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PLEASE NOTE: As of 1500 hours BST today Friday 29th May, the website’s forum has ceased to function correctly. This has affected all Tapatalk sites and appears to be a server issue.

Topless…

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The 2014 Old England Rally was centred upon Cavendish in Suffolk. The weather over the weekend was changeable and included a full blown thunderstorm on the Saturday morning. By mid-afternoon the sun shone once again and here in Lavenham Stuart and Glenda Clark have folded back the Kopalapso roof of their 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (WD 1430) while Andy Brown in his 1931 SV Minor Tourer (372 XUA)  still didn’t trust the conditions and kept his hood firmly in the ‘up’ position! (Photo Ken Martin)

IOTW no.529

By IOTW

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A Manxed ‘M’

Many pre-war ‘open’ cars were the recipients of new homebuilt bodies in the austere post war years of the late forties and fifties. By now most of these cars were approaching 25 years old and their original timber framed bodies had seen far better days. This Surrey registered 1931 MG Midget PL 5390 had acquired such a body, styled with sharply cut-away doors, a flat windscreen and a docked tail, thus imitating the J and P type Midgets that followed the M Type’, although losing its louvered front valance somewhere along the way.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.50

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1931 Swallow Wolseley Hornet special Two-seater (RB 3136) was last taxed in the UK in 2007. These four images are all from a carandclassic car listing dating from the spring of 2012 when the car was advertised for sale by a dealer Italy. It looks very much like the car has remained on the continent. The Swallow company were among the first coachbuilders to body the (then) new Hornet chassis.

New to the gallery…

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Robert Farnell from Yorkshire owns this red Morris Minor 5 cwt van (NSX 727) while new member Howard Annetts has recently purchased this 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (UR 4361). The car’s maiden voyage in Howard’s ownership was an inauspicious affair in that it expired with carburation issues just a mile from his Berkshire home. Both of these images are now resident in the appropriate gallery within the Members Area of the website.

JO 764 restoration update…

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Mick Robert’s restoration of the £100 Morris Minor prototype (JO 764) is now well under way. Repairs to the steel skin on the doors and scuttle have been made while some body timbers (of necessity) have been replaced and added to the frame. More images of the rebuild can be found on the website’s forum here.

The Wasp stirs…

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Geof Wilson’s Minor special ‘Wilson’s Wasp’ (MM 9326) is now being de-bugged in Leicestershire. While some panelwork awaits completion, the remainder of the bodywork has recently passed through the paintshop.

Triple M corner no. 179

By Triple M corner

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.

Yet another photograph from the 1933 RAC TT held at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland on 2nd September that year. Here, no.19 E.R. Hall in his MG Magnette is seen dicing with W.R. Baird (Riley) at an unknown point on the 13.6 mile road circuit. Hall went on to finish 4th overall and second in his class (behind eventual winner Tazio Nuvolari ) while Baird finished 6th overall and 3rd in his class. (A Motor plate reference 802-42 from the LAT Collection. Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

So can we or can’t we?

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Is the usage of old cars permitted following the easing of lockdown? It seems that the answer is ‘yes’, as long as they are being used to convey the individual(s) to an exercise destination. Alternatively, a trip to the post office, village food shop or supermarket also qualifies. There exist nothing in the guidelines relating to the ages of vehicles engaged in these activities.

The next best thing?

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Although lockdown has been eased slightly in England, it’s still very much in force across the rest of the U.K. If you are really keen to take a drive in your Minor, Midget or Hornet then it’s best to ensure that your car has wheels, an engine and at a stretch, a body. John Nagle doesn’t believe any of these ingrediants are vital, but making brum, brum sounds and grasping an imaginery steering wheel are definitely signs that things are getting desperate in Dorset.

IOTW no.528

By IOTW

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JO 764 December 1930

One of the pre-launch photo-shoots for the new (for 1931) S.V. Morris Minor Two-seater (JO 764) was conducted in awful weather conditions somewhere in the Oxfordshire countryside. Here the car is stopped at a road junction during what looks to have been a downpour, the vacuum wiper clearly (or should that be unclearly!) not doing its job. The LAT archive holds a sequence of images taken that day which must have been a miserable one for the photographer. (LATplate Red 9060 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Triple M corner no.178

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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.

F. Gordon Crosby (The Autocar) and Bryan De Grineau (The Motor) were artistic contributors to their respective motoring magazines from the first decade of the twentieth century through to the latter part of the thirties  (De Grineau) and until the commencement of WWII (Crosby). Their work was invariably produced against tight deadlines as they attempted to capture (primarily) sporting action that the camera had missed. Here, in a rare colour image, Crosby records a moment from the 1933 RAC TT as Nuvolari passes the pits in his K3 MG Magnette on his way to a famous victory. The image is a scan of a colour plate from the book Circuit Dust written bt Barre Lyndon and first published by John Miles in 1934.

Pardon…

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Yet another (almost) 10 year old image. This one of Linda and Toby Sears in their 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) at the ‘Pardon’ hairpin was taken by Kate Martin at the VMR’s Prescott event in July 2010. It was captioned at the time with “This is how you do it!”

Ten years ago…

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The Network has had a continuous presence at the Spring Beaulieu event since 2009. In the early years Trevor Wilkinson and Chris Lambert manned the stall, even sleeping in the club gazebo on one particularly memorable, uncomfortable and very cold May weekend. From the look on stallholder Trevor Wilkinson’s face it was almost certainly the May 2010 event, the year this photo was taken. In more recent times Toby Sears has continued to fly the flag for the PWMN from his large stall in the Red field.

Remembering VE Day…

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Mike Tebbett sent this photo of 1933 Morris Minor Saloon (VD 2631) which was taken on 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe. The car resides in Colwell, Worcs and is owned by Ian Wilson who purchased the car at a Brightwell’s auction in 2019. Meanwhile in Lymington, Hants Toby Sears had prepared his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) for it’s VE Day Anniversary outing, by providing a suitable fine mesh mask, this despite the uncertainty around their effectiveness.

On the move…

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Despite being only partially rebuilt, Tony Gamble‘s Minor Arrow Special (driven by his son) is seen here attempting a passing manoeuvre along the main street in the village of Burn, North Yorkshire. In fact, this wasn’t a clandestine Minor outing at all and was a planned part of Tony (& wife Christine’s) recent property move of just a few hundred yards.

IOTW no.527

By IOTW

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PO 4843

This is one of a sequence of six images of PO 4843 purchased as a single lot on eBay in December 2012. Three have featured here previously but not this shot of the car and its owner’s wife or girlfriend. ‘Jerry’ is a 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater, first registered in West Sussex in late 1931. As none of the six prints are captioned we can only speculate as to how it was so named and just when these photographs were taken. What can’t be denied is that like this particular image, they all possess a certain period charm.

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Missing motor sport?

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The current coronavirus lockdown means that much of our life is on ‘pause’ at the moment. That of course includes many of our leisure activities and in particular those involving our old cars – it’s difficult to justify any trip out as an essential journey when the vehicle of choice is ninety years old! So here is a reminder from 2009 of what we used to do in the early springtime. This photo was taken at the VSCC‘s Light Car Welsh Weekend on 28th March 2009. Here Sue Pimms (formerly Woodward) is about to leave section seven of the Sunday trial in her 1930 OHC engined Morris Minor Two-seater (BR 8606), but not before sharing a joke with the marshalls, one of whom is former Minor owner, Jeremy Evans. Happy days.

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.49

By Triple M corner

This snapshot of HY 9201, a mid-1933 Bristol registered Wolseley Hornet Trinity DHC Special, was purchased recently on eBay. It’s likely that the photograph was taken either later on in the thirties or even post war, if the poor condition of the hood material is an indicator. Meredith Coachcraft of Castle Bromwich built the Trinity models and period images of their cars are difficult to find. However, evidence from more recent photographs indicate that at least two of this particular model survive.

Eighty seven years in Bangalore…

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This Morris Minor Family Four-door Saloon (MYB 5060) left the Morris Motors Cowley plant in 1933 and was immediately exported. It’s destination was Bangalore in India where it has spent the last 87 years in the custodianship of one family. The car is now in the care of family member, Mrs Usha Devi,  for whom we must thank for permitting member Kartik Lunia to pass the photographs on to us here. It’s quite possible that this is the only surving long-wheelbase Minor model in the sub-continent. The car is also an award winner as two of these photographs clearly indicate.

Maintaining the SU Petrolift…

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Those who own the 1932 and 1933 Minor models will appreciate the latest addittion to the Members Technical Area, a ‘Running Hints & Tips’ item from the October 1932 edition of the Morris Owner, concerning the maintenance of the SU Petrolift device. Thanks goes to Joe Rayner for sourcing the document.

The sun doesn’t always shine…

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The PWMN’s 2012 Rally was based upon the New Forest National Park and was hosted by Toby & Linda Sears. It was also the first Network rally to be located away from the East of England. Rally HQ was situated at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum while the rally dinner was held in the Bistro Restaurant at the Hoseason’s Shorefield Park site. Here, on an overcast day, Andrew and Sue Batey in their 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (BPB 357), pull into the Station House Tea Rooms in Tiptoe for a cream tea around 4:00 PM on Saturday 16th June.

IOTW no.526

By IOTW

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UP 4835

This lovely image featuring a 1930 Durham registered MG Midget (UP 4835) was purchased on eBay recently. The photo was taken at Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater and bears the stamp on its reverse of Fox Photos Ltd., of Tudor Street, London EC4, the firm’s premises being located within a stones throw of Fleet Street. Unfortunately, there is no indication as to which publication the image was eventually destined to appear. The good news is that this car survives and according to the DVLA was last taxed in 2007. The Triple M Register are investigating.

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Triple M corner no.177

By Triple M corner

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.

The racing legend that was Tazio Nuvolari is pictured here on his way to a famous win in his MG Magnette at the 1933 RAC TT, held at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland. (LATplate Motor 802-39 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Don’t Drive-it-Day 2020

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The FBHVC’s annual Drive-it-Day event is usually a celebration of classic and vintage motoring. Not so in 2020, with Coronavirus lock-down regulations in place across the whole of the United Kingdom. While some made at least a token gesture of driving their historic vehicles out of their garages and into the brilliant spring sunshine, others, including members Chris Healey and Andy Brown kept the dust sheets on their Minors, while awaiting the easing of the current restrictions.

Air filters…

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The SU carburettors fitted to all Minor models were supplied without air filters attached, something that very shortly after the Minor ceased production was considered a necessity by car manufacturers. This topic is currently receiving an airing on the Network’s forum pages where practicality, innovation and what seems like quantum physics are playing out on one thread. In this photo Joe Rayner‘s innovative approach (left & middle images) go head to head with the more traditional method adopted by Trevor Wilkinson (r/h photo).

Gardening?

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Garden maintenance usually means pruning the roses or cutting the  grass, but not in Janie Maeers case. Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather Janie has driven her 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) into the garden to paint the brake drums…

I(s)OTW no.525

By IOTW

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AXV 98

Mike Tebbett forwarded the upper images of 1934 Morris Minor Saloon (AXV 98) along with the following comment “AXV 98, taken by me circa 1971…. Appalling quality, sorry…..This was at a Monmouthsire farm where I bought a vintage Minor in pieces that had been a van. The latter was soon sold on to Rosemary Burke and her husband as I was still student and had no money! AXV seems to still exist, do you know of it? “ Fortunately, the archive holds a series of images of the now re-bodied vehicle, which at that time was located in Scotland and was auctioned on eBay in July 2016. Where it resides now is anyone’s guess?

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Triple M corner no.176

By Triple M corner

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.

This image is the frontpiece to the Barre Lyndon book Grand Prix, first published by John Miles in 1935. The artwork is unattributed and depicts Sir Malcolm Campbell at the wheel of an MG R Type racing car on the banking at Brooklands.

A legitimate excuse?

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There have been very few upsides to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has made on all our lives. The current ‘lock-down’ means there are periods when time can weigh heavily,  unless of course you are restoring your car. There no longer exists the need to mutter  “I’m just going to spend ten minutes in the garage”, before guiltily stretching ten minutes to sixty, as all other non-garage time obstacles are probably banned for the time being. It certainly looks as if Haydon Edwards in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has been making hay, as progress on his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater is clearly visible in this shot of XVV 334.

Happier days…

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The 2015 ‘Nelson’ Rally was centered upon North Norfolk. Here Tony & June Adlard in their 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (XVS 837) navigate their way through a ford, much to the delight of a group of children and the throng of photographers, among them Arthur Bell, who took this shot.

Triple M corner no.175

By Triple M corner

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.

This is H.L. Wardle‘s 1931 Jarvis bodied MG Midget special, the winner of its class prize and third overall at the 1932 Eastbourne Concours event. Jarvis marketed two bodies of similar design for the early Midget, a fabric skinned version as seen here and a metal clad type. The earlier fabric skinned models were distinguishable by their lack of louvered side valances. (LATplate E3899 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no.524

By IOTW

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GX 6859

These two images (submitted by David Saunders) show a March 1932 London registered Morris Minor Two-seater special (GX 6859). The photos, which were believed to have been taken in the late sixties or early seventies, are of a vehicle that survives to this day. The car has been the subject of  some speculation in recent years as to its origins. David describes it as a Jarvis bodied Minor special and the body tub has a rounded rump and door shape which are similar in design to that seen on the 1930-31 Jarvis bodied Mg Midget.

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Happy days…

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A reminder of happier times. Here Geof Wilson and Janie Maeers in 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) recognise the photographer while completing a section of the Saturday tour near Walsham le Willows, Suffolk during the 2018 ‘Pacesetters’ Rally.

Triple M corner no.174

By Triple M corner

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.

This is the MG K3 Magnette (K3003) that was driven by Capt. George Eyston at the 1933 Mannin Beg race held in Douglas, Isle-of-Man. This race was not the K3’s finest hour with all six cars entered being forced to retire, three with differential failure. Eyston’s K3 retired with vertical drive failure although it was later test driven by S.C.H. Davis for an August 1933 Autocar magazine feature. (LATplates L5870 & 5871 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.523

By IOTW

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This official looking Morris photograph of a Minor Four-door Saloon was found in glass plate format within the LAT archive. It depicts an early production or pre-production 1934 model, the non-sloping radiator guard providing the visual clue along with the plate’s reference number, which places it in August or September of 1933. Just 2075 long-wheel-base Minor Saloons found customers in the 1934  season, almost exactly half the quantity built in the model’s first  year (1932) when 4029 were constructed. The lwb saloon fared significantly better than the lwb Special Coupe which recorded sales of just 47 units during the 1934 season. (LATplate E3763 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Lockdown…

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With cars ltucked away in garages for the duration, not too much is going-on in the PWMN world – or is that really the case? Some members are using the opportunity to press-on with long postponed updates and renovations. If you are making progress on a restoration, share the landmarks with some of the 300+ plus Discussion Forum members by joining us here.

Replicated…

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Tony Gamble is currently building an Arrow Minor Special replica utilising a body built by Garry Waiting. In the early thirties the West London based coachbuilder, A.P. Compton & Co constructed plenty of these bodies for the Morris Minor chassis at their former tram depot works in Hanwell. Progress on Tony’s car had slowed of late as he and his wife Christine were planning on moving house this month, only for these plans to be scuppered by the coronavirus epidemic. Maybe this unfortunate setback will enable Tony to unpack some of his tools and press on with the build while he (and the rest of us) wait for calmer waters.

A Networker’s steed…

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Member Alan Taylor submitted this great shot of his 1932 Morris ‘Eight’ Cunard Calshot special for inclusion in the updated Members’ Cars gallery. Over 120 images now reside there, many of them recently updated. Is your car among them? If not, submit a suitable (owner + car) image to chris@prewarminor.com

Make a note of these dates…

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The provisional dates have been set for the Network’s postponed 2020 rally, which will now be run over the weekend of 4th-6th June 2021. So please make a note of these important dates in next years Minoring calendar!

It’s spring but not as we know it…

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No, Martin Gregory hasn’t been breaking the curfew. This photograph of his 1931 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) was taken back in a time (2017) when we could drive our cars without hindrance. If only the current restrictions were an elaborate April Fool joke!

IOTW no.522

By IOTW

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Morris Minor Two-seater JO 764

This is an unusual photo snippet of the £100 Minor development car (JO 764)  in that the hood is folded away in its bag while the side-screens remain in position. Despite the publicity surrounding the launch of the model and the huge public interest that followed, the 1931 S.V. Two-seater found just 1455 customers over the seven months it remained in production.

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Triple M corner no.173

By Triple M corner

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.

The six-cylinder MG K3 enjoys legendary status among aficionados. These two scans from a sequence of five re-touched photographs display the model’s classic lines. (LAT Autocar photoscans courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Update your membership photo…

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The Members’ Cars section of the website is long overdue an update, with vehicles having changed hands and recent members not providing a  photo as yet. As most of us have plenty of enforced time on our hands at the moment it does provide us with a golden opportunity  to update our car’s gallery image. An adjunct to this request is that you include yourself in the photo, which may prove to be something of a hurdle for some, but this is a task where partners truly can play a role in your passion/pastime/hobby! Andy Brown was quick off the mark and submitted this image of his recently re-registered 1931 SV Minor Tourer (GFZ 778). Thanks Andy. Please submit your new photo(s) to chris@prewarminor.com

Back in the day…

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Almost ten years ago, six friends and their three Minors spent a week in late summer touring the Lincolnshire Wolds. The weather  stayed mainly favourable, as this shot of Roger Lucke’s 1930 Minor CMS Super Sports testifies.

Isolated…

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Peter Brock from Newcastle-upon-Tyne owns this much travelled 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463). Sadly, Peter will not be using his car for the foreseeable future as his one per-day permitted  ‘away from base’ exercise period excludes that option – unless of course he drives there? Alternatively, he could push his car up and down his drive, which would provide a very good cardio work-out!

Triple M corner no.172

By Triple M corner

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.

WL 7180 was an early 1929 season MG Midget built in Oxford, prior to the company’s move to Abingdon later that year. It was also something of a celebrity vehicle, appearing on the cover of the Light Car & Cycle Car’s February 21st 1930 edition, while also featuring in a number of other magazine photos and snippets. Throughout 1929 and early 1930, J.V. Hay used it to compete in trials and circuit racing making extensive use of WL 7180’s capabilities. The first of the two photographs to be seen here (LATplate B2257) shows the car taking part in a July 1929 JCC High Speed Trial event at Brooklands, catching an Alvis on a bend of the Mountain Circuit. The second image (LATplate B2981) was taken during the running of the 1929 MCC London-Exeter Trial with WL 7180 climbing ‘Ibberton’ in what look to be dreadful conditions. (Both photos courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.521

By IOTW

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1932 Cunard Calshot

This is a pre-restoration shot of 1932 Cunard Calshot MU 6066. The Calshot was built by the Cunard Coachworks in Acton, West London and was based upon a 1932 long-wheel-base Minor chassis, which at that time was powered by the OHC engine. The Cunard busines was a wholly owned subsidiary of London Morris main dealers, Stewart & Ardern who exclusively marketed the model.  The image seen here was taken when the car was in the ownership of David Saunders.  Hopefully, a photo shoot involving all three survivors can be arranged when the ongoing restoration of MU 6066 is completed.

PS The MG TA in the background (DON 523) was first registered by Birmingham CBC in November 1937.

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Nostalgia…

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Hankering after better times is a pastime most of us will indulge in during the coming weeks and months. This photo harks back to September 2007 when a group of friends with their Minors sampled the fleshpots of Blakeney, North Norfolk.

Decarbonising the S.V. Minor engine…

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In June 1931, just four months after the first SV Minors left Cowley in February that year, the Morris Owner magazine published a full four-page article entitled ‘Decarbonising is so simple on the SV Minor‘. This article can now be found in the Member’s area Technical section, under ‘Engines’.

2020 ‘Marches’ Rally cancelled…

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In view of the ongoing Coronavirus emergency it has been deemed necessary to cancel the Network’s 2020 Rally which was to be held over the weekend 3rd-5th June. Plans are being made to retain the same venue for the 2021 event,  thus ensuring that those entered for 2020 will eventually get to see the beautiful border country through which the rally’s tours pass.

It’s not all gloom and doom…

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Despite the fact that it looks like a proportion of us are about to be placed in Coronavirus isolation for an extended period there still remains some time to have fun in our cars before the doors finally clang shut! Non-qualifiers in respect of age, Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson, set the example in Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) ‘Prudence’ recently, taking to the Leicestershire byways to enjoy the spring weather.

IOTW no.520

By IOTW

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YD 4198

Side valve chassis SV 13467 left Cowley at the end of February 1932 and was shipped to the Jensen Brother’s coachworks in West Bromwich.  It was then fitted with one of their new 2+2 McEvoy special bodies and registered by Somerset County Council as YD 4198 shortly afterward. This photo was taken in 1971 when the car was in the ownership of James Peacop in Cheshire, remaining in his custodianship until 2017 when it was sold at a Brightwell’s auction, achieving a record sale price for a pre-war Minor. Sitting behind the McEvoy is 1930 Minor Tourer EC 6065, which at that time was extensively campaigned by Jim in VSCC trials events. This photo appears here courtesy of Mike Adams who owns the Jensen/McEvoy section of the Harry Edwards archive.

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William ‘Billy’ Sullivan – a tribute…

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Belfast born Billy Sullivan raced Minor Specials that bore his name. His exploits in the thirties went largely unnoticed and unrecorded until an Automobile magazine article published in April 1994 (written by John S. Moore) aroused interest in the pre-war Minor world. Harry Edwards, the former Morris Register historian, followed this up in 2007 with another well researched piece and both articles appear in a short tribute entitled Billy Sullivan and his Minor Specials which can be found at the foot of  The Minor in competition page within the Member’s Area.

Coronavirus threat to June rally…

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Following the recent heightened U.K. Government warning concerning the Coronavirus threat, those organising the Network’s June rally have discussed a number of possible resulting scenarios. These include complete cancellation or a postponement until later in the year. A final decision will be announced on 28th March.

It’s definitely spring!

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After the wettest winter on record here in the UK,  the spring sunshine has been a very welcome sight of late. Those warming March rays might tempt a few more Minorists out of hibernation while their cars will benefit from a cobweb clearing run.

Fitting flexible couplings

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Fitting new flexible couplings to a Minor should be a straightforward task. Plenty of forum posts over the last decade have indicated that is not always the case. An official Morris guide entitled ‘Running hints in pictures no.41’, first published in July 1934 has now been added in PDF form to the Technical section of the Member’s Area under ‘Gearbox, clutch & differential’.

Minor handbrake cable-guides

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Regular contributor Peter Brock has provided a set of photographs and technical drawings of the brass handbrake cable-guides as fitted to the pre-war Minor. These can be found in PDF form under ‘Brakes’ in the Technical section within the Member’s Area of the website.

Heading back to the U.K.

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Tony Gamble from Selby, North Yorks is to be the the new owner of award winning 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon VG 2007Halbe Tjepkema reports that the car sold within 36 hours of its appearance on the Network’s home page and forum. DZ-50-41 will lose its Dutch identity in April when the car is shipped back across the North Sea.

IOTW no.519

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Light Car cover images

The Light Car magazine (The Light Car & Cyclecar until the autumn of 1933)  was a hugely successful publication throughout the thirties, but particularly in the years 1930-1934, the period prior to the launch of the Practical Motorist magazine. It’s full page cover photographs regularly featured cars loaned by manufacturers for road tests and launch articles, the black & white imagery contrasting with the magazines colour title-banner, selected from a range of red, orange, green, blue & yellow. The differing colours may have had some significance not apparent to the writer. Here a 1932 Swallow bodied Wolseley Hornet Two-seater has been photographed at the roadside, a short distance from the Cherhill White Horse in a beautiful Wiltshire setting.

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Triple M corner no.171

By Triple M corner

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.

This is a LAT Collection Autocar Photoscan from a May 1936 edition of the magazine, showing 1931 MG C Type (VD 30) taking part in that year’s Abingdon Trial. The car survives and continues to compete in the capable hands of Triple M guru Barry Foster.  (Photo: courtesy Motorsport Images)

Unexpectedly ‘For Sale’…

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Halbe Tjepkema from The Hague has placed his 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (DZ-50-41 ex VG 2007) for sale. The car was recovered from a Bungay, Suffolk barn in January 2008 and was subjected to a sympathetic and meticulous ten year restoration program. The finished car made its debut at the 2018 PWMN ‘Pacesetters’ Rally in Suffolk. Full details can be found on the website’s forum.

In Transit…

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Networkers Martin and Jean Gregory have recently moved house from Northants to Somerset. The logistical problem of getting both the ‘modern’ and 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) to Somerset on the same day was resolved by the hiring of a vehicle transporter specialist who used this enclosed trailer to carry out the task.

Kartik’s growing stable…

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This photo was taken recently at the annual Jaipur Classic Car Show. Seen here is Kartik Lunia’s 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (USJ 1795) parked alongside another of his growing stable of vintage and classic cars, a 1948 Rover P3, while back at home resides an early thirties Model A Ford.

Triple M corner no. 170

By Triple M corner

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.

Only 26 cars entered the 1931 Le Mans 24 hour race and just seven finished. As mentioned in earlier TMCs posts, one of those seven finishers was the MG C type of Sir Francis Samuelson and Freddie Kindell who were left ‘unclassified’ as their final lap took in excess of 30 minutes, contravening a race regulation. The second MG C Type to take part that weekend (Car number 32) was privately entered by the Honourable Mrs Joan Chetwynd who co-drove her car with Henry Stisted. Unfortunately, her Midget was forced to retire on lap 30 with an engine related problem. Neither of the other two cars to be seen in this LAT Collection photo (B6272), BNC no. 27 (Duverne & Girod) or the 4.5 litre Bentley no.7 (Bevan & Couper) made it the finish. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.518

By IOTW

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UN 1579

Although the quality of this image leaves much to be desired it does portray a very early Morris Minor Tourer. UN 1579 was first registered in Denbigh in the autumn of 1928 very soon after the first Minors started leaving the Cowley plant. The reverse of the image has (another) one word caption, “Cardiff”.  The K2 phoneboxes in the background don’t help to date the photograph as they were first introduced in 1924, while the cobbled roadways may indicate that the timing was earlier rather than later in the Thirties decade.

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IOTW no.517

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WL 9243

This eBay postcard shows Oxford registered 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (WL 9243) parked outside of the Hotel Abington. The internet reveals that there are two Abingtons’ in the U.K., one located in South Lanarkshire, Scotland the other in Northamptonshire, England. With the car’s registration the only visual clue, it’s likely that this photo was taken in Abington, Northants. (South Cambridgeshire has two Abingtons, although they are prefixed by the words ‘Great’ and ‘Little’ respectively.

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Looks aren’t everything…

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In the July 2017 edition of Morris Monthly, Morris Register historian Tom Bourne, proved conclusively that the three known designs built around a shortened long-wheel-base Minor chassis were originally destined to become the revised Minor range for the 1934 model season. This trio of photos features the Two-seater model and illustrates clearly the repositioning (further forward) of the radiator.  These non-adopted designs are now universally referred to as the ‘Ugly Duckling’ range. (Photos: Morris Register archive)

Triple M corner no.169

By Triple M corner

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.

This MG C Type Midget was ‘first-in-class’ and finished 6th overall in the 1933 Le Mans 24 hour race. Here, John Ludovic Ford and Maurice Baumer both of whom shared the driving duties that weekend are feted by the locals, including a gendarme and a race official. (LATplate C869 appears here courtesy of Motorsport Images)

The mysterious Bellville washer

By News Story

There has been plenty of speculation and discussion concerning the purpose and necessity of the Bellville washer in the Minor engine. Chris Healey provides some insight in his technical article ‘ The mysterious Bellville washer’, which can now be found under ‘Engines’ in the website’s Technical area.

One of the best…

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1933 (’34 season) Minor Two-seater (UD 5774) has recently appeared on the market and is currently being listed for sale by a trader in Bicester. This car underwent a complete and thorough restoration between 2012 and 2015. At that time, the owner established a thread on this website’s forum to record the car’s progress back to road-worthiness. Any prospective buyers may wish to check this out by joining our forum here.

Triple M corner no.168

By Triple M corner

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.

This well executed action shot of an airborn MG Q Type driven by Tim Davies, appeared on page 524 of the 29th March 1935 edition of The Autocar and was taken at Syston Park during the Inter Varsity Speed Trials. Davies eventually wrested the FTD from K.D. Evans (also Q Type) recording a time of 28.0 seconds over the half mile course. (This LAT photoscan appears here courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.516

By IOTW

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Worthing Minor

Featuring here this week are two family snapshops of a pre 31 season OHC Minor Coachbuilt Saloon. Just a single word caption appears on the reverse of both photos – ‘Worthing’. Very little else of substance can be gleaned from either image, other than it’s clear that the husband is a better photographer than his wife, or at least has a far steadier hand!

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Under the lights…

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GBQ 1600 is a rare 1934 version of the Minor Tourer. Owned by Parth Mehd, it’s seen here on display at a recent classic car show in Ahmedabad, India alongside one of its period competitors, an Austin Seven. (Photo via Kartik Lunia)

1934 Hornet Special chassis article

By News Story

The re-designed Hornet Special chassis for 1934 with its new underslung frame was the subject of a Light Car article in October 1933. That article now resides in the Member’s Area at the foot of the Wolseley Hornet Sports & Specials page in the ‘library’.

Triple M corner no.167

By Triple M corner

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.

Just two MGs’ were entered for the 1931 Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, car no 31 driven by the Samuelson/Kindell pairing, along with car no. 32 that of the Hon. Mrs Chetwynd and Stisted. Both cars were C Type Midgets. Sadly neither car recorded a ‘finish’, Mrs Chetwynd’s Midget failing on lap 30 with timing gear issues, while the Samuelson/Stisted car completed the race only for the result to be expunged, as the car didn’t complete the last lap in under 30 minutes. Above, Mrs Chetwynd’s C Type is seen passing the 1.5 litre Aston Martin driven by Newsome/Peacock as that car leaves the pits. (LAT Motor Sport film – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.515

By IOTW

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VX 7908

This 1931 season Minor Coachbuilt Saloon was first registered in Chelmsford, Essex towards the tail-end of 1930. The revised bumper brackets were new for that season as were the strengthened wheel centres, although that type is not evident in this snapshot. The Minor is definitely showing signs of its age, indicating perhaps that the photo may well have been taken in the post-war years. Thanks to Mike Tebbett for forwarding this charming image and also to Bruce Dowell for permitting its use.

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Admiration…

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Amid much interest, Halbe Tjepkema is seen here arriving at Thorpe Abbotts in his newly restored 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon (DZ-50-41) on the morning of Saturday 9th June 2018. The occasion was the start of Saturday’s proceedings at the Pre-war Minor Network’s ninth annual rally.

A ‘sporting’ special…

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This ‘special’ body has adorned much-modified 1930 Minor WL 9353 for at least 62 years. Morris Register member Clive Cotteral recalls buying  the car in 1958, its special body already being in situ. It was used extensively throughout the sixties, although it has now been off-the-road since 1992. Clive has subsequently passed the car on to another family member and the hope is that it will eventually join the growing band of roadworthy pre-war Minors. Let’s hope so!

Triple M corner no.166

By Triple M corner

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.

This photograph was taken at the 1933 running of the Le Mans 24 hour race showing the Hendy-Parker MG J3 leading the Singer Nine of Barnes & Langley somewhere on the Circuit de la Sarthe. Unfortunately, the J3 was among the many DNFs’ that day while just one MG Midget, that of Ford and Baumer took the chequered flag, finishing sixth overall. The Singer however did finish, albeit in thirteenth and last place, covering 1900.9 miles in the process. (LATplate C863 – courtesy of Motorsport Images) 

IOTW no.514

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1933 Hornet Coupe

Yet another eBay find, this time an April 1933 London registered Wolseley Hornet Coupe (AGT 574). It’s likely that the proud owner of what looks to be a newish car is operating the camera shutter on this shot, his family firmly ensconced in the comfortable cabin. These coupe models were extremely well equipped and sold for £245, a full £47 more than the standard saloon model.

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I(s)OTW no.513

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The White Minor (again!)

Thanks to the Harry Edwards Archive, yet more information is now available concerning the post-war history of the White Minor Skinner Special. After it was sold by John Bolster it changed hands on at least six occasions during the late fifties and early sixties. One such owner was a W.G.A. Davies who lived in Shooters Hill in South East London and it’s him we must thank for these interesting photos taken in either 1961 or 1962. At this time the car was fitted with an 1172 cc Ford E93A S.V. engine. As can be seen, the car’s dash panel differs significantly from its pre-war racing days with a motley array of instruments, some from the early thirties and others of later origin. The original Hartford shock absorbers have also gone to be replaced by post war telescopic units. It’s hoped that a future article in the Minor Musings series can fully detail the chronology of the car’s ownership in the post war years.

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Rescued in Western Australia…

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This June 1931 built SV Minor Tourer, which was originally exported to Oz in rolling chassis form, has been unearthed in Western Australia by a car museum curator. It’s the curator’s intention to restore the car, hopefully with the help of the resources available via the Network.

Wolseley Hornet specials no.48

By Triple M corner

This is an interesting late thirties or early post-war snapshot of a Standard Eight (prepared for re-painting) and what could be a 1930 or 31 Abbey Wolseley Hornet special. The age of the car can be determined by the pre-Magna wheels which were only fitted to 1930 and 31 season models. Why the ‘could be’? This car has a single set of louvres and a cheek-line on its bonnet side, while all other Hornet bonnets of this period had three individual groups of louvres without further decoration. Of course by this time in the car’s life, perhaps eight or nine years after it was built, the original bonnet could have been replaced but there is just a chance that there isn’t a Wolseley badge adorning the radiator on this car.

Hornet single-seater…

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Paul Compton’s 1934 Wolseley Hornet Aerees Special is a regular attendee at the VSCC’s New Year Brooklands Driving Tests. This possibly unique single-seater was photographed at the 2020 event, held on Sunday 19th January.

IOTW no.512

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1934 season Minor 5 cwt van advertisement – Fish Trades Gazette

The Network’s archive contains very few advertisements, or promotional material of any stype, for the Minor 5 cwt van, something of a failing, as the 5 cwt van was the second only to the Minor Saloon in the sales stakes.  This recently sourced advertisement for a 1934 season model (with eddy free front!) goes a little way towards correcting that anomoly. It’s interesting to see that Morris Motors trawled the business journals (an awful pun – apologies) to find suitable periodicals in which to advertise their Light Vans.

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Triple M corner no.165

By Triple M corner

The Triple M series of MG’s (Midget, Magna & Magnette) 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.

The Varsity Speed Trials was an annual event, taking place each spring between teams representing Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In 1930 the event venue was a private estate near Newmarket, Suffolk. Here an unnamed undergraduate heads towards the photographer as he pilots a stripped-down MG Midget, devoid of headlamps, wings, valances and windscreen, yet carrying a passenger? (LATplate B3184 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Brooklands at its best…

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The VSCC’s Brooklands Driving Tests event is a firm New Year fixture in the club’s calendar. This year the day was blessed with glorious winter sunshine and as a result a much larger than usual crowd attended. They were treated to some spirited driving, particularly from David Rolfe in his Riley engined MG M Type special (VU 7908). Here he is seen at the end of a test sharing a joke with a marshall.

Abroad somewhere…

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RD 4648 is a 1933 registered Meredith ‘Trinity’ Wolseley Hornet Special. The pre-digital photo seen here was taken sometime prior to August 2010 at which point the DVLA placed an export marker against the registration, indicating that the car had been sold overseas. The Trinity name was adopted as the car could be configured in three differing guises viz: a Foursome Drophead Coupe, an open four-seat tourer and finally as a sports Two-seater. At least one other ‘Trinity’ Hornet Special is known to survive here in the U.K.

IOTW no.511

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PS 782

The PS (Zetland) sequence of registrations was of long duration, commencing in January 1904 and concluding in 1964 with PS 4080. This 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon (PS 782) was one of just 54 vehicles registered on Zetland that year and looks to be in excellent condition, so perhaps a recent arrival from the mainland. The two men featured (almost certainly brothers) are very smartly dressed for a forthcoming formal occasion or maybe just for the photograph. (A Shetland Museum photo)

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.47

By Triple M corner

This is another eBay snapshot purchase, although on this occasion in negative form.  The car is a 1932 or 1933 Wolseley Hornet Drophead Coupe Special which was bodied by Eustace Watkins. Unfortunately, the registration number is indistinct (possibly KX – a  Buckinghamshire plate). It’s likely that the photograph was taken toward the latter end of the thirties decade in view of the age of the other vehicles in shot.

1933 Morris range leaflet added…

By News Story

Each September, for the start of the new model season, Morris Motors produced a truncated illustrated range leaflet, launched simultaneously with the fully detailed range brochure. A PDF of the Minor section of the 1933 leaflet has just been added to the open area of the website under ‘Cars’/The Minor/Brochure entries. Alternatively use this link and look for 1933 Morris Range Leaflet – Minor Models https://www.prewarminor.com/brochure-entries#elf_l1_Lw

Ghostly Mill…

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Joe Rayner chanced upon this derelict flour mill recently, while exploring the lanes around Clogheen, Tipperary in his 1932 Minor Two-seater (ZV 83851). Grubbs Mill is located on the Castlegrace Estate and legend has it that it’s seven storeys are inhabited by a ‘friendly ghost’.

Just FIVE months to go…

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The Network’s 2020 ‘Marches’ Rally is now just six five months distant. If you haven’t booked as yet, now is the time to do so. The Welsh Marches in late spring is a spectacularly beautiful part of the UK and the tour routes chosen by this year’s hosts, Tony and June Adlard exploit those memorable Marches vistas to the full. To join us over the weekend of 5th-7th June go to the Rally Page here and complete an entry form – it’s as simple as that!

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.46

By Triple M corner

The coachbuilding firm of R.E.A.L. was located in Ealing, London W.5 and in the early to mid-thirties the business designed and constructed some extremeley good looking light car bodies, including this 2+2 fixed-head coupe type (seen above) fitted to a 1932 Wolseley Hornet Special chassis. Motor Sport magazine provided a comprehensive description of the model (known as the ‘Patrician’) in its August 1932 edition (page 474) and the car’s art deco interior styling and opulent finish is very apparent in this publicity photograph.

I(s)OTW no.510

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Archive gems

The LAT Collection contains a host of motoring treasures, many of which haven’t seen the light of day for decades. An early visit in 2012 to Haymarket’s Teddington, Middx base (at that point Haymarket were the custodian’s of the LAT Collection), unearthed these three photographs, all of which appeared in the Light Car & Cyclecar magazine in the autumn of 1928. They were discovered in a neglected folder and all had the Light Car & Cyclecar stamp on their reverse side. They show images of the very recently released Morris Minor Fabric Saloon which (almost certainly) was one of the early development cars, as these photos reveal a number of features that were absent from production models. (Light Car Photoscans courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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A New Year noggin’…

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The Fairmile in Cobham, Surrey was the venue for a recent New Year lunch and get-together, attended by members of the Network’s Home Counties ‘chapter’. The meet was organised by Kenneth and Liz Allen, owners of DG 8657, a 1934 Minor Saloon, while completing the party were Phil Sowry, Eric and Janice Cheetham and Alister and Mollie Reed.

Early thirties Brown Bros. catalogue extract

By News Story

Thanks to Chris Healey scans of the Minor related pages from an early thirties Brown Brothers catalogue are now available to view in the Member’s Area. The 10 page PDF can be found in the Technical Section, filed under the sub-heading ‘Everything Else’. The image quality is far from perfect but significantly adds to the useful available data, despite these shortcomings.

Holiday motoring…

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Here in the U.K. a tradition has developed over the Christmas holidays, this period now becoming a recognised time to exercise classic and vintage cars. Hundreds of ‘meets’, mainly on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day take place in pub car parks and on village greens all over the country, while others just take their cars out for a mid-winter spin. Plenty of Networkers’ took to the lanes and byways,  proven by this compilation of photographs, all of which were taken over the last ten days.

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.45

By Triple M corner

Over the weekend of 14th-18th March 1933 The RAC ‘Hastings’ Rally took place, only the second such running of the event following its inauguration in 1932. In all, 327 cars took part, starting from 9 different venues across the UK, and included among them were 23 Wolseley Hornets. Just three  of these were described as Hornet Coupes, like this 1932 Eustace Watkins example. One of that number was an Arrow Coupe (see Wolseley Hornet Specials no.41),  therefore without a sight of this car’s competition number, (carried on the front) it leaves two possible drivers for this entry, surprisingly both female. So it’s either Mrs M. Vaughn or Miss H. Astbury who is driving *X 9036 on the Stop/Restart test seen taking place here in a Hastings back street. (LATplate B9749 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no.509

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1929 Morris Minor Tourer RM 6065

This quartet of snapshots was a recent eBay purchase, all of which depict a Cumberland registered 1929 built Minor Tourer (RM 6065) with family members posing alongside. Three are captioned with the names of the individuals in shot and the portrait image mentions that it was “taken near Grasmere”.  The shot of the car with a male at the wheel enables the viewer to see the flat bottom to the bonnet side, along with the solid nickel radiator, both of which changed at chassis no. 14456, thus confirming its ‘early’ status.

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Out and about…

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While the post Christmas blues may be affecting some Networkers, others have blown the cobwebs away by taking to the highways – in Mike Hobson‘s case, the very high ways! Here his 1933 Hardy Hornet Special (APB 670) sits atop of Holme Moss (1719 feet ASL) after  climbing the peak in 3 minutes 25 seconds. Martin Gregory‘s 1931 Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) was also out on a proving run on 29th December. Martin reports that his recent gearbox and speedo work has paid dividends and that the car performed impeccably during its 60 mile outing.

Brooklands page launched.

By News Story

A new page celebrating the last active years of the Brooklands complex has been launched within the Member’s Area of the website. Four individual galleries containing over sixty images in total, the majority being taken during the thirties decade, include shots of Brooklands personalities, vistas of the track and of course, cars competing on the banked circuit.

Saloon trio…

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Saturday 8th June 2019 Time 12:35 PM: A trio of Minor Saloons trundle into the car park of The Prince Leopold Inn at Upton Lovell, Wilts – the venue for the Network’s lunchtime ‘halt’ on the 2019 Rally’s ‘long tour’. The two 1930 Coachbuilt Saloons (WD 1430 & VX 4590) were being driven by Stuart Clark and Ken Martin, while the partly obscured 1933 Saloon (LV 975) was under the expert pilotage of Peter Yates.

Triple M corner no.164

By Triple M corner

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.

In 1934 MG introduced their Q Type racing car. Apparently, just eight were built and all were powered by the zoller-supercharged OHC 746 cc engine, a development of the Minor’s engine from 1928. While the original Minor engine developed just 20 bhp at 3500 rpm, it’s claimed that the Q Type unit could better 110bhp at 7200 rpm. These cars have lapped the outer circuit at Brooklands at 122 mph, a truly remarkable achievement. Here can be seen an example owned by the Bellvue Garage racing team from Wandsworth, S.W London and driven by Kenneth Evans. The photo was taken at Donington Park on 11th May 1935 by Bill Brunell.

( An apology – It has been pointed out that the second cutaway image that initially appeared here was of a 6-cylinder K3 and Not a Q Type. The caption editor has been fired!)

IOTW no.508

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1933 Wolseley Hornet Coupe

This scan of a heavily retouched Autocar column header from a February 1933 edition of the magazine shows one of the new Wolseley Hornet Coupe bodied cars, a style that was very much in vogue at that time. A plethora of British manufacturers, including Morris, Austin, Lanchester, Rover and Wolseley all produced examples of these highly stylised coupe bodied models, described by Morris as Sports/Special Coupes. Singer bucked the trend and produced an elegant two-door coupe for their Nine, choosing not to disfigure its shapely lines by the use of dummy pramhood irons. This posed shot was taken on an airfield where one of the DeHavilland DH 60 Gypsy Moth aircraft was parked alongside. (LAT photoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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An early Christmas present?

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Richard Hartley has recently acquired this spring 1934, Ipswich registered, Minor Two-seater (PV 1165). The car is in need of a full restoration and is also missing some key parts. Richard has joined the website and Discussion Forum where it’s hoped the membership can help him find some of the parts he requires.

Caps and beards…

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Bob Howden and Mike Bradbury in the cockpit of Bob’s immaculate panelled M Type Midget (YJ 8840) as they arrive at The Prince Leopold Inn at Upton Lovell, Wilts on Saturday 8th June while taking part in the Network’s Moonrakers’ Rally.

R.I.P. Peter Elliott

By Headline News

I’m saddened to have to announce the passing of Network member Peter Elliott. Peter had attended our last three rallies and will be missed by all in our community who knew him. Peter had not been well for a while but did not permit this to get in the way of his enjoyment of his Minor and the new friends he made among us.  Our condolences go to his family. (Chris Lambert)

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.44

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1933 Windover Hornet fixed-head-coupe

The Windover coachbuilding concern were renown for the quality of their car bodies, the majority of their customers owning opulent up-market vehicles. The fixed-head-coupe body on a 1933 Wolseley Hornet Special chassis as seen here, perfectly illustrates this, particularly the well appointed interior of the car. While the body styling is unadventourous, its clean lines are pleasing on the eye. (Both images from The LAT Collection, courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no. 507

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Minor rumours and speculation

News of a new model from a major car manufacturer creates quite a stir today, particularly in the motoring press. Much speculation takes place and grainy ‘spy’ photos of heavily disguised cars are published with paint schemes aimed at breaking-up the car’s outline. The motoring magazines then put together their own ‘artist impressions’ taken from the spy photos and these are then analysed by their experts. In the twenties and thirties much the same took place, although without quite the razzmatazz seen today. Here are two images that illustrate that point. In the spring of 1928 rumours concerning the forthcoming baby car from Morris Motors were rife. Just prior to the first official photos being released in June, The Autocar released their own impression of what the car was likely to look like. Thankfully, they were way off beam as this awful mocked-up photo shows. Later, in February 1930 news was circulating among the motoring journals of a new small six-cylinder car from Morris. On this occasion, The Autocar‘s mock-up was almost spot-on in terms of appearance, except that the car they depicted was badged as a Morris. When the new ‘six’ did appear just two months later, it of course carried a Wolseley motif on its radiator.

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Wasp moves nest…

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The almost complete ‘Wilson’s Wasp’ Minor Special has recently moved from its former home in Warwickshire and now resides in a quiet Leicestershire village, where it’s likely that buzzin’ sounds will soon be heard…

Forum Login Issue 13th December

By News Story

Please note that some members are currently unable to  login to the the forum, receiving a message that their login details are incorrect. This issue is of a universal nature and is affecting hundreds of Tapatalk forums across the globe. The issue is known to Tapatalk and  their technical people are working on the problem. If this affects you please notify the webmaster at chris@prewarminor.com

Back in harness…

By Headline News

Kenneth Allen‘s 1934 Minor Saloon (DG 8657 aka DouG) has suffered more than its fair share of issues in recent times, keeping it off the road for long periods. Hopefully, the recurring problems are now things of the past and Kenneth and Minor can once again enjoy the delights of rural Surrey, as in this recent festive photo taken at Send Marsh Green.

Enlightenment II

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The Toby Sears owned 1932 Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) has recently been pressed into service as his main form of transport with his ‘modern’ being temporarily out of commission. This photo was taken on a dull, wet and windswept day on the Hampshire coast where his LED illuminated headlamps ensured that his Minor was clearly visible to other road users. It’s worth repeating the mantra ‘See and be seen’.

Autocar October 1982 – ‘The £100 car’ & ‘Wheel to wheel’

By News Story

It’s rare to find a latter half of the 20th century article concerning the pre-war Morris Minor in which errors can’t be found. An October 1982 Autocar article by Andrew Whyte is a notable exception. Perhaps it was because Andrew was a Minor owner himself or that his prolific motoring output required detailed research, whatever the reason, his ‘The £100 car’ is an excellent read. This article and ‘Wheel to wheel’ a cbrief comparison of the Minor with the Ford Eight ‘Y’ Type can be found in ‘The Minor Story’ filed under Post-war articles.

Triple M corner no.163

By Triple M corner

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.

This unidentified (perhaps VB 98**) MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe is seen taking part in the 1931 running of the MG Car Club Trial. The driver was AS Curtis while the photographer was none other than the prolific Bill Brunell. What is interesting about this photo is that the coupe’s neatly designed sunshine roof is in the open position, the only such image in the archive. The front bumper was a non-standard fitment and does nothing for the looks of the car, while the trafficators and spotlight affixed to the ‘A’ pillar are further visual distractions. The large calormeter and wings coupled with the full-length sunvisor might indicate that Mr. Curtis enjoys embellishing his car. What is evident is the effectiveness of the rear-wing mud shield. This is simply an extention of the door. While mud and road dirt collect here, when the door is opened, it swings clear of the clothes of those entering or leaving the vehicle. (Is that a bird on the scuttle?)

Enlightenment…

By Headline News

Dan Brockway from Marnhull in Dorset has increased the lighting equipment candle power of his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416) by fitting some high intensity LED bycle lights. See and be seen…

IOTW no.506

By IOTW

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GN 5195

This snapshot of an early 1931 London registered Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (GN 5195) is another recent eBay purchase. As this OHC Minor was leaving the end of the production line, the very first ‘utility’ SV Minors  were beginning to find customers.  The dilemma facing some prospective Minor customers (and perhaps this one as well) was not just about which engine type to select for powering their new acquisition, but what that final model choice may say about them and their aspirations? Of course model ‘price’ will have been a very significant factor but the prospect of driving a visibly utilatarian model versus a model with chrome ancillaries, bumpers and a (limited) colour choice will have swayed some to find the extra money and buy the OHC version, or perhaps to simply walk around the corner and see what was on offer at their nearest Austin Seven dealer! No heart or head choices to be made there.

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Vintage motoring in December…

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There is something akin to a rivalry between owners of open and closed cars, each expounding the virtues of one type over the other, given the opportunity. However, there can be little doubt that when the temperature sits just a few degrees above freezing and there is the prospect of rain, or even snow in the air, the saloon car wins hands down! Here, Ken Martin‘s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590) was photographed in such conditions, the photographer safe in the knowledge that when he re-enters the cabin the heat generated by the engine will soon warm him up! (Photo: Ken Martin)

Home Counties Section do it in style…

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The Home Counties Section recently held their Christmas get-together at the salubrious RAC Club in Woodcote Park, near Epsom in Surrey. While just two pre-war cars were in attendance, nine section members made it, including Mike Gorman who is driving the 1934 Morris Ten-four Tourer (OY 9328) seen here. Just behind the 10/4 is Keith Durston‘s 1931 MG Midget (EV 433), the photograph being taken as both cars pass through the venue’s famous gates.

1954 Practicle Motorist item added…

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Over the months of November and December 1954 the Practical Motorist and Motor Cyclist published a four-page article in two installment entitled ‘Overhauling the Morris Minor & Eight‘. It was directed squarely at the do-it-yourself pre-war Minor & Eight motorists of the time although it remains equally relevant for today’s owners of the model. The article covers both the Minor OHC and SV versions of the car and is easy to read and informative. The article can now be found in the Member’s Area, Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’.

Triple M corner no.162

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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.

Despite its recent arrival on the scene, by the time this photo was taken (17th August 1935) the Donington circuit was already an established motor sport venue, having staged it’s first meeting race meeting just 30 months earlier. Its central location meant enthusiasts from the Midlands and North of England could now see the top drivers in action without the need to travel to the south-west of London and the Brooklands circuit to do so. The cars lined-up in this LAT collection photo (C7225) are taking part in the first event of the day, a five lap handicap. Eight cars were entered, just six made it to the start line and Ken Wharton’s  Austin Seven (no.33) rolled on the first corner, fortunately without injury to the driver. After this incident the race was won easily by D.S. Handley in his MGC’ Type Midget (no.30). A full report on the race and the rest of the meeting can be found on page 501 of the September 1935 edition of Motor Sport magazine. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.505

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PN 7459 1931 SV Minor

PN 7459 was the subject of a short feature by Harry Edwards in the summer 1981 edition of the Morris Register’s ‘Journal’ magazine. The photograph seen here was scanned for the archive from a box file loaned to me by Ken Martin following Harry’s death. The car’s story is an interesting one in that it was converted from a 1931 Minor van to a special in 1937 utilising some of the van’s bodywork in its construction. The original article and more photographs can be found by following this link.

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No trouble at the mill…

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Dan Brockway recently took his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416) on a proving run to the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, Somerset. On the way he stopped at the Sturminster Newton Mill to take this photograph of a view that will be familar to those Minorists who entered the 2007 VMR Rally, as this was a planned stop on the rally’s Saturday tour.

Canalside …

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This charming summer photo was taken by Peter Hills, the owner and restorer of the ‘Out of Africa’ 1929 Minor Tourer DS 9936. The shot was taken on the Saturday tour of the 2004 VMR Rally and is a timely reminder of better things to come in just a few months time.

2020 Network Calendars now available…

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The new Pre-war Minor Network wall-hanging calendars are now available to purchase. Price per calendar is £12 inc. UK p&p and €17 inc. p&p rest of EU. (Please contact chris@prewarminor.com for costs to other non-EU locations). The calendars are printed on 240 gsm gloss card,  are wiro bound and feature the 12 winning images from our 2019 POTY Competition, as selected by the team at Motorsport Images. Payment is accepted by via PayPal, electronic money transfer or cheques drawn on UK banks. Please email chris@prewarminor.com for bank account details should you wish to transfer funds electronically.

Triple M corner no.161

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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.

These two recently acquired images depict a mid-1930 Carlisle registered MG M Type Midget (HH 5340). The photo was possibly taken in the late forties or fifties, the Midget having undergone a skin transplant at some point, losing its original fabric covering and being reclad in steel or aluminium, while the owner’s garments also hark back to that period. The car’s scuttle provides the clue to its re-skinning , where a neat row of rivet heads can be seen joining the scuttle top to the side. (The factory produced, metal clad car did not make its debut until the 1931 season). As to why the Union flag is being displayed on the property opposite is open to conjecture, perhaps to celebrate the coronation of 1953, or the end of WWII ?

IOTW no.504

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Blazing a trail with a Minor.

These two images were scanned from a recently acquired August 1930 edition of the Morris Overseas Mail magazine. They immediately struck a chord as the Australian Minor Roadster and its journey into the Australian bush was familiar to me. Upon checking the archive I found two further references to this expedition. The first was a short article in a May 1930 edition of The Autocar, the second being a full length article from the August 1935 edition of The Morris Owner. As to why the magazine published the article a full year after the Minor ceased production and five years after it took place is mystifying. The article however bears witness to the ruggedness of the Minor’s running gear under what were atrocious conditions. The 1935 Morris Owner article can be read by following the link below. (Chris Lambert – November 2019)

MO Blazing a trail with a Minor August 1935

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And the winner is …

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Congratulations to Peter Brock for this superb photo, entitled ‘Northern Light’. A clear winner according to the judges. Peter hails from the North East of England and lives not too far away from St Mary’s Island near Whitley Bay where this lighthouse is located. The photo was taken on 14th November 2019 on the 321st anniversary of the opening of the Eddystone lighthouse on 14th November 1698. Peter now becomes the new custodian of the LAT Plate, the trophy donated in recognition of the competition’s sponsors.

Some time ago…

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This photo (shot on film) was taken by Ken Martin back in the early noughties at a VSCC rally near Tewkesbury, the first such event the car (1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon OU 6930) and its newish owner had attended.  The owner was made to feel very welcome by Barry Rogers (left) – where are you now Barry and come to that where is OU 6930?

IOTW no.503

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Calcutta – Spring 1930

This cutting is from the August 1930 edition of The Morris Overseas Mail magazine and shows the comparatively rare sight of a Minor Saloon on the sub-continent. The two brief paragraphs of text accompanying the image tells of Mr Whittacker’s satisfaction with the model and its achievements in Calcutta’s busy traffic. He claims that his Fabric Saloon has a top-speed of 53 mph and regularly achieves 47 mpg. Keeping a fabric skinned car in sub-tropical conditions must surely have taxed those charged with maintaining the integrity of the body. It’s known that in the tip of the North Island in New Zealand birds used the flock beneath the skin of imported Fabric Saloons as nest lining material. Similar issues may have also occurred in India.

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Triple M corner no.160

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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.

Donington Park 12th May 1934: A hectic start to one of the feature races that day showing a solitary Ford Eight Special, driven by T.C. Harrison, leading a smoking pack of six MGs away from the line. The three Midgets with visible competition numbers were driven by; 19 J.R. Grice, 21 W.G. Everitt and 26 P.H. Lim. (LATplate C3411 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Last chance…

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Our Photograph of the Year Competition closes at midnight (GMT) on Monday 18th November. If you have a photograph that qualifies for entry, then go to the POTY page here, where you will find the rules and also the gallery containing the images entered to date. Please note that entry is ‘free’. (Photo: Peter Brock)

Endangered…

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There are probably fewer than 25 Minor Sports and Special Coupes surviving across the globe. This one, a 1933 season car, has recently been unearthed in Bury, Greater Manchester. Despite losing its original registration, it comes with a current V5 and is already attracting bids on eBay here.

IOTW no.502

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Family lane-side picnic circa 1930

Period images featuring families sharing a summer afternoon’s picnic alongside their cars are anything but rare. An image search on Google or a trawl through eBay will reveal many of this genre. However, few are as well composed or photographed as this example. Here, the occupants of two cars, perhaps an extended family, have assembled by the roadside to consume their picnic on a beautiful summer day. In the large late twenties saloon (1928 Morris Cowley) sits the matriarch while her kith and kin are seated on the grass around her. The 1929 season Minor Fabric Saloon may be owned by the photographer who has captured this late twenties/early thirties middle-class idyll for posterity. (Image via Ken Martin)

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Triple M corner no.159

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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.

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 1930 the Junior Car Club hosted the ‘British Double Twelve Hour Race’ at the Brooklands circuit. At this event a five-car MG Midget team created a considerable stir by winning the team prize, following a fierce battle with the much fancied Austin Seven team. The team Midgets that took part that day were all identical adaptations of the standard production versions, their team victory boosting sales of the model. Following this event, the five cars went on to compete throughout 1930 and beyond. One of these team cars can be seen here, taking part and in the thick of the action at the JCC ‘Member’s Day’ event on Saturday 5th July 1930. The question is, which of the five is it? (Edited extract from LATplate B4388 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

2019 POTY competition…

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An appeal. To date we have entries from just 10 individuals to our annual POTY competition. I’m of course aware that it’s early days and that there is plenty of time remaining before entry closes. I’m also aware that some are ‘keeping their powder dry’ while others have yet to find the time to interrogate their photo files before submitting their entry or entries – for which I thank you in advance. But…
Well over 300 of you view this website every week. All Minor/Midget/Hornet owners who visit here will have a favourite image of their car and even those not fortunate enough to currently own an eligible example will still have seen a car or a photo which was enough to fire their enthusiasm for the model(s). Last year there were entries from 24 individuals which generated 61 images for the judges to pore over. Surely, we can better that in 2019? While there exists an upper limit of 3 entries per member, the lower limit is just one solitary photo – which can’t be that difficult to find. All I need is a digital file of your photo to be emailed to me chris@prewarminor.com , the larger the file size the better and I will do the rest. While the prize for the winning entry is not going to change your life, it’s certainly worth having and even if you don’t win, there is a respectable chance that your image might make it into the 2020 Network calendar. Websites survive and thrive because of the inputs of members and photo competitions are made all-the-more interesting by a wide-ranging variety of entries from photographers across all skill levels. So please take 5 minutes out of your day before Monday 18th November (when entry closes) to select and send your favourite shot.

Chris Lambert – webmaster

Lapping it up…

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A further photo of the Philippe Prigent Minor ‘Sports’ Special (CR-328-EW) at speed while competing at the Montlhery circuit to the south of Paris last May. (Note the large sump)

Triple M corner no.158

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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.

A.P. Squire‘s 1933 MG J2 Midget (ALP 363) is seen here competing in the 1936  MCC London-Edinburgh Trial (29th & 30th May) on one of the four ‘observed’ hills, these being, Park Rash, Summer Lodge, Wrynose Pass and Hard Knott Pass. He gained a Premier Award. (LATplate C8912 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.501

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Peter Skinner (again)

Following on from IOTW no.500, this image shows the elder of the Skinner siblings wrestling his car around the Lower ‘S’ at Shelsley Walsh in 1938. According to contemporary reports, the 4.2 litre Hudson engined special was exceedingly quick along the straights, while testing the driver’s abilities to the full on the corners. It’s interesting to note that in 1938 crash helmets were required to be worn under the regulations, while for most of the thirties this wasn’t the case. (LAT ‘Motor’ film courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Favourite Minor, Midget or Hornet photo?

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Dig out your favourite Minor, Midget and Hornet photographs and enter them for this year’s PWMN POTY competition. Full details can be found on this page along with the first few entries. The top twelve photos, as voted for by our panel of judges from Motor Sport Images will feature on our 2020 calendar – available early December.

2019 Photograph of the Year competition

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A final reminder: Entry opens to the 2019 POTY competition on Monday 4th November. A photo of your car, or your favourite image of someone else’s Minor, Midget or Hornet could be adorning a page or pages of the forthcoming 2020 Pre-war Minor Network calendar. Entry is ‘free’ and don’t forget that you can enter up to three images. Full details can be found here.

Philippe’s Montlhery Minor…

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Philippe Prigent from Brest, France constructed his 1929 ‘sporting’ Two-seater Minor (CR-328-EW) from the remains of a fifties homebuilt wreck he imported from the UK. For the past three years he has attended the Montlhery Classic event where he has raced the Minor on the circuit’s steep banking. This paddock shot was taken in early May 2019.

Triple M corner no.157

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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.

This is a Bill Brunell image of RX 8306, a 1931 MG C Type. A present day survivor, RX 8306 had an extremely varied competition career during the early thirties. Here the car is taking part in  what is believed to to be the 1932 running of the Inter Varsity Trial, driven by H.S. Linfield, the editor of the Autocar magazine. It also took part in circuit racing at Brooklands, hill climbing at Shelsley, speed trials at Lewes, and was driven on Pendine sands by G.E.T. Eyston in a class H ‘Flying Mile’ record attempt on 4th January 1932. It’s currently owned by Chris Cadman who continues to race the car in VSCC and other historic events.

Jam by Royal Mail?

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This internet sourced museum image of what is almost certainly a 1933 Minor 5 cwt van, (despite the 1934 season car front wings) is very peculiarly liveried. Zentis are a German jam manufacturer and yet the vehicle’s owner may has elected to signwrite the words Royal Mail above the Zentis logo, perhaps in acknowledgement of the van’s origins?

IOTW no.500

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Peter Skinner & the Red Skinner Special

This superb portrait of Peter Skinner was taken at Shelsley Walsh in September 1938. By this time his Red Minor Skinner Special had been radically altered by the installation of a Hudson Straight Eight power unit of 4168 cc developing 138 bhp. It’s not easy to ascertain just how much of the original Morris Minor was retained at this point but the likelihood is that it was very little. His sister Barbara, also competed in the same car at this event. (LAT Photo C15901 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Pride of ownership…

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Morris Register and Network member, John Whalley is the relatively new custodian of this handsome  1932 Minor Two-seater EV 5204 which first surfaced on eBay in May after a protracted period of hibernation. John’s car was first registered in Rochford, Essex on 1st April 1932.

Triple M corner no.156

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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.

Date: 13th May 1933 Venue: Donington Park – Second Donington Meeting. E.R. ‘Eddie’ Hall’s C Type Midget leads R.F. Turner’s Austin Seven Sports in the 3rd event of the day at the recently opened Donington circuit. The  5-lap race lasted just 11 minutes & 28 seconds with Hall comfortably beating Turner’s Austin Seven, which finished 2nd. Later that afternoon, Hall won the 5th event, another 5-lapper, in 11minutes 24 seconds,  4 seconds quicker than in event 3. Consistency personified. (LAT ‘Motor’ plate 807-12 courtesy Motorsport Images)

IOTW no. 499

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HX 8980 1931 Morris Minor Semi-Sports

Although officially a 1931 season car, far greater numbers of the £125 Morris Minor Semi-Sports (two-seat) model were constructed and sold in the period late August to late December 1930 than in the following eight-months to August 1931. This was almost entirely due to the introduction of the S.V. £100 Minor Two-seater just before the Christmas holiday in December 1930, its £25 price advantage seriously denting sales of the Semi-Sports model.  This Middlesex registered car, however, carries a registration plate (HX 8980) of a sequence that was issued between 1933 and 1939, which suggests that it was re-registered at some point, post 1933. Thanks goes to Keith Durston for unearthing this photo of his friend Ginger Marshall and brother, which was probably taken in the late forties/early Fifties. The car survives and is currently in the custodianship of Daniel Redmond.

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2019 PWMN POTY Competition schedule announced…

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For those intending to enter, please note that the schedule for the forthcoming 2019 POTY competition is as follows: Entry opens Monday 4th November. Entry closes Monday 18th November. Results declared Saturday 23rd November. (This great photo of Morris Minor Four-door Saloon AAO 463 was entered for the 2018 competition by Peter Brock and pictures the car against the backdrop of Wastwater, Wasdale in the English Lake District.)

Reunion…

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Barry Robinson is seen here (centre) with his newly acquired 1932 MG M Type (DG 4888), a car that was last in his care almost sixty years ago, and an reunion that was facilitated by Sam Christie, a website member. A very happy ending to a long quest.

IOTW no.498

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Here is a snapshot of a late 1931 or early 1932 MG Midget which is identifiable by its sculptured wings and short boot lid. What is not clear from this image is if the car is fabric skinned or one of the ‘new’ metal panelled variants. Folklore has it that all short boot lid cars were of the metal panelled variety as MG were keen to clear old stocks of the fabric skinned version. Certainly, their pricing for the 1932 season reflected this with the fabric skinned car being listed at £165 while the new panelled body versions were priced at £185. Could it be possible that Carbodies were supplying MG with short boot lid versions of both the panelled and fabric skinned cars? Is there evidence to say that this is not the case? PS Stowing the spare wheel on the tail was not a standard feature offered by the company.

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Triple M corner no.155

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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.

On 13th July 1934, in bright mid-summer sunshine, R.L. Doble was taking part in the Llandudno Trial aboard MG J2 GV 2183 (J4231). He is seen here passing a public house on “Badfort” on his way to collecting a Premier Award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Victorian architecture & art deco saloons

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Alan Dennison and Peter Brock both own Minor four-door saloons and have recently and quite independently, visited two interesting examples of Victorian architecture, as these images show. The buildings in question are located some 240 miles apart and exist at opposite ends of the style and functionality spectrums, despite being built within eight years of one another. The Mansion House at Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire was designed by Henry Clutton, a famous Victorian architect, for the Shuttleworth family and was completed in 1875. The coastal ‘Rocket Garage’ structure in Cullercoats, North Tyneside was built in 1867 to house hazardous materials, in this case fireworks, or more specifically rockets. The rockets were fired from the shore towards  floundering shipping off the coast. Attached to each rocket was a long length of twine which in turn was attached to ropes or cables back on shore.  The stranded crews, then dragged the ropes or cables on board which helped to facilitate their rescue.

Friends Reunited

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When Barry Robinson was a very young man in the late fifties/early sixties he acquired his first car, a 1932 MG M Type Midget (DG 4888).  His new pride and joy had originally been built as a Sportsman’s Coupe but at some point in the intervening period the original body had been replaced with something closely resembling that of an MG J2, including a fuel tank at the rear. When other necessities of life got in the way the car was reluctantly sold, a fact that Barry has always regretted. A while ago he shared his story (and some photos) with M Type guru Sam Christie. Sam archived the photos on his hard drive and the story to his grey matter. On the 8th October a ‘Buy-it-now’ advertisement for an MG M Type appeared on eBay and was subsequently reported on the network’s  ‘Cars for sale’ sub-forum. Sam immediately recognised the car as that owned by Barry some 60 years previously and rang him to pass on the news, the end result being that the surprisingly little changed DG 4888 now has a new home in the West Midlands. Congratulations Barry!

It’s passed the test…

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The Jolvial Sailor,  Ripley was the venue for the Home Counties group pub meet recently. The occasion was marked by the welcome arrival of Philip Butland in his newly recommissioned 1934 Eustace Watkins Wolseley Hornet Special (AXC 115). The recomissioning road has been a long and bumpy one but the car proved its credentials with an uneventful run from deepest Sussex to leafy Surrey and back. Here, the eight attendees gather round the Hornet for the mandatory pub-meet photo.

Triple M corner no. 154

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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 at least six surviving Autocar and Temple Press images of YY 4, a September 1932 London registered MG J2 Midget. In all cases the car is taking part in one of the major trials of the day and is being driven by A. W. F. Smith. Smith presumably purchased the car new from University Motors or Jarvis of Wimbledon, the two major suppliers of MG cars in London. This photo was taken during the 1933 MCC London-Lands End Trial where Smith gained a Premier Award. The event took place in glorious weather and attracted huge crowds who lined either side of the test hill routes “ten deep in places”, according to contemporary reports. (While ‘Cowbourne’ records Smith’s first initial as ‘A’, elsewhere he is referred to as J.W.F Smith) (LATPlate C0003 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.499

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HX 8980 1931 Morris Minor Semi-Sports

Although officially a 1931 season car, far greater numbers of the £125 Morris Minor Semi-Sports models were constructed and sold in the period late August to late December 1930 than in the following eight month period. This was almost entirely due to the introduction of the S.V. £100 Minor Two-seater just before the Christmas holiday in December 1930.  This Middlesex registered car however, sports a registration plate (HX 8980) of a sequence that was issued in the period between 1933 and 1939, which suggests that it was re-registered at some point post 1933. Thanks goes to Keith Durston for unearthing this photo of his friend Ginge Marshall and brother, which was probably taken in the late forties/early Fifties. The car survives and is currently in the custodianship of Daniel Redmond.

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Sometimes it rains…

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Vintage motoring is not always a fine weather, wind-in-the-hair experience (for those lucky enough to have some!), as can be seen by this photo of Bob Howden‘s beautiful MG M Type Midget JY 8840. The shot was taken on a very damp Saturday morning, during the 2019 Network rally weekend, just prior to the commencement of the day’s tour. Bob had driven the 20 miles from his home in Newbury to Marlborough dodging puddles along the way, his fixed tonneau testament to the threat of rain, which kept the passenger compartment dry but left him exposed to the elements. Thankfully, the weather greatly improved as the day wore on. (Photo: Louise Martin)

Ex N.Z. saloon surfaces…

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M12504 started life as a 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon and at some point in its history made its way to New Zealand. Here it received a new steel panelled body, perhaps from a defunct Coachbuilt Saloon. In 2009 Orchid Cars in Somerset imported the car from NZ along with the remnants of another Minor. It was then purchased by Lee Robertson who restored and rebuilt the car, registering it with the DVLA  it being allocated the age-related mark BF 5452. The car passed through the hands of two further owners before being autioned by Matthewsons in March 2014 and going to ground. It transpires that the car is currently owned by a funeral director in Herefordshire, the car being spotted last July at a garden party in Bredwardine.

Triple M corner no.153

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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.

The 1934 Mannin Beg race, held on an ‘around-the-houses’ course in Douglas, Isle-of-Man was an MG Magnette tour de force. with the top five places all being filled by the model. It could have been a very different story had Freddie Dixon (Riley) not ran out of fuel while leading the race just a few miles from the chequered flag. Norman Black went on to win, while George Eyston (single-seat Magnette), seen here on Douglas Promenade leading Dixon very early in the race, eventually finished third. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.496

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A Midget in Scotland

This photo featured as a full page item in the 15th October 1934 edition of The Autocar. The two 1932 London registered cars are a BSA Three-wheeler GW 4646 and GX 803  an MG Midget. Clearly on a touring holiday, the two cars are parked-up alongside the beautiful Loch Tulla in Argyll almost 500 miles distant from their London base, with their crews dressed in full-length leather coats as protection against the weather, despite the season appearing to be late spring or summer. GX 803 appeared in a number of Autocar published photos between 1932 and 1934, including one in John o’Groats, perhaps taken while on this same trip. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Canine Minorist…

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Tikal (pronounced Tickle) has joined a long line of Lurchers that have travelled many miles in the Maeers’ family 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756), universally known as ‘Prudence‘. Seen alongside VJ, is Martin and Jean Gregory’s 1931 Coachbuilt Saloon  (UF 7090), the occasion being a lunchtime meet at The Nevill Arms in Medbourne, Leics which was the Network’s Rally HQ in June 2017; the event being hosted by Janie Maeers.

Firle Hill Revival

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Thanks to Philip Butland for providing a short sequence of images taken at the recent Firle Hill Revival Meeting. They can all be found at the foot of the 2019 Events Galleries page here.

Back on the road again…

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Philip Butland‘s 1934 Wolseley Hornet EW Daytona Special has provided its owner with plenty to think about following its recent engine rebuild. While the power unit appears to be bedding-in nicely, the car’s steering and braking gear hasn’t followed suit. A recent trip to the Firle Hill Revival hillclimb event went without incident so perhaps things are looking-up at last.

Triple M corner no.152

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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.

W.S. Whittard was behind the wheel of this MG J2 Midget (DG 5458), while taking part in the Sunbac Colmore Trial on 24th February 1934, the photo being taken on Gypsy Lane. Whittard was also to take part in all five remaining Colmore Trials prior to the outbreak of WWII, on each occasion driving an MG. Unfortunately, in the year this photograph was taken he failed to collect an award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images.)

IOTW no.495

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Shifnal Postcard

Unusual though it may seem, it isn’t the first time that a cottage hospital has featured in an IOTW photo with a pre-war Minor parked outside. Here, JW 1624 a 1932 Wolverhampton registered Two-seater is parked-up adjacent to the Shifnal, Salop CH while posing for this recently purchased thirties Valentine’s postcard. The car’s driver is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, which in an open car,  is a particularly risky practice!

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Cover story…

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The Morris Minor featured many times on the front covers of the three main motoring magazines making its final appearance in a Morris Motors advertisement of any type in early June 1934. This one from a year earlier points out the ‘room’ advantage to be gained by purchasing the four-door long-wheel-base Family model over the smaller swb sliding-head saloon.

Tuning the Hornet Special engine…

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A PDF has been added to the miscellaneous section within the Technical area entitled Tuning & Maintenance of the Wolseley Hornet, which specifically looks at the 12 HP Hornet Special engine “with particular reference to an E.W. model.” The article was first published in a March 1936 edition of the Light Car magazine.

Rally recollections…

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Trevor Wilkinson and Maggie Cheshire exit a Wiltshire village in their 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979), well wrapped-up against the cool, late-spring morning air. The date, Saturday 8th June 2019. The time, 10:30 AM. Photo: Liz Thomas

IOTW no.494

By IOTW

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A late 1929 (’30 season) Morris Minor Fabric Saloon plays second fiddle in this eBay sourced photograph to the larger Lanchester or Diamler saloon around which this family are posing. The Minor (KD 7***) was first registered in Liverpool while the big saloon carries a 1932 Wallasey, Cheshire plate. The occasion looks like it was the start or the end of a family holiday, the suitcases on the luggage rack providing the clue, while the large three storey ‘Lindow House’ hints at the family’s status in the community.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials No.43

By Triple M corner

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.41 featured a full-frontal photograph of a 1933 Arrow Foursome Coupe. This artist’s impression of that model was extracted from an Arrow Coachworks advertisement, (scanned from a March 1933 Motor magazine) and provides a side-on profile view of the car. Its design has some similarities to the 1930 two-seat Arrow Hornet Coupe (also seen here) and carries over the louvered wing valances to be seen on the earlier vehicle. The complete March 1933 Motor item featuring this model has been added to the Wolseley Hornet Sports & Specials page within the members area of the website.

Bountiful…

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With days getting shorter and the weather becoming less settled, fewer opportunities for extended runs present themselves. Recently, Peter Brock made hay (or should that be ‘straw’) while the sun shone when he took his 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Saloon for such a trip around part of rural Northumberland, seemingly at the tail-end of the local harvest.

Time to reflect…

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Philip Butland has had more than his fair share of troubles with AXC 115, his 1934 EW Hornet Special. Following an engine rebuild, the car is now roadworthy once again and is seen here parked adjacent to a ford in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex.

Turn left, the Waveney has risen…

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Dudley Stammers is about to leave the B1118 in his 1932 Minor Two-seater (KFF 165) to follow the path of the River Waveney through the Suffolk countryside. Rachael Anderson clearly indicates the driver’s intentions – this while the crew were taking part in the Network’s recent Two Breweries Tour.

The central plains…

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East Anglia is famously flat and in places almost prairie like. However, there are also parts of Central England with a similar topography to that just a little further eastward. This Martin Gregory photograph of his 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) was taken in Northamptonshire and illustrates perfectly that similarity.

Triple M corner no.151

By Triple M corner

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.

What is a 1930 Cumberland registered MG Midget (RM 7401) doing on a dirt road somewhere in Queensland? The answer will undoubtedly be found on page 627 of the 13th April 1934 edition of The Autocar as the reverse of this heavily retouched Motorsport Images photoscan reveals that this photo accompanied a letter from Gerald Garden on the Correspondence page.

I(s)OTW no.493

By IOTW

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RV 4507 & KLM 932

Yet more eBay sourced snapshot images of a Minor. These shots of 1934 Minor Two-seater RV 4507 were taken post war, the styling  and 1949 London registration of the second car in shot providing the clues. The cars are parked-up outside a rural 1920’s built villa, perhaps in Surrey or Hampshire, the Minor carrying an early 1934 Portsmouth plate. The identity of the second car was something of a revelation, as it is a 1949 Invicta Black Prince KLM 932 of which just six of the DHC version (seen here) were made. The company had manufactured high performance cars in the pre-war years but had ceased trading in 1938.  The marque name was resurrected in 1946 at premises in Virginia Water, Surrey but a total of just 16 Black Prince cars found customers before the business was sold to AFN, builders of Frazer Nash cars and military equipment. Neither car registration is logged on the DVLA database.

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Two breweries run…

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A late summer (or should that be early autumn?) run between a Suffolk and a Norfolk brewery was well attended and took place under largely blue skies. In all, ten cars and their crews took part in what was a leisurely amble through the beautiful Waveney Valley countryside. Here, a 1932 Minor Two-seater (WD 4459) exits the B1118 heading toward Weybread. (Apologies to the unnamed crew, as the note carrying this information exited the ‘cubby’ of the editor’s Semi-Sports on the return journey!) More photos at the foot of  this page.

Is bigger always better?

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Derek Brockway‘s Morris Eight Tourer parks up alongside John Paternoster‘s 1929 Minor version on Saturday June 9th 2018. This overhead view perfectly illustrates the difference in size between the two models.

IOTW no.492

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1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon

Another recent eBay purchase, this unidentifiable 1929 Fabric Saloon snapshot gives away very few visual clues. That it is a 1929 season car can be deduced from the parallel bonnet-side bottom edge and the significantly smaller rear windows than those of the 1930 season cars. The wheels have been re-painted a lighter colour than the factory black, which may indicate that the car was photographed toward the middle of the thirties decade, while the daisies or buttercups suggests that the photo was taken beween the end of April and late June.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.42

By Triple M corner

The London based Corsica coachbuilding concern produced many stunning bodies for predominantly upmarket customer’s cars, including examples from Bentley, Alfas Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls Royce. They also produced at least three body styles for the Wolseley Hornet chassis. The first of these was a beautiful futuristic looking open two-seater featuring a large well proportioned hinged tail inside of which was kept the spare wheel. The second such body was the 2+2 Sports Drop-head Coupe as seen here. (LAT Autocar photoscan January 1933) Of more traditional design than its stablemate, its swept front wings and louvered side-valances hinted at a sporty performance while the wheel discs and P100 style headlamps added a touch of opulence perhaps more associated with the marques mentioned earlier. It wasn’t cheap and sold at £297-10s but was very well equipped. A four-seater touring version was also built, this featuring a traditional hood and cut-away doors. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

PWMN annual rally

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The 2020/2021 'Marches' Rally - Titley, Herefordshire

Be part of a great weekend!

The Network’s 11th annual rally is to be held in the spectacular border country known as the Welsh Marches – For more information and entry details visit the rally webpage here.

It’s ‘The Marches’ for 2020…

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The Network’s 2020 annual rally next June (5th-7th) is to be held in and around the England- Wales border region known as the Welsh Marches. The event has been organised by Tony and June Adlard and will be based upon the Herefordshire village of Titley. Full details can be found on the new rally webpage here.

An Englishman’s home take two…

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OK so Ken Martin, the owner of this 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590) does not reside in this gated mansion tucked away in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, but the car does not look at all out of place in such salubrious surroundings.

Out & about?

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Parts of the UK and north western Europe are expecting a decent spell of late summer weather, representing a golden opportunity to make use of our cherished and much discussed Minors, Midgets and Hornets. There will be plenty of time for discussion during our long winter, so why not get out there and use them while the sun still has some warmth? After all, that’s what they were originally built to do…

Autumnal…

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While our days are definitely shorter, the grain silos are only two thirds full and hedgerow and tree foliage remain green (Apart from those on the blighted horse chestnut). Yet, if you are up early enough, there is a nip in the air that wasn’t there a week ago and the dews are heavier than of late. Harbingers of autumn? Almost certainly!

Triple M corner no.150

By Triple M corner

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.

J. B. Carver was a young Oxford undergraduate who took part in a series of national trials* between 1930 and 1932. His car of choice was a 1930 London registered MG Midget GC 5505. This Bill Brunell photo was taken on 12th December 1931 during the MCC’s London-Gloucester Trial. Despite requiring assistance on this hill(?) Carver gained a Silver Medal.

(*Carver took part in the 1930 & 31 MCC London Gloucester, the 1932 Sunbac ‘Colmore’, and the 1930 & 31 Inter Varsity Trials)

I(s)OTW no. 491

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Portmadoc Postcards

These two postcards, both taken in the Thirties, depict what could be considered mundane views of the north western Welsh town of Portmadoc – now Porthmadog. One being taken in Station Road, the other in the town’s High Street. They are at least of some interest to those of us here in that both photos include a Minor. The 1932 Two-seater (FM 7086) parked at a jaunty angle in Station Road was first registered in Chester in late 1931, a town some 70 miles distant. The registration of the 1934 Minor Saloon is indistinct but with around 80,000 Minors on Britains roads at this time they would have been a very familiar site in every town across the country.

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Having a laugh…

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It’s said that laughter is the best medicine in which case Frank Ashley (left), Avril Ovenden (centre) and Peter Yates are in danger of overdosing! This Peter Brock photograph was taken at the recent Morris Register Thoresby Rally where both Avril and Frank were award winners. Frank’s 1929 MG M Type (PG 1045) is no stranger to winning trophies as the car competes successfully in VSCC ‘speed’ events, while Peter’s 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) has been a ‘regular’ at the last five Network rallies.

A mixed Thoresby…

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The recent Morris Register/MVA Rally held in the grounds of Thoresby Hall, Notts was subject to mixed weather conditions over the weekend. Saturday’s rain gave way to sunshine on Sunday while some entrants experienced appalling driving conditions on their journies home later that day. (Photo: Peter Brock)