Last week it was Disneyland, this week our Formula One columnist Tony Dodgins travelled to Birmingham to get a welcome New Year boost at the Autosport International Show.
No sooner have you packed away the Christmas decorations than you're jumping in the car and heading for Birmingham and Autosport International. Family friends don’t get it. "What is it? A race? No? You spend all year travelling to watch cars racing and now you’re off to Birmingham of all places, to see them standing still..."
You explain that since its first involvement with 'The Show' Autosport has transformed it into a huge event that’s truly impressive and, for fans, a great opportunity to see cars up close and to listen to the stars and personalities on stage. Harder to get across though, is the mentality of the whole business. I reckon 90% of the people involved in motor racing could no more do a nine to five than fly to the moon. In fact I reckon they'd find it a lot easier to follow Neil Armstrong.
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