Senna’s F1 cars and more on show at Autosport International 2012


The 2012 Autosport International show has opened today in Birmingham. Here’s a peek at some of the F1 cars on display.

The show features a special collection of cars driven by Ayrton Senna. It includes two Toleman cars from his first F1 season, the McLaren MP4-4 he won his first championship with, and a kart from his pre-F1 years.

If you’re heading to the show on Saturday and Sunday, several of the models in the F1 cars display will be replaced with last year’s cars.

Update: Here’s some more cars from Autosport International including F3 cars raced by Bernie Ecclestone and Stirling Moss.

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49 comments on Senna’s F1 cars and more on show at Autosport International 2012

  1. McLarenFanJamm (@mclarenfanjamm) said on 12th January 2012, 15:53

    Is it only me that finds it odd that the MP4-4 and MP4-8 have had the Marlboro branding removed but it hasn’t been from the M23? Is there a reason for it?

  2. cjpdk (@cjpdk) said on 12th January 2012, 16:48

    The John Player Lotus had the greatest livery of any f1 car ever. Surprising to think it came about because of sponsership

  3. TED BELL said on 12th January 2012, 17:51

    Great collection of cars, so much history and so much change.

  4. Slr (@slr) said on 12th January 2012, 18:15

    I wish teams wouldn’t spray their current liveries on old cars which they’re showing off.

  5. themagicofspeed (@) said on 12th January 2012, 21:30

    Been there today and seen them all in the flesh. They are even more striking in real life than on these pictures. Seeing Senna’s cars, including the actual car he won Donnington ’93 with, is haunting. I have pictures of these and many more cars, including every single F1 car in attendance –

    Dissapointingly, Ferrari, McLaren, Sauber and HRT were missing from the show, but it was nevertheless very, very good. I suspect Ferrari and McLaren did not send cars becuase they are (rightly so) concentrating on their respective 2012 cars. It’s a good lads day out.. if you get my drift, as well… think female models and you get the picture.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th January 2012, 8:26

      @themagicofspeed It seemed to me there was a space for one more car at the current F1 cars display, and given it was towards the front of the display I expect it would be a McLaren or a Ferrari – probably the former.

      • Elliot Horwood said on 14th January 2012, 21:21

        (not a knockoff honda earth 2007 car with current Mercedes livery like the “MGP002″)

  6. deanmachine (@deanmachine) said on 12th January 2012, 23:46

    Argh! So annoyed I couldn’t go! Really hope I can make it there next year.

  7. Eastman (@eastman) said on 13th January 2012, 0:37

    Damn that ’87 Lotus has to be one of my favorite cars ever. Senna’s striking yellow ride is still absolutely beautiful. If only I could hear it roar in person. Great pictures.

  8. gDog (@gdog) said on 13th January 2012, 6:09

    Attn all sydneysiders. This might be old news,but just in case its not. Theres some form of mclaren f1 car on oriordan st. I just flew past it in a taxi on the way to the airport. Didnt get a good look but i’d say it was 1994 to 2004 vintage. Its in the middle of all the dealers there. Will check it out when i’m back in town. Depending how long its been there its probably visible on street view.

  9. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 13th January 2012, 8:24

    Here’s some more cars from Autosport International including F3 cars raced by Bernie Ecclestone and Stirling Moss.

  10. clay (@clay) said on 13th January 2012, 14:01

    I have to say that of all the current liveries the STR is my favourite, excepting the 2010 Renault yellow livery. That dark blue, gold nose and red highlights looks way better than the somewhat bland RBR livery. Plus I always liked the shark fin… shame it got banned. In my mind the 2009 cars with the clean aero, shark fins and shorter length (when refuelling was still allowed) are the best looking of the last 5-10 years. But how good do Senna’s cars look in those pics!

  11. Adam (@adjames) said on 14th January 2012, 20:33

    Having just returned from the show, I can confirm that the MP4-26 is indeed on the F1 grid!
    Also, who knows what the car the ‘RB7′ actually is- anybody notice the shark fin?!

  12. Elliot Horwood said on 14th January 2012, 21:08

    Just got back from the show – was brilliant! :D Loved seeing all the cars, NOT the FAKE F1 cars with painted livary e.g the MGP002 or something like that, but enjoyed it. even got to shake Jake Humphrey and David Coulthards hand!

  13. Don Mateo (@don-mateo) said on 15th January 2012, 16:56

    It doesn’t bother me that much that teams send showcars along to these things, I can understand why it might not be possible or desirable to have the very latest model on display at a public event, especially when other teams are present as well.

    However, the thing that’s annoyed me about the photos above is that they label the show cars as the 2011 designs, and hope no-one will notice that they’ve just painted a new livery on a car that in some cases is clearly pre-2009, and doesn’t look anything like the car it’s meant to represent.

    I wish they’d just be honest and either say what the car actually is or just label it as a showcar, instead of insulting fans’ intelligence.

    • Adam (@adjames) said on 16th January 2012, 10:49

      Agreed! I don’t even mind when wings are chopped and changed too much. However, when teams try to pass off, for example, a Red Bull with a shark fin that obviously has no DRS (except for the button on the steering wheel!) as last years model, I find it extremely insulting. Respect your fans and be honest!

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