NOW .... Peter Carver (left) with the Morris and
Mr and Mrs Calver.
GUARANTEES are usually given by a car seller to the buyer, but
a deal made seven years ago in Lowestoft was the other way round.
When Mr Peter Carver, of Yarmouth Road, Lowestoft, persuaded Mrs
Lorna Calver to part with her derelict 1933 Morris Ten Four, he
made her a promise. "fie told me: 'I promise that if you let me
have it you will be the first to ride in it.' "And he kept his promise,
and 1 really do admire him," said Mrs. Calver who lives with her
retired builder husband Harold at Beceles Road, Cariton Colville.
The car was bought for Mrs Calver in 1938 by her father, the late
Mr George Flegg. She used it to drive him around after he suffered
a heart attack. Her husband took it over after his return from war
service. And he used it to tow a trailer carrying building materials.
But 22 years ago a new truck made the Morris redundant and it was
parked, unused, in a garage. And that is where it stayed until Mr
Carver found out about it. He bought, it, and for sever- years,
with his wife Sylvia doing the upholstery, he has worked on it in
his spare time. Mr Carver, a director of metal fabricators Metal
Maytes, Mariners Score, s aid: "We stripped it down to the last
nut and bolt. And then we built it up again." The Carvers worked
on it in bursts during the seven years, but when they heard that
Mrs and Mr's Calver would soon be celebrating their 45th wedding
anniversary they put on a special effort. On June 6 the car was
ready for its first run and, as promised, the Calvers were the first
passengers on their wedding anniversary. "When it turned up it looked
as if it had never been out of the drive," said Mrs Calver fondly.
"it's really marvellous to see that car on the road again." Next
year the proud owners plan to enter the car into rallies. And with
all the work that has gone into restoring it they deserve to win
THEN. . . . Mrs Calver's father with the Morris.