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David Seigle-Morris

The Later Years 1966-2005

These pages would not be possible without the help and guidance of David's wife, Susan Seigle-Morris and David's son, Kevin Seigle-Morris.

David retired from Rallying in 1966.  He did however do 2 more Rallies but more of this later.

After retirement David concentrated on his profession which was as an Architect. He was Head of Furniture and Design department at the L.C.C. Later to become the G.L.C. He did however become House Architect of both the Royal Festival Hall and the Queen Elizabeth a post he held from the late 1960's until the G.L.C. was dissolved.  He was responsible for the interiors of many schools in South East London.

He also ran a Gulf garage in London and organised the International Gulf London Rally for a number of years. This Rally was recognised as one of the toughest and best Rallies ever at the time. In February 1967 he married Susan a very accomplished Co-Driver, who has Co-Driven Valerie Pirie (once Stirling Moss's Secretary).  After that she Co-Drove Rosemary Smith in Works Hillman Imps with great Success. Finally she Co-Drove Pat Moss Carlson in a works Lancia.

David Seigle-Morris & Max Stahl at the start of the London to Sydney Rally 1968 in the 280SE Mercedes BenzDavid Seigle-Morris drove this 280SE Mercedes Benz with Bobby Buchan-Michaelson, the owner of the car and Max Stahl, an Australian Motor Sport magazine journalistDavid Seigle-Morris loving the moment at the wheel of D20

In 1968 David Competed in the 1968 Daily Express London to Sydney Marathon.  He drove a 280SE Mercedes Benz with Bobby Buchan-Michaelson, the owner of the car and Max Stahl, an Australian Motor Sport magazine journalist. They were leading the Rally by about 11 minutes when a stone holed the radiator and put them out the Rally.

In 1970 David was on the organising team of the 1970 London to Mexico World Cup Rally won by Hannu Mikkola and Gunnar Palm in a Ford Escort.

David's motor sport career went quiet until 1989, when he was asked by Philip Young to be a Steward on the 1989 Pirelli Classic Marathon.  The following year Phillip  persuaded David out of retirement to drive a TR3A with John Brown and they won a Pirelli Coupe.

David Seigle-Morris showing his moves on the dance floorA brief newspaper article about David Seigle-Morris and the garage he owns A newspaper article about David Seigle-Morris's life as a racing driver

In 1994 David was asked to be a Steward on the Classic Tour de Course with Fred Gallagher, a well known Rally organiser. In addition to being to being a well-known Rally Organiser, Fred Gallagher was also very well known as Bjorn Waldegard's Co-Driver.

On one Special Stage, while checking it prior to the Rally coming through, Fred said to David, Go on David see how quickly you can do this stage.  They were driving David' Rover 216 GSI Automatic but still managed to complete the Stage quicker than any of the Competitors.

David Seigle-Morris in advert.A family photo of David Seigle-MorrisDavid Seigle-Morris Marshalling on one of the rallys.

David had many hobbies, other than Motor Sport. He was an  excellent piano player, liked Jazz and Classical music. He was an excellent painter (canvas) and many of his paintings adorn the walls of Susan's house.

David died in March 2005 after a short illness.

David Seigle-Morris - The Early Years 1956-1963
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