Crowds to descend on Cofton Park for Pride of Longbridge rally

By Tristan Harris 12/04 Updated: 12/04 13:46

A HOST of vehicles which have been made in Longbridge over the last century will descend on Cofton Park on Saturday (April 14) for an event to celebrate the area's motoring history.

The free Pride of Longbridge 2012 rally, which has been organised by the Austin Longbridge Federation (ALF) and the Rover Community Action Trust (RCAT), will take place between 10am and 4pm.

This is the seventh year the event will have been held - it was started in 2006 to commemorate the first anniversary of the closure of the factory, which shut its doors in April 2005.

Among the vehicles on display will be a multitude of Austin cars which were built at Longbridge, Rovers, including 200s, 400s, 25s, 45s and 75s, Maestros, Montegos and Allegros.

And there will, of course, be plenty of MGs, Minis and many many more.

A spokesperson for the Pride of Longbridge 2012 rally said: "The event celebrates the Longbridge factory's achievements and allows former workers to show their families the products they built.

"Any vehicle with a Longbridge connection, no matter how large or small, new or old, is very welcome to attend.

And with car production returning to Longbridge with the creation of the MG6, MG Motor UK will also be showcasing its products at the event.

For more, visit www.austinlongbridgefederation.co.uk

Those wanting to bring their Longbridge-built cars should e-mail John Baker with the make, model and registration number to ausfederation@talktalk.net

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