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#91 OFFLINE   Partridge

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 12:11 PM

There was a very strong market for them...In 1986.


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 04:49 PM

Disused factories/shipyards/mines are like gravestones to communities. They make me feel very solemn.
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Posted 14 January 2017 - 05:24 PM

There was a market for them when they were still being marketed.  

 

 

 

But the public and fleets wised up. When you could have an E34 or W124 for similar $$$$................


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 08:25 PM

Well, that's that then. What's the future of Longbridge? To be a carbon copy of most other towns/city parts around the UK with a set of offices owned/run by private firms, housing estates, some new 'aspirational' housing surrounded by a load of council sink estates, a retail park which will eventually kill off any smaller shops and become a convenient 'hub' of the community. The name of BMC/Austin/Rover/MG etc... the building of cars in Longbridge will cease to exist and be nothing more than a bad memory.

Those in power have wanted kill off car building in Longbridge for years, it somehow became a blot on the landscape, an embarrassing reminder of yesteryear in todays modern world of technological paper-pushing and sales consultancy. I never really thought that the Chinese take over by SAIC or whoever was a real effort to save Longbridge, it's workers and car building there, more a vanity project, a badge to claim that thier cars "designed and nailed together in England" and probably a synical way of slowly winding down car building there until it completely ceases to exist.

 

The developers themselves have admitted though it could take another two decades to finish the redevelopment!  I know people will still need houses but in 20 years retail parks could be as much of a memory as prototype Metros on road test. 



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Posted 16 January 2017 - 10:52 PM

As much as I love BL-Bust (see sig)

Just flatten the place, for fucks sake and be done with it. 


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 11:00 PM

Longbridge doesn't have a future.

What Longbridge has is a past.

A bit like Wolfsburg soon.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:27 AM

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Errr, which forums were they lurking on in the '70s, '80s and most of the '90s? ;-)[/quote]

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I saw a comic at the Longbridge social club actually do that gag about the Metro's roomy boot (holds 20 gallons). It was mid 80's and it went down well. So did the one about-- thankyou and goodnight.
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