Something for everyone at the third Chelsea AutoLegends

Date: 
28th August 2012

Chelsea AutoLegends, the unique London celebration of stylish automotive and motorsport heritage at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, is back for its third year in 2012. The event will take place on Sunday 2nd September and is expected to see more than 500 collectors’ cars, motorcycles and racing vehicles on display in the iconic grounds of the Grade I listed building.
 
Themes this year include London Cool and Stars’ Cars, as well as Le Mans and Formula 1 celebration tributes. In addition, successful female motorsport protagonists will be the centre of attention at the Castrol Women in Motorsport feature, supported by HR Owen, while the Restoration Corner and Techno Park initiatives will concentrate on the past and future of the automotive world, respectively. 
  
Chelsea AutoLegends is organised by F1 competitor and motorcycle championship winner Max Wakefield, fourteen-time Le Mans entrant Robin Donovan, historic racing pro James Wood and founder Michael Scott.  
 
Wakefield comments: “From Formula One down, Britain houses some of the best engineers and builders of race-cars and race businesses in the world. The industry creates employment for both practical and academic minds, for individual craftsmen and multimillion pound companies. Our brilliance in this field should be shouted from the rooftops and heard by the many – and, where better to do this than the capital city and The Royal Hospital?”
 
Derek will attend the Friday night dinner and the event on Sunday, he has also been invited to act as patron for the enhanced 2012 Le Mans Pit Lane feature and commented on last year's event saying: “What a fantastic show! I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many Le Mans cars in one place before outside France,” going onto say "I'm delighted to be the Le Mans patron for this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends. The event is supporting the Royal Hospital and Walking with the Wounded.  As a racing driver, I have the greatest respect for British soldiers, their commitments and the sacrifices they make. Do your best, bring the family, it's a great day out."
 
New for this year is the Technology Park feature; this will look at latest technological innovations from an automotive and motorsport perspective. Former Science Minister Lord Paul Drayson has agreed to be patron of the ‘Techno Park’, noting:
 
"I'm thrilled to be chosen as patron of this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends 'Techno Park' feature. The UK automotive and motorsport industries continue to be a leading force globally and the ‘Techno Park’ is a wonderful way to showcase our expertise to a wider audience. As a nation, we have some of the world’s most talented engineers and events like Chelsea AutoLegends not only promote the exciting work that is putting the UK at the forefront of automotive innovation but also help to inspire the next generation of engineers.”
 
For the latest updates or to purchase tickets for the event, visit www.chelseaautolegends.com, follow Chelsea AutoLegends on Twitter @ChelseaAutoLgds or join the conversations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChelseaAutoLegends

Event Timetable:

10.00am:         Show opens
10.15am:         Italian Exotica Display
10.30am:         HR Owen Women in Motorsport Parade
11.30am          Chelsea AutoLegends Supercar Rally
1.30pm            ACE Café Ride of Respect
2.30pm            Gumball Rally

4.00pm:           Show closes

Event Highlights 

  • Extensive rally car collection – including the Michele Mouton Pikes Peak Audi Quattro and the Harri Toivonen Metro 6R4, the Paddy Hopkirk 1964 Mini Cooper, the Richard Burns Subaru Impreza WRC99…
  • Techno Park feature – supported by the Motorsport Industry Association, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Drayson Racing Technologies and showcasing the world’s first all-electric racing car, the Bloodhound SSC, Jet Reaction motorbike and a series of Formula Student cars…
  • Women in Motorsport feature – sponsored by HR Owen, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the BWRDC and featuring Jodie Kidd, Aurora Eastwood, Annalese Ferrari, Helen Bashford-Malkie, Liz Halliday, Carolynn Hoy, Cat Lund, Lorina McLaughlin, Sarah Reader, Gail Hill, Georgie Shaw, Zoe Wenham…
  • HR Owen supercars – including the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Ferraris, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces…
  • Le Mans – including the Strakka Racing Team, the Brabham Aston Martin DBR9 GT1, the 1982 and 1983 winning Rothmans Porsche 956, the Drayson all-electric prototype, the 2003 winning Bentley Speed 8, a few 1920s Bentleys, the Harrods McLaren F1 GTR that Derek Bell and team brought home 3rd in 1995…
  • Ferraris – including David Piper’s rare Ferrari 365 P2 and the Cottingham 1956 500 TRC restoration…
  • F1 celebration – including the Benetton B192 that Michael Schumacher drove to his first F1 victory in 1992, the Benetton B190-4 that Nelson Piquet drove in 1990 and the 2012 Marussia F1 Team car…
  • Dragsters – including the Santa Pod Raceway Top Fuel Dragster, the Santa Pod Raceway Funny Car, and Europe’s first ever drag racer the 1961 Allard Chrysler…
  • The Polar 4x4 car that attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest drive across the South Pole in June 2012
  • The Bugatti Veyron Art car – Pop Bang BugARTi – which was unveiled at Wilton House earlier this summer…
  •  Movie car collection – Steve McQueen ‘Bullet’ Mustang, ‘The Persuaders’ Aston Martin, James Bond Lotus Espirit and Goldfinger Rolls Royce…

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