There is no greater lure into motorsport than the sights, sounds and smells of cars in full flow.
Sure, shiny show machines on stands do pique my interest – particularly if they’re as truly stunning as the new Ford GT World Endurance Championship challenger, or even as intriguing as the grimecaked Le Mans–winning Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1, both of which were found on the main Autosport Stage.
But static cars never truly have the same wow factor as their moving counterparts. My highlight for this year was the aptly named Adrenaline Zone. The Live Action Arena is great, with its stunt shows and a variety of demonstrations, but having a go yourself really gives you something to remember. The area included a karting oval and a superb Thrill Ride attraction run by British marque Ginetta. For a few quid you could have a series of stunt laps in a G40R with a professional driver. The indoor setting acted as an amplifier for the revs, the tyre squeal and every pop and bang that makes the sport so exciting.
If you fancied club racing, outside the NEC you could try your hand at highly addictive Autosolo runs.
If you were at the show and didn’t do any, you missed out.