Updated, Keith Adams
The annual Pride of Longbridge event is now the UK’s pre-eminent classic car event for lovers of ‘The Firm’s’ vehicles. This year it takes place on 13 April, on the Cofton Park, over the road from the MG Motor UK factory in Longbridge. If you haven’t been before, it’s a huge gathering, well worth the trip – and, if you have a BL, BMC or Rover-flavoured vehicle, you’ll be made very welcome indeed.
If you are intending to come along to PoL, why not volunteer to marshal for a couple of hours? No-one other than the core committee is expected to be on duty all day but if you can commit to an hour or two, you will be helping to save this unique and wonderful event. Please contact ALF Chairman John Baker on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride of Longbridge is now in its eighth year and continues to grow. In 2012, more than 1100 cars turned up and filled the field – and this year it’s hoped that there will be more than 1200. AROnline will be there in force and we’ll be gathering on the field, showing off our cars – and talking the talk to anyone who fancies it. Editor, Keith Adams, will now be in Germany covering Techno-Classica Essen for our just-launched new sister website, Honest John Classics, but the AROnline Editorial Team will be represented by Commercials and Features Editor Mike Humble, Contributing Editor Clive Goldthorp and Contributor Adam Sloman.
Admission to Cofton Park will be free but any AROnline readers who have not been to PoL before should note that only those BMC>MG models associated with Longbridge are allowed access to the site – drivers of non-BMC>MG models will, as usual, park on the roads adjacent to Cofton Park – and that each BMC>MG model has a specially-designated parking area to which the Marshals will direct you. The model-by-model clusters carry so much more photographic impact and there will not therefore be a designated parking area for AROnline’s readers.
However, in order to ensure that all of you who attend PoL have a chance to ‘Meet the Team’, Gemma Cartwright of the PoL Organising Team, has kindly agreed to give us some space in the PoL gazebo – you will be able to find Mike, Clive and Adam there between 12noon and 12.45pm so do call by for a chat.
The chaps will, if the weather permits, also be running a photographic competition – if you are a member of AROnline’s Facebook Group, you will probably already know about the up and coming trend of ‘Woollarding‘ which pays homage to the once legendary Top Gear presenter whose programme sign-off pose, with one foot calmly resting on the bumper of a featured car, looks the epitome of cool even to this day. The best Woollards will win a small prize – just dig out that beige car coat and your freshly-ironed slacks. All you need to do is register with Mike, Clive or Adam in the PoL gazebo at the above-mentioned time.
See you there!