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Chelsea AutoLegends
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4 Septembre: Chelsea AutoLegends au Royal Hospital Chelsea

04/09/2011 from 09:00 to 15:00

Where better to celebrate the Swinging Sixties than at Chelsea AutoLegends - an event that’s staged within a Gordon Banks punt of the trendy King's Road, the fashion heart of the lovingly remembered hippy chic era.

This year’s Chelsea AutoLegends will be turning back the clocks fifty years.  It will be marking the golden anniversary with special displays dedicated to some of the iconic race and road cars that were all the rage in swinging London, as the drab post war years of the Forties and Fifties were swept aside by a far happier decade that spawned flower power, the Beatles plus, of course, the mini skirt. The Sixties were all about fun with the UK – and notably Chelsea – leading the world in fashion, design and pop music.

As well as a World Cup winning national soccer team, the fun-loving decade also spawned four British F1 World Champions: Jim Clark, Graham Hill, John Surtees and Jackie Stewart who raced British built cars from legendary marques such as Cooper, BRM, Lotus and Brabham. Many of these revered grand prix machines will be reliving their glory years at Chelsea AutoLegends, along with some of the heroic drivers who raced them.

Away from the race track, the British motor industry was forging ahead with trend-setting new models such as the Austin Mini and Jaguar E-Type – two of most iconic cars of any generation and regular King's Road cruisers.

The groovy Swinging Sixties theme will run through the whole show, and will add a very special new dimension to Chelsea AutoLegends in 2011. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…

Gates open 10am - 4pm

Le Mans display

A dazzling display of celebrated Le Mans cars will once again be one of the star attractions at this summer’s Chelsea AutoLegends.

As part of the event’s Swinging Sixties theme, this year’s grid will feature many of the GT road racers that dominated the world’s most famous sportscar race during that era.

Following the successes of Jaguar and Aston Martin in the late Fifties, Ferrari came to the fore in the early Sixties notching up six straight Le Mans victories between 1960 and 1965. Several of the Prancing Horse’s most esteemed racers from the period, including 250LM and 275P chargers, will be gracing the Royal Hospital Chelsea’s delightful South Grounds in September.

Lining up alongside all these fabulous V12 propelled Ferraris will be a host of Ford GT40s – the low-slung racer that deposed the Italians and dominated at Le Mans during the second half of the decade.

The story goes that Henry Ford II was desperate to win the French classic and, having failed in his attempts to buy all-conquering Ferrari, set about creating his own sports car to topple the men from Maranello. To that end Ford commissioned British-based Lola to design a V8 powered Ferrari beater. The result was the legendary GT40, one of the most distinguished competition cars in the history of long distance competition. And a four-time Le Mans winner.

The Patrons

Taking full advantage of the Swinging Sixties theme, this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends will pay homage to some of ‘The Patrons’ who played such a major role at the forefront of motor sport during that evocative decade.

Back then it was possible for wealthy individuals and keen businessmen to buy fully competitive machinery, hire top class drivers and compete against the factory teams on an almost level playing field.

Rob Walker was, perhaps, the most famous and successful of these prominent privateers – not least as he entered his cars in the distinctive dark blue and white livery of his native Scotland. The Johnnie Walker whisky heir founded his own team, and remains to this day the first and last entrant to win an F1 grand prix without ever building a car of his own. The first of these victories came when Stirling Moss – a driver linked closely to Walker – won the Argentine GP racing a Cooper-Climax; the last came when Jo Siffert won the 1968 British Grand Prix driving Walker’s own Lotus 49.

Other famed Patrons of the Sixties include Guildford garage owner John Coombs and Colonel Ronnie Hoare. Coombs entered Ferraris and Jaguars for many of the biggest names including Mike Hawthorn, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill while Hoare was the UK’s first official Ferrari distributor and another enthusiastic and hugely successful private entrant.

The full list of The Patrons being celebrated at the 2011 Chelsea AutoLegends will be announced shortly.

Jaguar E-Type

This year’s Chelsea AutoLegends will be celebrating the golden anniversary of one of Britain’s most famous and iconic sports cars: the fabulous Jaguar E-Type.

Launched 50 years ago in 1961, the legendary Jaguar remains one of the most elegant and revered high performance cars of all time. With its Le Mans pedigree, 150+mph top speed, stunning styling and affordable price tag, the E-Type took the world by storm and encapsulates the true free spirit of the Swinging Sixties.

To mark its milestone 50th birthday, a selection of important road and racing E-Types will be one of the major attractions at Chelsea AutoLegends.

Showground Cars

This year’s Chelsea AutoLegends will be celebrating the golden anniversary of one of Britain’s most famous and iconic sports cars: the fabulous Jaguar E-Type.

Launched 50 years ago in 1961, the legendary Jaguar remains one of the most elegant and revered high performance cars of all time. With its Le Mans pedigree, 150+mph top speed, stunning styling and affordable price tag, the E-Type took the world by storm and encapsulates the true free spirit of the Swinging Sixties.

To mark its milestone 50th birthday, a selection of important road and racing E-Types will be one of the major attractions at Chelsea AutoLegends.

Super Cars

Supercars may be nothing special to residents in SW3, but the comprehensive line up of the latest high performance roadsters at last year’s Chelsea AutoLegends was something even for the locals to behold.

Bugatti Veyrons aren’t commonplace even in up-market Chelsea, but one was on pole position at the event alongside a fantastic grid of contemporary classics. The impressive line up of exotics included a Pagani Zonda plus all the latest offerings from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and many of the other highly desirable top marques.

It will be the same pulsating story in 2011. Among the supercars already confirmed is the remarkable SuperSport version of the Bugatti Veyron. With its uprated 1,184 horsepower engine plus revised aerodynamics, the incredible SuperSport is the world’s fastest production car with a timed top speed of 267mph.

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Event's details

  • Age group: Everyone
  • Price: Advance tickets are £15 for adults and £10 for 12-16 year olds, on the door tickets are £20 for both, and under 12 year olds can come for free.
  • Website: http://www.chelseaautolegends.com/

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