Red Arrows Aston and 2CVat70 set for London Motor Show

One-off Aston Martin Red 10 and world record-attempt Citroën confirmed for Built in Britain display at next month’s automotive extravaganza in UK capital

A specially commissioned Aston Martin Vanquish S built in homage to the Royal Air Force and Red Arrows aerobatic display team is set to take pride of place on the Built in Britain showcase during next month’s London Motor Show.

Boasting the same shade of Èclat Red as the Hawk jets, a Union Jack tail-fin motif, ‘smoke trails’ on the side skirts and an Ejection Seat Detonator cord, the V12-powered, one-off Red 10 is a tribute to some of the world’s bravest pilots. It boasts a 201mph top speed and 0-60mph sprint time to rival that of the military aircraft.

Red 10 represents not only the role of men and women in the Royal Air Force – which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary – but also the creativity and innovation of British engineering, technology and design. It’s a perfect poster feature for the Built in Britain display.

The car was offered to the public in a charity raffle, which saw more than 70,000 tickets bought and over £1.5 million raised for the RAF Benevolent Fund. The lucky winner was Humphrey Bradley.

Mr Bradley said: ‘I was totally shocked to win such an incredible prize – absolutely gobsmacked. I am honoured to have supported a service charity, and the RAF Benevolent Fund undertakes some truly incredible work supporting the RAF family.’

He continued: ‘From those on RAF stations to veterans in care homes, and everyone in between, the Fund really is there for those who need help, every step of the way. As an ex-serviceman myself, I know how important the work of such charities is. They make a real difference to real people, and to be able to give something back at the London Motor Show is an honour.’

Delicious Dolly Citroën 2CVat70 project

Meanwhile, marking 70 years of the Citroën 2CV, the 2CVat70 project is set to make its first public appearance at the London Motor Show.

The project sees a 1985 2CV Dolly transformed into a tiny food truck, complete with a custom, state-of-the-art stainless steel kitchen shoehorned into its rear. The 2CVat70 team hopes this will set a new world record for the smallest catering wagon ever built.

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Also part of the Built in Britain feature, the tasty Deux Chevaux can be viewed up close before hitting the Tarmac for an epic road trip. Undertaken in the name of education – enlightening young and old on the topic of food waste – the project sees an expert team of 50 individuals take a mere six weeks to turn the commonplace Dolly into a vehicle destined for Guinness World Records.

Andrew J Mellon, managing partner of 2CVat70, said: ‘This design icon turns 70 this year, so we have to celebrate in style. We saw the opportunity to educate the nation about food waste. With seven partners involved, the entire project is British designed and built, and we are excited to publicly reveal the repurposed vehicle at the London Motor Show.’

The London Motor Show will take place at ExCeL London on May 17-20, 2018. You can find out more, and purchase advance tickets, at the London Motor Show website.

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