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Date : January 9, 2004
Present : Lauri Ouvinen, Matti Ouvinen and Ville Tikkaoja
Photos : 38

The annual Autosport International Show was held 8-11 January. The show is organized by the Autosport magazine and it's held in UK at the Birmingham NEC exhibition center, which certainly have lots of room to host various events. This year Racing Images also decided to visit the show.

As said the NEC exhibition center is fairly big complex and the Autosport International was spread to its many halls. On show was lots of racing related stuff - from racing cars to parts and merchandise. From the top level motor sport there were lots of Formula 1 cars from different years. One of the main attractions every year is a F1 grid, which has all cars from all the current teams lined up on the starting grid. Lot of older cars from the 80's and 70's were also on show. One of the interesting ones for a racing enthusiast certainly was a Lotus 49 raced by Jim Clark in the beginning of the 1968 season.

Other top level motor sport included Petter Solberg's WRC title winning Subaru Impreza and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Bentley EXP Speed 8 and GTS class winner Veloqx Prodrive Ferrari 550 Maranello. Also a mighty Porsche 917 coupe in Gulf livery from the 70's was present, although just a replica. Ferrari also had its Galleria Ferrari from Maranello presenting 18 cars from road cars to F1 cars.

Quite a big area was for the Coys auction, which presented cars and other stuff to be auctioned a little later. Cars mainly included racing cars from various years. One of the noticable cars was a Fittipaldi F8C F1 car raced by Keke Rosberg in 1981.

And of course maybe the biggest attraction of the Autosport International is always the Live Action show. A small racing track (mainly an oval) is built in one of the halls where various kinds of racing cars are demonstrated to the audience. This year the Live Action was hosted by Tiff Needell (ex. F1 and sports car racer). Rally and other cars entertained the crowd with little racing and nice slides.



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