The Pre-War Minor Network

A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor

Vintage motoring in December…

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There is something akin to a rivalry between owners of open and closed cars, each expounding the virtues of one type over the other, given the opportunity. However, there can be little doubt that when the temperature sits just a few degrees above freezing and there is the prospect of rain, or even snow in the air, the saloon car wins hands down! Here, Ken Martin‘s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590) was photographed in such conditions, the photographer safe in the knowledge that when he re-enters the cabin the heat generated by the engine will soon warm him up! (Photo: Ken Martin)

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1954 Practicle Motorist item added…

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Over the months of November and December 1954 the Practical Motorist and Motor Cyclist published a four-page article in two installment entitled 'Overhauling the Morris Minor & Eight'. It was…

2019 POTY competition…

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An appeal. To date we have entries from just 10 individuals to our annual POTY competition. I'm of course aware that it's early days and that there is plenty of…

2019 Photograph of the Year competition

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A final reminder: Entry opens to the 2019 POTY competition on Monday 4th November. A photo of your car, or your favourite image of someone else's Minor, Midget or Hornet…

2019 Photograph of the Year page launched…

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The 2019 POTY page is now live and can be viewed here:

PWMN annual rally

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The 2020 '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.

IOTW no.505


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PN 7459 1931 SV Minor

PN 7459 was the subject of a short feature by Harry Edwards in the summer 1981 edition of the Morris Register’s ‘Journal’ magazine. The photograph seen here was scanned for the archive from a box file loaned to me by Ken Martin following Harry’s death. The car’s story is an interesting one in that it was converted from a 1931 Minor van to a special in 1937 utilising some of the van’s bodywork in its construction. The original article and more photographs can be found by following this link.

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Triple M corner no.162

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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.

Despite its recent arrival on the scene, by the time this photo was taken (17th August 1935) the Donington circuit was already an established motor sport venue, having staged it’s first meeting race meeting just 30 months earlier. Its central location meant enthusiasts from the Midlands and North of England could now see the top drivers in action without the need to travel to the south-west of London and the Brooklands circuit to do so. The cars lined-up in this LAT collection photo (C7225) are taking part in the first event of the day, a five lap handicap. Eight cars were entered, just six made it to the start line and Ken Wharton’s  Austin Seven (no.33) rolled on the first corner, fortunately without injury to the driver. After this incident the race was won easily by D.S. Handley in his MGC’ Type Midget (no.30). A full report on the race and the rest of the meeting can be found on page 501 of the September 1935 edition of Motor Sport magazine. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Network merchandise…

 The new 2020 Pre-war Minor Network calendars will be available from 25th November. The calendar features the top 12 images from the Network’s 2019 POTY Competition as selected by a Motorsport Images panel of judges. The calendars are priced at £12 each (including UK postage and packing and 17 euros (inc. p&p). Payment by PayPal to or money transfer. Cheques drawn on UK banks also accepted. (email for postal address and money transfer details.)

Club car 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