first mini in queen’s parade
621 AOK to attend Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations
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.