Report : BMC/BL Rally, 2007

Another hot and humid day in Peterborough greeted our annual trek to display our wares at the BMC/BL Rally. But, as usual, the discomfort of red skin and itchy ears was well worth it…

Again, we managed to put together an eclectic mix of BMC>MG motors representing all that was good (and bad) about the cars that we love. The show as a whole featured the familiar mixture of classic, neo-classic and modern…

Photos by Keith Adams, Ian Nicholls, Peter Melville, Lindsey Smith and Sam Skelton.


Rover’s return…


Rovers, Morrises, Austins… it didn’t matter what they were, they all stood shoulder to shoulder on our stand this year…

ESPITE being very much a last minute affair, the organization for the Austin-Rover Club stand passed off pretty successfully – and we managed to get our usual selection of interesting motors to show off. You see, there wasn’t going to be an www.austin-rover.co.uk stand at Peterborough this year on account of a lack of time to plan a decent showing.

But thanks to the cajoling of many of our forum members, we dusted off the club paraphernalia one more time, and offered invites to all those people who fancied making the annual trek to Peterborough to show off their cars, and generally chew the fat with like-minded individuals.

As it happened, the event turned out as well as it ever did, and although we had one or two notable no-shows, there were more than enough last minute surprises to make it a stand we could be proud of. Interestingly, we were expecting an area big enough to accommodate 13 cars, but in the end, our pitch was big enough to hold a World Cup standard football match…


Gallery

A selection of the cars displayed by austin-rover.co.uk.

Thanks to all those who made the effort, and brought their cars for show – here are some of the highlights. Please feel free to send in your own pictures, and captions!


A BMC>MG car-spotter’s dream come true?


Star of the show? Richard Smith and his wonderful, fully-restored Mini Metro 1.3S.


John Dobedoe helped build our pre-production MG Maestro Turbo while working at the Proto-Shop at Canley in 1987. He was happy to be re-united with the beast… The Maestro ended up being the centre-piece for the stand’s ‘Ride ‘n’ Drive’ exercise, with many forum members enjoying taking the old girl for a spin…


Richard Murphy’s MG Metro Turbo certainly caught the attention of the show’s officials. It won the award for the ‘Best 1980-1989 Car of The Show’…


We didn’t do badly for SD1s… even if we don’t know where they came from…


Other highlights

Some of the best from around the show…


Authi Victoria was a welcome addition…


Richard Young’s Mumford Marina – one of two left…


The Allegro Club International was well represented – but why did we like this one so much?


Prinnies were thin on the ground this year, thanks to a no-show from the Princess and Ambassador Owners Club.


The Farinas put on the usual strong showing…


The first showing for the 200 & 400 Owners Club – and they did well. A promising sign for the future of these great cars?

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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.

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