More than 2000 Mor­ris Mi­nors sought for 2018 cel­e­bra­tion

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Nick Larkin ❚

Av­enue has been cho­sen for what is hoped will be the big­gest ever gath­er­ing of Mor­ris Mi­nors. The car’s 70th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions will be held at Kel­marsh Hall in Northamp­ton­shire on 23-24 June 2018. Mor­ris Mi­nor Own­ers’ Club sec­re­tary Ray Newell says: ‘Plans are pro­gress­ing well and large con­tin­gents of mem­bers from the US and Scan­di­navia are al­ready in­tend­ing to join us.

‘Of course, we would do well to beat the 2000 cars that came up for the 50th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Blen­heim in 1998. But we’re hope­ful it will hap­pen!’

Mean­while, this year’s an­nual rally is set to take place at Tul­leys Farm near Craw­ley in West Sus­sex on 24-25 June. The 1963 Mor­ris Mi­nor that took part in the club’s 40th an­niver­sary run from John O’Groats to Land’s End last year will also be pre­sented to its new own­ers at the club’s big an­nual event.

Once the car had fin­ished its huge run in aid of Marie Curie, the club in­vited sealed bids for the car, which was even­tu­ally won by club mem­bers Dave and Lynn Port­wood from Berk­shire. Lynn has since re­vealed that the car will be driven pri­mar­ily by their daugh­ters.

Ray Newell says that the sale was or­gan­ised to help to­wards the car’s restoration costs and also to get some money into the kitty for other club events. He says: ‘ We are very glad that the car is stay­ing in the club, and that it sold for more than the re­serve price.’

Mi­nors at 2013’s Mor­ris cen­te­nary event – but 2000 are now needed.

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