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  • Santa pays a special visit to Ward 1 at Birmingham Children’s Hospital ahead of Christmas
  • Ferrari Teddy bear gifts handed out to children by Santa, after being delivered in a Ferrari GTC4Lusso T
  • Autosport International will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, from 11-14 January 2018*
  • Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers
  • Tickets to the show are available from:

 Autosport International and Ferrari have teamed up with Rays of Sunshine to deliver some Christmas cheer to children at Birmingham Children’s Hospital today.

Santa was on hand to take delivery of a sack full of Ferrari teddy bear gifts for the children from a luxurious and powerful Ferrari GTC4Lusso T, before meeting the children in the hospital’s Renal Unit. Youngsters on Ward 1 were delighted when Santa turned up to pay them a special surprise visit.

After handing out all of the gifts and posing for pictures with the children on the ward, Santa was on hand to take fulfil a few Christmas wishes and show the children around the turbocharged V8 supercar outside. The GTC4Lusso T can go from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds – enough to make make Rudolph look slow. Its V8 produces more than 610 horsepower and was an instant hit with the children as they got to sit in and take a look around the car with father Christmas himself.

The gifts were delivered just in time for the Yuletide period by Emma Walsh – TV personality, singer and social media star. Walsh appeared on reality TV Show Made in Chelsea for season 10 and has a racing license, making her the perfect person to ensure Santa received his gifts on time. She now has a YouTube channel (Miss Emma Walsh) involving cars and lifestyle videos.

The visit came ahead of a busy period for Santa and for the show, as it revs closer towards Birmingham’s NEC next month. Autosport International is set to open for four days from January 11th. Ferrari will be the main feature for 2018 as the Italian marque showcases a range of racing cars from its 488 Challenge all the way through to its celebrated F1 teams machinery.

Kate Woodley, Show Manager for Autosport International said: “We are so happy that Santa could pay the youngsters at Birmingham Children’s Hospital a special visit at what is arguably his busiest time of year. There is surely no better way for his presents to arrive than in a Ferrari, the iconic marque which will be playing a feature role at our show in the New Year. We hope visitors will have as big a smile on their faces at the NEC in January as the children looking around the car today.”

The event is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers.

Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including Autosport International and the annual Autosport Awards.

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Notes to Editors

Autosport International and The Performance Car Show 2018

Autosport International and The Performance Car Show are part of Motorsport Network. The group publishes major automotive and motorsport titles across the globe including, F1 Racing Magazine, and Highlights of Motorsport Network’s extensive global activities can be seen here:

Autosport International 2018 is to be held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, UK on 11-14* January 2018. For more information, visit

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*11-12 January 2018 are dedicated trade-only days.