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Austin Mini at Nong Nooch

Paul Smith pays homage to the legend of the Austin Mini

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Take a look at this classy Mini Cooper by Paul Smith. I’ve been a Mini Copper fan ever since I saw the Italian Job when I was a kid, but since they brought out the new version of this very classic British car I think they have gained even more fans. I didn't expect any cars in a Botanical Garden, was I pleasantly surprised, always good to mix things up a bit.


For a town or city run around, the Austin Mini has always been a jem. Ok, perhaps not the first choice of car for a long motorway journey, but each car for each purpose. But saying that, there have been countless journeys all around the world in the Mini, and I am sure many more to come. I remember countless stories told by my uncle of his trip to the southern most tip of India in his Mini, from north London in the 1970’s. He usually made this journey in his famous ‘Budget Bus’, with a group of passengers. If you were hip and happening in London during the 1970’s perhaps you have heard of the Budget Bus.


The Mini is often seen in a variety of colours, or with the Union Jack on its roof or wing mirrors, but seen here in the Paul Smith design. Here Paul Smith pays homage to the legend of the Austin Mini by creating the Paul Smith Mini Cooper. My guide from Thailand International Tours told me she’d heard that the paint is a creation of 83 different shades striped onto the chassis, awesome looking, don’t you think?
Ever since Alec Issigonis was commissioned to get the Mini project moving due to Colonel Nasser of Egypt deciding to nationalise the Suez Canal in the 1950’s, and the subsequent fuel shortages, countless millions of Mini fans have been formed. So big thanks to Issi, and all at the Longbridge plant for having such vision.

There are about 25 cars on show at Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens, so something for everyone at Nong Nooch Botanical Gardens in Chonburi Thailand.



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Posted by Nods33 16:58 Archived in Thailand Tagged thailand tours garden botanical international nong nooch

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