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– Eighth episode of new 13 x one-hour series, The Classic Car Show, airs tonight on Channel 5 at 7pm
– In this week’s show, Quentin Wilson looks at the vast history of a fast appreciating Great British icon – the Mini
– Automotive archaeologist Chris Routledge uncovers a rare coachbuilt Ford Capri convertible in barn-find heaven
– Jodie Kidd turns her hand to rallying in a Mini Cooper, with the legendary Paddy Hopkirk as her mentor
– Bruno Senna laps a Touring Car Championship-winning Mini Cooper S on the handling track, while Alex Riley tours London’s banking district in a BMW E24 635 CSi
– See the Episode 8 preview here:

The eighth episode of The Classic Car Show airs tonight on Channel 5 at 7pm and this evening’s programme pays homage to the classic Mini, the best-selling British car in history.

Quentin Willson takes a step back in time to when the Mini was first conceived to uncover exactly what it was that made this tiny four-seater into a legendary British icon. Quentin also discovers how a royal PR stunt made it the must-have accessory for so many celebrities during the ‘60s.

Taking on a Mini adventure of her own, Jodie Kidd takes a look at the Mini’s incredible motorsport heritage. Famed for its handling, the original Mini has chalked up a number of motorsport victories since its inception, including winning the Monte Carlo Rally three times. With the legendary Paddy Hopkirk at her side, Jodie discovers first-hand why the Mini is so special.

Looking at another icon of its decade, Alex Riley heads back to the ‘80s – an era of opulence, fast-paced fashion, finance and cars. Alex’s affordable classic ‘pick of the week’ is the BMW E24 635 CSi, once the car of choice for affluent city traders, today the 218bhp straight-six cruiser can be found in the classifieds for less than £5,000. Alex explains why you should buy one now, while you can.

Meanwhile, Chris Routledge heads to a classic car collectors’ cave full of gems to take a look at a coachbuilt Ford Capri convertible. Built by Crayford in the 1970s, the company took the original Ford Capri and replaced the traditional roof with a fold back canvas top. With fewer than forty cars ever built, Chris explains why this is a barn-find dream.

To wrap up our tribute to the classic Mini, Bruno Senna takes a 1965 British Saloon Car-winning Cooper S to our handling track. Tune in at 7pm to see how it fares.

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