Record Attendance at Pride of Longbridge

Cofton Park 12 April 2014


Aware that enthusiasm for Pride of Longbridge grows every year ALF, the organisers of the motoring section, took the bold step of expanding the event into the greater park area this year in order to accommodate the predicted extra vehicles. The new layout proved a great success; the event felt busy but not cramped and this, allied to good weather, is surely why so many felt 2014 was the best POL to date.

However, even ALF committee members were amazed at the numbers attending, at least 2000 vehicles. For the first time clubs belonging to ALF were able to pre-book an area for their display and this also proved a great success with over 40 taking the opportunity to do this.

Any vehicle with a Longbridge connection is welcome to attend and the variety of cars this year was even greater than ever. However, the organisers would like to encourage more enthusiasts with older vehicles to bring them out for the first event in the year's classic car calendar next year.

With many foreign visitors bringing vehicles to display, including a small convoy from Holland, the park was busy all day. Many local residents, mostly former workers and their families attended and were keen to talk to about the cars and their experiences at the Longbridge plant with enthusiasts who are now restoring them. The MG Sales Centre across the road in the Longbridge factory also had a busy day demonstrating the new MG3 and sold a number of cars to people attending the event.
Police Rover 800 receives directions rather than gives them.




Austin 7 followed into POL by customised Maestro pickup with Montego front. Only at POL!


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Ken O'Hare with his Morris Marina Pickup. It was built from a new shell by legendary Abingdon Comps works mechanic Nobby Hall and his son Peter Hall who also worked at Abingdon and was a well known grass track racer. Unfortunately both passed away before it was completed. However, Ken, a longstanding friend of Peter's and a former employee of the Cowley works, was gifted the unfinished project by the family. He chose to finish it in Leyland work's blue and place a tribute to Nobby and Peter on the tailgate. It also has the original Abingdon phone number, 251, on its sign writing on the side.



The Longbridge Public Art project had a busy day and was a hit with both adults and children. Here 8 year old Emma Phelps, who is local to Longbridge, makes her contribution to the Mini Collage being overseen by artist Rob Hewitt. Older members of her family worked at the plant.




Pictures supp;ied by John Lakey ALF Press Officer