A HOST of historic cars parked at the home of one of the great motor manufacturers for a very British celebration.

More than 30 vintage vehicles graced the grounds of Nuffield Place, near Wallingford, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Morris Motors Ltd.

The country house is the former home of William Morris, who founded the company, and car enthusiasts flocked to the site on Sunday.

Vehicles ranging from the 1920s to the present day were on show to represent a timeline of the development of car technology.

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Visitors enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, drinks and ice cream while listening to live music and relaxing on the lawn, as well as casting their eye over the machines.

Joanna Gamester, of Nuffield Place, now a National Trust property, said: "It was a wonderfully happy day, with everyone enjoying the sunshine and the car owners having picnics next to their cars while chatting to visitors."

A range of special items were on display inside the house, with some on loan from the British Motor Museum.

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Meanwhile, a spotlight trail of the collection is highlighting key moments of the career of the manufacturer, also known as Lord Nuffield, until November 4.

He began building cars in Oxford in 1912 when he founded WRM Motors, but the company was renamed Morris Motors in 1919.

The motor manufacturer helped pioneer mass production techniques in the UK and was reputedly earning £2,000 a day at the height of his career.

He and also went on to become a great philanthropist, founding the Nuffield Foundation and Oxford University's Nuffield College.