Morris 100 celebrations

20 Apr

Morris cars are celebrating their 100th birthday, just like Canberra! On Saturday, they arrive in Canberra from all over Australia (some from as far as Perth and Mission Beach, near Cairns) and set up in a car park in front of the Commonwealth Treasury building.

Happy 100th, Morris cars and Canberra!

Happy 100th, Morris cars and Canberra!

MLA Mick Gentleman kicks off the proceedings, mentioning that one of his first cars was a Morris bought for $50 (!). There are plenty of cars, some dating back to 1914 (!!) – just like Auto Italia, it’s best if I let them speak for themselves. Morris, MG, Wolseley, Riley and BMC/Leyland are on display.

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Stepping back in time!

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REALLY old

REALLY old

So much to love - love the side tyres

So much to love – love the side tyres

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Sports Morris? I had no idea...

Sports Morris? I had no idea…

Much more in line with the 'classic' idea I have of a Morris

Much more in line with the ‘classic’ idea I have of a Morris

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A horn in every sense

A horn in every sense

Classic bullnose, I believe

Classic bullnose, I believe

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Love this

Love this

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Inside two vans

Inside two vans

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As a Twitter friend pointed out, the only odd thing is the location. Why couldn’t the cars have been shown off on the lovely lawns in front of Old Parliament House?

Afterwards, we head to the wonderful Ainslie Cellars (always worth a trip, no matter where you live), who are – coincidentally – having tastings of fortifieds from Morris Wines. A day of celebrating everything Morris!

If you missed the celebration today, the vehicles are taking part in a Centenary Drive is taking place tomorrow, first on Anzac Parade at 9am, and then around the major sites of Canberra.

Date: Saturday, 20 April

Cost: Free

Worthwhile factor: Worthwhile

Want more? This Riot Act post has more details.

9 Responses to “Morris 100 celebrations”

  1. leo_qbn April 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Nice write-up and pics as usual, Tara.
    Glad you stoped short of taking up Morris Dancing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Gary Lum April 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    There are some beautiful cars there T1.

    • inthetaratory April 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Aren’t there! Jealous!

      • Gary Lum April 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

        I do like cars, but my tastes are more American muscle ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. mossrocket April 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    the cars all went out to Namadgi Visitors Centre – that was a surprise!

    • inthetaratory April 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

      that’s so cool! I wonder where else they went…

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