ADE Tuning at Autosport International
I’ve never been to Autosport International before as I was told it was only for boys 😉 and to be fair I wasn’t over the moon about the mega early start. So when my alarm went off at 4.50am I was inclined to turn it off, roll over and go back to sleep, but I am so glad I didn’t.
For those of you who don’t know much about Autosport International here’s a quick catch up. Autosport International is an annual 4 day event motor show catering for both automotive industry professionals and motorsport fans who enjoy following and being close the sport. It is held at the NEC, in Birmingham and is open solely to trade on the Thursday and Friday. The weekend days are fully open to the public, allowing everyone to see the latest race cars that compete all over the world, savour exclusive launches, enjoy special discounted prices on many motorsport and car-related products, brush shoulders with top drivers and celebrities and relax in the company of other people who share the same interests and passions. All categories of track and off-road motor racing are represented, including Formula One, BTCC, 24 Hours of Le Mans and much more. The show also has a huge “Live Action Arena” where spectators can witness motorsport action indoors.
So with my pass pinned to my lapel and my camera round my neck I entered the show. Autosport International is a mass of different halls showing and selling different products and services from all over the world and to be fair it is rather overwhelming. As soon as you walk into the hall you instantly see multitudes of stall and demo cars and out the camera comes. Many of these cars are privately owned and are of course in concourse condition and are steeped in history. Just chatting to the some of the owners you can the pride in their faces.
A bespoke Morgan made for a very special customer.
But with so much to see you have to keep moving.
We had a good chat with some of the lads on the stands in the Autosport Engineering hall and Autosport technical area and made some contacts that we will hopefully use in the future on the next project 😉
We even caught up with some of the lads from Milltek Sport and finally got to see the ‘New Classic’ Milltek range, which was presented on an immaculate VW Golf mk1 (a campaign edition too!).
After a quick pit stop to fill our tums it was soon time to head to the main arena for the Live Arena Action Show. Drift cars, London cabs racing, Hot Rods all mixed with smoke, strobe lighting and loud engines. It’s well worth a watch and a sit down (by now my feet where starting to throb).
Back in the hall where we found ourselves in the trade area. Here you can grab yourself a bargain as many of the stands offer a show discount and you can find the likes of Demon Tweaks, Quaife and Corbeau
New office chair?
After a long day of collecting lots of information, stickers and taking photographs it was nearly time to be heading back home when we walked past Shane Lynch, professional drift driver, best known as a member of Boyzone. In recent years he has taken up motor racing, Lynch raced a Marcos, TVR and then Mosler from 2002 to 2006 for the Eclipse Motorsport team in the British GT Championship, and came within a few laps of winning the 2003 British GT Championship at the last race of the season at Brands Hatch when he crashed into a spinning backmarker he was lapping. In 2005 he was involved with the ‘Christians in Motorsport’ team and competed in the British GT Championship Silverstone round. Lynch is now involved in drifting in The British Drift Championship, EDC series and Prodrift series for performance parts manufacturer & race team Team Japspeed www.Japspeed.co.uk In 2008 he was involved in an accident with team-mate Danny Eyles while drifting at Silverstone and, although he was not hurt at all, both Nissan Skyline cars were written off.
I had a fantastic day, took loads of pictures, saw lots of very interesting cars, spoke to a lot of knowledgeable people and would recommend Autosport International to anyone.
Why not head over to have a look at the rest of the photographs we took here
I will be attending next year definitely – Rachael