In support of charity Walking with the Wounded, more than 500 classic and contemporary vehicles roared into the Chelsea AutoLegends Festival on 2 September. Held for the third consecutive year at the Royal Hospital Chelsea and attracting more than 10,000 visitors, the events had four themes: 70s cool, cars of the stars, Le Mans and Formula 1, while the 50th anniversary of the British Women Racing Drivers Club was celebrated with a supercar convoy.
A new addition this year was the Techno Park, an analysis of the automotive industry’s future, with a nod to British innovation and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers informing younger visitors about careers in motorsport and engineering. Some of the sports cars on display included those from Marussia, Benetton, Bentley, Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Maserati and Bugatti.
Chelsea AutoLegends organiser Max Wakefield commented: “Each year, we get bigger and better and we had to turn away some really fantastic vehicles, such was the quality of the cars and bikes we already had on show. I was able to talk to some of the visitors and have been assured that the 2013 event is already in their diaries.” Next year’s event will mark the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini and the 110th anniversary of Harley Davidson.
Pictured: Do they have one in red? Chelsea Pensioners at the Chelsea AutoLegends show