On Display At The NEC
There is no shortage of items of sportscar and GT interest on display
at Autosport International.
Both 2003 Le Mans Bentleys
are on display, still bearing the muck and grime collected during
their run to a famous one-two finish.
The BRSCC’s stand
features one of Mike Jordan’s immaculate Porsche 911s, marking
Eurotech’s return in 2004 to the British GT Championship.
The Peninsula TVR T400R
is also present in its new (very yellow) livery, reflecting the
house colour of sponsor JCB.
Ferrari lovers are well
catered for with a Care Racing Ferrari 550 on the Prodrive stand
and examples of both the 575GTC and 360GTC lined up in the exhibition
of Maranello’s finest in the main hall.
GTs past are
marked with the appearance of both the evergreen Quaife and the
Gulf Air VW Golf, pristine as ever (Steve Wood and Stuart Scott
with the car - below). A GT of the future is there too, with the
TVR Sagaris taking pride of place on the Dunlop stand.
Look hard enough and
a Graham Nash Motorsport Saleen S7-R can be found, together with
the Damax Ferrari 360 and Team Jota’s immaculate Pilbeam SR2
Lovers of road
car exotica are well catered for: Ferrari F40, F50, 575, 288GTO,
512 and Enzo are joined by Pagani Zonda, Invicta S1, Noble M12,
Aston Martin Vanquish, Lamborghini Murcielago, Bentley Continental
and the Porsche Carrera GT.
There was plenty
of driving talent on tap too: Guy Smith was on stage to talk about
his deal to race one of the pair of Audi UK-Veloqx R8s and ALMS
stars Johnny Mowlem and Oliver Gavin were around as well. Mark Blundell
was gripping and grinning in his new role with the nascent Formula
Woman initiative and FIA GT stars Wolfgang Kaufmann, Thomas Erdos
and Tim Sugden were spotted during the day, together with a host
of British GT talent.