Sir Stirling Moss Becomes Patron of 2011 Chelsea AutoLegends

One of the most famous racing drivers of all time, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, is to become the Patron of 2011 Chelsea AutoLegends, London’s unique gathering of some of the world’s most desirable competition, classic and supercars.

“We are deeply honoured that Sir Stirling has agreed to be our official Patron for 2011 Chelsea AutoLegends,”
said Eric Verdon-Roe, Chairman of Chelsea AutoLegends. “Quite apart from his remarkable racing record, he’s lived all his life in London, so a high-profile automotive showcase set in the capital city couldn’t have a more esteemed or appropriate figurehead. Stirling was also an integral part of the Swinging Sixties.”

“Mini Coopers, mini skirts, E-types, the Beatles… those really were the days. Where better to celebrate car culture from the Swinging Sixties than right in the heart of Chelsea, close to the King’s Road? I’m sure the spectacular displays planned for this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends will be a genuine trip down memory lane for those of my generation, and a place where history comes alive for those a little younger,”
recalls Sir Stirling.

Moss’ role as is all the more important this year, as several of the cars he raced will form part of a special tribute to notable British private entrants who successfully took the fight back to the top factory Formula 1 and GT teams during the 1960s. Among the cars being displayed is the wonderful Rob Walker-entered Ferrari 250GT SWB in which Moss won the 1961 Tourist Trophy at Goodwood.

“Rob was a true gentleman and a real enthusiast. But he was also a damn good team manager and our win together at the Goodwood TT was one of the highlights of my career. I am delighted that Chelsea AutoLegends is honoring Rob, and some of the other British private entrants, at this year’s event. Without people like Rob Walker, motor racing in the 1960s just wouldn’t have been the same,” the legendary driver says.
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