We belong to the " Morris Register of Victoria," and the Club has just celebrated its 40th Birthday. Some 25 old "Morris's" and 93 people celebrated with a run to the country for lunch. but ours was the only J Van.
Here are just some of the participants (The orange Flat nose Morris in the foreground was on the original founding excursion, and it lead the 40th excursion - both run's with the same driver/owner - now that is not bad!)
We recently took our Heinkel out to be in
This Mercedes is a 540K, and has a serious
providence. – Less than 50 were made and there are said to be less than 5
remaining in the world. Mercedes lent this car new in 1936, (with a little persuasion
from Adolph Hitler) to Ernst Heinkel. Its sister car was lent by Mercedes to
Joseph Stalin. During the Second World War, the Mercedes was requisitioned by
the Third Reich and used by Hermann
Goering (The head of the German Luftwaffe)
Heinkel was a long standing plane making
Company in Germany, and during the war they were known especially for their
bombers. Directly after the war, as Ernst Heinkel was forbidden from making planes,
he initially made scooters and then enclosed scooters -Bubble cars. The Red
Kabine (ours) is a 1960 model, and the Yellow Kabine a 1964 model- here they all
are with their proud owners.
This is real bit of history in Melbourne
Australia, a long way from all three cars German deign origin
After we went to the Messerschmitt meet in Kelso Scotland, we were told of someone in Scotland who had a couple of J Vans. Seeing as we were near, we made an appointment to visit.
Well he didn't just have 2 J Vans he had about 10 J Vans, 2 under restoration, and the rest finished. Not only that, but he had about 500 vehicles in 4 big sheds in his private collection, all dusted off and ready to go.
Cars, vans, trucks, diggers, and even a tank. Now that is what you call a proper collection.