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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 16:51 GMT 17:51 UK
Mini to star in 'Hull Job' stunt
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The Mini will be lowered 22 metres underground
One of the most famous film scenes in history is to be recreated - inside a Hull sewer.

In a reprise of a classic sequence from The Italian Job, a Mini car will race through the pipe to open the city's new 10-kilometres long waste tunnel.

Yorkshire Water project manager Steve Tindall will be taking the car for a spin in the sewer for what is being called the 'Hull Job'.

Mr Tindall, overseeing the 200m 'HumberCare' sewerage scheme, said: " We wanted to mark its completion by doing something that was not only unusual, but something really memorable.

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The sewer project has cost 200m

"Probably the last time a Mini was driven through a sewer was for the film, "The Italian Job", but that was 32 years ago.

"And to quote Michael Caine in the film, 'It's a very difficult job and the only way to get through it is we all work together as a team - and that means you do everything as I say'."

Mark Bostock, sales manager from Paragon Mini, said: "This is the most unusual request I've ever had.

"We have done scores of test drives since the new Mini was launched in June - but never one under the streets.

"This will be a unique experience for me as it is the first and only time a car will be able to be driven in the sewer. It will certainly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

Sewer scenes

The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine and Noel Coward, was released in 1969 and has remained a cult classic ever since.

The sewer scenes were not filmed on the Mediterranean but in Coventry.

The opening takes place at Shaft T2a on Hull Marina on 21 August.

The tunnel, which goes under the River Hull, will take sewage from the city to be treated at a new state-of-the-art sewage works at Saltend.

It was built using two giant Canadian-built tunnelling machines named Maureen and Gloria.

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