Pride of Longbridge Rally 12 April 2014.
Cofton Park, Longbridge,
Press Release from John Lakey -
Record Attendance at Pride of Longbridge 2014
Aware that enthusiasm for Pride of Longbridge grows
every year ALF, the organisers of the motoring section, took the bold step
of expanding the event into the greater park area this year in order to
accommodate the predicted extra vehicles. The new layout proved a great
success; the event felt busy but not cramped and this, allied to good
weather, is surely why so many felt 2014 was the best POL to date.
However, even ALF committee members were amazed at the
numbers attending, at
least 2000 vehicles. For the first time clubs belonging to ALF were able to
pre-book an area for their display and this also proved a great success with
over 40 taking the opportunity to do this.
Any vehicle with a Longbridge connection is welcome to
attend and the variety of cars this year was even greater than ever.
However, the organisers would like to encourage more enthusiasts with older
vehicles to bring them out for the first event in the year's classic car
calendar next year.
With many foreign visitors bringing vehicles to display,
including a small convoy from Holland, the park was busy all day. Many local
residents, mostly former workers and their families attended and were keen
to talk to about the cars and their experiences at the Longbridge plant with
enthusiasts who are now restoring them. The MG Sales Centre across the road
in the Longbridge factory also had a busy day demonstrating the new MG3 and
sold a number of cars to people attending the event.
Pride of Longbridge will return in 2015.