I’d never visited either Autosport International or the Performance Car Show, so was looking forward to these.
Autosport Internationals was as you’d think from the title, a show which was all about Motorsport. We attended on the Friday which was a day for media and trade companies.
We started in hall 19 which was where the Performance Car Show was placed. Given that only one hall was being used for this show, we sped through this pretty quickly. Here is a selection of photos from this hall (below).
Abarth had on show their new 595 50th Edition (above), which was nice, however I can think of better ways to spend £30,000. They also had a Maserati inspired Edition (below). Is this really necessary? Is this commercialism gone mad? Again a nice car, but £33,500!
I found this show and Autosport International very useful for chatting with like minded people an especially the motor racing clubs, associations and events. Given I attained my MSA national B licence in 2013 I’m still pondering what racing to start with. More on that in the future, once I’ve made a decision.
There were several retail outlets selling memorabilia, lots of engineering companies (which were not really my thing, but great for racing teams, mechanics, etc.) racing teams, associations and clubs, plus Coys auctioneers with a lovely selection of cars (see below).
They also had an Adrenaline Zone where you could go for a breath-taking ride in a Caterham Seven, capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, or test your own skills in arrive-and-drive karting sessions and races.
Lastly, the Live action area, which in essence is a 5000 arena where you can see stunts, racing, drifting and interviews with motorsport stars.
If you don’t yet have something planned for the weekend then we can highly recommend a visit. You’ll get close to the cars (F1 cars for sure) and you may even bump into some motor racing legends.
Autosport International tickets start from £31 for adult and £20 for children.
To our competition winners, no doubt you’ll have a great time. Let us know what you think.
To everyone else, we’d love to hear your feedback, what you liked, what could have been better.
Next up Race Retro.