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Matt James guides you through the high­lights at this week’s Autosport In­ter­na­tional Show

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utosport In­ter­na­tional is the tra­di­tional cur­tain-rasier for the sea­son ahead, and this year it will of­fer more than ever be­fore. From grand prix racing through to the grass­roots sport in the UK, it is all con­tained un­der one roof.

Head­lin­ing it all is Wil­liams Mar­tini Racing, which will once again build up its F1 pad­dock mo­torhome in­side the show halls of the NEC – it is a gi­ant struc­ture that is usu­ally off lim­its to the pub­lic.

Along­side that, the Bri­tish team will show­case some of the great­est cars from its suc­cess­ful past that have landed it nu­mer­ous ti­tles, with the likes of Nigel Mansell and Da­mon Hill at the wheel. It is the 40th an­niver­sary of Wil­liams, and it will cre­ate an in­ter­ac­tive dis­play to en­gage fans with its his­tory. It will also have an FW07, the first car to win for Wil­liams, on hand.

The deputy team prin­ci­pal Claire Wil­liams will at­tend the show on Sun­day and will be in­ter­viewed on the main Autosport stage.

Along­side her ap­pear­ance, there will be a chance to find out more about Wil­liams Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing, the part of the firm that is forg­ing a strong rep­u­ta­tion, par­tic­u­larly for its work with re­new­able en­ergy. be­tween 1967 and 1970, with such no­table driv­ers as Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Mario An­dretti and Jochen Rindt. Sports Car Club’s col­lec­tion to cel­e­brate 50 years of For­mula Ford.

It all be­gan at Brands Hatch in early July 1967, and it has lit­er­ally spawned hun­dreds of mo­tor racing stars since.

The col­lec­tion will fea­ture the car that started it all, the Lo­tus 51, plus a ver­sion of the Van Diemen RF81 – the car that Ayr­ton Senna used when he first came to the UK to make his name.

The dis­play in hall six will show­case how the cars have de­vel­oped in the five decades since that im­por­tant launch. Vic El­ford, driv­ers from the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of mind-blow­ing su­per­cars will be there to meet the fans.

An­dreas Bakkerud and Liam Do­ran will be joined by Bri­tish Rallycross Cham­pi­onship sen­sa­tion Dan Rooke, and the mae­stro him­self, ‘Mr Rallycross’ Martin Schanche.

There will be a num­ber of uni­ver­si­ties of­fer­ing an in­sight into the cour­ses they of­fer, as well as spe­cial­ist com­pa­nies who will show the best route into motorsport.

Wil­liams his­tory is star at­trac­tion

ASI gives fans the chance to get up close to some of the sport’s most iconic ma­chines The pub­lic will get the chance to ride in a Ginetta

The world of rallycross will cel­e­brate its an­niver­sary Seven of the Lo­tus 49 ex­am­ples will be gath­ered

The V8-pow­ered BRISCA F1 cars will be stars of the Live Ac­tion shows

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