The first time I visited the Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC, I got so engrossed in the sights, sounds and spirit of it all that I ended up buying a car.
It’s easy to see how a wallet can be so well separated from its owner at the show, too. F1 stars rub shoulders with concept cars, motorbikes and supercars, while the Autosport stage sits in the centre of the action with the biggest names in motorsport talking through their careers, as well as introducing the stars of tomorrow.
Where else can you see Britain’s best driver’s cars battle it out on a specially created indoor track, marvel at the driving skills of the world’s best drifters, and then take to the track in a thrilling passenger ride?
It’s all at Autosport International, which is open to the public next weekend, and here’s our top 10 reasons for visiting.
The Autocar stand will play host to supercars such as the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Jaguar XKR-S GT and McLaren 12C Sprint. See the fastest cars in the world up close, and watch them in action on our video wall. You’ll also have the chance to drive for free in state-of-the-art simulators running the new Gran Turismo 6 game.
Live action arena
Set inside a 5000-seat stadium, the live Autosport International show features action-packed stunts from the likes of Terry Grant, who holds the Guinness world record for the most donuts completed in 100 seconds. There’ll also be drifting demonstrations from Team Japspeed and precision driving featuring some of the biggest names in motorsport. Also gathered inside the arena for the first time will be our collection of the best driver’s cars, including the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, Caterham 620R, Ford Fiesta ST Mountune, Porsche 911 GT3 and the Radical RXC.