Montego fans celebrate car’s ‘ironic cool’

Montego fans celebrate car’s ‘ironic cool’

Car enthusiasts celebrate 30 years of the Montego

Tanya Field

First published in News

IT MAY look like an old banger to untrained eyes, but this week, at 30 years young, the Austin Montego became a modern classic.

The Montego, built at British Leyland in Cowley, now the BMW Mini plant, was launched on April 25, 1984.

Yesterday, to celebrate its anniversary, members of the Montego and Maestro Owners Club brought their motors back home to their birthplace. Among them was John Corbett, from Brighton, who brought his February 1984 model, believed to be the oldest surviving Montego in the world.

He said: “During the 1980s, the car industry went into a slump and some cars were of such dubious quality that, by now, they have mostly been scrapped.

“But people have realised that Montegos and Maestros weren’t bad cars. These were the cars we grew up with.”

The rally, which coinicided with the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs’ Drive It Day, was organised by Oxford classic car enthusiast Tanya Field, who owns 14 vintage and modern classics, including her 1994 Montego which she brought along.

Mrs Field, 42, from Headington, said: “They are ironically cool.”

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10:54am Mon 28 Apr 14

Neonlights says...

"people have realised that Montegos and Maestros weren’t bad cars"

Wrong! They were truly dreadful cars.
"people have realised that Montegos and Maestros weren’t bad cars" Wrong! They were truly dreadful cars. Neonlights
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Tanya Field says...

Wrong! They were and are fab cars!

Although they were a little outdated by the time they came to the market, corrosion was (and still is!) a problem, and the build quality on the earlier ones was inconsistent, they are good cars that make great, affordable, practical classics,. The Perkins Prima diesel engine is fantastic.

Over 20 Maestros and Montegos came back to the Plant yesterday with one Maestro that's locally owned and makes regular trips to Switzerland and back. The owner told the Maestro & Montego Owners Club that that Maestro has covered 410,000 miles - clearly a happy owner!
Wrong! They were and are fab cars! Although they were a little outdated by the time they came to the market, corrosion was (and still is!) a problem, and the build quality on the earlier ones was inconsistent, they are good cars that make great, affordable, practical classics,. The Perkins Prima diesel engine is fantastic. Over 20 Maestros and Montegos came back to the Plant yesterday with one Maestro that's locally owned and makes regular trips to Switzerland and back. The owner told the Maestro & Montego Owners Club that that Maestro has covered 410,000 miles - clearly a happy owner! Tanya Field
  • Score: -2

10:41am Wed 30 Apr 14

Neonlights says...

"The owner told the Maestro & Montego Owners Club that that Maestro has covered 410,000 miles "

Is it like Triggers broom on Only Fools & Horses?

i.e. seven new engines, and 4 new body shells.

Sorry, but you can't polish a turd. The Maestro & Montego was always rubbish. May the few remaining ones RIP (Rust In Peace).
"The owner told the Maestro & Montego Owners Club that that Maestro has covered 410,000 miles " Is it like Triggers broom on Only Fools & Horses? i.e. seven new engines, and 4 new body shells. Sorry, but you can't polish a turd. The Maestro & Montego was always rubbish. May the few remaining ones RIP (Rust In Peace). Neonlights
  • Score: 9

9:24pm Fri 2 May 14

Tanya Field says...

And what is wrong with having a Trigger's broom car? Ok, you have to cannibalise one for the sake of others, but that's ok and there is nothing wrong with recycling parts. Our Mini which won Classic Car of the Year at last year's Classic Car Show at the NEC is a complete Trigger's broom, but does it matter? - not a jot! That said, I think the 410,000 mile Maestro is a fairly original car, probably been welded and had an engine rebuild or two, but totally acceptable for that mileage.

My two Maestros are original cars still wearing their Cowley paint, not bad for 30 and 31 years old. Yes, my Montego has been restored, but is a good, very economical, practical classic.

Great news - The Maestro & Montego Owners Club have been allocated a stand that this year's Classic Car Show at the NEC from 14th to 16th November, so why not save up your pennies and pay us a visit for more Montego birthday celebrations. You know ya wanna!!

Good to see Maestro in the Oxford Mail again. Team Stranded are in today's - http://www.oxfordmai
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n/witney/11187612.4_
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And what is wrong with having a Trigger's broom car? Ok, you have to cannibalise one for the sake of others, but that's ok and there is nothing wrong with recycling parts. Our Mini which won Classic Car of the Year at last year's Classic Car Show at the NEC is a complete Trigger's broom, but does it matter? - not a jot! That said, I think the 410,000 mile Maestro is a fairly original car, probably been welded and had an engine rebuild or two, but totally acceptable for that mileage. My two Maestros are original cars still wearing their Cowley paint, not bad for 30 and 31 years old. Yes, my Montego has been restored, but is a good, very economical, practical classic. Great news - The Maestro & Montego Owners Club have been allocated a stand that this year's Classic Car Show at the NEC from 14th to 16th November, so why not save up your pennies and pay us a visit for more Montego birthday celebrations. You know ya wanna!! Good to see Maestro in the Oxford Mail again. Team Stranded are in today's - http://www.oxfordmai l.co.uk/news/yourtow n/witney/11187612.4_ students_1_Maestro__ __next_stop_Mongolia /?cmpid=cmt Tanya Field
  • Score: -2

11:00am Wed 7 May 14

Neonlights says...

I wouldn't visit the owners club stand at the NEC even if you paid me.
I wouldn't visit the owners club stand at the NEC even if you paid me. Neonlights
  • Score: 1

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