On Red Nose Day on 18 March, 14 cars all displaying appropriate noses and plaques met at Fox Lane in Leyland before driving to Southport, calling in at J.D. Christian’s wonderful museum of old cars – mostly Rolls Royces and Bentleys. The museum is privately owned and has a magnificent array of motoring memorabilia as well as the cars all waiting to be restored or started up. It was a real treat when the owner started up a huge and magnificent old Rolls Royce and slowly eased it forward out of its garage.
After visiting the museum, we drove to the Ocean Plaza in Southport, adjacent to the pier, for lunch. A fantastic sight with all 14 Minors in a row which attracted much attention and interest from passers-by who generously donated to the Red Nose Day appeal. One young man put some coins in the bucket and said “What are these cars?” When he was told that they were Morris Minors he asked “Is Morris a make of car then?”
Finally, we visited the British Lawnmower Museum where an amazing display of lawnmowers from the day they were invented to current models were on display – some incredible and very expensive machines in their day. There was even a machine with “Minor” written on its side – could it have been a distant relative?
This was a fantastic day and we raised a magnificent sum of money which was donated to Comic Relief.