Summer Saloons…

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During a summer when very little vintage motoring is taking place across the country, two Network members not only ventured forth onto the highways and by-ways, they remembered to take a camera with them! So thank you to the custodians of the saloons featured here, Dan Brockway (MV 6416) and Peter Brock (AAO 463). Dan described his trip into the beautiful Dorset countryside as a ‘plod’, while Peter’s Four-door Saloon is seen parked up outside his country retreat at Jesmond Dene.

Surviving…

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This set of black & white and colour images were taken some forty years apart and perfectly illustrate the transition many of our cars undergo to arrive as survivors in the third decade of the 21st century. The 1932 McEvoy Minor Special (VK 6518) in question is currently owned by Sarah Gibson and has undergone a comprehensive rebuild while in her hands and is now an outstanding example of the model, which owes its form to the design skills of the Jensen brothers. Some forty years earlier the car was acquired by long-term Morris enthusiast David Saunders who found it in the 1960’s in the condition seen in the two b&w shots.

Socialising…

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This photograph was found on the 100th Bomb Group Museum‘s Twitter feed and was taken by the museum’s curator on Saturday 9th June 2018. It depicts those entered for the 2018 PWMN Rally lined up alongside their cars immediately prior to the start of the Saturday tour. They are posing for the rally photo which, as is customary, is being taken by Kate Martin on the roof of the control tower, or as the Americans call it, the watchtower. (Photo courtesy of the 100th Bomb Group Museum)

Bawdsey Minor trio…

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On a very windy September day in 2011 a group of friends assembled with their Minors in the far east of Suffolk at Bawdsey, the intention being to visit the site of the secret WWII radar station housed in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor. For reasons that are now lost in the mist of time, the radar station visit didn’t take place but a march along the adjoining shingle beach cleared the previous night’s hangovers for all six concerned.

Reg Gammon artist 1894-1997

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Reg Gammon was used as an illustrator by the Morris Owner magazine through the late nineteen twenties and into the thirties. He also worked for Temple Press, publishers of both the Light Car and Motor magazines throughout this same period. It’s no surprise to find that his talents were highly prized by these publications as his representations of cars, people and places are simple, yet skillfully applied. His obituary here makes for a very interesting read.

The view ahead…

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Two ‘saloonists’ have been taking advantage of the summer weather and the further easing of lockdown as a little needed excuse to exercise their cars. The top photo was taken by Tilly Yates, while husband Peter drove their 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) home as dusk was falling upon the Leicestershire countryside. Below, Ken Martin didn’t need to drive far to be deep in the Wiltshire downs, where he took this photo from the cabin of his 1930 Minor Saloon (VX 4590).

A little more normality…

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Slowly but surely some vintage motoring activities are returning. The Home Counties Section exercised three of their cars, meeting up on the downs at Epsom on Sunday, while other members simply took to the byways (OK, driveway in one case) for some high summer meandering around the lanes, keeping at least two-metres apart from other road users.

Attending church…

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Many Networkers have been secretly praying for a return to something approaching normality following the massive disruptive effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Alan Taylor also sought divine intervention and made use of his beautiful 1932 Cunard Calshot whilst convening with his deity recently.

Around the Edge 2015

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It’s amazing to think that it was five years ago that many Networkers (both past and present) took part in the Around The Edge Challenge. The aim was to circumnavigate England’s borders raising money for macmillan and other charities. The event took part in the spring of that year and here Avril and Tim Ovenden were photographed entering Winchelsea in their 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (KJ 3553) on a cold March morning.

The Minor – Seven challenge July 2014

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Almost six years ago, the Network in conjunction with the Pre-war Austin Seven Club and The Automobile magazine organised The Minor – Seven Challenge. The event took place at the 100th Bomb Group’s Museum at Thorpe Abbotts,  Norfolk and took the form of a series of driving tests in which motoring journalist Matthew Bell thoroughly exercised an Austin Seven and a Morris Minor on the former WWII airfield. In this photo Matthew reverses the Austin Seven around a series of cones, with the photographer including Janie Maeers 1932 Minor Tourer (OY 3270) in the foreground. The resulting article appeared in the November 2014 edition of the magazine.