FINALLY, I made it to Longbridge yesterday. It’s always good to return to the site of my favourite car factory and, even if things are considerably quieter these days, it’s hard to deny the emotional pull.
Funny thing is, as I drew up to Q Gate, I felt more optimism about the place than I’d done for quite some time. Okay, it’s a long way from having the buzz that it did in the late-1990s when I worked there and the 25/45 had just been launched but, at the same time, there were comings and goings (more comings) – something not apparent when I was last at the place in May 2007, when NAC MG UK formally re-opened the factory to the press.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I had a good poke around the TF LE500, met with marketing man, Gary Hagen, and had a look at the production facility. Cars are being built and the quality looks good – and they appear to have a reasonably full order book for the LE500.
There’s a lot more to it than that and I’ll be uploading a series of articles from next Tuesday, including a First Drive, an Interview, a look at the production line and an outline of NAC MG UK’s plans for the future. You’ll be surprised just how forthright these guys are and how confident they are about the future of Longbridge…
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.
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