Organised by the Rover Community Action Trust (RCAT) and the Austin Longbridge Federation (ALF), the annual event 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.
Co-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, and the 2012 event saw even more visitors, with around 1100 vehicles on show. The event attracts visitors from all over the UK and several from overseas.
This year’s event will also have much more for the local community besides the cars! Including stalls from local crafters, Northfield Arts Forum, performances from Victoria School of Dance and more.
Pride Of Longbridge 2013 is at:
Cofton Park, Longbridge, Birmingham B31 2BQ
Saturday 13th April 2013 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not have a car to show, there is ample on-road parking around the park.