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Chelsea AutoLegends unveils galaxy of supporting VIPs
23rd June 2012
With Chelsea AutoLegends (CAL) returning to the famous grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea on Sunday 2nd September for the third year running, CAL’s organising team has unveiled an extremely high quality list of patrons to support the event.
Derek Bell MBE, who commented last year: “What a fantastic show! I don’t think I’ve ever seen quite so many Le Mans cars in one place before outside France,” has been invited to act as patron for the enhanced 2012 Le Mans Pit Lane feature. He said:
"I'm delighted to be the Le Mans patron for this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends. The event is supporting the Royal Hospital and Walking with the Wounded. As a racing driver, I have the greatest respect for British soldiers, their commitments and the sacrifices they make. Do your best, bring the family, it's a great day out."
New for this year is the Technology Park feature; this will look at latest technological innovations from an automotive and motorsport perspective. Former Science Minister Lord Paul Drayson has agreed to be patron of the ‘Techno Park’, noting:
"I'm thrilled to be chosen as patron of this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends 'Techno Park' feature. The UK automotive and motorsport industries continue to be a leading force globally and the ‘Techno Park’ feature is a wonderful way to showcase our expertise to a wider audience.
“As a nation, we have some of the world’s most talented engineers and events like Chelsea AutoLegends not only promote the exciting work that is putting the UK at the forefront of automotive innovation but also help to inspire the next generation of engineers.”
Elsewhere, the Chelsea event will also highlight the achievements of females in motorsport, with its ‘Castrol Women in Motorsport’ feature. Helen Bashford-Malkie, chairman of the British Women Racing Drivers Club, said:
"The BWRDC is delighted to lend its support to Chelsea AutoLegends and its initiative: ‘Castrol Women in Motorsport'. The theme brings focus on our club, its members and our aims. And we, in return, are proud to be supporting both Walking with the Wounded and The Royal Hospital Chelsea. It’s going to be a great day out for the whole family. So, come and meet our drivers and see the cars they race and rally.”
Famed motorcyclist, Maria Costello MBE, has also joined the CAL team and noted:
"Chelsea AutoLegends is focusing on women who risk all to go racing and I'm excited to be a patron for the event and to be supporting the 'Castrol Women in Motorsport' feature. Racing motorbikes at the Isle of Man TT takes commitment and skill and it is fabulous that Chelsea AutoLegends is showcasing our sport in London. I hope it takes road racing to an even wider audience and that families and enthusiasts can learn more about what we do.”
Motor cycles play a critical role in the history of motor sport in the UK and it is the aspiration of CAL to replicate that sense of history. And, with eight time world champion Phil Read MBE joining the team of patrons, that desire is assured:
"I am immensely proud to be patron of the motorcycle display at Chelsea AutoLegends and the inclusion of Walking with the Wounded in this year’s show is a wonderful addition. As a racer and a World Champion, I know something of fighting to win, facing my fears and living with danger. But when I compare myself to these noble, brave soldiers, I feel humbled. Their achievements in the Himalayas and walking to the North Pole are inspirational. If you are able to come to the show, make sure you do. It's a great day for all the family. It's more than just a festival of motorsport, it is also an opportunity to pay your respects to these soldiers who deserve much more than we can ever show them."
Joining Read will be motor cycle adventurer and TV personality Charlie Boorman, who commented:
"I am delighted to be asked to be a patron of the Chelsea AutoLegends motorcycle display. Indeed, with Phil Read and Maria Costello alongside me how can I say 'No'? And, of course, the event supports two brilliant causes: The Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as Walking with the Wounded. So, if you ride a bike think about coming to Chelsea AutoLegends. It's a one day show that will entertain all the family: racing cars, motorcycles, supercars and children’s rides. Really, it’s a fabulous way to support charity and have fun."
Chelsea AutoLegends’ Max Wakefield said: “It’s a privilege to have such a high calibre list of supporters alongside us for 2012. We have exciting plans for the expansion of the AutoLegends concept this year and know that we will deliver a festival that will put us very much in the top drawer of automotive events in this country.”
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