Event report : BMC/BL Rally, 2011

Keith Adams

The sun shone for the 18th running of the BMC/BL Rally at Nene Park in Peterborough. As usual, the turn-out of interesting cars produced by our company was as strong as ever, with a good cross section of old and neo-classic. The strong Farina contingent we’ve come to expect at this show seemed a little thinner, and in lieu of official attendance figures from the organisers, it does look like numbers might be down over previous years as the Pride of Longbridge takes its place as the pre-eminent BMC/BL event on the calendar.

But there were still plenty of highlights. The Marinas, Princess and Allegros once again took the centre stage, with some extremely pretty examples to get excited over. The stars were there in force – Collin Corke’s wonderful Allegro 1750SS predictably attracted a fair amount of attention, but it wasn’t alone, as out gallery below shows.

The automobilia boys were doing a brisk trade, also, and the AROnline Polski-Rover now has a brand new set of front foglights to go on…

Gallery

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Keith Adams

About the Author:

Created www.austin-rover.co.uk in 2001 and watched it steadily grow into AROnline. Is the Editor of Classic Car Weekly, and has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, Classic Car Weekly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, and the the Motoring Independent... Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasable adventures all across Europe.

22 Comments on "Event report : BMC/BL Rally, 2011"

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  1. Rob Gould says:

    Bugger. that was quick reporting. Shame the gallery doesn’t work on my iPad…

  2. Keith Adams Keith Adams says:

    Shame Apple is too arrogant to accept that some people might want to use Flash…

  3. Rob Gould says:

    Don’t think it’s a flash problem. More like JavaScript. Think it’s to do with hover as tablets don’t support it – only mouse out.

  4. Rob Gould says:

    Think it uses hover to get the nav arrows up.

  5. Michael Jolly says:

    Love the pictures, i so would buy that Blue Austin Princess.

  6. Richard Moss says:

    One day I’m going to manage to get to this event.

  7. Wilko says:

    Looks like a cracking day – surprising amount of non-BL given the name of the event though!

  8. JonBoy says:

    bugger, didnt know this was on..grrrrr….

  9. paul mcfarlane says:

    Missed it this year, but have enjoyed the event previously and hope to make it next year!

  10. Robert Leitch says:

    The Farina element puts me in mind of the best ever review of the Glasgow Jazz Festival club “It’s got a late licence, if you can stand the noise.”

    Some absolutely splendid cars, also some endearing sheds, but I have the feeling that Pride of Longbridge is taking over as the premier BMC/BL meeting.

  11. Ian Nicholls says:

    Image 5899 is the best picture , the one with the red 1990 Morris Mini Mk2 replica , but then it is my car !

  12. Tony says:

    Great pics, shame I couldn’t attend

  13. Joe Strong says:

    It’s the Opaline Metro in pic 5885 that does it for me. Mine’s that colour and it’s been in bits for the last 11 years, and I feel sad every time I walk past it in the garage to get to the freezer! maybe one day it will wake up again………..

  14. Mark Hayman says:

    Nice pics and selection of vechicles, I aggree nice pic of the Princess. One day I hope and visit the event.Thanks

  15. David says:

    Who took the pic of a citron ?(P5 pug)No taste should have taken a pic of my lovely 1988 montego estate parked directly behind the citron,after all it did win a first prize at the show a few years back.!!!

  16. Will M says:

    The C6 is interesting enough to include it in a slideshow of interesting and rare cars.
    Almost a modern day Princess.

    I would though question the inclusion of the Mazda 323?

  17. Paul says:

    I adore the Marina TC Coupé in that magnificent metallic brown (Brazil?), with all the chrome finishes. Lovely!

  18. Dennis says:

    The Word “highlight” followed by “the Marina” doesn’t bode well does it?!

  19. Tony Cooney Tony Cooney says:

    This was my fourth year (third with a Princess) coming over from Ireland to attend the event. I thought that the number of cars at it this year was way down on previous years.
    Still, it was a great day and nice to see Princess numbers way up!
    Here is my car by the way:

  20. Dan says:

    Sorry to miss it this year-too many household chores got in the way. Took the Amby along to the Ace Cafe Classic night, Tuesday 9th, instead.

  21. isildore says:

    RE. img5887.

    The idea of a modded Rover 100 appeals to me…

  22. Hilton Davis says:

    Great to see such a fine cross section of cars including all our favourites of yesteryear. As long as enthusiasts do their bit, BMC/BL etc will live on!

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