Henry’s char­ity 3k-miler

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A 90-year-old Mor­ris Cow­ley known as ‘Happy Henry’ will take part in a 3000mile chal­lenge to raise money for the Pancreatic Can­cer Ac­tion char­ity. Andy McKay sets off from Carlisle on 21 July in the 1927 Flat­nose Mor­ris Cow­ley that he bought in 2014. He will drive ‘the length and breadth of Bri­tain’ ac­com­pa­nied by his cocker spaniel, Paddy, and, be­ing a mu­si­cian, will play gigs on the way.

Andy and his car have their roots in Carlisle, be­cause the Cow­ley, one of the first of Flat­nose types, was orig­i­nally sold by Gra­ham and Roberts in the town.

From 1934 the car was owned by Daisy Wash­ing­ton, aka Pat Wad­dell, a writer and broad­caster from Carlisle.

A mo­tor­ing pi­o­neer, she drove the car on a fam­ily trip from Carlisle to Ober­am­mer­gau in the Bavar­ian Alps in 1950, and they were to­gether un­til Mrs Wash­ing­ton’s death in 1972. For­tu­nately, her wish for the car to be burnt when she died was not car­ried out!

Andy first saw the car in Bramp­ton, Cum­bria in 1977, but his ini­tial at­tempts to buy the car were in vain, un­til he bought the Mor­ris Cow­ley via an in­ter­net auc­tion and the car re­turned to its home­town for restora­tion.

Andy says: ‘It is a huge chal­lenge and a lo­gis­ti­cal night­mare for me. But sadly, I lost my wife, Lyn, to pancreatic can­cer in 2013 and I’m de­ter­mined to do my best to raise funds and pub­lic aware­ness about this per­ni­cious dis­ease.’ David Brown

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Henry has been re­stored from a bas­ket­case with some 21st cen­tury ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing sat­nav.

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