For three days in January, the NEC at Birmingham becomes the epicentre of world motorsport. Teams, drivers, suppliers, event organisers and car manufacturers come together to exhibit the pinnacle of what they are capable of, and create an exciting atmosphere filled with the very best of the best in the process. It doesn’t matter if you need a sequential gearbox, a new pit intercom system, a motorhome or some automotive art to hang on the wall – you’ll find it at Autosport.
The BMW Car Club was represented by an extensive display of track cars from the Track Day Register, including a variety of M cars and other race focussed builds. Elsewhere in the expansive halls, the BMW marque was widely represented on several stands, including an M4 and F30 on display with club sponsor M Style. Tarox Brakes featured a super smooth F80 M3, and Liberty Walk EU divided opinion with an M4 wearing one of thier radical kits. Bilstein featured one of their own interpretations of an M2 art car, K&N showed the 2017 BTCC winning 1 Series, and a large stand for the Mini Challenge featured several of the spec racers.
This is no surpise, come to think of it. BMW’s have always made ideal bases for track and race cars, with a huge aftermarket support and plenty of places to go and race them. In a sense, Autosport is an ideal home for the marque. Enjoy our BMW roundup from several happy hours spent walking the halls!
Words and photos by Andrew Coles