National pride restored at Longbridge


More than 2000 British-built classics descended on the Birmingham plant for the biggest ever Pride of Longbridge meeting in the event's four-year history.

The show was expanded into the greater park area following unprecedented attendance last year, and clubs were also able to book stand space for the first time; it proved a huge success, with more than 40 clubs taking up the opportunity.

The Austin & Longbridge Federation, which organises the event, welcomed any vehicle with a connection to the factory, and this year's turnout was as broad a church as ever.

Among the 2000 classics present were countless Minis, but older Austins also featured heavily.

A large number of attendees were driving more modern classics such as the MG ZT, but everything from Wolseley 6/80s to MGBs and MGFs were welcomed with the same enthusiasm.

As well as classic cars owners, the event was well attended by former employees of the Longbridge plant, with many keen to share their stories and see the machines that they helped build.

One such story was the Morris Marina pick-up of Ken O'Hare, which had originally been built by Abingdon Comps works mechanic Nobby Hall and his son Peter. Both died before the project was completed and it was passed on to Ken, a former Cowley employee who finished it in Leyland works blue.

There were plenty of rarities on offer, too, with a Wolseley 18/22 probably the pick of the bunch. The Wedge was only produced as a Wolseley for a limited time and was the lascar to wear the firm's famous 'Ghost Light' badge.

The event is set to return in 2015. 




Dear Greg

If the car in the last photo, SMG413M, is the "Wolseley" referred to in the text, I have to point out that although the grille has a Wolseley ghost light badge fitted, the grille itself, bonnet and headlights are those of the Austin version of the model. The Wolseley had a unique grille and bonnet, and the four circular headlamps from the Morris variant. I think this is an Austin with a Wolseley lamp added...


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