Get karting at this year’s Autosport International

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, October 25th, 2009

 
 

The Karting Show is set to return to the NEC in Birmingham in January when it will form part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Autosport International.

A one-stop shop for all you need to get started in the sport, it offers a reminder that karting is a rewarding and budget-friendly activity for racers of all ages, and not just a route to greater things.

Karting has featured at the show from the very beginning and this year organisers Haymarket Exhibitions will once more offer MSA licence-holders aged under 16 complimentary entry to the show on public days.

Whether visitors are career-orientated, or in it for fun, they can find out about championships, manufacturers and teams all under one roof.

Expert advice and the best karting equipment will be on offer while the cream of British karting talent is slated to be in attendance alongside members of the world’s motorsport elite.

Notable names in karting are already booked for the January showcase, including Formula Kart Stars, the British Superkart Association and NatSKA.

Motorsport World also returns as the official kart circuit operator for the fourth consecutive year. Running throughout all four days, visitors can get their winter motorsport fix or try their hand at karting for the first time for £10 for 10 minutes of track time.

Motorsport World’s Kevin O’Malley said: “It’s not an easy task to uproot part of our Rye House operation and transplant it into the NEC for four days – it’s a massive logistical challenge.

“But to see the popularity of the track and hundreds of people racing around on it every year is more than enough reward. That’s our aim – to attract more people into the sport.

“It’s vital that karting has a presence at Autosport International – it helps to raise the profile of the sport.”

This year’s Autosport International is expected to attract more than 79,000 people, including more than 26,000 motorsport trade buyers generating £400 million worth of motorsport business throughout all four days.

The 2009 Autosport International Show stretched across one million square feet of the Birmingham venue, making it the largest motorsport exhibition in the world.

The exhibition is open to the public on Saturday January 16 and Sunday January 17. Adult tickets start at £29 per day, with children’s tickets costing from £14.50. MSA licence holders under 16 qualify for a complimentary weekend day ticket, when accompanied by a paying adult, by booking in advance.

To book visit www.autosport-international.com or call 0844 579 3188.

For further ticket information and to keep up-to-date with the latest Karting Show news and information visit www.thekartingshow.com.

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