If you’re at all into motor racing you’ll probably know about the Autosport International show. On the off-chance that you don’t though, take yourself along to the NEC this weekend; you’ll discover something that I’m sure will become a fixture of your calendar, whether you’re a casual fan of motorsport or a committed participant.
Within the halls of Birmingham’s biggest exhibition centre you’re almost guaranteed to find something to interest you, regardless which level of competition you’re particularly interested in.
There are karts, small single-seaters, motorbikes, touring cars, autograss cars, endurance racers, rally and rallycross cars, historic racers, F1 exotics; there’s even the rocket engine that’s going to power Britain’s 1000mph Bloodhound SSC Land Speed Record car.
This show is also an unrivalled opportunity to discover the sheer size and variety of UK’s motor racing industry – and it seems to be in rude health, despite all the reports. You could spend all day staring at nothing but clutch plates, bucket seats, gearshift levers and instruments if you wanted to.
My biggest surprise of this year’s show was learning about the BRM Bee Four ERV. This is a 700bhp, four-wheel drive, all-electric hillclimb car being developed by an outfit called Bee Automotive.