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Planted Peugeot

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Hidden : 11/6/2010
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Geocache Description:

My second hide in what seems to be becoming a series of caches based around the old automotive plants of Coventry.

For this one you are looking for a small lock and lock container containing a log book, some swaps and a pencil.

The cache is cache and dashable as parking is located close by. The cache is not far from the roadside so probably best to keep an eye on any smaller cache hunters you take with you!

The Peugeot Ryton plant was originally built in 1939 by the Rootes group in order to build aircraft engines to support the war effort of the Seccond World War. In 1946, following the war, the plant became the headquarters of the Rootes group (consisting of Hillman, Humber, Sunbeam and Talbot) and converted to the manufacture of cars – with the first car to be produced there being the Sunbeam-Talbot.

In 1948 the Humber Pullman, Humber Snipe and Humber Super Snipe were transferred from Stoke to Ryton, while in the same year Hillman and Sunbeam-Talbot models were all launched.
Between 1952 and 1962 production at Ryton was dominated by the Hillman Pullman, Hawk, Husky and Super series, along with the Hillman Minx.

By 1961 Rootes was in financial trouble and in 1964 Chrysler Europe was formed by the purchase of the English Rootes Group.
Over the next five years Ryton lost the Hillman Super Minx for the new-generation Hillman Hunter, while the last incarnations of the Humber Hawk and Super Snipe Series came and went, as did the Sunbeam Alpine V.

The Hillman Minx and Humber Sceptre were both replaced by new Arrow versions.

The last Singers, the Vogue and Gazelle, lasted until 1970 when they were replaced by the Sunbeam Rapier and Vogue.

In 1967, Ryton became part of the Chrysler Europe operation and Chrysler took financial control.

1969 saw the launch of the Avenger, the first car to be built in the Body in White at Ryton. The same year saw the 150,000th Hunter family car built at Ryton but almost immediately afterwards, Hunter production moved to Linwood in Scotland, along with the Humber Sceptre and Hillman Minx.

In 1970, having posted a loss of some £10 million, Rootes Motors ceased to exist, becoming Chrysler UK. Ryton got a new bodyshop and paintshop.

The 100,000th Hillman Avenger was built in 1971, but production of the Avenger was switched to Scotland in 1977 and the Hillman name was killed off.

In 1978 Hunter production ceased and Chrysler sold out completely to Peugeot of France, with Ryton changing its name to Talbot Motor Company.

The Hunter tooling business was sold to Iran and the car was renamed the Pekan. In 1980 the first Talbot Horizons were built in the UK, while five years later the first British-built Peugeot was produced at Ryton.

For the rest of the 1980s Ryton built the 309 and 405 models, later ceasing in favour of the 306 in 1993.

Production of the 306 ended at Ryton in 1999 and since then it has only made vehicles from the 206 range up until the factories closure on December 12th 2006.

Demolition of the site then began on the 12th November 2007 – since then the land has remained mainly unused.

(information coutesy of Wikipedia and the BBC News pages.)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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