Pride of Longbridge Rally 12 April 2013.
Cofton Park, Longbridge, B31 2BQ.

Firstly - a massive thank-you to the owners of the 1,000 plus Austin, BMC and Austin Rover vehicles, who despite cold, windy, wet weather, turned out to support the eighth annual Pride of Longbridge Rally - held at Cofton Park Longbridge on Saturday April 13th.


Early Arrivals.

Despite having to split up the park because unseasonably wet weather had left some areas bogged down and fenced off, POL 2013 attracted well over  1,000 Longbridge related vehicles. Hopefully the weather will be kinder in the build - up to the event in 2014 and the whole park will again be available.

POL is a community event organised annually by the Austin Longbridge Federation (ALF) and the Rover Community Action Trust (RCAT) to celebrate the products of the Longbridge factory, and the community who it supported with over a century of vehicle production on the site. Any vehicle with a Longbridge connection, large or small, new or old, is very welcome to attend this admission free event.

As in recent past years, a convoy of 100 plus Austin - BMC produced vehicles travelled from Cowley to Longbridge - leaving the Mini factory  Cowley at 8.30am to arrive at Cofton Park mid - morning.

The 2013 Pride of Longbridge also hosted the first MG CD racers competition for children at Cofton Park Birmingham on 13/04/2013.
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A line of BRMs arriving at Cofton Park


Cofton Park Area D at 10 30 am.


Rally field with Austin Westminster A110 and MG Midget Mk3 in foreground. Both used Longbridge built engines of a similar but different  size design.

 

 

 

Students of the Victoria School Of Dance in Longbridge dance with yellow Metro 6r4 Rally car visible in the back ground on some shots. Only at POL!
 

 

 

 

 

More Cars.

 

 

 

 Roy Presdee demonstrates why he always leaves a cut tennis ball in the engine bay of his Cambridge A55Mk2.   

With Thanks to Dave Gothard and John Lakey for the above photographs.