Thursday, 13 January 2011

Where is Mobi-One?

Now what have we got here?

It is Mobi-One, an 1100cc engined Mini based vehicle created by Maurice (Morris) Bishop in 1968 that came with four wheel steering! And British Pathe have a lovely little clip on the car, with Bishop demonstrating it: "It has a ten foot turning circle and can virtually park on a postage stamp".

But where is the car now? I found out it was owned by Mike Wilsdon in the 1990's. Wilsdon ran a small transport museum just opposite Kew Garden's entrance then, but the museum is gone and I cannot find a trace of the man. And how about Bishop? The clip is said to have been filmed in Langley. Does anyone know if mister Bishop is still there? He may have actually built the 1275cc Mobi-Two that is mentioned in the video... (click on picture to view clip)

UPDATE 29 August 2011: The car itself remains unfound, but its creator calls in! Click here
UPDATE 22 September 2011: Much more news from Mobi-One's creator. Click here

6 comments:

  1. What a great find! I didn't know this car. I've tried to find out any information from the registration number but didn't success. :(

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  2. Yup, I tried that too, but to no avail.
    I'm pretty sure it must survive though as it was in Wilsdon posession not too long ago...

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  3. Found a photo of the car in CCC. Will send it soon to you.

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  4. Hi,
    I am Morris Bishop's son, and Morris is alive and well.

    We would be interested to know what happened to the car.

    You can contact me at stuartb2@gmail.com
    Stuart.

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  5. Hi
    This is my mum and dad.
    Both alive and well. Moriss can be contacted on mobidata@gmail.com
    Regards
    Graham Bishop
    graham@hiddengorilla.com

    blimey that means the previous post must be an my brother.

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