Hundreds of years on clock for cars

Two major motoring milestones will be reached in 2013.

One hundred years of car-making at Cowley in Oxford will be marked by the Mini company and its German parent firm BMW.

And Aston Martin will also be celebrating a 100th anniversary, having been founded in January 1913.

The focal point of the celebrations at Cowley – now known as the Oxford plant – will be on 28 March. Aston Martin will be staging a number of events at its plant in Warwickshire, and elsewhere, to mark its centenary.