For many the Autosport International Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC arena, is an eagerly-anticipated start to each new year.
Always held in January it’s an opportunity to check out what’s new in the automotive scene, make new connections, meet existing customers and friends; or maybe for you it’s simply a ‘good old fashioned’ day out.
The first couple of days are exclusive to trade visitors, while the Saturday and Sunday are open to everyone. Here are a few highlights…
M-Sport WRC Fiesta MK8
The M-Sport World Rally Championship-contending Fiesta WRC was unveiled in its retro livery; inspired by the Ford Escort RS Corworth of 1993 piloted by Francois Delecour. Can you imagine turning up to your local meet in this?
1 of 600 – Mk8 ST Performance Edition
Pushing out 197bhp and 290Nm from its 1.5L EcoBoost engine, this is Ford’s limited edition model displayed on the Milltek stand.
Fitted from factory with a number of upgrades over the ‘standard’ Mk8 ST including a performance coilover suspension kit, upgraded audio, lightweight flow-formed alloys, mechanical LSD and other changes.
This particular car also goes a step further, too. Featuring a Milltek exhaust system, the Revo 332 x 28mm big brake kit and Revo Stage 1 ECU Performance Software boosting figures to 249bhp and 361Nm.
Always out with a large display, Demon Tweeks bring a huge presence to the show. The premier outlet for all things motorsport offering service that’s second-to-none.
Check out their website if you missed them at the show.
Objects Of Desire
Of course, the show is always home to some incredible ‘toys’ too. Everywhere you turn there are stunning machines waiting to steal your attention.
In fact cars that would ordinarily stand out if you saw them in isolation can easily be overlooked, such is the sea of vehicles and products on display.
The public show entry and parking prices always ruffle feathers. It cost me £76 to attend on the Saturday with my 7 year old child – but for any petrol head it’s worth a visit.
Dates for 2021 Autosport are already confirmed. If you missed out this year you can check out their website here to get yourself ahead of the game.