Autosport International has become the de facto motor show in the UK. In the absence of any other similar motor shows, Autosport is already well ahead of the competition. But the fact that it attracts a truly international audience is testament to the appeal of the four-day event.
Words Simon Hastelow. Photos Simon Hastelow and Ben Steventon
We shouldn’t really think of the Autosport Show as just another motoring event or just about motorsport. While the emphasis is clearly slanted towards performance, it offers something for every type of motorist.
Whether you follow Formula 1, the WRC, BTCC, some other racing series, or whether you like classic cars or just those that are a bit different from the everyday norm, you’ll find something for you at the Birmingham NEC in January.
Similarly, every budget is catered for. You might have the cash to spend £89k on a Ford GT or over a quarter of a million on a genuine rally car, but you might also only have the budget to tune or modify the car you already have. Again, there is something for every scenario.
Complete cars, individual components, widgets, memorabilia, tuning packages, race series, live action, famous name interviews, Q&A sessions with drivers and team owners. Everything and everything spread throughout numerous halls in the Midlands.
It is worth noting that Thursday and Friday are considered ‘Trade Days’ and, in fact, the Engineering hall is only open on these days. The general public are not usually permitted to attend until the weekend, when some clubs and other displays are there too. However, it is worth trying to get a ticket to the weekday openings if you can. Not only is it generally a bit quieter but there is also a fair amount of stuff that you cannot see at the weekend.