The London Olympics closing ceremony has been welcomed as a huge success which was watched by an average of 23 million viewers in the UK. The Independent called it "eccentric, bewildering and shameless good fun".
As well as music from The Who to 1 Direction, there was a huge presence of cars to showcase British motoring heritage. This started with a smattering of classics including a TVR, MGA and an Austin Healy. Later BMW, the official car supplier of the Games sent out a group of 3 Series and Mini’s. This was followed by a group of Alfa Romeo MiTo, the official cars of the UK Athletics which enjoyed 29 Gold medals over the 2 weeks.
Jessie J was a star performer, and she sang “It’s not about the money”. This performance was quite Ironic as she sang from a convoy of three Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead’s. Come on Jessie... its all about the money!
For Jessie J’s performance, Rolls-Royce designed a special version of their Flying Lady badge, for the first time in 108-years. This was to celebrate the event and get around strict Olympics branding rules.
“I am delighted that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was invited to take part in celebrating the success of the Games and it is appropriate that we should recognise this occasion with a fitting tribute,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive.
The Kaiser Chiefs performed on The Who’s Pinball Wizardon Scooters just before the Spice Girls make their big comeback in Black London Taxis, singing Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life.
There is no doubt that the 2012 Olympic Games has been a massive success and that British motoring played a big part in closing the games. Soon the BMW exhibition centre in the Olympic Village will close. It’s your last chance to see their road cars as well as the i3 and i8 concept cars on display.
We all wish the GB Paralympics team tremendous success. Organisers will now kick off a turnaround to get the capital ready for biggest Paralympic Games in history.... Good luck from the team at William Loughran Ltd.