Geoff Duke was a big name in motorcycle racing during the 1950s, winning the world championship on 6 occasions, and the Isle of Man TT on 5. The first 3 championships he rode for Norton, before switching to Gilera (Italy) and winning a further 3 on the trot. Whether the Morris J Type shown here was a support vehicle for his speed/racing activities, or used in business away from the racing circuits, I don't know. I suspect the latter, as most racing support vehicles, even in the 50s, were liberally plastered with sponsorship logos and advertising. |
The J Type is finished in a darkish colour, and registered JMU 922 I think, with his name signwritten on the van's sides. In the distant background is what looks like the Eccles caravan factory, which would seem to tie in with the smart new caravan hitched to the back of the J.