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Author Topic: Autosport International 2009  (Read 29991 times)

Offline Scott

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #30 on: December 18, 2008, 11:36:46 AM »
I'm coming in on Saturday around lunchtime.  I'll go to the AIS on Sunday instead since my day will be too short to do the AIS and karting.  Is anyone else going on Sunday to the AIS that I can meet up with, or are you all going on Saturday?

Any hints about what to do or where to go while there would be great.  Tips on the show would be great too, from someone who has been there before.

If anyone is grabbing an early meal before the karting, I'd be up for that too.
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Offline Slugger

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #31 on: December 18, 2008, 11:14:40 PM »
I might not be able to take part in the karting as I am nursing a kidney stone and thanks to the typically useless nhs it's likely that still nothing will have been done about it by then. I will more than likely still come along though.

Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2008, 12:25:58 AM »
I'm really sorry to hear that, Slugger. Hope the NHS sorts itself out and gives you the treatment you deserve soon.
Percussus resurgio
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Offline Slugger

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #33 on: December 19, 2008, 08:29:43 AM »
Thanks Ali, me too. This has been going on since August now :(

Offline Neil.P

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #34 on: December 19, 2008, 04:23:49 PM »
I dunno Sluggs, what we gonna do with you eh? :DntKnw: :D

Scotty, I won't be going to the autosport show itself, so I'll be able to meet up before hand for some food. I'll try and find out what places there are to eat near the karting venue. Perhaps a couple of the others would like to meet beforehand too?

Neil.P

Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #35 on: December 19, 2008, 09:01:36 PM »
I'm not very well acquainted with Birmingham's eateries, since I've only been to that city twice. The first time was for Autosport 2007 and I never got further in than the NEC. The other time was for the Library and Information Show the same year, and all I know from that is that the bus service is extremely confusing...

It's worth saying that the bar will be open after the karting, if that helps any.
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Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #36 on: December 19, 2008, 09:19:30 PM »
As for tips on the show itself:

- If travelling by car, budget £8 for parking. It's yucky but essential.

- Also if travelling by car, get there early. Some of the parking is over half a mile from the venue, and Autosport is one of the most popular events the NEC holds.

- Take everything out of the car that you want for the show before entering. It's a long way to that car...

- If travelling by train, buy tickets at least a week in advance and leave plenty of time at Birmingham New Street for transferring between platforms. It's got 16 of the horrors...

- Do not use buses in Birmingham. They are a false economy.

- The opening is at 9am; you'll kick yourself if you're late. If you're early, you may see me with my dad having a pre-event snack (assuming the trains don't mess up).

- It's not actually necessary to get in that giant queue; it'll disperse within 90 seconds of the gates opening and then you'll be able to relaxedly

- Get a map, either by printing out the enormous one on the website (or at least there was one there before I went in 2007) or by getting a Gold/Paddock Pass ticket and using the tiny map in the booklet. Note that the booklet is on a lanyard.

- Get a Gold/Paddock Pass ticket anyway, because that will allow you into the driver signature sessions and grant you access to the standing area for any live show (not just the one you booked for). Plus it's only £5 more expensive.

- Give the Platinum Pass a miss unless you're made of money and need to socialise with people in a similar state of construction.

- Bring your own packed lunch, drinks and snacks. They do not frown on food being brought in from outside and the food in the venue is pricey. There is a reasonably clear bit of wall on the wall opposite the entrance in the venue. Alternatively, plan to go to the 12:30pm live action arena event and eat your lunch in a seat watching fast cars whizzing around.

- Backpacks are an excellent investment, especially for those bringing their own sustenance.

- Do not expect discount merchandise. There is very little of it.

- Go to the academic areas first; not because you actually want to study anything, but so that you can get enough bags to carry home all the leaflets you are likely to pick up.

- Alternatively, bring your own (strong) bags from home, and then when you enter the venue, turn left and keep going until you walk into the F1 Racing stand (which is typically at the far left of the show). This will help you get your bearings on the place.

- The driver signing area is close to the F1 Racing stand.

- Despite all preparations, prepare to get lost at least once. I still can't remember off the top of my head how to get to the Live Action Arena (there are at least two routes, one of which is reserved for Platinum Pass holders, possibly due to that being the route to the canapés).

- There was a kart track you could practise on the year I went. You may consider it worth the queuing to get a couple of laps practise on it prior to the competition if you are not very confident and don't mind standing in line for ages.

- The main featured display (which I think is the David Coulthard Museum this year) is often found at the opposite side of the show to the F1 Racing stand. Get a strong pair of legs, or bring some sort of support with you.

- If travelling by train to the karting, leave before 5pm and preferably at 4:30pm. You'll need time to walk to the train station.

- If you visit the National section, bring earplugs. It's almost as noisy as the Live Action Arena.

- Some of the activities change every year. I did a blog entry on the 2007 event if you want a detailed sample of what the event is like.
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Offline Scott

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #37 on: December 19, 2008, 10:03:08 PM »
No car, no worries there.

Thanks for the train tip - I probably would have just waited until I got there - I'll get the tickets shortly.

I won't be at the AIS for Saturday - I get in too late, but I'm going straight downtown, so I won't be late for the racing.

I have a "Paddock" pass, but it's not the platinum (doesn't say gold either, though).  They mention the lanyard, so I guess it's the right one.  If not, can I upgrade it at the door do you think?

Good tip on the snacks - and I'm booked for the 12:30 show, so I know where I'll be having lunch  :D

I'll print out your descriptions for the rest and take it with me to the show.

I hope I won't need the practice, so I'll skip the long wait for a go-kart ride  >:D 

Thanks so much Ali - it should be great fun.  It'll be great to meet up with you all.


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Offline Slugger

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #38 on: December 19, 2008, 10:39:32 PM »
I dunno Sluggs, what we gonna do with you eh? :DntKnw: :D

Scotty, I won't be going to the autosport show itself, so I'll be able to meet up before hand for some food. I'll try and find out what places there are to eat near the karting venue. Perhaps a couple of the others would like to meet beforehand too?

Neil.P

I know mate i'm falling apart. I'll be able to meet up before hand.

Offline Neil.P

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #39 on: December 19, 2008, 11:41:05 PM »
Good one sluggs :good:

Neil.P

Offline cosworth151

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #40 on: December 20, 2008, 12:35:58 PM »
I hope that you take some pix of yourselves there and post them for us Colonials to see! :good:
“You can search the world over for the finer things, but you won't find a match for the American road and the creatures that live on it.”
― Bob Dylan

Offline Alianora La Canta

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #41 on: December 23, 2008, 08:36:19 PM »
I have a "Paddock" pass, but it's not the platinum (doesn't say gold either, though) {ScottyD - 4 comments ago}

Gold and Paddock are interchangeable (the term they use changes depending on the year). That's good, because I think that's the best-value ticket for the event.

You're very welcome about the advice.

It wouldn't surprise if there were pictures, and I believe Sidepodcast are going to live comment the event (the karting, that is, not Autosport as a whole) - more details closer to the time.
Percussus resurgio
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Offline Neil.P

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #42 on: December 25, 2008, 02:13:07 PM »
Ali, I've talked someone else in to doing the karting. Are there still spaces?

Neil.P

Offline Scott

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #43 on: December 25, 2008, 07:39:05 PM »
Aw Neil, that's really too bad.  I was looking forward to beating meeting you.

Seriously, it will be too bad if you miss it.  Maybe the trial will be a short one and you can still make it.
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Offline Neil.P

Re: Autosport International 2009
« Reply #44 on: December 25, 2008, 11:23:14 PM »
I think I may have worded that a bit wrong Scotty, I'm still coming plus I've got another person who wants to come now. Sorry about that.

Neil.P

 


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