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Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini

Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini


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Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini

Mr Geoffrey Rippon arriving in Downing Street in his new electric powered mini.
Mr Geoffrey Rippon, Minister of the Environment, today took delivery at The ministry Offices in Marsham Street of an electric powered mini. His first official trip in the chauffeur driven mini traveller was to Downing Street to see the Prime Minister, where (in another frame in this set) Mrs Thatcher who had just arrived in her large limousine paused for a moment as she saw the mini arriving at Downing Street.
Picture taken 21st November 1973

Tom King
Daily Mirror
Mirrorpix
London
Greater London
England
73-9183

Media ID 21769478

© Mirrorpix

Austin Downing Street Electric Car Engineering Invention Mini Motoring Science Test Drive 1973


EDITORS COMMENTS
This print captures a significant moment in history as Mr Geoffrey Rippon, the Minister of the Environment, arrives at Downing Street in his brand new electric powered mini. Taken on November 21st, 1973, this snapshot showcases an exciting development in automotive engineering and innovation during the 20th century. In this frame, we witness Mr Rippon's first official trip in his chauffeur-driven mini traveller to meet with the Prime Minister. As he pulls up outside Downing Street, another intriguing scene unfolds - Mrs Thatcher herself pauses momentarily upon seeing the arrival of this unique vehicle. The stark contrast between her large limousine and Mr Rippon's compact electric car highlights both the novelty and potential impact of this emerging technology. The photograph not only captures a historic meeting but also symbolizes progress within the motor industry and advancements in science. It serves as a testament to human ingenuity and our ongoing efforts to find sustainable solutions for transportation. Taken by Tom King for Memory Lane Prints, this image invites us to reflect on how far we have come since that pivotal day when an electric-powered mini made its mark on Downing Street.

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