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A Moggy mystery
A CAR enthusiast is calling on the people of Witney to help fill in a “unique piece” of the town’s history.
Des Bacon, 64, is appealing for anyone who knows the history of his 1971 Morris Minor 1000 Traveller.
After doing some digging last month he found his green Traveller had been used by a local charity to deliver meals to the elderly in Witney.
Mr Bacon, from Doncaster, said: “It is interesting. There is no other car in the world like it. It is such an original car it would be nice if I could find a bit more about it. Surely someone in the Witney knows about it or has seen it around even or their relatives know it, it is quite distinctive.
“After b0uying the car in September the more I found the more interesting it’s history became.”
Apart from scraping back mould from the woodwork and revarnishing Mr Bacon said there has been little done to the car.
He said it still has the original writing on the door which says: “Presented to the WRVS Meals on Wheels Service by the Inner Wheel Club of Witney.”
The Women’s Royal Voluntary Service asked for fundraising help from the Inner Wheel Club of Witney after their car broke down. After bake, cake and table top sales, £890 was raised for the new car in 1971.
“Between 1971 and 1994 I don’t know much about it,” he said.
“It isn’t just a plain car you buy, it’s a unique piece of Witney history. It probably served the elderly of Witney for many years.”
Mr Bacon said he has been in touch with the organiser of the Witney Motor Show, Steve Boyle, and will be taking his Morris Minor on the 300-mile round trip to the show next July 4 at Henry Box School playing fields.
He said: “It will be really good to see the reaction of people in Witney when I get there.”
If you know more about the Travellers, please call reporter Katriona Ormiston on 01865 425426