Coulthard celebrates career

David Coulthard fans will get another chance to celebrate the Scot’s outstanding Formula 1 achievements following his retirement this season. The highest ever scoring British F1 driver will be looking back on his illustrious career at the Autosport International Show in Birmingham’s NEC next January.

As part of the celebration, visitors can see a display of cars and karts from the David Coulthard Museum based in Twynhom, Scotland. The collection tracks Coulthard’s meteoric rise from karting hero in the 80s to Formula 1 superstar in the noughties.

Taking centre stage is the McLaren MP4-15 F1 car, which gave him two pole positions and 11 podium finishes during the 2000 season, including victories in France, Monaco and the UK. Also on show is the Red Bull Racing RB2, which he drove to podium glory at his favourite track, Monaco, in 2006.

The exhibit will feature the cars from Coulthard’s international successes including the Mugen Honda F3 car he raced to victory at the Macau Grand Prix and the Williams Renault FW16 he drove first over the finishing line at Estoril to clinch his maiden Formula 1 win.

Fans can check out the 100cc Premier Kart he clinched his first ever race win with; the Formula Ford 1600 which earned him ‘Young Driver of the Year’ in 1989, and the Reynard chassis he drove for Paul Stewart Racing in Formula 3, which gave David his emphatic victory at the prestigious Marlboro Masters event in Zandvoort.

In addition, the Scot will be talking about his racing achievements and giving interviews on the Autosport stage at Europe’s largest dedicated motorsport show. David will also be on hand to sign autographs at the driver signing area and F1 Racing display.

“Autosport International has been a regular event for me over the years,” said Coulthard whose father Duncan started the museum. “It’s quite fitting that we should collaborate on displaying the cars I have been lucky to drive throughout the years; I have been at the show at the beginning of most of the seasons that will be represented!”

“We’re thrilled David will be returning to the show with his amazing car collection,” says Haymarket Exhibitions’ Show Director Ian France. “I’m sure fans will be impressed by this celebration of David’s phenomenal achievements. This is a fitting tribute to a world-class driver and great racing career.”

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, and include a 34-page souvenir brochure. 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.


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