We’ve shared the adventures of Will Spencer, museum owner, and longtime racing partner, Ed Berrier, in the United Kingdom. These two jet-setters got a special treat earlier this month when they got to participate in the 2018 Autosport International Show in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Will was delighted last year to be sent an invitation to participate in the four-day, 2018 show.
In case you’ve never heard about this show, it’s an annual event occurring in the pre-season and covering all areas of motorsport. It covers everything from karting to Formula One as well as both professional and grassroots levels of racing. The show truly caters to the industry and motorsports fans alike. There are two trade-only days for members of the industry and then two days for enthusiasts – where they get to see the fast cars, big stars and live action racing.
This year was the 28th anniversary of the show. Will and Ed attended January 11-14 and took part in the three events that make up the show: the Racing Car Show, the Engineering Show and the Performance Car Show.
Many stars were in attendance but top billing had to go to Formula 1 Legend and 1992 World Champion, Nigel Mansell. To say that attendees were “star-crossed” with people like Mansell, Gil de Ferran, Gordan Sheddan and more making an appearance is an understatement! Will’s good friend, Emanuele Pirro (five-time, 24-hour LeMans winner) was there as well and was able to take the #3 car for a spin. Will and Ed have mad lots of friends at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the past few years, and many of the same people attended this event.
Will and Ed’s Big Adventure
Ed Berrier, who has been in motorsports his entire life, drove the #3 Dow/Winter Olympics Chevy SS. This is a car usually driven by Austin Dillon, one of the grandsons of NASCAR legend Richard Childress. Ed’s experience driving in various NASCAR series for more than three decades was an advantage. The car he drove was wrapped and shipped to Birmingham along with Will’s car, the 1996 #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy Monte Carlo. Bobby Labonte drove the car during the 1996 season, and it is a permanent part of the Winston Cup Museum. While fielded by Will, Labonte himself actually drove it during the show.
Ed and Bobby got to show their driving prowess during a fifty-minute motorsport performance show. In this event, drivers perform a variety of driving demonstrations, including some record-breaking stunts. Many celebrities participated in this show in front of five thousand spectators. Ed and Bobby performed during the grand finale of the show.
“It was a great adventure. We went into it not really knowing what to expect – not knowing what type of exhibition they wanted from us. We had to quickly adapt! It was a race car “Cirque Du Soleil!” shared Will.
The action-packed event drew crowds of more than 95,000 this year – a 12% increase over last year. Will and Ed had a great time…and hope it’s not their last trip to the UK for this amazing annual event.
This highlights video says it all…and it will help you understand why Will and Ed were so excited to be invited to the event this year!