Pride of Longbridge
More than 6500 vehicles gather to pay homage to Longbridge’s motoring achievements
‘A unique gathering open to any vehicle with a Longbridge connection’
This one-day event’s return to Cofton Park – after being suspended in 2016 due to inclement weather – managed a record-breaking turnout of more than 6500 British classics from across the UK.
This represents an amazing achievement for an event that starts officially at 10am – but was in fact more than half full by 9am.
Part local fête, part car rally, POL is a unique gathering open to any vehicle with a Longbridge connection. It draws many locals to reminisce about the cars they used to produce and owners keen to show off their restoration work.
It is organised by a committee put together by Gemma Cartwright OBE, the wife of Rover worker Andy Cartwright, who came up with the idea of celebrating Longbridge’s achievements in 2006.
POL has become a popular staple of the classic car calendar, always taking place on the second weekend in April, when the factory finally fell silent in 2005.
Art student Georgina Shelton came up with the idea of doing a POL art car on which people could write messages. The MG ZS 110 (which was originally starlight silver) was painted in water-based zinc primer as a canvas for permanent markers.
Adam Marshall from Droitwich with his 1968 Austin 1300 MkII DeLuxe – and a great backdrop! Mark and Maggy Shepley from Oxfordshire with their 1963 Austin A110 Westminster MkII. They arrived with Tanya Field’s Cowley Convoy. The Cowley Convoy marks the 25th birthday of Paul and Joyce Jefford’s (right) Montego. Trevor Ripley’s South African 1975 Austin Apache provided a rare sight. Chief POL organiser Gemma Cartwright, OBE, signs the art car.