One of the Autosport Show’s more entertaining attractions is the Live Action arena, featuring exhilarating displays from some of the most skilful performers, on top of this with the action coming to you live, there are never two shows that go exactly the same, leading to that same air of unpredictability we’re used to whilst watching motorsport… no matter how well it’s choreographed!
One chap who found this out was young UK Rallycross star; Liam Doran who, whilst practicing earlier in the week for one of the featured stunts in the show, managed to get the landing slightly wrong and put his new team KHM’s Citroen C4 on its side!
Other performers on display included a variety of oval racers and for those within the modified car and drift circles, a highlight would have been the appearance of Team Japspeed, who spent the afternoons drifting about as part of their display, this included the team drivers: Shane Lynch, Steve Bagioni and Danny Eyles who, whilst not killing tyres on the indoor arenas, were meeting fans and signing posters on the Maxxis stand.
In the hall prior to the Live Action Arena was a perfect chance for you to experience some of the adrenaline rushes, including a large indoor karting track and for a small cost, The Caterham Team would take you out for a few hair-raising, sideways laps in one of their impressive sportscars!
All types of motorsport were catered for at the show from the first step of karting, right through to F1! We saw cars and displays from UK Rallycross, The British Touring Car Championship, MSA, Motorsport Vision (who run circuits like Snetterton, Oulton Park and Brands Hatch), the BRSCC and entry level competitive motorsport specialists, the 750 Motor Club.
Garage Awesome favorites; Time Attack were out on display, with 2010 Pro Class winner Gareth Lloyd’s Mitsubishi Evolution smartly parked up next to the 2009 winner, Olly Clark’s “Gobstopper” Subaru Impreza. Rouge Motorsport had a few of their MR2s scattered around the arena and another BTCC team, the only VW in the field of Shaun Hollamby and AMD.
In the stock rod and oval area, cars from all formulas were on display, un-miss-able due to their bright paintwork and airbushed livery ranging from full-on, full-contact banger cars, through Mini stox, rookie rods, hot rods and super stox right the way to the elite of oval racing the Brisca F1 stock cars, not forgetting the space framed silhouettes.
The trade stands littered around the NEC were dominated by some of the big players in the motorsport scene with companies such as Demon Tweeks, Samco Sport, AP Racing, Ginetta, Radical, K&N Filters, Lucas Oils and Maxxis to name but a few!
Tyre manufactures Pirelli and Yokohama had stunning displays and Nissan gave everyone a chance to sit inside and have a good poke around some of their top new models including the fabulous GTR, the stylish 350Z and the funky Juke!
Seat manufacturers Corbeau, Sparco, OMP and Recaro all gave the visitors a place to rest whilst racking up the miles walking round and if detailing is your thing, you could do no wrong with Auto Glym, Dodo Juice and Swissvax all making an appearance.
We loved the show, as motorsport enthusiasts we found the whole show of interest and came away with a headful of knowledge as well as a handful of promotional flyers and stickers! However, if we had to complain, it would undoubtedly be the price. We’re not disputing the quality of the show or the sheer size, but £32 per ticket in this current climate is a lot of money, forget to bring your own lunch and that’s another £10… before you get to one of the many car parks who also want £8 for the privilage, I hate to imagine the cost of a family of 4 or 5 to go and enjoy this show.
Pic Credits – Rich Cooper/Ollie Novell