That's how the Mini was born - conceived by car design genius Issigonis
as his answer to the austerity and fuel crisis caused by the Suez conflict in the late fifties.
Doug, whose career at the world-famous Birmingham car factory lasted for nearly 50 years, worked alongside the inventor of Longbridge's bestknown car, Sir Alec Issigonis
, on the Mini.
Fans also had the chance to learn more about Sir Alec Issigonis
, designer of the Mini, or enjoy fun family activities.
ANSWERS QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 A closed shop; 2 Sir Alec Issigonis
; 3 Stephen Fry; 4 Couscous; 5 Wasps and bees.
1948 - The first Morris Minor, designed by Alec Issigonis
, was produced at Cowley in Oxfordshire1984 - Five people died in an IRA bomb attack on the Grand Hotel in Brighton, where the Conservative Party Conference was being held1986 - Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch t o visit China
He will now be remembered alongside other industry legends such as Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Etorre Bugatti, Alec Issigonis
, and Armand Peugeot.
Other highlights include a 1995 McLaren F1 road car and the original classic Mini, first sketched on a restaurant tablecloth by Sir Alec Issigonis
Designed by Alec Issigonis
, it utilised a transversely mounted four-cylinder engine, small wheels and relatively large door- pans.
Critics dismissed Sir Alec Issigonis
's design as a novelty but it captured public imagination like no other car has done before or since.
Designer Alex Issigonis
conceived a box measuring 10ft by 4ft by 4ft, with 80 per cent space for passengers and luggage, leaving only two feet for the engine.
The Mini Cooper (eighth) was a collaboration between the original Mini designer Sir Alec Issigonis
and his friend John Cooper, which first appeared in 1961.
Or that Alec Issigonis
designed the Longbridge-built Mini.