Chelsea AutoLegends posted on 26 May 2011
Autocar’s top ten road tests come to life at Chelsea AutoLegends
What does the Morris Mini-Minor – the original Mini – have in common with the plutocrat’s Rolls-Royce Phantom? What links the technically advanced Audi quattro and the svelte E-type Jaguar?
They are all among the most significant cars ever made, according to Autocar magazine. And all four – plus six other contenders – will form a special display at this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends (4 September) the annual motoring gathering held in the surrounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Autocar’s top ten were named following the publication of the magazine’s 5,000th road test earlier this year. Autocar, which was founded in 1895 making it the world’s oldest motoring magazine, invented the road test in 1928. The first full test, a measured and detailed assessment of the then new Austin Seven, was published in 1928.In the ensuing seven decades, the magazine’s testers have put all manner of cars through the mill… and celebrated the 5,000 milestone by picking the most important machines they have ever tested.
Original examples of the top ten will take centre stage at Chelsea AutoLegends. As well as the Mini, Phantom, quattro and E-type which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the eye-catching display will include two Ferraris – the 365 GTB/4, better known as the Daytona, and the new 458 Italia – the original Range Rover and Volkswagen Golf GTi and two sporting legends, the Porsche 911 GT3RS and McLaren F1.
“The Autocar road test has often been copied but never bettered. Every car, whether a 200mph supercar or supermini is given the same exhaustive treatment,” said Autocar Editor Chas Hallett.
“It’s great that all our top ten will be on display at Chelsea AutoLegends – they are the cars we think have made the most significant contribution to motoring over the years.
“Jaguar’s iconic E-type was named as the number one test of all time. It may not have been as important a car as the Mini, nor have broken quite so much new ground as the McLaren, but it means most to our readers and to us as writers and testers. It is a car of beauty, power, driving pleasure and value.”
Tickets for this year’s Chelsea AutoLegends are now on sale either via the event’s website (www.ChelseaAutoLegends.com) or from the ticket hotline on 0844 581 0760. Those pre-booking can take advantage of considerable savings with adult tickets priced at £15 in advance rather than £20 on the gate. Underlining the event’s family entertainment values, accompanied children aged under 12 will be admitted free of charge.