PRIDE OF LONGBRIDGE TO BE THE BIG­GEST YET

Nos­tal­gic show and road run on track to at­tract record num­ber of cars

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin

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.’

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