Words and photography (unless indicated otherwise): Keith Adams
Holding any event during Team GB’s greatest Olympic weekend is always going to be a challenge. But ally that with what has been an appalling summer ‘s weather, and it’s no real surprise that in terms of visitor numbers, the 19th annual BMC/BL Rally looks to be down in terms of visitor numbers. Having said that, there was a refreshing variety of cars on display – with what appears to have been particularly strong turn-outs from the Rovers 75/MG ZT and SD1 owners’ clubs.
But the newer boys weren’t having things all their own way – and predictably, being the organising club, the Cambridge-Oxford Owners Club managed to put on a great display, as did the Allegros and Princesses. But despite the excellent atmosphere, and the fact that many people came from a variety of far-flung locations, the weather really did have an effect, with the heavens opening regularly during what is usually the busiest day – Sunday.
But overall, it’s still a national-class event, and despite now being eclipsed by April’s Pride of Longbridge, it’s still worth the trek every August…
(Note: apologies for the poor images – tech failure on AROnline‘s main camera!)
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.