Saturday, 19 June 2021

Moving tribute to pioneer of affordable car

TIME was turned back as 62 Morris cars came together at Nuffield Place.

TIME was turned back as 62 Morris cars came together at Nuffield Place.

A procession of vehicles was staged to mark the 100th anniversary of when the first Bullnose Morris left the manufacturer’s factory at Cowley, Oxford, on March 29, 1913.

Vehicles parked at William Morris’ former home included cars from as early as 1914 and some were driven on public roads for the first time in more than 25 years.

Jane Greenhaf, general manager of the National Trust property, said: “There are many events going on around Oxfordshire to celebrate the centenary and this is a culmination of that.

“The partnership between the car clubs and the National Trust is really important in keeping Lord Nuffield’s legacy alive.He was one of the greatest businessmen, entrepreneurs and philanthropists of the 20th century.” The event featured cars belonging to members of the Bullnose Morris Club and it was the first time all the White and Poppe Bullnose cars had been together.

Relatives of Lord Nuffield and his financial backer, the 7th Earl of Macclesfield, were also present.

Club registrar Margaret Goding, who organised the vehicle procession, said: “We had people come from as far as Scotland and it was great to see them all together. There are so few of these cars surviving and even fewer that are roadworthy.”

Lord Nuffield pioneered mass car production, manufacturing the first truly affordable cars in Britain.

He and his wife Elizabeth had no children, so he disbursed a large part of his massive fortune to charitable causes. He lived in Nuffield from 1933 until his death in 1963.

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