Car Anniversaries in 2022

Here’s our traditional January look at what ‘Car Anniversaries’ (and in all likelihood, events to celebrate them!) fall in the coming year.

#MGB60

Yes, the ever popular MGB Roadster celebrates its 60th birthday this year!

Launched in 1962 to succeed the popular MGA, the ‘B’ became one of the most popular British built cars of all time and said in production right up until 1980.

There are no fewer than 12 MGB’s between our club members, so it’s popular here too!

(Anyone would think we were originally an MG Owners Club prior to becoming ‘Ayrshire Classics Car Club in 2004!)

 

Triumph Spitfire

Launched at the same time as the MGB, The Triumph Spitfire was a much more basic and sporty affair.

It had the same production span as the ‘B’, lasting till 1980 which was quite a feat for a chassis built design which was rather dated by that point.

Noted for their tight turning circle, their ease of access when working on the engine and the feeling of speed when their wasn’t that much in reality, the Spitfire remains a firm favourite and was many enthusiasts ‘First Classic Car’ (your author included)

 

Concours of Elegance

The Concours of Elegance celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2022 and will hold an expanded show of to help celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II reign featuring a vehicle from each year of it.

There will also be a display of vehicles from the Royal Household – I wonder if I can get a ticket?

It may be rather too exclusive for the likes of me to rock up in my MR2…..

You can read more about it by clicking ‘HERE’

 

BMW ‘M’ Division @ 50

Can you believe that the BMW M Division celebrates its 50th Birthday this year?

As you might imagine, BMW won’t let the occasion pass without a proper celebration. The ‘most powerful letter in the world’ needs to be acknowledged and according to some internet rumors, the people in Munich are preparing a few special models to mark the occasion. As far as we can gather, these cars will be based on models that are currently on sale but they will have special designs and features to remind us of how fast 50 years flew by and what achievements the BMW M division boasts.

More info can be had by clicking ‘HERE’

 

Austin 10 is 90

One of the most recognisable pre-war British Classics is the Austin 10.  Launched in 1932, it remained in production till 1947 and is still a much loved sight at any car show you care to attend.

It is probably a sharp reminder that engineering advancements over the last nine decades have been nothing short of incredible when you read a road test by the Motoring Correspondent of ‘The Times’, of how the ’10’ was perceived on launch:

“The greatest comfortable speed was 55 mph though over 50 takes distance and persuasion. 30 to 35 is an effortless cruising rate with light throttle. . . The delight of the car lies in the easy speed and in the way it holds the road. The generally well balanced and quiet engine is livelier than some Austins. . . The suspension would probably be better with hydraulic shock absorbers. In front one travels very smoothly and the car is undoubtedly stable.”

 

Bedford CA 1952 @ 70

The Bedford CA began its 17 year production lifespan 70 years ago!

The Ford Transit of its day, the CA was once a common sight on UK roads with its distinctive front end and sliding door.  Many of the survivors are examples converted to capers by companies such as Dormobile and indeed the TV show Wheeler Dealers recently featured a restoration of one such example; “Colin the Camper” which made an appearance at the NEC Classic Car Show.

A classic that brings a smile to any face!

 

Other ‘Cariversaries’

 

Launched in 1962 (60 years old)

Launched in 1972 (50 years old)

Launched in 1982 (40 years old)

Launched in 1992 (30 years old)

If you have any more anniversaries of note you’d like us to cover, get in touch!

Maybe you own one of the classics enjoying an anniversary this year and would like to contribute a short article about it?  Again, get in touch!

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