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The seventh annual Pride of Longbridge rally takes place in Cofton Park this Saturday, for ex-workers, enthusiasts, and the local community.

The event, organised by the Rover Community Action Trust (RCAT) and the Austin Longbridge Federation (ALF), was started in 2006. It is always held on the first Saturday following the date MG Rover closed, with around six and a half thousand people losing their jobs.

Organiser Gemma Cartwright said that the idea was to recognise the efforts of the workers at the Longbridge factory over the years and to celebrate the craftsmanship of the cars produced.

The 2011 event saw around 2500 visitors and 850 cars produced at the plant on display.

This year will see a convoy of vehicles travelling together from the Oxford area and visitors from as far afield as Germany and Australia.

Gemma was awarded an MBE by the Queen for her work with the Rover Community Action Trust, supporting workers and their families. She expects there to be even more people attending than last year: “Each year it grows, and it’s a great chance for all ex-workers to come together.” she said.

The current operators of the Longbridge factory, MG Motor UK, will have a three car display and be offering test drives in the new MG6 GT and Magnette across the road in the MG Sales Centre.

Pride Of Longbridge 2012 is at Cofton Park, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2BQ
Saturday 14th April 2012 10 AM – 4.00 PM
Entry is FREE 

If you have a car made at Longbridge or by British Leyland / BMC, you can join the rally for free. There’s no need to book a space, but you could let organisers know you’re intending to go along by contacting John Baker by emailing ausfederation@talktalk.net

If you do not have a car to show, there is ample on-road parking around the park.

More info:

John Baker’s Austin Memories

Pride of Longbridge 2012 Facebook Group

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