5th & 6th August 2023 – LCV Register 70th Anniversary Rally, Coventry

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The Morris LCV Club held the 70th anniversary of Morris van production at the Coventry Motor Museum over two days. John and Carolyn Hancock decided to travel to Coventry with their van Norman on the Friday and were lucky with the weather and with a break at Cambridge Services, the journey of 135 miles was uneventful. After checking into their hotel, they walked to the city centre and found the Museum where they would be parking the next day. After a visit to the Cathedral they headed back to their hotel.

Saturday, the weather had changed and after arriving at the Museum, it started to rain, so a quick walk into Coventry centre for shelter and cups of tea. Back at the Museum the number of Morris LCV’s had reached 14, so with the rain still falling they decided to take advantage of the reduced entry fee and spent the rest of the day in the dry of the Museum.

The impressive display chronicles the rise and demise of the British bicycle, motor cycle and car industry, along with other transport related displays, including the land speed record holder, Montgomery’s staff car and Royal cars.

Sunday was much better, apart from a brief shower, the weather was fine and a total of 24 Morris LCV’s were displayed, somewhat short of the number expected. John and Carolyn decided to leave and head home to Ipswich just after 2pm. The journey was uneventful until they arrived at Cambridge Services when they had problems with the van. They called the AA who sent out a patrol man and told them Norman would have to be trailered home. It took them to Stowmarket and then had to be transferred to another lorry the rest of the way. On investigation the next day it was a head gasket failure.

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