'The Ultimate History of the Mini' tells the story of the small car that became one of the giants in automobile history. Using a mix of exclusively shot footage and incredible archive material, much of which will never have been seen before, this programme charts the rise and rise of one of Britain's best loved cars. Key models have been specially filmed to bring to life the history of this remarkable car from the earliest Mark 1s through to the last versions that saw a revival of interest in the car at the end of the 20th century. The programme also illustrates just how adaptable the Mini is from mild tuning to full blown customising including a 4 x 4 version with enormous balloon tyres. The archive material includes amazing historical footage of designer Issigonis and his team during the development of the Mini as well as footage at the press launch of the very first Mini. Action footage includes an early Mini meandering the streets of London during the swinging 60s, plus footage of the last Mini to leave the production line at the end of the 20th century. Also included is footage of the racing Minis including Monte Carlo action with Paddy Hopkirk and exclusive demonstrations by legendary driver Richard Longman of his '77 and 78 championship winning car. The film is brought right up to date with an insight into the new BMW Mini which seems to have created a whole new generation of fans. Interspersed within the programme is an extended interview with Dr Alex Moulton, suspension designer and one of the last surviving members of the small team that created the Mini and interviews from Mini fans taken from the 2003 London to Brighton Mini run. It is an incredible story of a car whose legend is set to live on well into the 21st century.