HUNDREDS of motor enthusiasts are expected to parade through Oxford at this year's Cowley Classic Car show which organisers say will be the best yet.

Organised by The Rotary Club of Oxford Isis, the event, now in its ninth year, will see more than 250 vintage cars, trucks and motorbikes on display for all in Court Place, Marston.

It will start with a convoy of vehicles travelling from the Cowley Mini Plant to Marston from 10.30am, with the car show running from 11am to 5pm on Sunday, August 14.

There will also be family entertainment, refreshments and an arena which will see a show by an RAF dog team.

Rotary club member Malcolm Fearn said he hoped the event would beat last year's fundraising effort of about £6,000, with all donations going to Oxfordshire child bereavement charity SeeSaw.

The 74-year-old, who lives in Cumnor Hill added: "We are very excited for this year's event.

"It's great to see the people who really love their classic cars coming along in the convoy. There is a fantastic range of vehicles from the 1930s right up until the present day.

"We have got a big space and are hoping a lot of vehicles will come along, so far we have 170 who have entered.

"The event just keeps on growing and it's well established now.

"We have more things on top of the car show this year with an RAF dog show and lots of other family entertainment."

The Royal Air Force Police Dog Demonstration Team at RAF Brize Norton will show the capabilities of the Military Working Dogs and Handlers.

Some of the dogs at the show have completed operational tours in Afghanistan and elsewhere across the globe.

The demonstration will show the speed, agility and obedience of the dogs, and will show the public a bit a few magic tricks.

The activities on the day also include free rides in vintage buses from the Oxford Bus Museum and Morris Motors Museum in Long Hanborough, and bouncy castles.

Mr Fearn added visitors could get the "ride of their dreams" around the city in an Aston Marton, Ferrari or Jaguar by paying a donation.

He added: "We started it off to celebrate the car building of Morris in Cowley and MG in Abingdon.

"Now over the years we get all sorts of different cars and we do not define classic, so as long as someone thinks sees car is vintage, they can bring it along."

The car show comes the week after several of Cowley-built cars will be on display from this Sunday in Templars Square Shopping Centre.

Mini enthusiast and co-organiser of the car show Tanya Field will sit with the cars and talk to people about the history of car manufacturing in the city.