Blog: A centenary affair


Well, it was a great day at Longbridge – and seeing such a massive gathering of Austins and various other Longbridge built cars really was worth getting hot and red in the July sun for. I managed to meet a number of really interesting people, and some of the stories… well, they were just great.

And that got me thinking… just how mucu detail, and how many blue sky stories are there out there, sat among the designers, engineers, managers and production line workers?

So, come on… if you worked at Longbridge, or for the company in any capacity, please get in touch – we’re dying to get that information out of your head and into cyberspace. And to give you a little taste of the sort of thing I mean – how about range of dainty narrow-angled vee-engines (like VW’s VR6) that was rendered obsolete (literally – the prototype engine was smashed up with a hammer) when Issigonis started down the road to transverse FWD cars? Or how Kevin Howe bullied members of his staff into following a number of questionable decisions? There’s a lot more where that came from…

You really couldn’t make it up…

Oh, and as for the Centenary event… great stuff. Thanks to Tony Osborne and his wife Patricia, for his hard work in arranging the event, and thanks everyone for turning it up to make it a truly memorable occasion. It’s a shame I’ll not be around to see the next Centenary, really.

Keith Adams

Keith Adams

Editor and creator AROnline at AROnline
Created in 2001 and built it up to become the world's foremost reference source for all things BMC, Leyland and Rover Group, before renaming it AROnline in 2007.

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.
Keith Adams

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