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Pride of Longbridge needs help to continue its success story

posted 27 Feb 2013, 14:30 by Eddie Foster   [ updated 27 Feb 2013, 14:39 ]

This free Pride of Longbridge event, which has grown every year since its inception in 2006, desperately needs volunteer marshals to ensure the success of POL 2013 on Saturday April 13th.

The record attendance of over 1100 vehicles at Pride of Longbridge 2012 has created a problem for ALF and RCAT (Rover Community Action Trust), the two groups who organise the event at Cofton Park,  Birmingham, opposite the Longbridge factory. ALF committee member John Lakey said, "Every year the event gets bigger and bigger, and last year we were so short of marshals I literally started issuing vests to friends of mine from The Cambridge-Oxford Owners Club. They were then left with no alternative but to help, despite the fact they had just come to enjoy the event! To be fair they all enjoyed marshalling as you get to meet and talk to more people. So we really need to have a larger pool this year because, if the weather is good, we expect more cars than last year".

If you are intending to come along to POL, why not volunteer to marshal for a couple of hours? No-one other than the core committee is expected to be on duty all day but if you can commit to an hour or two, you will be helping to save this unique and wonderful event. Please contact ALF chairman John Baker on: ausfederation@talktalk.net

POL is a free informal event, more of a community carnival than a car rally and the organisers are committed to keeping it that way, so volunteer marshals are important.

ANY vehicle with a Longbridge connection is very welcome to come along, and the organisers would especially like to encourage owners of pre-war vehicles, as these provide real interest for the many local children who attend POL to find out about what their forefathers did.    

POL 2013 will feature a children's competition for home-made model gravity racers organised jointly by MG Cars at Longbridge and the MG Car Club; using the ramp the MGCC use for their successful Rocker Box Racing Challenge. 

Rules will be published on www.austinlongbridgefederation.co.uk on March 13th so everyone has the same limited time to build their model racer. 

They will also be on the POL Facebook page.

By John Lakey - Austin Longbridge Federation