Autosport International Is Go

The build-up to the 2009 Autosport International, Europe’s largest motorsport show, is already well underway five months before the exhibition opens.

The show, with its dedicated trade area, dynamic Live Action arena as well as the renowned Autosport central stage, is set to once more break all records when it opens in January. A star-studded line-up of visitors have been invited from the world of Formula 1 as well as many other forms of motorsport, together with the sport’s most exciting racing cars.

The Autosport International Show has a history of spectacular innovation and great value for money, with several special features and exhibitions designed to allow motorsport fans to get as close as possible to all the cars and action. In the past, there have been recreations of a real F1 pit-lane, a mock-up of the Monaco Grand Prix grid, a collection of priceless Ferraris, and a celebration of 50 years of the British Touring Car Championship. Special guests have included Lewis Hamilton, David Coulthard and Jenson Button to name but a few.

Next year’s 19th running of the show promises a fresh look with a new layout that will see visitors enter directly in front of the all important Autosport Stage. The usual array of teams, drivers and manufacturers will be appearing there throughout the four-day show and make exciting announcements about their plans for the year ahead. Nearly 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the show, which marks the real beginning of the 2009 season for everyone.

One of the best ways to experience the thrill of motorsport is at the now-legendary Live Action arena, which features a raft of improvements for 2009 and an even more spectacular range of demonstrations, as well as some breathtaking wheel-to-wheel racing. With some great competitions and extravagant stunts, the Live Action Arena forms a showcase of the event.

From karting to Formula 1, every rung on the international motorsport ladder is represented: making the Autosport International Show a must for every enthusiast. There will be the usual opportunities to meet the drivers and catch up with some shopping at the biggest collection of motorsport trade and memorabilia stands in the United Kingdom. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or just have a passing interest in cars and racing, there’s something for everyone.

Tickets are now on sale, so book early to make sure your motorsport season starts in style.

Notes to editors

The 2008 Autosport International Show attracted over 84,000 visitors, including 28,000 trade buyers. Over 1,000 media representatives were present throughout the event, covering the show’s numerous live displays and 850 exhibitors.

Autosport International will be open to the public on Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 January 2009. Adult tickets start at £29 per day with children’s tickets costing £19. To book, visit autosport-international.com or call 0044 (0) 844 579 3188.

Paddock passes are available for £35 per adult and £25 for children. In addition to standard admission, visitors will have access to the Driver Signing Area as well as fast-track entry to the Live Action Arena and a great viewing position at the centre of the grandstands.

A Platinum Club pass, at £100, includes all the benefits of the Paddock Pass plus exclusive access to the VIP enclosure at the very top of the Live Action Arena grandstand, complete with champagne and canapés. You will also receive complimentary parking, cloakroom at the NEC plus a goodie bag.