Miranda's Next Diary Dates
Using a small team of volunteer Morris Minor Owners Club members, Miranda will be showing up at events across the country this year. Click any event on the list below to see more details, or click the button below to view Miranda’s whole diary.
Miranda in numbers
Events attended so far
Entries in the History Book
Donated so far to Marie Curie
Marie Curie hospices
Our nine hospices offer care and support for people living with all terminal illnesses and their families.
From barnfind to butterfly...
All Miranda's mileage in 2023 is carbon neutral
There is a common belief that classic cars are bad for the environment, but the issue isn't necessarily as clear cut as you might imagine. Miranda is keen to show off her green credentials and demonstrate that classic owners have an environmental conscience too.
To have any genuine validity, any calculations about the environmental footprint of a vehicle need to be ‘whole of life’ calculations, i,e, from the cradle to the grave. It makes sense that a car’s annual carbon footprint is 1/l*tc+ac, where l= lifespan (total number of years predicted use), tc= total carbon involved in manufacture, and ac= the amount of carbon produced by the vehicle during its use in a year.
But just defining the tc is a hugely complex calculation and there are as many definitions as there are people defining them. A rough rule of thumb is that a small (Toyota Aygo size) car has a footprint when rolling off the line of around 7 tonnes, while a top spec 4×4 (Land Rover DIscovery size) is up to 35 tonnes. Modern cars are less prone to the tinworm which consigned cars built last century to an early grave, and should have a lifespan of perhaps 15 years. To keep the calculation fair, we’ll enter the same mileage that the average classic car owner does in his car per year according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research report, of 1,200 miles. My modern Volvo XC90 turns out 340kg of carbon to do that distance, but let’s be generous and use the much smaller Toyota Aygo as mentioned above, which generates a slightly more reasonable 230kg. By comparison, the classic car churns out 560kg, more than twice as much. But, using the formula above, we have to add 1/15th (1 year from a 15 year lifespan) of 7 tonnes ‘creation footprint’ which equals 466kg to the Aygo figure, to get a total of almost 700kg. Since it was built at least thirty years ago, sometimes much more than that, the classic vehicle has long ago paid off its carbon debt, making it comfortably less polluting overall than even a clean supermini.
Some guy called Disraeli had something to say about statistics, but it’s fair to say that there is at least room for debate about classic cars, and that’s before you consider the huge amounts of money generated annually by the classic industry. If you fancy reading (much) more informed data on the subject, you can download the CEBR report free here and while away an hour or two, or start a conversation on the MMOC Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/morrisminors where we’ll be glad to chew the cud with you.
All of that said, Miranda will be travelling around the country this year promoting the Morris Minor Owners Club and more importantly Marie Curie, and in recognition of that, the club has contracted with carbon ofset organisation Tree-V to offset all the journeys the car undertakes. The club is also offering owners the chance to offset their own individual vehicles mileage when booking into our 75th anniversary National Rally this summer at Chateau Impney.
Going forward, the Morris Minor Owners Club commits to giving consideration to managing and lowering our carbon footprint and ensuring that we support green initiatives in the classic car movement as a whole.
... IN THE NEWS ...
Miranda and the Morris Minor Owners Club in the press
Miranda on Facebook
Miranda's Support Team
Lots of brilliant volunteers within the Morris Minor Owners Club, and Marie Curie itself, will be working with Miranda at various points throughout 2023.
Here are the core team who will be managing the car’s commitments.