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Sidepodcast Diaries 12 - International history - A trip down memory lane for Sidepodcast at Autosport International

Published by Christine

Ahead of the fifth Sidepodcast outing to Autosport International, Christine takes a look at past experiences in Birmingham.


Christine: Welcome to Sidepodcast Diaries. The last show got a lot of YouTube comments suggesting the video would flow much better if I took my top off. Now here at Sidepodcast we take feedback very seriously, so here goes. [Takes off jacket] Now we've got that out the way, let's get started.

This weekend we're going to Birmingham for our fifth Autosport International. Having been to the trade show four times already, I wondered what else there could possibly be for us to look at, but then I read some news about who was going to be there, and that was my answer. [Franck] While I was thinking about our history at the show, it ocurred to me that each year we go with a different objective.

The first year we went, in 2005, we were brand new, we didn't know what to expect, and we realised our camera was really bad. [Blurry photo of DC] Our mission for 2006 was simple - get a better picture of David Coulthard. Thankfully, we'd upgraded our camera over the summer, so that objective was easy. [Better photo of DC]

2007 was all about the girls. I don't know why but that year the show floor was littered with pretty girls posing and draping themselves over cars. If you take a look at our Flickr group for that show, you can see there was only one thing we wanted to take pictures of. Last year we tested out our mobile recording equipment by doing a podcast in the restaurant, as you do. Other than that, I was just interested in picking up anything and everything I could find for free. [Photo of tat]

This year I've been banned from picking up anything because our bags were just too heavy. It's even been branded as tat in Sidepodcast Towers. Now I don't know about you, but I can't believe this lovely picture of the Kumho Girls could be called tat, it's signed and everything. I won't be getting one of those this year because we've been tasked with taking as many pictures as we can ourselves instead of picking up ones that already exist. Oh well.

Nevertheless, it should be fun. We're going on Saturday, so if you're there, keep an eye out for us and say hi. If you're not there, don't worry, we'll be back on Sunday to tell you all about it. Stay tuned to for all the coverage.