Morris fans plan major centenary celebrations

| 7 Dec 2012

The massed Morris clubs have a huge range of events lined up to mark 100 years since William Morris made his first car in Oxford in 1913.

The year-long celebration kicks off with the First Dispatch on 29 March, the day that the original car left the factory.

Members of the Bullnose Morris Club will gather at Nuffield Place, the former home of the founder, before driving to Oxford.

The organisers hope to display 200 Morris vehicles at the Beaulieu Spring Autojumble on 18-19 May – co-ordinated by the Dorset Branch of the MMOC – followed by an International Rally on 15-16 June at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire with a full programme of arena displays, plus a large trade and jumble area. All types of vehicle are welcome.

After that the focus moves to the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon on 14 July where the Bullnose Morris Club will host what’s expected to be the biggest gathering of early Morris cars and commercials.

The Morris Register will take centre stage with its National Rally at Thoresby Park in August.

The grand finale will be a special centrepiece stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show comprising the most famous Morris models made between 1913 and the company’s demise in ’84.

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