More than 30,000 J40 pedal cars, based on the design of the Austin A40 Dorset, were made between 1949-1971 in a not-for-profit operation set up in South Wales to keep disabled former mine workers employed. In period, the child’s cars were sold around the world or used in fairground rides, but since 2012 and the first Settrington Cup they have become synonymous with the children’s race at Revival – and become highly sought-after as a result. Restored examples can change hands for £5,000.
Roy Halford told us: “Since 1983 I have supplied spares parts for the Austin J40 pedal car, but the time is right to ensure a bright future for J40 spares. It has taken a long time to find the right company to take over the business. Burlen are best placed to develop the business for another generation.”
The Settrington Cup regularly gets fields of 30 or so J40s, many in concours condition and often as lovingly race-prepared as full-size historic racecars. Long may it continue!
Photography by Jayson Fong and Stephanie O'Callaghan.