For some, the suggestion that the BMC 1100 and 1300 range of cars was 'built to last' will elicit a hollow laugh and dark references to the rapid demise of sills, subframes and inner wings! But wait until you see the stand at the show - it might just change your mind...
For some, the suggestion that the BMC 1100 and 1300 range of cars was 'built to last' will elicit a hollow laugh and dark references to the rapid demise of sills, subframes and inner wings! And of course it was true that 1100s knew how to rust - many of them had structural problems within a few years of manufacture. Owners are much better at dealing with corrosion issues these days, and the 1100 Club can help with lots of advice and with sourcing new panels and repair sections when they are still needed, but further thought was clearly required about how it would link with the stand to the theme of the 2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
Fortunately, the club has come up with a plan! The stand will showcase aspects of the 1100 and 1300 range which really were 'built to last' - it’s forward thinking design and powertrain. Front wheel drive, a transverse engine and independent suspension really helped to lay the groundwork for many of the cars that followed both from UK manufacturers and those abroad. The A series engine that is at the heart of all 1100s and 1300s was first seen powering the Austin A30 in 1952 and went right on until the last Mini rolled off the production line in 2000, with many A series engined cars clocking up impressive mileages and indeed, in the words of Keith Adams on aronline.co.uk, "capable of delivering fantastic fuel consumption figures, thanks in no small part to excellent torque characterictics and thermal efficiency". In short, it was such a hard act to follow that it lasted for much longer than many of its contemporaries.
The 1100 Club stand will, as usual, display several stunning variants of the marque, including a concours 1300GT from Ireland, a Morris Mk II and what must be one of the best Vanden Plas Princess examples in the country. Also as usual, the full range of club regalia will be on sale and the stand will be staffed by some of the most knowledgeable and friendly car enthusiasts in the business.
But the centrepiece will be something even more special still - you will have to visit Stand 485 in Hall 3 to find out what it is, but the club has revealed that it will involve a chance to get 'up close and personal' with an A Series. More details will be released on the Facebook page in the lead-up to the show.
You can also visit www.the1100club.com to find out more about the club, its members and what it does throughout the year.