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2010 Popemobile News
posted on Sep 16 2010 by Jade Hensby
Today on Radio 2 Chris Evans took calls from listeners on how they though the popemobile looked like some sort of Ice Cream Van and even if an ex-popemobile could be bought on ebay.
Citizens of Scotland turned out to see Pope Benedict in Edinburgh today have seen him travel in one of the two sleek German-made Popemobiles that have been specially imported in from the Vatican for the tour. Pope Benedict first made his appearence in 2010 in the UK in the modified Mercedes M-Class vehicle, which cost 75,000, as he left Holyrood Palace and travelled up Princes Street.The Pope waved to the crowds in Edinburgh which included flag-waving children from behind bullet-proof glass.
Inside the popemobile is a driver and a security guard sat in the front of the car, while there is room for two papal aides to sit in the back in front of the Pope's elevated chair. Specially selected British drivers have been chosen by local authorities, are driving the popemobiles, which are powered by green energy.The Popemobile's registration plate was SCV1(which looks very similar to a private registration number issued in the UK) which is the abbreviation for Stato della Citta del Vaticano, or Vatican City State.
The Metropolitan Police says it has worked closely with papal organisers to provide the best vantage points for onlookers to see the Popemobile. "While security issues will be paramount, the Met Police is working with HM Government, event organisers and other partners to ensure routes for the popemobile are designed with the aim of affording the public the best possible opportunity of seeing Pope Benedict. "Those wishing to see the Pope are advised to plan their trips well in advance and head for the central London Popemobile routes to avoid disappointment," a Met Police spokesman said. The Vatican abandoned the use of an uncovered Popemobile and started to use bullet-proof glass after the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.During John Paul's visit in 1982, he was driven around in British-made Popemobiles that had been built by Leyland and Range Rover.
Unfortunately Popemobiles are not a car that we are able to offer on contract hire or car leasing, although if it was, we would be the first to let you know!