of Australia, and marvelled at the architecture of Valencia but bumbling past goats in fields, ramshackle farmhouses and twee mountain-side B&Bs beats all that.
As the circuit gets closer you start to spot fans clad in Ferrari or Renault gear, with back-pack, picnic seat, and kids in tow. It's like they're on some kind of pilgrimage, and after this weekend I can understand why they flock to this sporting shrine.
Spa just oozes passion and history and feels alive with expectation come race weekend. I'm just sad I've waited 30 years to experience it.
I know Giancarlo Fisichella rates the last couple of days as being up there with anything he's experienced in F1, particularly if it leads to a drive with the most famous Italian team of all.
Jenson Button crashes out during the first lap at Spa
Eddie made the point on our red button F1 Forum that Fisi will be more concerned with driving for a team where he can stay long-term. I'm not so sure. OK, Ferrari would be a short-term plan if Luca Badoer is finally put out of his misery, but what kind of passionate Italian would really turn down a seat in a Ferrari, at Monza, in the team's hour of need?
So, while Fisi left Belgium with his future surrounded by speculation, for Jenson Button it seems to be getting clearer by the weekend.
Five races are left, and his nearest challenger, Rubens Barrichello, needs to take more than 3 points off him at every race if he is to overhaul his advantage. Not an easy task.
I know Jenson won't want to win the title by dragging his car over the line in Abu Dhabi to grab glory in the midst of an off-form struggle for points, but if none of the title pretenders can take the fight to him then that might just happen. What do you think will unfold on the way to the desert?
Talking of Abu Dhabi, the news this weekend is that the F1 finale will start in daylight and finish under floodlights. I'm not sure if anything can match the weekend we've just experienced, but I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.
Anyway, I'd better go. The production team have cleared their desks, Martin has already left to drive his gorgeous red E-Type Jag back to Norfolk, and my own Liege Airport-to-Luton-to-Richmond journey is about to begin.
Anne the production manager keeps saying "right, everyone" as she rallies the team into the hire cars; I'm only wishing we didn't have to leave. It seems like seconds since we arrived for this weekend but the memories of my first dalliance at Spa will live with me forever.