Price will close The Mall in London for an eco motor show in September
21 July 2010

Prince Charles is planning to shut off The Mall in London for a car show of environmentally friendly vehicles.

The Prince of Wales’s Start festival will run from 5-15 September, celebrating sustainable lifestyles and including “everything from buildings and gardens to food”, according to Roger Saul, the man in charge of the motoring exhibits.

The event will kick off with a ‘race’ from Glasgow to London between the Prince’s train (run on recycled chip fat) and a fleet of clean cars.

Entry to the Start festival is £15, but the car display in The Mall on 12 September is free.

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21 July 2010

I already know what the star of the show will be.

"Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to...

THE KOENIGSEGG CCX-R!

Mine burns distilled biomass waste from my apple farm..."

21 July 2010

Gawd bless him, though. He's done more for present-day architecture than almost all present-day architects you could name put together. Certainly, his defeat of the Rogers plans for the Chelsea Barracks site was a wonderful masterstroke.

Death to modernism! Long live classical elegance, Gothic splendour, Arts & Crafts inventiveness and homely vernacular!

21 July 2010

So staging an unnecessary train journey from Glasgow to London , along with a flotilla of " clean" cars is environmentally friendly?

Clean cars run on electricity produced in unclean power stations, right?

Part of the " clean environment" strategy involves eliminating unnecessary journeys and use of unclean sources.

Which pollutes less, an Aston Martin vantage used twice a year or or a " clean car " used to commute twice a day? - or a train powered by chicken fat/bacon grease or frying oil etc ?

21 July 2010

Sounds like the type of event that only someone like Prince Charles could arrange. Nobody else would be willing to put their reputation on the line, so well done to Charles!

I'm all for more efficient cars; engineers and scientists have already made cars much more safer and fuel efficient over the last couple of decades.

21 July 2010

[quote Lesbert]So staging an unnecessary train journey from Glasgow to London , along with a flotilla of " clean" cars is environmentally friendly?[/quote]

Yes, but if the idea is to promote alternative fuel sources and greener energy supplies, then how else do you expect to get the message out unless you do this sort of thing? In the bigger picture, if it contributes to a net reduction in greenhouse gases then it's job done.

21 July 2010

[quote Symanski]Sounds like the type of event that only someone like Prince Charles could arrange. Nobody else would be willing to put their reputation on the line, so well done to Charles![/quote]

+1. The car industry is unlikely to come up with this sort of idea on its own, so well done to HRH for making it happen.

21 July 2010

[quote Lesbert]Which pollutes less, an Aston Martin vantage used twice a year or or a " clean car " used to commute twice a day?[/quote]

Another complete knee-jerker!

Clearly the Aston Martin, the only drawback being - duh! - that the Aston owner has to walk to work all the other days. Is that your plan for a clean future? Clearly the Prince is attempting to shift public opinion, and to get non-knee-jerkers to think about these issues, rather than simply playing with a trainset.

21 July 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]Gawd bless him, though. He's done more for present-day architecture than almost all present-day architects you could name put together[/quote]

I don't completely disagree with what you're saying. But I can't help thinking that his creation of Poundbury in Dorset is just a predictable pastiche of what has gone before. And one that's a bit... well, naff. I admire anyone's respect for history, but I also want architects who look to the future and who have vision. Still, at least Charles is well intentioned and isn't afraid to say what he thinks.

21 July 2010

If Prince Charles's taste in cars is anything like his taste in architecture then his state of the art electric car will have the styling of a bullnose Morris Oxford.

21 July 2010

[quote sportwagon]If Prince Charles's taste in cars is anything like his taste in architecture then his state of the art electric car will have the styling of a bullnose Morris Oxford[/quote] It would still be better looking than the Ampera...

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