As you probably know I am a Morris Minor Fanatic. Unfortunately my 1954 Minor is in being restored at present and I hope to be out and about come the spring. I had reason to be in a street in Ballynahinch some time ago and spotted a large model of an old racing car perched up above a garage door facing the street.
I thought yes that is a nice idea and I could visualise a similar replica of my own favourite old timer up on my garage. So that every time I came out of my front door I could admire my pride and joy. It took a long time for me to find someone brave enough to tackle the project.
There was a wood craft fare staged in the Town Hall in Newtownards. So I called to view the products. I knew the artist and asked if he would tackle a Minor project on an 8×4 wooden sheet and I gave him a small Minor clock for him to work on. He is involved in a Men’s Shed Group up in Duncairn Gardens in Belfast and among them all they said they would have a go.
True enough after sometime I was called up to pass judgement on their work and was delighted with what I saw. With a few amendments of detail they completed the Minor and I took delivery and it is now placed on my gable wall at No 5 Main Street, Kircubbin and I am delighted with it and it certainly has caused a lot of interest from locals and passers by some even stopping to ask questions and take pictures.
I have now asked for another replica this time of an early model of the Morris 8 they said they would consider the request after Christmas. I have a fairly big gable wall and I am happy to use it for what could be a tourist attraction.
Kieran McCarthy, Morris Minor Owners Club Northern Ireland