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Mrs Nishka
post 13 Dec 2012, 22:04
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We were reading in ‘Wolseley Wisdom, November 2012’, The Wolseley Car Club (NSW) inc. club's magazine (a very interesting club magazine) about Maxi Trivia:

"The Maxi was launched in Oporto, Portugal on 24th April 1969, and was one of the first cars to appear on the BBC’s “Wheelbase”, a forerunner to “Top Gear”. Does anyone remember “Wheelbase”?

In 1969, Mars Confectionery UK ran a competition entitled “Maxi’s from Mars”, where a number of white Austin Maxis were driven around the country with numbers on door. If the number inside your Mars bar wrapper matched the Maxi you saw driving round your area, you won that very car!

In 1972, a married couple escaped the Soviet quarter of Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie in the back of a Maxi. Once over into the western sector, the British Royal Military Police and the West German Polizei were so surprised that two people could fit into a Maxi’s boot, that it was then taken up by Leyland West Germany and re-created in a television advert shown across West Germany, Swizerland and Austria!

On 1 July 1969, John Lennon crashed a white Maxi in Golspie near Loch Eriboll, in the Highlands of Scotland. He was on holiday with Yoko Ono, his son Julian and Yoko’s daughter Kyoko. Originally they had set off from Tittenhurst Park, his country home near Ascot, in his Mini Cooper, but they decided the Mini was too small, and stayed overnight with relatives in Liverpool. Lennon rang Apple Records and arranged for their driver to bring the staff car, a Snowberry White Austin Maxi with full length white webasto roof. This Maxi had a silver apple mounted on the front facia. Next morning they set off north but, on a narrow single file lane, Lennon sent the Maxi headlong into a ditch. While the children escaped relatively unhurt, John received a gash to his forehead and Yoko injured her back resulting in a hospital stay for five days. After they returned to London, John arranged for the Maxi to be placed on a plinth outside their Tittenhurst home as a homage to their luck, where it stayed for the next few years, during which time Julian took the Silver Apple from the dash and kept it, though it was auctioned many years later. When John and Yoko finally left the UK for New York, John sold Tittenhurst to Ringo Starr who immediately had the Maxi crushed."
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post 14 Dec 2012, 00:22
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The famous picture.........

(IMG:http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y2/Penguin45/LennonMaxi_zps5239b240.jpg)

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post 14 Dec 2012, 03:01
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do you mean 1 July 1971?
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post 14 Dec 2012, 08:03
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In the Wisdom magazine article the date is 1 July 1969.
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post 14 Dec 2012, 09:48
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Now corrected. Thanks TREV S.

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QUOTE (Mrs Nishka @ 13 Dec 2012, 22:04 ) *
In 1969, Mars Confectionery UK ran a competition entitled “Maxi’s from Mars”, where a number of white Austin Maxis were driven around the country with numbers on door. If the number inside your Mars bar wrapper matched the Maxi you saw driving round your area, you won that very car!


And one survives!

https://flic.kr/p/fGmeN6
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