A bit late due to a couple of workshops on the Dorset Coast and in Devon but last Saturday I went to the 10th ‘Pride of Longbridge’
Now organised by the Pride of Longbridge Heritage and Community Group this annual event is held in recognition not only of the cars produced at the Longbridge plant – known locally as “The Austin” – but also of the people who worked there and built the cars. Originally a one-off event a year after the MG Rover plant closed in April 2005, the Pride of Longbridge has grown massively and around 4200 cars attended this year from all over the UK and further afield including Holland, Germany, Belgium and France.
Cars are once more leaving the production line at Longbridge as the Chinese manufactured MG3 and MG6 ‘kits’ are now assembled here.
Your’s truly with my 2003 MG ZT 180 Sports Auto in Monogram Chagall Supertallic (Thanks Jimbo for the image!) (All images FujiFilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS)
1982 MG Metro identical to RJH45Y that I used to own
MG Maestro similar to the car I raced in the early 1980s
A huge queue built up during the day to get into Cofton Park for Pride of Longbridge
How many left?! A lonely Austin Princess 2
Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT-T, ZR and TF
Monogram Bittersweet Chromactive MG ZT and ZR
The unique Aubergine Supertallic MG ZT 180 Sports SE
Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT
Monogram Jubilee Supertallic and Orange Grove Supertallic MG TFs
Monogram Moonshine Chromescent MG TF
Orange Marmalade MG3 in the MG Sales Centre
The art deco MG Conference Centre at Longbridge
Orange Marmalade MG6
1978 series 1 Rover 2600 SD1 in very rare Avocado Green
1975 Rover P6 3500S with the owner showing he still has the original Police cap in the boot!
Austin Maxi 1750
Austin Metro City X ‘Rat Look’
The Dutch contingent, 3 MG ZRs and a MG ZT
The dreaded ‘tin worm’ on an Austin Princess
Carbon fibre bodied MG SV-R complete with a 4.6 litre Ford Mustang V8 and FIAT Punto lights!
A pair of Nash Metropolitans built at Longbridge by Austin for the American market