Huge classic car event to celebrate 100 years of Morris Commercial vehicles

A vintage commercial vehicle show will celebrate 100 years of Morris commercial vehicles, alongside a showcase of the work vehicles of yesteryear. The British Motor Museum’s Classic and Vintage Commercial Show will feature hundreds of pre-2003 commercial vehicles including lorries, vans, and pick-ups, making it one of the largest shows of its type in Europe.

Enthusiasts will descend on Gaydon to see light lorries from Austin, Bedford, and Dodge, through to heavier lorries from AEC, ERF, and Leyland Trucks.

There will also be the obligatory Ford Transit - a van so popular that it’s long been a generic byword for any large van on British roads.

Read More: Lucy’s Mill park walker 'punched in the face and spat' at after confronting vandal

Read more: Honda Civic driver flees after crashing into Coventry Primark

This year’s show also marks 100 years of the Morris Commercial vehicles. Constructed in Birmingham, and later at Bathgate in Scotland, many of the engines that power these classic vehicles were built at the Morris Engine Works on Gosford St.

The building is now part of Coventry University.

Though the brand folded in the mid-70’s, variations of the design of J-Type vans found their way into later British commercial vehicles, including the LDV Pilot and Convoy vans, which were produced until 2005.

And that’s not the end of Morris Commercial’s story. A start-up based in Evesham is hoping the bring the brand back, with a new all electric JE van aiming to be in production next year.

Over the weekend, a large commercial vehicle-related autojumble will sell vehicle spares, photos, brochures, models, and other items.

Inside the museum building, there will also be two sizable indoor model shows featuring over 160 tables showcasing kit and scratch-built models of commercial vehicles and landscapes.

British Motor Museum show manager Tom Carew described the show in a statement as 'unmissable.'

He added: “Whether you’re a fan of commercial vehicles, interested in vintage history or want to see the commercial vehicles that were on the roads in your youth, then this show is for you.”

The show will run from June 8 to 9 and camping is available for those that want to make a weekend of it.

Sign up for our FREE daily newsletter here for all the latest news about Coventry.