We went along to the Chelsea AutoLegends car show, find out what we thought of it and whether its worth a visit next year.
There was an eclectic mix of cars dotted around the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, from the very latest supercars right through to pre-war classics. The sheer number of cars was fantastic, with every era well represented. Many of the cars were grouped in what seemed to be a random order, for example we saw a questionably modified Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead just yards away from a stunning 356.
There were a couple of themed displays, including a large collection of Le Mans race cars from a range of decades, an excellent set of classic Ferraris, a characterful group of Minis and a huge array of Jaguar E-Types. A couple of high-end dealerships had displays too, with a lot of just-launched cars, including a Lamborghini Aventador and Aston Martin Virage. Autocar had a great stand that displayed their Top 10 cars, which included an original Range Rover, Ferrari 458 and Audi Quattro.
The Sunday Times and Pistonheads supercar paddock was a highlight, equally as good as the one at Goodwood. Pretty much every hypercar was there, including a Veyron, Zonda, Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of Enzos. There were no barriers around the cars either, so you could get very close up to them.
It was refreshing to see such a friendly atmosphere at a car show, with supercar owners allowing kids to sit in their cars and even letting strangers give them them a quick rev of the engine. Lots of the classic cars also had their owners standing close-by and they were all very happy to answer questions about their pride and joys.
Like Goodwood, or the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, you actually get to hear some of the cars too. With owners occasionally starting them up, and the two moving parades, one composed of Ferraris, the other of supercars driven by their owners.
The grounds the show is set in are wonderful, with lots of greenery and shrubbery, throughout which the cars are placed. The whole show is cleverly set-up for people wanting to take photos, with no horrible fences blocking the cars and nice backdrops to shoot against.
Tickets were on sale for 20, and despite the poor weather there were lots of people coming in throughout the day. There were a couple of non-car related attractions, with a few stalls selling luxury products, fairground rides for kids and a live art display from Popbang Colour. The food we had was excellent too, with reasonable prices and lots of different choices from the various stalls.
All in all, AutoLegends is a great show thats well worth visiting and is very easy to get to if you live in or near London. The huge range of cars means theres lots to see for all enthusiasts and the settings and atmosphere mean that any other-halves wont feel too hard done by either!