A CAR club is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
The Washinton-based North East Mini Club (NEMC) has grown in popularity since its launch in the early 1990s.
Now boasting more than 60 members, the group, which runs regular day trips, exhibitions and displays, is set to mark its milestone with a bumper show in Seaburn.
Chairman Allan Rowe said: “The NEMC was originally part of the British Mini Club.
“We have been holding our annual show, Mini Mania, in its current form since 1993.
“This is a special occasion, with it being our 20th anniversary after taking over from the British Mini Club, who previously ran it.”
Allan said the Mini, which first appeared in 1959, still attracts a loyal band of motoring enthusiasts.
“Our club is all about sharing the Mini motoring experience to gain a greater appreciation for all of the things that can be done with either the classic Mini or new Mini,” he said.
“It is such an iconic vehicle. It has stood the test of time.
“We’re also getting younger people coming through, some who have just started driving, taking an interest in the car and wanting to join the club.
“It’s attracting a whole new generation of followers.”
Mini Mania will take place at the Recreation Ground, in Seaburn, on Sunday, August 26.
It is expected to get under way at 10am.
“We’re expecting a really good turn out,” said Allan. “There should be more than 200 cars there on the day. It’s a really popular event.”
The NEMC meets on Thursday nights at the Three Horse Shoes pub, near Nissan, Washington.
For more information about the group, visit www.northeastminiclub.org.uk or email NorthEastMiniClub@live.co.uk