artist in Cambridgeshire

Old Minor still playing a major role

The Times
20th July 1991

Ted Coney's Morris Minor celebrated its 60th anniversary yesterday raising money for his school in Cambridge. He offered rides for 1 around the quadrangle at Hills Road Sixth Form College, where he teaches. The money will help to equip a 2,000 darkroom extension.

The Morris is the only car owned by the Coneys, who live in Great Shelford, near Cambridge. Mr Coney, head of art, bought it 20 years ago for 100.

Although he says he does not know any more about the Morris now than he did in 1971, it is clearly a much-loved member of the family. He said cheerfully: "I am not mechanically minded, but there is a good local garage and, enthusiasts help as well.

"It is a very silly car for someone with three children, but I am used to the pedals." The accelerator is in the middle. "I do not think I could drive a modern car now."

When the Coney family goes on holiday the suitcases take up all the room, so he drives and the family goes by train to their destination. If they grumble, "I threaten to sell it and they shut up", Mr Coney said. Asked if he minded other children clambering in and out for their 1 rides, he said: "No at all: it is a normal car used every day.

"I love it, but I am not precious about it. It is marvellous, 25 to 30mpg.

"We are doing this to raise money. Other members of staff are doing similar things."


View PDF version
 
Visitor Comments
" WHAT A WEALTH OF CREATIVITY AND EXPERIENCE "
A.H., Ely

" I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! AN EXPERIENCE TO MAKE ONE THINK "
M.R., Ely
" ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT! - CAN'T WAIT TO BRING VISITORS "
J.L., Toft

" FANTASTIC... WE'LL BE BACK! "
S.M., Whittlesford
" AS EVER... AN EXPERIENCE TO
INSPIRE
"
A.K., Cherry Hinton

" IMAGINATIVE, FASCINATING AND SO WELL PUT TOGETHER "
J.J., Cambridge
" FASCINATING! - WE WILL RETURN "
M.A., Burwell

" WONDERFUL WORKMANSHIP... INTRIGUING INTERPRETATIONS "
J.S., Ely
" CLEARLY A VERY ATTRACTIVE PRODUCT WHICH FITS PERFECTLY IN ITS SURROUNDINGS "
Visit England
 
 Opening hours:
Open Sundays between April - December

Reopening on
Sunday 23rd April
(booking reopens on
1st April) Tours begin at 2pm & 3pm

Other times by appointment
Booking essential



Site MapSite hosted and maintained by Apex Web Works