London and Coventry, England

The pictures below illustrate the activities and importance of the unveiling by London Taxis International, of their new TX1 purpose built taxicab, at the London Motor Show, 14 October 1997 in the Earl's Court Exhibition Hall.


Photos by Terry Smythe, Winnipeg, Canada, smythe@shaw.ca

Opening scene on October 14, 1997, special preview day just for media representatives, moments before arrival of Glenda Jackson, Minister of Transport, responsible for transportation of people with disabilities. Jamie Borwick, Chairman of London Taxis International, giving a detailed inspection of the TX1 to Glenda Jackson, Minister of Transport, who took a keen interest in the vehicle.
Jevon Thorpe, Automotive Design Engineer responsible for the TX1 development, explaining some of the finer points of the interior of the TX1 to Glenda Jackson, Minister of Transport. Glenda Jackson, Minister of Transport, officially unveiling the TX1 before a huge array of media representatives from all over the world.
Glenda Jackson, Minister of Transport, officially cutting the unveiling ribbon for media representatives from within the driver's seat of the TX1. Numerous London taxi drivers crowding around the new TX1 as it was unveiled for London taxi drivers by invitation on 15 October 1997. London LTI dealer Tony DeMarco trying his best to answer multitude of questions emerging from interested drivers.
Alan Fisher of Dial-A-Cab; Wim Faber, Transportation Journalist, and Terry Smythe of TAXI-L, in front of the TX1 booth. Jevon Thorpe, Automotive Design Engineer responsible for the TX1 development, receiving praise from Hugh Lang, Chairman, Manganese Holdings, parent company of London Taxis International.
Terry Smythe, TAXI-L; Bill Gillespie, LTI Director of Finance; and Oh Seong Tatt, Deputy Managing Director of TIBS Group with his Managing Director all the way from Singapore for the TX1 unveiling. Body pan and firewall with Terry Fryer, Director of UK Marketing, at beginning of the TX1 assembly line in Coventry, approximately 100 miles north of London.
TX1 body panels being formed from sheet steel in a huge powerful hydraulic press in the Coventry plant. TX1 body shells beginning to take shape.
TX1 bodies nearing end of this portion of the assembly line. Rear axle/differential assemblies awaiting mating with TX1 chassis assemblies.
TX1 frame sub-assemblies waiting to mate with drive trains. Nissan diesel engine with automatic transmission already attached, waiting to be inserted into TX1 chassis assemblies.
TX1 taxicabs nearing completion in the final assembly line. Finished TX1 taxicabs coming off the end of the assembly line. Never ceases to amaze me that every one of them starts every time, just like they are supposed to do.
100 Years of Taxicabs - Official TX1 Launch to the
London taxi trade in the open air inner courtyard of
the yet to be opened federal British Library.
1907 Unic London taxicab.
1939 Austin London taxicab. Three stars from British soap TV soap operas helping out with official TX1 Launch to the London taxi trade.
Delighted crowds of some 2,500 London taxi drivers inspecting the new TX1. Ronnie Mitchell, respected elder statesman of the London taxi trade, discussing the new TX1 with Peter Wildgoose, Director of Marketing, at the official Launch ceremonies.
Static display of London Taxis International (LTI) at the official TX1 Launch to the London taxi trade. Static display of London Taxis Finance (LTF) at the official TX1 Launch to the London taxi trade.
Alan Fisher and Terry Smythe with Brian Rice, Chairman of London's Dial-A-Cab, a first class dispatch service for some 1,700 licenced owner-operators in the London area. Alan Fisher, Terry Smythe and Vince Chin in front of St. Paul's in London, England
Terry Smythe behind the wheel of Alan Fisher's London Taxi flying under the colours of Dial-A-Cab. A small percentage of London taxicabs have been fully painted up as mobile billboards.
Another mobile billboard. More mobile billboards.
Another mobile billboard. Another mobile billboard.
A whole array of London Taxi mobile billboards, from a popular London souvenir postcard. A London Taxi in the colours of Computer Cab.
A London Taxi in the colours of Dial-A-Cab. A London Taxi in the colours of Radio Taxis.
Bob Taylor, Chief Inspecting Officer of London's Public Carriage Office. Roy Ellis, Principal of London's Public Carriage Office.
Some of the seven hydraulic lifts for thorough inspections of London taxicabs to comply with Conditions of Fitness, regulations of London's Public Carriage Office. Lost and Found - Every paper tag here is a cell phone left behind in one of 18,600 licenced London taxicabs. This is just for 1 week! Similar array of electronic organizers, pagers, umbrellas, brief cases, etc. Absolutely amazing!


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