NEC Autosport show is stylish start to season

MOTORsport: The Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC takes place early next month (January 13-16) and again promises to kickstart the 2011 motorsport season in some style, write Colin and James Beckett.

The four-day extravaganza traditionally heralds the start of the new sporting season, with many teams, manufacturers and organisations taking the opportunity to launch new plans for the year ahead.

The 2011 Autosport International will be no different, with the Silverstone-based Historic Sportscar Club (HSCC) already giving indication that their 2011 season will be launched in Birmingham on a stand that will feature a mouth-watering array of race cars.

The HSCC has provisionally released dates for the 2011 race calendar, and they are set to announce further plans for their series in Birmingham.

The historic racing world has managed to maintain its momentum during 2010 in a bitter economic climate, and with Marcus Pye now at the helm of the Historic Grand Prix Car Association (HGPCA), that particular historic organiser will also use Birmingham to springboard some of their plans for the season.

The Milton Keynes-based Masters Series are also close to announcing their British dates for their race series that include the Top Hat group of races. The organisation will be represented at the NEC and are set to release a strong list of dates for UK and continental activities.