The Autosport International Show did so much for my car obsession. I got see to everything from Abarths to a Mustang to a chrome Lambo to old F1 cars. I also had the pleasure of standing very close to the track in the Live Action Arena and getting very dirty (careful…) in the process.
I’m going to tell this story in pictures because I’m still a little giddy from all the pretty cars.
Firstly, let’s look at the Zenos E10. This car is made in Norfolk and is priced from £24,995. It’s a fun, uncomplicated sports car that would 100% be in my collection if I had a garage to keep it safe. Such a beautiful, raw car and I’m eager to give it a test drive. A full review will follow.
This chrome Morgan just spoke to me. What a beautiful thing.
The F1 display was beautiful. There’s something very special about being that close to all those gorgeous cars.
Martin Brundle had an interesting insight into this year’s rule changes.
David Croft and Pollyanna Woodward were great presenters for the Life Action Arena but during the interview on the Autosport stage, Crofty was like an excitable child. He’s a joy to watch.
This. Oh my god this. The Caterham Aeroseven concept is a beautiful thing. I barely have any words for how much I love this car.
Any driver would’ve been more interesting to me than Sutil but we watched his interviews any way. The most interesting thing he said was the nose of the 2014 Sauber being “different”.
John Surtees had some amazing stories to tell. Particularly about being craned into a car when he was on crutches. That’s dedication.
There was a gorgeous display of Surtees’ old cars and bikes. We visited this part of the show many times to walk amongst some really gorgeous vehicles.
I love what Lumma has done to these Range Rovers. So mean looking.
This is a Paul Oz piece. The teeth glow. There was all sorts to see on this stand from amazing paintings (particular of James Hunt) and tables made from parts of F1 cars. I feel I will be furnishing my house with many of these things in the future.
Aerial Atom in the Live Action Arena
We were so close to the action (close enough to have to sign a disclaimer) and there were plenty of cool cars roaring past, You may have seen some of my Instagram videos.
It wasn’t just about cars either. These guys were amazing on those bikes.
I can safely say I’ve fallen in love with the Abarth. This one is the 595 version but I test drove the 500 yesterday and wow. I feel the Abarth 500 will be the successor to Lady Punto. The little 1.4 turbo engine is something special. But that’s a whole ‘nother blog post.
It was a pleasure to watch Ian Cook of Pop Bang Colour at work. I was so enamoured with the style that I have a Mustang print winging its way to me in the post as we speak.
We stayed at the gorgeous Forest of Arden Hotel which was just four miles from the NEC. It was perfect for the show and in a bloody gorgeous setting. In the morning we were greeted by an inch of frost and the most amazing views across the golf course.
I think a lot of people only visit the Autosport International Show over one day but we weren’t stuck for things to do over the two days we were there. I’ll definitely be going back next year.