From the Antipodes come more news of J type vans. Whilst some may have been following the eBay trading of four Oz vans, the Australian Kustom Nationals was held at the Phillip Island, Victoria,  last week-end.  J type lovers will be gladdened to hear the Laurie Bellette’s V8 J type picked up a Top 10 trophy. Laurie also had an opportunity to travel around the famed racing circuit and it is now believed he holds the lap record for a Morris J type on this race track.  He was also the first Morris J to cross the finish line.  Remember, Laurie drove the J from Sydney, a round trip of 2000 kilometres.  It is another milestone for this remarkable van.
Laurie Bellette's V8 J-type van
Laurie Bellette with trophyV8 J-type at Phillip IslandFour Morris J vans have changed hands in Australia in the last three weeks. All have gone to Victoria. The Register is endeavouring to keep in contact with each new custodian.
Australia Day is Monday January 26, 2015 and again there will be a display of Morris J types outside the Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney at the annual CARnivale display. Come and say g’Day!
Peter Bateman
Sydney January 2015