Swindon175, in partnership with MINI Plant Swindon, have announced a unique event to showcase the town in its unusual best on Saturday 9 July.
An incredible collection of up to 60 classic and modern cars, will parade around the world famous and totally unique Magic Roundabout – one of the most amazing traffic management systems ever built.
And all these cars will have had their body panels pressed at the MINI Plant in Swindon, formerly known as Pressed Steel, which is celebrating 60 years in 2016, as ‘new’ Swindon marks 175 years. A Mini features on the Swindon175 logo that traces the town’s remarkable history as an industrial powerhouse from the early days of the railways to the diverse place it is today.
Taking advantage of the roundabout being closed for routine maintenance, the parade will begin at around 7am on 9 July and will see Minis, Rovers, Triumph, Daimler 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 year and it’s 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.”
British car enthusiast Tanya Field said; “I’m delighted to be able to help bring together cars with panels pressed at Swindon to celebrate MINI Plant’s sixtieth 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 Lydiard Park for a static display which will be open to the public until approximately 9.45am.
The Magic Roundabout will be closed to traffic from 11pm on Friday 8 July until 8am on Saturday 9 July.