Vintage: 65 for the Morris Minor
1 October 2013 - Défi Media Group
A legend. This is the car enthusiasts consider the Morris Minor. This little car, robust and very popular, celebrates its 65 anniversary this year.
Year after year, the Morris Minor ages but does not wrinkle. It is celebrating its 65th anniversary and Mauritians rejoice. Several activities are organized to mark the event and among an exhibition of these retro cars in Port Louis, which took place last week.
In addition to the outputs, Defi Media find the Morris Minor Club which is working to develop this car so appreciated by Mauritians. "We want to further promote this car that has touched the lives of many Mauritians," says Augustin Benoit, secretary of the association.
Founded in 2007, the association brings together lovers Minor. In Mauritius, the fans are more inspired by the vintage cars and this association is to bring together collectors to promote Minor. "We help members find spare parts, and for that, the Executive Committee is responsible for ordering parts in England," said the club secretary.
Indeed, the Morris Minor is one of the few old cars whose parts are easy to find. "It is also thanks to the talents of Mauritians. It is very handy and you can easily get to reproduce parts. In addition, sheet metal are an artist working in Mauritius, "says our interlocutor.
"We often organize family outings to reunite and this is another way to discover this car heritage to the general public," said Augustin Benoit. For the latter, the exhibition on Sunday will allow those who want to buy a vintage car to learn more about the Morris Minor.
Ideal car for the working class
Equivalent of the Beetle for the Germans or the 2CV (Citroen) for the French, the Morris Minor is a small and very popular English car that was born after the Second World War and wanted to be the ideal car for the working class. We note units built more than 1.6 million. In addition, Mauritius also the small car was very popular and especially utility. "The doctors, families, taxis ... well everyone had this little car very robust," says Augustin Benoit.
For the latter, the Morris Minor is part of the automotive heritage of our Republic, because it was used by a majority of Mauritians. "Who does not remember the" minor taxi "at Victoria Station? "Emphasizes Benoit Augustine. In several countries, lovers Morris Minor came together to form clubs and Mauritius is no exception.
The Morris Minor Club (Mauritius) has about thirty members who meet almost every two months for family outings, visits around the island or exhibitions.
For Benoit Augustin, owner of these old cars have a passion for their particular vehicle. "It does not want to leave off our history. The car lovers do not hesitate to invest in the maintenance of their car. Many importing spare parts directly from England to keep the vehicle in good working order, precisely, to preserve the history and to discover other generations. "