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Little Classics News: 20 October 2014
Pictures: John Lakey

Sun's Out for Cambridge-Oxford Owners Club Autumn Rally

Aleksandar Krstenic from York with his 1970 Austin A60 1/2 ton van

The Cambridge–Oxford Owners Club (COOC) rounded off their successful 2014 rally season at Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire on Sunday 19th October.

The unseasonably fine weather ensured a good turnout of over 40 classic cars alongside the popular museum with vehicle displays and tram rides.

It was fitting that Aleksandar Krstenic's pre-farina based 1970 Austin A60 1/2 ton van won the AGM Trophy for 'Most Popular' car as well as winning (the much smaller) 'Best Commercial' prize as the rally took place almost exactly 60 years after the launch of the Cambridge/Westminster cars in late 1954.

Morris Oxford SeVI Traveller and similar saloon on display next to active tram line

That small range of initially Austin A40, A50 Cambridge and A95, A105 Westminster launched the floorpan and kit of mechanical parts which would later also underpin the badge engineered Farina designed range of rear-wheel-drive BMC cars; every classic car the COOC caters for is based on those original floorpans.


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