The classic Mini won the Monte Carlo Rally and thrilled millions of enthusiasts in everyday driving.

Now five classic Minis have joined 44 venerable BMWs to take part for the first time in the Allgäu-Orient Rally, which recently set off from northern Bavaria.

Together with 207 other cars, they are making for Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, more than 3,000 miles away.

On May 12, the city will celebrate the arrival of the stylish, compact conveyances.

Not a bad way to get to Baku…