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Happy 50th to the Morris 1100!

50 years ago this month, the first Morris 1100 went on sale. To celebrate this milestone, a group of members of the 1100 Club from the UK, France and Germany, have not only completed a run without significant mishap from Land's End to John O'Groats, but later arrived safely at the Heritage Motor Museum at Gaydon for the annual 1100 Club National Show.

Rust traps they may have been in their day, but credit goes to the owners concerned for this achievement and keeping their cars in top form. There is an excellent journal as well as photos and video clips at www.the1100club.com click on the LEJOG side tab, and I'll be at Goodwood in my Austin 1300GT.

Asked on 25 August 2012 by RD, Hambrook, West Sussex

Answered by Honest John
A standard Burned Yellow Austin 1300 was my first company car (WWS 8K). You could tell it was mine from the missing hubcaps on the nearside, removed by the verges of the old A68 on which I once averaged 60mph from Hexham, Northumberland to Morningside, Edinburgh, despite a top speed of absolutely no more than 90mph.
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