West Lothian has produced some marvels in its time, former Doctor Who actor David Tennant would be enough by himself to put the county on the map forever. Then, of course there was Susan Boyle, who lives less than 10 miles from where I'm sitting now.
Bathgate has also produced Indycar champion Dario Franchitti. Now Franchitti's cousin, Paul, from Uphall, has signed for Force India as their test driver. It's an amazing opportunity for him as he'll get to go to all the races and may even drive on some of the Friday practice sessions. Last year's test driver, Vitantonio Liuzzi, is now in the team after Giancarlo Fisichella got "the call" from Ferrari so who knows what might happen?
Here hs is talking at the Autosport Show last month.
It strikes me that another talented young man made his way into Formula 1 via a Mercedes racing series, in 1991 - and he's back this year. It would be great if Paul Di Resta could emulate his success.