Performance Car Show line-up shines


So Christmas and the New Year are over and done with, and you’re back at work on a rainy grey Wednesday. The days are still short, the roads are still wet, and right now it doesn’t feel like there’s all that much to look forward to. Right? Well no, actually, because it’s now less than a week until the Performance Car Show at the NEC in Birmingham!


Supported by PistonHeads, and running in tandem with the annual Autosport Show, the Performance Car Show will be returning for its sixth year. Not only will there be static displays, but the Live Action Arena will return, where some of the most exciting machinery in the country will be put through its paces for the crowd.

Highlights will include the Supercar Paddock, where supercars of all shapes and sizes will be brought together for showgoers to gawp at and drool over in equal measure, as well as the Hand-Built British Sports Car Pavilion, which will offer visitors the chance to see some of the best UK engineering and design talent up close. Talking of which, Ariel will be revealing its new model, the Atom 3.5, at the event, a car which will set mouths watering with its supercharged 310hp Honda engine and 0-60 time of 2.7 seconds.


As if that wasn’t enough, the Live Action Arena will play host to an hour-long show that will run five times on each day. Porsche Boxsters, Supermoto Quads, Autograss Class 8 cars and BriSCA F1 Stock Cars will be just some of the wide-ranging performance and racing machines performing stunts, powerslides, and demonstration runs. Among the many participants will be Guinness World Record holder and stuntman extraordinaire Terry Grant and the 2012 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalists. What’s more, there’ll also be a drift demonstration from Team Japspeed, the 2012 Maxxis British Drift Constructors’ Champions. It promises to be an intense and exhilarating experience that no petrolhead worth his or her salt will forget!

The icing on the cake? Ten lucky ticket-holders will be selected at random and given the chance to compete for the prize of a lifetime – a year experiencing the thrills and spills of the 2013 Caterham Academy, including a fully race-prepared car, tuition, an ARDS license, entry to seven rounds across the country and a special spot on PistonHeads to write up a race report after every event. To enter, all you need to do is to buy a ticket to the show, submit the ticket code to the entry website, and answer a few questions. More details of this amazing prize can be found here.

Whether you win or not, the Performance Car Show looks set to be the ultimate way to blow away those post-Christmas blues. It runs from the 12-13 January, and you can buy your tickets here.

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  • Vixpy1 04 Jan 2013

    dandarez said:
    So, Express Parking (pre-book) and it will cost you double the cost of normal parking, at 20 quid.
    Advance book most things and you usually save. Not here.

    What really hit me, however, was the previously 'Free' disabled parking is being charged for, and 10 quid, same as for able-bodied drivers!
    (no, I'm not disabled but if I was I wouldn't go on principle). It's all about money, money, money.

    I haven't been for a few years (son said it was poor last year), but I'm old enough to remember the superbly memorable and brilliant London Racing Car Shows of the 60s and 70s.
    ABSOLUTELY no comparison.

    As I said, today it seems it just about money, nothing else.
    Its the NEC that charge the parking, not the promoter of the show. I've always thought parking should be free at the NEC, the NEC disagree

  • dandarez 04 Jan 2013

    So, Express Parking (pre-book) and it will cost you double the cost of normal parking, at 20 quid.
    Advance book most things and you usually save. Not here.

    What really hit me, however, was the previously 'Free' disabled parking is being charged for, and 10 quid, same as for able-bodied drivers!
    (no, I'm not disabled but if I was I wouldn't go on principle). It's all about money, money, money.

    I haven't been for a few years (son said it was poor last year), but I'm old enough to remember the superbly memorable and brilliant London Racing Car Shows of the 60s and 70s.
    ABSOLUTELY no comparison.

    As I said, today it seems it just about money, nothing else.

  • Shadow R1 04 Jan 2013

    You mean the Autosport show, o no hang on they have to tie it with a performance car show to make it worth while doing.
    I worked on a stand for 5 years when it was just Autosport, started out with 5 might have even have been 6 halls, in the last year i went it was 2.
    It just priced itself out of the market, made it not viable for us to go.
    Don't be fooled either, the halls naming convention has changed to make shows look bigger than they are, for example the bike show in November was listed as 4 halls when it was only 2.

    Save your money from this and go watch some club racing, trust me it will be better. smile

  • Auson 04 Jan 2013

    I think Raceretro next month a just a few miles away is a bit more like it. Cheaper tickets, display with Group B rally cars with the original drivers and free parking.

  • simonrockman 04 Jan 2013

    Given that the headline says "line-up" shouldn't the copy list what's going to be on display?

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