The NEC Classic Car Show 2010
Member clubs of the Austin Federation provided a strong presence at the
Footman James Classic Car Show at the NEC from 12th to 14th November.
Among the clubs showing at the NEC were the Metro Owners Club, Austin
Seven Clubs Association, Vanden Plas Owners Club, Austin Ten Drivers’ Club,
and The Wolseley Register.
The Metros on display ranged from a very original and smart 1.3 to racing and
rallying models - demonstrating the versatility of the design.
For fans of the Austin models of the 1930s these were conveniently displayed
adjacent to one another - the Austin Seven and ATDC stands being back to
back. There was such a wide range of models and body styles built in that
decade that it is always difficult for the clubs to choose what to include as a
ATDC showed two Tens from 1934 - a 10/4 Two-seat & dickey and a Lichfield -
and two larger cars - a 1932 Westminster 16/6, and a New Ascot - the “new
programme” version of the Lt12/4 available from 1936.
New Ascot and 1934 Ten two-seater.
Lichfield and Westminster
What’s New Pussy Cat? Coventry cuties at the NEC
Around the Clubs - Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club
On the 10th October 2010, enthusiasts of the Rover 200Mk2 and 400Mk1 met at
RAF Cosford to celebrate the 21st & 20th Anniversary of the launch of the Rover
200Mk2 and 400Mk1.
The 200 & 400 Owners Club raise the banner for Rover R8 at Cosford
The second generation Rover 200 model, codenamed 'R8' along with its saloon
sibling the Rover 400, was the company's most successful car, outselling rivals
from Ford and Vauxhall, resulting in a 24-hour a day three-shift production
pattern at Longbridge. The ‘R8’ was first launched on the 10th October 1989, 21
years previous to the Anniversary Event.
Organised jointly by the Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club and Rover Coupe
Owners Club, the show was a great success with over 80 cars turning up on the
day to celebrate the occasion. A ‘show n shine’ competition was held on the day
with the competition being sponsored by Dodo Juice and judged by Midlands
If you are an enthusiast of the ‘R8’ then the Rover 200 & 400 Owners Club would
love to hear from you and can be found at http://www.rover200.org.uk
A selection of hot models.
Cosford report & photos provided by Lindsey Smith - Rover 200 & 400 Owners’ Club.
The Club has a great website with online forum, technical advice, details of all the
models, a quarterly magazine “The Viking” - either online or hard copy - discount
schemes, and an agreed valuation insurance scheme for members. It also has one of
the lowest - possibly the lowest - annual membership fees of any car club. - The Editor.
Some of the line-up at RAF Cosford
Looking very relaxed - smart white coupe
Showing off crisp lines - neat and very original looking 5 door
Looks like a new set of wheels - shiny 3 door
Tourer - filled a gap in the market.
Forthcoming Events - 2011
||Copy date for MARCH NEWSLETTER
Feb-Mar - Date
to be agreed
FEDERATION GENERAL MEETING - Federation of Austin Clubs, Registers & Associations - Church Hall Longbridge
AUSTIN-MORRIS DAY at BROOKLANDS MUSEUM -
Cambridge Oxford Owners Club - COOC
||PRIDE OF LONGBRIDGE RALLY
|16th - 17th April
BRISTOL CLASSIC CAR SHOW - Royal Bath & WestShowground - SHEPTON MALLET
||FBHVC - DRIVE-IT DAY - Events All Areas
||Ask your club.
DRIVE-IT DAY BIRMINGHAM - Victoria Square
Lord Mayor of Birmingham - www.didbrim.com
Clubs call Alan Billington
Indivs call Tom Griffiths
||COOC Stand at LUTON FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT 2011
CAMBRIDGE-OXFORD Owners’ Club NATIONAL RALLY
North Norfolk Railway - HOLT Norfolk
||QUADROFARINA 2 - Madeira Drive - Brighton
||ATDC NATIONAL RALLY - 10-28hp 1931-1939
AUSTIN COUNTIES NATIONAL RALLY
The Attwell-Wilson Motor Museum - CALNE Wilts
||BMC-BL SPARES DAY 2011 - Ferry Meadows
October - Date
to be agreed
|FEDERATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Pick Up a Morris Dancer - BMC badge engineering at work
Historic Decade Dates in Longbridge History
Notable decade anniversaries that arise during 2011 include:-
1911 - Austin 15hp Town Carriage
1921 - Receiver appointed - 26 April - Sir Arthur WHINNEY
1931 - Austin Light 12 / 6 introduced.
1941 - Death of Lord Austin - May
1951 - Opening of CAB 1 and introduction of Austin A30
1961 - Multi-storey car park for new car storage
1971 - Conveyor over the Bristol Road
Austin A30 - Ready to Rally
Annual General Meeting - 16th October 2010 - Summary
The report attached to this edition of the Newsletter contains details of the
proceedings at the AGM
In addition to dealing with the formal business - reports, accounts and\
appointments - the members present took the opportunity to discuss:-
Future Events - the activities of the Federation in support of Pride Of
Longbridge and other events.
Renaming the Federation to reduce the apparent emphasis on Austin and to
draw out the links to Longbridge and the other brands.
Redesigning the logo with the same aim.
Re-launch of the Federation to attract clubs back into membership.
Listing buildings at Longbridge - the pros and cons.
As is traditional at Federation meetings the discussions were frank and open and
covered a wide range of viewpoints.
The next meeting of the Federation will be held in February or March - exact date
is to be agreed - at St John the Baptist church hall, Longbridge. The next AGM
will be held in October 2011.
Longbridge in the News
MG dealers to be GM?
MG has been owned by General Motor’s Chinese partner SAIC Motor since
2007. GM’s regional boss in China has claimed that the firm is in talks with SAIC
Motor that could allow the classic British brand access to GM’s Dealer Networks
in the UK – which means Vauxhall and Chevrolet.
Newspapers are reporting Kevin Wale - President and MD for GM’s China operations
“We have agreed in an MoU that we would discuss the potential for MG to be
distributed in the UK. That’s what we are doing at the moment.”
But the website Austin-Rover Online quotes the Vauxhall dealer network as
responding with: -
“Vauxhall Motors’ Retail Network Development Department is assisting
SAIC/MG Motor (through an MoU) with network development to enable
MG Motor to develop its retail network in the UK. A number of possible
opportunities will be explored under the MoU but these do not include
selling MG Motor products alongside Vauxhall in the same showroom.”
So is the MG6 - made at Longbridge - to be sold by Vauxhall dealers or not?
Daily Telegraph Business News - 21st December 2010
AROnline - 14th December 2010
Corrections and Additions.
Last edition I reported that at launch the ordinary Metro had ventilated disc
brakes. I have since been informed that this is incorrect.
A reliable source has confirmed that the MG-Rover pension scheme is covered
by the Pensions Protection Fund and former MG-Rover workers will receive
pensions from the PPF.
No prizes - just for fun
answers in next Newsletter.
1. Name the car club that caters for the “R8” model. ________________________
2. What was the name of the VAR when in was founded in 1958?
3. What make and model of car climbed Ben Nevis and Table Mountain in 1928?
4. The “Millionth” Austin was produced in which year? _____________
5. The “Tenth Million” car made at Longbridge was what model? ______________
5. In what year did Sir Herbert become Lord Austin? ___________
6. The “Forgotten Heavy Bomber” the Short Stirling was made at which Midland
shadow factory? ______________________
7. What did the three letter acronym “ARG” stand for?______________________
8. Ascot, Kempton, Aintree, Goodwood. Which is the odd one out, and why?
9. Who famously crashed a press fleet Mini? _______________________
10. What do the “The Elephant House” and “The Kremlin” share?
Hello, hello, hello. What documents do we have here then?
About Us - The Federation of Austin Clubs, Registers and Associations
Aims and Objectives
The primary objective of the Austin Federation is to bring together clubs, organisations and associations,
throughout the world, which have an interest in preserving and maintaining the Heritage, Name and
Products of the Austin Motor Company and of the Longbridge Plant. The Federation is also open to
individual members who share these interests.
Products include all brands associated with Longbridge - BMC, BL, MG-Rover - cars and commercials.
The aims are to:-
Publicise and promote Austin and its heritage
Facilitate the sharing of historical and social information
Collate information allowing member organisations to manage their events diary
Promote recognition of major milestones and anniversaries in the history of Austin
and the Longbridge works.
Opinions expressed in the Newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views
of the management Committee of the Austin Federation.
The electronic newsletter is distributed to all member clubs, organisations and associations,
to individual members, and to others who have a continuing interest in Austin or Longbridge.
Please send information about your Club and its activities for publication in the Federation
Copy date for March edition - 24 February 2011.
Peter Winney - Editor
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