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WEE 2 Morris 8 big part of life for US

PUBLISHED: 07:30 15 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:30 15 January 2018

Jane Rich'’s Morris 8 tourer has been part of the family for more than 51 years. Pictures: Jane and Alan Rich

Jane Rich'’s Morris 8 tourer has been part of the family for more than 51 years. Pictures: Jane and Alan Rich

Jane and Alan Rich

Jane Rich’s Morris 8 tourer, nicknamed Wee 2, is still a big part of the family after more than half a century of ownership.

Jane Rich'’s Morris 8 tourer was restored by husband Alan. Picture: Jane and Alan RichJane Rich'’s Morris 8 tourer was restored by husband Alan. Picture: Jane and Alan Rich

I passed my driving test soon after my 17th birthday. My ‘dream’ car at the time was a racing green Triumph Spitfire! But, in my local car showroom in Sutton, Surrey, I saw this two-seater Morris 8 tourer first registered on November 26, 1934.

I was obviously attracted to the ‘soft top’ of this Morris 8. It was for sale at £75 but I knocked them down on the price and purchased it for £55 in June 1966.

I used it daily to make the journey from my home in Carshalton Beeches to St Thomas’s Hospital at Westminister where I worked.

It was always such a surprise to other ‘modern’ car drivers to see a young girl driving an old car that I usually managed to beat them away at the lights!

Just before my 19th birthday I started going out with Alan – now my husband – from Surlingham, near Norwich. Although we were about 150 miles apart, we met through being members of our Christadelphian Church.

I drove up to Norfolk in my Morris 8, nicknamed by the previous owner as ‘Wee 2’ because the number plate is ‘US’ 8772. It was first registered in Glasgow, hence the ‘Wee’ nickname which is stencilled on the bonnet of the car and so my Morry has always been known, affectionately’ as ‘Wee 2’.

Alan and I were married on September 9, 1967, and drove from our reception in Wee 2. We happily settled in Alpington and the car made its home with us.

We drove Wee 2 to work at Laurence Scott and Electromotors in Norwich when the weather was dry – it proved not to be a wet-weather vehicle.

Alan decided to take the whole car apart in the mid 1970s to renovate it and it is only in the last few years that WEE 2 has been restored. Last year we celebrated our golden wedding and are pleased to say that the car has remained in the family continuously now for more than 51 years and I love it as much today as I did when I first bought it.

Tell us about your first car – email your memories with a picture of the car to motoring@archant.co.uk or post it to Andy Russell, Archant motoring editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

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