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.
As most readers know, BMC and its successor, British Leyland, encompassed many different British marques which had been founded in the early years of the twentieth century. The (British) Daimler and Lanchester motor companies were among the founding members of the British Motor Industry. These two marques came, in 1968, to British Leyland via British Motor Holdings, the name given to the entity that had added the Jaguar Group, owners of Daimler and Lanchester, to the BMC empire. It was great to see examples from these illustrious companies on display at this show.
Here are some photographs of cars which particularly caught my eye –
– Austin A40 Sport
– A40 Sport ‘Project’ – At the time these photos were taken this car was for sale –
– Austin A 90 Atlantic
– Austin 3 Litre
– Austin Apache
– Austin/Nash Metropolitan
‘Abingdon Works’ Competition Cars
– Austin HealeySprites
– Austin Healey 3000s
– MG Competition Cars
Innocenti (BMC cars made in Italy)
That’s all folks, I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the photos and reading the captions. Until next time…..
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.