AUTO enthusiasts are gearing up for the highlight of the classic car calendar.

Oxfordshire’s finest Morris Minors, Minis and MGs will take over Court Place Farm in Marston for the fifth Cowley Classic Car Show on Sunday, August 12, from noon.

Most vehicles will have a connection with Cowley – including a Morris Motors factory fire engine from the1930s.

Oxford Isis Rotary Club press officer and event co-organiser Malcolm Fearn said: “We anticipate having some 200 vehicles, with around 150 pre-registered.

“It started off as a celebration of vehicles with a Cowley connection, Morris, Minis and MGs.

“This year we have spread our wings and said anyone who thinks their car is a classic should bring it along.”

Last year’s oldest car was made in 1907, and the oldest this time is currently a 1924 Swift.

The exhibition, organised by the rotary club, will raise funds for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.

Also on display will be an Issetta bubble car, a variety of Rolls Royces and Bentleys.

There will also be Reliant Robin that three Brize Norton servicemen – Cpl James Booth, Sgt Mark McNeil, and Snr Aircraftsman Daniel Wellstead – aim to drive to Malta in aid of the Everyman male cancer charity.

One family will be bringing five of their seven Minis down to show off.

Tanya Field, from Headington, who met her husband Jason whilst working at what is now Mini Oxford plant, said: “We have five between us, and our children have one each. In short, it’s because we’re insane.

“I love the Cowley show because it’s relatively small, so it’s got a real intimacy, but they have a great diversity.”