THE talk was all about cars when actor Sir Patrick Stewart and Batley-born businessman Lawrence Tomlinson got together.
Mr Tomlinson, founder and chairman of LNT Group, which includes sports car manufacturer Ginetta, was at Huddersfield University to receive an honorary doctorate.
And Sir Patrick, who was attending in his role as university chancellor, couldnt resist the chance to talk about their shared interest in cars at the honorary awards dinner.
Sir Patrick, who equalled Jeremy Clarksons time as the star in a reasonably priced car for BBC Twos Top Gear back in 2003, was interested in Mr Tomlinsons experiences in the motor racing scene.
Mr Tomlinson, who attended Batley Grammar School and studied engineering at Huddersfield Technical College, has had a lifelong passion for car design and motor racing.
He acquired British car maker Ginetta in 2005 and now employs more than 60 people at its state-of-the-art factory in Leeds and exports GT-winning racing cars all over the globe. Ginetta Supercars was born in 2009 with the launch of the Ginetta F400, which itself has been showcased on Top Gear.
LNT Group also includes subsidiaries covering care homes, construction, software and climate protection systems.