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Late autumn in Dorset…

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A beautiful autumn day lured Mike and Sue Rose away from their painting and decorating and into their 1932 Minor Two-seater (WP 1085) for a meander along some of Dorset’s beautiful byways. This golden leaved tree-lined lane provided the perfect setting for a great photo.

Non-combatants…

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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’.

Light ’em up…

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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.

An interesting Minor ‘special’ pick-up…

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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.

Colour co-ordination…

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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.

Museum piece…

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This 1932 Minor Two-seater is a permanent resident at the Nisse Nilsson Collection Museum in Scania, Sweden. It looks like it might just need a charged battery, fresh fuel and oil along with a quick rub-down with an oily rag and it could join us at our rally in Marlborough next June!

Less seasonal…

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Although winter is just around the corner, parts of the UK are yet to experience their first frost of the autumn. North Suffolk is one such place, where as a result the autumn leaf-fall has only just got underway.

Seasonal – part two…

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Autumn is a time of contrasts ranging from dank and dreary ‘best forgotten’ days to the spectacular, ‘live long in the memory’ type. This image by Peter Brock was taken on one of the latter and illustrates why it is far too early in the year to consider laying-up your Minor, Midget or Hornet!

Seasonal…

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A beautiful autumnal day enticed Joe Rayner into a trip out in ‘Doris’ (aka ZV 83851) his 1932 season Minor Two-seater. No explanation was provided as to why a trip to the church was necessary but its edifice provides a great backdrop to an excellent photograph.

Juliana Childrens Hospital treat…

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Earlier this month Halbe Tjepkema and his 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon took part in a rally staged for the patients at the Juliana Children’s Hospital in The Hague. By the look of the photographs taken at the event it wasn’t just the passengers that had a good time.

Now sold!

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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.

Time to get your skates on…

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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’s Australian project…

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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.

‘Emma’, a recent southern belle…

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Reinout Vogt from Decatur, Georgia, USA has owned this beautiful 1931 MG Midget since 2002. Known as ‘Emma’, Reinout purchased 2m/2735 (ex WM 6401) from Barrie Dean here in the UK at that years MG meeting at Silverstone before shipping it to Chicago, his former home town in the US.

A nice day for it…

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Despite a belated and hastily re-arranged venue there was an excellent turn-out in the sunshine for the Network’s ‘Far-Eastern’ pub meet. In all, seven Minors were in attendance along with an MG Midget replica, a Wolseley Hornet and an extremely rare Morris Eight Jensen Special.

Far Eastern Pub Meet – Late change of venue!

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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.

Far Eastern pub-meet imminent…

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Fuel them up and head to The Cross Keys in Redgrave. Sunday’s weather for the Norfolk-Suffolk borders is set fair and a warm welcome awaits from the locals who run this community pub. Plan to arrive around noon, all are welcome.

Jaipur pub meet…

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The Network’s tentacles spread far and wide. Long-term member and 1930 Minor Tourer owner Kartik Lunia from Jaipur, India captured this image of a group of local pub-meet participants parked-up while their owners supped something cool and refreshing elsewhere.

Ireland by Hornet…

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Dutch couple Arie and Tineke Roest have just returned from a three week, 1600 mile tour of Ireland in their 1930 Jarvis bodied Wolseley Hornet special. Arie reports that his tool roll remained untouched throughout.

Early autumn in Norfolk…

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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.)

Checking the facilities…

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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.

‘Tis the season of the wasp…

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Progress continues to be made on the bodywork of the OHC Minor special known as Wilson’s Wasp. Owner, Geof Wilson reports that the tail has now been fabricated and will soon have a trial fitting to the chassis.

Look, no doors!

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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.

Coming soon – 2018 POTY competition…

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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!

A Minor’s tale…

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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.”

Repelling Invaders…

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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.

Spooky…

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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 motley crew…

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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.

Definitely kin…

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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.)

Where are they now no. 56?

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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.

Off the beaten track…

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Across the UK are stretches of unmetalled byway which are well worth exploring by car before the onset of autumn’s rain. Many of these green lanes are being lost for ever as local authorities struggle to maintain them while some sections of the leisure 4×4 community seem intent on destroying them.

2018 POTY to be themed…

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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)

Gone shopping…

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Henry Harvey owns this 1932 Minor Two-seater VX 7312 and lives in the county of Devon. His car is frequently seen in the town of Dartmouth where this shot was taken, the owner and his wife having taken to the shops.

Mountaineering Minor…

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Joe Raynor lives in an undulating part of Ireland which means that his 1932 Minor Two-seater ZV 83851 gets plenty of strenuous exercise whenever it’s taken out for a run. A recent trip took Joe and car to Knockanaffrin Ridge in the Comeragh Mountains where this moody image was taken.

Seven weddings and at least one funeral…

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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.

Independence day in Jaipur…

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India gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 15th August 1947. Kartik Lunia celebrated this recent 71st anniversary by taking his 1930 Minor Tourer USJ 1795 around the streets of Jaipur while flying the Indian tricolour from the back seat.

Another project for Tony G…

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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!

A damp Sunday at Thoresby…

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Six Minors attended the 2018 Morris Register Rally over the weekend of 11th/12th August of which three were among the awards. The cars owned by Peter Hills, Avril & Tim Ovenden, John Paternoster, Clive Robinson, Ian Harris and Alan Dennison can be seen here in a photo taken by Tony Gamble.

Timeless…

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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.

Incontinent Midget…

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A closer examination of a set of images taken at last month’s Pre-war Prescott event revealed that Roger Burnett’s 1931 MG Sportsmans Coupe (GG 3949) was losing coolant at a prodigious rate. Let’s hope it was discovered promptly!

Another from the Gamble production line…

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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!

Towards the border…

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Peter Brock’s 1934 Minor Four-Door Saloon AAO 463 continues to rack-up the miles after a long lay-off. Here car and driver rest-up to take in the magnificent skyscape and backdrop of the Cheviot Hills, part of the Northumberland National Park.

Cream van man…

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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.

An Indonesian Tourer…

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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.

Looking for something to do?

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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.

UK heatwave over?

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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.

Bourton-IN-the-water

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While some Minorists were having fun at a very hot Prescott, just 16 miles to the east at Bourton-on-the-water Janie Maeers is seen keeping her cool while piloting her 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) through a Cotswold ford last weekend. (Image Geof Wilson)

Fun in Gloucestershire…

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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.

Fresh from the trimmers…

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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.

The tunnel of love?

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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)

Projects galore…

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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.

Cup holder…

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Bob Howden drove his 1931 MG Midget JY 8840 to a car show at Notcutts in Nuneham Courtney just south of Oxford over the weekend. He travelled across from Newbury in beautiful weather and picked up a prize for ‘Favourite t1930’s Car’ for his trouble. Congratulations Bob!

Safety first…

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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.

Making hay…

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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.

Scaling Shap…

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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!

Waveney Valley procession…

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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.

2017 POTY winner receives his award…

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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.

Buzzin’

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Geof Wilson in Nuneaton is making great progress wth the bodywork of his OHC Minor Special, ‘Wilson’s Wasp’. The aluminium bodywork was shaped around a polystyrene forma, the result being very pleasing on the eye.

Rally Galleries page launched…

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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.

Rally assembly…

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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!

Ready to go?

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With the Network’s rally imminent the preceding days, are for many, a busy period spent fettling and cleaning. For others it’s a case of load up the car , fill-up with fuel and set-off!

An eclectic mix…

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The Home Counties crew gathered at The Parrot in Forest Green on 4th June for their spring bash. Debutant Peter Hills arrived in his beautiful 1929 Minor Tourer. (Photo Keith Durston)

Ready, steady,…GO!!

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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.)

Deco art…

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Here is a section of artwork which was used on the front cover of 20th January 1931 edition of the Motor magazine. It depicts an OHC Minor chassis on a dais in a salubrious Morris dealership. Unfortunately, the artwork is unsigned.

Definitely a Morris…

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With the Network’s rally less than a fortnight away, rallyists are busy preparing their cars for the rigours of those hectic three days in June. Here 1930 Minor Semi-Sports VJ 3156 is parked-up while its driver checks the water depth along part of the rally route.

“The problem with semaphores…”

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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…

Deep in the heart of Devon…

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Another excellent Kate Martin image of Minors on the move. This photo was taken during the recent Morris Register West Region expedition to Torbay. The cars in shot are John Nagle’s 1934 Two-seater (OW 4224) and the 1932 Two-seater (PJ 5155) owned and being driven by Toby Sears.

Happy Birthday – The Minor reaches 90!!

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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.

Rally casualty…

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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)

Just a few weeks ago…

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This Arthur Bell photo of his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9069 was taken in early March. It stands as a timely reminder to those of us who are not quite so adventurous that our driving season is a short one and is to be made the most of!

Torquay – 86 years on…

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The West Region of the Morris Register hold, what has become, an annual weeks sojourn for members and their car’s to somewhere exotic. This year’s destination was Torbay and its environs where Ken Martin and his 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 recreated this 1932 postcard image.

Age is just a number…

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John Paternoster is the owner of 1929 Minor Tourer SV 9091. He recently took his 91 year old Mother for a maiden short trip in his car, John reporting that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Attempting to beat the clock…

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Mike Summers in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk is working hard to get his 1932 Minor Two-seater OJ 1865 prepared and ready for the road in good time for the Network’s rally next month. While evidently much remains to be done, he believes he is on track to achieve this important goal.

At the limit…

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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

Bank holiday basking…

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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!

The Network is TEN !

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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)

Is this your car?

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Martin Gregory has been looking for his old Hereford registered 1931 £100 Minor (VJ 3654) for a very long time. The car is currently ‘taxed’ with the DVLA and is definitely out there somewhere. If you know where the car is currently located please contact the Network at info@prewarminor.com

Spring – what spring?

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The Crosskeys in Redgrave, Suffolk was the venue for a Network spring pub meet on 29th April. Four crews attended on a cold, dank day, in  stark contrast to Drive-it-Day a week earlier, when temperatures were almost 20 degrees C higher.

Rally coffee stop…

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St. Peter’s Hall at St. Peter, South Elham near Bungay was built in 1280 and in June will be an early refreshment stopping-off point for 25 venerable vehicles and their crews. The complex is also home to the world famous St. Peter’s Brewery.

Minors to the fore on Drive-it-Day…

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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.)

‘All mod cons…’

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Chris Healey from Essex, UK certainly knows how to treat a lady! His 1932 Minor PN 8658 which hadn’t turned a wheel in anger for many years has once again taken to the road (actually his driveway) albeit without any brakes along with most other things come to that!!

Saved from the scrapheap…

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Barry Parker from Tasmania, found this 1934 Morris Minor Saloon in an Australian scrapyard and is slowly progressing its restoration. He urgently needs help sourcing the dimensions of the body frame timbers and if you can help please email the webmaster here.

Five years ago…

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John Paternoster in his 1929 Minor Tourer SV 9091 leads a procession of Morris cars (an Oxford and two Eights) on the Sunday section of the 2013 Network ‘White Horse’ Rally – somewhere in Wiltshire.

Ten years ago…

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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.

Another Euro Minor…

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Lubomír Piksa submitted this image of his 1932 Minor Two-seater 03V 1450 seen here at speed, while taking part in the ‘Veteran Rallye’, an annual event held close-by to Lubomir’s home town of České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.

Family heirloom for sale…

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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.

Dot-to-dot run…

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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)

Hold tight!

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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.

Mid-Wales meander…

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Mid-Wales played host to the cars from the Light Car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC over the weekend of 24th/25th March. Stretching their legs during the course of Saturday’s tour Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson can be seen alongside VJ 1756, Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer.  View a short video shot during the course of Saturday here and see more stills at the foot of this page here.

Carrying on a family tradition…

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Janie Maeers, seen here in ‘Prudence’ her 1929 Minor Tourer VJ 1756 is about to leave the Metropole Hotel car park in Llandrindod Wells to take part on the second day of the LC&ES Welsh Weekend on Sunday 25th March. Janie was perpetuating a family tradition in that thirteen years earlier her late father, Brian Maeers competed at this same event , also in VJ 1756. (Photo: Geof Wilson)

It’s not just about old cars…

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The name of the venue for the most recent gathering of the Home Counties section seemed entirely innapropriate as the ten jovial attendees at The Grumpy Mole, Brockham, Surrey were displaying no such signs when this photo was taken on 19th March. From left to right: Keith Durston, Philip Butland, Kenneth Allen, Paul Brigden, John Emmett, Alister Reid, Malcolm Eades, Malcolm Bailey, Michael (surname unknown), Phil Sowry, Timothy Edwards  Photo:Keith Durston.

Springtime in Hampshire…

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For those in the worst affected areas, the wintery weather conditions across the UK throughout most of March will live long in the memory. The lying snow didn’t stop one or two intrepid Minorists taking to the highways as proven by this latest photo taken by Toby Sears, who drove his 1933 Minor Saloon YG 2017 to the hills skirting the Hampshire – Wiltshire borders to capture this shot.

VSCC Herefordshire Trial

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The VSCC’s Herefordshire Trial was hit by the weather over the weekend of 17th/18th March, however it didn’t spoil the fun for David Rolfe in his Riley Nine engined M Type special (VU 7908). David and ‘bouncer’ are seen here negotiating a particularly tough elevated section. (Photo courtesy of Steven Kent)

Three months and counting…

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The Network’s 2018 rally is now less than three months away and preparations are gathering pace. Those who have indicated that they are planning to attend and have yet to submit their entry forms please take the time to do so in order that numbers can be finalised. (Kate Martin photo)

Soon to be reunited…

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Some smart detective work by member Toby Sears ensured that David Newlands (Cambs) would achieve his wish to know the whereabouts of his father’s Morris Minor, a car purchased ‘new’ in 1931. The current owners of the vehicle are Jill and Vaughan Jackson, (Hants) UR 9776 having been in their family’s custodianship for over fifty years. Contact between the two interested parties will be made shortly.

Braving the elements…

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While Sunday 4th March saw most of the snow in the south of the U.K. disappear following a rapid thaw, plenty of the white stuff remained earlier in the day. Here Janie Maeers and her Lurcher, Maisie, took to the lanes of Leicestershire in ‘Prudence’ her 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756)  to discover for herself the joys of Minor motoring in the snow. (Photo: Geof Wilson)

Manx Minor…

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Malcolm Buc submitted this eighties image (taken on the Isle of Man) of what originally was an OHC Minor. ‘Jemima’ was owned at that time by Geraint Owen who built the competition special, it’s believed with the help of his father. Geraint is a long-term VSCC member and competitor. Unfortunately, by the time this photo was taken the Minor  had already ‘lost’ its original registration and had been re-issued with an age-related number by DVLA. The special was powered by an air-cooled ‘V’ twin JAP engine and was dressed for competition with taped headlights, timing strut and a competition number. (Thanks goes to James Ashford for providing the revised information.)

Snowmobile?

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Most of the UK is currently feeling the effects of an icy blast from the Urals. The editorial Midget was readied for a photo session in brilliant sunshine but the onset of a sudden heavy snow shower was enough for driver and car to seek the comparative warmth of the garage – at least until the snow had abated.

VG 2007 – Licenced to thrill…

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Over in the Netherlands, the Dutch licencing authority have now issued Halbe Tjepkema’s 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon with the necessary permissions for it to travel on the highway, this representing the car’s final hurdle in a ten year restoration process.

The skill of the graphic artist…

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Almost every edition of the popular motoring magazines of the pre-war period contained illustrations by graphic artists. While many drawings have been lost, some still remain intact in archives, while others were photographed, their images captured on glass plates. The majority of these drawings are unsigned but the names of Ferguson, Millar and Pratt feature on many others. Isn’t it about time that their skills were more widely recognised? This unsigned drawing of a lwb Minor, scanned from a positive print, appears here courtesy of LAT Images.

From Brooklands to Texas…

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Russ Salisbury from Texas, USA owns a 1930 Midget (MG 442) with a Brooklands racing pedigree. His car has been ‘off the road’ for well over forty years but has been subject to recent attention and is seen here on it’s second ‘debut’, its first being 88 years previously!

Something to look forward to…

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Hopefully, we in the northern-hemisphere are approaching the tail-end of what seems to have been a long winter. Thoughts are now turning to the pleasant prospect of lengthy warm days with productive time spent in the garage, while trips in our Minors will be undertaken without the need for the protective comfort of thermal underwear!

Coupe cousins…

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The 2017 Pre-war Prescott event was the venue for the coming together of two Coupes that surely originated via the draughting skills of the same designer. GG 3949 is the well known 1931 MG Sportsmans Coupe owned by Roger Burnett while 1932 Wolseley Hornet Coupe JH 1446 is said to have been commissioned by London Wolseley main dealer Eustace Watkins and built in the coachworks of the Folkstone based body builder, Martin Walter. Thanks goes to Hornet Coupe owner Nigel Stroud for the photograph via the good offices of Network member Keith Durston.

More progress with Wilson’s Wasp…

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Geof Wilson’s Morris Minor racing special (Wilson’s Wasp) which is under construction in Nuneaton, Warwickshire now has a new nosecone. Other body panels are currently being formed and will soon be offered-up to the polystyrene mould for final fettling shortly.

Brooklands gathering…

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In the absence of Kenneth Allen, Paul Brigden organised a highly successful Network gathering at Brooklands on 8th February. Paul reports that thanks to Bob Webb those with pre-war cars were permitted to park in front of the famous clubhouse while the club bar facilities were also made available to them. Here, some of the throng wait patiently while John Emmett answers a question from a Brooklands Museum visitor. Paul’s report can be found on the forum. (Photo – Paul Brigden)

From the archive…

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This 1930 Minor special lives in the State of Victoria, Australia and was bodied by Ruskin of Melbourne. The original eighties or early nineties photograph resides in the Harry Edwards Collection held by the Morris Register. Just a handful of these Ruskin roadsters survive.

A thing of beauty…

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LV 5437 is a 1934 season Minor Saloon which was first registered in Liverpool in late 1933. This delightful autumnal image was taken by an unknown photographer and was discovered on the internet. In recent times ‘LV’ was owned by Tommy Jardine from the border country and some time prior to that by new member Guy Harris – it was he who was recently reunited with his Minor Two-seater after a a fifty year gap. (see IOTW no.414)

Showing in Jaipur…

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The Jaipur Classic Car Rally took place over the weekend of 3rd-4th February. Network member Kartik Lunia attended along with his 1930 Minor Tourer USJ 1795 the car gaining the accolade ‘Best maintained vintage car’, yet another award to add to a lengthening list. Seen here with Kartik is another sub-continental Minorist and Network member, Parth Mehd, who joined Kartik for the weekend having made the twelve-hour drive from Ahmedabad.

UX 6403 – Following in the tread marks of VG 2007…

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Following the long awaited return to roadworthiness of 1929 Minor Fabric VG 2007, when will 1930 Fabric Saloon UX 6403 appear in a similar condition? The car was discovered and purchased last May by Gareth Jerman, and its condition at that time can be seen in these images – so it’s re-appearance is not going to be anytime soon. Gareth however can count on the support and help from member’s of the Network throughout the forthcoming restoration journey.

An imminent arrival and a departure…

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While one Minor departs these shores bound for Malta, following its sale to Joseph Zerafa, another is being prepared for its rally debut following restoration. The Tony Gamble restored Semi-Sports, KJ 607, is seen here being loaded upon a transporter to begin a long road and sea journey to its new Mediterranean home. Meanwhile in the Nederlands, Fabric Saloon VG 2007 owned by Halbe Tjepkema is nearing the end of a ten year restoration journey and can be seen undergoing final preparations at the MG Workshop, Monster, in readiness for its hoped-for PWMN rally debut in June.

No test for a Minor…

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The VSCC’s New Year Driving Tests are held each January at the Brooklands Museum,  Weybridge in Surrey. The site has undergone significant change since the 2017 meeting following the reinstatement of part of the former circuit’s ‘start and finish’ straight. Clive Hamilton-Gould is seen here negotiating test 3 in his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer DG 325. Find further images from the event here.

After an Eight?

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Minor Family Eight CG 5446 is a late 1933 (34 season) Hampshire registered car that was unearthed by Network member Toby Sears last year. It is now for sale on ebay and has already attracted a maiden bid. While requiring much work to restore to a roadworthy condition this almost complete car will make for a very gratifying project to the individual ‘up’ for the task!

Taking shape…

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Over in Nuneaton, Warks Geof Wilson continues to finesse the shape of his racing Minor special, ‘Wilson’s Wasp‘. The final polystyrene body shape will be used as a mould for the metal panel work which will eventually clad the car.

Mediterranean Minor…

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Joseph Zerafa, who lives on the island of Malta has purchased Minor Semi-Sports KJ 607 from Tony Gamble. The car was completely rebuilt by Tony after he had purchased the remains of the vehicle from the late Roy Hogg many years ago. It’s hoped that the new owner might be persuaded to attend the Network’s rally this coming June.

Early Hornet discovery…

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Last June this 1931 Eustace Watkins Wolseley Hornet Special (GP 7373) was sold via an internet auction site. The photograph of the Hornet seen here was taken in its 50+ plus year resting place which looks to be a farm outbuilding. Few early CF3 versions of the Hornet survive and this one looks remarkably complete. If the new owner reads this please contact info@prewarminor.com

Planai blizzard…

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Arie and Tineke Roest are now safely at home following their exploits in the 2018 Planai Rally. Driving conditions at times were perilous as this dramatic image of their 1930 Jarvis Hornet Special clearly conveys.

Mud-plugging in a Minor…

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This Richard Connolly image shows David Rolfe’s 1930 Minor Tourer UR 7238 taking part in a VSCC trial late last year. The car’s earlier, much-modified tourer body has been replaced with an original ‘standard’ type and looks all the better for that change.

Handmade in Holland…

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A journey that began 10 years ago this month is now nearing completion. Halbe Tjepkema rescued this 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon from a Bungay barn in January 2008 four years after the cars initial discovery. VG 2007 could pass very close to its old Bungay home if the car is successfully completed in time to take part in the Network’s 2018 Pacesetters Rally which is to be based at Thorpe Abbotts, just 13 miles from Bungay.

Feel smug in a Minor Saloon…

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Using an open car at this time of year takes determination, forethought and many layers of clothing in order to brave the vagaries of the British winter. Not so the Minor Saloon owner. Warm the engine, climb aboard and within a matter of minutes, the cabin is as warm as toast. Note the evidence of this cosseting fug on the windows of Martin Gregory’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) parked-up during the course of a recent winter’s excursion to Stony Stratford, Bucks.

Alpine Hornet…

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There can’t be many, more dramatic images of a Wolseley Hornet than this one taken by Tineke Roest on 5th January. The Roest’s Jarvis Special (AM-62-91) is pictured high in the Austrian Alps, stationary on a snow-covered pass while car and crew compete in the Planai-Classic Rally.

Lancaster salute…

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Back in September 2010, the crews of the three Minors seen here visited The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby to view Avro Lancaster B MKVII NX 611 ‘, Just Jane’. The hangar doors were rolled open to permit a series of photographs to be taken of which this is just one. Currently, ‘Just Jane’ is undergoing re-commissioning work which eventually will lead to this mighty aircraft taking to the skies once again. Somewhat ironically, ‘Just Jane’ was originally constructed by Austin Motors at Longbridge, Birmingham.

Minoring into the New Year…

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A change of spark plugs has produced a dramatic improvement in performance for the Miles family owned 1932 Sports Coupe RT 8431. Seen here with ‘RT’ are father and son Bernie and Andrew Miles who gave the car a thorough shakedown on a 20 mile New Year’s Eve run.

Semi-Sporting…

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Date: Saturday 24th June 2017  Time: 2:45 PM Location: Somewhere in Leicestershire. Mike & Sue Jones crest a small humpback bridge in their 1930 Morris Minor Semi-Sports (JN 570) during the course of the Rutland Rally’s ‘long’ tour. Photo courtesy Wilson/Maeers.

And the winner is…

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The winner of the 2017 Photograph of the Year competition is this fabulous shot entered by Arie Roest from the Netherlands entitled ‘Mont Blanc view’.  The car in question is a 1930 Jarvis Hornet special. Congratulations Arie and a big thank you to all who have taken part. A list of those entries included on the Network’s 2018 calendar can be found on the website’s forum here.

Calendars can be ordered at £11.50 (13 Euro) each by emailing your requirement to info@prewarminor.com

Incontinent…

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The passage of time can be unkind, so at 76 years of age some allowances can be made for the odd accident on the driveway. The same excuses however can’t be made for 1933 Minor Saloon YG 2017‘s owner Toby Sears, seen here looking extremely youthful in 2009 and holding a Vintage Minor Register award, although almost ten years later he now can’t recollect why it was given to him?

Our rally is just six months away…

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Network rallies are not competitive in any way and are all about having fun with friends while also providing an opportunity for meeting fellow enthusiasts. Early June is (usually!) a great month for exercising almost 90-year-old machinery on roads that ideally suit our cars. To find out more visit our 2018 rally page here.

Serious rallying in a 1930 Hornet special…

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Arie Roest from the Netherlands is preparing his 1930 Wolseley Hornet Jarvis Special for the three-day Planai Classic Rally in January 2018. The car’s cockpit boasts some interesting items of equipment including a Tripmaster and an old alarm clock. (Note the similarity between this dashboard layout and that of the contemporary Morris Minor – excluding the recent add-on’s.)

A side valve Minor here in 2018?

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The news of the 31-34 S.V. Minor’s inclusion on the VSCC’s PVT list may have come too late for an example to take part at last weekend’s Winter Driving Test event at the Bicester Heritage Centre, but surely early enough for a member to enter with a SV car for the forthcoming Brooklands event on 28th January? Who is going to write this small piece of motoring history?

‘Tis the season to be jolly …

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There was an excellent turnout at the recent Home Counties section Christmas ‘jolly‘. Ten members attended while a special guest arrived on the back of a sleigh, albeit in the wrong trousers. (Photo Keith Durston)

Soon to become a familiar site?

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This 1931 Minor Two-seater BR 8606 has been a familiar sight at VSCC sporting events for many decades, this courtesy of an OHC Minor engine under the bonnet where an original SV unit should nestle. Thanks to a recent ruling by the VSCC other 1931-1934 SV Minors will now be able to compete alongside Sue Woodward and her £100’er.

The Side Valve Minor added to the VSCC’s PVT list !

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After many years of lobbying, the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) has finally agreed to add the 1931-1934 Side Valve Morris Minor to its list of Post Vintage Thoroughbred (PVT) cars. This means that the S.V. Minor can now compete in VSCC events alongside its thirties adversary, the Austin Seven. There are further important ramifications for the model to be considered by owners which will no doubt be discussed on this website’s forum.

Mapping it out…

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It is possible to get lost on a rally. The majority of rallyists have done so at one time or another. In the resulting confusion drivers tend to blame navigators and vice versa, all of which invariably leads to a heightening of blood pressures and sharp words. A map isn’t a cure-all but it will get you home. Ordnance Survey can now provide Custom-made maps, tailored to cover precisely the area you need.

High flying Hornet…

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Arie Roest makes good use of his 1930 Jarvis Hornet special, taking part in a number of long distance ‘classic’ rallies while also using his car for his summer holiday transport. This photo of Arie and canine passenger was taken on the Col du Galibier in the French Alps at a height of 9324 feet earlier this year. Arie and his wife along with their Hornet are entered for the Planai Classic Rally in Austria on January 18th of which more here.

Wilson’s Wasp continues to take shape…

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The former 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon MM 9326, which later in life adopted a Tourer body, has now acquired a polystyrene tub which is due to act as a template for a new aluminium sporting body to be constructed by current owner, Geof Wilson. The  coffee cup to be seen on the bonnet is not part of the intended design which shares some characteristics with the White Minor Skinner Special and is all the better for that.

Off to the paint shop…

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Mike Summers from Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk first bought 1932 Minor Two-seater OJ 1865 back in the mid-sixties, keeping the car for fifteen years. He then sold it at the end of the seventies and forgot about it until 2012. After deciding that he wanted a back-up to his 1931 SV Minor Saloon he tracked down OJ 1865 in Scotland and managed to persuade the owner to sell it to him. The car has been subject to a long-term re-commissioning program in preparation for a debut (hopefully) at the 2018 PWMN Rally at Thorpe Abbotts. It’s seen here just prior to delivery to a local paint shop where it’s due to receive several coats of fresh paint.

Ireland’s new Minor…

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Joe Rayner, who lives in the Republic of Ireland has recently taken delivery of UN 4838, a 1932 Minor Two-seater following its sale via the Vintage Petrol Pump Company in Yorkshire. It’s seen here ascending a steep driveway at its new home in the Irish hills.

Airlander in trouble again…

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The world’s largest airship has suffered a further mishap while moored at its Cardington, Bedfordshire base. Trevor Wilkinson spotted the crumpled gas bag while out for a ‘run’ in his 1934 Minor Two-seater. The craft, colloquially know as ‘The flying bum’ was involved in two earlier incidents in 2013 and 2016.

What is it with these Orstins?

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Members can now view a new page upon which it’s possible to take a closer look at the Minor’s most formidable competitor – the Austin Seven. The four galleries contain almost 100 images collected from differing sources, including the LAT Images archive and from a collection of period snapshots.

Somewhere in Sri-Lanka…

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Here is a tantalising glimpse of 1932 Minor Tourer SV 14881. The car is located ‘…somewhere on the island of Sri-Lanka‘, the jewel that nestles in the Indian Ocean just below the tip of the sub-continent. Parked alongside the Minor is a 125 cc BSA Bantam carrying a 1940’s Gateshead registration. Intriguingly, nothing more is known about either vehicle.

Pacesetters Rally update…

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There remain a limited number of available spaces on the Network’s 2018 Rally which is being held in the north-eastern corner of Suffolk next June. To find out more visit the rally page here. (Photo: Maeers/Wilson)

Minor art …

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Kevin Walsh is an accomplished transport artist and illustrator, his work appearing on Christmas cards, jigsaw puzzles and metal signs. Among his hundreds of transport themed scenes the Minor features at least once as can be seen in this thirties tableau of the Flying Scotsman and a hybrid GPO van. A further two of his paintings feature MG ‘M’ Type Midgets. Thanks to John and Jo Nagle for spotting this.

Less is more…

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This most recent image of Tony Gamble’s 1930 Minor Arrow ‘special’  looks, on-the-face of-it, as if this project has gone into reverse. A previous update showed the car with its Garry Waiting built Arrow body in place. However, that temporary fitting was simply a test to establish clearances etc. Since then genuine progress has been made with the sourcing of a bronze SU carburetter and the fabrication of a one-gallon sump.  Therefore, the engine is now very close to running once again after an interval of four years.

A summer memory…

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With winter just around the corner, this Arthur Bell shot of his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9069 provides a reminder of the summer recently past by perfectly capturing an August dawn. The composition skill of the photographer and his use of the early morning light combine to produce a surreal impressionist painting effect.

Rally latest – Another venue added…

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The Swan Inn, Hoxne will host both the Friday and Sunday evening pub-meets at the Network’s rally, next June. The recently renovated 15th century coaching inn has  a 40 seat restaurant and a large car park. The Network last visited The Swan in 2010 where three Austin Sevens, two Minors and an Aston Martin ‘Le Mans’ can be seen in this photo taken at the time.

Epsom thoroughbreds…

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The recent Morris Register Epsom noggin was a well-attended affair with ten cars and their crews parked up on the downs adjacent to the race course. Network attendees included Kenneth Allen, John Emmett and Alister Reid who brought along his ‘Bullnose’ and what may have been coffee in his flask.

Almost POTY time…

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It’s time to begin thinking about your entry for the 2017 PWMN Photograph of the year competition. Start combing your computer’s photo folders for an image of your car that catches the eye or just take to the road and find a suitable backdrop to show off your car’s best features! Competition entries will be accepted from 1st December onward. This memorable photo was taken by Ken Martin on the 2013 ‘White Horse’ Rally and features the 1933 Minor Two-seater OJ 4733, currently owned by David Hockley in Cambs.

Rallying…

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Pictured here entering the car park of The Noel Inn, Whitwell are Charles Crisp and Rachel Miles in the Crisp owned 1934 Minor Two-seater (AXV 51). The photo was taken during the the course of the Network’s 2017 Rally in Rutland. The clubs 2018  rally will be based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and will take place over the weekend of  8th-10th June. A rally entry form will be published shortly.

New Minor racer mock-up…

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Geof Wilson is in the process of designing a period racing body for his 1929 Minor chassis. (MM 9326) He has reached the stage of mocking-up the body shape in polystyrene and will now finesse this into the final design before committing to the shaping of metal.

Another Holden bodied Minor surfaces…

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Located in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla this 1934 lwb Minor Tourer is a rare survivor of its type. Imported by York Motors in Sydney in 1934 and bodied by Holden this is only the second of its kind recorded by this website. The car was originally painted blue and was owned by a proprietor of an ESSO service station in Sydney for 32 years from 1936 until 1968. More about this car here.

Not an MG…

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While the Austin Motor Company developed their Seven for racing and other competitive work, William Morris refrained from sporting sponsorship of Morris cars, leaving that to a business he personally owned, The MG Car Company. However, there were Morris products that were used in competition, the Minor in particular winning many awards when entered by their owners. In this image Alistair Bond rounds ‘Pardon’ in his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) at the Bugatti Owner’s Club Prescott hill-climb venue, the photo redolent of that period when privateer Minor owners tested their cars and themselves in competition.

Rare survivor – available to buy…

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An extremely rare 1934 lwb Holden bodied Minor Coupe is currently for sale in Australia. One of just two known survivors, this historic car will reward its restorer with its handsome period looks. Further detail can be found on the website’s Discussion Forum here.

Rain stopped play…

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Awful autumnal weather played a part in the poor attendance at the Network’s Far-Eastern pub meet on 1st October with some members using their modern’s to get to Wortham. Nonetheless, a good time was had by those who did brave the conditions.

Ulster Minor Special…

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This photo was taken on 1st June 2013 at the Ulster Riley Club’s Cultra Hillclimb event.  The Robert Andrews owned SV 1933 Minor Special is being piloted by noted motoring artist Debra Wenlock. Examples of her work can be found on her website here.

Use the archive…

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It’s easy to forget that access remains available to the old website and all that it contains, including many of the front page stories dating back to 2008. The site operates on an Adobe Flash platform and requires users to download Flash Player to view the website properly. The site continues to accept new members despite its archive status. Find it here or through the link further down this page.

Thirties design icons…

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Dan Brockway from Marnhull, Dorset is selling his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6146). It’s pictured here parked alongside a 1935 Gilbert-Scott K6 telephone kiosk, a design icon from the period. Further details on Dan’s car can be found on our Discussion Forum here.

Morris Motors, Cowley 1929…

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Thanks to the British Film Institute archive, moving images of Morris Minor production at Cowley from 1929 can still be viewed. A 21 minute silent film shows many of the steps in the production process and features the 1929 season Minor Fabric Saloon model. This still image from the film shows a body in the process of being covered in wadding followed by the car’s fabric outer skin. The complete film can be viewed here.

The Minor as an educational tool…

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A Minor owning head teacher at a primary school has made use of his 1934 Minor Saloon (AUF 921) as an illustrative aid for a social history project. The car is seen here in the school’s entrance hall along with other artefacts from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Rovers return…

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After an absence of eight years the PWMN Rally is set to return to its first ever venue – The 100th Bomb Group Museum at Thorpe Abbotts, South Norfolk. The museum’s management team and the landowner have kindly agreed to our request to use the venue as our rally HQ over the weekend of 8th-10th June 2018. Further details will be published here in October. (This photo was taken from the roof of the watch/control tower over a July weekend in 2008)

‘RT’ goes all ‘arty’…

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RT 8431 a 1932  Minor Sports Coupe has been in the custodianship of the Miles family of Mendlesham, Suffolk for almost three decades, having been restored by Andrew Miles seven years ago. The car was recently the star of a photoshoot for Timeline Events, one such image being seen above. (Image copyright: Timeline Events)

Picked-up in France…

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After spending almost ten years in France new owner Paul Smith has repatriated 1930 Minor pick-up KR 2817. The vehicle is now running once again and is about to undergo further refurbishment, including a ‘paint job’.

What the…

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The recent Home Counties crew meet-up at the Seven Stars, Leigh, Surrey attracted a record attendance despite the dismal weather. While the gathered throng were posing in front of Philip Butland‘s camera lens a strong gust of wind caught kilt wearing Alister Reid unawares…

Out and about…

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For many, the end of the northern hemisphere driving season is just a few weeks away. If you are out and about in your Minor, Midget or Hornet in the coming weeks please don’t forget to take some images for potential publication on this website.

A new forum…

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This website’s forum has a new unfamiliar format. However, once access has been gained (go to trhc of forum homepage and click ‘Log-in’) all the usual sub-forums are available on the index page. Follow this link and dip your toes in …

Hants ‘lean-to’ find…

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Toby Sears has unearthed this 1933 lwb Minor Family Eight CG 5446 discovered in a metal ‘lean-to’ in Lymington, Hants. Although in need of complete restoration the car is largely complete and is being offered for sale at £700. Full details can be found on this website’s forum.

Not quite an escapee…

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Just a few days ago this website was bemoaning the potential loss of another Minor to obscurity following the sale at auction of AGP 288 last March. Fortunately the car’s whereabouts is now known thanks to Brittany resident and Minor special owner Philippe Prigent who confirms that the 1932 Two-seater is now in the hands of his friend, Roger Appere, who also lives locally to him. Roger has now joined this website’s forum, where hopefully the cars progress back to eventual road worthiness can now be followed.

Minorists but no Minors…

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Seen here are Alister Reid and 1934 Minor Tourer owner Malcolm Bailey, both of whom attended a recently established Morris Register ‘noggin’ adjacent to the famous race course on Epsom Downs. Despite a better than expected turn-out there is not a Minor to be seen in this shot!

One that got away…

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We missed this one! Hardly surprising in that 1933 Minor Two-seater project (AGP 288) was listed alongside several hundred fine art paintings at the March 2nd 2017 auction run by Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire. The Minor sold for £2200 plus fees. Where is it now?

Refueled & reinvigorated…

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Kenneth Allen has owned his 1934 Minor Saloon for almost four years but has been unable to use DG 8657 for a large part of the intervening period. Thankfully the traumas of that time are now behind both car and owner and ‘DouG‘ has once again taken to the streets of Surrey.

A rare opportunity…

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Surviving Minor Tourers are few in number and are usually snapped up by prospective buyers whenever they (infrequently) appear for sale, which makes the simultaneous availability of two such cars a very unusual and opportune occurence for those in the market for a Minor Tourer model. To find out more about the two cars shown above, visit this website’s forum here.

Mid-thirties perhaps..?

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Dan Brockway captured this tranquil Dorset village scene through the lens of his smartphone recently. Dan’s 1932 Minor Saloon MV 6416, together with his father’s Morris Eight Tourer are both seen parked at the kerbside in this picturesque image.

A Minor trip from Norfolk to Scotland & back – in 30 hours!

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Arthur Bell from Wymondham, Norfolk had a Belleville washer that was required by fellow Minor enthusiast Peter Brock, a resident of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In order to save on postage Arthur decided to deliver the item in person and drove to Newcastle in his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9059. Not content with that, he then drove on to the Scottish border for a photo opportunity, prior to returning to Wymondham, thirty hours after his departure, while covering 600 miles in the process. (Photos Peter Brock & Arthur Bell)

New Hornet Specials page launching soon…

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This great photo of Arie Roest’s 1930 Jarvis Hornet special (AM-62-91) is a precursor to the launch of a new page celebrating the amazing variety of Hornet specials that were built from the summer of 1930 to the end of the 12 HP engine era. The page contains over 100 Hornet special images, many of them recently unearthed from a photographic archive.

More Thoresby…

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Thoresby Sunday 6th August: Roger Lucke & Alan Thompson examine the history file pertaining to the almost pristine 1932 Cunard Calshot Minor special  MU 5741, which belongs to Ian Harris.

2017 Morris Register Rally…

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Thoresby Park, Notts Sunday 6th August: A line-up of nine Minors make for an impressive display with Tony Gamble‘s recently completed 1930 Semi-Sports (KJ 607) at its show debut, in pride of place. More to follow on this event on the website’s forum.

Take off…

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This image, which was taken on the perimeter track of a former WWII airfield in 2010, features the Toby Sears owned 1932 Minor Two-seater  PJ 5155 travelling at considerable speed (42 mph).

Moths & Minors …

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Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire was the venue for the DeHavilland Moth Club’s ‘Gathering of Moths’ on Sunday 30th July. Four Minors attended, those of messrs Wilkinson, Ovenden, Harris and Gregory, the bonnet of the latter’s car being visible in this photo, with a DH87b Hornet Moth G-AELO in the background. (Image Martin Gregory)

A very quick Midget…

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The recent Pre-war Prescott event was supported by a good turn-out of M Type Midgets. Here, Frank Ashley‘s heavily breathed-upon M Type (PG 1045)  heads toward Ettore’s bend with Minor stalwart Simon Hodgins on board.

Metamorphosis…

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In 2008 this 1931 Minor Saloon (VG 3260) was rescued by a former Network member. Today the car is being offered for sale on the Car and Classic website as a CMS Minor Special replica. Further detials can be found on the website’s Discussion Forum. (To view either image in its entirety just drag the ‘pointers’.)

Taking shape…

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Tony Gamble’s Arrow Minor Special project is now making significant progress as can be seen by this very recent image of the car. More images of Tony’s car can be viewed on the forum.

Friends re-united

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In the early nineties Colin Lambert found and re-built, over a four-year period, one of only five known surviving Double Twelve 8/45 MG Midgets. Over the next ten years he competed extensively in GG 3340 until he hung up his driving gloves and sold the car to Henri de Jong in the Netherlands. Pre-war Prescott was the venue for a happy and unexpected reunion with the car, seen here being driven by Cathelijne Spoelstra, with the surprised ex-owner standing alongside.

Psst! An honorary Minor – and it’s an Orstin…

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Mike Taylor from Cambridge has owned his 1927 Austin Twelve for many years and has attended all but one of the Network’s rallies. His car is such a familiar sight at our gatherings that it has been bestowed with ‘Honorary Minor’ status, a huge accolade for a Longbridge product. Mike and his car will always be welcome whenever pre-war Minors gather. (The Nevill Inn car park 24th June – image Chris Lambert)

Which one is yours?

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Avril Ovenden and Bernie Miles share a joke in The Nevill Arms car park during the evening of Friday 23rd June while attending the 2017 Network rally. The line of Minor bonnets and radiators makes for an impressive sight.

An alternative view…

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There are few prettier vintage car rear-ends than that of Philip Butland’s 1930 Minor CMS Super Sports special (UY 8391).  This image was taken in the car park of The Nevill Inn, Medbourne, Leics on the morning of Sunday 25th June. (Photo: Norma Lambert)

Grab a bargain …

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Network member Toby Sears is selling his 1932 (’33 season) Minor Saloon YG 2017. The car has been known to the club for nine years and has attended many rallies and pub meets. Full ebay details can be found here.

Finally finished!

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Thanks to the efforts of Tony Gamble this original Kent registered 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (KJ 607) has now joined the small band of road going OHC Two-seaters. Tony writes: I would like you to dedicate this image to the memory of the late Roy Hogg who initiated the project way back in the mists of time, ” I hope you like it Roy. Sorry it has taken so long !” Tony goes on to add: Many thanks to lots of people who have helped along the way , especially Garry Waiting.

 

A new home soon?

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Despite the 5 cwt van being produced in greater numbers than all Minor variants bar the saloon cars, very few of these workhorses survive today. This 1934 ‘Eddyfree’ version has been in storage for some time but could be about to find a new home – let’s hope so.

The eyes have it …

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Rally host (or should that be hostess?) Janie Maeers acknowledges the photographer while driver Geof Wilson uses the rear view mirror of 1929 Minor Tourer  VJ 1756 (Prudence) to keep an eye on procedings. This photograph was taken on the Saturday leg of last weekend’s PWMN Rutland Rally by Kate Martin.

Official Rally Photo…

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The start of the Saturday tour is usually the point at which the official rally photograph is taken. That tradition was continued at last weekend’s event as can be seen here. The venue is the roadside car park at The Nevill Inn, Medbourne. (Kate Martin Image)

Rally gallery page open…

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A gallery containing images contributed by various rally attendees is now available to view here. This shot was taken on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the long tour and shows the 1929 Minor Tourer owned by John Paternoster tangling with Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater on the B664 outside The Nevill Arms at Medbourne. (Image Chris Lambert)

A Rutland gem…

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This image of Philip Butland’s 1930 CMS Super Sports was taken  as it passed through the beautiful Rutland countryside during the course of the Network’s rally weekend.

Rutland overrun by Minors…

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Tim Ovenden collects the toll for acting as gatekeeper during the course of Saturday’s tour, part of the Network’s successful rally weekend. (Image Janie Maeers) More images will be uploaded to a rally gallery shortly.

Rally build-up III

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This shot was taken at the Network’s 2016 rally in Dorset on the evening of Friday 3rd June. The car park of The Crown Inn, Marnhull saw a large gathering of the Minor clan, together with an honorary Minor, Mike Taylor’s Austin Twelve.