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A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor

It’s The Lakes & Dales for ’25 …

By Headline News

Exciting news, the Network’s fifteenth annual rally is planned to take place between the 15th and 17th June 2025 based upon Crooklands in the county of Cumbria and hosted by Garry and Marilyn Waiting. The Lakes and Dales Rally has two planned tours which will take in some of country’s most spectacular scenary and will include a climb over Shap Fell (see photo). Further details will be published shortly.

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2024 Event Galleries Page Updated

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Get-you-home dodges Part 1 added

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Join us for the Network’s 2025 Rally

By Current Events

The Pre-war Minor Network’s 2025 Annual Rally is to be hosted by Garry & Marilyn Waiting in the magnificent county of Cumbria. The Lakes & Dales Rally will be based upon the Crooklands Hotel, near Kendal and will be held over the three days Sunday 15th – Tuesday 17th June. The change from our traditional Friday to Sunday format was necessary as hotel availability over our preferred period was severely restricted. The rally dinner will take place on the evening of Monday 16th June at the hotel. Also available are Motorhome and Camping facilities:  There are two sites very close to the hotel. Little Acre Holiday Park which is situated across the road from the hotel beside the canal, or Waters Edge Caravan Park which is a very short walk down the road. There are also plenty of B&B properties available to rent in and around Kendal and very close to our base.
The two planned tours will take in some spectacular views across the Lake District National Park and will include visits to Shap Fell, Ullswater, The Eden Valley, Kirkstone Pass, Lake Windemere, Bowness, Kirby Lonsdale, Dent Station (on the Settle-Carlisle line) and Sedbergh.
This is the Network’s 15th rally, although our first in the North of England, and will provide those Minorists who live in the northern counties an opportunity to meet-up with some of their southern counterparts and take part in what promises to be a memorable event.

IOTW no.740

By IOTW

The following text and image were found on the Northern Echo’s website where Ralph Davison tells of his very first car.

My first car was a 1931 Morris Minor with the registration VK 4243.

I was an 18-year-old apprentice motor mechanic at Minories in Chestnut Street in about 1953, and I bought this car from a workmate. It had an aluminium body, was two-tone blue and grey, had wooden floorboards and the petrol tank was in the car and you had to open the bonnet to fill it. A petrol tap was near your foot to turn it onto the reserve setting. It had spoked wheels and I fitted whitewall tyres and chrome hub caps onto the wheels. The prop shaft had canvas couplings. It was an eye-catching little car and I enjoyed driving it. (Ralph Davison)

 

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Triple M Corner no.338

By Triple M corner

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.

The 1933 running of the Brighton & Hove Motor Club’s Brigton-Beer Trial took place on the 25th June. Seen here on one of the six observed hills is J.H. Freeman‘s supercharged MG J3 Midget (UF 9995). It was a good day for Freeman who went on to collect a First Class Award. (LATplate C956 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 £20.25 + Postage & Packing (Rest of world p&p prices also available upon request.)

Network Merchandise: 

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 chris@prewarminor.com providing your postal address details. Payment via PayPal is preferred although other payment options are available upon request.

FAR EASTERN 2024 planned events

Sadly, the scheduled monthly summer noggins that were to be held at the Cross Keys Inn, Redgrave, Suffolk have all been cancelled due to a lack of support. The annual October ‘Far Eastern’ meeting remains on the calendar and is scheduled to take place as detailed below:

  • Sunday, October 6th Autumn Pub Meet and short tour Cross Keys, Redgrave from 11:00 AM
  • All pre-war cars and occupants are welcome.
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