Sir Stirling Moss was the star attraction at the launch for the second Chelsea AutoLegends show, due to take place at the famous Royal Hospital in London on 4 September.
The racing legend – who is the event's patron – posed beside the Rob Walker Ferrari 250GT Short Wheelbase in which he famously won the 1961 Goodwood TT while listening to the radio as he drove. A pair of '60s hipsters and Chelsea pensioners joined Moss for the photoshoot.
Sixties. They were fabulous times and as for the clothes… well it’s all about spreading a little happiness. Let’s hope the sun shines on the day and there’ll be plenty of mini skirts out and about!”
In only its second year, the well-attended show – more than 6000 visitors in 2010 – has signed up more than 30 classic and "countless" other important historic machines. There’ll be displays of the brutal Group B rally cars of the 1980s, classic motorcycles and the 10 most
significant road cars of all time, as well as 50th birthday celebrations for the two most iconic British cars of the 1960s, the E-type Jaguar and the Mini-Cooper.
Of particular interest will be a display of cars once owned by the greatr British ‘Patrons’, the private race team entrants of the 1950s and 1960s who took on the factory teams, such as Walker. Moss said: “He was the most wonderful man. In his passport, where it used to ask for one’s occupation, he simply wrote ‘Gentleman’.”
Tickets for this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends are now on sale via the event’s new website or from the ticket hotline on 08445 810760. Those pre-booking before the end of July can take advantage of considerable savings with adult tickets priced at £15 in advance rather than £20 on the gate. Children aged under 12 will be admitted free of charge.