Autosport International 2013

11th January 2013
The start of January signals the arrival at the NEC of Autosport International. This is the show that announces the beginning of the new season: a must-do for all motor sport fans.

Thursday is press and trade day so it tends to be quieter than the weekend. This makes it my day of choice because with more room around the stands, photography is easier.

The first person I saw when I walked in was Rebecca Leppard who was doing sterling work in the media sign-on centre.

My media pass gives me access before the show actually opens and inside the halls I found Matt Neal waiting the onslaught of the show opening. I interviewed Matt a couple of years back and he's a cracking bloke with no hint of being a diva. Speaking of divas, Jason Plato and Martin Brundle were interviewed at various times on the live stage and I also caught a lot of Gillian Carr's interview about the VSCC. Nice work, Gillian.

Roger Still was lurking on one of the MSA displays which was dedicated to their Year Of The Volunteer campaign. Roger obviously thought the stand was going to feature a variety of pork pies but, despite this not being the case, he stuck gamely to the task. Nice to have a chat with Eddie Walder who introduced me to James Bolton from Autosport, another handy contact from the world of rallies.

A big thanks to Autosport for inviting me along once more, have a great 2013 season and I'll see you all next year. Here are a few shots from the show.