I took my 1967 Morris Minor along to the Morris Centenary Rally at Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire last weekend. I was very pleased to see this very smartly presented AEC Regent V being used as the rally control point and commentary position.
Sadly it didn’t move during the weekend, nor was I able to see inside as it was in continuous use by orgainsers, marshals and commentators. Now in the care of the Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust, 373FCR was operated by City of Southampton. It has East Lancs bodywork and is fitted with an AEC AV590 9.6 litre engine.
The main purpose of the weekend was to celebrate 100 years since Morris Motors was established. Strongly represented, as you would expect, was the Morris Minor model in all its forms. Some people have estimated that there were about 1,000 of these iconic cars on the rally field and I can well believe it. There were Morris Minors for as far as the eye could see!
Another bus caught my eye but this was in the craft tent and was a model of AEC Routemaster ALM59B. It is a hand-built model made with balsa and card and is based on RM2059 which ran with London Transport before spending much of the 90s with Delaine of Bourne, in whose livery it is painted. It is a finely detailed model, even down to the miniature passengers within!
One bus I would have loved to have seen was the Morris Motors Brass Band Bus. It is based nearby at the Oxford Bus Museum but, for whatever reason, wasn’t present.
My next bus outing is tomorrow for a wedding in Bristol. At this stage I’m not sure which bus I’ve been rostered with but all will be revealed in my next post!