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									Author: Steve Nichols             Tel: 01603 508380/ Mob: 07010 703074
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Car enthusiasts organise convoy to support MG Rover Longbridge workers

Hundreds of car enthusiasts joined MG Rover workers at a rally outside the company’s
Birmingham factory on Sunday [17 April 2005] to show their solidarity and support.

The rally, comprising more than 250 cars, started from the Gaydon Motor Heritage
Museum, travelling up the M40 to the Longbridge plant.

With everything from a 1946 MGTC, owned by Jeff Brodrick from Stratford-upon-Avon, to a
brand-new MG ZT, bought on the very day the company went into administration, the cars
and their owners were cheered as they drove through the crowds outside MG Rover’s Q
gate at Longbridge, south west of Birmingham.

Organiser Bev Miles, of Braintree, Essex, wearing a www.savemgrover.com t-shirt, said
she was touched by the workers’ response, 5,000 of who will find redundancy notices on
their doormats this week.

Bev said: “When news of the factory’s closure broke I was devastated. I feel sorry for the
workers. Hopefully we can salvage the MG marque out of this mess and keep it in this
country.”

MG ZT owner Peter Baker said that he had picked his brand new car up from the dealer
on the day MG Rover went into administration. Peter said: “I had to make the decision
whether to buy it, but I had no hesitation. With the record of reliability that the car has it
was an easy decision. I’m happy that I’ve got myself a British car.”

Engine worker Jo Wardell, from MG Rover subsidiary Powertrain, said: “Its nice that there
are so many people here to support us today. It is ironic that this is the 100 th anniversary
year for Rover. We had been told that the [SAIC] deal was going through. Hopefully,
something can be salvaged. The thought of no more cars coming out that gate doesn’t
bear thinking about.”

Drivers of non-MG Rover cars were booed by the crowd as they drove past the now closed
factory gates on Low Hill Road.


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