Autosport 2016

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Autosport is the first show of 2016 for Auto Finesse, back in the halls of the National Exhibition Centre once again, this time to drool over racing cars and various other motorsport themed exhibits. Believe it or not Race cars need to be cleaned and maintained as well.
Autosport this year is a carbon lovers dream, if you are an exhibitor and your vehicle isn’t sporting carbon fibre then you’re just not part of the cool club. Our caddy is the exception though……
The Radical guys who build hardcore track machines, think of Caterham on Popeyes spinach. The RXC SPYDER CARBON launched at the show and looked incredible in the carbon fibre diner suit. Weighing about the same as a shopping trolley the Radical packs a punch on the track with a V8 from the Ford Ecoboost department.

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Over on the Bilstein stand they had some Bavarian brutes on display this year, one which drew in passer by’s with two ginormous turbos peering out the side of the V8, the Max Marshall race teams E30 is a monster with 600hp going to the rear wheels.

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As well as racing cars, the show is split between performance cars and racing. Some of the holy trinity of hyper cars came this year including 4 Mclaren P1’s, 3 of those being P1 GTR’s the race going thoroughbred. A Porsche 918 Spyder also had a resounding presence and looked gorgeous as always.

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The Nissan GTR guys are always in attendance at the event, there stand seems to grow a little every year, not that we are complaining, they always bring the best. For example this stunning GTR is one of the first models, still in immaculate condition almost 50 years on. This was one of our favourites from the event, total classic.

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Autosport isn’t always about the biggest and the best, it showcase’s all types of motorsport, from young to experienced drivers, simulators and every type of discipline imaginable.

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We managed to take advantage of having a camera in our hand and asked if we can have a snoop around Concordes amazing motorhomes, Dan Bilzerian would feel poor cruising around in one of these beauties. Check out the Smart car storage facility, we wonder if the MK2 would fit…….

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2015 is a monumental year for the Mustang as for the first time in its history you can buy one in the United Kingdom, with the steering wheel on the correct side. They look menacing and we need to start seeing more of them on the road.

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Keeping on the muscle car theme, but taking it up a massive notch, we were blown away by Mark Todd’s incredible 2500 BHP 1965 Pontiac GTO, what an absolute machine, it’s no surprise the car won the 2015 Street Eliminator Championship.

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One of the highlights every year at Autosport is the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula one. They always have a huge display. Its great to get so close to the cars, you can see the amount of detail and precision the cars are built with.

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Around the same area in the exhibition centre you would of found the MAXXIS Drift cars, Shane Lynch’s own supercharged Nissan 370Z and an awesome Rocket Bunny GT86!

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As with everything in life you should always respect your roots and pay homage to where it began, at Autosport they had several displays of historic racers from around the globe, with different purposes but all designed for speed.

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Amongst the halls you will occasionally seem some individual builds which have been recognised and welcomed into the show on trade stands. Like this custom Hot rod on the Nankang stand, its great to see builds like this being recognised by big brands.

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Porsche always draws us over to the stand with some motorsport versions of the road going cars, the Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport and the Carrera Cup 911 Race car!

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In front of the stage they also had the recently unveiled Ford GT which will compete in the GT PRO AM class at Le Mans and looks set to be a real contender this year, sitting next to the overall winner of the 2015 24hr Le Mans the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

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Our Canon DSLR camera seemed attracted to the Canon Liveried Porsche 956 racer, like a magnetic pull. Probably because the car looks amazing from any angle. Winning the group C championship in 1986!

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An automotive event at the NEC wouldn’t be complete with a high value auction, COY’s provided the expensive metal this time and it didn’t disappoint, take a look at some of the cars on display, a 300SL, BMW Z8 and many others.

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Andy Robison race cars, 69 Camaro looked great on the NGK Spark plugs stand, this car is a full on drag beast, with a top speed of 250 MPH.

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One car none of us will probably see again is the Aston martin Vulcan with a limited run of 24 being made for track use only. With a 7.0L V12 buried under that menacing looking shell it surely will become one of the most sought after cars, if you 2.3 million you can secure one…

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Another unique project which found its way into the halls was the Liberty Walk Mini with a set of 3SDM splits all the parts supplied from the Performance Company.

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The BMW Club always bring some special vehicles to the party, these touring cars from different decades stole the spotlight for sure. The rally spec headlights are so nostalgic.

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This 912 has had a strange life and is the absolute epitome of back story and history, part owned by Bryn from Speedhunters and the always unique Bruce Holder. To see its full story check out the thread here http://retrorides.proboards.com/thread/184030/nearer- back-on-track-apologies?page=23 .

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We will finish our write up as we started admiring some Carbon Fibre pornography, this time its a Noble M600 drizzled with red carbon panels with contrasting black carbon. Looking amazingly glossy.

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Autosport is always a huge start to the year for us, the events at the NEC are always massive and attract car enthusiasts from all over the country. We hope you all had a great time if you went and thanks to those who stopped by to say hello!

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