Stirling Moss to open the inaugural Chelsea AutoLegends
Sir Stirling Moss OBE will open this year’s inaugural Chelsea AutoLegends, an exciting new automotive extravaganza to be staged in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Sunday 5 September.
Britain’s best-loved and most famous racing driver – and London Mayfair resident – made his competition comeback at last weekend’s Silverstone Classic after an accident at home in March that left him with two broken ankles and four chipped vertebrae. Now the 80-year-old racing legend is looking forward to launching the greatest collection of competition and performance cars that the capital has ever hosted, and also helping to raise funds for the Chelsea Pensioners.
“It’s wonderful and exciting that London, one of the greatest cities in the World, finally has a high-class car motoring event – and about time too,” says Moss. “I’m look forward to opening the show on the 5th September and hope to see many of you enthusiasts supporting the event as I am.”
As well as featuring many of the finest classic and sportscars of all generations, this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends is putting a special focus on the revered Le Mans 24 Hours race. The French endurance classic was one of the few major races that Moss never won but he has vivid memories of the Gallic classic having twice finished runner-up with Jaguar in 1953 and Aston Martin in 1956.
Moss will not be the only famous face appearing at Chelsea AutoLegends. Other motor sport celebrities already confirmed include five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell, 1970 Le Mans winner Richard Attwood, sportscar legends Gordon Spice and David Piper, renowned Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis plus former F1 drivers Mark Blundell and Perry McCarthy, the original BBC Top Gear ‘Stig’.
Add in mouth-watering displays of past and present road and track cars, autograph sessions, military displays, Chelsea AutoLegends is going to be a great day out for families of all ages and generations.
Underlining the new event’s huge appeal, Chelsea AutoLegends offers great value with adult entrance tickets priced at just £12 in advance and those aged under 16 admitted free if accompanied by an adult.