Autosport International Show 2015 Report and Photo Gallery

2015 marked the 25th anniversary of the Autosport International Show and, co-incidentally, the 60th anniversary of Motorsport News.

BriSCA once again featured strongly in the Oval Racing exhibition, with the cars of World Champion Craig Finnikin (55), National Points Shoot Out Champion Rob Speak (318) and Ben Riley (422) on display in the main area. We also had the cars of Dylan Williams-Maynard (51), Steve Whittle (183), Carlos Perez (305) and Chris Farnell (32) available to the viewing public as well as the new, very pink V8 from Phoebe Wainman (hello Neville) and a National Ministox presence in the form of cars #1 and #180.

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Ministox of Courtney Witts (180) and Frankie Wainman Junior Junior (1) on display in the Oval Racing Hall

Just one Heritage car this year, the recently unveiled John Toulson (286) replica, built by Luke Dennis (192).

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Heritage John Toulson replica, built by Luke Dennis

All the cars on display were superbly presented and each was a credit to both their owners and BriSCA. There were autograph signing sessions by the top men present and on-stage interviews by Steve Linfield involving all four racing Wainmans, both Sworders and Paul Hines, amongst others. Photo Boards showing the evolution of BriSCA F1, together with boards dedicated to National Ministox, John Lund (53) and the late Bobby Burns (471), provided interest for us older fans (!) while model car, T-shirt and trade stands all competed for our hard-earned cash.

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Silver and gold: new or old?

There were also a number of F2s on display, including that of World Champion George McMillan Junior (1/100), complete with trophy and several Spedeworth Superstox and an Outlaw F2 car. As an aside, there was a very smart superstock numbered 79 bearing the joint driver names of Hardie and Moodie – double duty on Saturday nights this year Gordon? With other oval formulae on show and various classes of grass track machines displayed, again all superbly presented, there was plenty for the casual fan to enjoy.

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Beautifully turned out car of Chris Farnell (32)

The Live Action Arena featured demonstration races for Hot Rods, Grass Trackers and Taxi Bangers, driving displays from Rallycross champion Petter Solberg and Terry Grant, a Monster Truck (which, I have to say, sounded awesome indoors) and impressive motorbike stunts by UK FMX, but we were really there for the stock cars – one race apiece for F1, F2 and National Ministox in each show.

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Wild Child Charlie Sworder lines up in the Live Action Arena

The F1 grid for the Saturday 6pm show, featured 150, 515, 212, 16, 207, 4, 191, 37, 259 & 91 in a choreographed race won by FWJ. OK, so it is not stock racing as we know it, but there was the odd bit of bumperwork and some impressive powerslides as the cars struggled for grip and let’s be honest, all-out racing just wouldn’t be safe on a temporary track like this. If I have one gripe, it would be the special lighting effects during the races do not really allow a good, clear view of the cars competing, even with the big TV screens.

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European Champ FWJ (515) holds off Dan Johnson (4)

I know a lot of people were put off by the price of admission to the show and it can certainly be hard on the feet as well as the pocket, but ‘you pays your money and you makes your choice’, as they say, and for those of us in need of a closed season “fix”, it must have been a lot warmer and a lot less muddy than Stoke in December.

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Mick Sworder gets it very sideways

Words: Michael Jenkins

Photos: Colin Casserley and Rhosanna Jenkins

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