Another good soul missed: Sidecar/passenger track legend and NSW long track champion Don Morris died unexpectedly yesterday. Let’s see in detail what happened to him and the cause of death of Don Morris.
What happened to Don Morris?
The official Pole Line FaceBook announced the passing news of Don Morris yesterday, the statement read as follows,
Don Morris died yesterday doing what he loved. He was a true gentleman and loved by all. I was very close to him and there are really no words. If anyone needs a chat, give me a call. Rip Don Poppy Morris
The cause of death of Don Morris
We are saddened to inform you that Don Morris, the NSW long track champion, has passed away. Donnie was considered a good friend with a great passion for music, sport and touch foot (best team mate) Wallsend Wolves and was a fan of our group as much as we were of his, a statement from his friend. The actual cause of death of Don Morris has not yet been revealed. We will update this article as soon as we learn more details.
We would like to send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Liz and the family of Speedway legend racer/passenger and NSW long track champion Don Morris who sadly passed away yesterday. We had a lot of admiration for his craft, not too many people have the guts to swing from the back of the basket. RIP mate, you will be greatly missed.
Who was Don Morris?
The end of the road(s) …. for the Triumph and Morris brands – 1984 As discussed in several recent posts, in 1973 Triumph celebrated 50 years of car production, while Morris celebrated its ‘Diamond Jubilee’ – 60 years after the first Morris was produced at Cowley.
But just eleven years later, both were nearing the end of the road, with obituaries for both Morris and Triumph appearing in the Times in 1984 (attached).
The last Morris vehicle introduced by BL (though not the last produced) has to be the (short-lived and almost forgotten) Morris Metro van introduced in October 1982 – which itself was replaced by the better designed Austin van Metro 310 (with a higher payload of 310 kg, flat floor and bulkhead) in late 1983.
The Morris Metro van (more details in the photo caption) appeared only shortly after the revised (and Longbridge-built) SL and SLX versions of the Morris Ital cars, which appeared in mid-1982 and are considered to be the last Morris cars – although they were only slightly revised versions of the Morris Ital launched in the mid-1980s – itself an evolution of the Morris Marina launched in 1971.
The last Morris-branded vehicle produced by BL would be the Morris Ital (440/575) van. Although one can currently buy a Morris JE electric van from “Morris Commercial” (website in comments). (Also – MG now sells vehicles with the “Morris Garages” label )
The last Triumph to be introduced would be the 1981 Triumph Acclaim or – to be specific – the Triumph Acclaim L – an entry-level model joining the range in 1982… Production of the Triumph Acclaim at Cowley ceased in 1984 in favor of a new Rover 200 series built in Longbridge.
But if you don’t consider the Acclaim to be a true Triumph, then I guess the last Triumph car to be introduced will be either the 1979 Triumph TR7 convertible or the TR8 (launched in the US in 1980)
Tributes and condolences to Don Morris
RIP Don, damn what a terrible, great man Donnie was, his brother Brian worked for me. I’m so sorry to hear that.
John N Sandy Bennett
What an amazing human being a friend of decades. We will miss our chats and catch ups. Rest in peace my dear friend.
RIP Don Morris. The longtime and popular buggy rider died from injuries sustained in an accident Friday night at the Lake Liddell Speedbowl. He was 65. Our condolences go out to Maurice’s family and friends at this difficult time.
Great tribute to Donnie, well done Dave RIP Don keep racing high.
It took so many moves to do the voiceover. I kept cracking but I am happy with what I did for Dhoni.
Dave Doney would be so proud of the wonderful tribute you have put together. RIP Donnie Legend was soon taken away.
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