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January 23, 2008

Stars on Show

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Drivers from the BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Championship demonstrate karting at the Autosport International Racing Car Show

 

Jordan King
Max Goff
Macaulay Walsh
Matthew Parry
Robert Gilmour
Tom Ingram
James Appleton
Kenny Andrews
Sarah Moore
Nigel Moore
Alice Powell
Jay Southern
Alex Austin
  In a show of exploding gas cannons, stunning visual effects and thunderous music, an estimated 80,000 people were dazzled, and amazed by the spectacular display.   13 lucky drivers opened the show with a bang. Silencers removed and fitted with lights – an opening of shock and awe, and later they would be introduced as up and coming drivers to look out for in the world of motor sport.

Our thanks go out to all those who took part: True Super Stars you all.

 


 
 

The Autosport International exhibition is the annual event of the motorsport industry. Now in its 19th year, its size has sprawled to cover a massive 13 halls of the Birmingham NEC.

This year, the first year in many, karting made its welcome return to the Live Action Arena. Spurred on by interest in Lewis Hamilton, the up and coming names in the sport were on display.

Coordinating the karting display, BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Clerk of the Course, Peter Jones had this to say; “Our thanks go out to Autosport International for inviting Stars. It’s a fantastic opportunity to spark the imagination of the general public, and boost numbers in karting.”

Stars had been asked to represent karting, which we thought was just a show opener, but later, after much public demand, our drivers were asked if they wanted to go out again. They would go out after interviews with the Autosport Young Drivers, the very next names to look out for in F1.

Backstage the atmosphere was tense, not unlike the start to any other race. The word had gone out “I want dead silence during the tribute to Colin McCrae”. Queued up first, Stars were opening the show; nothing to do in a wait of ten minutes, or so, and dead silent too.

We had done our bit to put on a show. Silencers removed for that louder than hell, pick-axe through the head, angry two-stroke engine noise. Lights as well; lights on the bumpers, neons in the side pods. Loud and bright, shock and awe.

Our stage call was a low deep thunderous rumble. Everyone in their karts, and ready for the off…20 seconds…10 seconds…start your engines…wait…wait…GO GO GO. Lights, Sounds, Action, Karts – all got reeled off like cues from a movie set. This is show business!

Karts explode in to the arena, which had gone from dead, dark silence, to huge flaming gas cannons, laser lights, and thunderous music. We made our mark, a lasting impression on the general public: Karting is awesome!

Commenting on the Live Action, Championship Coordinator, Debbie Sellers said; “I felt quite emotional. It made me feel really proud.”

Autosport is the influential event of the year, and karting is on the minds of many. The star of karting is shining bright. We hope many follow the light.

 


Team Ultimate

 


Super Stars

 


Getting ready

 


Macaulay Walsh

 


Kenny Andrews

 


Sarah Moore

 


James Appleton

 


Tom Ingram

 


Jordan King

 

Super Stars

Enteraining the first 20,000 was exciting, the rest was just the same


The end

Red flag falls on the weeks events

 

 

 



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