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 (All images FujiFilm X-T1,  Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS)

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

1982 MG Metro identical to RJH45Y that I used to own

MG Maestro similar to the car I used to race in the early 1980s

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

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

How many left?! A lonely Austin Princess 2

Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT-T, ZR and TF

Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT-T, ZR and TF

Monogram Bittersweet Chromactive MG ZT and ZR

Monogram Bittersweet Chromactive MG ZT and ZR

The unique Aubergine Supertallic MG ZT 180 Sports SE

The unique Aubergine Supertallic MG ZT 180 Sports SE

Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT

Monogram Shot Silk Chromescent MG ZT

Monogram Jubilee Supertallic and Orange Grove Supertallic MG TFs

Monogram Jubilee Supertallic and Orange Grove Supertallic MG TFs

Monogram Moonshine Chromescent MG TF

Monogram Moonshine Chromescent MG TF

Orange Marmalade MG3 in the MG Sales Centre

Orange Marmalade MG3 in the MG Sales Centre

The art deco MG Conference Centre at Longbridge

The art deco MG Conference Centre at Longbridge

Orange Marmalade MG6

Orange Marmalade MG6

1978 series 1 Rover 2600 SD1 in very rare Avocado Green

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!

1975 Rover P6 3500S with the owner showing he still has the original Police cap in the boot!

Austin Maxi 1750

Austin Maxi 1750

Austin Metro City X 'Rat Look'

Austin Metro City X ‘Rat Look’

The Dutch contingent, 3 MG ZRs and a MG ZT

The Dutch contingent, 3 MG ZRs and a MG ZT

The dreaded 'tin worm' on an Austin Princess

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!

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

A pair of Nash Metropolitans built at Longbridge by Austin for the American market