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  • Objects of Desire- the Morris Minors of Didsbury

    I went for another architecture wander this morning, but as well as the buildings I also found a few Morris Minors. No other classic cars today, just three rather nice examples of Sir Alec Issigonis’ second greatest design.

    Morris Minor Morris Minor

    Morris Minor Morris Minor

    Morris Minor Morris Minor

    I’d love to have a Minor, though I’d want to make a few minor tweaks- disc brakes, improved suspension and a newer engine. Nothing too silly, I reckon it should be easy to find something that’s both more powerful and more economical than the old block that would come with a vintage Moggy. It’s not like I’d try to emulate Nic Mann’s creation, which was the fastest street legal car in the country for a few years-

    And how could I possibly pass up a chance to play this-

    I’ve been driving in my car, it’s not quite a jaguar
    I bought it in primrose hill from a bloke from brazil
    It was made in fifty-nine in a factory by the tyne
    It says morris on the door, the g.p.o. owned it before
    I drive in it for my job, the governor calls me a slob
    But I don’t really care, give me some gas and the open air

    It’s a bit old but it’s mine, I mend it in my spare time
    Just last week I changed the oil, the rocker valves and the coil
    Just last week I changed the oil
    Last week it went round the clock, I also had a little knock
    I dented somebody’s fender, he learnt not to park on a bender, ha ha ha

    I’ve been driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
    I drive up to muswell hill, I’ve even been to selsey bill
    I drove along the a45, I had her up to 58
    This copper stopped me the other day, you’re mistaken what could I say
    The tyres were a little worn, they were o.k., I could have sworn
    I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

    I like driving in my car, it don’t look much but I’ve been far
    I like driving in my car, even with a flat tyre
    I like driving in my car, it’s not quite a jaguar
    I like driving in my car, I’m satisfied I’ve got this far

    MAdness- Driving in my Car (Available, along with a load of others, on Total Madness)