Friday 29th March 2013 is the centenary of the first Morris car rolling off the production line at the Cowley Plant in Oxford. The owner of Morris Motors was one Lord Nuffield, born William Richard Morris, lifelong philanthropist and founder of Nuffield College.
To mark this event, forty Oxford built vehicles will assemble early on Friday morning at the Cowley Plant, now the home of the Mini. The vehicles will represent as many different models as possible that have been manufactured at the Plant over the past 100 years. The cavalcade will take a route to the City Centre that will pass by as many significant places as possible, including the Nuffield Needle, old North and South Works, Hollow Way, the Nuffield Hospital and the Longwall garage, and be available to view as a static display on Broad Street from 10.30am to 4.00pm.
The Oxford Mail is publishing a special eight-page supplement on Thursday 29th March, marking the event.
To learn more about the life and work of Lord Nuffield, take a look at his archive collection in the Library. The index to his collection is here.
UPDATE 03/04/13 – a gallery of images from the Oxford Mail is available here.