Autosport International, also known as ASI or The Racing Car Show, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Since it was first held in 1991, it has traditionally brought together motorsport celebrities, gleaming new race and rally cars, industry movers and shakers and, latterly, high-performance road cars.
That tradition continues at Birmingham’s NEC on 8-11 January, with the opening two days dedicated to the industry – including Autosport Engineering and the new Low Carbon Racing and Automotive Show – before the show throws open its doors to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
There’s always plenty to see, but here are 10 good reasons to programme your car’s sat-nav to B40 1NT at the tail end of this week.
1 - Autocar display
The Lamborghini Huracán, Ferrari 458 Speciale, Vühl 05 and BMW i8 will form part of Autocar’s display at the Performance Car Show element of ASI. Autocar will also show off its collection of Britain’s Best Handling Cars in the Live Action Arena. The Mexican-built Vühl 05, now in production form, reprises its appearance in prototype form at ASI a couple of years ago.
2 - Go live in the arena
Autosport International’s 5000-seat arena, laid out within the NEC show halls, has gained infamy over the years due to its extremely slippery surface. While it is a challenge for competitors, though, it is great news for spectators, who get to watch all manner of tyre-smoking, oversteering action from the grandstands.
Confirmed for this year’s Live Action Arena are Formula Two short-oval stock cars, inaugural FIA world rallycross champion Petter Solberg in his Citroën DS3 and plenty of drifting, stunting and road-going performance cars, including some from Autocar’s own display stand.