Autosport International is to pay tribute to the outstanding career of triple F1 world champion Ayrton Senna with a display of his iconic race cars at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC), UK, on 12-15 January 2012, it has been confirmed.
Passion for the Brazilian legend has been reignited this year with the release of the documentary movie on Senna's life, which clinched the World Cinema Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Autosport International's tribute will feature four of Senna's most successful F1 cars: the 1988 McLaren MP 4/4 that powered him to his first World Championship, the McLaren MP 4/8 that Senna famously steered to victory in the rain at the 1993 European Grand Prix, the Toleman TG 183B from his debut F1 season and his 1987 Monaco Grand Prix winning Lotus Honda 99T.
The display will also showcase some of the machinery that launched Senna's international career, including a 1982 Formula Ford 2000 and the D.A.P/Parilla kart from his 1980 Karting World Championship campaign.
“Ayrton Senna is a motorsport icon. Following the success of the documentary film released about him earlier this year, it seemed appropriate to honour the man held close in the hearts of so many racing fans,” said Autosport International Show Director Ian France.
“With such a fantastic array of vehicles from his racing roots to the height of his 1 career, the display will be a special experience for motorsport fans.”
In addition to classic Senna machinery, Autosport International 2012 will feature, as usual, contemporary Grand Prix cars on the F1 Racing Grid.
Show visitors will also have the opportunity to meet their favourite F1 stars, such as Force India's Paul Di Resta and BBC
F1 television personalities Jake Humphrey and David Coulthard.