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Fueltopia racers Autosport spotlight

25th January 2018 — by Craig Toull

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Did you attend the 2018 Autosport show If you did then you might have been lucky enough to have seen the awesome selection of cars the Fueltopia race series’ had on display in hall 9. It would be safe to say the main attraction on the stand was the unveiling of Dmitrij Sribnyj’s Subaru BRZ STI purpose built AWD Gymkhana car.

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This car will raise the game in UK gymkhana and no doubt will see our former AWD Champion bring a serious campaign to the asphalt in the year ahead.

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If you didn’t make the show, we’d like to think we have you covered, check out our full coverage from all the halls on Dan Fegent’s blog – but if you’re an avid Gymkhana loving super fan, then don’t you worry we have the stands highlights below for you. Over the weekend, the series gained a lot of enquiries from racers from many backgrounds in motorsport looking for a new challenge.

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If that wasn’t enough, the Autosport Show was also a place where Fueltopia could showcase it’s TV pilot to its Formula G series. It was a great place for the motorsport loving public to be able to see what our championship is all about. The first instalment is available to watch on Motor Trend On Demand now, so if you’ve not already seen it – do yourself a favour and hit the link below

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The 2018 season is shaping up to be an awesome one already and it hasn’t even begun yet. We can’t wait to see if the new BRZ will dominate the tried and tested Subaru’s, will Adam Elder and Ryan Milton topple the reign of Luke Woodham? Who knows, but it’s going to be an exciting season

If you want to see the action in person then be sure to check out our first event on the 3rd of march at Santa Pod Raceway or if you’d like to have a go without the pressure, then come to our test and tune day at Santa Pod on 25 Feb – advance tickets can be bought here

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Autosport 2018

21st January 2018 — by Dan Fegent

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Once again it was time for us to descend on to the Birmingham NEC for the Autosport Show.

I missed last years event due to other obligations & I personally think the break made this one even better for me. It felt fresh & it was great to see how the venue & the scene as a whole had progressed.


There has been some great improvements in the halls themselves at the NEC. Whereas before they were bathed in a horrendous orange light, there was now LEDs brightening up the place which alongside the varied colour floor carpets helped make a huge difference to the feel of the event.

For me Autosport is about catching up with everyone & finding out whats planned for the year ahead. On a trade stand point, most big deals are already done by this point but its still the perfect place to gather interest & hopefully support for whatever you have planned motorsport wise for the year ahead.

I did go on one of trade days but I couldn’t help feel that it was relatively quiet. There was a good amount of footfall but it really didn’t feel a nuisance to get around & you weren’t fighting for space when checking out all the stands.


The event itself was split across the usual three halls, two for the main show & one dedicated during the trade days as the engineering hall. There was more than enough to look at as everything was back to back throughout.

After the deals are made, the people met with & the handshakes done, its really just all about the cars…
It was all about the cars to begin with anyway right?



Personal highlight for me would have to be the brand new Porsche 911 GT2 RS which was positively dripping in Carbon fibre.



As for race cars there was a healthy amount of WRC cars added to the mix, which looked as impressive as ever among the ranks of GT & Time Attack builds.





Liberty Walk who were placed in a corner of one of the halls had an impressive stand showcasing a good selection of their kits on some wild builds.




Several independent tuning part specialists were showcasing builds of their own through out the halls including this rather spectacular ‘in progress’ Audi R8



As always Autosport showcased a broad spectrum of UK motorsport & tuning, it was a pleasure as always to be among it. This event signals the start of the 2018 calendar & it’s looking like another exciting year ahead.

 

 

 

 

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Autosport International 2017

23rd January 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Seeing as I have never attended the Autosport International show before, I had no idea what to expect.

I mean, I had a good idea, the vast halls of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre were to be filled with a cross section of motor-sports finest offerings. So there was going to be cars. And seeing as this was a public event, there was bound to be people too.

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We started the day, or at least I did at 4:30 in the morning. I set off to rendezvous with other Fueltopia members, Phil ‘Paps’ McCusker and Kim Pham as well as a few other friends at the Ace Cafe at 6am before setting off in search of food and coffee. As the NEC loomed closer, the sun came up and caffeine started to finally take hold, we started to speculate as to what we might find in these great halls.

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First port of call was our own Fueltopia stand displaying offerings from Fueltopia Barrel Sprint, European Burnout Championship and Formula G. It was so good to see us with such a large presence, all three are our own sports  that we are proud of and it is nice to see them growing so well. Our staff were on hand to offer advice and encourage people to get involved with variety of grass roots motor-sports. Literally all you need to get involved is a valid European driving licence.

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You may also recognise this BMW that we featured a few weeks back. It was great to see it receive so much attention on the stand.

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Back to the show itself. Like many of you, my winter in the UK involved more booze and food than it did cars. Autosport provides a nice platform to spark enthusiasm and make plans for the coming year. It serves the public with big, bold and brash displays whilst giving plenty of opportunities to industry folk to discuss future plans and forge new alliances. My right hand spent as much time taking photos as it did shaking the hands of new acquaintances.

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Plodding through the vast hall in a zig-zag manor I found myself feeling overwhelmed with excitement and fear or missing something, much like a kid in a toy store. There was literally something for everyone here, from precision race cars to purpose built show cars. I felt a sense of guilt as well, as one stand tries to outdo the other you feel you might bypass something really special. A sense of regret at not spending more than one day there.

 

For instance you could spend a whole day pouring over the intricate details of both modern and historic Formula 1 cars. I may be biased towards the older generation of cars with their raw lines but their modern counterparts are dripping with details dreamt up by the world’s best engineers.

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Keeping an eye open on social media, I have already spotted a few cars that I completely missed. Most regrettably is the new Honda NSX – a car that I know pretty well as I did the online configurator for it, I am still yet to see one in person.

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However one car did stop me in my tracks, it isn’t the most flashiest of cars there but I was overcome with the urge to sit in it and go tearing down some back roads. It was the Abarth 124 Rally. It is undeniably cute, I really, really want one. We will show you a bit more about this car over the next week or so.

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The squadron of Group A Ford Sierra RS500’s left me a little shell shocked. Cars from the ’80s have a special place in my heart. Judging by the constant buzz around them, I am sure I was not alone in thinking so.

 

Mmm whale tail heaven!

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Speaking of ’80s, this E30 M3 Rally car really caught my attention, I knew the shot I wanted, I even waited for about 5 minutes to get it. I was so enamoured that I completely missed the bagged E30 M3 right in front of me. That was equally as flawless. And this was much the same story as you walked around, you would look at one thing, and like a siren, you would be drawn to it, blinkered to stunning machinery around it.

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Eventually Phil & I dragged ourselves away from the automotive candy store and headed to the live show arena.

The hour long show was a true automotive mix bag ranging from Stock Cars to legendary Rally Cars to new concept GT cars.

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And whilst the show was entertaining, no one was showing off more than Liam Doran who was in full attack mode! With anti-lag on, he was putting on his own firework display.

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Coming in hot…

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…before disappearing in a cloud of smoke.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (ShootingDave)
Additional Pictures: Phil ‘Paps’ McCusker