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Published 19 July 2012

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Car of the Week

AUSTIN J40

This year’s Revival (14-16 September) will feature the youngest grid ever assembled at Goodwood.  The inaugural Settrington Cup will feature a full field of Austin J40 pedal cars competing in a two-part race on Saturday and Sunday, with the result declared on aggregate timing, and the prizes being presented by Sir Stirling Moss.  Expect one of the most closely-contested races of the weekend!

The Austin J40 is something of a British motoring institution.  The pedal car was built at the Austin Junior Car Factory in Bargoed, South Wales.  This dedicated factory began Austin pedal car production in 1949, with the plant funded by the British Government.  It was run on a not-for-profit basis, purely for the employment of disabled coal miners, with 250 men assembling both the J40 pedal car, plus the racy Pathfinder, loosely based around a single-seater competition Austin Seven.  Production ended in 1971.

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