The 88th International Motor Show,Geneva

This year’s edition of the International Motor Show in Geneva is already in full swing, a few days before the public arrive.
Yesterday was Press Day 1 and it was busy.
Last year I was lucky enough to have a press pass, but could only go for the larger part of Press Day 1. This year I’m better prepared and will attend both Press Days and part of the first public day on Thursday.

If I had to summarise the first press day I’d say that the focus seems to be quite heavily on electric vehicles and (eventually) autonomous driving. But not all companies are interested. Mazda certainly stood out with their statement that they will not be focusing on electric, autonomous driving, because surveys have shown that 2/3 of drivers want to drive themselves, even if autonomous driving is available and that they still firmly believe in the petrol engine. So, Mazda concludes, they will keep on improving the petrol engine and supply products for this demand.
Enter SkyActiv-X, a new version of Mazda’s SkyActiv engine, but now with fuel compression. They claim that will bring even better fuel efficiency. I am quite interested in that. I currently drive my second Mazda and from the previous generation to the current one fuel economy has improved considerably.

The new Lexus UX.
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Lexus is of course known for their hybrid vehicles, but will be venturing into the world of autonomous and fully electric vehicles. Their presentation had a large emphasis on their Limitless range, of which the newly presented Lexus UX (see above) is one of the models. The term ‘Limitless’ refers to the fact that you can choose any power unit Lexus provides and they will build it into your Lexus of choice. That gives quite some flexibility and I can see why they hope to reach 100,000 cars sold in Europe within a few years time.

Ford has presented their new cars, including a new Mustang which is a celebration of a very famous car (Bullit, anyone?). I did go see it and, to be honest, I’m not impressed. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think the old American muscle cars were more interesting than their more modern successors. Unfortunately that is the case here. From the front the car looks rather bland, without character. From the rear it’s yet another Mustang. No innovation there at all. And it doesn’t hold a candle to the original, no matter how many family members of Steve McQueen they throw at it. Sorry, Ford, try again.

Volkswagen is slowly becoming one of my favourites. I was never a fan before, but since the CC and now the Arteon they have my attention.
The new I.D. Vizzion concept stood out. This concept is an electric car with autonomous driving abilities, however, VW claim it has artificial intelligence. As an example: it should be able to calculate (‘see’) where the road markings are (or should be, if they are vague, damaged or missing) and keep the car on the road in the correct lane. As they explained it in the brochure: other autonomous cars have loads of programming code to account for all possibilities you may encounter on the road. If the programmers miss any eventuality, you have a problem. Volkswagen have therefore tried to make their car more intelligent and self-learning (this is getting scary, right?) to ensure it can truly handle every situation. I would love to see that in action!

The Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept.
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Let’s look at Toyota. They too are looking to go further and further into hybrid and electric vehicle creation. Autonomous cars are also on the map. They brought several concepts (called ‘i-Drive’). The thing is that most companies, like Toyota, bring concepts, but you can’t actually try the cars yet. So the experience may still be far away. Toyota found a way around that, after a fashion.
They brought a virtual experience which allows you to be in the self-driving car (first in the front seat, then in the back) and see what it would be like. The surroundings presented to you are not very realistic, but you do get a feel of what it would be like. The Fine-Comfort Ride concept allows everyone to turn their seats so they would be able to have a meeting in the car while it takes them to their destination. The windows can be used for presentations etc. Cutting edge, it would seem, but I wonder how far away this is?

I know there are companies that already provide glass/windows with technology that allows you to manipulate the display etc., but to build that into a car?
Interesting stuff, nonetheless.

Last, but never least: I had a look at the new and bigger Aston Martin stand. They promised surprises and they brought them.
I have to be honest, the Vantage race car was revealed alongside the road going version some weeks ago, so not much of a surprise there. And we were already told about the Valkyrie track version (AMR Pro, what else?). But I think no one had yet seen the track Valkyrie. The bright colour and additional wing and fin look great on her, but I am mostly curious about the specs. The road going Valkyrie is insane, to say the least, so how much more can this version do? It has not yet been revealed, unfortunately.

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I guess the main surprise was the Lagonda concept car. The aim is to revive Lagonda as a fully electric luxury brand and the cars will be autonomous.
I managed to have a closer look at the car and I have to admit I’m not that impressed. Yes, it’s big (a bonus in my books), but it is not very good looking. Of course everyone has their opinion. The car was greeted with several whoops from the attending press, so quite a few people like it. Let’s keep in mind this is a concept, so at this point it’s hard to tell what it will look like when it’s about to go into production.
Apparently this car was created from the inside out. Again, I am not sure what to think. It seems very minimalistic inside, I’d even say rather empty. I don’t find it very inviting at all. But of course this is due to my taste. I like big cars to have bulky interiors. I find that those look comfortable (and usually are). The large open space in the new Lagonda is strange to me. At this point I can’t say if I simply have to get used to it or if I will never like it. Time will tell.

So far the Geneva International Motor Show has given me plenty of things to think about, but mainly about electric and autonomous cars. I am a petrolhead. I prefer the smell of petrol, the roar of the engine and I love driving. I fully expect to have an electric car at some point, if the government gets their way at the times they currently envision to make electric cars compulsory. At this time I’m not looking forward to it, even though I am fascinated by the progress being made. I also wonder what brands like Mazda are going to do if electric becomes compulsory. Will they come to the party too late or do they have a trick or two up their sleeves? Or, perhaps, they will pull out of the European market? I doubt that, but the future is fairly uncertain and very interesting!


AMOC Spring Concours 2017

In 2016 Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. told the world that they would open a new site which would become the factory for the DBX. The location was an old MOD site at St Athan, Wales.
In early 2017 the site is still mostly empty so the Aston Martin Owners Club took the opportunity to host their Spring Concours there. Let’s see: AMOC (very good at hosting ‘parties’), AML (very good at being at the right place at the right time) and AMHT (very good at displaying the best of Aston’s history) together at one location. Yes, that’s a must see.
So off to Wales we went.

AMOC hosts a Concours twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn. If, like me, you don’t know what that is: the club’s members bring their cars and these cars are judged. In short: there’s prizes up for grabs in several categories. One thing is for certain, you can expect the best examples to be there.
In this case reportedly around 700 Aston Martins were present. Considering several halls were in use, each of them huge, I believe that number to be accurate.

One of the halls was only beginning to fill up when this photo was taken. The entire hall is twice this big.
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The Aston Martin Heritage Trust was also there with, among others, a DBS display to celebrate this model has now been around for 50 years.
As if that wasn’t enough, there were several very special cars to be seen. There was the unveiling of the Red Arrows Edition Aston Martin Vanquish S, while previous special editions were on display nearby.

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I was very happy to see the Valkyrie. Even though I had already seen her in Geneva, I thought it was very good that people who may not have had the opportunity (or the wish!) to go to Geneva now had a chance to see her to. She got a lot of attention, which is not surprising. This car is something else.

My personal highlight was definitely the CC100. This car was created for the company’s centenary celebrations. Only two were made, so chances are very slim indeed to ever see this one anywhere other than in a magazine. But there it was.
An added bonus is that one of the designers involved in that project was at the Concours. It is a very welcome extra being able to talk to him for a while and get his perspective on the project and the car.

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And the list doesn’t end there: DBR1, Lola Aston Martin, One-77 and the Vulcan. All present and set up in such a way that everyone had a chance to have a good look. There were several Lagondas and I even spotted two Cygnets.
There was so much to see that after 4.5 hours I had to give up. Not only did I have quite a drive back home, but the sheer number of cars was a bit overwhelming. However, that drive (several hours) was very much worth it.

Just think: that very same evening they probably had to clear everything out, because the next day construction on the factory started. The Concours will very likely never be held here again.
It was an epic and unique event.

87th International Motor Show, Geneva

After a long break I went back to the Geneva International Motor Show last year. Aston Martin presented the DB11 and I thought I couldn’t be more excited. I was wrong.

Initially I was not planning to go to Geneva, but then Aston Martin broke the news they were bringing three premieres to the show. I got the chance to go on Tuesday (press day), which meant I could not possibly resist.
I did mention last year that the show elements I had grown accustomed to have mostly disappeared. This is not the case for the first press day. Everything starts on Monday afternoon, as in the evening the Car of the Year is revealed. On Tuesday the day is filled with press conferences and these are shows! The manufacturers bring often more than one of their VIPs, promotional videos are shown and most don’t shy away from a light show.

The quiet before the storm, or – in this case – the Aston Martin stand before the press conference.
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It is impossible to see all conferences, because they follow each other in quick succession and you’d have to run from one hall to another at times. I managed to catch the conferences of Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin.
Especially Lamborghini stood out for me. The actual presentation itself wasn’t that long (as in: not a lot of talking). They alternated between live presentation and a few videos and it was one of the videos that got my attention.

Video courtesy of Lamborghini

After leaving WEC at the end of last year’s season Audi Sport have now presented their DTM challenger: the new RS5. They presented the car simultaneously with its road going sibling. In addition they confirmed their manufacturer team entry for Formula E’s 2017/2018 season. There’s a lot going on at Audi.

Bentley presented the EXP 12 which is an electric car. Style wise it fits in perfectly with the Continental and the Mulsanne. It looks amazing and I hope we get to see and hear more about it soon. Between the BMW i8 and Bentley EXP 12 I think we can safely say electric cars are stepping away from looking boring.

I didn’t make it to the Volvo conference, but was right next door (at Aston) when their conference happened. I had already seen all the Volvos were wrapped up in cocoons (different, to say the least). The presentation seemed to focus mainly on how natural the car is, how great it feels, etc. Considering they were presenting the XC60 I think they totally missed the mark.
Having owned a Volvo 440 and test driven the S90 I am amazed at how horrible the XC60 is. However, I should take into account it’s an SUV and I’m not a fan of SUVs in general. There’s only a few I like, for example the Mazda CX-3 and CX-5. They at least prove that an SUV can still have nice lines and it doesn’t have to be massive.

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Volkswagen and I are not really friends, but there are a few models I like. On trips to the Nürburgring I have driven an EOS and a convertible Golf. I fully believe they should have left the Scirocco alone. I also think the CC is one of the sexiest things on four wheels ever built. Safe to say I haven’t quite made my mind up about VW.
When strolling over their stand I was pleasantly surprised by the Arteon (pictured above). It has all the things I like about the CC while still being recognisably Volkswagen. Very nice indeed.

It was great to see so many race cars at the show. Ford brought their WEC racer, Rebellion brought their LMP1 car. Abt was there with their Formula E car. Toyota had their LMP1 car at the stand including a part-car display where you could have a better look at the cockpit.

A look inside the Toyota LMP1 car.
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Last year Aston Martin shook up the car world by presenting what was then called AM-RB 001. It’s low, it looks mean (yet smooth), its aerodynamic characteristics are created by Adrian Newey, it’s very fast and will be road legal (yes, really).
The day before Geneva they revealed the lady’s name: Valkyrie.

Not surprising then that it was very busy at the Aston Martin stand when the time for their conference came. Even though the car has been shown already and further details have been released in the past year, it still draws the crowd. Who wouldn’t want to see this with their own eyes?
Now I have seen the car for myself I can confirm she’s a sight to behold. I find it unbelievable that you can sit behind the car and look underneath it from rear to front. Especially the rear is quite high, despite the car being very low overall. It will be very interesting to see (and hear!) this car when a working prototype is completed.

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Aston Martin also had a surprise for us: AMR.
They took the opportunity to launch a new brand which will be bringing racing technology directly to road cars. The Rapide AMR looks surprisingly sporty for such a big car and wears its makeover quite well. I understand the Vantage AMR Pro will be track only whereas the Rapide AMR will be a road car.
As if this wasn’t enough they also brought a special Q edition of the DB11 and a Vanquish S Volante. I am still drooling now…

Going to the Geneva International Motor Show on press day has been a privilege. It gave me the chance to have a much better look at the new cars and to hear the details from some pretty important people.
I can’t make any promises, but I will certainly try to get press passes to this show and other shows/events. It will allow me to get that just that little bit more to write about.

Autosport International 2017

Another Autosport International show at NEC, Birmingham. I could complain about the same things I complained about before, but I did go. Begs the question why I would go anyway. Here’s why.

I’m still not happy with the fact the information on which I base my decision to go or not to go on is released far too late. So again I got my tickets very shortly before the show. But to be fair to them, the rest is all good.
Last year it seemed very busy, so busy I wasn’t quite comfortable to walk around and enjoy the cars. This year it must have been as busy, but it didn’t feel that way. The atmosphere, as always, was relaxed and people in general gave others the time to have a good look at cars or take photos. Perhaps it helped that we arrived earlier than last year. We were there just before it opened at 09:00. But then again, we had to – Dario Franchitti’s first signing session was at 09:55!

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This year there was quite a list of things that attracted me. The fact they had all seven surviving Lotus 49s there (see photo above) was certainly a bonus. Now I’ve been to Classic Team Lotus’ home I am even more interested than I was before and this is a sight to behold.
There was a reasonably large number of Aston Martins, always a good thing in my books, and looking out for the hordes of classic Minis (racing or otherwise) is good fun.

Because I was so early I finally got a chance to get in a Ginetta. After the Caterham experience in 2014 the hall which also holds the karting track has been host to the Ginetta Experience. It’s basically the same as the Caterham experience – donuts! – but then in a Ginetta. And who doesn’t love Ginettas? I have a huge soft spot for these fearless cars with faces.
I can now tell you they are as much fun to be driven around in as they are to watch while they’re racing. I guess it’s time I book myself a chance to drive one, right?

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This year I didn’t see the show at the Live Action Arena. We had booked it for very late in the afternoon, because we already knew there would be a chance we wouldn’t go to see it. But with paddock passes you can still see what’s happening backstage at the show. And as before a lot was on repeat. I don’t think it matters much, because there will always be people who visit for the first time. The racing series which are represented in the show seem like fun and who would want to deny them a chance at a bigger audience?
I did spot an Aston Martin DB11, which was a bonus.
I didn’t find the electric GT car, which I am curious about. Thankfully the Formula E car was easier to spot, as that was positined near the F1 grid. The car of choice was a Jaguar. And Jaguar is this year’s newcomer in the series.
It was parked right behind James Hunt’s Hesketh, so the show’s combination of old and new was very evident.

Coys had a lot of nice classics on display which were going under the hammer that weekend (as in: auctioned off, not destroyed). One of them caught me off guard. It looked like an Aston Martin Ulster, but turned out to be a gorgeous replica. Still an absolute joy to see!

A 1987 Fergus Ulster – a replica of the Aston Martin Ulster
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A large part of the show is filled with stands of companies specialising in stuff we petrolheads without a project car wouldn’t be interested in. If you’re such a petrolhead, like me, do look around. Some of these stands have amazing cars on display. You might be missing out if you don’t go and have a look.

Overall this year was a better experience than last year, not only due to the less busy feeling, but also due to the diversity. For me personally there were many cars that have my attention and which became the reason for my visit.
I spent five hours at Autosport International and can report I was a happy petrolhead when I left.

86th International Motor Show, Geneva

It was back in 2005 that I visited the ‘Salon International de l’Auto’. It’s a well-known and very large car show which is often chosen by car manufacturers to present their latest model(s). This year Aston Martin decided this was the place to unveil their new car and, of course, I couldn’t miss that. So, instead of heading to Barcelona for Formula One testing, I flew to Geneva.

Something I had noticed through the years is that all three car shows I visited it somewhat regularly – Geneva, Frankfurt and Amsterdam – the way cars were presented/unveiled and promoted was getting less extravagant. Of course this was most noticeable near the credit crunch.
Now it seems things are picking up again. I’ve not seen any repeated shows to present a new car model, but I have seen dancing girls, more brochures being handed out (as opposed to the emails you can get, and only for one model, mind you!) and the stands looking generally better fitted out.
It was also extremely busy, however I don’t think that that ever changed much, especially on a Saturday.

My main focus and reason for visiting was the new Aston Martin, but I’ll get to that later.
When visiting any car show I have a tendency to visit any brand I’m interested in first and spend time just browsing if I have any time (or energy) left. I also like to have a look at the prototypes and I was surprised to see how few there are nowadays. The Peugeot Fractal stood out, though.

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I am not sure I’d ever want to buy one, but the styling is definitely different. I certainly hope Peugeot are on to something here, because I find their cars consistently boring when it comes to styling. About a decade ago I loved visiting their stand, because the cars were an absolute joy to look at. It would be nice to see them returning to the same styling standard.
I can’t say anything about the driving experience, because I have never owned or driven a Peugeot.

The Audi stand was so busy you could barely see the cars. Of course this is a good sign for Audi, but it’s not good from a photographer’s perspective. Unfortunately for me there was also no A7. I would have loved to sit in one, just to see what that’s like. I absolutely love the styling of it and I’ve had a soft spot for Audi for a very long time (thank you, original Quattro!). I guess I will just have to plan my next track day and make sure I get to drive an R8. To be continued…

Another car I have a huge soft spot for (and trust me, it needs to be a huge spot!) is the Toyota Hilux.

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No, it’s not a very pretty car and yes, it is very big indeed. I think that’s probably it. I do like large(r) cars and this one takes the biscuit. I know there are bigger – and usually American – cars out there, but I like the styling of the Hilux. It’s a good looking beast, it IS a beast and, depending on what type you pick, it can be very practical. I sat in the one on the photo above and the view is also not bad at all. It’s certainly a vantage point over all cars around you.
Now if only they’d sell these at a price that falls within my budget.

One of the other stands I visited was McLaren. My friend had not yet seen the 650 ‘in the flesh’. It gave me a chance to have a good look at the 675LT. That is not an ugly car at all.

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There were quite a few stands I visited, but my main focus was on Aston Martin. It’s where my day started and I spent about 20% of my total visiting time there.
On the Tuesday (1 March) I had watched the unveiling of the DB11 live. It made me very happy I had decided to skip F1 testing and go to Geneva instead. What a car!
For a long time my favourite Aston Martin was the DB4. It’s the original, the one the other DBs took their looks from. Yesterday that title was stolen and it is now held by the DB11. To be honest, I have no words to describe this car. I love it. It’s as simple as that.

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This is the way Aston Martin is heading. I cannot wait to see what they come up with next.

But let’s for just a moment go back to the main topic: the car show itself.
Yes, it was busy and yes, it was warm. That is to be expected at a big, international car show. The quality of the stands is definitely improving again. The public seemed to enjoy themselves. There were a lot of interactive elements at many of the stands. So there is not just a lot to see, there is also more to do. The brochures and bags are making a comeback. Let’s see if the balloons, stickers and caps will follow.
The atmosphere was good. It’s time to start visiting more car shows again.

Autosport International 2016

The 16th of January 2016 was the day I visited the Autosport International show (held in the NEC, Birmingham) for the third time. I remember reading that for the 2014 edition they had collaborated with the Performance Car Show because the numbers were going down. Well, I think this year they are going up. It seemed much busier, both with regards to visitors and stands. In the early afternoon I even saw signs stating that standard tickets were sold out.
I’m usually not too fond of very busy events, but – like before – the atmosphere was very relaxed. Basically all you need is a little bit of patience to make your way around.

Like before there is definitely something for everyone. And because I’ve attended a few races last year some things are now becoming familiar to me. For example: because I’m now following Blancpain (Endurance) I immediately recognised this beast (despite its new livery):

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I also came face to face (as a matter of speaking) with one of the classic Minis which I saw at the Mini Festival at Oulton Park last year.

My best friend and I did again go to the Live Action Arena, but I have told her I will not do this again unless they have something very special to show. It really is 90% a repeat of the previous shows and it’s so scripted it’s, quite frankly, painful. The place is either freezing or boiling and too dark to see the cars really well. It’s mildly entertaining at best.

I would have loved to go on a short trip in one of the Ginnetas, but when a queue is looking like a snake, you know you’re up for a long wait. Of course this is purely down to me not wanting to wait. I think it’s great to see that this has returned for a second time and that it is so popular. If it does come back I’ll just have to go there early and beat the queue.

One more gripe from me: information about who will be at the show is released far too late. Months before the show they try to get you to buy tickets, but only weeks to even days before the first day do they give any information which might help the decision on whether to go and what type of ticket to buy.
Gripe over, because there is of course one very good reason I have gone three years in a row: overall it is really good fun! There is so much to see. Classic Team Lotus is one of my personal favourites (which is why I went to Hethel to see their HQ for myself). They bring something different each time. Not so surprising, considering the heritage they can draw from.

This year I even spent some time at the stage. Damon Hill was there to celebrate and talk about his championship in 1996, Susie Wolff launched a new initiative (Dare to be Different) and Darren Turner was also there for a quick chat.

Damon Hill and David Croft had a discussion about how to improve F1.
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One very nice surprise came out of the very late updates: only days before going to the show did I find out there would be a Vulcan. If you don’t know about it, that’s the Aston Martin Vulcan. So far I managed to miss it everywhere (this is what happens if you go to Battersea Park to watch Formula E when Darren Turner is showing off at Goodwood…).
It took some searching, but eventually we managed to find it. As was to be expected it drew a lot of attention. I think my best friend said it best when she proclaimed to feel unworthy. I concur…

The Aston Martin Vulcan at Autosport International.
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The Vulcan looks like an absolute beast, but in a tuxedo, of course. It’s luxurious on the inside (as far as I could tell, the doors were closed), it has gorgeous lines, it’s low and it looks fast.
It’s a pity they didn’t include this car in the Live Action Arena, even though it would never have enough room there to show what it can do!
It was a real treat for an Aston Martin fan and I can only hope I will one day see it out on a track somewhere. If I do, I will let you know!

Autosport International 2014

The Automesse in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2007 was the last car show I went to before moving to the UK. I have visited some car-related events in the meantime, but no shows. And I missed it.
So when I booked my tickets to Autosport International I was already quite excited about it. This was November 2013.

Not long after receiving my tickets I heard that Allan McNish was going to be there for signing sessions. As I had decided to get a paddock pass – which gives access to these signing sessions – I was quite a happy girl.
I also heard there were going to be classic Lotus F1 cars. Considering my childhood memories (see the About page if you are curious about them), I was VERY happy indeed.

The fact remained, however, that I had no idea what to expect. Luckily, I was not disappointed.

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I have to admit that I managed to spoil myself with regards to car shows. I have been to Geneva and Frankfurt several times and these shows are, of course, huge. Autosport International is a lot more modest. Nevertheless, I spent quite a few hours at the show and enjoyed it thoroughly. The fact is, there is so much to see and to do!
At a car show you, in general, get to see the manufacturers display their cars and there’s some room for more professional stands (stuff that the general public is usually not interested in). At ASI you get everything that has to do with racing and performance cars from karting to F1 and everything in between. There is really something for everyone.

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There were stands I would normally not visit. The cars were very nice, though.

I did mention the classic Lotus previously. After entering the show I immediately found the stand for Classic Team Lotus (honestly, I was not looking for it!). Of course Lotus is very well known for the ‘John Player Special’ car and two of them were there.

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At the Live Arena I got a real treat: the Lotus 79 drive by. To be honest, there were two other classic Lotus race cars, but I was mainly interested in the 79. After the show (about which more in a moment) I got access to the paddock, which meant I could see all the cars from the show relatively up close. I spent quite some time near that Lotus – quite amazing how small it actually is. But, let’s face it, it is all about the sound…

The Live Arena was advertised as the highlight of the entire show. I beg to differ. The first 20 minutes were all talking. I wasn’t there for the talking, I wanted to see cars and lots of them. The classic Lotus drive by meant three cars drove by twice. Yep, that was it. And now I almost forget to mention there was a fence in front of the audience which impaired my view on the track considerably. It wasn’t exactly a bad show, I did see cars from disciplines I’ve never heard of, but a highlight? Certainly not.

Let’s talk about other possible highlights then. How about the signing sessions? I am quite happy to have signatures from Allan McNish and Tom Kristensen, but maybe that’s not for everyone. So how about the F1 display?
As soon as I started watching F1 again last year I was curious how big these cars actually are. Well, I can tell you now, they’re of course quite low, but also quite long. I thought they were very impressive. Usually I’m not really paying attention to the differences, but having them there at the show, standing next to each other, I did. I think it’s quite nice to stand between two of them and just compare. It’s quite enlightening, to be honest.

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My personal highlight was the Caterham Driving Experience, though.
You can, if you wish, pay to learn to do donuts. I opted for the standard experience this time. This meant being raced around an indoor track twice. This included several donuts. It was fantastic!
I have no idea how fast we went, but it felt pretty quick. The twists and turns were good fun. On top of that, the driver in whose car I sat decided he could do a donut without using his hands, as you can see in this short video:

For me, no car show is complete without Aston Martin, but they were there too – another personal highlight.

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All in all, Autosport International is a nice show which doesn’t leave you with several halls you haven’t seen at the end of the day. It’s manageable in one day and there is a lot of variety. As I said before, there is something for everyone, so well worth a visit. The next time will be 8 – 11 January 2015.