Rallying – A reminder…

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After last year’s covid hiatus it’s worth reminding ourselves why rallying is such fun. Not only do we get to drive our ninety year old vehicles on roads ideally suited to them while viewing some stunning countryside, we also get to meet-up once again with friends we haven’t seen for a while. This image was taken at the 2014 Network rally which was based in Cavendish, Suffolk. Here, cars and crews are seen assembling and socialising in an orchard immediately prior to setting off for the commencement of the Saturday tour. Please note that the 2021 Pre-war Minor Network Rally has been rescheduled and is now due to take place over the weekend of 9th-11th July. It’s not too late to join us – more information and a booking form are available here.

Rally date change…

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Unfortunately, the enduring effects of the coronavrus pandemic has led to the enforced postponement of the Network’s annual rally for a second successive year. The very good news is that it was only necessary to move the rally weekend back by one month, the new dates being 9th – 11th July 2021. Those of you who have confirmed entries will receive an email from rally host Tony Adlard shortly, while those wishing to join us can do so by using the booking form on the the rally page here.

Historically important …

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Stuart Cooke is the current custodian of the McEvoy Minor prototype  (SV7012 – RC 300). This famous Minor has led a chequered post war life, with large gaps in its history. Having been seperated from its original registration, the car is currently registered at the DVLA as 7360 TU and is slowly being restored by Stuart. A ‘Minor Musings‘ article featuring the car is due to appear in the March 2021 edition of Morris Monthly.

Semi-Sporting trio…

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The Sammy Miller Museum in the New Forest, Hants played host to the Network’s 2012 Forester Rally. Here, the Garry Waiting owned Semi-Sports replica heads up a trio of similarly bodied cars all awaiting the signal for the ‘off’ at the start of the Sunday morning coastal tour. Mike Taylor‘s Austin Heavy Twelve can be seen in the background as can John Paternoster‘s Minor Tourer.

Swiss seasonal contrasts

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Gerhard Wedenig, a Swiss resident, owns this 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (AG 128 827). The two images above were taken in the same vineyard at contrasting times of the year, the constants being the beautiful setting and his magnificent Minor!

A Two-seater family car…

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Phil Parry-Jones has owned BG 1915, his 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater, for fifty years. Despite the car’s diminutive size, his wife and two-children used the Minor as holiday transport back in the seventies. After a long lay-off, and having acquired an earlier radiator and wings along the way,  the car is now once again roadworthy as can be seen above (left).

Memorials…

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Featuring here for the second time in just a few days is 1930 Morris Minor CMS Super Sport special (UY 8391).  It’s restoration now complete, the car was taking part in the July 2008 VMR Rally, the Saturday tour route taking-in a number of the numerous WWII airfield memorials located in Norfolk and Suffolk. This memorial, to be found at Knettishall, Suffolk honoured those who had lost their lives while serving with the 388 Bomb Group of the USAAF and were based at the adjacent airfield. This photo was taken by Roger Lucke who at that time was the car’s custodian.

What are the prospects…?

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The pandemic has caused the wholesale postponement or cancellation of complete programs of motor sporting events. The Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) has been particularly hard-hit with just a handful of the scheduled events being able to take place in 2020, while the immediate prospects for 2021 are looking little better. One of the first casualties of this calendar year was the traditional year-start Brooklands Driving Tests, which was due to be held on Sunday 31st January, although hope remains that it could still be rescheduled for later in the year. Here, Clive Hamilton-Gould manhandles his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325) on a part of the former racing circuit’s Start and Finish Straight at the January 2016 running of this event.

Harry makes the Express…

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The late Harry Edwards was something of a legend in the pre-war Morris world and come to that, remains so. This photo of the ex-Morris Register historian appeared in the Auto Express magazine in 1990. His 1930 CMS Minor Special (UY 8391) was eventually finished and sold at auction to Network member Roger Lucke around the turn of the millenium. It has subsequently found a home in the Butland family on the English south coast. (Image courtesy of Toby Sears)

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