For car and motorsport enthusiasts, the Autosport International Show has it all. Cars – including classic and racing – on display, motorsport merchandise on sale, and motorsport stars taking part in Q&A and autograph sessions. A host of cars are also put through their paces in the Live Action Arena including Stock Cars, National Hot Rods, and the Drift Cars. There is a lot to see and do at the NEC, but here is a look at of some of the stands I recommend visiting at the show tomorrow.
Dunlop BTCC Stand
The British Touring Car Championship has been well represented at Autosport International. Andrew Jordan, Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal and reigning champion Colin Turkington are amongst the drivers in attendance. They will appear at the BTCC stand for Q&A sessions. On display at the stand are Jordan’s MG, the Infiniti Support Our Paras Racing car, and Rob Austin’s Audi. Elsewhere a WSR BMW, the Mercedes cars of Aiden Moffat and Adam Morgan, and the Handy Motorsport Toyota Avensis are on display elsewhere.
F1 Racing and Autosport
The F1 Racing stand once again features the F1 Racing grid with cars from the 2014 season on display.
Interviews will be held on the stage with the likes of Allan McNish, David Coulthard, and David Brabham.
Similarly, stars will appear on the Autosport stage, including the aforementioned touring car drivers, the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver finalists and winner, and Petter Solberg.
Subscriptions to both magazines are also available at the show.
From teamwear to photographs and from models to scale helmets, there is plenty of motorsport merchandise available – some is even signed! There is a range of stalls selling merchandise including Race to the Finish F1 Memorabilia, The F1 Shop Ltd, and F1 Model Helmets (where I picked myself up a model!)
One particularly unique stand is Memento Exclusives, who offer a range of upcycled F1 products such as wheel rims turned into tables, dog ring clocks, and a Force India engine cover turned into a chair. Even if you don’t plan on buying anything, it’s definitely worth a look to see the quirky items they have on display!
There are a number of displays of classic cars at this year’s show, for those who love a bit of history. Classic & Sports Car magazine along with the Silverstone Classic have brought a range of cars including the Ferrari F40, the 1960 F1 championship winning Cooper T53, and the Mercedes Benz C11.
Just next door is the 60 Years of Motorsport News display which features iconic race cars from the last six decades including show guest Petter Solberg’s 2014 Rallycross winning Citroen PS3.
Three-time F1 World Champion Sir Jack Brabham also has a display dedicated to him including the Cooper T53 which he piloted to championship glory in 1960 and ten Brabham Racing cars.
Sir Jack Brabham’s son David Brabham is also at the show with Project Brabham, an innovative new approach to motorsport. Project Brabham intends to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, having kicked off with a crowdfunding scheme. The ultimate goal is to bring the model to Formula 1. David Brabham said: “Crowdfunding gives people the chance to be part of the team from the start. Once we have built a large community we will start to see the power of a collective force that will attract the funds and partners to make this journey a success”. In return for contributing, access will be provided with access to the inner workings of a race team from its early days of development.
For further information check out the Brabham website: www.Brabham.co.uk.
Challenges and Competitions
There are a number of competitions going on throughout the show including the opportunity to win tickets to F1 and the BTCC. Fans will also get their chance to take part in the wheel change challenge at the Alcatel OneTouch Stand. If pit-stops aren’t your thing then take on the Motors TV commentary/presenting challenge. A winner will be selected to front the broadcaster’s 2015 British GT coverage.
All-in-all there is plenty going on at the Autosport Show to keep you busy all day. There are plenty of interesting stands at the show and above is just a small selection of what to look out for.