The 2018 Autosport International Show came to close at Birmingham’s NEC Arena on Sunday after four days of action packed motorsports.
From the Live Action arena to the unveiling of the 2018 World Rally Championship season, the 2018 Autosport International show had everything. On Thursday, reigning World Rally Champion, Sebastien Ogier and his team mate Elfyn Evans unveiled the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta EccoBoost WRC while Citroen Racing’s Craig Breen and Kris Meeke were on hand to take the covers off the C3 WRC.
Toyota Gazoo Racing and Hyundai were also there to unveil the 2018 cars. Highlights of the weekend included former Formula One and Verizon IndyCar Series champion Nigel Mansell who opened the show on both Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking on the main stage on Sunday, Mansell commented by saying:
When one door closes another opens. “And that was IndyCar in 1993. I had a real adventure in America with Paul Newman and Carl Haas. Compared to the FW14B, the Lola-Cosworth was basic but very, very fast. At races like the Michigan 500 you averaged 233mph and some of the circuits there were some of the most dangerous I ever raced on.”
He continued: “There’s a saying in Indycar: ‘There are two types of people. Those who have hit the wall and those who are going to.’ And I found that out at Phoenix, punching a 3ft hole in a concrete barrier.
It is 25 years since Mansell won the IndyCar/CART championship in 1993 having joined the series as Formula One champion. Mansell went on to say:
There’s a saying in Indycar: ‘There are two types of people. Those who have hit the wall and those who are going to.’ And I found that out at Phoenix, punching a 3ft hole in a concrete barrier.”
Asked what his best achievement has been. “With the amount of injuries I’ve sustained in my career and the number of drivers who are sadly no longer with us, I’m very proud that I’m still around. And to be able to give back to the industry which gave me so much.
The 2019 Autosport International show takes place from January 10-13 2019.