As you all know, I’m a great fan of the late, great travel writer HV Morton, and I’m sure that some of you will enjoy this article.

hv1In the Tyre Tracks of HV Morton

Dear Fellow Mortonites,

Recently I received the following exciting email:

“Hello! My name is Clive Button and I am Deputy Chairman of the Wolseley Register, a club associated with Wolseley motor cars which were manufactured in England from 1895 to 1970.  Next year is our 50th anniversary which we want to commemorate with a major event.  The idea has arisen of retracing H V Morton’s 1920s journeys set out in the “In Search of…..” books.  We have members in England, Scotland and Wales and we think it is feasible to cover the routes in all three books…

“We would encourage our members to take photographs of the places HVM visited and try to assemble our own record in the form of a souvenir booklet.”

I dashed off a reply to Clive expressing my great interest in his proposal and willingness to help in any way I could. I also informed Peter Devenish and Kenneth Fields, both of whom were similarly enthused. Kenneth kindly sent back an itinerary of Morton’s route from “In Search of England” which he had compiled some years previously.

I forwarded this on to Clive who was grateful and advised me that there was now “growing enthusiasm” for the project and, following a meeting, the Wolseley Register Management Committee had adopted the HV Morton project as its flagship event for 2014!

Clive informed me they plan to cover every mile of Morton’s journies, in historic Wolseley cars, during the Spring and Summer of 2014, with individual members tackling different stages while recording their impressions of the places visited and taking photographs. There will be an interactive map on their website (www.wolseleyregister.co.uk) so that members will be able to see which sections of route remain and make sure nothing is missed. A press release aimed at motoring journals will follow shortly.

hv2AF Taylor’s 1927 map, accompanying “In Search of England”

This bulletin is by way of appeal for assistance from members of the HV Morton Society. Clive has asked if anyone has, or might be willing to compile routes and itineraries for “In Search of Scotland” and “In Search of Wales” which members of the Wolseley Register might follow. Also he wonders if anyone has copies of photographs, particularly from the earlier editions of the three books in question so Wolseley Register members can try to replicate the views as they go about ther travels, comparing Britain today with that of Morton’s time, some 90 years ago.

If any Mortonite has a bit of time to spare and could do some scanning or précising and is able to help in these, or any other, ways I would urge them to either contact Clive directly by email or let me know and I will be happy to coordinate our efforts and to forward any material on. Please let me or Clive know which editions any photographs are taken from.

The idea of retracing Morton’s steps and of replicating the evocative photographs in his travelogues is one that is close to my heart (and, I imagine, that of quite a few other Mortonites) and it would be a great achievement if the HV Morton Society could collaborate with the Wolseley Register on this exciting project.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With best wishes,

Niall Taylor, Glastonbury, Somerset, England
5 January 2014

The HV Morton Society
Web: www.hvmorton.co.uk
Blog: http://hvmorton.wordpress.com/

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.