Autosport International has revealed a first look at the 2016 Autosport Stage, which will feature the incredible Williams Martini Racing motorhome, as part of a major celebration of the famous British Formula One team at the 14-17 January event.
Never before constructed outside of a racing circuit, the eight metre tall motorhome will make for an incredible sight as part of the revamped Autosport Stage, remaining in place for the duration of Autosport International.
Bringing a real slice of Formula One paddock atmosphere to the NEC, it will offer unprecedented fan engagement and a real focal point for a unique celebration of Williams, which will tell the story of Sir Frank Williams’ racing company from past to present.
Autosport International will play host to a selection of Williams’ most iconic Formula One cars at the show, running from the very first Williams-Ford FW06 of 1978 to the latest Williams-Mercedes FW37 of 2015. The collection will be one of the largest gatherings of Williams Formula One cars away from Grove. Full details of this line-up will be revealed in the coming weeks.
The revamped stage will feature a host of famous faces from the world of motorsport, including exciting interviews with Williams drivers and team members from throughout Williams’ history.
As well as interactive features focusing on Williams’ F1 exploits, visitors will also get an insight into the world of Williams Advanced Engineering, the division that transfers technology from Formula One to market sectors as diverse as defence and renewable energy.
Williams Advanced Engineering has completed many high profile projects recently, including supplying all batteries to the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship. In addition, visitors will be able to learn about Williams Heritage, the team’s historic racing division, which restores and fully supports Williams racing cars for private owners.
Claire Williams, Williams Martini Racing Deputy Team Principal, said: “We’re really excited to be such a major part of Autosport International and constructing our motorhome next to the new Autosport Stage will make for an incredible sight. The show will be a great opportunity for people to learn all about Williams and be a great chance for people to soak up some Formula One atmosphere away from the circuit.”
Anthony Rowlinson, Group Editor – Motorsport at Haymarket Media Group said: “We’re privileged to have Williams Martini Racing playing such a huge part in Autosport International this year. With the full motorhome and a selection of its most famous racing cars in attendance, it’s something you just can’t miss.”
Ian France, Autosport International show director said: “Autosport International 2016 is certainly shaping up to be one of the best yet, especially with the revamped Autosport stage with Williams Martini Racing at its heart. For fans of Formula One there’s rarely an opportunity to have this kind of access to the cars and the people behind them.”