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ONE OF THE MOST keenly con­tested races at the Good­wood Re­vival is the Set­tring­ton Cup for ju­nior driv­ers in Austin J40 pedal cars.

The Austin Ju­nior Car fac­tory opened in 1949, paid for by govern­ment funds and run on a not-for-profit ba­sis for the em­ploy­ment of 250 dis­abled coal min­ers. Pro­duc­tion be­gan in 1950 and they were made from metal off-cuts from the Long­bridge Austin fac­tory.

The J40 fea­tures a dummy OHV “en­gine” with spark plugs and leads, work­ing head­lights and horn, de­tach­able wheels with Dun­lop pneu­matic tyres, re­al­life fas­cia panel and leather seat­ing. It has an open­ing bon­net, boot and chrome bumpers, hub­caps, grille and boot han­dle.

The J40 sold for 33 pounds equat­ing to 2-3 weeks wages for the av­er­age work­ing man. Pro­duc­tion to­talled 32,098 and ceased in Septem­ber 1971.

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