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Morris Cars take over Canberra

By Canberra100 - 17 April 2013 11

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There’s more than one centenary to celebrate this year, with the Morris 100 Canberra Celebration and Tour set to mark 100 years since the first Morris car left the factory In Oxford, England.

This weekend, anyone with an interest in cars built by William Morris, later Lord Nuffield, can celebrate not only the Centenary of Canberra but all things Morris as well.

170 cars will come together including Morris, MG, Wolseley, Riley and BMC/Leyland vehicles. They’ve coming to town from 132 locations around Australia – from Perth in the west, Mission Beach in the north, and everywhere in between.

You can see the display on Saturday 20 April in the Langton Crescent Car Park (in front of the Treasury Building) from 10am.

On Sunday 21 April a special Centenary drive will take place, starting at the Australian War Memorial at 9am and driving up and down Anzac Parade. The cars will then set off on a route taking in 100kms of Canberra’s main sites and attractions.

The oldest cars taking part were built in 1914, and the display will be the largest assembly ever seen at any historic car display in Australia of ’bullnoses’, so-called because of their characteristic rounded radiator.

The youngest cars are two 1979 MGBs. The world’s oldest original MG still in use today, built in 1925, is also heading to town to take part.

On Monday 22 April the Morris’ will take their Centenary celebrations on two ‘Battle of the Sites’ tours, taking in the towns that might have been the nations’ capital – Yass, Binalong, Cowra, Orange, Bombala, Tumut and Dalgety.

Morris 100 is one of 51 community-based projects funded through the Community Centenary Initiatives Fund.

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Morris Cars take over Canberra
KB1971 9:28 am 18 Apr 13

switch said :

KB1971 said :

Quite a few environmental factors are the reason for that. One is that we don’t salt the roads in winter because we don’t get that much snow.

But most cars in Australia live near the coast, and get their salt treatment that way. Cars in Sydney rust a lot quicker than they do here (the pollution also helps)

KB1971 said :

Most old pommy cars were also built with rust from the factory, the oil leaks were supposed to be rust prevention but that didn’t stop anything other than the floor from rusting 😛

I thought that was the self-changing oil system!

I grew up on the coast, the ones that lived in townships right on the ocean used to have heaps of problems along with the ones that used to tow boats.

Live a few km inland and the salt had little effect.

I worked with a guy who used to sell pommy cars, aparrently they had to have drip trays on the dealership floors………

switch 8:37 am 18 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

Quite a few environmental factors are the reason for that. One is that we don’t salt the roads in winter because we don’t get that much snow.

But most cars in Australia live near the coast, and get their salt treatment that way. Cars in Sydney rust a lot quicker than they do here (the pollution also helps)

KB1971 said :

Most old pommy cars were also built with rust from the factory, the oil leaks were supposed to be rust prevention but that didn’t stop anything other than the floor from rusting 😛

I thought that was the self-changing oil system!

RadioVK 8:34 am 18 Apr 13

I for one welcome our new automotive overlords.

It could be worse, it could be Morris Dancers…

KB1971 6:49 am 18 Apr 13

JimCharles said :

It amazes me the amount of old cars in Canberra that are in mint condition, years after they’ve rotted away in the UK.
At the Melbourne GP i saw a collection of British cars that you just wouldn’t see in Britain anymore.
I saw a very old little Volvo automatic driving around here in pristine condition, my grandmother sent hers to the scrapheap nearly 30 years ago and I hadn’t seen one since. Got quite nostalgic.

Quite a few environmental factors are the reason for that. One is that we don’t salt the roads in winter because we don’t get that much snow.

Most old pommy cars were also built with rust from the factory, the oil leaks were supposed to be rust prevention but that didn’t stop anything other than the floor from rusting 😛

Seriously though, the panel were never galvanized, the designs were full of water traps and mud traps. Cars of today don’t have these inbuilt rust features.

bundah 11:37 pm 17 Apr 13

A ghastly car to drive give me a muscle car any day of the week.

JimCharles 10:40 pm 17 Apr 13

poetix said :

I was born in Headington (Oxford) in the house of my grandparents who worked at the Morris Motors factory there. Perhaps with my connection I should look up how much they cost now and get a nasty shock!

Funny to think that my grandparents (now deceased) might have helped build one of the cars that will be part of this, given that they never left England.

They are very cute, modest cars. I have no doubt that the engines are terrible, but they look nice. Much better looking than a Camry, for example.

It amazes me the amount of old cars in Canberra that are in mint condition, years after they’ve rotted away in the UK.
At the Melbourne GP i saw a collection of British cars that you just wouldn’t see in Britain anymore.
I saw a very old little Volvo automatic driving around here in pristine condition, my grandmother sent hers to the scrapheap nearly 30 years ago and I hadn’t seen one since. Got quite nostalgic.

Pork Hunt 10:18 pm 17 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

Pork Hunt said :

KB1971 said :

I just shuddered…….when I did my apprenticeship I purposely didnt buy any Whitworth spanners so I would not ahve to work on old Pommy cars…….I got my wish ……sort of.

I had the “pleasure” of working on HS748 and BAC-111 aircraft but the RAAF supplied the tools 🙂

Jeez the 748 crash a lot……

Were they Whitworth or AF like pretty well everything else of the era?

I spent a bit of time fixing things out at the airport, the biggest was a Cessna Conquest & a Beech King Air & the smallest was a Gazelle (next step up from ultralight).

From memory, most nut and bolts were AF but there were some odd sizes thrown in. 11/32″ was one common spanner size. Other ones for hyd fittings were equally odd like 25/32″. Why?
Linseed oil was used for corrosion prevention. Used to heat it up in a 20L urn and pump it into the struts that held the engines on.
You could never get the smell out of your overalls.

poetix 7:58 pm 17 Apr 13

I was born in Headington (Oxford) in the house of my grandparents who worked at the Morris Motors factory there. Perhaps with my connection I should look up how much they cost now and get a nasty shock!

Funny to think that my grandparents (now deceased) might have helped build one of the cars that will be part of this, given that they never left England.

They are very cute, modest cars. I have no doubt that the engines are terrible, but they look nice. Much better looking than a Camry, for example.

KB1971 7:44 pm 17 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

KB1971 said :

I just shuddered…….when I did my apprenticeship I purposely didnt buy any Whitworth spanners so I would not ahve to work on old Pommy cars…….I got my wish ……sort of.

I had the “pleasure” of working on HS748 and BAC-111 aircraft but the RAAF supplied the tools 🙂

Jeez the 748 crash a lot……

Were they Whitworth or AF like pretty well everything else of the era?

I spent a bit of time fixing things out at the airport, the biggest was a Cessna Conquest & a Beech King Air & the smallest was a Gazelle (next step up from ultralight).

Pork Hunt 5:36 pm 17 Apr 13

KB1971 said :

I just shuddered…….when I did my apprenticeship I purposely didnt buy any Whitworth spanners so I would not ahve to work on old Pommy cars…….I got my wish ……sort of.

I had the “pleasure” of working on HS748 and BAC-111 aircraft but the RAAF supplied the tools 🙂

KB1971 4:42 pm 17 Apr 13

I just shuddered…….when I did my apprenticeship I purposely didnt buy any Whitworth spanners so I would not ahve to work on old Pommy cars…….I got my wish ……sort of.

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