Born in Coventry to a family already steeped in that city’s automotive industry, it was perhaps inevitable that Morley Faulkner would also end up working within that same industry. Morley’s grandfather, Bill Smith, worked alongside William Lyons building Swallow side-cars in Blackpool and would also be involved with the cars that would later be regarded as the first Jaguars. That link would continue with Bill’s son, Bruce, who would become Jaguar’s US-based service manager. However, for Morley, the main automotive link would be through his father and mother’s involvement with Standard-Triumph.

During the 1920s his father was employed by Standard as an electrical engineer while his mother worked as a trimmer. When Standard moved from Cash’s Lane in Coventry to Canley, Morley’s father was part of the company’s maintenance department, with his mother taking up the role of receptionist – as well as her normal duties, this also saw her playing host to visiting celebrities, including famous racing drivers such as Prince Bira and Raymond Mays, royalty and even the occasional movie star.

With the onset of WWII, Morley’s father – exempt for military service as a factory worker – remained at Standard, adding the role of auxiliary fireman to his usual duties. Morley’s mother, who had previously joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), was called up and served with the ATS for the duration, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. Morley was born during the wartime years on 20 April 1942.

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