Hundreds of classics to descend on the HMC


A broad range of vehicles is expected to attend the Gaydon Spring Classic on 12 May.

Held at the Heritage Motor Centre, the free event is open to pre-1993 classics and will join forces with the Allegro Club International’s annual rally as it celebrates 40 years of the model.

The Spring Cream Tea Run is on the same day and tours the South Warwickshire countryside, before refreshments are served at the Junction 12 Café. Entry is priced at £20 per car for a driver and passenger.

For more information contact the HMC’s John Bishop on 01926 645032, via email at, or visit the venue’s website.


Chris Martin

I know we have all spent the last forty years knocking the Allegro, but I have to say a big thanks to those few eccentrics who kept the faith. Yes it was a turkey in it's day by any standards, along with the rest of BL's general output at the time, BUT !
Look at the photo above, and we can now see there was a certain style at work here. I am not including Marinas or TR7s yet (their day may come though) but if someone out there has bothered to preserve an Allegro, or had it from new, or restored, whatever, we should be grateful to those that have saved enough of them to at least make that photo. When we are now faced with the new car equivalent of choosing between yoghurt makers in a white goods superstore, the last gasp of the British motor industry does throw up some individual thinking, even if the execution was not top notch.
A VanDenPlas Allegro super-duper 1500 has more class than a showroom full of Hyundai Pulsar XR3 GTi Turbo Fiestas ever could.

There, I have nailed my colours to the mast of the good ship Allegro; anyone care to join me on board?
Chris M.


Chris Martin

Well Minilites on an orange one may be sailing dangerously close to Pimp territory, but the metallic bronze VDP at the front gets my vote.


Grant Diggle

During the 70s and 80s I worked for the New Zealand distributor of BL Rolls Royce Bentley and Honda. In 1978 my company vehicle was an Allegro 1300 (1275) manual. We assembled these and 1500 autos along with Marinas Minis XJ6 Jags/Daimlers Rover SD1 etc etc.
I was promoted and told as a result I would be getting a 1500 auto. It was awful. No power heavy steering. I begged my boss for forgiveness and was rewarded with a Honda Civic. No comparison. But I agree looking back the Allegro did have style of an acquired taste. We marketed Allegros as 'The Sturdy British Bulldog" complete with a bulldog dressed with a Union Jack.

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