In just over a week hundreds of motorsport fans will gather to the NEC in Birmingham for the annual Autosport show; which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Special guests include former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, BTCC champion Colin Turkington, WEC champion Anthony Davidson along with last year’s champion and former F1 pilot Allan McNish and of course, Rallycross champion Petter Solberg who is set to perform some stunning stunts in the live action arena.
SkyF1 commentator, David Croft will once again host the action in the arena as well as conduct interviews with the aforementioned personalities on the Autosport stage.
As the winter break takes place and the withdrawal from watching your favoured sports kicks in, the timing of ASI15 could not be any better. You can meet up with friends, see some of your favourite cars and drivers in the flesh and even get to meet some of the biggest names in motor-sport.
– Wear suitable clothing. Despite the freezing temperatures outside, once busy, the NEC can get rather warm. For the ladies reading this, I wouldn’t advice wearing your new six inch heels, instead pop on some comfy shoes as you’ll be walking around a lot!
– Take a notepad. Not all of the guests will have time to have pictures taken with every visitor, so take a notepad or something for them to sign and you can leave with a just as good, hand-signed autograph.
– Bring a camera. With so much on show, there’s so much to see, so take a camera and capture every angle.
2015 marks 50 years since Jim Clark became the only man to win the F1 title and the Indy500 in the same year. As a tribute, Lotus are displaying his Lotus 33 at the show – they are based in hall six at stand 6730.
Also in hall six, F1 racing are showcasing all the challengers from the 2014 season, including the dominant Mercedes W05. Autograph sessions are held just next door to the F1 racing stand, but don’t be last in the que!
The BTCC display is at stand 6440, not far from the F1 display at all and is even closer to the F1 fan village. Be sure to catch Andrew Jordan, Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden as well as Turkington whist you’re there.
Popbangcolour, Pirelli, McLaren, a driving simulator and Mercedes are close to the previously mentioned stands too.
Car fans will enjoy halls 19 and 20, which boasts several popular stands including the Historics, Mayfair Insurance Supercar display, Motorsport magazine (2670) and MotorsTV amongst others. And if you think you and your friends would make a good pit crew, you can try your hand out at the Alcatel Wheel Change Challenge (2750) which is very close to the Autosport entrance.
The Sean Edwards foundation and Project Brabham are both in hall 7, be sure to visit both of those. Also, it’s a good idea to look at the programme times when you first enter the show; just to check who’s on the Autosport stage when and what’s happening in the live arena at specific times too.
I won’t babble on about where anything else is, you can get lost on your own – all part of the fun! However the floor plan is on the Autosport show website, so if you want a nose of where everything is, head on over there. Don’t forget to join this Facebook event if you’re going, you may know some in attendance and send any photos, video’s or tweets to @autosport_show.
See you there!