Nelson Leader : February 28th 2013
18 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 28, 2013 NEWS Honour your loved ones in print and online... Celebrate and honour the legacy of your loved one s life and inspire family and friends to do the same. Death Notices published in the Nelson Mail are now available on our website. is service allows people, living outside the region or overseas, to view your notice. An online guestbook is also attached to your online death notice which gives friends and family members the opportunity to share thoughts, feelings and o er condolences. ese memories will help preser ve your loved one s story and create a sense of community while o ering comfort during a di cult time. For more information on the Nelson Mail death notices online service contact: Nelson Mail on (03) 548 0119 or 0800 800 515 or classi email@example.com or your Funeral Director can answer any questions you may have on the Nelson Mail death notices online service. www.nelsonmail.co.nz/deathnotices Ready to rally: Members of the Top of the South Morris Minor Club. Photo: PHIL BARNES Morris Minor drivers ready to tackle year By PHIL BARNES Classic cars still popular Members of the Top of the South Morris Minor Club have a busy year ahead culminating in club president Julie Tomlinson and husband John heading to England this winter for the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Morris and Austin light com- mercial vehicles at Gaydon, near Birmingham. Julie said she and John were members of the British Morris and Austin LCV Club and had been planning to attend the anniversary after meeting other members of the club during a visit to Britain three years ago. She said they were keen to spend time with like-minded people as they own a 1971 yellow Morris Minor van which they have partly restored. We call it Colonel Mustard,'' Julie said. The couple also own a Morris Minor which they nickname Nurse Gladys in reference to the 1980s British comedy Open All Hours, starring Ronnie Barker, in which nurse Gladys Emman- uel drove around in a Morris Minor. All the district nurses in Britain used to have Morris Minors,'' Julie said. Julie and John also own a 1937 Morris 8. She said they had to strip it right down to the chassis'' in order to restore it but they have had it on the road since 1989. Julie said there were plenty of people in the Top of the South Club who had good knowledge of restoring cars. In terms of local activities, Julie said club members met to go on a group ride every month. We met at Ngatimoti last Sunday and have a drive plan- ned to Blenheim on March 24.'' Fellow member Geoff Ashton said the first Morris Minors were built in 1948 and the last of the 948cc models were built in 1962. But they carried on building vans and utes up to 1973.'' Despite their age Morris Minors were still relatively popular among motorists, he said. Geoff said he had noticed at least 40 different Morris Minors legally on the road in Nelson. The Leader asked the club members what attracted people to restore and continue driving Morris Minors. Treasurer Merton Brown said it was because it was the first car he owned when he started driving in 1953. Committee member Gary Plum said they were easy to park and parts were still readily available. Geoff said another advantage was that Morris Minors were very simple to work on. Julie said one of her first memories was of her mother and father driving a Morris Minor. However, she said although they were easy to fix, they had a tendency to leak oil like all British cars''.
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