Autosport 18

The annual trip to Birmingham in January for the International Autosport show and to find out what’s planned for Professional Drifting in the months ahead.

BDC and IDC are pretty much the top of competitive drifting right now and everyone was eager to see how the team would push the competitions forward both within the motorsport world and wider audience. 2018 brings a promotional system giving drivers the chance to compete worldwide with alliances to Formula D and Drift Masters GP. Another major change in the BDC this year puts right something which has bewildered people for years with a prize fund totaling £35k. With cars and costs in the tens of thousands, this will help teams and drivers progress while giving some added spice to the championship, while In the IDC the fans will commit 25% of ticket sales to their favorite driver.
The dates and locations of the 2018 rounds were also announced at the show. Most of the rounds were pretty much as expected but there were a couple of surprises with Three Sisters now on the BDC schedule and Punchestown hosting an IDC round. It was good to see Dun Laoghaire Ferry Terminal back for the second year running as that was a great weekend last year.
For more details and to keep up to date with the additional surprises I’m sure will come check out the BDC and IDC websites. Also remember all the events are on the calander page along with details and timings of live steams here

ASI is also a good place to catch up with teams and drivers to see what they have planned for the season while having their cars on display always attract plenty of attention from the public. Kirsty Kerbs Widdrington had #syrilthesilvia om the Racinglines stand. One of only a couple of female drivers in the BDC it’s always good to see her at events and she is a great ambassador and role model for females wanting to get into motorsport, something which I understand she will be expanding on this year.

  Steve Baggsy Biagioni had his r35 on the Sunoco UK Racing Fuel stand. Since there don’t seem to be any plans to run this in competitions in the UK or Ireland it was good to get a look around the car. After getting a look under the bonnet at the v8 LSX and one of the biggest turbos I’ve ever seen I hope I get a chance to see this on track one day.

After a break last year drifting returned to the live action arena with two of the best Ireland has to offer. Conor Shanahan and FD champion James Deane. thrilled the crowds with twinning demos

The rest of the live show was pretty much the same as previous years, still entertaining but when you’ve seen the stock cars for the last 6 years it’s a little hard to get excited. Mission Motorsport and stunt driver Terry Grant ran demos with 4 Jaguars which included 18-year-old Billy Monger. Billy lost both legs after a crash at Donington last year in a formula 4 race and Mission Motorsport have been helping with his rehabilitation with an aim to him returning to single seaters. Mission Motorsport, supported by Help For Heroes, is run by veterans, serving officers and motorsport professionals ‘To aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through Motorsport’

Back in the main hall Mission Motorsport also had a Jag wrapped in a poppy design all made up with the words of the poem “In Flanders Fields”

Also working with wounded, injured and sick veterans of the British Armed Forces, Invictus Games Racing announced at the show that they would be entering a team in the 2018 British GT championship. Two F-TYPE SVR racing cars have been built to GT4 specification by Jaguar for the drivers to compete in. Read the full detail here.

Hall 4 again had Teesside Karting and also an Abarth 124 Spider Drift Experience where an experienced driver would take you for a spin around some obstacles.

Eye catching cars are everywhere at the show. Liberty Walk were on show with some amazing cars but especially the epic Aventador. There was also a Social media influencer stand which included Shmee150‘s AMG GT R 4.0-litre biturbo V8, Archie Hamilton‘s pink R8 and QueenB‘s E21

The show runs over 4 days with Thursday and Friday being trade only. Over these days one of the halls is dedicated to trade stands but come the weekend when the show opens to the public this hall is taken over by car a small select number of car clubs, cars from the live arena and a few other interesting stands. Center stage as normal were GTROC with an amazing history of Nissan GTRs and Skylines on display. Adam Elder and Dmitrij Sribnyj had their cars on the  Formula G / Barrel Sprint / Gymkhana Stand. Dmitrij’s all wheel drive BRZ looks amazing with a build spec to match.

A few other cars stood out to me

As always Autosport was a great few days and a good catch up after a couple of months since the end of the season. With lots of working taking place across the various competitions to expand the sport of Drift into the mainstream I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead. I plan to be covering, at the very least, the BDC, IDC and DriftCup and doing some work with Everything Drift. Keep an eye on this site, Facebook and Instagram for writeups and photos throughout the year.

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