A charity event is planned to mark
the Isle of Man leg of an epic journey around the British Isles
TO celebrate its 40th Anniversary of
the Morris Minor, the Morris Minor Owners Club have arranged for a standard
specification 1962 Morris Minor 4 door saloon to travel from John O'Groats to
Land's End. Instead of using the most direct route, the car, driven by Bruce
Kelsey, will criss cross Britain in an attempt to visit every branch of the MMOC
and several locations with links to the history of the car and the club.
The journey of more than 3,000 miles is expected to take up to 5 weeks with
events being held at each of the 75 planned stops to raise money for charity.
The car travels to the Island on 4 September 2016, with transport costs
supported by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Wades Truck Services.
On the day the car arrives in Douglas, the Isle of Man branch of the club will
host an event in the B&Q car park on Spring Valley Industrial Estate. Starting
at 10am, it will feature several locally owned Morris Minors from between 1949
and 1971, with the marathon car due to arrive shortly after 2pm. There will be
collections for Marie Curie, which is being supported by the MMOC charity
marathon, and Hospice Isle of Man, which will have representatives at the event.
Bernie Wade from the Isle of Man branch of the MMOC said:- "We're really
pleased the Island could be included in this historic journey and hope we'll
have a good turnout to greet Bruce. It'll not only be a great opportunity to see
a wonderful display of cars and chat to the owners, but also a chance to support
very worthwhile charities. We're very grateful to the Isle of Man Steam Packet
Company for its support, as well as to B&Q for its help in putting on the
Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said:- "We look forward
to welcoming Bruce and the visiting car to the Isle of Man and hope the local
branch's event enjoys a good turnout and raises plenty of money for 2 very
So keep an eye out in Liverpool to see it pass through on it's way to the ferry