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Classics Say Happy Birthday Ma’am

Classics Say Happy Birthday Ma’am

PETER JAMES, MANAGING DIRECTOR of Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance took part in a unique motoring tribute to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen last month.

The event, organised by the AllParty Parliamentary Motor Group (APPMG) and the All-Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group (APPHVG), saw ninety vehicles, one for each year of Her Majesty’s life, line up on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace in a gleaming display of the cream of the British motoring industry.
Totalling a value of more than £19million, the eclectic collection was led by a 1926 Bullnose Morris Oxford Tourer, and featured a 1948 Jaguar XK120 – registration NUB 120 - the most famous competition Jaguar of all time; a 1952 AEC Regent 111 - a London doubledecker bus which completed a 12,000 mile tour of the USA and Canada in 1952 as a promotion for British goods and tourism; a 1959 Morris Mini-Minor - the first ever Mini off the production line; the fantastic hybrid McLaren P.1. and the beautiful 2016 Jaguar F-PACE.
It also featured three London Taxis, four sports-racing cars, three police cars, as well as various models of Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, BSA, Caterham, Cooper, Daimler, DeLorean, Ford, Jaguar, Jensen, Lea-Francis, Lotus, McLaren, MG, Morgan, Morris, Noble, Riley, Rolls Royce, Rover, Triumph, TVR, Vauxhall, Windsor and Wolseley.

Each vehicle featured in the parade was inspected on behalf of HM The Queen by HRH Prince Michael of Kent (pictured above with the famed Jaguar XK120).

Peter James, alongside Richard Burden MP - Chairman of the AllParty Parliamentary Motor Group and Sir Gregory Knight MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicles Group, had the difficult task of inspecting the vehicles on display to select ‘Their Favourite Vehicle’. Winning the seal of approval were a 1934 MG ‘Sweet Pea’ and a 1933 Jaguar SS1.

The special event was cosupported by H&H Classics – Auctioneers for the Classic Collector, alongside Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance.
Peter explained: “It was a true pleasure to support and be part of this very special event, marking such a momentous occasion, and celebrating the very best of the British motoring industry.
“It was fantastic to see such wonderful and inspiring vehicles, many of which mean so much to the people of Britain and have played such a huge part in shaping our motoring history.”
John Cole, event organizer for the APPMG and the APPHVG, said: “The line up was made possible by the goodwill and enthusiasm of all the owners who travelled from all over the UK and three from Europe - to be present and the support of both Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance, one of the UK’s leading specialist classic vehicle insurance broker and H&H Classics Auctioneers for the Classic Collector.”

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from p. 7 of issue November 2016
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