About the show
Historic Motorsport International is a dynamic new exhibition dedicated to and celebrating historic motorsport. Reflecting the UK's leading role in the world of historic motorsport and rallying, Historic Motorsport International will provide a platform for engineers and preparers, event organisers, clubs, promoters and suppliers.
Historic Motorsport International will include the inaugural Historic Motorsport Conference. Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Henry Hope-Frost, the conference programme will cover a variety of topics including the use of technology, driving standards and sponsorship.
There will be 100 race cars for sale at specialist dealers. Other exhibitors will include motorsport clubs, governing bodies, officials, sponsors and media owners. Historic Motorsport International takes place at ExCeL London from 23-26 February and ticket holders can also gain access to The London Classic Car Show which runs alongside it. Please note that this will be after 3pm on Thursday 23 February and during the opening hours of the event on other days.
Historic Motorsport International will provide a dynamic platform for design and training professionals, race car dealers, event and series organisers, promoters, suppliers, media and retailers. It will showcase your organisation's products, services and expertise to an interested and actively buying international audience. Held alongside the London Classic Car Show in a dedicated hall, Historic Motorsport International offers targeted sales and business opportunities with scale and vitality from the outset.
Join an impressive range of exhibitors and sponsors including Cosworth, BRM Chronograph, Taylor & Crawley, Duncan Hamilton & Co, Motor Racing Legends, The Classic Sports Car Club, Dunlop Motorsport and many more coming together to do business at Historic Motorsport International. Contact us now to discuss participation opportunities tailored to your business objectives, strategy and budget.
Why the ring races are needed
In the early days of motorbike development, competitions were held to see the weaknesses of the machinery in a short space of time. A few days of racing helped to reveal defects that in normal use would be revealed years later. Circuit racing allowed engineers to improve braking systems, stability, handling and roadholding. Subsequently, experimental techniques in laboratory conditions emerged, but motorbike racing continued to reach more and more people.
Where it all started
Motorbike road-ring racing was born in Europe. In 1902, the Belgian Automobile Club organised a series of circuit races, which gave rise to all subsequent races on a closed road course of limited length with multiple laps. By then motorbikes were already taking part in speed events. Some of the first championships were the International Cup organised by France and the Tourist Trophy race organised by England. After World War I, the motorbike clubs of many European countries organised the annual Grand Prix road race. Since 1949 the FIM has organised the annual MotoGP World Road Racing Championship. In the early twentieth century, motorbike racing became very popular in Europe. When the British government banned motorbike racing, it began on the Isle of Man, thus the Isle of Man TT races were born. The first race was held on 28 May 1907 and attracted around 25 competitors. The TT is considered the most dangerous of all motorbike races, as it takes place not on a track but on ordinary asphalt. The road runs between houses and has steep bends, where riders can hit a concrete wall or a fence at any time. In the 100 years of the race's existence, 234 riders have died, and since the beginning of this year there have already been three deaths