It could be argued that Britain’s canal system sparked the nation’s industrial revolution. Droitwich Barge Canal was part of that process, being opened in 1771 and providing a link from the salt producing spa town of Droitwich to the River Severn and eventually the sea. Just about 160 years later, Jonathan Barwick’s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (RSJ 615) left the Morris works at Cowley, toward the tail-end of that industrial period. This photo was taken at Ladywood Lock, one of eight such constructions on the 5.7 mile long canal.
Ian and Judith Judd recently completed a 500 mile+ trip in their 1930 MG Midget (MG 703) travelling from their home in Leeds to Dorset, via a stop-over in Gloucestershire for the Pre-war Prescott event, before returning to Yorkshire just a couple of days later. Ian is a long-term advocate of the comfort afforded by Moseley Float-on-air seat cushions, although he did complain that by the end of the journey the car seemed narrower than he remembered! The fully laden Midget is seen here parked-up in Cirencester, Glos.
Joe Rayner has an eye for a photo. This time it is a water mill at Castlegrace in South Tipperary with the Great Sugar Loaf (501 metres) in the Wicklow Mountains appearing as it it were a roof extension above the mill owner’s property. ZV 83581, Joe’s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater is seen in the foreground.
The venue for the Network’s 2022 rally has been finalised. It will be based upon Suffolk’s only fully functional water mill at Pakenham from where both the Saturday and Sunday tours will commence. The rally is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 10th-12th June. Further details will be published as they become available.
The pandemic has meant that using pre-war cars over the past 18 months was either banned entirely or frowned upon for the engagement in such a trivial pursuit at a time of national crisis. Trivial it may be, but the mental health benefits gleaned by meeting old friends and being out in the countryside cannot be underestimated. Here, a small possee of pre-war cars and their crews are seen outside of the USAAF 453rd Bombardment Group Museum at Old Buckenham, Norfolk following a Networkers’ pub meet run-out.
Hats and old cars are almost as closely associated as strawberries and cream in the English psyche. When you add a dash of late summer sunshine and a hill to climb the inevitable result can be seen in the face of this passenger seated in John Haine’s 1932 MG M Type (OY 1548), as seen at Pre-war Prescott recently.
The hobby of pre-war motoring is for the most part, great fun. Many gain the greatest pleasure from wielding spanners and oil cans while for others the simple act of driving these pieces of motoring history produces the broadest grins. These images, one taken at the recent Pre-war Prescott event and the other at the Far Eastern pub meet fall into the latter category where grins were ten-a-penny.