The Pride of Longbridge will be running for the seventh time in 2012, and promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s gathering at Cofton Park, opposite the Longbridge factory, takes place on 14 April, and it’s hoped that the number of cars that turn up will beat last year’s total of 1100. Considering it started as an impromptu gathering in 2006, it’s grown impressively, and now seems to have overtaken Peterborough as the de facto show for our cars.
According to the event’s website, several cars’ anniversaries take place in 2012, and there will be a celebratory area to leave your car if it falls into this category.
Here are the full details:
Any vehicle with a Longbridge connection, large or small, new or old, is very welcome to attend. This is a free event and no booking is necessary. This includes modern MG/Rover products as well as vehicles with Riley, Austin, Morris, Rover Triumph and Vanden Plas badges or sports cars and commercials using the Longbridge built family of engines.
There will be entertainment for children and families including face painting, bouncy castle, Mehndi skin decoration, a competition (with a prize provided by MG) and local carnival Prince and Princess. POL celebrates the Longbridge factory’s achievements and allows former workers to show their families the products they built. Please come along.
The first POL was held spontaneously in 2006 on the 1st anniversary of the factory’s closure in April 2005 and has continued on the same weekend every year since. The plant has opened again to build the MG6 and further models will follow. The community as a whole remains both optimistic and proud of the century of innovation and motivation ‘The Austin’ (as locals called it) fathered 1905-2005. No other UK plant has been so significant to British motor industry history. Longbridge was at the forefront of invention with the Austin 7 in 1922 and Mini in 1959.
MG will display its current products. POL will also celebrate some significant anniversaries, such as;
- 90 Years of the Austin 7
- 80 years of the Austin 10
- 60 Years of the Austin Somerset
- 50 Years of the MGB
- 50 years of the 1100/1300 range.
Owners who bring examples of these vehicles can park in their model’s anniversary parking area. It would help the organisers if you are intending to come, or have a query to email John Baker with details of Make and Registration number to [email protected]
The event also has its own Facebook page.
AROnline will be there in force, so please feel free to let us know if you’re coming and what car you’re bringing. And don’t be shy to come and say hello… we’ll no doubt be close to our cars!
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