On Saturday 9 July, a cavalcade of classic and modern cars will parade around Swindon’s unique Magic Roundabout. All these cars will have had their body panels pressed at the MINI Plant in Swindon, formerly known as Pressed Steel…
Taking advantage of the roundabout being closed for routine maintenance, the parade will begin at around 7.00am on the Saturday morning and will see Minis, Rovers, Triumphs, Daimlers and other icons of the British car industry drive around in a choreographed display.
‘Swindon175 is not just about the railway history but the town’s industrial heritage over the years, and the pressing plant is very much part of that heritage. To have such motoring icons parading around the world-famous Magic Roundabout is the ideal platform to showcase our incredible history. Swindon Borough Council have been fantastic in letting us take advantage of this opportunity to bring a once-in-a-lifetime display to the town.’ said Swindon175 Project Manager, Caroline Black.
Chris Mark, General Manager of Plant Swindon added: ‘MINI Plant Swindon is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary this year and it is wonderful to be able to share this celebration not just with our employees, but also the local community. We have a fantastic team working here in Swindon and their skills and expertise has seen this Plant become an important centre of competence within the BMW Group. To showcase the huge number of cars that have been pressed at the plant in such a unique manner is a proud moment and a great privilege.’
Tanya Field, a British car enthusiast, said: ‘I am delighted to be able to help bring cars with panels pressed at Swindon together to celebrate MINI Plant’s 60th Anniversary. My aim is to represent as many models as I can from the great and varied list of models which have had their panels pressed at Swindon over the past 60 years.’
Once the display has finished, the cars will travel in convoy to Steam – the Great Western Railway museum for a static display which will be open to the public until approximately 9.45am. After that, an option will be there for people to attend the press works family day gathering The Magic Roundabout will be closed to traffic from 10.00pm Friday 8 July until 8.00am on 9 July.
If you would like to participate in the event, email Tanya Field: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about the event visit swindon175.com