Wiltshire College attracts hoards of visitors at Autosport International show

By Anita Jaynes on January 01, 2014

Staff and students based at Wiltshire College’s purpose-built centre at Castle Combe enjoyed a busy and productive four days at the biggest motorsport show in Europe.

The Autosport International Show, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham from January 9-12, is the annual pre-season network event that covers all areas of motorsport from karting to Formula 1.

It features two trade days and two days for the public and this year headlining the supercar presence was the new Aston Martin Vanquish, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Jaguar XKRS GT, McLaren 12C GT Sprint and Telsa Model S.

The event gives those attending the chance to meet business professionals as well as delight motor enthusiasts.

It is divided into dedicated areas including autosport engineering, the trade and technical area, main display and feature hall, careers in motorsport, historic motorsport and the performance car show.

Wiltshire College had a stand at the show for the entire event and spoke to visitors and prospective students about the courses they offer and showcased their winning Formula Ford race car which is being driven this year by Ben Norton.

Dave Iles, who is the curriculum manager for Motorsport Engineering, said: “The show was really good and we had a lot of interest.

“We had strong enquiries about our Motorsport courses and also a lot of employer interest in providing placements for students, together with employment opportunities.”

For more information on the courses offered by Wiltshire College visit: www.wiltshire.ac.uk/courses/