On starting grid for "world's greatest motorsport show"

More than 80,000 motorsport fans are expected to descend on Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC), UK, on January 14-15 for the Autosport International show.

For two decades, Autosport International, which the organisers describe as “the world’s greatest motorsport show”, has welcomed the stars and the cars from the motorsport world.

F1 Lotus display

This January, nine of the NEC’s exhibition halls will be packed with displays from the biggest marques in the business. Ariel, BMW Ginetta, Mercedes-Benz, Noble, Porsche and TVR have already confirmed their attendance, with even more supercars on show at Autosport International’s dedicated Performance Car Show, powered by PistonHeads.com.

There will also be displays of thoroughbred racing cars, from classics to the latest racing machinery. One of the event’s highlights is the F1 Racing Grid, an exhibition of contemporary Grand Prix cars, many of which have been driven by today’s F1 pilots.

The 2012 show will also host a British rally heroes tribute, featuring machinery belonging to iconic rally drivers such as Colin McRae, Richard Burns and Paddy Hopkirk, as well as a special display in honour of triple Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna.

It’s not just about the cars however, as Autosport International 2012 will feature interviews and autograph signings from some of Britain’s biggest motorsport personalities. Following his debut visit in 2011, BBC F1 anchorman Jake Humphrey will return to Birmingham on Saturday, January 14, accompanied by his co-presenter, former Grand Prix star turned DTM German Touring Car racer David Coulthard.

The newest home-grown talent on the Formula One grid, Force India’s Paul Di Resta, will also be attending, along with sportscar superstar Allan McNish.

The show would not be complete without a dose of high octane racing to thrill fans, and this is provided at the Live Action Arena, the UK’s largest indoor race track. Over the weekend, spectators will be treated to breath-taking stunts and daredevil demonstrations.

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