Signs on the New Preston By-Pass Motorway - 1958
A vehicle beside one of the huge signs on the new Preston By-Pass Motorway. The signs, in some cases 20 feet high, and 18 feet across, are easily visible during the day and at night. They glow in the light from headlamps. The Motorway, Britain's first, is to be opened officially on Friday by the Prime Minister.
INDUSTRY Rover/MGs file
Female police drivers from the Lancashire County police force in their MGs. Venture capitalists Alchemy have struck a deal to acquire Rover from BMW following a board meeting at the German carmaker s Munich headquarters, industry sources told PA News today Thursday March 16 2000. Negotiations have started for the sale of the Rover and MG brands, as well as their production facilities in Birmingham (Longbridge) to Alchemy Partnerst. Investment for production of the new Mini at Longbridge is being stopped and the model will instead be produced by BMW at Cowley, ready for launch in early summer 2001, said the BMW statement. See PA story INDUSTRY Rover. PA Photos
John Cooper at the wheel of their racing car with its bodywork stripped in Surbition, Surrey with his co-driver Bill Aston. Cooper, the creator of one of the Sixties' coolest cars, died aged 77, his family said. * The former motor racing driver devised the souped-up Mini Cooper in 1961 and it became the ultimate in four-wheeled chic. Mr Cooper, who lived at Worthing, West Sussex, was awarded a CBE for services to the motor industry in the New Year's honours list in 1999.
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