Europe’s largest motorsport show, Autosport International will pay homage to the best race and road cars at Birmingham’s NEC on 9-12 January 2014.
Attended by almost 80,000 visitors in 2013, a host of personalities and cars from the adrenaline-fuelled world of motorsport will be present for Autosport International 2014, including World Champion on two and four wheels John Surtees, former Formula One driver and Sky Sports F1 presenter Martin Brundle and new Sauber F1 Team recruit Adrian Sutil ahead of the 2014 season.
Stars from F1 will be joined by nine-time Le Mans winner and current World Endurance Champion Tom Kristensen who will appear alongside his former team-mate and newly-retired Allan McNish, himself a three-time Le Mans victor. Andrew Jordan, 2013 British Touring Car Champion, will also attend the Birmingham-based show with fellow BTCC contenders that include champions Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden.
The F1 showing continues with cars representing all teams competing in the 2013 Formula One World Championship on the F1 Racing Grid, led by Red Bull Racing’s RB9. The racing career of John Surtees will also be celebrated with a display of his cars and bikes, including his 1964 World Championship-winning Ferrari 158.
All disciplines of motorsport will be represented, from the pinnacle of the sport to the starting rungs of karting. A special rally display will pay tribute to the Wales Rally GB ahead of its 70th edition in 2014, while Jordan’s BTCC car will headline a display dedicated to the UK’s touring car series.
Running alongside Autosport International is the Performance Car Show, which will host some of the most stunning supercars and high-performance cars on the road, as well as UK unveilings of the new Vauxhall VXR8 GTS and Abarth’s 595 50th Anniversary Edition. The latest cars from prestige manufacturers Aston Martin, Audi, Ferrari, Jaguar, McLaren and Porsche will also be on show.
Meanwhile, a fantastic selection of cars will be up for sale as Coys holds its annual auction at the show on Saturday 11 January 2014. Alongside classic road-going machinery, a 1956 Lamborghini Tractor DL30 will also go under the hammer.
As well as displays of top racing and road machinery, show visitors will also get to experience wheel-to-wheel racing and stunts in the show’s Live Action Arena. To be hosted by Sky Sports F1 presenter David Croft and The Gadget Show’s Pollyanna Woodward, the UK’s largest indoor racetrack will feature exciting shows with live racing from a variety of disciplines, exhilarating precision driving and interviews with the stars of motorsport.
Show-goers can get even closer to the action with the Caterham Driving Experience, where they will be driven at high speed around a specially-designed track by a professional driver, or by taking part in one of the show’s arrive-and-drive karting sessions or AutoSolo experiences.
“Autosport International has something for all motorsport and performance car fans,” said Ian France, Autosport International Show Director. “Whether you’re a follower of Formula One, compete in a national championship or get involved with your local car club, there is plenty to see and do at the show. And if your interest lies more with aspirational supercars, the Performance Car Show will feature displays of iconic performance cars, of past and present.”
Adult tickets are now available from £31 and children’s tickets from £20, providing access to both Autosport International and the Performance Car Show. For more information about the show, visit www.autosportinternational.com.