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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 huge crowd congregated in Blue Hills Mine, Cornwall on 4th April 1931 to witness cars and crews negotiating (or otherwise) the twists, turns and climbs of that cavernous man-made arena. All were competing in the 1931 running of the MCC London-Lands End trial. The image to be seen here shows A. G. Murdoch in his 1930 MG Midget MG 644 hitting a bank at one such sharp turn. Murdoch went on to eventually collect a Silver award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – this image first appeared in that magazine’s 10th April 1931 edition)
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Designed by Gordon England
It wasn’t until July 1930 that Morris Motors added a two-seater to their Minor range, a full two years after the model was first launched. They turned to an established coachbuilder for assistance and the Gordon England concern effectively resurrected a design they had first used some 18 months previously on their own ‘England Minor Two-seater’. The similarities are very evident in the photographs to be seen here including the stippled bonnet finish, which on the Morris Semi-Sports was rolled into the bonnet sheet metal, while a matching fabric to that of the body was applied to the bonnet of the England Two-seater. However, the England car was far better appointed in that it was supplied with Moseley ‘Float-on-air’ cushions and an integrated chassis lubrication system among other refinements. The heavily dished steering wheel to be seen on the England Two-seater dates the car to late 1928 or early 1929, making this special one of the earliest to be produced.
This photo of Garry & Marge Schultz with their 1930 Australian bodied Minor Tourer first appeared in Queensland’s Toowoomba Chronicle newspaper. The Schultz’s were attending the end of a stage of the Great Endeavour Rally, a challenging charity event held in what is jokingly described as ‘rural Australia’ and better known as ‘the outback’.
Originality is a hot topic in the pre-war car world but some things should not stand in the way of progress, particularly where safety is concerned. Plenty of Minor owners are now fitting LED lamps to their cars, these being many times brighter than the low wattage tungsten bulbs they are replacing. Peter Yates was an early convert, fitting LED bulbs to his 1933 Saloon (LV 975) some years ago. It means that now his Minor can be used around-the-clock, which of course includes attending his local Morris Register evening noggin as can be seen in this shot.
Major D.E.M. Douglas-Morris was a prolific rallyist & trialist throughout the thirties decade. He took part in all eleven Monte-Carlo Rallies betwen 1929 and 1939, six of the eight pre-war RAC rallies and over 20 of the major trials of the period. Here his 1931 Wolseley Hornet EW Hornet Coupe De-Luxe is pictured taking first prize at one of the south coast concours events (Eastbourne 1931) while parked alongside another Hornet coupe special, possibly bodied by the Surrey coachbuilder, Hoyal. (Autocar photoscan)
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The three images to be seen here of 1932 Minor Two-seater PL 6371 were taken over a period spanning almost 60 years. The first black & white photo of a young man seated in his freshly refurbished Minor (note new hood and paintwork) was taken in the late sixties. The next image depicts the same man some ten years later seated once again in PL 6371 outside his home with a young child peering through an open window. The third photo was taken in September 2017 and was used to successfully advertise the car for sale on eBay. Unfortunately, it looks as if the new owner has stripped the car of its identity as the registration plate PL 6371 is now affixed to a white Fiat.
A June 1934 Light Car report on the Lewes Speed Trials has been added to the ‘White Minor‘ page within the Member’s Area of the website. Both Barbara Skinner and John Bolster were competing at the event.
All is not what it seems with this internet sourced, Minor pick-up image. The front half of the vehicle’s bodywork was originally fitted to a 1930-31 Coachbuilt Saloon while the load carrying area is a recent addittion, as of course is the age related plate, BS 9340. There are two towns in the UK named Netherton, one in the West Midlands the other in Merseyside. A Google search revealed that this ‘P. Smith – Decorator’ resides in Netherton, near Dudley, in the West Midlands.
The Light Car & Cyclecar published a short article reviewing the revised Hornet Special chassis for 1934, in their October 6th 1933 ‘First Show Number’ edition; the updated chassis making its debut at the Olympia, London Motor Show. This article now resides in the Hornet Specials section of the website’s Member’s Area. In addition, an extract from the 1934 Wolseley range brochure has also been uploaded detailing the Hornet Special’s full specification.
Earlier this year Tineke & Arie Roest completed a 1600 mile road trip from their home in Holland for a tour around the island of Ireland. Their 1930 Jarvis Hornet special proved to be an extremely reliable mode of transport which attracted attention whenever it stopped, despite their best efforts to ensure it blended in with the background.
Throughout the twenties, thirties and beyond, the majority of Britain’s coastal resorts had photographic studios from which street photographers plied their trade, speculatively capturing holiday makers on celluloid. If they could persuade their subjects to part with some of their holiday money, photoprints would rapidly be produced so that their customers could take the prints home at the end of their stay to show family and friends. Some of these studios included a semi-permanent ‘set’ in which cars and other props were placed against a painted back-drop. The use of parts of genuine cars as props was commonplace as were model vehicles. It’s clear from this photo (taken in Blackpool) that a Swallow Hornet Special is being represented although its small scale ensures the occupants look like giants!
Fothergill Minor Special
Tim Green emailed the Network in an attempt to establish if this 1931 Hertfordshire registered Minor (UR 9276) had survived. The car was owned by his friend Derek Fothergill, a Chippenham, Wilts resident who purchased and rebuilt the car upon leaving the army after WWII. The car was then used to tour Wales as honeymoon transport following his marriage in 1947. The two images seen here of ‘Jane’, as the car was named, were taken at that time. Sadly, it doesn’t look as if Derek’s Minor has survived, as it’s not listed by the DVLA, either of the main registers and is also not recorded among the Minor survivors in the Harry Edwards archive.
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 scan from a 1931 Motor Sport film negative shows off this MG factory photo of their ‘C’ Type Montlhery Midget to good effect.
1932 MCC London-Edinburgh Trial
Lt. Cdr. G.M.D. Maltby R.N. was a keen motoring trialist as well as being a retired naval officer. He was also associated with the Kent coachbuilding company that bore his family name until that business was sold in 1927. Here he is seen in a 1929 Somerset registered MG Midget (YC 7221) climbing Park Rash during the course of the 1932 running of the MCC London-Edinburgh trial. Unfortunately, Cowbourne records that he wasn’t among the awards that weekend. There are further photos of Maltby in another Midget (MG 703 – This car is currently in the custodianship of member, Ian Judd)) taken at the RSAC Rally in 1936. (Motor Sport negative – courtesy of LAT Images)
A great photo taken in April 2016 by Pete Edgerler at the annual Amberley, Sussex meeting. RX 9207 is an excellent example of a 1932 season Minor Two-seater and had been offered for sale on various platforms for over a year before being passed on to an Essex trader. The car has now sold and is hopefully in the hands of someone who will make regular use of it.
The Competion Minors page within the Member’s area of the website has been updated with the inclusion of two galleries dedicated to the 1932 RAC Rally car, McEvoy Minor Le Mans Model 70, RC 300. The galleries include a number of previously unpublished images of the car.
The 2019 PWMN Rally is proving to be the hottest ticket in town! Over two thirds of the available spaces have already been allotted, just seven days after booking availability was announced. If you have been considering entering, don’t delay – you can find a booking form here.
Simon Edwards is about to embark on a trip to Australia to finalise the acquisition of a 1929 Minor rolling chassis along with the remnants of a locally built two-seater body. Upon arrrival back in the UK he will be seeking a restorer to renovate the rolling chassis and to build an appropriate body. If you know of someone who would be prepared to take on such a task, please contact the Network.
Cowley – but when?
Morris Films made many documentary ‘shorts’ throughout the late twenties and thirties and this still image was snipped from one of them. The film was shot at Cowley in late 1928 or 1929 and shows Minors passing along the production line. Dating the image more precisely is not easy, as although the cars have the later steering wheel (post early October 1928) they are still being fitted with nickel radiators, single stay radiator supports and Morris script all of which were replaced or updated early into the 1930 production season, circa October 1929. The image does however provide absolute clarity concerning the precise positioning of the manufacturer’s data plate and coil on the bulkhead.
F. Allott competed in many of the major trials throughout the thirties and for three of those years 1932, ’33 and ’34 his car of choice was a Patrick bodied Wolseley Hornet Special. These images were both taken during the course of the October 1933 running of the MCC Sporting Trial for which Allott collected a Silver Award. His Hornet (MG 2239) can be seen climbing the Rosedale Chimney gradient in an image that was published (or perhaps re-published) in the June 1944 edition of Light Car, the magazine having moved from a weekly publication to monthly as a result of wartime shortages. The second heavily re-touched Autocar image (LAT photoscan) was taken on Scarborough promenade and shows MG 2239 taking part in the driving tests element of the trial.
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The Network’s 2019 Rally is returning to Marlborough and the rolling downs of Wiltshire. The 30 available entries are sure to be taken-up very quickly, so download and submit your entry form (to be found on the newly launched rally page) in order to guarantee your place!
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 of the Honourable Mrs. Chetwynd and H.H. Stisted‘s MG C Type Midget was taken on Saturday 13th June 1931 at the famous la Sarthe circuit during the course of the 24 Heures du Mans. The Stisted/Chetwyn car completed just 30 laps before being forced into retirement and was one of the 20 cars to be unclassified from among the 26 starters. The lack of spectator and crew protection at the circuit is clear to see, both from this photograph and contemporary images to be found on the internet and elsewhere. (LATplate B6269A)
1932 Brighton Speed Trials
The Brighton Speed Trials is an event that dates back to 1905 and takes place on Madeira Drive adjacent to the sea. It’s generally an annual event although there have been a number of notable breaks. One such hiatus was between 1925 and 1932 following a change in the law prohibiting motor sport on public roads. Its return after a seven year gap was made possible when it was realised that Maderia Drive was owned by the town corporation and not the Ministry of Transport, therefore it was not deemed a public highway. The 1932 event attracted a crowd of over 100,000, no doubt enticed by the prospect of a duel between John Cobb and Malcolm Campbell. This short Pathe film of the event shows the two world land speed record holders going head to head along that famous seafront. This photograph, taken at that 1932 event, shows a 1932 Kent registered Swallow Wolseley Hornet special (KJ 1461) competing against a Frazer-Nash, the duel’s outcome not being known. (The Pathe film cameraman can be seen in the background.) For more information about the speed trials visit this website. (LAT Autocar photoscan)
Please note an unavoidable late change of venue for Sunday’s pub meet. The new venue is The Manor House at Wortham, just off the A143, approximately 2.5 miles distant from the Cross Keys. Start time remains noon. The late change was made necessary by sickness among the catering staff at the Cross Keys.
A spring 1931 Birmingham registered EW Hornet Sports (OV 1173) features in this Autocar column heading artwork. The fountain at Hascombe, Surrey still exists while sadly, this lovely early example of a Hornet special, doesn’t. The original image appeared in the 30th June 1933 edition of The Autocar. (Photoscan image by courtesy of LAT)
F. Fsorza took part in the majority of the major trials between 1931 and 1933 competing in either a Lea Francis or, as seen here, his MG Magna (MG 1419). This photograph was taken at the 1932 running of the MCC London-Lands End event held over 25th & 26th March and was published on P249 of the April edition of Motor Sport magazine. The concise caption reads, “F. Fsorsa’s Magna comes to grief on the first bend of Grabhurst” . He failed to collect an award that day. (LAT Motor Sport negative)
Mike Jones took along his recently acquired 1933 Minor Saloon to the VSCC’s September monthly pub meet at North Lopham, Norfolk. Just 10 months previously the VSCC Committee had voted to add the SV Morris Minor to their PVT list, thereby permitting the SV cars to compete in VSCC events alongside the already eligible OHC models. Also present was Dave Philips in his 1934 EW Wolseley Hornet special along with the editorial Semi-Sport. (Still minus a numberplate digit.)
The Network’s Far Eastern Autumn Pub Meet is scheduled to take place at The Cross Keys pub in Redgrave, Suffolk on Sunday 7th October. A small reconnaissance party called by on a glorious September day in order to test the facilities and sample the local ale. All boxes were successfully ticked. Put the date in your diary and just turn-up – from noon onwards.
In May this year the seaside town of Eastbourne, Sussex held a classic and vintage car parade. The parade was reminiscent of the twenties and thirties Concours d’Elégance events which were held each September in the town throughout that pre-war period. Here a 1933 Minor homebuilt special (JO 7209) is captured taking-part by photographer, Nigel Buckner.
1932 GPO ‘Linesman’ Minor 5cwt van
Of the 87,000 Morris Minors produced between the autumn of 1928 and the summer of 1934, 58,000 of them were saloons of various types. Numerically, and some way behind the saloon, the 5cwt van took the runners up spot with just under 10,000 examples leaving Cowley. This was due in part to a succession of orders from the GPO, who extensively used the Minor van for Royal Mail delivery as well as in a variety of other roles. This photo of a 1932 model depicts a GPO Linesman’s van, GW 2426 which was among the first batch of six such experimental vehicles to be supplied to the organisation. The bodies were built by Harold Perry Ltd., who also successfully bodied a number of Ford Eight specials around the same period, their business eventually gaining Ford main dealership status. Grateful thanks goes to forumist Joe Raynor (oilyrag) for the use of the photograph and for the background information.
If you haven’t as yet taken a photo for entry into this year’s POTY Competition, it’s certainly not too late to do so. Autumn sunlight and old cars could prove to be an alchemic mixture and would provide an excellent reason to exercise your Minor, Midget or Hornet, should you need such justification!
There are many talented automotive artists currently practising their skills and Bruce Thomson is up there among the best. This depiction of a 1934 MG PA Midget was discovered on Bruce’s website and was sketched during a brief stay at the Three Horseshoes in Thursley, Surrey. His website is well worth a prolonged look.
Frank Higgin’s has owned his 1930 OHC Minor UY 9222 for over 30 years. It’s story is an interesting one as told by Frank himself: “My Minor (originally a saloon) has been messed about with over the years I believe at one time it had a “replica” glass fibre Edwardian style body! Later it seems that somebody found a rather rusty £100 body patched it up with liberal use of body filler put a home-made exhaust system and a modern (MinI?) carb on it and that was what it was like when I got it. Over the years I have sorted it out and although the body is still a bit scruffy (but most of the filler has been removed!). It has never been restored as such, but just maintained and improved.”
The MG Car Company’s founder and chief executive throughout the thirties was Mr. Cecil Kimber. His personal transport for a short time during this period was this Corsica bodied, supercharged MG Magnette. The image is a scan of a photograph from an Autocar ‘edition file’ which appears here courtesy of LAT, while the small snippet and caption was found on the internet.
PL 2347 again!
This post September 1930, Surrey registered Wolseley Hornet Saloon PL 2347 was used by the Chief Photographer of the Iliffe publishing group, Mr. Donald Osmond, throughout the early thirties and into the second half of that decade. It appears in many feature articles in the Autocar magazine and constantly crops up in the background of many other photographs held in the LAT Photographic Archive. This photo has a caption scratched into the plate’s emulsion that simply reads Haweswater. The Network’s archive holds over 50 different images of this car taken between 1931 and 1937.
Peter Brock and his 1934 Morris Four-door Family Saloon (AAO 463) have been off on their travels once again, on this occasion a 220-mile round trip (by road) from Wallsend to Bowness-on-Solway. The purpose of the journey was to visit both ends of Hadrian’s Wall, which as can be seen on the sign at the Bowness end of the wall, is only 84 miles distant from Wallsend, should you be inclined to follow the route of the wall on foot.
The two images seen here were taken at the 2018 PWMN Rally on Thorpe Abbotts airfield from differing perspectives at precisely the same moment by separate photographers. Probably not a rare occurrence at a large event, but an eerily unusual one with just twenty people present! Please note that bookings will shortly be taken for the Network’s 2019 rally based upon the beautiful Wiltshire town of Marlborough.
A car park scene from a recent Home Counties gathering at The Sportsman in Mogador, Surrey taken by Malcolm Bailey. Malcolm reports that as is the custom at all Home Counties ‘meets’ conviviality reigned! Those to be seen in this image are Tim, Michael, Alister Reid, Keith Durston and John Emmett. Apologies to Tim and Michael for the lack of surnames.
The car sitting alongside Ken Martin’s Essex registered Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 is a Chester registered 1932 MG F2 Magna FM 7263. The Magna has been off the road for at least 50 years and has been subject to a painstaking restoration at the hands of Mike Bradbury who is co-owner of the car along with his twin brother Tony. Ken was visiting his friend Mike to celebrate the car’s public debut but a gremlin in the cylinderhead put paid to that, the celebratory champagne being put back on ice. (The F2 Magna uses a thinly disguised version of Wolseley’s six-cylinder 1271cc Hornet engine which was in turn derived from the four-cylinder Minor power unit.)
RX 8306 was one of just 44 MG C Type Midgets built between 1931 and 1932. They were manufactured specifically with circuit racing in mind and the model’s design was based around that of the record breaking EX120 ‘Magic Midget’, driven by George Eyston in early 1931 at Brooklands, Montlhery and Pendine. These two images show the layout of the cockpit area of the 743 cc sohc racing car. These photos are two of a sequence of five taken for The Autocar magazine and appear here courtesy of LAT. (references E1334 and E1337)
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Marketed as a ‘real car’ by makers Gnome of Chelsea the Nomad sold for £99-9s-9d long before the introduction of the 1931 SV Morris Minor. According to Nick Baldwin’s book, ‘A-Z of Cars of the Twenties’, the firm sold at least 25 examples from their New Kings Road, SW6 premises. The rear-mounted 343 cc Villiers single cylinder two-stroke engine produced 8.25 bhp and powered the car to 40 mph while consuming a gallon of petrol/oil mixture every 50 miles. No suspension was fitted, the pneumatic tyres providing the necessary cushion effect, being inflated to just 6 psi according to Baldwin. (LATplate Red 2768)
Former Network member John Pallister completed a thorough rebuild of 1933 Minor Saloon 806 YUJ (ex JF 4238) in the early part of this decade, an article recording his efforts appearing in a spring 2011 edition of the Automobile magazine. John used the car extensively before selling it on to a buyer in the home counties. The new owner made little use of the car before it was sold once again some four or five years ago. Since then it has disappeared without trace, unfortunately a very familiar story. If you know the current whereabouts of this car please contact the Network. The image shows John Pallister standing alongside his Minor at Killhope Wheel, Cowshill, County Durham – the site of a former lead mine and now a museum.
1934 WASA Trial
London registered 1933 Minor Two-seater JJ 9444 has featured in this spot on a previous occasion (IOTW no.200). That image was also taken during the course of the March 1934 running of the WASA Chiltern Trial. Here, the Minor crewed by two unnamed women, is about to begin a descent into a sunken green lane somewhere in the Chiltern Hills, watched by a small but interested band of spectators. (LATplate C2551)
There were just three Irish International Grand Prix which for a short period were held annually between 1929 until 1931. Competitors were tasked with lapping the four and a quarter mile course 71 times to cover the full 300 mile distance, all of this within the confines of Pheonix Park, Dublin, a huge open space well within the city’s boundaries. This ‘Motor’ plate image (LAT ref 680-2) shows the MG C Type Midget of Mr. H. D. Barker leading D. C. MacLaughlin’s Riley. While Barker finished sixth there were three C Type Midgets ahead of him, nine Midgets finishing in total, ensuring that the team prize went to the Earl of March’s all MG team. MacLaughlin’s Riley failed to finish.
In what is an experiment and an attempt to give the Photograph of the Year competition a little more focus, it is to be themed for 2018. The theme is to be ‘Regional Identity’ which it’s hoped will ensure a variety of backdrops to the images that will eventually make-up the pages of the 2018 PWMN calendar. It will not matter a jot if the shots are clichéd in that the subject matter of car and landscape have been seen previously. The hope being that it may encourage those who have avoided taking part in the competition previously by removing one element of the decision-making process and providing a fixed focus as to location and content. If the past is anything to go by, then we can expect to see some innovative and interesting images as a result. As was the case last year, entrants will be able to submit up to three shots.(Image: Joe Raynor)
(With perhaps two months of the 2018 driving season remaining there is still plenty of time to plan and take your competition entries before the competition proper opens on 1st December)
AEW was the trade name for a north London firm of coachbuilders A.E. Wright Ltd., the business being based in Alexandra Park, N22. Their models (they bodied both Austin Sevens and Hornets) were distinctive in that the rear-ends lacked many curves with angular flat surfaces predominating. This two-seater model from 1932 looks well equipped with a Bluemel’s four spoke ‘Brooklands’ steering wheel, a top opening boot, full instrumentation and scuttle mounted Lucas 1130 side lights.
Another eBay Minor find, on this occasion by Tom Bourne, the Morris Register historian. Tom spotted the image on the German eBay site and as a result the snapshot was purchased for the Network’s archive. There are no caption details on the reverse of the print and the only clue appears on the vehicle’s registration plate. The letters ‘HZ’ inform that the car was registered in Herzberg, a town in the Gottingen district in Lower Saxony. The 1933 Minor Two-seater HZ 52259 is carrying a strange ‘Morris’ script on its radiator while the period looks to be the forties or fifties. Was the car exported to Germany in the pre-war period or was it perhaps the former mount of an occupying British seviceman?
Ken Martin’s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 was on wedding duty once again last week, on this occasion in Worcester on 15th August. His Minor has conveyed six other brides to the altar prior to this (including his daughter) and he informs the Network that his shop-soiled confetti business is now in profit. Ken’s Saloon also made an appearence in the recent past at Tony Hale’s funeral, an old Morris Register friend.
This looks like a challenge! Restorer Tony Gamble has just acquired a kit of body parts that had originally left Cowley in 1929 as a Minor Tourer. He advises that this will be his final project although he failed to mention that his workshop still contains two ongoing projects that deserve to see the light of day soon!
Just six Minors made it to Thoresby for the annual Morris Register Rally held over the weekend of 11th & 12th August. Three further cars were scheduled to attend but failed to attend. Of the six attendeecars, three picked up awards from the judges, so congratulations to messrs, Robinson, Hills & Paternoster. A small gallery of images taken at the event by Tony Gamble and Martin Gregory has been added to the foot of this page.
WL 6556 1929 MG Midget
The 28th June 1929 edition of The Autocar carried a two-page road test (no.61) on an Oxford built MG Midget – WL 6556. This LAT scan features one of four photos appearing in that article and displays the model’s interior with the dash panel, leather Moseley float-on-air seat squab, carpeting and rectangular door pocket clearly on view. The later Abingdon produced cars had front hinged doors with a brake cross-shaft hidden from view, while the centrally mounted horn button was also moved to a new position under the dash.
1929 MG Midget (TM 5050) took part in many events between 1929 and 1931, usually in the capable hands of Miss Schwedler while occassionaly being driven by CGH Dunham. Here Miss Schwedler is seen at the wheel during the course of the 1930 WASA Lands End Trial. The photograph first appeared in an April 1930 edition of the Autocar while this scan was taken from the heavily retouched print used in that publication. Much of that original retouching has subsequently been removed in Photoshop. TM 5050 survives in California having now been restored. (LAT photoscan)
Throughout the early thirties the coachbuilding trade produced a plethora of bodies for the very popular Wolseley Hornet chassis. In order to keep the buying public abreast of the range of bodies available the predominant motoring magazines of the period regularly produced articles on the topic. The latest of these has been added to the Wolseley Hornet ‘Sports’ & ‘Specials’ page in the Member’s Area of the site. This one is dated April 1932 and appeared in The Motor magazine and can be found under a blue button towards the top of the page.
A further shot of Peter Stubberfield’s 1929 Minor Tourer VF 6700 has been added to the small gallery of images taken at last June’s LC&ES Rally held in Shropshire. This black & white version of Mike Tebbett’s photo could almost have been taken in period and shows Peter’s Minor passing the blacksmith’s forge in Cleobury North, Salop.
Over the course of the past thirty years Tony Gamble has been responsible for returning many (mainly OHC) Minors to the road and has always supported the model. Just how many Minors are currently running around thanks to Tony’s efforts is hard to prize out of him, but it’s well into double figures. The latest example is this 1928 Tourer GU 4310 which has utilised a redundant body and is now (almost) ready to roll once again!
Corsica Coachworks produced one of the better looking bodies to adorn the Wolseley Hornet Special chassis. This example (JJ 87) was produced in late 1932 and is seen here in competition mode at the Kent & Sussex Light Car Club’s Speed Trial at Lewes on 12th May 1934. Crew details are not known. Another view of the car can be seen here.
This photograph is one of a sequence in which a number of different models are being photographed outside the premises of a car dealership, presumably in order to advertise the cars ‘For Sale’. As can be seen from the window display the dealer is has announced the arrival of the 1935 range of Morris cars, which of course included the Minor’s successor, the new Morris Eight. The 1934 season Minor two-door sliding head Saloon would now be considered ‘old hat’ and this particular example has covered plenty of miles if the condition of the spare tyre is an indicator. The 1934 season Minors were extremely good value for money when new with leather upholstery, a four-speed synchromesh gearbox, along with hydraulic brakes and shock absorbers, which may partly account for their comparatively high survival rate. (LATplate E9842)
OV 5562 is a 1931 SV Minor 5cwt van seen here with new owner John Gray at a recent Lincolnshire show. The van first came to the Network’s attention back in 2012 when in the ownership of Martyn Griffiths and was twice sold earlier this year, on the last occasion in April by the Vintage Petrol Pump Garage.
A glance at the handwritten Morris progress books which recorded Minor production throughout the model’s life will show that the vast majority of cars passed along the line in model batches. For example it was not unusual for a batch of twenty saloons to be followed by five Tourers and then by a batch of ten Two-seaters. Occasionally these larger batches were interspersed by singletons. One such car was M30633, a Minor Tourer which passed along the Cowley line in November 1930. These individual cars may have represented small orders from overseas agents as this car has been found in Indonesia, an unlikely spot for such a discovery and all the more welcome for that.
This LATplate (E9975) was exposed during the course of the 1935 Monte Carlo Rally the event being held between 19th & 27th January that year. The MG NA Magnette AAD 359 was entered and driven by E. Denyil-Lee and finished 77th in the overall general classification. The Austin Seven seen parked behind the Magnette was driven by W. Harney and finished four places higher than the MG. Unfortunately, the location at which this photograph was taken is unknown. AAD 359 survives and is regularly seen at VSCC events in East Anglia.
MG Car Club Abingdon Trial 1939
When this photograph was taken in 1939, Minor Two-seater YY 7277 was already six years old, the model having been out of production since July 1934. W. C. Greenleaf was a regular competitor in the car, a number of photographs appearing in both the Light Car and Morris Owner magazines. This shot shows the car needing a helping hand as it struggles to find grip on a muddy Chiltern incline during the course of the MG Car Club’s annual Abingdon Trial in the run-up to the start of WWII. The photograph was taken by noted motoring photographer Bill Brunell.
Early Hornet Specials
By March 1931 over a dozen coachbuilders were producing an extensive range of bodies for the Hornet chassis – a car that had been launched just eleven months previously. The Motor magazine’s three page article can now be found under a red button on The Hornet Specials page within the Member’s Area of the site.
Pre-war Minors continue to be unearthed at an amazing rate. In the month of July three cars previously unknown to the Network surfaced in internet advertisements while other ‘known’ projects are being offered for sale by their current owners. If you are looking for something to keep you productively occupied for a few hundred hours then visit this website’s forum and familiarise yourself with what’s available.
After six weeks of glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures the UK heatwave is set to end this weekend. Hopefully, this won’t curtail the upturn in Minor motoring activity evident throughout this period. Seen here, against a Dorset backdrop, is Dan Brockway’s 1933 Two-seater (APC 484) making the most of the prevailing conditions.
Yet another eBay snapshot this time of a Stewart & Ardern registered 1932 Minor two-door Saloon (MU 3932) The apparel worn by the driver is clearly a clue as to his profession and is similar to that worn by those employed by railway or bus companies or that of a chauffeur. The Minor is clearly his pride and joy! A lot more about Stewart & Ardern here.
Triple M corner no.99 was an image of a 1932 Abbey bodied MG Magna Coupe GX 827 which had appeared in a 1939 edition of The Autocar magazine. This recently acquired snapshot (below) is of the same car climbing what could be one of the test hills in the west country, although it is not carrying a competition number. The photograph is also not of professional quality, perhaps lending weight to the thought that it was taken as a holiday memento by one of the car’s occupants.
The annual Pre-war Prescott event was held over the weekend on a warm and largely sunny day. Minors, Midgets and Hornets were well represented and this photo of the occupants of Anthony Richards’s 1932 MG M Type OY 2718 summed-up the atmosphere perfectly. More images from this event can be found here.
Mike Summers first acquired 1932 Minor Two-seater OJ 1865 in the late sixties and sold it some ten years later. After a gap of over thirty years and a brief search, the car was traced in Scotland where it had spent the intervening period. Mike struck a deal with the owner and ‘OJ’ headed south returning to his custodianship. Since then the car has been undergoing restoration, the most recent element being a complete retrim at the hands of Burwell, Cambs specialist, Ian Hawkes and what an excellent job he has made of it.
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A series of six technical articles written by Peter Hills are all now resident in the Technical section within the Member’s Area of the website. Peter is best known in Minor circles for his heroic restoration of a 1929 Minor Tourer that had been long abandoned in the African bush. The articles, which were first published in the Vintage Minor Register magazine, cover the following topics: Returning brake drums to standard, Upgrading the clutch thrust race, Refurbishing the 29-31 Smiths speedometer, LED replacement lighting, Reconditioning the OHC Minor dynamo and Vintage car hibernation. Grateful thanks goes to Peter for permitting their availability to Network members.
1931 MG M Type Midget UT 7942 is seen here in a sunken lane while taking part in a combined Inter Varsity/WASA trial in February 1935. No driver details are available although its known that Leicestershire registered UT 7942 carried chassis number 2M/2205. This car was campaigned extensively at WASA events during the period 1933-1935. (LAT Motorsport Film) Addendum: Tom Drewett is the current custodian of UT 7942 and advises that the driver of the car in this photograph is D.B. Tubbs, known as Bunny to his family and friends.
The Womens Automobile and Sports Association (WASA) was founded in 1927 and formally constituted as a club in 1929 to specifically enable women to take part in motor sport and other sporting events. While females could enter the annual national trials at that time some were excluded from certain observed sections of the route, therefore being unable to compete fairly against allcomers. Much more about WASA here.
Brooklands – Mid-twenties
The Jappic was a 350 cc ‘V’ twin JAP powered cyclecar which held many speed records between 1924 and 1931. Apart from being quick, the car was also extremely lightweight and could be manhandled easily as seen in this YouTube video. There is also much more about the car elsewhere on the internet. (LATplate Red 1085)
Peter Brock’s 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon AAO 463 had been off the road for many months while its engine underwent repair. Thankfully, these repairs have now been completed and Peter can once again enjoy the freedom of the open road in and around his native North East. Here the car is posed in front of The Spanish City in Whitley Bay, immortalised in the Dire Straits track The Tunnel of Love. (Photo montage P. Brock)
For those looking to fill empty garages with a Minor ‘project’ there are plenty currently available. This 1933 ex Minor Saloon comes with two bodies, that of a two-seater and a later model saloon. Located in Scunthorpe, the item is listed on eBay while further details are available via the ‘Cars for Sale’ section of this website’s forum.
This Autocar Photoscan from LAT Images shows one of the last production MG M Type Midgets (GX 803) leaving John o’Groats heavily laden with luggage. The car was first registered in London in the spring of 1932 and car and crew were undertaking an extensive Scottish tour for the magazine. The tour took place in the spring of 1933 and an excellent whole page photograph of the car overlooking Loch Broom appeared in the 30th June 1933 edition.
MW 4892 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon
First registered in Wiltshire in mid-1929 this Fabric saloon looks to be in good general condition, although the almost bald nearside front tyre might appear to indicate otherwise. A manual trumpet horn has been fitted to the windscreen surround, something that was not unusual and indicative of the temperamentality of the Lucas Sparton Horn, the car’s standard warning device. For what usage or purpose was the Ingersoll-Rand branded item of industrial equipment, as seen in the background? (Thanks goes to Mike Tebbett for permitting the publication of this image, which was from a French source.)
Roger Lucke’s 1933 Minor Two-seater 289 UXG is seen here undergoing its annual MOT test, a procedure that has not been a legal requirement for pre-war cars in the U.K. for a number of years. However, Roger and a growing band of other vintage vehicle owners are submitting their cars to the rigours of this test, while paying for the privilege, and are happy to do so for safety’s sake and their own peace of mind.
It seems that the good weather here in the U.K. (& beyond) has tempted some owners to take to the highways for some wind in hair motoring, except that in many instances there is more wind than hair! U.K. weather is set fair for at least a week so there is no better time to remove the dust covers and enjoy the sunshine by taking a trip in your Minor, Midget or Hornet. Thanks to Chris Healey, Andy Brown, Janie Maeers/Geof Wilson and Joe Raynor for the photos.
1929 MCC London-Exeter Trial
There were 194 car entrants for the 1929 running of the MCC’s London/Exeter trial. The event was held over two days (27th & 28th December 1929) with participants leaving the Slough Trading Estate in the late evening of the 27th, with a run through the night to Exeter where breakfast was taken. This photo was almost certainly taken at that breakfasting point in Exeter shortly after sunrise although the image has not been captioned by the photographer. While no Minors or Midgets can be seen in this photo, two Minors and ten Midgets did take part, those numbers increasing to five and twenty eight respectively for the 1930 event. (LATplate B3013)
The first Triple M Corner in this series (published on 2nd December 2015) displays an image of the same model, a 1934 season MG Magna Continental Coupe. The notes provided at that time indicate that just 100 examples of this unusual model found customers. However, The Autocar thought it sufficiently important to carry out a full road test, the results being published in its 13th April 1934 edition. (A copy of that road test can be found as a PDF at the foot of this page http://mgaguru.com/mgtech/history/hs105-l.htm) Two-seater salonettes were fashionable at that time, the Singer version epitomising the genre, this model being a significantly better seller than the MG offering. (LAT ‘Motor’ plate 565-15)
Taking advantage of the superb weather, Garry and Marilyn Waiting took to the roads of the Lake District National Park, Cumbria in order to scale Shap Fell, some 1800 feet above sea level. Garry reported that his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports replica (FD 6409) climbed the narrow pass by making good use of the third ratio in his four-speed gearbox. What a view!
The first section of the 2018 Rally Saturday tour route followed the meanderings of the River Waveney. Here, Keith Durston’s all red 1930 MG Midget heads-up a trio of entrants including a 1932 Minor Sports Coupe, driven by Andrew Miles and a 1929 MG Midget replica piloted by owner Steve Lewsley, around a twisty part of that scenic stretch.
Appearing on he front cover of 18th December 1928 edition of the Motor magazine was an MG Car Co. advertisement. (of which this is an extract) Alongside the new 18/80 six cylinder model was a depiction of the MG Midget, launched just two months earlier at the 1928 London Motor Show. What is interesting about this artwork is that the Midget body had still to undergo changes before the first production examples appeared just over a month later. This artist’s impression shows the car with a raised scuttle and sculptured doors ala the prototypes that appeared at the Motor Show, while the production bodies did not have either of these features. Also of interest is the Limerick CBC registration – TI 1271. Did the artist have a premonition concerning the capacity of the engine that was to power the Wolseley Hornet some 16 months later? Doubtful, but an interesting co-incidence none-the-less.
1935 Jensen Hornet Special: From being a comparatively lightweight six-cylinder model the factory Hornet Saloon gained weight and bulk throughout its six-year production life. The later ‘Special’ chassis’ supplied to coachbuilders in 1935 and 1936 were by now fitted with a 1604 cc version of the famous OHC power unit that started out in 1930 at 1271 cc. This 1935 Jensen ‘Allweather Sports’ Hornet was one of a long-line of Hornet based specials produced by the West Bromwich concern, this one showing off its sweeping mid-thirties styling to good effect, although the windscreen surround is reminiscent of the earlier Swallow Hornet models. (LATplate Motor 520-10)
At the rally dinner recently Halbe Tjepkema accepted the LAT Plate on behalf of the 2017 POTY competition winners, Arie and Tineke Roest. Earlier today (Sunday 24th June), Halbe called on the Roests in his 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon to hand over the award in person. Here Arie is seen accepting the plate alongside Halbe’s Minor and his own 1930 Jarvis Hornet Special , the subject of the award winning photograph.
There was a small Minor contingent at the 2018 LC&ES Summer Rally based upon Church Stretton in Shropshire. Peter Stubberfield‘s beautiful 1929 Tourer (VF 6700) was present as was Clive Hamilton-Gould‘s 1930 version (DG 325). Ben Maeers was also present in Minor Tourer PG 5664. The three images of VF 6700 appear courtesy of Mike Tebbett. Find them here.
St. Peter’s Hall, Suffolk the home of the world famous St. Peter’s Brewery played host to 22 Minors, 3 MG M Types, a Morris Eight, a Wolseley Hornet and an Austin Heavy Twelve last Saturday (9th). The brewery shop and tea rooms were opened early and exclusively to enable rallyists to make use of the facilities and purchase their wares!
There are more photos on the newly launched 2018 Rally Galleries page.
The annual gathering of the clan began early on Friday evening with a get-together at the Swan Inn, Hoxne. There were some epic journeys undertaken to get there including a 200 + mile jaunt from Lymington in Hants by Toby & Linda Sears, with Ken & Kate Martin’s 190 mile trip from Marlborough not too far behind. Halbe Tjepkema from the Hague had a shorter road trip, the ferry trip from The Hook to Harwich making up most of the journey!
1932 Eustace Watkins Hornet Special GY 3131 was owned by Miss C. Labouchere and was competitively used throughout 1933. Here her car is in London having been driven the 680 miles from John o’Groats on 21st January 1933, the first leg of the crew’s epic attempt to get to Monaco as competitors in that year’s Monte Carlo Rally. Both driver and co-driver appear weary in this night-time shot while their Hornet is covered in road dirt, testament to the trying conditions. Sadly, they failed to make Monte Carlo and were one of the 58 retirements from among the original 129 car entry. (Autocar photo scan 27/01/33 – courtesy LAT Images)
The countdown to the Network’s 2018 rally is underway. While many owners will be engaged in last-minute fettling before ‘the off’, there are at least three owners who are in a serious race against time in order to finish major repairs or rebuilds before Friday’s Hoxne Swan pub meet. (The photo was taken at the last rally to be held in Suffolk in 2014.)
This Minor Fabric Saloon was one of nine such Zetland registered cars in the year 1929. Remarkably, Morris Minors represented almost 14% of all new vehicle registrations that year which of course includes motor cycles, goods and public service vehicles. This Fabric Saloon PS 782 was first registered on 1st May to a Mr Robert Henry and retained this registration until 1946. Thanks to forum member ‘Crashbox’ for the research and the Sheland Photographic Archive. (Photo reference NE 04262)
A trio of MG PA Midgets were entered by Capt. George Eyston for the 1935 Le Mans 24 hour event. Unusualy, his car’s were to be crewed by an all female team of drivers that came to be known as Eyston’s Dancing Daughters. The three teams all finished the race in 24th, 25th and 26th positions with the Barbara Skinner – Doreen Evans car (no 55) covering 1285 miles over the 24 hour day/night/day period of 15th and 16th June. Here Doreen Evans is seen at the wheel while the car is routinely serviced by her pit crew. (LATfilm C6558)
Eric Mouser’s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon DX 8826 was photographed while taking part in the ‘Felixstowe Run’ earlier this month. His car is fitted with Trafficators, a precursor to the flashing indicator. These semaphore signals are intended to indicate in which direction the driver is intending to turn, however, the mechanical mechanism involved does not always function as it should…
This 1933 Carlisle registered MG J2 Midget HH 6753 is a long way from home. The car is seen here competing on a crowded Beggar’s Roost in Devon during the 1936 MCC Lands End Trial, while being driven by K W Mahany. This car/driver combination were to go on and win a Premier award. (LATplate C8315)
Throughout the early thirties the Henly’s dealership held an annual motoring gymkhana on Heston Aerodrome, located just to the west of London. The event was popular with their customers who attended in some numbers to watch the many events. One such arena game was ‘car musical chairs’ as portrayed in this LAT image (LATplate C911) taken at the 1933 event. The women driver of the 1932 Minor Family Eight is either slow vacating her chair or quick to be seated depending upon whether the music had stopped or just started again!
Quote: “Strictly speaking, the new car ceased to be a secret about three weeks ago.”
Quote: “It is ridiculous to say that my intention in making the car was to compete with the Austin Seven.”
Both of these very interesting quotes were reported in the 23rd May 1928 edition of The Motor Trader and were directly attributed to William Morris, although only one of those statements is believable! On the basis of that Motor Trader report it’s fair to say that the Morris Minor can now officially be declared 90! The photo is from the Jennifer Parson’s collection and shows her father, Harold Taylor alongside William Morris with Minor Fabric Saloon prototype UD 2071 at that very first, late April-early May 1928 photo-shoot.
John & Jo Nagle have been forced to withdraw from the forthcoming Pacesetters Rally with a recurring blown head gasket issue on their 1934 Minor Two-seater (OW 4224). The latest occurence took place while car and crew were participating in a Morris Register sponsored trip to Torquay, Devon. (Photo: Kate Martin)
Although the majority of Hornet specials were open cars, plenty were constructed as sporting saloons or coupes. This particularly handsome example of a sporting two-door saloon was constructed by Patrick Motors of Bournebrook, Birmingham sometime in 1933 and was photographed in this leafy outer-suburbia setting for The Motor magazine. (LATplate Motor 519-2)
Very little by way of additional information can be added to this simple family snapshot. The car is a 1930 Minor Saloon registered in Canterbury, Kent as JG 785 and like so many of the photographs of the period it depicts the family partaking in a roadside picnic. It is quite possible that the car is the fabric skinned version of the model and that the photo was taken some time later that decade if the almost bald tyres are anything to go by.
This photo of a Minor speedometer was taken by Kate Martin on a recent drive from Marlborough to Torquay with husband Ken at the wheel of their 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590. The car was travelling at the legal limit on an open stretch of arterial road and viewing the speedo needle against its stop is an unfamiliar sight for the vast majority of Minor owners
Most of the United Kingdom was basking in wall-to-wall sunshine over the bank holiday weekend. The New Forest in Hampshire was no exception and Toby Sears saw this as an opportunity to take a pre-rally run-out in his 1932 Minor Two-seater PJ 5155. The New Forest is one of the UK’s National Parks which despite its name, has large tracts of open heathland with hardly a tree in sight!
D. G. Evans is photographed here in his MG ‘N’ Magnette (BLL 493) on Darracott, North Devon during the course of the 1935 MCC London-Lands End Trial held over 19th & 20th of April. With 313 cars starting the event, Evans was one of the 102 who gained a Premier Award that weekend. (LATplate C5776)
Cowley – late 1933
This recently discovered image of a Minor chassis passing along the production line at Cowley was probably photographed in the autumn of 1933. The plate’s emulsion has been marked, recording that the car is a 1934 Morris Minor while the radiator surround is identical to those fitted to the 1933 season model along with those from the early part of the 1934 season. It’s interesting to see that a document wallet is attatched to the n/s bulkhead to rad support bar, presumably held in which are the dockets that accompany the car down the line. (LATplate Motor X-899)
Ten years ago this week saw the stuttering birth of a new website targeted at enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor. The PWMN came into being because a small group of Minor enthusiasts sought to provide a relevant internet platform for a growing and active community of new Minor owners who were prepared to forego some of the encumbrances associated with a traditional car club. Within weeks the new site’s visitor counter was recording 30 to 40 ‘hits’ a day and in the autumn of 2008 a new discussion forum was added. That forum now contains 59,000 posts while the site’s web counter has recorded 767,000 hits. A heartfelt thanks to all who have supported the Network along the way. (Chris Lambert)
A further ‘how to’ guide by Joe Rayner has be added to the site, this one entitled: ‘A guide to the replacement of Minor wheel studs and repair of a damaged hub‘, its title telling you all you need to know. It can be found under ‘Axles’ in the Members technical area.
This photo of a 1934 Wolseley Hornet EW Daytona Special was taken on the Whittingham & Mitchell stand at the 1934 Olympia Motor Show in London. W&M were a Chelsea based coachbuilding firm, who under contract from Eustace Watkins, (Wolseley main dealers and also located in Chelsea) constructed bodies for the Hornet Special chassis. According to Nick Walker (author of the A-Z of British Coachbuilders – Bay View Books 2007) W&M were eventually acquired by Eustace Watkins, although not exclusively to build bodies for Wolseley cars, the firm providing bodies for a variety of marques.
This extract from a full-page Morris Motors advertisement for the Minor first appeared on the front cover of 12th April 1932 edition of The Motor magazine. This was not unusual in that the Minor featured on magazine covers on almost fifty occasions while in production. Many of the famous graphic artists of the period painted and drew the Minor including the likes of Morton, Steerwood, Shuffley and the acclaimed Harold Connolly. These cover images are all available to view in the Member’s Area of the archived site.
A caption is required for this recently discovered LAT image (LATplate L5870) of a 1933 MG Magnette.
(Could this be Eyston’s 1933 Mannin Beg car as it’s carrying the correct racing number?)
TJ 1876 is a 1933 McEvoy Model 60 Minor Special owned at one time by the late Bev Hicks, who was a founder member of what is now the Morris Register. This photograph was taken during WWII when the car was in the custodianship of an RAF Observer. A known survivor, the car was last seen ‘For Sale’ in Belgium in 2015. (Image courtesy of the Harry Edwards archive)
Ken Martin took this shot of those taking part in a Morris Register organised mid-Wiltshire run from Devizes to Box on Drive-it-Day (Sunday 22nd April). Alongside Ken’s familiar 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 is another Essex registered Minor VX 7312, a 1932 Two-seater owned by Henry & Di Harvey. There were plenty of other Morris cars taking part along with an MG and an interloping motor cycle! (View more Drive-it-Day images at the foot of this page.)
Here is an official Morris Motors shot of their 1933 Minor rolling chassis. This is not the image used in the 1933 Operation Manual but the four-speed gearbox, cable brakes and handbrake lever easily identify it as such. This particular viewing angle shows off the conical shape of the Minor’s silencer to good effect. (The mark on the n/s front wheel is damage to the emulsion on the glass plate negative.) LATplate E2760
( Edited on 21st April: James Ashford correctly points out that this is a long wheelbase Minor chassis.)
DG 2327 is a 1931 Gloucester registered MG M Type Midget, identifiable as such by its angular wings. This photo was taken on the Isle of Man and is one of a sequence of a dozen or more shots, some of which were used for a subsequent Autocar ‘touring’ article. This image was taken in the centre of Douglas and is one of the few where the driver’s face can be seen and the car’s two-tone colour scheme is apparent. The re-positioning of the spare wheel was no doubt made to optimise luggage space in the small boot. The newsagent located immediately behind the car is carrying an advertisement for the latest paperback by Edgar Wallace, priced at 9d. (LATplate E3917)
This atmospheric shot of an MG Abbey bodied Magna Coupe appeared in a June 1939 edition of The Autocar. GX 827 was first registered in London during the spring of 1932 and was already seven years old at the time this photograph was taken near Kenworth(?), according to the caption on the rear of the photo. (LAT photoscan)
This sequence of four images of UD 2268, a development model Minor Fabric Saloon, were shot at Cowley in a section of the factory that was used for this purpose for many years. These early development Fabric Saloons differed from the production versions that followed in many detailed ways and first started to appear in the late spring of 1928, four such cars appearing in the promotional material of the time. Some years ago an internet debate took place in which it was speculated that these images were all of the same car, simply fitted with differing number plates. (LATplates L3935, 3936, 3941 & 3942)
The September 1937 edition of Morris Owner was the source of another useful SU carb tips advertorial, this one entitled ‘Dirt & water in the carburetter’. A PDF of the document now resides in the Technical Bits section of the Member’s Area.
On Sunday 13th July 2008 eleven Minors, a Singer Nine and an Aston Martin Le Mans set out for a run to the coast during the course of that year’s VMR Rally. Their destination was Southwold, Suffolk’s favourite seaside resort where five Minors can be seen parked behind the town’s famous beach huts. A similar run is due to take place this June at the forthcoming PWMN rally, although the destination (for now) remains under wraps.
1931 Belgium 24 Hour Race, Spa-Francorchamps
Minors were no strangers to big international races. There were Minors entered in the 1929, 1930 and 1931 Australian Grand Prix, Whelan coming 9th in the 1930 event, while William Sullivan competed in his Minor ‘Sullivan’ Specials from 1932 to 1934 in a number of internationally renowned events, both in his native Ireland and elsewhere. Perhaps the most successful Minor was that entered by a Belgian Morris dealership for the 1931 Belgium 24 Hour Race, held at Spa over the weekend of 4th/5th July 1931 and driven by Abel Blin D’Orimont and Robert Goemans. They competed in the under 1100cc class against six other cars, a factory team of three twin-cylinder, two-stroke DKWs, a Salmson, a Rally and Tractor. Amazingly, they beat their opponents winning their class, covering 1660 kilometres at an average speed of 43.4 mph. The LAT archive contains three images of the Minor taking part that weekend and this shot shows the car at the La Source hairpin with a DKW just ahead of it on the road. (LATplate B6734).
The Arrow body upon the Hornet chassis of JD 1953 was constructed by coachbuilder A. P. Compton in late 1930 at their works in a former tram depot in Hanwell, West London. Compton’s products at this time were all known as Arrow specials, their cars being identifiable by a stylised arrow attached to the radiator core of the host car. Miss P.D. Goodban was the owner of JD 1953 and she competed extensively in the car throughout the 1933 season. The two images seen here capture her and her car at the 1933 running of the Scottish Six Day Trial which took place between 15th and 20th May whereupon she won a bronze award for her efforts. From 1934 onward Miss Goodban’s name continued to be mentioned on the results pages of motoring magazines, but she was by now driving a Singer Nine. (Images courtesy of LAT – plate numbers C322 and Motor Box X274 476 -2 )
After 56 years in the ownership of the same family this 1929 Minor Tourer (MT 3286) is reluctantly being put on the market. The car was purchased by the late Roy Hogg in 1962 and has been used in recent years by Ronald, Roy’s son. The asking price is £11,500 and further details can be found on the Cars for sale sub-forum here.
Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson organised a Good Friday ‘run’ through the Leicestershire countryside for friends and family along with their vintage and classic cars. One of the stops on their Dot-to-Dot Tour was the farm shop at the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Co. in Upton, where a range of craft cheeses were available to taste and purchase. Some of the many interesting cars driven by participants can be seen through the farm shop windows. (Photo Wilson/Maeers)
Clive Hamilton-Gould grips the passenger door of his 1930 Minor Tourer (DG 325) while being driven by his daughter at the start of a sharp descent during the course of the recent VSCC LC&ES Welsh Weekend event. Thanks goes to both Steven Kent and Mike Tebbett who have each provided further photos many of which have been added to the foot of the 2018 Event Galleries page here. This photo courtesy of Mike Tebbett.