In October 1961 Anthony "Tony" Morris was born in Kidderminster Great Britain, son of Roy & Sue Morris owners of the company and racing team Morspeed Conversions Ltd. in Birmingham, Great Britain.
During the 1960´s and 1970s Tony´s father built numerous racecars like his Vauxhall HB Viva "Stampeder" which he raced at circuit races aswell as drag races. Roy having trained as an automotive engineer in a number of high profile workshops in the West Midlands realized that a more scientific approach was needed to race car tuning.

Stampeder IIn 1964 he had the first Rolling Road Tuning Establishment which opened to the general public in the centre of Birmingham England and the motto was "Test – not guess". At that time only manufacturers operated electronic tuning rolling road diagnostic facilities. If you wanted to tune for competition it involved taking an assortment of spark- plugs, jet, cams etc to a circuit for a days track testing and playing about with a stop watch. Roy´s company Morspeed´s more consistent safer and cost effective approach was an instant success and became involved with many successful race cars from all over the country.
Because Morspeeds mothods were not restricted to one type of Motor Sport they were able to participate in everything from 1/4 mile hot rods up to long distance circuit racing. However financial and time constraints resulted in limiting their participation to production sports and drag racing.

Production sports car racing in the 1960's was not very restricted with RAC regulations and enabled you to modify your car quite extensively.
Roy obtained a light weight Turner which was 'quite scary' it had a habbit of doing 360 degree spins when you least expected it. The power output was far in excess of the chassis capability which made it a fun drive.

After a series of test cars like a Daimler SP 250 which had difficulties staying on course especially when the steering column fractured at 112mph or a Marcos (right) that had a wooden chassis and which did not take kindly to having an Alfa Romeo 1750 engine and box fitted, the doors and windschield would pop out on hard cornering. Various other cars were raced until finally Roy decided to build something special.
One or two V8 engine saloons appeared and this seemed to indicate where the future in Motor sports lay. Roy particularly liked the shape of the Vauxhall Viva HB which had just been released. At that time Vauxhall had very little involvement in Motor sport but there were a number of reasons it made sense to use the HB.

Stampeder started life as a project similar to the‘funny car’ of later years.
A purpose built chassis with a Jaguar ‘E’ Type LS rear end, SP 250 front end whisch was converted to rack and pinion and the roll cage was designed into the assembly to provide strength and stability to the chassis to handle the torque
of a V8 motor.

Initially the motor was a Ford small block and 4 speed top loader, finally the steel shell was gutted and fitted over the assembled chassis ala funny car style.
The car was intended as a promotional tool for the business and participated in various events, therefore being a compromise it could not really be expected to win everything.

Stampeder went through various stages of development; the engine was soon replaced by a Pontiac 421 c.i. V8 with tri-power carbs and a reputed 420 b.h.p. (ex factory). Unfortunately after a number of runs we discovered a severely fractured rear main housing which literally scrapped the engine.

The next engine came courtesy of a Facel Vega HK500. Apparently the Chrysler Corporation had produced a series of short stroke 361 c.i. V8 engines especially for the Facel Company. The engines could easily be fitted with twin 4 barrel Carters and cammed up to produce 400b.h.p. and rev like crazy. Roy also used the Dupont 4 speed manual which came in the Facel with fairly close ratios.Roy always derived more satisfaction from building a car than driving and often spent more time helping others to succeed than actively driving.
Tony´s mother Sue did actually race the Vauxhall HB Viva "Stampeder" at Santa Pod once and did all of 17 secs, but Rally was her first love. Sue won a "best mixed crew" award after participating in The Halewood Rally and she loved the trophy as it was a chromed bent valve. Sue also won the Annual Ladies award in one year as a member of The Halesowen Motor Club in the West Midlands.

Together Roy and Sue had great fun in their cars at various events and they always took Tony along with them. Because of the enthusiastic and activ participation that Roy and Sue shared in Motor sports, Tony as a toddler visited various British race tracks, including the famous Silverstone and Brands Hatch while Roy and Sue got involved in Hill Climbing, Sprinting, Rallying, Circuit Racing and eventually Drag Racing at Santa Pod Raceway.

At the age of five Tony watched his first Drag Race at Santa Pod Raceway, Roy had raced there in the late 60´s in his Ford Lotus Cortina and other cars.

In the summer of 1976 Tony again got the chance to go to Santa Pod Raceway with his Uncle Steve, who at the time was helping on the Team of the Liz and Ollie Altered.

So at a very young age Tony became a big fan of Drag Racing, collecting pictures and magazines with reports on drivers like Alan "Bootsie" Herridge, Nobby Hill, Dennis Priddle, Roz Prior, Don Garlits and Shirley Muldowney.