Autosport International Show prepares to celebrate 25th anniversary

Next weekend the Autosport International Show will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Colin Turkington, David Coulthard and Petter Solberg are amongst the confirmed guests for the show which is being held at the NEC in Birmingham from 8th – 11th January. The first two days are Trade Only with the doors being opened to the public on the Saturday and Sunday.

Some of the attractions at this year’s show are as follows:

A host of stars from the world of motorsport

The show will play host to a number of motorsport stars including the 2014 British Touring Car Champion Colin Turkington, F1 débutante Will Stevens, and FIA World Endurance Champion Anthony Davidson. Also in attendance will be Matt Neal, Gordon Shedden, Allan McNish, Andrew Jordan, David Coulthard and Petter Solberg amongst others.

Stars will appear on the Autosport Stage for Q&As throughout the two days. There will also be autograph sessions.

Classic car display

In association with Classic & Sports Car magazine and the Silverstone Classic, the Autosport International show will bring a display of historic machinery worth approximately £15m to the NEC. Featuring the likes of the F1 championship winning Cooper T53 and the Mercedes C11, there will be a total of eight iconic race cars on display. There will also be six wild road cars including the Ferrari F40.

There will be additional historic content curated by Autosport International exhibitors which will recognise the feats of three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham and legendary Jim Clark. This will include British manufacturer Cooper’s T53 which Brabham drove to win the world championship in 1960. There will also be a 10-strong collection of Brabham Racing cars – led by the Brabham BT49. 50th anniversary celebrations of Jim Clark’s 1965 championship will also feature a display of his title winning Lotus 33.

Also on display will be Le Mans winner the Jaguar D-Type, Nigel Mansell’s Lotus 87, a Honda Super Tourer, GT Lister Storm, Lola T70 Spyder and 6.6 litre Corvette Stingray. “To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Silverstone Classic, we are pleased to join forces with leading race grid organisers and Classic & Sports Car magazine to present a selection of the finest race and road cars covering the most evocative 50 years of racing,” Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic Event Director said. “As a popular event in the industry, Autosport International is the perfect location to see the most amazing track and road cars ever, and all the race cars will be in action at the Silverstone Classic in July.”

F1 Racing Grid

F1 Racing magazine will once again provide show-goers with the opportunity to see the 2014 Formula One grid up close, lead by the title winning Mercedes W05.

European debut of Ian Berry’s Ayrton Senna portrait

Ian Berry was commissioned by the Ayrton Senna Institute to commemorate the 20th year since the three time World Champion’s death. Berry uses shades of layered denim as his palette and the portrait was created utilising jeans owned by members of the Senna family. The artwork was recently unveiled in Sao Paulo, with Senna’s niece Bianca Senna describing it as being “simply spectacular”.

“I remember playing a racing game and we all wanted to be Senna. I was only 10 in 1994, but I remember,” Berry said. “In later life I realised that he was an icon that transcended the sport of motor racing and is one of the greatest icons of the 20th century and his legacy lives far into the 21st. To be told by the family that it captured all his emotions and every part – the nose, mouth, eyes especially, and even down to the hair – it made me very happy.”

There will also be a ‘making of’ video shown.

Launch of the SR8 RSX

The world launch of British manufacturer Radical Sportscars’ new flagship model will take place at Autosport International.

141210_RadicalSR8RSXAngle_hrThe covers will come off Radical’s most advanced, powerful and aerodynamically developed open racing car yet on the opening day of the show – Thursday 8th January. Priced at £109,950 + VAT at launch and with a power-to-weight ratio of 558hp/tonne, the SR8 RSX is set to offer a value-packed dose of Le Mans Prototype-esque performance. A bespoke 3.0-litre V8 engine delivers 440bhp and is paired with a new seven-speed, paddle-shift gearbox from Quaife, and an all-new carbon tubular steel spaceframe chassis.

“We have always used Autosport International as a launchpad for our latest models,” Roger Green, Head of Sales and Marketing said. “2015 is no different with the introduction of the SR8 RSX, our most advanced sports-racer yet. We will also unveil our exciting 2015 racing championship packages at the show that include everything from the novice racer to our FIA European Masters championship – there’s no better place to do this than Europe’s most important and high-profile motorsport show, Autosport International.”

Zenos E10 S launch

A year after making its public debut at Autosport International, Zenos Cars will return in 2015 to launch its second lightweight sports car – the Zenos E10 S.

Zenos E10
Zenos E10

The E10 S features a 250bhp turbocharged, 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine and is expected to cover 0-60mph in less than four seconds. A production-ready E10 S with an all new interior will be on display at the show. “It’s surreal to be getting ready to go back to Autosport International where it all began,” former Caterham Cars CEO Ansar Ali said. “To say it’s been a busy 12 months would be an understatement. “We received a fantastic reception to our launch at the 2014 show, which really set the tone for what has followed during our first year. We’re looking forward to launching the E10 S, and it will be the first time we have presented it as a production-finished version, another big step in the history of Zenos Cars.”

The first production run will commence in January with vehicles to be delivered in March. A total of 90 deposits have been taken.

Dan Wheldon Karting Trophy

The three-hour charity karting race – with funds being raised for the Alzheimer’s Society – will take place on Saturday 10th January from 6pm.

The annual race celebrates the life and achievements of dual Indy 500 winner and 2005 IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon, who died in a racing incident in October 2011. The Dan Wheldon Tribute Fund has raised over £51,000 to date, with the 2014 karting trophy contributing £7,000. The race has featured some familiar faces in the past including actor Tony Hirst, World Superbike Champion Troy Corser, commentator Steve Parrish, and BTCC drivers Adam Morgan and Dan Welch. The race will take place at Autosport International’s bespoke indoor karting track in association with Teesside Karting.

“As a family, it is so important we’re able to keep Dan’s memory alive by doing something that he loved and raising money for a charity so close to all of our hearts in the Alzheimer’s Society,” Jo Wheldon – Dan’s sister-in-law – said. “The Dan Wheldon Karting Trophy captures so much about Dan, extremely competitive but hugely fun and we’re looking forward to the 2015 race at Autosport International!”

Performance Car Show

As always, the NEC will also play host to the Performance Car Show, presented by Landsail Tyres in association with Autocar and Pistonheads.com. This will feature a host of the latest road-going supercars, classic icons and World Championship winners. Amongst these cars will be the following: LaFerrari, Mercedes F1, Ferrari 458 Speciale, McLaren 650S and the Lamborghini Huracán.

Exclusive Performance Car Show features include Pie and Piston Pub by PistonHeads.com and the opportunity to see a selection of winners from the prestigious What Car? Awards 2015, just hours after the winners are named. A selection of Britain’s Best Driver’s Cars including the Porsche 911 GT3 will be in action in the Live Action Arena. There will also be a Guinness World Record attempt from Brit Alastair Moffat. He will look to reclaim his Guinness World Record for the world’s tightest parallel park. He initially set it in 2013, performing a handbrake park into a space just 3.4 inches longer than the Mini he was driving. The record was broken in November by Chinese Drift Champion Han Yue.

 Tickets are available for Autosport International via their website priced from £32 for adults and £21 for children. 

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