A huge crowd, a thrilling motor race that culminated in a back-to-front victory, and not one person wearing a mask. And yes, I'm talking about something that happened in 2021, not 1921.
As a country, New Zealand and its leadership have provided an example of calm dignity and let's-get-this-sorted-out proactiveness to the rest of the world in the wake of any recent crises, far at odds with the floundering bumblers hampering the progress of much of the planet. Such methodology also seems to have benefited its motorsport scene, brilliantly illustrated by last weekend's incredibly successful New Zealand Grand Prix opening round of the Toyota Racing Series at Hampton Downs.
Those of you who follow single-seaters will know that, for the past decade, TRS is a super-competitive contest, flooded by talent from around the world keeping themselves sharp during the European winter (Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda are among the graduates). Such is its reputation that the 2019 and 2020 champions, Liam Lawson and Felipe Fraga, were both placed on the Red Bull Junior scheme thanks to their successes down under.