The display which will be called ‘When they were Kings’ will see a number of former drivers and riders, including Wayne Gardner and Phil Read MBE. The two will be at the show to sign autographs for fans wishing to meet the stars of yesteryears.
The Silverstone Classic-run section will also see a number of old machinery on display, including, for the first time, their collection of Grand Prix motorcycles, such as those from Read’s glory days. The project, which saw them team up with Classic & Sports Car Magazine will see a display of some of the entrants for the 2016 Silverstone Classic.
The event next year, will feature machinery from the Masters Historic Formula 1 Championship and Group C prototypes, it’s no surprise that both series will be represented in the special Autosport International display.
On top of this, Ronnie Peterson’s celebrated John Player Special Lotus 72 will be on show alongside the equally esteemed Canon Porsche 956. Entered by Richard Lloyd Racing, the car finished second at Le Mans in 1985 with Lloyd, James Weaver and Jonathan Palmer sharing the driving duties.
As for next years Classic Race, they’ll also be celebrating 50 years since the birth of the legendary Can-Am Championship in North America in 1966 . With very few technical restrictions, the Can-Am sportscars were among the first to sport wings, ground-effect aerodynamics and aerospace materials, allowing them to reach over 1000 horsepower.
The Autosport International Show takes place between the 14-17 January 2016 at the Birmingham NEC Arena.