Autosport International 2016


Danny and Frankie Wainman in the Live Action Arena during last year’s show. [Photo: Ant Jenkins]

The Autosport International Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 January 2016 and this year promises to be a little different with a Grid of Champions featuring the main formulae that race on the UK ovals massed in one large area close to the main visitor entrance in Hall 10. The cars of current Brisca F1 and F2 World Champions Rob Speak and Kelvyn Marshall will be joined by gold top cars from the worlds of V8s, National Ministox, Saloons, Hot Rods and Superstox, amongst others, to showcase the variety of race cars appearing on UK ovals.

In all, over forty machines will be on display from short oval motorsport.

The Live Action Arena will once again feature F1 and F2 as well as Hot Rods and Autograss specials. F1 drivers listed to take part are:

Dan Johnson, Chris Cowley, Murray Jones, Henry Hunter, Ben Hurdman, Danny Wainman, Will Hunter, Ollie Ives, Paul Hines, Mark Sargent, Luke Davidson and Michael Steward.

First time visitors should be aware that the action takes place on a short indoor oval and can get noisy and heavy with tyre smoke (although Mick Sworder is not amongst the runners so it may not be that bad!). Whilst the racing may be choreographed, the sight and sound of formula one stock cars sideways, indoors is one to savour and always seems to impress non-stock car folk.

Nigel Harrhy will be unveiling his refurbished shale car at the show and promises us something rather different this year.

Ticket prices include a seat in the Live Action Arena (be warned, I was allotted a seat behind one of the roof support pillars one year!) and entrance to the Performance Car Show. Prices start at £35 for adults and £23 for children (6 to 15) with the inevitable booking fee if you take the online route. Tickets should also be available on the day but you may have to queue.

Expensive? Yes, even before you add in the NEC car parking charges, but for those F1 fans who didn’t get to Belle Vue after Christmas and are suffering withdrawal symptoms, well, March seems a long way off, doesn’t it?

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