Autosport international 2017
4 days of the best that motorsport has to offer
Autosport International and The Performance Car Show has come to an end for another year but once again it didn't disappoint.
Focal point for the 2017 event is the stunning Williams Martini Racing 40th Anniversary feature. A spectacular celebration of four decades of the much-loved British F1 team, it incorporates an immersive and engaging experience that sees visitors enter through a 1977 Williams F1 pit garage, go on a tour of 40 years of the famous team and emerge in a 2017 Williams F1 pit garage.
Just next door is another feature that cannot be missed: a world-first Classic Team Lotus assembly of all seven remaining Lotus 49s, complete with former engineers Dick Scammell, Bob Dance and Herbie Blash also in attendance. Today has also seen a host of new car launches too, including the updated SR8 and SR1 from Radical.
With the first Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race just under three months away, Autosport International has treated fans to lots of news from the series including a livery unveiling by Andrew Jordan, who removed the wraps from his new Pirtek-branded BMW 125i M Sport.
Of particular interest to me was my friends on the Formula G stand. Formula G is the European Gymkhana Championship which is open to FWD, RWD, AWD and U1 cars which makes it a great opportunity for anybody to make their first steps into motorsport but thats not to say it isn't a challenging sport in its own right. Quite a few of the cars had new liveries ready for the new season.
The Live Action Arena has reverberated to the sound of rallycross with a celebration of 50 years of the high octane sport, including 10 classic racers, such as the Porsche 911R which won the first ever Rallycross race at Lydden Circuit in 1967 and a selection of Group B icons, including the Audi Quattro.
Renowned stunt driver Terry Grant has been thrilling crowds with a combined performance from Lee Bowers.