Mostly, new-product launches are as exciting as watching Chris O'Donnell in a checkers match. But Pirelli chose the foothils of the Italian Alps to launch a new line of tires for historic rally cars. Historic rally cars, you say?

Chris Harris relinquished the driver's seat for this episode of Chris Harris On Cars, instead riding along with champion drivers Juha Kankkunen, Markku Alen and Paolo Andreucci as they flog a Lancia Delta S4 Evoluzione, a Lancia Stratos and a Lancia 037.

They say never meet your heroes, but I don't think Chris's complaining.