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Multitude of Minis to descend on Longbridge as part of its 60th anniversary 'Diamond Tour'

Tristan Harris 23rd Aug, 2019 Updated: 23rd Aug, 2019

FANS of the iconic Mini will be in for a treat on Sunday when around 55 of the classic cars will return home to Longbridge.

The feat is being completed as part of the Diamond Tour to celebrate the vehicle’s 60th anniversary.

After stopping outside Bournville College at 9.45am the convoy will continue onto Shelsey Walsh in Worcester where there will be another 150 Minis.

The venue has been hired out so the cars can take on the iconic Hill Climb.

Jim Partridge organised a display for the Mini’s 50th anniversary and ten years on people were asking him what he planned to do for the 60th so he got his thinking cap on and came up with this idea.

He told The Standard: “I have always loved Minis – I bought my first one when I was 17 and painted it with a tin of Dulux paint as we did back then to smarten them up.”

He added cars would be coming from Scotland, Worthing (on the South coast), Aberyswyth and Lincolnshire.

“They’re arriving from all four corners of the kingdom and we’ve even got one en route from Eastern Belgium.”

Gemma Cartwright MBE from Pride of Longbridge said: “It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome so many of these wonderful little cars back home.

“I hope as many people as possible turn out to see what should be an amazing site.”

The 60th anniversary of the Mini was celebrated at this year’s Pride of Longbridge rally and at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich.

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