The best road and race cars will be celebrated at Europe’s largest motorsport show, Autosport International at Birmingham’s NEC on the 9-12 January 2014.
The show, which was attended by almost 80,000 people, will see many personalities and cars from the world of motorsport in attendance, including two and four-wheel World Champion John Surtees, Sky Sports F1’s Martin Brundle, and 2014 Sauber F1 driver Adrian Sutil.
Alongside the personalities of Formula 1 will be the machines, with all the teams from the 2013 Formula One World Championship on the F1 Racing Grid, led by the Red Bull Racing RB9. The racing career of John Surtees will also be celebrated with a display of his historic cars and bikes, including the Ferrari 158, the car that took him to the 1964 World Championship.
Not only will stars of Formula 1 be on hand, they will be joined by nine-time Le Mans winner and current World Endurance Champion Tom Kristensen and his former team-mate, the newly-retired Allan McNish. 2013 BTCC Champion Andrew Jordan will also attend the show alongside fellow BTCC Honda drivers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden.
All disciplines of motorsport will be on display at the NEC, ranging from karting all the way up to the top levels of the sport. A special rally display will celebrate the upcoming 70th edition of Wales Rally GB in 2014, while Andrew Jordan’s championship-winning Honda Civic will be the centrepiece of a dedicated BTCC display.
Running alongside Autosport International will be, as always, the Performance Car Show, hosting some of the most impressive supercars and high-performance cars on the road, as well as UK unveilings of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS and Abarth’s 595 50th anniversary edition.
As well as machinery of all levels on static display within the NEC’s halls, the Live Action Arena, hosted by the Gadget Show’s Pollyanna Woodward and Sky Sports F1’s David Croft, will allow visitors to experience wheel-to-wheel racing from a range of disciplines and stunts.
“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.”