Both the New Forest, Hants and the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex have vast tracts of heathland within their borders that don’t resemble forests at all. Seen here, in this spring 2015 photo, set against the beautiful background of the Ashdown Forest is Philip Butland’s Morris Minor CMS Super Sports (UY 8391) reminding us that spring is just around the corner (we hope!). (Photo: P. Butland)
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The Network’s fourteenth rally will be based upon Chard in Somerset, England and is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 7th-9th June 2024. Chris and Sue Hipwood, our rally hosts, have put together a full program of activities including our traditional Saturday and Sunday tours. These will take in a meander through the world renowned Somerset Levels and the outstanding Blackdown Hills. An entry form can be found here, while an accommodation list is here. It should be noted that all of the rally’s social gatherings will be taking place at The Hornsbury Mill where accommodation is also available. If you are intending to stay at the mill, then it is advisable to book early and specifically quote the Minor Rally when doing so. There are just 30 rally entry slots available, so to avoid disappointment please get your entry form in quickly.
Almost exactly eight years ago (January 2016) the Network acquired two images of VO 8093, a 1932 Nottingham registered Morris Minor Saloon. They were published as I(s)OTW no. 324 both being taken at a camp site in Bridlington in 1933. Late last year (November 2023) a further cache of Minor images were acquired, among them was this uncaptioned holiday snapshot of the same Minor. Clearly taken on the same camping holiday, all three images have now been reunited in the Network’s archive.
The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.
This photo of MG P Type Midget (MG 5000) was taken on a beautiful spring day (31st March 1934) during the running of that year’s MCC London-Land’s End Trial. With H.G. Symmons at the wheel the P Type was photographed crossing a ford on an observed section deep in the West Country. ‘Cowbourne’ records that car and driver did not feature in the awards at that event. (LATplate c2882 – Courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Morris Register Merchandise:
The third (fully revised and updated) edition of the John Nagle compiled handbook The Complete Morris Minor is now available to purchase from the Morris Register Spares store HERE.
Priced at £19.47 + Postage & Packing (Rest of world p&p prices also available upon request.)
The 2024 edition of the Pre-war Minor Network calendar, featuring memorable images from all 13 annual rallies held to date is now in stock. The calendar is available in two versions, these being: Standard size A4 per page, and: Extra large A3 per page. Prices including U.K. postage & packing are A4 £14.40, and A3 £15.49. To order, email email@example.com providing your postal address details. Payment via PayPal is preferred although other payment options are available upon request.