The BMC & Leyland Show, held in the grounds of the British Motor Museum at Gaydon, Warwickshire, has become a regular fixture on the Classic Car shows calendar. Good weather ensured that there was a good turnout of both exhibitors and visitors to this year’s event. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing some outstanding historic cars and chatting with some of the owners.
I was particularly impressed with the ‘Abingdon Works’ collection of Austin Healey, MG and Mini competition cars on display, well done David Scothorn for assisting in getting all those cars together. It was also good to catch a glimpse of such notable competitors as Tom Coulthard, Brian Culcheth and Roger Enever who were in attendance.
This post is an extract from my overall Show Report (see the link at the bottom of the page) featuring the Austin Healey and MG cars that were in the ‘Abingdon Works’ display.
Before I get into the Austin Healey and MG competition cars, I want to share this photo with you. Fans of Austin Healey 100 BN1 and BN2s will know why – it was because this car did not sell, in North America, in the numbers envisaged, which allowed Austin to supply sufficient A90 engines (4 cyl. 2660cc.) for Austin Healey production. Less than 8000 Atlantics were produced, more than half of them remaining in the U.K., corrosion took its toll so it is a rare sight on British roads today. What a joy to see all these immaculate examples at the BMC & Leyland Show, Gaydon. Maybe I am too much of a romantic but I felt that I had to share this photo with you.
‘Abingdon Works’ Competition Cars
Austin Healey Sprite
– Austin Healey 3000s
– MG Competition Cars
And all the parts for British cars that you never knew that you wanted –
I would like to give credit to Martin Ingall for providing information, via his website – www.sebringsprite.com, on the Austin Healey Sprite cars referred to above. Also, to all those car owners who had the foresight to tape information about their cars onto the windscreens or side windows of their cars, it makes life so much easier for people like me.
This is the second part of my photographic report on the 2023 Classic Motor Show held at the Birmingham NEC.