• Aug 13, 2012
There may not be an Olympic sport involving automobiles (yet), but cars were featured prominently in the closing ceremonies of the 30th Olympic games in London last night. The event was more of a rock concert than a ceremony, with musical performances by everyone from chart-topping boy band One Direction to pop veteran George Michael to The Who. The stage on which the first batch of artists performed, however, was set with small scale versions of London's architectural landmarks, and to make the mini city look and feel more like the real thing, organizers filled the empty spaces in between with enough cars, lorries and mopeds to recreate one of London's infamous traffic jams.

The vehicles began the show wrapped in what appeared to be newspaper clippings, but when the cameras zoomed in, the paper turned out to be printed with passages from famous English literary figures. As the show went on, the wrappings were ripped off to reveal a motley mix of automobiles including Britain's most iconic machines from Mini, MG, Austin-Healey, Lotus and even a three-wheeled Reliant Robin, as well as Italian and German metal and an even a classic American car or two. The Spice Girls even reunited on the tops of five British black taxis.



Later on, a trio of Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Drophead Coupes drove British pop artists Jessie J, Tinie Tempah and Taio Cruz around the Olympic stadium like Mustangs in a parade. More interesting (to us, at least) than the performers in their backseats, these Rollers were each decked out with various trim pieces that commemorate the games in London, including a specially designed badge on their grilles that features the brand's iconic Spirit of Ecstasy flowing into the home country's flag. R-R claims this is the first time its cars have sported a new badge in the company's 108-year history.

Unfortunately, unless you DVR'd the ceremonies, there's no way to rewatch them quite yet until NBC and the International Olympic Committee say it's OK, so we've assembled a gallery of images above that you can peruse to see how cars played a part in the closing ceremonies of the 30th Olympiad.


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      Agilis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Favorite ironic moment of the closing ceremony... Jessie J singing 'Its not all about the money" while riding on the back of a Rolls-Royce. So stupid & sad.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        It isn't all about the money. It's about how many Rolls you spend it on.
        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Agilis
        I noticed that too, had a good chuckle.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't Rolls-Royce German? It is owned by parent company BMW after all...
        fuzzyfish6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Is Lamborghini German? Is Lotus Malaysian? Jaguar Indian? Volvo Chinese? Chrysler Italian? Chrysler's probably not a good example since idiots always loves to say they no longer are American but is Italian instead, but you get my point.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          Yes they are, and no, I don't get your point.
          quuppa70
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          yes its german about 10% and in the following years even more.. maybe finally it has 50% german parts
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        So the fact that they are hand built by paid British workers (not on a BMW platform, not the Phantom at least) in the British plant Goodwood using (mainly) British parts and material using British manufacturing techniques, and headquartered in Britain makes them German simply because the money's coming ultimately from a German (BMW)?
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          obviously you never been in a Rolls, they use BMW parts and even iDrive is integrated to their Nav system.
      QCRamAir
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Spice Girls got hotter over the past 15 years...
        Jason
        • 2 Years Ago
        @QCRamAir
        That David Beckham is one lucky dude.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, BMW was the official vehicle sponsor of the London Olympics. All of the vehicles used for executive transport were BWMs. The thing I did not understand was that they included so many cars and built a nice oval track, but no reference to TopGear at all. No Clarkson, Hammond or May , which would have been perfect driving the Rolls droptops around wth the stupid pop singers. Not even a Stig or two driving anything else, just for a laugh. TGUK is one of the worlds most watched (if not downloaded) TV programs. Except for the Who, those closing ceremonies SUCKED and were totally predictable. A lot of the crowd shots looked like the people were really bored.
        Agilis
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scr
        Not to mention they tried to have a fashion show in the middle of it. They couldn't come up with anything more clever than driving around in a circle?!
      • 2 Years Ago
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        flychinook
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh, it got worse. Jessie J sang "We Will Rock You" with the remaining members of Queen. I spent the whole time hoping for her to get hit by Russel Brand's octopus-bus from earlier in the show.
      Paul Smith Brasil
      • 2 Years Ago
      Where is the promised Gallery Paul - Brasil
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