Autosport international racing car show
For anyone who fancies some eye candy of a different kind – or perhaps a cheeky skive from work so soon after Christmas – the Racing Car Show comes to Birmingham this week.
After the first two days of trade-only foot traffic – where exhibitors can meet interested parties and make some valuable contacts in the industry – the doors are thrown open on Saturday to the real punters; motorsports enthusiasts and anoraks alike.
There at the NEC, visitors will have the chance to check out the UK’s largest race track built indoors, as the Live Action Arena showcases fast-paced stunts and feats of precision driving, along with exclusive race events and a ‘Best of British’ parade. There are twelve performances scheduled over the weekend – with the final one of each day being an Oval Racing special.
Fans of Formula One will also have the chance to check out each of last season’s race-winning cars; Sebastian Vettel’s title-winning Red Bull RB8 is sure to be the main point of interest but a whole lot of other powerful machines will also be on display.
The annual Coys car auction will also take place at the Racing Car Show; where visitors are invited to bid on items of automobile history. Puns related to their song “Hammer To Fall” will abound when a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow owned by the late, great Queen singer Freddie Mercury goes up for sale. There’ll also be cars as featured in Only Fools and Horses, and from the iconic Group B rallying era.
And no car show would be complete without the star guests who have driven them; Sir Jackie Stewart will be appearing to talk about his illustrious career, as well as the five-time winner of Le Mans’ 24-hour race, Emanuel Pirro. Also appearing will be members of the commentary teams which cover motorsport on TV; David Croft and Anthony Davidson, and Jake Humphrey, who will look back on his time on camera at F1 for the BBC.
With so many of the world’s finest cars and drivers appearing, this weekend is sure to be a great spectacle for all fans of the motoring world.