"I was keen to include a reference to the long history of car manufacturing in Oxford in this greeting card collection. I liked the brutal cubist industrial look of this image which is also neat and modern and commercial. The grounds of the factory are vast with lots of it inaccessible to the public, and bordered by the Eastern by-pass, so I felt lucky to have got this shot." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
Car building has been synonymous with Oxford since William Morris (later Viscount Nuffield), opened his first factory in Longwall Street, Oxford, in 1912. The original or classic Mini was produced in Oxford by the British Motoring Corporation between 1959 and 2000 and not only continues to be a Sixties icon, but was featured in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Today’s BMW Mini range started production in March 2001, with second generation Mini Coopers following in 2006 and second generation Mini Ones and Mini Cooper Ds in 2007. The Mini Clubman began production in September 2007. The millionth car rolled out in April 2007, and the two millionth car in 2011.
The new Mini is 55cm longer, 30cm wider and 400kg heavier than the original. The company arranges factory tours where you can see not only 280 robots assembling the 425 body panels to each car, but the paint shop which is the size of 12 football pitches, and the Assembly Hall where up to 2,400 components are fitted.
Currently, BMW are planning the third generation Minis. BMW Mini is the third largest vehicle manufacturer in the UK, and the cars are sold in 100 different countries.
Eastern by-pass, Cowley, Oxford