PRIDE OF LONGBRIDGE TO BE THE BIGGEST YET
Nostalgic show and road run on track to attract record number of cars
More than 5000 classics are expected at this year’s Pride of Longbridge show, breaking all records. The event, which takes place at Cofton Park, Birmingham on 15 April, from 10am-4pm, is open to all vehicles built by, or associated with the legendary car plant. Many clubs are also planning to set up their own stands at the car factory site.
The show commemorates the collapse of MG Rover in 2005 and celebrates the vehicles manufactured there. It stems from a small gathering at the site in 2006.
Last year’s event, the tenth anniversary of the first informal gettogether, had to be cancelled on the day due to freak weather conditions, prompting people to hold their own events on various alternative sites.
‘People absolutely love this event and come from all over the country and even abroad. There is so much interest this year,’ says Gemma Cartwright of organiser the Pride of Longbridge Heritage and Community Group.
The event includes The Cowley Convoy. It leaves Cowley’s MINI Plant in Oxford then heads to Pride of Longbridge. The Convoy was conceived to celebrate the history of the British Motor industry that was BMC, British Leyland, Austin Morris, Austin Rover and the Rover Group. All cars with a Cowley connection (not just those that were built at Cowley) are invited too.
Convoy organiser Tanya Field says: ‘Our route takes us through some beautiful countryside on our way to Longbridge, and it helps to keep the historic links between Cowley and Longbridge alive. It attracts an eclectic mix of cars with a Longbridge connection and is great fun to be part of.’