Au­tosport Show high­lights

Mo­tor­sport News staff pick their favourite Au­tosport Show mo­ments

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One of the first things that fans came across as they en­tered the Short Oval sec­tion of the Au­tosport In­ter­na­tional Show was a dis­play of Hot Rods through the ages.

Four ex­am­ples were col­lected to high­light the progress of the sport since 1963.

The ini­tial de­sign was put to­gether to cre­ate a cheaper ver­sion of stock car rac­ing. By us­ing a Fiat Topolino body and the nose of a pre-war Ri­ley, Doug Warner came up with the cut-price car, which was to take part in non-con­tact rac­ing.

Lit­tle did Warner (and friend Bill Mor­ris, the boss of the Hednesford Hills Race­way) know just what a hit they would have on their hands.


Spede­worth, the short oval pro­mo­tions ex­perts, changed the for­mat for its dis­play this year with all of its cat­e­gories mixed in to­gether, and a vast ar­ray of highly suc­cess­ful ma­chines were laid out next to each other. As be­fits this fan-friendly branch of the sport, none of the ma­chines was roped off – it truly was ac­cess all ar­eas. That en­abled the fans to once again get a first-hand glance at some of the ex­pert en­gi­neer­ing that goes in to the chas­sis.

BRISCA F1 cars might look tough and mean, but that doesn’t mean the graft that goes in to per­fect­ing them isn’t at a level higher than a num­ber of cir­cuit rac­ing cars.


Cen­tral stage housed Ford GT, Porsche 919 and Honda Wil­liams stand was a crowd-pleaser

Short oval show was a Satur­day high­light for MJ

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