First Production Mini to Feature in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Parade
THE FIRST PRODUCTION MINI Minor from the British Motor Museum is one of 90 special British cars to feature in HM The Queen’s 90th birthday parade on Saturday 15 October.
The Parade, which is being organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Motor Group and The All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, will feature 90 vehicles representing the cream of the British Motor Industry. The vehicles will be lined up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace and will be inspected on behalf of HM The Queen by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
The line-up will include the most iconic vehicles of the British Motor Industry during the last 90 years. The first being a 1926 Bullnose Morris Oxford Tourer; the last a 2016 Jaguar F-PACE. Also included are a 1952 AEC Regent 111, several sports-racing cars, a DeLorean DMC 12, a few police cars and five World War 2 vehicles. Each vehicle was manufactured in a specific year of Her Majesty’s life.
The Mini Minor from the British Motor Museum left the Cowley line on the 8 May 1959 with the registration plate 621 AOK. Designed by Alec Issigonis, the car had its engine installed transversely with the gearbox in the sump and featured front wheel drive. Its price from new was £537 and its top speed was 72mph. The car will be driven in the Parade by Martin Williams, one of the mechanics at the British Motor Museum.
Martin Williams from the British Motor Museum told CMM: “I am very excited about this opportunity, I only joined the Museum in June and feel very honoured to be able to drive the Mini No1 as part of HM The Queens Birthday celebrations”.
The special event will be supported by both Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance, a leading UK specialist classic vehicle insurance broker, and H&H Classics Auctioneers for the Classic Collector.
from p. 3 of issue October 2016
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