Hot on the heels of the New Year’s shows, Autosport International including the Performance and Tuning Car Show are the first big indoor show, hosted at the NEC, Birmingham. It has to be said, as much as I love Bicester and Brooklands, it was nice to be inside and warm.
The Show is split into three broad sections, the race cars with the teams and championships and builders. Then there were the specialist suppliers, selling everything from turbos to race brakes, suspension, trailers, everything you could want for your race car. Then there was the Performance and Tuning Car Show with the customisers, manufactures and owners clubs.
Silverstone Auctions didn’t disappoint with a fantastic collection for sale, some favourites below:
Unfortunately, I’m not in the market for race parts but the tech is unreal. It’s great to see what goes into putting together race cars. When you see Mk2 Escorts blasting through forest stages, changing gears in a fraction of a second with seemingly zero pickup lag and unlimited revs, well all the modern tech that makes that possible is on display on suppliers stands, with technicians on hand to explain what is going on.
The A-Series above is a gorgeous work of art produced by the renowned historic Mini Cooper racer/restorer/tuner Nick Swift at Swiftune.
BAC have come a long way, the latest Mono has 525bhp per tonne, weighing in at just 580kg.
There are big bucks being made producing one off supercar custom builds from the likes of Japan’s Liberty Walk (below) and the UK’s own Nero Designs creations (above).