The Autosport International show held at the NEC in Birmingham 12-15th January ran alongside the Pistonheads show. The show was open Thursday and Friday for press and open to the public over the weekend. The show did not disappoint it had the usual mix of cars and babes on display to cater for all needs. On the Autosport stage they had drivers from all types of racing from the up and coming kart drivers to ex Formula1 driver David Coulthard.
There is a wide variety of exhibits on display, from oval race cars to Formula One cars. Coys auctions had an exhibit where you could bid on cars from a Metro 6R4 to a Shelby GT500. Like previous years the Autosport show staged a Live Action Arena. This show is breathtaking and combines demonstrations, head to head battles and show stopping stunts. The weekend included an extended show featuring an oval racing display. The arena was packed for every show as its for petrol-heads of all ages.
The supercar Paddock held a range of exciting cars including Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C. Porsche launched their GT3 Cup challenge 2012 which will have a new six weekend, twelve race calendar and supporting the British Touring Car championship at Silverstone in October.
Classic Team Lotus celebrate their 50th anniversary of the Lotus Elain by exhibiting a 26R. The marque also held a tribute to the great F1 legend Aryton Senna career with some of his old race cars on display. The Brazilian legend was named F1’s greatest driver by Autosport Magazine and with the success of the recent film it has reignited everyones passion.
BMW revealed their new 3-Series BMW for the first time at the show. This was situated on the Autocar stand alongside the Ginetta G60, Porsche Cayman R and Range Rover Evoque. The BMW 3-Series is thought of as the ‘ultimate drivers’ car’. From March 2012 seven versions will be available.