BMC & Ley­land show

Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum event at­tracts many rar­i­ties – in­clud­ing a record gath­er­ing of Austin 3-Litres

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

If ever there was a feel­ing of a rel­a­tively new event hav­ing put it­self on the map, this was it. The Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum’s fourth BMC & Ley­land show at­tracted some 600 cars – a third more than last year – in­clud­ing such rar­i­ties as a po­lice Rover Metro and an Austin Dorset.

The event at­tracted a record gath­er­ing of Austin 3-Litres in cel­e­bra­tion of these cars’ 50th an­niver­sary. Club chair­man Neil Kidby also used the oc­ca­sion to launch a book on the cars. The turnout in­cluded the only non-Deluxe model – no quar­ter lights , dif­fer­ent dash­board/ head­lin­ing – known to sur­vive.

Club mem­ber Alexan­der Bouke from Aachen, Ger­many, felt he ‘had to at­tend the event’ and ar­rived in Bri­tain last Satur­day. He stayed with friends overnight, at­tended the show and sped straight back to Dover to catch the ferry home.

Other show rar­i­ties in­cluded a South African-built Austin Apache and the only Austin Dorset (which is es­sen­tially two door ver­sion of the Devon) still on the road.

Mas­sive line-ups of Tri­umph TR7s and BMC/BL ‘Land­crabs’ made for a par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing sight. Clive Ser­rell’s 1965 Austin 1800 was voted Car of the Show and – for the sec­ond year run­ning – win­ner of the Show and Shine com­pe­ti­tion. The car un­der­went a three­year restora­tion when Tony bought it three years ago.

Ex­eter Univer­sity stu­dents, Max Holder and Matt Smith, dis­played the 1996 Bul­gar­ian-built left-hand drive Austin-Rover Mae­stro – named Manuel – that they are about to drive to Mon­go­lia and back in aid of the Cool Earth char­ity (see full story, p8).

Displays of BMC Fari­nas and their ear­lier cousins, Austin Metropoli­tans and Rover BRMs also helped to make the show feel ex­tra spe­cial.

‘Mas­sive line-ups of Land­crabs made for a par­tic­u­larly fas­ci­nat­ing sight’

clive ser­rell’s 1965 austin 1800 was car of the show and the show and shine win­ner.

con­cours 37,000-mile 1978 Mor­ris Ma­rina has a spe­cial place in the fam­ily of owner John Ford (right) and his brother, Trevor.

Tony key’s mag­nif­i­cent 1946 austin Dorset is the only known road­wor­thy ex­am­ple of this rare two-door Devon vari­ant.

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