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100 MPH Minor at 90!!

By August 11, 2021Headline News

On 12th August 1931 A.W. Van der Becke piloted a specially adapted and supercharged S.V. Morris Minor over a flying measured mile at Brooklands at 100.39 mph. This was undertaken under the pretext of testing the capabilities of a new Morrisoil variant under extreme conditions. In reality it was the first element in a two stage publicity stunt which would enable Morris Motors to boast that their £100 car could also exceed 100 mph. The second stage, which took place over a specially selected 9.9 mile road circuit some two months later involved the same car being driven at an average speed of 15.5 mph where it covered a distance of 107.4 miles on a single gallon of benzole. Both of these tests were carried out under the auspices of the RAC, this body issuing confirmationary reports afterwards. Morris Motors could then lay claim in their advertising material to marketing a car that cost just £100 but when modified could also achieve 100 mph and 100 mpg.