THOUSANDS of enthusiasts gathered at Blenheim Palace for a Mini and VW extravaganza.

The car show took place at the Woodstock stately home on Sunday and featured hundreds of the classic cars.

Some 3,500 people attended the event, including Volkswagen Beetle 1969 owner John Courtney, pictured.

Mr Courtney, 77, of Witney, said: “There were some really fine examples of Volkswagens and Minis, and there were some extraordinary conversions.”

Mr Courtney bought his Beetle in 1969, adding: “I have always liked Volkswagens. They are iconic cars.

“From an engineering point of view, it is a very clever car and, mechanically, it is absolutely brilliant.”

Event director Andrew Greenwood said: “This was the second year running the Mini and VW show was held at Blenheim palace and it was a fantastic event.

“Hundreds of Minis and VWs turned out in the good weather, and because of its success we have moved the date of the event next year to the middle of July to take greater advantage of the better weather.”