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Crash, bang, wallop – what a picture! Morris 8 ‘parked’ against tree

PUBLISHED: 13:08 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 09 March 2017

Mike Healey and his future wife with his wrecked 1935 Morris 8 after it hit a tree. Pictures supplied by Mike Healey

Mike Healey and his future wife with his wrecked 1935 Morris 8 after it hit a tree. Pictures supplied by Mike Healey

supplied by Mike Healey

Mike Healey’s was broken hearted when his first car, a 1935 Morris 8, came to a sorry end in a confrontation with a tree.

Mike Healey and his future wife with his wrecked 1935 Morris 8 after it hit a tree. Pictures supplied by Mike HealeyMike Healey and his future wife with his wrecked 1935 Morris 8 after it hit a tree. Pictures supplied by Mike Healey

I was born in Norwich – I now live in St Ives, Cambridgeshire – and have a tale to tell.

I hope it gets into print because it will be testimony to my brother, who still lives in Norwich, and was instrumental in my first car ownership. It was an unwanted trade-in at the garage where he worked at the time.

My first car was a 1935 Morris 8 which cost me £5, acquired in 1963.

My brother upgraded it with parts from a 1938 model, which included sealed-beam headlamps, easy-clean wheels and also fitted a huge ‘Brooklands’ spoked steering wheel.

During my ownership it required a new road spring and cylinder head, but always started first time and never let me down.

Sadly, I parked it against a tree near Loddon some 10 months later. My girlfriend, now my wife, and I escaped without serious injury. It was a brilliant little car and left me broken hearted.

The photographs depict its plight and that’s me and my girlfriend the next day looking forlornly at the wreck.

Do you have some tales to tell about your first car? The adventures, scrapes, breakdowns, mishaps and maintenance just to keep it on the road. Email your motoring memories with a picture of the car to motoring@archant.co.uk or post it to Andy Russell, motoring editor, Prospect House, Rouen Road, Norwich, NR1 1RE.

2 comments

  • You may say so. But in Britain 6970 people were killed on the roads in 1960, while "only" 1732 died in 2015 - still too high but just think how much traffic has increased over those years. Roads are better designed, cars are much safer ... we can look back now at the "good old days" and see that they weren't good at all.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Tuesday, March 14, 2017

  • Massive Irony in this story :- If this were today in a 21st Century car the headline would, be “Careless motorist nearly kills himself and Fiancée whilst driving recklessly down lanes”… somehow the 1960’s days of no seat belts, etc etc had a romantic air of “It was OK I walked away”. I’m sure we’ll get a comment from our Police commissioner saying it’s another unacceptable speed related accident on our roads.

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    ChelmaCommuta

    Friday, March 10, 2017

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