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Car enthusiasts flock to Canberra to celebrate 70th anniversary of Morris Minors

By Lachlan Roberts 20 September 2018 0
Around 100 Morris Minors from around Australia will converge on the Canberra region this weekend. Photo: Supplied

Around 100 Morris Minors from around Australia will converge on the Canberra region this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

Around 100 Morris Minors from all around Australia will converge on Canberra and the surrounding region this weekend (21-23 September) for the Morris Minor National Rally.

Canberra’s very own Morris Minor club will host Australia’s 19th edition of the rally starting this Friday, celebrating the humble car’s 70th anniversary since the first modern Morris Minor rolled off a UK production line on 20 September 1948.

Hailed as the “world’s supreme small car” by Canberra’s Morris Minor Club spokesman David Moncrieff, Morris Minors from as far as Tasmania, Perth, Victoria and Queensland will meet in the nation’s capital.

Mr Moncreiff said he was looking forward to the display day on Saturday (22 September), where the special vehicles can be seen at the leafy Queanbeyan Town Park between 10 am and 3 pm, followed by a celebratory dinner.

“It is always a very social event and it is great to have people come and visit and have a look at the cars,” he said. “The rally was last held in the ACT in 1997 so it will be a special occasion for many people to see the cars in town again.”

Mr Moncrieff has been an attendee of the national rally for the last 12 years and owned his first Morris Minor back in 1971 when he went to uni. He is still a proud owner of the well-known car.

“Morris Minor owners are proud of their cars and the reception they get,” he said. “At car shows almost everyone passing by has a Morris Minor story.”

Keep an eye out for the fancy car on Sunday (23 September), with four conveys set to hit the region’s roads taking in the sights, including the Parliamentary Triangle, at the National Arboretum, and in Bungendore.

For more information, head to the rally’s Facebook page.

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