Not one to start the year moaning about being overweight due to festive excess, or dreading that first Monday back at the work, this year’s motorsport season gets underway in traditional fashion at Autosport International, with the usual collection of fast cars, quick drivers, lycra, and everything in-between.

Along with over 80,000 public and trade members alike, Badger GP is as ever present at the NEC in Birmingham, scoping out what’s what. Here’s our top five highlights of this years show.

The F1 grid of F1 cars. From F1.

As with every year at ASI, this year sees F1 Racing compile a grid of 2014 F1 cars from each of the now 9 teams, allowing snooping cameras and drooling fans to get just about as close as is humanly possible to offices of the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. In typical form however, there are some discretions- someone might want to tell Williams that melting a fridge down into a ‘2014’ nose for it’s show car doesn’t quite suffice, for example…

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Broom Broom Brabham

Not content with taking the sport by storm with its recently launched ‘Project Brabham’, the team name also appears on the side of a number of Autosport’s vintage collection this weekend, such as Nelson Piquet’s 1981 Brabham-Ford BT49. Big fever.

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Here, there, and everywhere: BTCC Fever

Probably the most prominent series at the show is the British Touring Car Championship, with a number of teams and drivers choosing the 4-day show to announce their plans for the season ahead. This year sees 2013 champion Andrew Jordan announce his switch to the Triple Eight Racing MG outfit, whilst Infiniti’s foray into the sport breaks cover for the first time. No confirmation of Daniel Ricciardo or Daniil Kvyat joining the team yet, though.

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Possibly the greatest Go-Kart ever

One of the show’s most interesting areas is the collection of creations from universities and colleges from across the UK, with students and professors unleashing their inner ten-year old child through some of the mad exhibits on show. This year’s ‘most clinically insane’ award goes to Brunel University London for their utterly bonkers go-kart interpretation. A big rear wing and big front wing means big downforce to keep the thing planted as it launches whoever dares enter it from 0-75mph in 4.1 seconds. We like, we want. A lot.

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A 4×4 Ariel Atom. Yes, that says 4×4.

Even the established car companies among the racing teams can’t escape the occasional moment of madness. Such is the case with Ariel’s brand new 4×4 Nomad. Essentially, it’s an Ariel Atom that’s been hitting the weights in the Somerset shed the English manufacturer operates out of. Despite it’s size, it’ll still do 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds, whilst driving over pretty much whatever stands in its way while it’s at it.

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Are you at the show this weekend? Do you have your own personal favourites? Let us know!