Hundreds of classic Minis put on display at Himley Hall - in pictures

Hundreds of Minis pulled on to the grounds of a historic hall in Dudley for a celebration of the iconic British car.

Collectors brought out their classic Minis, along with the newer generation of the vehicle, for the British Mini Club Show at Himley Hall on Sunday.

Hordes of motor enthusiasts headed to the mansion and its grounds to see the cars which dated from 1959 to present day.

People came from all over the Midlands and further afield to showcase their Minis from clubs including Shropshire Mini Owners Club, Tamworth Mini Maniacs, the Wyre Forest Mini Club and Newport Mini Owners.

Collectors were vying for their car to be crowned the best in the Premier Concours competition – dubbed the Crufts Best in Show of the Mini world. The cars were judged in 10 different categories.

A Show N Shine display gave owners the chance to show off their Minis, without the fuss of preparing them for judging.

The distinctive two-door car was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and first rolled off the production line at Longbridge, in Birmingham, in 1959. In the decade that followed, the Mini gained a youthful image and became synonymous with the swinging '60s in Britain – especially after a fleet of Mini Coopers featured in 1969 Michael Caine movie, the Italian Job.

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