"The response and the support and the messages of care and love and concern were really uplifting," he said.
"It’s hard to actually find the right words that don’t sound like you’re just reading off the script, but it was… a seismic shift in my life and a hell of a wake-up call of how dramatically sideways things can go.
"But [it was also] a beautiful reckoning that whatever I’ve done - good, bad or indifferent in motorsport - I won’t be everybody’s cup of tea, but there’s certainly some people out there that have enjoyed my work and they’ve expressed that, and it’s a really lovely thing."
Crompton and the V8 Sleuth team have been working on his autobiography, ‘Neil Crompton: Best Seat in the House’, which is set for release later this month.
"It’s been a bigger process than I thought it might have been,” he said of the writing process.
"I was dismissive of the idea because I didn’t think there was interest in it, but I’ve found there are folk out there that are interested.
"You don’t realise until you stop, draw a breath and look backward, how long your journey has been. It's cliché but it’s been a long period of time.
"The fun part was trying to unpack that and put it in some order."