Mini Cooper Register
A few years ago I went on a tour of the Longbridge Mini Factory to see how classic Minis were built this included seeing some of the more modern Rover cars produced on robot body welding production lines.
Obviously this is no longer possible to do but some here on the MCR MINI forums may be interested in doing a tour of the MINI factory at Oxford (Cowley). It is very easy to book as an individual, or for a group of about 25-30 people if someone from a club or forum is interested in organising. I went recently on a Saturday morning and would recommend it to anyone interested in Minis/MINI's or cars in general. The cost was Â£8 each which is donated to a childrens charity called Whizz-Kidz. (There is also a display of various classic Mini's and of course MINI's at the plant). Some more official info below:-
Visiting production areas: The tours will start in the Plant Oxford Info Centre, with the main focus of the tour being the Body in White (welding) and Assembly Halls. For Health and Safety reasons, visitors will not go into the paint facility, but instead be introduced to key highlights of the paint process with visual aids in the Info Centre.
The MINI is manufactured at BMW Group Plant Oxford, the only car production plant responsible for the production of the MINI.
To book a tour and see for yourself how the MINI is made, please contact Plant Oxford directly:
In writing to :
Plant Tours, Communications Dept. (TO-K), BMW Group Plant Oxford, Oxford, OX4 6NL.
Phone: 01865 825 842
Fax: 01865 826 750
We regret that children below the age of 14 are not allowed on site for Health and Safety reasons. Our maximum group size will be 30 people. Plant Tours start AM and PM and last approximately two and a half hours.
Making a Mini Cooper at the factory in Oxford UK Part 1
Making a Mini Cooper at the factory in Oxford UK Part 2
Anyone interested in going on a MINI Factory tour, some spaces are still available on this one on Saturday 19th July at 12.45pm (currently 9 places left to be booked in by 2nd July)
Full Details here on MINI2.com:-
(you will need to register on MINI2.com to post and reserve your places).
Chloe who organises these tours for MINI2 is planning to do them on a regular basis, the next one should be around October time.
[b]New MINI FACTORY TOUR Date – Saturday 25th October 2008 at 12.30pm.[/b]
[b]Note: Still spaces left[/b], so please, spread the word around other MINI forums etc or your friends and family, as MINI need to know the final numbers this Thursday.
[b][/b]Sign up here if you are interested:-
There are a choice of two special tours of the Oxford MINI Factory (MINI Friends or MINI Addicts) in conjunction with the Mini United / Mini at 50 Events. Advance Reservation is advised especially for overseas visitors as soon as MINI UK return from the extended Christmas Factory shutdown.
This special extended tour includes the Paint Shop, previously not able to be visited by public tours for Health & Safety reasons, and also the Quality Testing Department.
More Details Here (Click on Mini Plant in Oxford Tab):-
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