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A new home for BPB 357…

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Having gone to ground for almost five years, 1934 Minor Two-seater BPB 357, the car previously owned by former member Andrew Batey, has resurfaced. Its new custodian Paul Ellis, lives not too far from the car’s birthplace and will hopefully be seen out and about in his very recent acquisition shortly. Congratulations Paul!

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A cork free fuel tap for the MG M Type

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Leaking fuel taps are a perennial discussion point on this website's Discussion Forum. The leaks are primarilly caused by the tap's cork washers either perishing or disintegrating after drying out.…

A 1934 Hobday’s catalogue extract featuring ‘Horns’.

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The Hobdays Motor Catalogue was the chosen source of  generic and specialist car parts for countless garages and motor factors throughout the first fifty years of the last century. This…

1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance

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The 1932 Eastbourne Concours d'Elegance event was dominated by the presence of Wolseley Hornets, MG Midgets and to a lesser degree, Morris Minor specials. The Hornets and Midgets featured heavily…

Gearbox oil filler and dipstick

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Checking the oil level in the Minor gearbox is a time consuming operation for what is in essence a very simple task. David Gardiner has devised a simple adaptor that…

PWMN annual rally

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The 2020/2021 'Marches' Rally - Titley, Herefordshire

Be part of a great weekend!

The Network’s 11th annual rally is to be held in the spectacular border country known as the Welsh Marches – For more information and entry details visit the rally webpage here.

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Wolseley Hornet Saloon

The launch of the Wolseley Hornet in April 1930 was a huge event at the time. The intense public and media interest was not due to the cars appearance as its body was already a familar site and shared with the Morris Minor, the Morris product having been launched some 18 months previously. No, this  excitement was due to the compact 1271 cc, six-cylinder OHC engine designed for this model. This ‘head-on’ LAT photoscan view does reveal the narrow track it shared with the Minor but not its elongated bonnet, under which sat the extended Minor engine. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images) 

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Triple M corner no.161

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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.

During the 1950’s and early 60’s Sunday lunchtime on the BBC’s Light Programme featured a 30 minute music hall spot entitled the ‘Billy Cotton Band Show’.  The band’s popularity went back to the late twenties and continued thereafter, although in the thirties Billy Cotton’s skill behind the wheel of racing cars threatened to eclipse his light entertainment career. This photo of Cotton was taken on 4th July 1936 where he is seen seated behind the wheel of his supercharged MG awaiting the start of a race at Donington Park. (LATplate C9389 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Network merchandise…

Club badges:

A further batch of  high quality enameled club badges are now available. Priced at £24.00 U.K. and £25.00 European Union (p&p included)

Rest of world p&p prices available upon request. Order via email to