Lucky Strike BAR Honda driver Jenson Button, who this month won the Autosport British 'Competition Driver of the Year' award, will head an all-star line up from the world of motorsport at the Autosport International on Saturday 10 January at 9am at the NEC, Birmingham.

Button will be taking time out from winter testing duties to officially open the world's greatest motorsport show, while also launching the BAR Pure Racing fan club. Alongside Autosport International's unique F1 grid at the event, will be the BAR motorhome where the team base themselves during the European season.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tour around this motorhome will be available to those who sign up to the fan club while at the show. They will also be automatically entered into a draw to win exclusive prizes from the BAR memorabilia collection.

All members of the fan club will receive the official BAR magazine, Pure Racing, and will be invited to meet the team, drivers and other club members at the annual open day. As members of Pure Racing, they will also have the opportunity to join the Jenson Button Fan Club at a discounted rate.

For three lucky members, there will be the chance to accompany the team at three Grands Prix in the 2004 season. The winners will get to be part of the team for the weekend, working alongside the BAR team at the circuit, giving them unparalleled access and insight into the workings of a top Formula One team.

Commenting on opening the show Button said: "I have been to Autosport International before and could see why so many fans like it - there is a lot to see. I'll be coming up the day before testing kicks off again, so it'll be good to meet everyone and help the team start the year by giving something back to the fans. The 2004 season is going to be very interesting and the show is going to be a good way to get it started!"

Three years ago at the age of 20, Button was the youngest ever driver on the grid for the opening Grand Prix of the 2000 season. 2003 saw the English young gun finishing ninth in the drivers' championship for BAR, a position he will be looking to improve on in 2004.

Book your tickets in advance by calling the ticket hotline on 0870 902 0444 or by booking on line at Adults and children can visit both the show and the British Eurosport Live Action Arena at a cost of ?17 for children under the age of 16 and ?24 for adults. Entry for the show only is ?14 for adults and a special price for children at just ?7.



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