In May this year the seaside town of Eastbourne, Sussex held a classic and vintage car parade. The parade was reminiscent of the twenties and thirties Concours d’Elégance events which were held each September in the town throughout that pre-war period. Here a 1933 Minor homebuilt special (JO 7209) is captured taking part by photographer Nigel Buckner.
The Pre-War Minor Network
A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor
1932 GPO ‘Linesman’ Minor 5cwt van
Of the 87,000 Morris Minors produced between the autumn of 1928 and the summer of 1934, 58,000 of them were saloons of various types. Numerically, and some way behind the saloon, the 5cwt van took the runners up spot with just under 10,000 examples leaving Cowley. This was due in part to a succession of orders from the GPO, who extensively used the Minor van for Royal Mail delivery as well as in a variety of other roles. This photo of a 1932 model depicts a GPO Linesman’s van, GW 2426 which was among the first batch of six such experimental vehicles to be supplied to the organisation. The bodies were built by Harold Perry Ltd., who also successfully bodied a number of Ford Eight specials around the same period, their business eventually gaining Ford main dealership status. Grateful thanks goes to forumist Joe Raynor (oilyrag) for the use of the photograph and for the background information.
The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.
There are many talented automotive artists currently practising their skills and Bruce Thomson is up there among the best. This depiction of a 1934 MG PA Midget was discovered on Bruce’s website and was sketched during a brief stay at the Three Horseshoes in Thursley, Surrey. His website is well worth a prolonged look.
NEW ENAMEL BADGES!
A new batch of enameled high quality club badges are now available. Priced at just £20 each + £1.00 P&P (U.K.) Order yours today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, stating quantity and delivery address.
Sunday 7th October: Far Eastern Pub Meet – The Cross Keys, Redgrave, Suffolk IP22 1RW K.O. Noon – All pre-war cars and their crews welcome.
Monday 3rd December (noon): Home Counties quarterly gathering: The RAC Club, Epsom. All welcome, although booking essential via the forum. (NB dress code in force)
1st January 2019 – VSCC New Year’s Day ‘meet’ (From noon): Kings Head, North Lopham. IP22 2NE
June 7th-9th 2019: PWMN Annual Rally, Marlborough, Wilts – Much more news soon.