The first weekend in July saw the return of the BMC and Leyland Show to the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. Having reached its fifth anniversary, the event can now safely be regarded as established. Under the scorching sun the visitors were treated to an abundance of BMC to MGR products, although the cars from the 1960s and ’70s dominated the show.
Words and photography: Alexander Boucke
The large area in front of the museum’s main building was nicely filled with over 400 cars from the various makes once united within British Leyland. Next to a crowd of individual entries, a number of clubs made their appearance, with, most notably, cars participating in the TR Drivers Club National TR8 & TR7 Sprint Day taking over roughly a quarter of the area. Leyland Princess, Rover 800 and Maxi Owners’ Clubs also had good turnouts, as did the Landcrab Owners’ Club International, who held their National Rally during the event.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Austin 3 Litre a record number of 11 cars assembled to form a magnificent display. This included one of the very few surviving early models (called pre-deLuxe) and a similarly rare left-hand-drive model.
To escape the sun for some time, there was the chance to visit the museum, which is more attractive than ever after last year’s refurbishment. Those hankering after the more obscure products or pipe dreams of BL were well served with the visit of the new reserve collection building opened in 2016.
Earlier attempts to establish a small autojumble seem to have been dropped. However, even without that AROnline will be back next year to enjoy the excellent combination of car meet and museum visit.