AUSTINMOR­RIS DAY

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event News -

BROOK­LANDS MU­SEUM, WEY­BRIDGE, SUR­REY, 6 MARCH

Austin and Mor­ris-badged clas­sics – plus a few of their close rel­a­tives – ousted mod­ern Mercedes-Benz of­fer­ings from the car man­u­fac­turer’s own test track at this bustling one-day event.

The Brit-built clas­sics formed a cav­al­cade around the cir­cuit at Mercedes-Benz World, nor­mally used seven days a week for putting mod­ern cars through their paces. Ev­ery­thing from a Mor­ris 8 to a Mini Cooper par­tic­i­pated, along with a deeply tatty Austin A55 Cam­bridge Fa­rina. The track run was the high­light of Brook­lands’ an­nual gath­er­ing of BMC and BL beau­ties, which more than 200 clas­sics at­tended.

Own­ers also had the chance to pose their cars on the leg­endary Brook­lands bank­ing and put them through their paces on the Wey­bridge mu­seum’s Test Hill. Par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs in­cluded the Cam­bridgeOx­ford Own­ers Club, Metro Own­ers Club, Land­crab Club, and 1100 Club.

Brook­lands Mu­seum spokesman Paul Ste­wart de­scribes the an­nual event as a high­light of the mu­seum’s cal­en­dar. ‘There have been some won­der­ful ve­hi­cles here to­day. We’ve held sev­eral of th­ese events and I don’t think we’ve ever had a more var­ied se­lec­tion of cars,’ he says.

Club par­tic­i­pants voted for a Car of the Show, which went to Paula Hamil­ton’s im­mac­u­late and up­rated 1990 Rover Metro GTi, which she has owned since it was two years old. Jeff Chis­man has spent six years trans­form­ing restor­ing and tweak­ing his Austin-badged Mi­nor-pick-up. It’s a good ’un.

A spe­cial men­tion should also go to Stiv Jen­ner and part­ner Char­lotte Barnes, who brought along their 1972 Austin Maxi. Char­lotte’s ex­pect­ing a baby, who could be the new­est re­cip­i­ent of one of Bri­tain’s best known mo­tor­ing names.

‘If he’s a boy I’m nam­ing him af­ter Austin, but I think a posher ver­sion, say with a ‘y’ so it’s “Austyn’, she says. ‘Watch this space!’ Nick Larkin Kevin Standen and son Thomas, 12, showed off this for­mer Royal Mail Mor­ris Mi­nor. It’s now got a Rover V8 en­gine.

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