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New historic racing display for 2016 Autosport International show

Machinery from Formula 1, Group C and Can-Am sportscar racing and grand prix motorcycles will form a new historic feature at next month's Autosport International show

New historic racing display for 2016 Autosport International show

The When We Were Kings display will showcase the 1970s and 80s at Birmingham's NEC on January 14-17, in association with the Silverstone Classic race meeting.

Motorcycle racing world champions Phil Read and Wayne Gardner will also attend the show, joining the likes of 1996 Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill and dual World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg.

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A two-time premier class world champion and eight-time Isle of Man TT winner, British rider Read starred in the 1970s, while Gardner won the 1987 world motorcycle championship with Honda.

"It's great to have a motorsport event over the winter to get your teeth into," the Australian said.

"I'm going to enjoy chatting to fans and appearing on the central stage to talk about my career and the 500cc Legends Series that I'm heavily involved with now."

The selection of motorcycles on display will include Read's 1976 Suzuki RG500 and Kevin Schwantz's '93 title-winning Suzuki RGV500.

Formula 1 machinery comes in the form of an ex-Ronnie Peterson Lotus 72, while the Richard Lloyd Racing Porsche 956 finished second in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1985 with then-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, James Weaver and Lloyd.

The Can-Am era will be represented by a McLaren M8C and a March 717, with more cars and bikes to be announced over the coming weeks.

Other Autosport International features will include an eight-strong display of cars spanning the history of the Williams Formula 1 team, and the construction of the squad's F1 motorhome.

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