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The world-famous Autosport International show is heading to Birmingham’s NEC from 14-17 January, and motorsport fans have more reason than ever to be excited. See triple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg drift his FIA WRC machine in the Live Action Arena, get up close to some of Williams Martini Racing’s most famous Formula One cars and listen in awe to the heroic stories of motorsport legends like Damon Hill OBE.
The centrepiece of Autosport International 2016 is a tie-up with Williams that brings all of the glamour of a Formula One race weekend to the Autosport Stage. For the first time ever, the eight-metre-tall Williams Martini Racing motorhome will be constructed away from a race circuit to form part of the exciting new Autosport Stage, which will be packed full of insightful interviews and features with famous faces from motorsport.
What’s more, Williams will be bringing an incredible selection of its most famous Formula One cars to the NEC, from the very first Williams-ford FW06 to this season’s Williams-mercedes FW37. Among them will be the team’s greatest ever car, the Williams-renault FW18, which won 12 of 16 races in the 1996 season. As well as interactive features focusing on Williams’ F1 activities, visitors will also get an insight into the world of Williams
Advanced Engineering, the division that transfers technology from Formula One to market sectors as diverse as defence and renewable energy.
Elsewhere at Autosport International, the 5,000-seat Live Action Arena gives showgoers the chance to experience all of the raw sights and sounds of pure racing machines. Reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion, Petter Solberg, is just one of the highlights, drifting his Citroën Xsara WRC within centimetres of the track barriers. Fans will also be able to see incredible driving stunts and insightful interviews with legendary racing drivers across the weekend.
Autosport International features every form of motor racing from karting to Formula One, allowing visitors unrivalled access to racing machines from across the world. The MSA Dunlop BTCC and F1 Racing displays immerse fans in a gridwalk of current racing cars from each championship, while a new historic racing display entitled ‘When We Were Kings’ brings together some of the most iconic models from the golden eras of racing.
Tickets to Autosport International are on sale now, and can be purchased from www.autosportinternational.com or on 0844 581 1420.
The Williams Martini Racing Motorhome
Damon Hill: 1996 Formula One World Champion