to the International Alliance of Morris Owners website
of Morris Owners (IAMO) was formed to provide a focal
point for anyone interested in Morris Motors. The
interest can be in one of their products, the history
of the factory or the people who worked there.
of the members are likely to be owners of their cars
IAMO is limited only by the interests of its members
as there are no cut off points in terms of age or
product. The IAMO should therefore be of interest
to owners of cars of any age from 1913 to 1983, commercial
vehicles, industrial and marine engines, and even
aeroplanes that were manufactured at Cowley during
World War II.
will be mainly web based so that IAMO will be truly
international and freely available to anyone. Membership
is free in every sense although members are expected
to contribute by participating in the Alliance's activities.
we are not
IAMO is not
a club but as its name suggests an alliance of individuals,
groups, clubs, suppliers and museums brought together
with a common aim - their interest in all things Morris.
of IAMO is unlike a club in that it does not have
a management structure or even a committee. The alliance
is run entirely by the members for the members.
There is no
restriction on membership and all of the facilities
will be available to anyone whether they are members
to Morris we will not exclude other manufacturers
and we will welcome other fellow enthusiasts whatever
What are our aims?
aim of the International Alliance of Morris Owners
is to preserve the history of Morris Motors by encouraging
the appreciation of both its products and its history.
We believe that
the best way of doing this is to encourage the public
display of its products together with an appreciation
of their history.
do we do this?
Creating a repository
for knowledge that's available to everyone
help and support to owners on maintenance
in events and shows
of gatherings, events and shows
become the focal point of a recognised centre of excellence
are we going to do?
Provide a comprehensive
web based encyclopaedia produced by members
websites to members at low cost
Run events under
to the International Alliance of Morris Owners website
enthusiasts clubs were formed in the 1960s when pre-war
cars were a cheap but stylish means of transport.
Nearly fifty years on reliable cars. often much less
than 10 years old, have replaced this form of transport
and pre-war cars are regarded as unusual even abnormal
in modern traffic conditions fit only for showing
at events and museums alongside similar exhibits.
21st century has heralded a changes that woul dhave
been unthinkable in the late 1990s. There is a fascination
with nostalgia and a resurgance of interest on seeing
not just static exhibits but working ones as well.
Brooklands Museum has led the way by introducing rides
around parts of the race track in cars of the period
so that visitors can experience some of the atmosphere
of the race track. especially the bumps! The increased
congestion and lowering of speed limits means that
even Edwardian cars can keep up with modern traffic
although stopping is a different matter.
aims of the Alliance are to combine nostalgia and
practical transport to promote the old vehicle movement
whatever the make or age but particularly those with
the name Morris attached to them. Cars from the first
Morris Oxford made in 1913 to the last Morris Marinas
made in 1983 but it doesn't stop there as Morris Motors
were involved in other forms of transport. The marine
and industrial engines were produced form theearly
days until the 1970s and even Tiger Moth aeroplanes
were made at Cowley during the last war.
course the Alliance will promote the following traditional
promote friendship amongst all our members
help to preserve Morris products in any form
provide information on repairs, restoration
facilitate the circulation of spares
encourage participation in Club events, rallies, treasure
hunts, driving tests, and Concours d'elegance.
acheive these aims we need enthusiasts to do it. Unlike
the traditional clubs there will not be a committee
to run the club, there will therefore not be the small
number of core members who do all the work. Instead
the members will do it all so if the members don't oragnise
an even it won't happen. This isn't as extreme as it
might sound as it is quite common for groups of friends
with a common interest to organise their group activities,
the only difference is that this is on a much bigger
scale. Given the Internet, a small number of facilitators
and a lot of enthusiasm from members it is a relatively
simple task to coordinate activities over a wide area.
of the face to face meetings with members will take
place at monthly gatherings known as Noggins
& Natters There will be s a monthly newsletter
The Morris Owner
available as an e-zine for distribution in paper form
to members of the noggins who can access the online
the Minor, Eight, and Ten will be provided in the online
Motor wiki, as well as Road Test Reports reproduced
from the Practical Motorist and other publications.
Annual events such as the Brooklnads meeting in March
will mark the start of the year although it is expected
that groups will attend earlier events such as the VSCC's
WInter Autotests. Runs to the home of Morris Motors
for many years are also planned with visits to the current
BMW factory at Colwey arranged.
the most important service to members is the ability
to source Spares,
we expect to have a dedicated group of members always
on the look out for spares, and even arranging the manufacture
of popular items.