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Making of the Italian Job
There was not much happening down the fields in Stoke Aldermoor ,during the filming of the Italian job , There was no publicity about the film crews or the minis being at the site. To the local public it was a construction site. The Sowe valley sewer scheme was well in progress. It was to the general public a construction site they were well used to the coming and going of vehicles at the site.
Remember there was no Allard way in the days of 1968 it was a open field except the Coventry and London railway line . The site was over looked by the flats along the barley lea. the minis were kept under wraps hidden in the sewer pipes for four days filming.
The Italian Job was just in its infancy.
Nevelle Goode of 30 + years and another was given the job “Take 2 crans to the Linfield to help lowering and retrieving” . They where told . Who could imagine at the time the massive success and interest the film would create and the part Coventry would play in it.
When they arrived with there cranes the actors and stunt team where having there mid morning breakfast on the top of a double decker bus that had been converted into a canteen.
“Lets get to work “ was shouted, as both crane operators where shown to the set up positions.
Nevells crane was positioned above a hole approximately 14foot deep into a tunnel 10foot diameter
After strapping a sling around the axils of a mini he was able to get the mini suspended and hovering over the tunnel opening.
(see opening picture)
FAST FORWARD TO 2017
Coventry Mini club spear headed by Kevin Conway wanted to find the exact spot
where the minis where lowered into the ground for the film The Italian Job .
While on his quest he met the actual crane driver who lowered the Minis into the ground .
With photos and testimony he found the spot and planed to mark it with a plaque on 18/10/2019 .
Interviewing the Crane Driver Neville Goode he found out he had lent a pair of gloves to the stunt man Remy Julienne
to help with the vibrating car going through the tunnel.
!!! He thought get Remy to sign a pair of gloves, post them , and we present the gloves at the unveiling of the plaque.
To a great surprise Remy said no but I would like to do it in person.
After 50 years he returned to the place where the only stunt in the UK was made, to a place where
it can be said one of the greatest car chase scenes was made to thank a man that lent him a pair of gloves.
Stoke Aldermoor , Coventry
Plaque Unveiling 18,10,2019
A fitting start to the ceremony JD ,a renowned radio host who grew up in the area warmed the crowd with his
own unique style and tells of the areas history. Turning to a large screen Introduces the producer of the film
With a prerecording he gave an incite into why the area was selected for the film. .
A break in the weather only enhanced the atmosphere for the gathering, a mixture of locals ,mini enthusiasts ,
film crews ,newspaper , an appearance by the lord mayor and councilors ,
The hoist JD was in full stream when his eye caught site of a Bentley Creeping down the pedestrian foot path towards the stage .
As it came to a halt the chauffeur opened the passengers door and out stepped Remy Julienne .
Remy involvement in countless films including several bond movies has been well documented and he has been pursued by several large events organizers to participate in 50th anniversary events of the film and refused. The only event he wanted to do was a Plaque commemorating the location of one of his greatest stunts and to return a pair of gloves.
Remy was the lead stunt man driving the red mini also driving the red mini was Actor David Salamone
AKA Dominic, who pulled up behind the Bentley with passenger
Matthew Fields the author of the award winning book. Self Preservation society.
They were driving the special edition 10 millionth mini that had just came off the BMW production line at Cowley .
JD was announcing and greeting them
as they exited the cars ." Wlelcome " a rare opportunity to see David and Remy together " They saluted the gathering.
Pulling up behind them Was Gareth and David Davis and co in there 3 iconic original minis .
Gareth removed his passenger seat from the car and allowed it to be bolted to the stage .
Remy could sit in the exact spot where he once gunned his engine to do the famous loop the loop.
The Plaque was made from an old peace of steel from the last remaining factory Humber in Stoke Aldermoor and donate by charity docks. the engraving was completed by Premier group . Draped in the union flag it was unveiled by David Salamone .
After 50 years the location was lost now a plaque marks the spot of one of the greatest British films
ever made and the location arguably of the greatest car chase.
NEVILLE GETS HIS GLOVES BACK
October 18th 2019
THE PLAQUE MARKING THE SPOT OF THE GREATEST BRITISH FILM EVER MADE.
October 18th , 2019
We are embarking on this new, exciting journey .
On the lower field at Stoke Aldermoor , Coventry, Along the original route of the Italian Job We are going to Lay surface laid Tunnels 50m long so minis (classic and modern) can retrace the route Charlie Croker and his team took while making there escape with a boot full of gold.
We are able to do this due to Coventry being given the status
U.K City of Culture .
We offer you the chance to be part of something truly great .
There are very limited places so register early by emailing