A lot of love for a little car!

MMHRA-03-03-12 morris Feb67'Feature on the morris minor club of Rugby'' Bill Stowardson with their 55 Moris
MMHRA-03-03-12 morris Feb67'Feature on the morris minor club of Rugby'' Bill Stowardson with their 55 Moris

THEY are small, curvy and turn heads wherever they go - the Morris Minor is a big part of British motoring heritage.

Members of the Rugby branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club are passionate about their ‘moggies’.

MMHRA-03-03-12 morris Feb67'Feature on the morris minor club of Rugby.''Pictured, Members with their Morris Minors, from 1964 to  1968 .

MMHRA-03-03-12 morris Feb67'Feature on the morris minor club of Rugby.''Pictured, Members with their Morris Minors, from 1964 to 1968 .

Back in the day they were seen as a cheap runabout, but 24 members of the club are still proudly using theirs.

They are celebrating the club’s 30th anniversary this year.

The club is run by Bill and Sybil Stewardson, who live in Rugby and have had 25 Morris Minors over the years.

“We got into them after Bill looked after his dad’s Traveller,” said Sybil.

“That was about 40 years ago and we haven’t looked back since.

The couple decided to set up a club for other like-minded people. Bill said: “The club was started in the winner of 1981/82 when a few owners got together in a pub.

“We are now an official branch of the MMOC and have members from Rugby, Coventry, Kenilworth, Bulkington and Northampton.”

The motorists go to the shows and rallies most weekends from April to September and help raise money for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The club has taken part in a number of exciting events including the London to Brighton ride three times.

Bill said: “At national rallies were car pull champions about three times.”

“Our cars range from a 1953 Post Office telephone engineer’s van with split screen and rubber wings to a 1953 convertible and various saloons and travellers,” added Sybil.

“We love everything about Morris Minors - the kerb appeal, the fact there’s so little under the bonnet, going to the rallies and all the waves you get from people when you’re driving.”

She said her favourite was a maroon coloured Morris Minor traveller.

“You do get emotionally attached,” Sybil said. “We’ve had our split screen for 15 years and I think we’ll keep this one.”

They meet at St Andrew’s Rugby Club in Ashlawn Road on the third Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome, owners or not.

Other members cars include a 1964 Cortina, a 1964 Cortina and a 1967 Anglia Estate and a Morris Marina.

The next meeting in on March 20.

For more information telephone (01788) 332143 or emailrugby morrisminorclub@synthasite.com