50th Anniversary of the Launch of the Austin Maxi
2019 sees the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Austin Maxi (and, coincidentally, the 30th anniversary of the formation of the Austin Maxi Owners Club). The Club will be marking the Maxi’s 50th birthday at a number of events throughout the year; and has also commissioned some 50th memorabilia that is available to purchase at most of these events and also by mail order via the online shop.
Our first event will be the Club stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery at the NEC in Birmingham. The show is open to the public on 22nd/23rd/24th March, and we will have five Maxis on display. PHOTOS
The Maxi was launched in Portugal on the 24th April 1969, and we will be honouring that at a 50th Anniversary Maximeet, combined with the Club’s Annual General Meeting, on Sunday, 28th April. This is also this year’s FBHVC Drive It Day, and the venue for our meet/AGM is at the Drive It Day event at the Mini Plant in Cowley, Oxford (where the vast majority of Maxis were assembled). There will be awards for the Best Maxi, Reserve Best Maxi and Furthest Travelled Maxi. PHOTOS
On 19th May we will be joining the Allegro Club International at their National Rally, being held this year at Nuffield Place in Oxfordshire. Nuffield Place was the home of William Morris, Lord Nuffield, founder of Morris Motors and the Cowley plant. PHOTOS
In July the Club will be attending two events, the British Motor Museum’s BMC & Leyland Day on 7th July and the Crash Box & Classic Car Club’s Historic Vehicle Gathering at Powderham Castle in Devon on 13th and 14th July.
The Lupin Farm Gathering on 18th August is always popular with Maxi owners; and the final confirmed event will be the increasingly popular BL Autumn Rally at Milton Keynes Museum on 29th September.
The Club has applied for a stand at this year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, which will be held at the NEC in Birmingham on 8th/9th/10th November. If we are fortunate to be offered a stand we intend to put on a fitting display covering the production run of the Maxi from 1969 to 1981.
We hope to see as many Maxis as possible at the non-NEC events, and a commemorative car sticker unique to each of these six events will be presented to every Maxi that attends.