Thirty Lincoln Auto Club members joined with forty eight Morris Minor owners over a welcome BBQ in Port Lincoln recently. The visitors were in Port Lincoln for a couple of days participating in this year’s Morris Minor Touring Club of Australia’s south eastern Australian tour.
Beginning in Geelong on August 27th, the tour has taken the group to Adelaide via the Great Ocean Road and Mount Gambier, to Port Augusta, across to Streaky Bay and down to Port Lincoln. They will then head north to the Flinders Ranges, before returning to Ballarat via the Riverland.
The Morris Minor Touring Club of Australia has no formal structure, except that members must belong to a Morris Minor Club in their relevant State. This year there were representatives from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. The touring concept was founded in 1986, and the Group has embarked on many nationwide tours regularly since then.
Coordinator for the last ten years, Heather Jarman of Hervey Bay Queensland, said the initial tours took the brave little vehicles (and drivers!) into the outback, partly to prove how reliable the Morris Minor was. This entailed travelling outback New South Wales, taking on the Strzelecki Track, the Dig Tree, Innamincka, travelling as far north as Darwin, across to Perth, down to Tasmania and all points in between. The largest number of participants peaked at 72. One participant this year has attended every tour since the Club’s inception in 1986.
The visiting Morris Minor owners give Port Lincoln the thumbs up! (Right)
Due to the increasing age of the vehicles, and drivers, the touring has evolved into following main road bitumen routes, with this year’s itinerary clocking up approximately 4,000 ks. At Morris Minor speed, they are getting a good view of the country! 15 Morris’s are still putting along after reaching Port Lincoln. These represent the utility, panel van, Estate Van (Traveler or Woody), two and four door sedan and convertible models of the popular little classic car. The remainder of the number are travelling in their modern vehicles, not just to enable back up if required, but to provide the “luxury” a caravan or camper trailer offers.
The visitors were extremely grateful of the BBQ and welcoming atmosphere the Lincoln Auto Club members provided. Adding to the hospitality was the welcome message delivered by Councillor Diana Mislov on behalf of the City of Port Lincoln.
The Lincoln Auto Club wishes the Morrie tourers a safe and enjoyable onward journey. We thank you for visiting us, and offer the same hospitable welcome to any other group of vehicle enthusiasts wishing to head this way.
Many thanks to the Lincoln Auto Club members who assisted in setting up, cooking for the multitude, and cleaning up afterwards! A special thanks to the Lincoln Ladies whose home made cakes and biscuits proved a hit.