Cars, glamour and charity mark AutoLegends’ preview


“A fantastic celebration of the world of cars” was how AutoLegends’ MD, Max Wakefield, described the event at its preview held today (30 May) at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.

In its third year, the motor show’s new organisers hope to raise funds for the Walking With The Wounded Charity, which helps injured soldiers get work after leaving the forces.

Jodie Kidd brought a touch of glamour to the morning, but whetting appetites for the main show were fabulous classics from a Ferrari 250GTB, to a Maserati 300S and Jaguar XK120.

A Ferrari F40 did its bit for youngtimer exotics and there was a host of modern supercars.

Race cars were catered for, too, and included a Ford-engined F1 Benetton (bottom of the page), which was raced by Nelson Piquet, a Lola T70 and a yellow AC Cobra, nicknamed the Hairy Canary.

Also on hand was an MGB owned by Barry “Sideways” Smith, which came 11th overall in Le Mans in 1965, was fitted with a 1.8-litre engine conservatively tuned to 160bhp.

“It’s an endurance engine so we didn’t want to rev the nuts off it only to lose a race [through engine failure],” said Sidery-Smith (below).

AutoLegends will be held on 2 September and features exhibits such as Stars’ Cars, 70s Cool, Le Mans, Supercar Park, Fast Ladies, Techno Park and Restoration Corner. You can find out more here.

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