A 110 year old racing car, the first Land Rover and the very first Morris Minor are all set to feature at Power Maxed Motofest Coventry in a celebration of the UK’s automotive heritage.
The British Motor Museum will bring three motoring marvels from their illustrious collection to the festival weekend including the 1908 Austin 100hp Grand Prix racing car, which will take part in demonstration laps around the circuit.
The Austin race car appearing at Power Maxed Motofest Coventry is one of three Austins that took part in the 1908 French Grand Prix and is the only surviving car from what was the first and last ever appearances by the Austin cars in a Grand Prix race.
Driven in 1908 by J TC Moore-Brabazon, the Austin finished in a respectable 18th place and along with its fellow Austin driven by Dario Resta, the only British cars to finish the race.
No match for their continental opposition the Austin cars Grand Prix racing careers ended in 1908 when they were all sold off as fast tourers.
Now 110 years later the 9657cc, 171bhp Austin with a 92mph top speed, will once again return to the track to run on the Toyo Tires sprint circuit at this year’s festival.
The Austin will be accompanied at the Power Maxed Motofest Coventry festival by Huey, the first pre-production series 1 or more commonly known as the first Land Rover and the beginning of one of Jaguar Land Rover’s most popular and enduring global success stories.
First sold to a Warwickshire farmer in 1948, at the end of its working life Huey was bought back by the Rover company to be restored to its original condition, since when it has featured as part of the British Motor Museum’s vehicle collection.
Finally on display will be the very first Morris Minor, painted in platinum grey and the lead vehicle for another incredible British automotive success story.
The Morris Minor, when launched, became the most successful car since the advent of the Mini, and was the first British car to sell one million units.
James Noble, Power Maxed Motofest Coventry Festival Director, said: “We thank the British Motor Museum again for their support in bringing such an incredible line-up of cars to Power Maxed Motofest Coventry.
“Having one of the first Austin Grand Prix cars running on the circuit really connects the past with the present and is a showcase 110 years later of the enduring appeal of motorsport.
“This year the British Motor Museum cars are about celebrating the UK’s rich automotive heritage, with the first Land Rover and the very first Morris Minor on display, and are a wonderful reflection of what the Power Maxed Motofest Coventry event is all about.”
Power Maxed Motofest Coventry is a two-day festival dedicated to the city’s motoring heritage, which this year takes place on Saturday 2 June and Sunday 3 June.
There will be a range of automotive activities taking place from pop-up and demonstration events to static displays and fringe events at Power Maxed Motofest Coventry, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.