first mini in queen’s pa­rade

621 AOK to at­tend Her Majesty’s 90th birthday cel­e­bra­tions

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Tom Sey­mour

The first pro­duc­tion Mini Mi­nor has been con­firmed to be one of 90 Bri­tish cars to fea­ture in the Queen’s 90th birthday pa­rade on 15 Oc­to­ber.

The ve­hi­cle is owned by the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum at Gay­don, War­wick­shire, and will join the fes­tiv­i­ties with ve­hi­cles from each year across a nine-decade pe­riod. The Royal fleet has been or­gan­ised by the All-Party Par­lia­men­tary His­toric Ve­hi­cles Group.

The Mini Mi­nor left the Cowley, Ox­ford, line on 8 May, 1959 with the reg­is­tra­tion plate 621 AOK. Its price from new was £537 and top speed claimed as 72mph. The car will be driven in the pa­rade by Martin Wil­liams, one of the me­chan­ics at the Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum in Gay­don, War­wick­shire.

Wil­liams says: ‘I am very ex­cited about this op­por­tu­nity. I only joined the mu­seum in June and feel hon­oured to be able to drive Mini No 1 as part of the cel­e­bra­tions.’

The first ve­hi­cle in the Queen’s con­voy will be a 1926 Bull­nose Mor­ris Ox­ford Tourer and the last will be a 2016 Jaguar F-Pace. A 1952 AEC Re­gent 111 dou­ble-decker bus, a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 and a 1985 MG Metro 6R4 are just some of the other ve­hi­cles con­firmed for the Royal ap­point­ment.

Clas­sic car fans won’t be able to get up close to the ve­hi­cles on the day of the pa­rade but they will be on view through the gates of Buck­ing­ham Palace.

‘I only joined the mu­seum in June. I feel hon­oured to be in the pa­rade’ MARTIN WIL­LIAMS – ME­CHANIC

Bri­tish Mo­tor Mu­seum me­chanic Martin wil­liams will be driv­ing 621 aOk.

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