I had a spur of the moment trip to the Mini show at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern today and what a great show it was. At least a couple of hundred Minis there (a few modern BMW-crafted imposters but mainly real Minis). The time spent on restoring, modifying and caring for these cars was as obvious as ever and there were some really stunning examples. As usual there were slogans in back windows such as “Designed by a Genius, Hand built by Craftsmen, Modifed by a Nutter” and “45 years old and still taking the piss” and vehicles ranged from sympathetically restored to outrageously modified. I caught a lift with my Dad but really should have taken our old '88 'Designer' as it would have fitted in perfectly. With just over 6000 miles on the clock, owned from new and in totally original condition it would have looked stunning amongst the others. Next Saturday the old Mini goes to ThinkMini to have a 20 year treat – a full service, tune up and health-check from people who really know what they are doing with Minis, both old and new. We went out in it last weekend after I spent the best part of the day washing, claying, polishing, waxing and doing the interior. It looked absolutely mint at the end of it. In August we'll hopefully be taking it to IMM2009 in Birmingham, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mini, just a stone's throw away from where they were built for so many years before moving down to Oxford. My Dad spent many years at Austin/British Leyland/Austin Rover in Longbridge and used to have a new Mini straight off the production line. I guess the love of these cars runs in the family.