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Old 23rd December 2013, 16:05   #21
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Default Classic Motor Show 2013

Classic Motor Show 2013



November 15th, 16th & 17th saw the club at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in Birmingham for the fourth year in succession.

It was a very busy three days with great interest in the club and the cars. We had 21 on the spot registrations with many more promising to join from the comfort of their own home.

Thanks to Duotone, Jules and Jezzer 1 for allowing the use of their immaculate cars for the club's display.




The area for our stand as we arrived, small……




.…..but perfectly formed




Open for business




Rover 75 V8 Contemporary SE Firefrost Red press car, courtesy of Jezzer 1




Rover 75 CDTi Connoisseur SE Tourer Two-Tone British Racing Green over Arbour Green, courtesy of Duotone




MG ZT 260 SE finished in Monogram Twilight, courtesy of Jules





Jules and Duotone on hand to offer advice on the CDTi engine





Dragrad assisting one of the many interested visitors to our stand





The ever open bonnet of a V8 tempts a couple of interested on-lookers




The team at the NEC Duotone, Dragrad, Reebs, Jules, Neil Coupland & J1MBO

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The Pride Of Longbridge - Cofton Park: 12th April 2014

The 9th Pride of Longbridge rally was held at its usual location Cofton park, Birmingham on the 12th April 2014. The event is organised by the Austin Longbridge Federation and is open to all vehicles that have a connection with Longbridge. For the first time any club associated with ALF was able to pre-book a display area and at least 40 groups took advantage of this, ourselves included.

The day dawned finer than the previous year, dry if rather fresh, however there were still areas of the park that were boggy and best avoided. In all it was the largest gathering ever at the venue with a reported attendance of between 2000 to 2300 vehicles covering many decades and marques.

We had an impressive amount of vehicles arrive, so much so, we had to extend our designated area twice.



A view across Crofton Park towards our display area.

A selection from our areas line-up........














Scenes from around Crofton Park.........






In all a very good, if at times bitterly cold, event with probably the most impressive amount of vehicles, with connections to Longbridge, ever assembled.

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Default 16th Club Meet - Heritage Motor Museum Gaydon

16th Club Meet - Heritage Motor Museum Gaydon:
April 2014


The first National Meet of 2014 was held on Sunday 13th April 2014 at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon, Warwickshire



Members had two treats in store; the great improvement in the weather over the previous days Pride of Longbridge and the sight of number one parked on the grass outside the museum ready to take part in our timeline display of "Dealer Launch Cars"

Belying its age, still with that new car smell, looking if it had just come from the production line and with only 33 miles on the clock, number one was a pleasure to behold.











The early arrivals were soon treated to an impressive display of nine early 75's including one members pre-production example, the museums #1 and seven member owned dealer launch cars





Many visited the museum especially as there had been a discount negotiated for club members, it's an impressive collection many with a Longbridge, Rover or MG connection.










Not only does the museum have the first production Rover 75 off the line it also has the last, a rather nice example in Firefrost



During the afternoon there was a very amusing and informative question and answer session given by Rincewind aka Nic Fasci, previously a homolgation engineer with MG-Rover, currently with the UK Vehicle Type Approval authority VCA.

A raffle was held presided over by Reebs and actros with the able assistance of sworks, the star prize of an LCD television was won by Moonshine Mark.



There was an impromptu monogram themed display of ten cars arranged later on in the afternoon.

The Gryphon Trophy was awarded to Rob Wijnstok from the Netherlands for his beautiful Chatsworth Tourer.





It had been a busy and enjoyable day with a total of 139 cars attending the event, a record breaking one in the Club's history.

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Default 17th Club Meet - Bowes Museum, County Durham

17th Club Meet - Bowes Museum, County Durham:
September 2014


The second National meet of 2014 was held on Sunday 28th September 2014 at The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.



Set in impressive surroundings the museum has some extremely interesting items within its portals, but the highlight of any tour must be the Silver Swan.



Far from being a static exhibit, the Silver Swan is an early example of an automaton and beneath the life size exterior is a complex mechanical device that controls all the swan's movements, linked to a music box.





Well in excess of 40 cars attended and in all honesty looked in place parked in pride of place outside the house.



Sworks came with his rather nice R8 Coupe.



Yella Fella's ZT was sporting a rather appropriate label.



Many travelled some distance to attend but special mention should be made of Eric Druyts, who journeyed from Belgium, bringing his rather aptly registered Rover 75.

After a visit to the museum many members tucked in to a traditional cream tea.

During the afternoon members placed their votes for the cars, these were in various categories, the event came to a close with an awards ceremony with rosettes being presented to the oweners.




The first place in the three major categories was presented to;

Ssizefive



For his Rover 75, best in Rover 75 class

Ricardo65




For his MG ZT, best in MG ZT class

AldoR




For his MG ZT260, best in Modified class

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The Classic Motor Show: 14th - 16th November 2014

November 14th to the 16th saw the Club displaying for the fifth year in succession at the Classic Motor Show held at the NEC in Birmingham, It was an extremely busy three days with a great deal of interest shown in both the cars and the Club. Eighteen new members joined our ranks whilst visiting our stand and a great many more left with a flyer promising to register later.

Our thanks to FLYING BANANA, Jules, LimoRog and Mike Noc for allowing us to display their amazing cars and for their invaluable assistance in manning the Club stand.




Our stand ready for the opening day of the show



Dragrad, LimoRog, Reebs, Jules, J1MBO & Duotone all answering queries



LimoRog showing his Limousine



Dragrad deep in conversation



Mike Noc explaining all things diesel



The automotive author James Taylor, who joined us on our stand on Sunday, shares a joke

The stars of the show, the cars



Monogram Sunspot MG ZT 1.8T, courtesy of FLYING BANANA



Monogram Aurora MG ZT-T 190, courtesy of Jules



Raven Black MaccNeillie six door Rover 75 Limousine, courtesy of LimoRog



Copperleaf Rover 75 Connoisseur SE, courtesy of Mike Noc



The team, J1MBO, Reebs, Jules, Duotone, Dragrad, Mike Noc, FLYING BANANA, LimoRog and Christopher

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Default Pride of Longbridge 2015

The Pride of Longbridge - 18th April 2015

The 10th Pride of Longbridge was held on the 18th April 2015 at its normal venue Cofton Park, Birmingham, situated just across the road from the legendary Longbridge. The event is now organised and run by the Pride of Longbridge Heritage and Community Group who have been involved since its inception.


Unlike the previous two years the day dawned bright, sunny and reasonably warm, so much so that it drew fantastic attendance, consequently breaking all previous records with in excess of 4000 cars and 10,000 people visiting the event. As a Club we probably had one of the larger groups with over 100 members and their cars attending.




The Club's area was very well attended.



Monogram Aubergine ZT owned by member smiffy



Duotone’s two-tone 75 Tourer.



Mike Noc’s Copperleaf 75.



Monogram Chagall ZT owned by member CMWI.



Dover White 75 Tourer owned by member spyder.



Allegroboi’s Dorchester Red 75.



Windrush’s Pearl Black 75 Tourer.



Members spyder and Rev Jules view Christopher’s Maltese Copperleaf 75.



Trebor’s Solar Red ZT parked with members of the Midlands Nano.



Wedgwood Blue Dealer Launch 75s.



Rover 800s



The Rover Sports Register.



Rover 200 Cabriolets



1800s aka The Land Crab



Rover BRMs



Austin Allegros


It was nice to see member confounded’s Rover 75 Pickup in the flesh, the workmanship is awesome



Gerry’s Rover 75 Pickup



Pride of Longbridge 2015 from the air showing the impressive attendance.



The Club's area was situated to the left of the arrow.


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Default 18th Club Meet - Haynes International Motor Museum

18th Club Meet - Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford:
May 2015


The first National meet of 2015 was held on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Somerset.



The very impressive museum building.


One of the better venues for the car enthusiast the museum attracted good interest with 73 members attending the event with their cars, indeed we had two people that saw the meet and parked with us. One liked it so much he wanted to join the Club there and then; the other was an owner of a Primrose Rover 75 who was also visiting the museum, unfortunately he was unable stay for long. It was a shame also that Spike had to leave early to limp “Burt”, his Primrose 75, home with a broken spring.



Early arrivals get parked up.




Member’s register for the event.



The event in full swing.




Spike’s “Burt”.




The Primrose Rover 75, whose owner was also visiting the museum.



The museum halls were well worth the visit, a selection of the cars exhibited


















The customary raffle was held, member KernowRover managing to scoop the two major prizes of a flat screen TV and a Navall head unit.


thomas 75 connie with Christopher and Reebs.




KernowRover receiving his second major prize from Christopher.



Italian member mccano was presented with the award for the furthest distance travelled, an epic 936 miles!


Member mccano arriving in his lovely Pearl Black ZT-T.



FLYING BANANA won the award for the best ZT on the day.


FLYING BANANA’s Monogram Sunspot Kinetic ZT.



Teflon’s Monogram Lagoon Supertalic 75 was awarded the dual accolade of best 75 on the day, plus the best car overall, and he was duly presented with the 2015 Gryphon Trophy.


Teflon’s Monogram Lagoon Supertalic 75.




The under bonnet detail of Teflon’s 75 is truly amazing!



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Default 19th Club Meet - British Commercial Vehicle Museum

19th Club Meet - British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland: October 2015


The second National meet of 2015 was held on Sunday 4th October 2015 at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Leyland, Lancashire.


The museum is housed in part of what was once the Leyland factory


Housed in what was once part of the huge Leyland Motors factory, the museum charts the history of public and commercial vehicles from a time well before the advent of motorways. The vehicles are displayed in an interesting and informative way, this, taken with the very friendly and helpful museum staff on hand to explain and inform, made for a very enjoyable day.


The Club had the use of the museum car park for the event.



The museum management kindly allowed us the use of the car park for our event; four cars were parked at the entrance to the museum and were of great interest to the passing public.




The cars parked on display outside the event.




David Edmonds’s 75




barney bear's 75




FLYING BANANA’s ZT




LimoRog’s 75 Long Wheel Base



Over 60 vehicles are on display in the museum, a selection of them


















The customary raffle was held, the star prize of a Navall head unit being won by FLYING BANANA.


Jan, Redfive and Bri.




Redfive with FLYING BANANA.




During the afternoon there was a treat in store for lovers of the Rover marque when Saga Lout’s friend Peter arrived with his Rover P5B Coupé.


Peter’s lovely P5B.




And under the bonnet, the V8.



As the day drew to a close there was the opportunity for the picture all seemed to want to capture, FLYING BANANA’s Sunspot ZT together with the Trophy Yellow 75 of sworks and ZT-T of Organiser.



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