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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 from­tosport­in­ter­na­ or on 0844 581 1420.

The Wil­liams Mar­tini Rac­ing Mo­torhome

Damon Hill: 1996 For­mula One World Cham­pion

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