The Austin Maxi Owners Club is set to take part in the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show's theme with gusto. Held at Birmingham’s NEC from 11-13 November, this year’s season finale celebrate ‘heroes and heroines. In addition to other exquisite examples of Austin's ground-breaking five-speed hatchback, they will exhibit 'Puff', one of four Austin Maxis that took part in the most arduous motor sport event the world has ever seen, the 1970 Daily Mirror World Cup Rally.
Puff is a fitting tribute to the three lady thrill-seekers who contested the grueling 16,000mile epic. The British trio of Tish Ozanne, Bronwyn Burrell and Tina Kerridge had a simple mission, but a formidable task ahead of them. They ran competitively too, achieving 35th place after the European stages of the strenuous 'WCR'.
From a Maxi perspective, the placing is significant, yet the car, owing to its 'early production' status - one of the initial 500 Maxis to be built at Longbridge - remains only part of the story.
The Maxi is the sole remaining example (of four entered and one other remaining) that still exists in private hands. And 2016 is significant in Puff's history too. Why? Because in June this year the car was bought by one of its former crew from the WCR.
You'll be able to see Puff the Maxi, along with owner Bronwyn Burrell and team-mate Tina Kerridge on the Austin Maxi Owners Club stand. Come and 'rally round' these Heroines of British motor sport history in Hall 4!