Not only have we - come on, admit it - enjoyed The Great F1 Shake-Up after Red Bull's disastrous test at Jerez, but events elsewhere have got petrol heads champing at the bit for the season to really get going - and it's still only February. If all falls into place, we could potentially be in for one of those classic years.
Meeke now has the opportunity to revive rallying's profile beyond the specialist press and back into the mainstream. The man from Dungannon's elevation to the big time may not only give WRC fans in the UK someone to focus their hopes on, it could give the sport and the industry around it a real boost.
The news that World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb is heading into semi-retirement at the end of 2012 offers two contrasting emotions: relief that an iron grip on the WRC will at last be loosened but also sadness that the sport's most successful driver - 74 rally wins, eight consecutive world titles and counting - will only pull on his overalls for a limited season in 2013.