Classic Car Road Trip

Longbridge IMM

Three classic minis on a six-day road trip from the Netherlands to Longbridge in England to attend the Mini 50th anniversary celebrations at the International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2009. From the Netherlands, we drove through Belgium to Dunkirk in France. We took the Dunkirk to Dover ferry across the English Channel. We stayed overnight in the small town of Chertsey, 30 km southwest of London. From there, we continued our journey to Longbridge, a rural area in southwest Birmingham. The IMM camping area at Longbridge was also an ideal base for a few day trips. We visited the birth house of the renowned English playwright and poet William Shakespeare in Stratford-upon-Avon and the birth house of his wife, Anne Hathaway. From Longbridge, we drove in our classic mini to the Iron Bridge, situated about 30 km northwest of Birmingham. The bridge was constructed in 1779-1781 and is one of the most iconic images of Great Britain. We also visited the Chirk Aqueduct, the Chirk Railway Viaduct and the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, all three of them designed by Thomas Telford in the beginning of the 19th century. After the IMM, we visited Blenheim Palace, an impressive and large monumental building, situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. Our last stop in England was Canterbury, where we visited the Canterbury Cathedral, St. Martin's Church and St. Augustine's Abbey. After visiting Canterbury, we took the Dover to Dunkerque ferry and after reaching France we drove back to the Netherlands. Over the years, we visited England many times, but this was the first time in a classic mini. After an almost 2000 km journey, we arrived home safely.

Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Somewhere in Belgium on our six-day road trip from the Netherlands to Longbridge near Birmingham...

Classic Car Road Trip: Somewhere in Belgium on our six-day road trip from the Netherlands to Longbridge near Birmingham in England. Three classic minis on a road trip to attend the Mini 50th anniversary celebrations at the International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2009. We drove from the Netherlands through Belgium to Dunkirk in France to cross the English Channel by ferry.

  1. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Somewhere in Belgium on our six-day road trip from the Netherlands to Longbridge near Birmingham...

    Classic Car Road Trip: Somewhere in Belgium on our six-day road trip from the Netherlands to Longbridge near Birmingham in England. Three classic minis on a road trip to attend the Mini 50th anniversary celebrations at the International Mini Meeting (IMM) 2009. We drove from the Netherlands through Belgium to Dunkirk in France to cross the English Channel by ferry.

  2. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our Mini Monza at the Dunkirk to Dover ferry, ready to board the ship.

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our Mini Monza at the Dunkirk to Dover ferry, ready to board the ship.

  3. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic minis on board of the car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover.

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic minis on board of the car ferry from Dunkirk to Dover.

  4. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic minis in the IMM camping area at Cofton Park in Longbridge, a district south-west of Birmingham in England.

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic minis in the IMM camping area at Cofton Park in Longbridge, a district south-west of Birmingham in England.

  5. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: A Mini Wildgoose campervan, built in the 1960s, shown here at the IMM 2009 in Longbridge, England. For a Mini...

    Classic Car Road Trip: A Mini Wildgoose campervan, built in the 1960s, shown here at the IMM 2009 in Longbridge, England. For a Mini Wildgoose camper a mini van and a conversion kit were needed. The Mini Wildgoose conversion kits were produced in limited numbers by a company at Worthing in Sussex, England. Today, only twelve Mini Wildgoose campervans are known to exist.

  6. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: On our road trip, we visited the Shakespeare House in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth house of the famous English playwright...

    Classic Car Road Trip: On our road trip, we visited the Shakespeare House in Stratford-upon-Avon, the birth house of the famous English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

  7. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The Anne Hathaway's Cottage in the village of Shottery, about 1.6 km west of Stratford-upon-Avon, the thatched...

    Classic Car Road Trip: The Anne Hathaway's Cottage in the village of Shottery, about 1.6 km west of Stratford-upon-Avon, the thatched roofed cottage is the birth house of Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare.

  8. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The IMM 2009 was organised by the Birmingham Mini Owners Club. From all over Europe, more than 6000 Classic...

    Classic Car Road Trip: The IMM 2009 was organised by the Birmingham Mini Owners Club. From all over Europe, more than 6000 Classic Minis and New Minis and their owners had gathered at Longbridge in England.

  9. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: From Longbridge, we drove in our classic mini to the Iron Bridge, situated about 30 km northwest of Birmingham in the...

    Classic Car Road Trip: From Longbridge, we drove in our classic mini to the Iron Bridge, situated about 30 km northwest of Birmingham in the narrow Severn Valley. The bridge was constructed in 1779-1781. Nowadays, the Iron Bridge is accessible on foot only.

  10. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The Iron Bridge, one of the most iconic images of Great Britain. The Iron Bridge is the world's first bridge...

    Classic Car Road Trip: The Iron Bridge, one of the most iconic images of Great Britain. The Iron Bridge is the world's first bridge constructed of cast-iron. The Iron Bridge is spanning the River Severn near the small village of Ironbridge.

  11. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The IMM camping at Cofton Park in Longbridge, Birmingham. Longbridge is the home of the classic mini.

    Classic Car Road Trip: The IMM camping at Cofton Park in Longbridge, Birmingham. Longbridge is the home of the classic mini.

  12. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: A narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal and the Chirk Aqueduct. On our road trip, we drove to the Chirk Aqueduct and the Chirk...

    Classic Car Road Trip: A narrowboat on the Llangollen Canal and the Chirk Aqueduct. On our road trip, we drove to the Chirk Aqueduct and the Chirk Railway Viaduct, situated near the town of Chirk on the border between England and Wales. The Chirk Aqueduct and Chirk Railway Viaduct were designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1801.

  13. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The Chirk Aqueduct, behind the aqueduct lies the Chirk Railway Viaduct. The Chirk Aqueduct carries the Llangollen...

    Classic Car Road Trip: The Chirk Aqueduct, behind the aqueduct lies the Chirk Railway Viaduct. The Chirk Aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley. The Chirk Aqueduct is 220 meters long and 21 meters high. The Llangollen Canal is 73, 5 km long. The Llangollen Canal and the narrowboats on the canal are major tourist attractions in Great Britain.

  14. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct seen from the Dee Valley, the aqueduct was designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford and was...

    Classic Car Road Trip: The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct seen from the Dee Valley, the aqueduct was designed by civil engineer Thomas Telford and was opened in 1805. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the longest and highest cast-iron aqueduct in Great-Britain. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee, it towers 38 meters above the river.

  15. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic mini in the parking of Blenheim Palace, we were allowed to park our classic mini in the staff only parking...

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic mini in the parking of Blenheim Palace, we were allowed to park our classic mini in the staff only parking place.

  16. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: On our road trip, we visited Blenheim Palace, a large and monumental building, situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

    Classic Car Road Trip: On our road trip, we visited Blenheim Palace, a large and monumental building, situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

  17. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The Queen Pool and the Grand Bridge at Blenheim Palace.

    Classic Car Road Trip: The Queen Pool and the Grand Bridge at Blenheim Palace.

  18. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic mini in front of the Woodstock Gate of Blenheim Palace, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock on the...

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our classic mini in front of the Woodstock Gate of Blenheim Palace, St. Mary Magdalene Church in Woodstock on the left. The Woodstock Gate is also known as the Triumphal Arch.

  19. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our last stop on this road trip in England was Canterbury. We visited the Canterbury Cathedral and the spot...

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our last stop on this road trip in England was Canterbury. We visited the Canterbury Cathedral and the spot where Archbishop Thomas Becket was originally interred, marked with an eternal burning candle.

  20. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Canterbury Cathedral, the Tomb of the Black Prince.

    Classic Car Road Trip: Canterbury Cathedral, the Tomb of the Black Prince.

  21. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: Our three classic minis waiting in line at the ferry terminal in Dover. We crossed the English Channel by the Dover to...

    Classic Car Road Trip: Our three classic minis waiting in line at the ferry terminal in Dover. We crossed the English Channel by the Dover to Dunkirk ferry.

  22. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: The 1983 Mini 1000 HLE waiting in line at the ferry terminal in Dover.

    Classic Car Road Trip: The 1983 Mini 1000 HLE waiting in line at the ferry terminal in Dover.

  23. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: One of our minis at the e ferry terminal in Dover, ready to board the ship.

    Classic Car Road Trip: One of our minis at the e ferry terminal in Dover, ready to board the ship.

  24. Longbridge IMM - Classic Car Road Trip: After visiting England, we took the ferry from Dover to Dunkerque in France. After reaching France we drove back to...

    Classic Car Road Trip: After visiting England, we took the ferry from Dover to Dunkerque in France. After reaching France we drove back to the Netherlands. Over the years, we visited England many times, but this was the first time in a classic mini. After an almost 2000 km journey, we arrived home safely.