Austin J40 Pedal Car Club

Official Website

Austin J40

Austin Junior 40


Austin JOY 1


Austin Pathfinder Special

What's On? Events

Annual General Meeting AGM

Sunday 25th February 2017 | Arrive for 13:30

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Held at the British Motor Museum, Warwickshire, CV35 0BJ
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Home of JOY 1, the prototype J40

Annual National Event

October 2017 (tbc) | Arrive for 10:00

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Held annually, at The British Transport Museum in Wythall, B47 6JX
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All Members Welcome! With Races and Prizes to be won on the day

About The Club

The Austin J40 Pedal Car Club (originally named the Austin J40 Car Club) was formed in January 1983, the main aims and objectives being: "To promote interest in and encourage the preservation of the pedal cars produced at the Bargoed Factory between 1949 and 1971"

The Club encourages its younger members to enjoy their pedal cars, attend local events and take part in the racing heats and driving tests at the Annual National Event each Autumn, which is always well attended with great enthusiasm!

Advice on restoration, available spares and in most cases, fascinating information on the history of your car is provided.

For information on how to join, visit our Membership Page

How It All Began

Austin pedal cars were made in the specially constructed Austin Junior Car Factory at Bargoed in South Wales, which opened on 5 July 1949. It was paid for by Government funds and was run on a not-for-profit basis and purely for the employment of disabled coal miners suffering from the lung disease, pneumoconiosis. They were re-trained and benefited from in-house medical care.

The cars, the Pathfinder Special and J40, were made from scrap off-cuts of metal from the Longbridge Austin Motor Car Factory and were built and painted the same way and with the same expertise as the motor cars themselves. The original prototype; JOY1, was 'test-driven' by our Club President, Marcia Blake, daughter of one of the designers, Alfred Ash (See YouTube Link). The J40 was primarily intended for the American market but it also established its own export markets in Canada and Denmark. Austin Pedal Cars eventually were to be found in homes around the world.

A total of 32,098 Austin J40s were made until production ceased in September 1971.

The factory was later used to make parts for the 'A' Series motors. The Bargoed Plant closed on 30 April 1999. 'A' series rocker covers were still being produced alongside other small pressings for Rover Group products.

For further information, visit: John Baker's Austinmemories website

Video Clips


Engineer adjusting the internal gubbings of a "Pathfinder Special"


A video clip from 2002, recorded at that years AGM, which was held in Gaydon

Austin J40 factory

An original video clip from the Austin J40 factory in Bargoed

Pedal Car Replica's

"Made by the AUSTIN MOTOR CO. at their new South Wales factory for disabled miners"

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