Event>> Autosport Show Pt1: Pistonheads

I’m sure most of you are madly refreshing your browers waiting for Mike Garrett’s first report from the Tokyo Auto Salon….. I know I am!… But there is another major automotive show happening right now which has equal weight into international automotive scenes. With full participation from the planet’s three true world championships: F1, WRC and WTCC, what goes down at the Autosport show reverberates across around the car culture world….

Check out the above picture for example: every single F1 car from the 2008 season is lined up, side by side…. this is serious business.

….Before we get into the high end racing content, let’s first have a look the Pistonheads.com performance car show. The umbrella company for Autosport, Haymarket Publishing also own Pistonheads and devoted one of the halls to promoting this brand and viewpoint. Pistonheads is part of my daily blog crawl and they have been promoting the show quite heavily in recent times. These cars belong to their readers which is pretty cool.

TVR is a company that hasn’t had a good few years… nor does it have the best reputation for build quality…. however, I do really enjoy the spirit of TVR. They make loud, brash, and raw machines which are seemingly free of compromise. Gotta love that.

On the very far side of the show was this group of Hondas.

Honda doesn’t have much of a following in Europe, so it was interesting to see this collection of cars. I’m sure there is a story to be told….

Check out the exhaust design on this TVR.

Hardcore. I can assure you the sound that comes from these pipes is LOUD.

Pretty crazy no?

We know where this M3 has been…. I purchased some of these stickers myself at the Nurburgring last summer…. However I wouldn’t really dream of putting one on my car unless I had actually driven round though…

This is a great example of a turn-key British track day warrior… the Ariel Atom….

Lotus is another company which several products specifically designed for track days. This is their latest offering: the 2-Eleven

Unfortunately the design of the Lotus booth made shooting this car kinda difficult…. anyway you get the idea…

Pistonheads had a great Porsche 911 display dominated by this 911-GT1 Evo.

I absolutely love the GT1 era from 1996-1998. It was a short but glorious period of racing. It’s always a pleasure to see these legendary cars in the flesh.

Notice the strange looking wheel lugs. These are used to tie the cars down for shipping….

Let’s just enjoy this moment together…… ahhhh…..

You may have seen this R33 Skyline on our 2008 Champions Gallery… it’s the 2008 HKS Drag Series Champion.

The original boy-racer…. the now legendary Escort Cosworth.

The UK BMW Club had a large display area…. they seem to have pretty good pull with BMW Motorsport too… Look at these three cars…. on the left: Andy Priaux’s WTCC touring car, in the middle: the latest Sauber BMW Formula 1 car and on the right Steve Sopher’s DTM BMW M3…. yes that’s right: DTM… I’ll show this car in more detail next week.

In person, F1 cars seem much larger than they appear on the tele…. I have yet to see an F1 race in person BTW… hope to correct this hole in my CV one day….

F1? Check. WTCC? Check… WRC? no problem… the show had bucket loads of these cars… this is Hirvonen’s Ford Focus WRC…

I find the design of the rear wing particularly interesting…

Look at all of these vertical stakes… It’s a very different concept for a rear wing. Quite unusual.

M-Sport, Ford’s WRC team, were also showing this tuned version of the new Fiesta.

The Fiesta is another car which should be in the North American market….Ford is lucky they have access to these developed European models.

Ok that’s it for the Pistonheads section for now…. In my next post we’ll look at the race cars… Sorry for my brief captions…. it’s late and I need to get some sleep!


Autosport Show 2009 Coverage on Speedhunters



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I do indeed like the look of that Fiesta... id rock one to the max... and higher

So Rod, when you say "every single F1 car from the 2008 season" you mean?.... or are there cars that are out of shot?


I enjoyed the Pistonheads part of the show, but the rest was a bit of a let down. It seems to have lost its edge recently. Loved the Lotus 2-Eleven. Fantastic. The new Reynard looked promising too.

I'm sure I read that you North Americans are going to get the Fiesta


can't wait for pt2


Great stuff as usual, hope to go to the show one day...

"F1 cars seem much larger than they appear on the tele"

It's exactly the opposite... :)


ahh...TVR...the reason why humans created car insurance...great pics, Im LOVING that carerra!


right, this is serious busines


f1- they were all there, but half of them were replica show cars

have you been before Rod? I thought is was very disappointing compared to previous years. much of the same stuff as 2008. and very dew announcements


Yep, Pistonheads.com is another one of my daily visits, first discovered them almost two years ago. I wish I could've been there. TVR FTW! And I do believe we will be getting the Fiesta, something I will be looking forward to. I liken the Fiesta to the true successor of the original Focus as opposed to what is called the Focus in the US. I've driven the current US Focus and there is much lacking compared to the original, and then you get to the looks- yuck. I'm hoping the influx of Euro Fords will help bring Ford into a new age of fun compact cars like the original Focus did.


UGH!!! lol more Honda's please


yeah i love pistonheads i have recently seen a lupo(what i want) dubbed out it looks wicked!!!! if u are ever on pistonheads make sure you have a look through all the pages for some nice dubbed out volkswage lupos!


the vertical strakes on the Ford Focus wing straighten out the airflow, with respect to the wing profile, in order to maintain downforce at higher yaw angles... (without them, they'd lose more downforce when sliding sideways through the forests)