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Wingless wonder…

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Photographer Pete Austin took this great action photo of 1931 MG Midget VK 5424 taking to the grass at the December 2014 VSCC Winter Driving Test event at Bicester. The name of the driver is unknown, as is the reason for the missing rear wing!

Triple M corner no.212

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.

Very little is know about this atmospheric Brooklands image. Its reference number indicates that it was taken in 1932 but the LAT plate number (B9038) is not specifically catalogued by Motorsport Images. The photographer was positioned at the top of the Member’s Banking adjacent to the Member’s Bridge when he took this shot, perfectly capturing the long Railway Straight in the background. The use of the short (1.1 mile) clockwise Mountain Circuit and the lack of spectators might indicate that this was taken at a club meeting while the participants racing numbers may provide clues should a reader have access to the appropriate Brooklands program or race card. The identity of MG Midget no.17 and its driver are of particular interest. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.563

By IOTW

1930 Morris 8HP Fire Tender

The Minor based Fire Tender was first catalogued in the 1931 Morris Motors range brochure. As can be seen in this photograph it was extremely well equipped, although the chemical fire exstinguishers were not included in the £170 asking price. Comparatively few images exist of the model, this one being a recent eBay find. The vehicle depicted here was almost certainly photographed at an Olympia exhibition, the patterned stand floor tiling matching numerous thirties Motor Show shots. Few Fire Tenders made it to customers and just four are documented. These included one that serviced the Morris Motors Cowley site, while a second was gifted to the City of Oxford Fire Brigade. A third example was purchased by an Indian Maharaja, while a fourth made it all the way to Aukland, New Zealand.

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Harry’s legacy…

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Harry Edwards, the former Morris Register Historian, died in September 2010. He left behind a mountain of material in the form of books, articles, a handwritten register of surving cars and countless notes. Much of this material continues to be referenced on a daily basis by Morris enthusiasts from around the world. A small part of that legacy are these sketches of Morris Minor specials, drawn over 50 years ago for publication in the Morris Register’s quarterly ‘Bulletin‘ and used to illustrate a series of articles on the topic.

IOTW no.562

By IOTW

An early thirties postcard depiction of Preston, not the large town in Lancashire, but a small village in Dorset some 275 miles south. The car that is about to pass the village store is either a 1930 or 1931 season Morris Minor OHC Coachbuilt Saloon, although unfortunately the vehicle’s registration markings are indecipherable.

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Triple M corner no.211

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.

Following on from last week’s TMC image, here is a close up shot of the same MG J3 Midget (JB 2268) photographed en route during the 1933 Alpine Rally. W.E. Belgrave and his co-driver look remarkably refreshed and under-dressed for imminent competition, which might indicate that the driving for the day had yet to be undertaken. (LATplate C1518 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

What’s under the bonnet?

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The view upon lifting the bonnet of every Morris Minor engine will reveal many subtle differences, one engine to the next. Few under-bonnet views will resemble that to be seen in Morris handbooks, with differing routes for pipework, non-standard float chambers on carburettors, the use of modern plug leads, the location of the manufacturer’s plate along with a host of other trivia. While to some these anomolies annoy and irritate, to others they simply represent practical pragmatism.

Middle class Minor…

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The 1932-1934 long wheel base Morris ‘Sports’ and ‘Special’ Coupes were members of an automotive fashion fad that was shortlived and all but exstinct by the end of 1935. Fashionable they may have been, but these models sold in small numbers. A Classic & Sportscar article from October 1995 tells the story and this can now be found under the Post-War Minor Articles sub menu in the open area of the website here.

The middle class Minor…

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The £175 Morris Minor Special Coupe was the most expensive factory produced Morris Minor by some margin. A 1995 article from the Classic & Sportscar magazine will shortly be uploaded to the website explaining why these Coupes were so popular among the car manufacturers, while less so among the buying public.

1930 Mulliner bodied Hornet Saloon item added…

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Although not the earliest business to market special bodied versions of the Hornet, Eustace Watkins, the Wolseley London based main dealer for the brand were the first to list a four-door saloon type. The body was built for them by coachbuilders, Mulliner and a short introductory article appeared in a November 1930 edition of The Motor magazine. The article, along with a corresponding Eustace Watkins coloured advertisement have been uploaded to the Hornet Specials page in the Member’s Area and can be found at the foot of the page in the model’s article archive.

Cooling down…

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June 4th 2016: After a day of hill clinbing along Dorset’s Jurassic coast, three of the Minor’s taking part in the 2016 PWMN Rally rest-up and allow their oil to cool in the late evening air.

Triple M corner no.210

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.

This great photograph of W.E. Belgrave’s MG J3 Midget (JB 2268) speeding through an alpine village was taken at the July 1933 La Coupe Internationale des Alpes rally or Alpine Rally. The event was effectively a trial, although Motor Sport magazine reported that many drivers treated the 2000 kilometre event as a road race. The Alpine route took the cars through France, Switzerland and Italy along some treacherous mountain roads and passes. Belgrave and his 746 cc supercharged Midget won the Group V Coupe des Glaciers award, just pipping Donald Healey in his Riley.  (LATplate C1454 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

1931 Wolseley Hornet brochure scans added…

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The Wolseley Hornet was launched in April 1930, well into the 1930 model season. It’s first appearance in a Wolseley range brochure was to be in September 1930, detailing models for the 1931 season. Ten pages scanned from that catalogue can now be found in PDF format on the Wolseley Hornet page under The Cars sub-menu on the website’s homepage.

Enthusiasm is contagious …

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Fifteen year-old Joe Tyldesley shares his father Adrian’s passion for vintage vehicles. Joe is seen here at the wheel of his dad’s recently acquired 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (AAO 426), this car joining FH 7004 (1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon) in Adrian’s growing fleet.

IOTW no.561

By IOTW

1930 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe GJ 8534

Perhaps once or twice a year it’s possible to find an historic image on eBay (or elsewhere) that quickens the pulse rate of a Minor enthusiast. This was one such occasion. Photographs of the 1930/31 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe Special are extremely rare, with just four differing depictions of the model present in the archive. GJ 8534 is a May 1930 London registered example and was built at A.P. Compton & Co’s Arrow Coachworks  in Hanwell, W.7. According to the caption written on the rear of the print, the photo was taken in July 1939 at Whyteleaf in Surrey at which point the Arrow was already nine years old. While looking a little tired and well used, it only differed visually from those newly constructed in 1930 by the addition of a pair of scuttle vents.

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VSCC Brooklands Driving Tests postponed…

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Following the announcement of the latest English national lockdown, the VSCC have postponed the Brooklands Driving Tests event that was due to take place later this month. Club Chairman Paul Tunnicliffe comments “… these will not go ahead in January, although we are hoping that they can run later in the year.” This photo was taken during scrutineering for the 2019 event, with Paul Compton’s 1934 Wolseley Hornet Aerees Special (ACJ 154) well to the fore, behind which is Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325).

Triple M corner no.209

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.

On the 9th May 1930 The Autocar published a road test of the development car for the racing M.G. Double Twelve models, which were later to be known in production form as MG Midget 8/45s. It was of course no coincidence that the JCC Double Twelve Race commenced at Brooklands that very day, continuing for a further twelve hours on Saturday 10th May. This car, featured above, was named ‘Shinio’ by H.N. Charles, M.G.’s Chief Engineer “…in honour of the large quantities of metal polish which had been expended on the engine’s internals.” Here the car was used in the header photo for the Autocar test report while a scanned copy of the original artwork from the LAT archive can be seen by way of a comparison. (Lower scan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no.560

By IOTW

Morris saloon car space evolution

These two photographs were taken five years apart but represent two consecutive models. The top photo displays the available interior space of a 1932 Morris Family Eight Saloon, while the lower photo is of the interior of the model that replaced it, in this instance the 1937 version of the Morris Eight. The long wheelbase Minor range ceased production in the summer of of 1934 with the new Eight model arriving in Morris dealerships in early autumn the same year. The most visable difference relates to the use of the available space. The seating position of the front occupants of the earlier model is significantly further forward than that seen on the later car, which results in a wider rear door providing easier access for rear seat passengers. However, the driving position position of the later Eight looks to be far less cramped. (Both photos courtesy of Motorsport Images)

 

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A European union…

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Gerhard Wedenig fom Untersiggenthal, Switzerland own’s this striking 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (AG 128 827). Gerhard had been experiencing clutch problems on his car and turned to the members of this website’s Discussion Forum for help. Practical advice and tangible assistance was provided, most notably by Joe Rayner from Ireland, who repaired the Minor’s clutch ‘fingers’ and constructed a tool to aid the setting-up of the clutch upon re-installation. The parts were then mailed to Gerhard over the Christmas period, who reports that the car has recently successfully completed a test run.  A fine example of European co-operation.

Where & when?

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This internet image find of a 1932 Morris Minor Tourer (CE 7999) is reluctant to give up it’s secrets. Can anyone recognize the car’s likely location from its registration plate?

2021- A new dawn…

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Former member Arthur Bell took many carefully composed photographs of his 1933 Morris Minor (JJ 9069) in scenic East Anglian settings. This shot perfectly captures the spirit of the period through which we are now passing.

Napier’s art deco Minor special…

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The beautiful City of Napier in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand hosts an annual art deco festival which includes a vintage car show that takes place in the city centre. Here network member, David Gardiner’s Minor special is seen parked up in the city on February 22nd this year, at a time when thankfully New Zealand was free of covid19.

I(s)OTW no. 559

By IOTW

Hybrid Minor Saloon.

This scan of a 10 X 8 print, taken from Morris Motors negative 7537, has been in the archive for almost eleven years and raised something of a stir when first published at that time. As received, the photo was found to be mounted on a section of card, upon which were written the words “1929 Morris Minor Saloon”. The car’s body was identical in shape to that of the 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon, with smaller rear side-windows to those seen on the following season’s saloon models. However, this car had a metal paneled lower body with a fabric skin covering everything above the door cheekline. Clearly, the car was a prototype, as no such Minor Saloon ever entered production, which left and still leaves an unanswered question as to its purpose?

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Triple M corner no. 208

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.

20th April 1935: This photograph was taken on the observed Station Hill section of the 1935 MCC London-Land’s End Trial. Here, A. G. Douglas-Clease pilots his 1934 MG N Type Magnette (JB 3850) up the steep incline, to the delight of the spectators lining the route and his female passenger. (LATplate C5798 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Timber framed!

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Jonathan Barwick‘s 1933 Morris Minor RSJ 615 (Formerly JO 5914) is seen here parked outside St. Peter’s Church in Pirton, Worcs. This beautiful historic building was erected in the early part of the thirteenth century and is one of five timber framed churches to be found in the county. Seven centuries after St. Peter’s was constructed, Morris Motors continued the timber framing tradition, employing ash to build the frames for their Minor bodies.  Read more here: https://nickjoycearchitects.co.uk/project/st-peters-church-pirton/

Home for Christmas…

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Charlie Martin has just acquired this late 1929 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (BF 9366) via an eBay auction, managing to get it home before the new covid restrictions are imposed and just in time for Christmas! (Photo via Geof Wilson)

IOTW no. 558

By IOTW

Another Connolly MG Midget advertisement surfaces

The full page advertisement seen here was found in the January 1932 edition of the ‘SMT Magazine‘, published by Scottish Motor Traction Co. Ltd, in conjunction with the LMS and LNER railway companies. The magazine was effectively a travelogue, full of holiday destination articles, written presumably to encourage the Scottish populace to travel using SMT’s vehicles as the means of transportation. There may be later Harold Connolly illustrated MG M Type Midget advertisements to be found, although the model ceased production just six months later. The colour rendition of the Connolly drawing was created by Peter Brock, to whom many thanks.

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Triple M corner no.207

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.

For the second consecutive week C.A.N. May’s ‘Cream Cracker’ MG PB JB 7521 appears in the TMC spot. Like TMC no.206, this photo (LATplate C10653 extract) was also taken at the 1937 SUNBAC Colmore Trial. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Mallory Park Minor …

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Janie Maeers owns 1929 Morris Minor Tourer VJ 1756, pictured here while attending a VSCC race meeting at Mallory Park, Leics, not too far distant from her home near Market Harborough. It’s hoped that many more old car events will take place in 2021, including the Network’s annual rally in the Welsh Marches next June

Hipwood’s trophy winner…

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Chris Hipwood was awarded the Harry Edwards Trophy for his beautiful restoration of this 1934 Minor Saloon BPA 588. Unlike his trophy, his Minor doesn’t sit on a pedestal simply to be admired, his car is used, even in the depths of winter. It’s seen here on top of Stoopers Hill, above the nearby village of Coombe St. Nicholas, which nestles in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Coombe St. Nicholas is of course well known as a favoured fodder refueling point for S. Claus’s reindeer, come 24th December each year.

In the press…

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Owen Humphreys of the Press Association took this great shot of 1933 Minor tourer special VT 9329. This same image can be found on the Daily Mail website,  and in the 15th November’s editions of the Daily Telegraph (p2) and The Times (p6).

Mettle testing at Prescott …

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Climbing Prescott’s famous hill is an appropriate car is a memorable experience. Here, Roger Burnett tests his mettle and that of his 1931 MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe (GG 3949) as they get towards the end of the 1,128 yard course while attending the Pre-war Prescott event in July 2019. (Photo: Chris Lambert)

Triple M corner no.206

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.

This superb action shot of the C.A.N. May Cream Cracker MG PB (JB 7521) was taken at the 1937 running of the SUNBAC Colmore Trial held on 27th February that year. The car is seen storming one of the hill sections, its knobbly tyres hurling debris from the rough surface skywards. (LATplate C10665 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no. 557

By IOTW

1930 Maltby Minor DHC Special

Coachbuilders Maltby’s of Folkstone, Kent advertised two Minor variants for the 1930/31 season. These were the £160 de luxe Two – seater and the £185 DHC version. A solitary two-seater is known to have survived but has been undergoing restoration for almost 20 years and sadly hasn’t been seen for some considerable time. Unfortunately, it appears that none of the very well appointed DHC versions have survived. These Autocar diagrams along with the 1930 Motor Show program notes provide specification details. No period photos of the DHC version have been found to date.

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Another from Bicester…

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Another great Phil Jones action shot from the recent VSCC Winter Driving Tests held at the Bicester Heritage Centre. This one shows Clive Hamilton-Gould wrestling with the wheel of his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325) as he negotiates a difficult section.

Triple M Corner no.205

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.

There were a record number of starters for the 1934 MCC London-Land’s End Trial with 343 cars leaving Virginia Water during the evening of 30th March. Upon arrival in Devon the following morning they were to be confronted with eight observed hill sections. This photo of MG Magna (MG 2500) was perhaps taken on ‘Lynmouth’, large crowds lining the route from the village below. The Magna was driven by G.M. MacGregor who collected a silver award that day. (LATplate C2905 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Marmaduke’s tale …

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A new PDF has been added to the Minor van page which recounts the story behind the resurrection of a former 1932 Saloon and its re-emergence as a Minor 5cwt van special. The PDF can be viewed here.

Two more find new homes …

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Another two Minors have recently found new homes. Adrian Tyldesley from Chorley, Lancs has acquired his second Minor in just under two months with the addition of 1934 Two-seater (AAO 426) to that of his 1930 Fabric Saloon FH 7004. On the other side of the globe in South Australia, Bryan Dunning has bought this 1933 lwb Minor Two-seater (RAA-033) and is about to start rebuilding the car.

IOTW no.556

By IOTW

OC 7194

This Morris Minor Two-seater (OC 7194)  was photographed on one of the 7 hill sections of the 1934 Sunbac Colmore Trial which took place on 24th February. R.V.M. Barry was at the wheel of the Morris and was tasked to complete 70 miles prior to the trial’s end. There were 155 starters and contempoary reports indicate that delays were experienced.

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No spectators, but a competition none-the-less!

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Exponents of pre-war trials, sprints, hill-climbs and rallies have suffered withdrawal symptons for the past nine months as the vintage motoring calendar was decimated by the fallout from the pandemic. The VSCC have managed to stage a few events, albeit without spectators, the latest of these being their Winter Driving Tests which were held on 5th December at Bicester Heritage Centre. Here, India Walker was photographed negotiating one of the test sections in the family’s 1931 Morris Minor Two-seater TM 8687 (Agnes). The Walker family car wasn’t the only Minor taking part, with Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Tourer DG 325 also flying the flag for the model. Photo: Courtesy Phil Jones

Calendar cars…

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The top twelve images from our recently concluded POTY competition will all feature on the pages of our 2021 calendar. To order your copy email: info@prewarminor.com

And the winner of the Network’s 2020 POTY Competition is …

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This superb image of Arie Roest’s Hornet Special, entered by his wife Tineke is the winner of our 2020 Photograph Of The Year Competition. The competition was adjudicated by a team from Motorsports Images (the competition’s sponsor), led by their Director of Photo Collections – Kevin Wood. Tineke has now won the competition twice, while her husband Ari is also a previous winner of the LAT Plate.

Inishlouaght visitor…

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Joe Rayner‘s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (ZV 83851) is seldom still for long! Despite the inclement weather he took to the roads of Tipperary recently, stopping to take this photo at a large lake and nature reserve in Inishlouaght.

Fabric Saloon resurgence…

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Of all the Morris Minor saloon variants, the Fabric Saloon has the fewest survivors. Built in large numbers, particularly in 1929, their bodies were more prone to the ravages of time and weather than their steel skinned counterparts, hence their scarcity today. It is all the more gratifying to now find a quartet of these models in the hands of active Network members. So come on Adrian, Garry, Tony and Dave, perhaps it’s time to establish a new sub-section, with a view to all meeting up at the 2021 rally in Herfordshire! Now that would be a magnificent sight!

IOTW no.555

By IOTW

This image of JO 764, the £100 S.V. Morris Minor development car was taken on a very wet and dismal day somewhere in the Oxfordshire countryside, just prior to the car’s announcement in late December 1930. This is one of a sequence of photos of the car, all likely to have been taken on the same day and held by Motorsport Images among their LAT Collection. The photos are an important reference source and have helped with the car’s restoration, currently being carried out by London based Morris enthusiast, Mick Roberts. (LATplate Red 9061)

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Triple M corner no.204

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.

ALP 363 was a 1933 MG J2 Midget registered in London during August that year. It is seen here taking part in the 1936 MCC ‘Edinburgh’ Trial and is being driven by A.P. Squire, who went on to collect a Premier Award. It’s not known upon which of the observed hills that this photograph was taken. (LATplate C8912 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Morris Vedette MK. 1 Marine Engine

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The S.V. Morris Minor engine from 1931 was later adapted for marine applications. A new ‘Cog Cruncher’ article highlighting the differences between the standard car engine and the marine unit can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical section located within the ‘Everything Else’ article library.

1930 Morris Minor saloon – The family holiday car…

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How many vintage car motoring enthusiasts would load a suitcase onto the luggage rack and set off for a weeks family holiday in their pre-war pride and joy? Very few is the likely answer, particularly with the density of traffic to be found on Britain’s roads between the end of July and early September each year. Clearly, thirty years ago things weren’t quite so bad, as that prospect didn’t put off Ken and Kate Martin who took their young family on such a trip back in 1990. Their Minor is a 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590). Photo: Ken Martin

Using them in the wet…

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The ending of the English lockdown in early December won’t precipitate a mass unlocking of garage doors for the majority of vintage car owning motorists. The prospect of driving along muddy lanes will ensure that most cars remain tucked away for the duration of the winter months. After all, it’s not as if the cars weren’t designed for motoring in the wet! Here, Simon Hodgins bucks this trend and can be seen traversing a very damp Cotswold lane in his late 1931 Jensen Minor Special (EC 9783). Admittedly, this photo was taken in the month of July, while car and crew were taking part in the 2009 VMR Rally, but if you need a vintage motoring ‘fix’, be brave…

Triple M corner no.203

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.

MG J2 Midget YY 4 was first registered in London in September 1932 and was owned by A.W.F. Smith (Alan) into the 1960s. This photo of the car was taken somewhere in the Chilterns during the 1935 MG Car Club’s Abingdon to Abingdon Trial. Smith competed in many national trials driving YY 4, from late 1932 until 1937, picking up plenty of awards in the process.  (LATplate C6033 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.554

By IOTW

1930 MCC ‘Exeter’

Here is a recently discovered Morris Minor saloon photograph from the LAT Collection (B5299), which was taken at the 1930 MCC London-Exeter Trial. The car’s competition number of 151 identifies it (via Cowbourne) as being driven by M. Longridge. The car’s registration is partialy obscured by mud or a badge and reads as GC 7?17, making it a London 1930 registration. It’s lack of a ‘Morris’ script on the radiator would indicate that it’s a 1930 season car, although it’s impossible from this head-on shot to determine whiich of the two  saloon versions this one is. Unfortunately for Mr. Longridge, he had to retire the car and therefore did not gain an award. (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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2020 Photograph Of The Year Competition now underway …

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The early entries for the Network’s 2020 POTY Competition can now be found on the competition’s webpage  here. The rules for entry can also be found on the same page, so please dig out your favourite image(s) of your Minor, Midget or Hornet and email them to info@prewarminor.com Entry is free and the top twelve images will adorn the pages of our 2021 calendar!

Logging with a Minor…

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Phil Parry-Jones needed a vehicle to assist him drag away the severed boughs from a fallen riverside willow. Without a Land Rover to hand, Phil turned to his trusty 1933 Minor Two-seater (BG 1915), a car that’s been in the family for around fifty years, which of course then completed the task with the minimum of fuss!

Out and about pre-lockdown…

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Two images from earlier in the month, when motoring for leisure purposes was permitted. Two long wheel base models feature here; Peter Brock’s 1934 four-door Saloon (AAO 463) and Alan Taylor’s 1934 Morris Eight Cunard Calshot Special (MU 5674). Alan is seen here with fellow Minorist, Kenneth Allan.

IOTW no.553

By IOTW

Wagner again

T. Wagner competed in Morris Minors from the spring of 1933 until immediately prior to the commencement of the Second World War. His first Minor was a 1933 Two-seater model (KJ 9509), while his first recorded event was the Scottish Six Days Trial held in May of that year. After this his name crops up regularly among the results of the national reliability trials of the period.  Photographs of his second Minor, a 1934 Two-seater (OY 8787), also appeared from time to time in the motoring magazines . While perhaps not the best known Morris Minor personality of the period, he was certainly a regular competitor and judging by his results, was also a very capable driver. Here he is seen competing in the 1934 London – Gloucester Trial ‘ somewhere in the Cotswolds’. (LATplate C5804 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Triple M corner no.202

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.

By the 12th December 1931 (the date of that years MCC London-Gloucester trial) MG Midget RX 7206 had been converted from a normally aspirated car and was now supercharged. It’s not clear if the car was converted at the MG factory in Abingdon or by its unknown owner, but many images of it survive in both pre and post conversion mode. By February 1932 MG had officially announced the arrival of a supercharged M Type and The Autocar road tested RX 9153 in that guise. The price premium over the standard model was a whopping £65, customers paying £250 for the privilege. It’s not known how many were sold. Unfortnately, who was driving RX 7206 at that year’s ‘Gloucester’ is unknown, the car’s competition number is presumably attached to the front of the car thus rendering Cowbourne’s book of little help in identifying the driver. (LATplate B7404 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Another new page …

By News Story

Today sees the launch of ‘The Snippets Page’ which, as its name suggests, is a compendium of concise items scanned from period motoring magazines. The page is a work-in-progress in that there are many more items to be found and eventually included. If any members have items that they would like to see added to the page then please forward them to info@prewarminor.com The page can be found within the Member’s Area of the website.

A race against time….

By Headline News

With full lockdown imminent in England and severe restrictions in place elsewhere across the UK, those of you still intending to submit a new photo of your car for the Network’s Photograph Of The Year Competition had better get your skates on! The winning entry will adorn the front cover of our 2021 calendar. There is still time for that entry to be yours!

Repairs to S.V. engine water outlet

By News Story

The S.V. Minor engine water outlet is prone to corrosion and damage. Thankfully, a repair kit originally designed for the Austin Seven also fits the Morris engine. An article prepared by Tony Kimber and Chris Healey takes you through the fitting process and this can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Section.

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.51

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Cynthia Labouchere‘s name can be found on many rally and concours event entry lists during the early thirties. Although she drove a Singer Nine in 1934, she very actively campaigned a 1932 E.W. Hornet Special throughout the latter half of the 1932 and 1933 driving seasons. Her first recorded event in 1933 was the Monte Carlo Rally, where she started from John o’ Groats’, although sadly failing to finish. This LAT Autocar photoscan shows her Hornet, GY 3131 being inspected prior to the start of the rally, possibly at the Eustace Watkins premises in Chelsea, SW3. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images).

IOTW no.552

By IOTW

Unless you are an enthusiast or own classic or vintage cars, it’s doubtful that you would deliberately include a car ‘in shot’  if you were taking a family photograph today. In the thirties, the opposite seems to have been the case. Back then, the family car was captured on film at every opportunity. Here, a ten or eleven year old boy dressed in full school uniform has been posed alongside the family’s 1929 Portsmouth registered Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (TP 7975).  The Minor itself is only noteworthy for its spotlight and non standard horn, although the luck associated with the horseshoe affixed to the radiator may well have been called upon from time to time to compensate for the car’s totally bald front tyres! This damaged snapshot has no caption on its reverse  and was a recent eBay purchase.

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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!

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. Ian Judd has provided drawings for the fabrication of the fuel tap as fitted to his 1930 MG Midget. This type has the distinct advantage of not requiring a cork washer. The PDF containing his drawings can be found in the technical section within the Member’s Area under ‘Carburation & Fuel’.

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 is what auction site Worthpoint had to say about their business:

Hobday Brothers Ltd. were wholesalers of bicycle, motorcycle and motor car accessories, established in Shoreditch, London in 1905.  By the start of the 1930’s they also had branches in Wolverhampton and Manchester and offered delivery across the country. The company’s product range had expanded over the years to include electrical equipment, domestic appliances, clocks, and lighting – and even Perambulators and Pedal Cars!

A first PDF extract from their 1934 catalogue has been added to the ‘Everything else’ section (within Technical Bits), featuring five pages of horns!

Find those images…

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The Network’s 2020 Photograph of the Year competition is now open to entries, while the competition rules and entry instructions can be found under a red button on the homepage’s header (above) or via this link here. If you have a favourite image of your Minor, Hornet or Midget then please consider entering our competition, you never know, the adjudicators may agree with you. The top twelve images will adorn the pages of the Network’s 2021 calendar which will be published in early December, just in time for it to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree as a surprise present for your wife/partner/husband, although be prepared to duck. (Photo – Arthur Bell 2014)

Triple M corner no.201

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.

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)

IOTW no.551

By IOTW

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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What we’ve been missing…

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Tighter covid restrictions  have meant that even small gatherings such as our local pub meets have had to be put on ice for the time being. Let’s hope that come the spring of 2021 we will be able to meet up again with fewer constraints on our behaviour! This photo was taken in October 2010 at an autumn meet in Redgrave, Suffolk.

Under renovation in Germany…

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This 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater was built at the tail-end of 1933. In December 1952 it was exported to Denmark to join an already large native contingent of pre-war Minors. However, in 1953 it was sold to a German customer (Gunther Schott) who lived in Bad Nauheim, in the Taunus region. He kept the car for many years, even joining the Morris Register for a short period in the eighties. In 2014 it was sold on to Bernard Deifenbach who has recently passed the car onto Peter Brodt. It was Peter who provided this information along with the news that the car is now undergoing an exstensive renovation. Please keep us posted Peter.

Triple M corner no.200

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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.

This photograph was scanned from the pages of a November 1930 SMT Magazine – SMT being an abbreviation for the words,  Scottish Motor Traction, which as its name suggests was a Scottish bus company. Their magazines are packed full of travelogues and details of interesting places to visit around Scotland and the rest of the U.K. https://www.flickr.com/photos/36844288@N00/sets/72157618355483278/ as well as plenty of fascinating motoring advertisements. Here an unidentified MG Midget travels alongside a river or small loch, the caption writer giving very little away.

IOTW 550

By IOTW

1933 SSDT

The May 1933 running of the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) encompassed some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenary. Although not apparent from this edited extract of LAT plate C317, H.F. Barge‘s 1931 SV Tourer (JO 2231) is seen climbing away from the village of Inverfarigaig on the shores of Loch Ness, leaving General Wades Military Road (B582) far behind. (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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A new home for ‘TJ’…

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TJ 1876 (SV 31850) has thankfully found a new home at last. The former Bev Hicks owned 1933 McEvoy Minor Special has been on the market for almost eight years and is now safely in the custodianship of Etienne Tinant. Congratulations Etienne on your new purchase!

All our yesterdays…

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Seven years ago this week, the Network’s home page was reporting a change of ownership for 1930 Minor CMS Super Sport Special UY 8391, Roger Lucke having just sold the car to Philip Butland who in turn has subsequently passed it on to his son.

Triple M corner no.199

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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.

At the time this photo was taken in July 1937, the MG Midget WX 6937 was already six years old, having first been registered in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1931. The occasion was the driving test element of the Welsh Rally, which was held over four days (30th June – 3rd July). Here K.G. Settle negotiates a gate under the watching eyes of the adjudicators. The photo was taken by noted photographer Bill Brunell.

IOTW no.549

By IOTW

WE 5586

1929 Morris Minor saloon (WE 5586) was first registered in Sheffield, as was WE 7511 but some time later the following year. UD 3335 is aso a 1930 registration, although originating in Oxford. The photograph was one of a miscellaneous batch of five recently acquired via eBay.  The concise caption on its the rear reads as follows, “Morris Minor, Marmon Straight Eight and Essex Terraplane”. Nothing else is known.

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Rain doesn’t stop play…

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For many pre-war Minor owners, our cars generally see the light of day when the sun shines. Not so with Howard Annetts. He took his 1929 Tourer (UR 4361) on a shopping expedition over the weekend, at a time when squalls and strong winds were battering parts of the country. He reports that thankfully, his hood is waterproof.

Everyone’s a winner…

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All seven of these photos have previously been voted the Network’s Photograph of the Year in our annual pre Christmas competition. For 2020 the competition will be run in November, the top 12 entries, as ajudged by a team from our sponsors Motorsport Images, will then appear in the club’s calendar which will subsequently be available for purchase in the weeks preceding the Christmas holidays. If you have a favourite image of your pre-war Morris Minor, MG Midget or Wolseley Hornet then please consider entering our competition. Entry is free and you can enter right now by submitting upto a maximum of three photos (high resolution please) to info@prewarminor.com

Two to go…

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Two Network members have both decided to sell their S.V. Morris Minor Minor Saloons. They are Kenneth Allen, owner of DG 8657, a 1934 model and Dan Brockway who is current custodian of MV 6416, a sliding-head 1932 version. Further details can be found on the Network’s Discussion Forum here.

Triple M corner no.198

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 later MG Magnette models rarely feature here. To partly correct that anomoly, here is a November 1935 London County Council registered Magnette (CGP 878) being driven by D.E. Harris whilst taking part in the 1937 Colmore Trophy Trial. An intrepid marshall with clipboard in hand closely watches the Magnette’s progress up a long green lane incline. Harris collected a second class award for his efforts that day. (Image scanned from an uncatalogued ‘Motor’ 35mm negative courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Yet another cancellation…

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The 4th October 2020 was to have seen an assembly of pre-war cars at the Star Wing Brewery in Redgrave, Suffolk, prior to a 45 mile tour of some local landmarks. Like so many other motoring social gatherings this year, the event had to be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by H.M. Government. This photo was taken almost four years ago to the day when a record sixteen cars arrived at the Manor House, Wortham for the Network’s autumn Far Eastern Pub Meet.

IOTW no.548

By IOTW

T. Wagner

T. Wagner successfully campaigned his Two-seater Minors (’33 model KJ 9509 & ’34 model OY 8787) between 1933 and 1938, appearing in many events and regularly featuring among the top award winners throughout that period. Here he is photographed in June 1938 while taking part in the MCC’s London-Edinburgh trial, driving (according to Cowbourne) a 908cc (sic) Minor Two-seater. This image was taken from a recently discovered cache of ‘Motor’ 35mm negatives held in the LAT Collection. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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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 in the awards and a PDF pulling together a full Light Car magazine event report, news snippets and LAT photos taken that day can now be found in the document box at the foot of the ‘Minor in competition’ page within the Member’s Area.

For sale – A Hornet special with a Lewis Hamilton connection…

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This beautifully rebuilt Wolseley Hornet March Special (SM 9551) was first registered in Dumfries, Scotland in 1932. The body was designed by Freddie (Earl of) March and originally constructed by coachbuilders John Charles of Kew. In more recent times it was owned by Anthony Hamilton, father of six-times Formula One World Champion, Lewis. The vendor claims that the Hornet develops 45 BHP, will reach 75 MPH and is currently advertised for sale on the carandclassic website here.

“Are you ready for this?”

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GU 1342 started life as a 1929 Morris Minor Tourer. After many years of neglect it was purchased circa 2002 in a disassembled state by the late David Roscoe, who then commissioned well known MG body builder Dave Cooksey, to restore the running gear and build a replica Semi-Sports body. The end result can be seen here in this 3rd April 2005 photo which was taken over the LC&ES Welsh weekend during Sunday’s trial. Here David Roscoe takes a firm grip of the steering wheel while Dave Cooksey braces himself as car and occupants are about to attempt to negotiate a particularly steep and technical observed section.

IOTW no.547

By IOTW

Autumn 1939

An unidentified 1931 SV Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon is seen here queuing for fuel shortly after the annoucement of the declaration of war on 3rd September 1939. Petrol ration books were distributed to U.K. car owners on 8th September, with rationing coming into force on the 15th. The owner of the Morris Eight saloon behind the Minor has already painted his front wings in line with HM Government advice, although none of cars on view have as yet fitted shrouds to one of their headlamps. This Motor image looks to have been taken in one of London’s new Metroland suburbs, perhaps in Surrey or Middlesex. (LAT collection 35mm Motor negative – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

 

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Triple M corner no.197

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.

1932 MG J2 Midget (YY 4) appeared in four of the eight RSAC Scottish Rallies held in the thirties and was driven on each occasion by Alan W.F. Smith. This Motor photo, was taken at a checkpoint during the running of the 1937 ‘Coronation Scottish Rally’ which commenced just five days after the investiture of King Geoge VI on 17th May, the rally concluding on the 21st. Smith was a member of the Motor Cycle Club’s no. 2 team, although Donald Cowbourne’s book British Rally Drivers Their Cars And Awards 1925-1939 doesn’t record if the team were successful or otherwise. (LAT Motor 35mm negative – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Lockdown sunset…

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Alistair Bond took this photo of his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) beside the Loughor Estuary on his way home to Swansea shortly after visiting his mother in Llanelli. Both locations are about to endure a two-week lockdown following sharp rises in covid 19 cases, so this trip out in his Minor may be Alistair’s last for a while.

C, J, M & N in South Luxembourg…

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Three MG Midgets and a Magnette are seen here parked-up outside a small bar in Southern Luxembourg while their owners have a coffee. Their car registration plates indicate that some may have crossed international borders to get there. (Photo Fred Bosbad)

Out and about in September III – An Indian summer?

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Of late, the southern part of the UK has (for the most part) been bathed in glorious late summer sunshine. The warm air tempted a number of Minorists to take to the road, including Ali Bond (1930 Semi-Sports IA 9142), Toby Sears (1933 Saloon YG 2017), Martin Gregory (1931 Coachbuilt Saloon UF 7090) and Trevor Wilkinson (1934 Two-seater UN 6979)

I(s)OTW no.546

By IOTW

Sir George Kenning (knighted in 1943) was the founder of what was to become the Kenning Motor Group. He was a larger than life character who helped shape a change in the way cars were sold in the U.K. He was photographed here in 1929 alongside a Morris Minor Fabric Saloon. Perhaps better known is the early 1931 photo as used in the Morris Owner magazine and the national press of Sir George driving a £100 Minor to promote the new model.

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Triple M Corner no.196

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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.

This LAT Collection image (C952) was taken on ‘Doverhay’  on 24th June 1933 during the BHMC’s Brighton-Beer Trial. Unfortunately, Cowbourne can not help identify the driver and passenger of MG no. 34 (ACD 134). Perhaps a Triple M enthusiast can oblige? (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Hospitalised

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John & Sue Welsh from Northumberland have owned this unique 1930 Morris Minor special (VK 2726) for many years. Unfortunately, the engine recently suffered a broken piston and conrod and efforts are currently underway via the website’s forum to find suitable replacements in order to effect its repair.

Mulliner Minor special …

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Former member Jeremy Evans had almost finished the body tub of the Mulliner Minor special he constructed between 2014 and 2015, before deciding to sell it due to registration concerns with the DVLA. The body is still out there and rests upon another chassis that has a legitimate matching frame number and V5C document. Jeremy’s craftsmanship deserves to see the light of day…

Trople M corner no.195

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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.

This scan of LATplate E9340 depicts an MG P Type Midget. A view from the front would help indicate if this is a PA version or the later PB type with the increased capacity engine. The PA was fitted with a honeycombe radiator while the PB version adopted the vertical slats as favoured by the stylists at that time. Perhaps an MG expert can positively identify the model from this profile view? (Photo courtesy Motorsport Images.)

Memories of the Pork Pie Run…

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Eight years ago (September 2012) a group of Minorists met-up for a tour of the lanes and byways around the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray. Here Brian Maeers in his 1930 Minor Tourer (PG 5664-Dorothy) heads up a procession of four Minors passing through an avenue of trees, all on their way to make a surprise call at one of Brian’s friends for afternoon tea!

I(s)OTW no.545

By IOTW

Two magazines – same image

January 1930 editions of both the Light Car and Morris Owner featured the same image depicting a 1929 season Morris Minor Fabric Saloon behind which a small outboard motor powered craft had been towed to the water’s edge. While both captions mention Durban, South Africa as being the venue, the Morris Owner heads-up its piece ‘With a Minor at the Cape’ despite Durban being located in what was Natal Province, some considerable distance from the cape area.

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Spot the Horse!

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Ken Martin’s 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590) is very familiar with the lanes and byways of the chalk hills adjacent to its owner’s home town of Marlborough, Wilts. This great photo was taken in The Vale of the White Horse at Uffington, but where is the horse?

Out & about in September Part II

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The best part of 400 miles separate the locations at which these two images were taken. Haydon Edwards owns the Minor Two-seater (XVV 334), this photo being taken at St. Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Weir, the car being on a proving run after an extensive two-year rebuild. Dorset resident Dan Brockway is the current custodian of 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416), this dusk photo being taken somewhere deep in the county’s rural countryside.

Isle of Ely celebrity…

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The Isle of Ely is famous for its magnificent cathedral and was, as it full name suggests, once surrounded by fenland water. Ted Coney’s 1931 SV Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (PL 9309) is a regular attendee at local events and although not quite as well known as the cathedral, has been photographed alongside many local civic dignatories, including the city’s mayor.

Triple M corner no.194

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.

Brooklands was the venue for the 1932 JCC Annual Rally and High Speed Trial which took place on a very wet April day. Here an unidentified MG M Type Midget is followed by an Amilcar and a C Type Midget around a barrel marking an extremity of the makeshift course. The crews of all three cars are hunkered down in their cockpits in order to protect themselves from the worst of a torrential downpour. (LATplate B7596 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no.544

By IOTW

In the main just a single image adorned the cover of The Light Car & Cycle Car (later shortened to the Light Car) magazine throughout the thirties decade. However, many photos of the selected subject vehicle were taken and the rejected shots eventually found their way into the magazine’s archive alongside the chosen image. Here is one such example. The editor wanted a suitable photo for the magazine’s 10th November 1933 edition to commemorate ‘Poppy Day’. He selected this photo of a 1934 Minor Saloon but consigned the people-less photo of the car and war memorial to the archive. (LAT Motor plate 714-10 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Out & about in September…

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Peter Brock  and Ali Bond have both been using their Minors to take extended trips into the North East England and Mid-Wales countryside respectively. Peter’s 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463) was photographed in the village of Belsay, Northumberland outside of a small car repair business, housed in its original 100 year old premises. Alistair meanwhile had journeyed from his home on the coast into the Welsh countryside with his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142), along with a group of ‘old car’ friends. It looks as if a pub stop was on their itinerary!

Season change photo opportunity…

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The meteorological start to the northern hemisphere autumn was Tuesday 1st September – so our already short covid hit driving season has only a few more weeks left to run before the bad weather will curtail our excursions. The Network intends to run its 2020 Photograph-of-the-year (POTY) competition in November this year, so there remain just a few short weeks to capture that winning photo. It’s time to dust off the camera!

A holiday by the sea…

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Not too many 1934 Morris Minor Tourers have survived, but this is one of them. Stephen Murray is seen here driving GL 1060 during the summer of 2011 in a beautiful Cornish coastal setting at Cape Cornwall

I(s)OTW no.543

By IOTW

On the cover…

The Morris Minor featured many times on the covers of the weekly motoring magazines, primarily between 1929 and 1932. Here are two Light Car and Cyclecar covers from 1929, one of which is an advertisement placed by Morris Motors, the other featuring  XV 9071, a Temple Press company car used from time to time by motororing journalist, Harold Hastings. Fabric Saloon XV 9071 was first registered in London in late 1928 and went on to feature on the cover of the magazine on three further occasions, in April 1929, November 1930 and finally in April 1931.

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Triple M corner no.193

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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.

Brooklands played host to the BRDC 500 Mile Race on Saturday 24th September 1932. An open event, the race was run in the form of a handicap, with the smaller machines starting first, followed at differing intervals by the larger engine capacity classes. This artistic image from the race was created by Bryan de Grineau who produced similar representations on a weekly basis for The Motor magazine. Here two 746 cc MG Midgets, the red machine driven by R.T. Horton (see also TMC no.189), the light green car by Captain G.E.T. Eyston, are seen dicing high on the famous circuit’s raised banking. Horton’s car went on to win the race outright. (The plate was scanned from the Barre Lyndon book Combat, first published by Heinemann in 1933)

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 speeds-up this chore. Instructions on how to make his device can now be found in the website’s Member’s Area – Technical Section.

August 2015

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Images of 1933 Minor Saloon (JJ 9069) from former member Arthur Bell often graced this spot on the website. This beautiful dawn photo was taken on 31st August 2015, almost five years ago to the day.

IOTW no.542

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1932/3 Wolseley Hornet Sports Coupe

As mentioned in this spot on a previous occasion, this style of Sports Coupe body was very much in vogue between 1932 and 1935. Most large scale/high volume car manufacturers (with the exception of Ford) produced such a model, all of which had a very similar shape. This model from Wolseley, (unsurprisingly) closely resembled the Sports Coupe offerings from Morris Motors and no doubt shared many parts.

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Triple M corner no.192

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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.

The Abbey Coachworks in Merton, Surrey constructed some very stylish bodies during the early thirties, including this two-seater fixed-head sports coupe built upon a 1932 MG Magna chassis. (LATplate E2285 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Minor resurrection…

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Joachim Barnett and his brother are rebuilding their father’s 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (TJ 4258) with an aim to have the car in a roadworthy condition by the summer of 2021. The Minor has been off the road for many years and the hope is that their mother will enjoy a ride out in a car with which she was very familiar, back in the day.

Snetterton Minor…

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Racing circuits are not places you would normally associate with pre-war Morris Minors.  Member Dudley Stammers however farms land adjacent to the Snetterton circuit in East Harling, Norfolk and regularly attends meetings when vintage cars are present. This photo of his 1933 Minor Two-seater (KFF 165) was taken at the VSCC sponsored event, held on 29th September 2013.

IOTW no.541

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Here is another eBay sourced post-war snapshot of a Minor that has seen far better days. GT 1993, a September 1931 London County Council registered car is wearing ‘L’ plates and is showing clear signs of wear and tear. The 1932 Minor Two-seater has a patched-up hood and paintwork that hasn’t seen polish for some time, although the front tyres appear to be in good condition. It doesn’t look as if the car survived the introduction of the MOT Test in the early sixties, as nothing is recorded on the DVLA database.

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Triple M corner no.191

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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.

This single seat MG C Type special, pictured in the Brooklands pits, was something of a sensation at the 1932 BRDC 500 Miles Race held in September that year. The car was driven R.T. Horton and J.H. Bartlett who eventually won this prestigious race, fighting off challenges from the likes of G.E.T. Eyston (MG), B. Lewis (Talbot) and Malcolm Campbell (Riley). The car covered the 500 miles in a time of 5 hours 42 minutes and 13 seconds at an average speed of 96.29 mph. Sadly the event is chiefly remembered for Clive Dunfee’s fatal crash in an 8 litre Bentley. (LATplate B9118 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Every cloud …

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Tim Stubbs, a team member of a group based in Burton-on-Trent who are restoring 1932 Minor 5 cwt van (PJ 7901), reports that the covid 19 pandemic has almost completely halted work on the car, this due to the government guidelines on social distancing.  Much further south in north east London, the outbreak has produced a more positive result, with the SV £100 Minor prototype JO 764’s owner Mick Roberts being able to concentrate his (solo) energies on the car’s rebuild while ‘shielding’. It’s certainly looking good!

The art of what might have been…

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A photo gallery and PDF have been added to the foot of the Minor Specials page (in the Member’s Area) entitled ‘The art of what might have been…’ The item shows 24 illustrations submitted by members’ David Gardiner, Martin Gregory, Ian Judd and Peter Brock depicting Morris Minor Specials that should have made it into production. The PDF is a compilation of the three (June, July & August 2020) Morris Monthly articles on the topic.

IOTW no.540

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Yet another IOTW from across the globe, sourced (once again) by John McDonald from Christchurch, New Zealand. This present-day image of an almost derelict 1933 Morris Minor Saloon is from a local NZ website, the site owner being an avid Austin Seven enthusiast. There are two further images and it’s possible to count at least six Austin Sevens, all kept undercover in barns. The Minor however has been left in the open, exposed to the elements, crying out to be rescued.

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Workhorses…

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There is nothing glamorous about the pre-war Morris Minor, it was designed, much like the donkey, to be a Jack-of-all-trades, built to convey its owners to work and on the occasional leisure trip. As can be seen, Joe Rayner‘s animals are not just pets, they also serve a very useful purpose as lawnmowers. Trevor Wilkinson’s Minor Two-seater was one of the last of the breed, which by 1934 meant customers could expect refinements such as leather seats and trafficators. The donkey however continues in production unchanged.

Triple M corner no.190

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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.

Another TMC photo in a ten image sequence featuring 1931 MG Midget DG 2327. These photos were taken to illustrate an Autocar article on the virtues of the Isle-of-Man as a touring holiday destination for the mainland motorist. This photo, taken on the promenade in Douglas, features two of the horse drawn trams that were used to transport tourists and locals alike along that famous stretch of coastline.(LATplate E3920 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Almost there…

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Geof Wilson’s Morris Minor Special (Wilson’s Wasp) is tantalisingly close to completion. This montage of images shows how little remains to be done before Geof can take his car onto the road (and track?).

Fields of gold…

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The low evening sunlight across Suffolk’s cereal fields at harvest time has a golden quality, while on the horizon the dust from the combines hardly moves in the still air. It’s a memorable time for a meander in a 90 year old automobile.

Lost?

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The Janie Maeers owned 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) is parked-up on a rural Leicestershire traffic island adjacent to a signpost. Meanwhile out of shot, the occupants study a map in an attempt to plot their way home.

Seasonal?

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East Anglia is regarded as the U.K.’s ‘breadbasket’, as many thousands of acres are devoted to arable farming. Despite it being early August, much of the 2020 cereal harvest has already been gathered. This photo of Morris Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) was taken five years ago in South Norfolk just prior to that season’s wheat crop being harvested. In years past this would not have happened until late August or early September. Climate change or improved farming methods? IA 9142 now resides some 200 miles to the west in South Wales, in the custodianship of Alistair Bond.

IOTW(s) no.539

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GY 8404

IOTW no.538 (see archive) also shows an image of this 1932 Morris Minor Saloon taken in the early post war years. This second glass plate scan was taken around the same period and shows the car alongside a 1934 Minor Saloon variant (BNO 505) and the family’s beautiful Lagonda sports saloon. Sadly, BNO 505 is not currently recorded on the DVLA database although GY 8404 is mentioned there, albeit nothing is known post 1990. Ken Martin does have a photo of GY 8404 (reproduced here with thanks) which was taken in 1987 at the Morris Register’s Stanford Hall rally. It seems likely therefore that the car has survived as it looked well cared for just three years prior to its last recorded DVLA mention. Is the current whereabouts of this Minor known by anyone?

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Triple M corner no.189

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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.

EX 127

On 8th February 1932 Capt. G.E.T. Eyston along with Magic Midget EX 127 was at Pendine Sands on the Welsh south coast in an attempt to raise the Goup H ‘flying mile’ record to 120 mph. This, despite the fact that the weather and the condition of the sands were marginal, while Eyston himself was still recovering from serious burns suffered in an earlier record attempt. The target wasn’t achieved that day as the average speed over the each-way attempt was 118.39 mph, although EX127 did reach just over 120 mph on the outward leg. This image has been scanned from the book ‘Combat’, written by Barre Lyndon and published by William Heinemann in 1933. The aircraft seen in the image and mentioned in the caption is a DH 85 Leopard Moth.

Topiary…

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Topiary is a skill for which the exponent is rarely short of material upon which to practice. However skilful the ‘artist’, the end result is not necessarilly pleasing on the eye,  much like all other forms of art. Judge for yourself with these two examples of the genre captured by Bob Howden (1932 MG Midget JY 8840) and Ken Martin (1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590) while out on recent jaunts along the Berks/Wilts border.

Old Warden 2012…

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Pre-Covid. It almost looks alien now with strangers rubbing shoulders at a crowded motoring event. The occasion was a vintage aircraft display at Old Warden aerodrome in August 2012. Two Minors attended, those belonging to Wilkinson and Lambert, both of whom were taking part in a Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) Tour that concluded at the airfield owned by the Shuttleworth Trust.

Triple M corner no.188

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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.

Sir Francis (F.B.H.) Samuelson was an enthusiastic MG campaigner in the early thirties competing in both Le Mans and Montlhery Midgets. His exploits in a Double-Twelve Le Mans Midget at the la Sarthe and Spa circuits in June 1930 are legendary. The photo seen here of Sir Francis and Freddie Kindell in car no. 29 is very well known and was taken on the eve of the 1930 Le Mans race, as was that of Murton Neale and Hicks in an identical car. (no. 28) Unfortunately, neither car featured among those finishing the race, with even a hint of shenanigans surrounding the failure of Samuelson’s car after just five hours. The Light Car’s report on the race can be found here. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.538

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GY 8404

This image was scanned from one of two glass plates recently purchased via eBay. The 1932 Morris Minor Two-door Saloon (GY 8404) was first registered in London in June of that year. The photograph was almost certainly taken in the late forties or early fifties, as the toy Jeep is emblazoned with the motif ‘GB 1946’ on its bonnet. The car heading-up this unusual four vehicle queue is an elegant mid to late thirties Lagonda sports saloon while the last mode of transport in the line-up is a self-propelled, arm powered, foot steered go-cart. The Minor survived at least until August 1990 according to the DVLA.  More on this car in the next IOTW edition.

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VG 2007 – back in Blighty…

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After a twelve and a half year sojourn in the Netherlands, VG 2007 a 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon has made a permanent return to the U.K. having been purchased by Tony Gamble, the well known Minor enthusiast from Selby, North Yorks. The car was first discovered in a Bungay barn in 2004 before being acquired by Halbe Tjepkema from the Hague in January 2008. Halbe completed a painstaking restoration of the car in 2018, the car making its public debut at the Networks ‘Pacesetters’ summer rally that year. (Photo: Halbe Tjepkema)

Contrasts…

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These two photographs were taken at approximately the same time and on the same day but clearly not in the same location. It’s said that it’s a long way to Tipperary, in this case about 400 miles from Tattenham Corner in Surrey. The weather in Clocully, County Tipperary as reported by Member Joe Rayner was “glorious” as he took his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater for a run on Sunday, while a thoroughly damp Epsom racecourse didn’t prevent Philip Butland (Wolseley Hornet) and Alister Reid (Humber Tourer) attending their regular monthly meet on the Surrey downs.

Like father…

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UY 8391 is the ex Harry Edwards, Roger Lucke and Philip Butland 1930 Minor CMS Super Sports Special. It has remained in the Butland family and is now in the custodionship of Philip’s son who visited his father over the weekend.

IOTW no.537

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Bound for Spain

Dick Weekes (aka Kemble on this website’s forum) took his 1933 Morris Minor Saloon (UN 6573) to Spain in 1960. After travelling through France, this scenic photograph was taken as he approached the Spanish boarder.

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Triple M corner no.187

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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.

The 1931 JCC Brooklands Double Twelve race held on the 8th & 9th May was an amazing success for the MG factory, although none of the cars entered carried official factory sponsorship! MG C Type Montlhery Midgets occupied the first five places in the overall standings (under a handicap system), while the the three Midgets entered by the Earl of March collected the team prize. Here another C Type (no.72) driven by R.R. Jackson receives frantic servicing attention in the Brooklands pits. Unfortunately, Jackson’s car failed to finish the race. Silent Pathe News film footage of  the race can be seen here. (LAT Autocar photoscan courtesy of Motor Sport Images)

Uplifting…

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The wellbeing and mental health of the nation, following a prolonged period of lockdown, appears to be a topic high on many agendas at the moment. For Minorists, re-communing with the countryside while using our cars can’t fail to raise the spirits. This beautiful photograph of 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 set in the Wiltshire countryside is certainly uplifting. (Photo Ken Martin)

Neale’s special – He’s at it once again…

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For the past five years at around this time the website receives images of Neale Elder‘s 1929 Minor special from Christchurch, New Zealand resident, John McDonald. Each year, Neale takes part in the Balcairn Trial held to the north of the city and it’s clear from the photographs that he drives his Minor enthusiastically whilst on piste. This year is no exception as can be seen in this great image taken last weekend.

Somerset explorer…

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Martin and Jean Gregory have recently moved to Somerset from Northamptonshire. The UK’s coronavirus lockdown regulations have meant that for the most part Martin’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) has had to remain in its new garage. However, following the recent easing of restrictions Martin has been able to begin to familiarise himself with the countryside around his new home, his Minor  being the perfect vehicle for these meanderings.

A trip to Franco’s Spain (by Minor)

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Forumist, ‘Kemble’ has written an entertaining account of his epic 1960  trip to Spain in his 1932 Morris Minor Saloon. His illustrated aricle can now be found on the ‘Post-war Minoring’ page within the Member’s Area, located behind a blue button just beneath the title banner.

Triple M corner no.186

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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.

Images from the 1932 RAC Ards T.T. race feature here regularly as almost a third of the 34 car field were built in Abingdon. However, just two of the ten cars classified as finishing the race were MG Midgets – Hall in third place with Low in tenth. Here the MG C Type Midget no. 29 driven by Barnes is about to be passed by the Rose-Richards Talbot 105 along a straight stretch of the road circuit. Barnes failed to finish the race after his blower ceased to function. (LATplate B 8897 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.536

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This charming image of a 1929-31 OHC Morris Minor Tourer was a recent eBay purchase. The photo had been carefully mounted and framed, thus ensuring that the print was maintained in good condition. A close examination of the photo reveals that the car has been well-kept and is fitted with the early wheel centres as used on 1929 and 1930 season models, although no other form of  vehicle identification is visible. The mature lady behind the wheel is presumably the young boys aunt or grandmother?

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A maiden voyage (well almost)…

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Haydon Edwards from Newcastle-upon-Tyne has just completed an epic rebuild of his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (XVV 334), seen here on it’s first ‘proper’  trip out and about. Another Minor joins an ever expanding road-going fleet. Congratulations Haydon!

Get well soon Clive…

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Enthusiastic Minorist Clive Hall, one of the the Network’s earliest members, has been unwell of late. However, the latest news from his wife Bren is that he is now well along the road to recovery. Get well soon Clive!

Summer Saloons…

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During a summer when very little vintage motoring is taking place across the country, two Network members not only ventured forth onto the highways and by-ways, they remembered to take a camera with them! So thank you to the custodians of the saloons featured here, Dan Brockway (MV 6416) and Peter Brock (AAO 463). Dan described his trip into the beautiful Dorset countryside as a ‘plod’, while Peter’s Four-door Saloon is seen parked up outside his country retreat at Jesmond Dene.

Triple M corner no.185

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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.

The September 1934 Shelsley Walsh ‘Autumn Hill Climb’ was a damp affair as this re-touched photo of Samuels’s MG Midget testifies. The roosters of spray and the raised brollies held by many spectators in the large crowd are further confirmation if it were needed. Samuels wasn’t among the awards that day. (LAT photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images. Photo published on page 631 of 5th October 1934 edition of The Autocar)

IOTW no.535

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N.Z. homebuilt

Yet another interesting photograph from ‘Networker’ John McDonald in Christchurch, New Zealand. This one depict a 1929 OHC Minor that has seen far better days! The shot was probably taken in the late fifties or early sixties when these cars became affordable to students and others on an extremely limited budget. The homemade body and Magna wheels can’t disguise the car’s origins as the radiator, front wings and OHC Minor engine can all clearly be seen.

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Surviving…

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This set of black & white and colour images were taken some forty years apart and perfectly illustrate the transition many of our cars undergo to arrive as survivors in the third decade of the 21st century. The 1932 McEvoy Minor Special (VK 6518) in question is currently owned by Sarah Gibson and has undergone a comprehensive rebuild while in her hands and is now an outstanding example of the model, which owes its form to the design skills of the Jensen brothers. Some forty years earlier the car was acquired by long-term Morris enthusiast David Saunders who found it in the 1960’s in the condition seen in the two b&w shots.

Socialising…

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This photograph was found on the 100th Bomb Group Museum‘s Twitter feed and was taken by the museum’s curator on Saturday 9th June 2018. It depicts those entered for the 2018 PWMN Rally lined up alongside their cars immediately prior to the start of the Saturday tour. They are posing for the rally photo which, as is customary, is being taken by Kate Martin on the roof of the control tower, or as the Americans call it, the watchtower. (Photo courtesy of the 100th Bomb Group Museum)

An air filter for your Minor?

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During April, Networker Joe Rayner (aka ‘oilyrag’), created much interest on the website’s forum with his design for an air filter to fit the Minor’s SU carburettor. Subsequently, Joe set out with a budget of just £10 and access to materials on hand in his garage to design and build another such filter. While going through this process Joe took photos and wrote an interesting and informative ‘How to…’ article, which can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Section under Carburation & Fuel.

September 1929 Miles Thomas letter and 1930 abbreviated range leaflet

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This internet sourced document is a September 1930 mail-shot to the Morris Motors dealership chain. The mailing consists of a letter signed by the General Sales Manager, Miles Thomas along with a mini-range brochure featuring a Minor Coachbuilt Saloon. The leaflet is illustrated by the noted graphic artist – Harold Connolly. The documents is now resident on the Minor Story page in the open area of the website and can be viewed here.

Triple M corner no.184

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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.

In the years running up to the Second World War, Max Millar was perhaps the best known exponent of the art of the automotive cut-away drawing. Here, he has taken on the task of drawing the MG P Type Midget in four-seat form. (LAT collection photo – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Bawdsey Minor trio…

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On a very windy September day in 2011 a group of friends assembled with their Minors in the far east of Suffolk at Bawdsey, the intention being to visit the site of the secret WWII radar station housed in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor. For reasons that are now lost in the mist of time, the radar station visit didn’t take place but a march along the adjoining shingle beach cleared the previous night’s hangovers for all six concerned.

IOTW no.534

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Minehead NCP Car Park mid-thirties

This postcard image of part of the Minehead, Somerset shoreline looks likely to have been taken on a busy weekend during the holiday season. The Morris Minor Two-seater approaching the NCP car park (Parking Fee 6d) is UN 6109 a late 1932 Denbigh registered vehicle. Other car registrations indicate that tourists have travelled from as far afield as Berkshire, Birmingham and the Black Country to visit the Somerset resort. Just out of shot is the terminus to the railway serving the town which at this time was operated by the GWR. The line closed under the Beeching cuts in 1971, re-opening for tourist traffic in 1976 as the West Somerset Railway.

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Reg Gammon artist 1894-1997

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Reg Gammon was used as an illustrator by the Morris Owner magazine through the late nineteen twenties and into the thirties. He also worked for Temple Press, publishers of both the Light Car and Motor magazines throughout this same period. It’s no surprise to find that his talents were highly prized by these publications as his representations of cars, people and places are simple, yet skillfully applied. His obituary here makes for a very interesting read.

1931 S.V. Minor range brochure

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In almost 20 years of searching a copy of the 1931 S.V. Morris Minor range brochure had proven to be an extremely elusive document. Recenly a copy appeared for auction on eBay, the winning bid not coming from the Network. The low resolution scans from the eBay listing were however saved and now appear in PDF form under The Cars and the sub-menu Vintage Minor Story. The document itself can be seen here with apologies for the poor quality.

The view ahead…

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Two ‘saloonists’ have been taking advantage of the summer weather and the further easing of lockdown as a little needed excuse to exercise their cars. The top photo was taken by Tilly Yates, while husband Peter drove their 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) home as dusk was falling upon the Leicestershire countryside. Below, Ken Martin didn’t need to drive far to be deep in the Wiltshire downs, where he took this photo from the cabin of his 1930 Minor Saloon (VX 4590).

Triple M corner no.183

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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.

1932 Stiles MG F Type Magna ‘Threesome’ special. Arguably the prettiest of the special bodies to be fitted to any MG chassis during the thirties. It was built by Stiles Ltd. their business address being 3, Baker Street, London W.1  See also TMC no.46 (LATplate E2088 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.533

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South London – late thirties

This photo was first published in the 10th March 1939 edition of The Autocar, appearing in an article  related to driving instruction and the taking of the driving test. Here a learner driver under tuition is seen on a busy South London high road passing a parked 1932 Morris Minor 5 cwt van (HN 8545), sign written as being owned by a Norbury, SW16 electrical contractor, A.E. Cox Radio. The photo looks to have been taken in high summer, possibly in 1938, making the Minor van six years old at the time this photo is likely to have been taken. The photo begs a couple of questions – How did a Darlington registered vehicle end up in South London and did the van survive the forthcoming conflict? (Autocar photoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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A little more normality…

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Slowly but surely some vintage motoring activities are returning. The Home Counties Section exercised three of their cars, meeting up on the downs at Epsom on Sunday, while other members simply took to the byways (OK, driveway in one case) for some high summer meandering around the lanes, keeping at least two-metres apart from other road users.

Attending church…

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Many Networkers have been secretly praying for a return to something approaching normality following the massive disruptive effect of the coronavirus pandemic. Alan Taylor also sought divine intervention and made use of his beautiful 1932 Cunard Calshot whilst convening with his deity recently.

Around the Edge 2015

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It’s amazing to think that it was five years ago that many Networkers (both past and present) took part in the Around The Edge Challenge. The aim was to circumnavigate England’s borders raising money for macmillan and other charities. The event took part in the spring of that year and here Avril and Tim Ovenden were photographed entering Winchelsea in their 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (KJ 3553) on a cold March morning.

Triple M corner no.182

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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.

JCC Double-Twelve Race Brookland 8th & 9th May 1931

The 1931 ‘Double-Twelve’ race is famous for its top-five clean sweep by a quintet of 746 cc MG C Type Midgets, with the three C Types competing under the Earl of March’s banner also taking the team prize. The 750 cc class represented almost half of the field of 50 cars that year with 10 Austin Sevens competing alongside the 14 MG Montlhery Midgets. Endurance racing is tough on both man and machine and it’s therefore no surprise to find that just 29 cars were still running at the conclusion of the gruelling 24 hour race. Unfortunately, the photographer who took this shot unluckily managed to select three cars that didn’t make it to the finishing line. Here, E. Martin‘s Riley can be seen passing the very smart supercharged MG C Type of the Honourable Mrs Chetwynd, with A.T.G. Gardiner‘s car (70) bringing up the rear. (LATplate B5901 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.532

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MY 7336

It would be wrong to suggest that this thirties snapshot of a 1930 Morris Minor Saloon is in any way exceptional.  It isn’t, in that like so many photos of family cars of the period, it was taken at the roadside where a picnic is under way.  The car has an occupant, although the individuals gender is not clear. The Minor (it could be either a Fabric or Coachbuilt saloon) was first registered in Middlesex. This image came via Hugh Barnes (Orstin) with thanks.

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The Minor – Seven challenge July 2014

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Almost six years ago, the Network in conjunction with the Pre-war Austin Seven Club and The Automobile magazine organised The Minor – Seven Challenge. The event took place at the 100th Bomb Group’s Museum at Thorpe Abbotts,  Norfolk and took the form of a series of driving tests in which motoring journalist Matthew Bell thoroughly exercised an Austin Seven and a Morris Minor on the former WWII airfield. In this photo Matthew reverses the Austin Seven around a series of cones, with the photographer including Janie Maeers 1932 Minor Tourer (OY 3270) in the foreground. The resulting article appeared in the November 2014 edition of the magazine.

Just 12 months ago…

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Bob Howden’s MG Midget (GY 8840) heads up this trio of open cars captured deep in the Wiltshire countryside during the 2019 Moonrakers’ Rally. Behind the MG is John Paternoster’s  1929 Morris Minor Tourer (SV 9091) while the Janie Maeers/Geof Wilson Tourer (VJ 1756) brings up the rear. (Photo Liz Thomas)

Triple M corner no.181

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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.

Yet another heavily retouched photograph from The Autocar magazine, this one from February 1933. The car seen here is the second prototype MG K3 Magnette (JB 1269) which has been fitted with a revised radiator nascelle, that according to a caption (of this same image) in a post-war publication was an “unsightly addittion”. According to the same source, this car was used as a test vehicle for the 1933 Mille Miglia cars. (Photoscan from the LAT collection – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.531

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Workhorse

John McDonald submitted this evocative late fifties or early sixties image of a 1932 Morris Minor Saloon. The photo was taken in the Te Urewera region of North Island, New Zealand, the Minor being refuelled outside the local general store.  The car was approaching 30 years old at this time and was showing signs of its age. It had clearly been worked hard of late as the fully laden trailor and flattened rear springs illustrate.

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NOT Gone Rallying…

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Friday 5th June was to have been the date that many Network members along with their cars, assembled in Hereforshire for the start of the 2020 Marches Rally. The spread of the coronavirus across the U.K. put paid to those plans leading to the postponement of the event until the same June weekend in 2021. Until then, keep safe. (Kate Martin photo)

Sold in New Zealand…

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Network member John McDonald from Christchurch, New Zealand reports that this 1933 Minor Saloon has recently sold for $NZ300, approximately £154! John was sorely tempted to buy the car himself but the almost 2000 kilometre round trip to the Bay of Islands persuaded him otherwise! Perhaps the new owner will discover this website and forum and tell us about his new acquisition?

Latest website additions…

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A series of four SU advertisements from 1937, detailing how to trace and correct faults on their carburetters have been compiled into a single PDF and added to the members area technical section. In addition, the Competition Minors page now contains an eight page, fully illustrated Light Car report of the 1931 MCC London-Land’s End Trial, with an entry list that was dominated by Midgets, Minors and Hornets.

Late spring or high summer?

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Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson are seen here exploiting the UK’s glorious spring weather by taking themselves off for a picnic in ‘Prudence’, Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756). Their timing looks impeccable, as the weather forecast is predicting a significant change!

Triple M corner no.180

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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.

This heavily retouched Autocar photo is of an MG C Type Midget being driven by Mrs T.H. (Bill) Wisdom at the Craigantlet Hill Climb, (near Belfast, Northern Ireland) on 14th August 1932. Mrs Wisdom went on to win class III at the event. The photograph appeared in the 19th August 1932 edition of the magazine. (LAT Archive – Autocar photoscan – Courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.530

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OV 4995

This 1931 Birmingham registered Morris Minor Two-seater could be some distance from home. The photo is captioned ‘St. Bartholomew’s  Church, Leigh litch gate’, Leigh being in the county of Surrey some 140 miles south east of England’s second city. The assortment of wheels and general appearance of the vehicle might also be indicative of when the photo was taken – perhaps as late as the fifties.

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Two from Oz…

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Forum member, Geoff Wigg from Queensland owns this late metal panelled MG M Type Midget 2m/3328. (formerly TG 2977) He took the car to Australia in 1977 and commenced a rebuild in 2016. The red 1929 Minor roadster is owned by John Cox in Tasmania.

Forum down

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PLEASE NOTE: As of 1500 hours BST today Friday 29th May, the website’s forum has ceased to function correctly. This has affected all Tapatalk sites and appears to be a server issue.

Topless…

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The 2014 Old England Rally was centred upon Cavendish in Suffolk. The weather over the weekend was changeable and included a full blown thunderstorm on the Saturday morning. By mid-afternoon the sun shone once again and here in Lavenham Stuart and Glenda Clark have folded back the Kopalapso roof of their 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (WD 1430) while Andy Brown in his 1931 SV Minor Tourer (372 XUA)  still didn’t trust the conditions and kept his hood firmly in the ‘up’ position! (Photo Ken Martin)

IOTW no.529

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A Manxed ‘M’

Many pre-war ‘open’ cars were the recipients of new homebuilt bodies in the austere post war years of the late forties and fifties. By now most of these cars were approaching 25 years old and their original timber framed bodies had seen far better days. This Surrey registered 1931 MG Midget PL 5390 had acquired such a body, styled with sharply cut-away doors, a flat windscreen and a docked tail, thus imitating the J and P type Midgets that followed the M Type’, although losing its louvered front valance somewhere along the way.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.50

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1931 Swallow Wolseley Hornet special Two-seater (RB 3136) was last taxed in the UK in 2007. These four images are all from a carandclassic car listing dating from the spring of 2012 when the car was advertised for sale by a dealer Italy. It looks very much like the car has remained on the continent. The Swallow company were among the first coachbuilders to body the (then) new Hornet chassis.

New to the gallery…

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Robert Farnell from Yorkshire owns this red Morris Minor 5 cwt van (NSX 727) while new member Howard Annetts has recently purchased this 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (UR 4361). The car’s maiden voyage in Howard’s ownership was an inauspicious affair in that it expired with carburation issues just a mile from his Berkshire home. Both of these images are now resident in the appropriate gallery within the Members Area of the website.

JO 764 restoration update…

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Mick Robert’s restoration of the £100 Morris Minor prototype (JO 764) is now well under way. Repairs to the steel skin on the doors and scuttle have been made while some body timbers (of necessity) have been replaced and added to the frame. More images of the rebuild can be found on the website’s forum here.

The Wasp stirs…

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Geof Wilson’s Minor special ‘Wilson’s Wasp’ (MM 9326) is now being de-bugged in Leicestershire. While some panelwork awaits completion, the remainder of the bodywork has recently passed through the paintshop.

Triple M corner no. 179

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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.

Yet another photograph from the 1933 RAC TT held at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland on 2nd September that year. Here, no.19 E.R. Hall in his MG Magnette is seen dicing with W.R. Baird (Riley) at an unknown point on the 13.6 mile road circuit. Hall went on to finish 4th overall and second in his class (behind eventual winner Tazio Nuvolari ) while Baird finished 6th overall and 3rd in his class. (A Motor plate reference 802-42 from the LAT Collection. Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

So can we or can’t we?

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Is the usage of old cars permitted following the easing of lockdown? It seems that the answer is ‘yes’, as long as they are being used to convey the individual(s) to an exercise destination. Alternatively, a trip to the post office, village food shop or supermarket also qualifies. There exist nothing in the guidelines relating to the ages of vehicles engaged in these activities.

The next best thing?

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Although lockdown has been eased slightly in England, it’s still very much in force across the rest of the U.K. If you are really keen to take a drive in your Minor, Midget or Hornet then it’s best to ensure that your car has wheels, an engine and at a stretch, a body. John Nagle doesn’t believe any of these ingrediants are vital, but making brum, brum sounds and grasping an imaginery steering wheel are definitely signs that things are getting desperate in Dorset.

IOTW no.528

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JO 764 December 1930

One of the pre-launch photo-shoots for the new (for 1931) S.V. Morris Minor Two-seater (JO 764) was conducted in awful weather conditions somewhere in the Oxfordshire countryside. Here the car is stopped at a road junction during what looks to have been a downpour, the vacuum wiper clearly (or should that be unclearly!) not doing its job. The LAT archive holds a sequence of images taken that day which must have been a miserable one for the photographer. (LATplate Red 9060 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Triple M corner no.178

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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.

F. Gordon Crosby (The Autocar) and Bryan De Grineau (The Motor) were artistic contributors to their respective motoring magazines from the first decade of the twentieth century through to the latter part of the thirties  (De Grineau) and until the commencement of WWII (Crosby). Their work was invariably produced against tight deadlines as they attempted to capture (primarily) sporting action that the camera had missed. Here, in a rare colour image, Crosby records a moment from the 1933 RAC TT as Nuvolari passes the pits in his K3 MG Magnette on his way to a famous victory. The image is a scan of a colour plate from the book Circuit Dust written bt Barre Lyndon and first published by John Miles in 1934.

Pardon…

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Yet another (almost) 10 year old image. This one of Linda and Toby Sears in their 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) at the ‘Pardon’ hairpin was taken by Kate Martin at the VMR’s Prescott event in July 2010. It was captioned at the time with “This is how you do it!”

Ten years ago…

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The Network has had a continuous presence at the Spring Beaulieu event since 2009. In the early years Trevor Wilkinson and Chris Lambert manned the stall, even sleeping in the club gazebo on one particularly memorable, uncomfortable and very cold May weekend. From the look on stallholder Trevor Wilkinson’s face it was almost certainly the May 2010 event, the year this photo was taken. In more recent times Toby Sears has continued to fly the flag for the PWMN from his large stall in the Red field.

Remembering VE Day…

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Mike Tebbett sent this photo of 1933 Morris Minor Saloon (VD 2631) which was taken on 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of the ending of the war in Europe. The car resides in Colwell, Worcs and is owned by Ian Wilson who purchased the car at a Brightwell’s auction in 2019. Meanwhile in Lymington, Hants Toby Sears had prepared his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) for it’s VE Day Anniversary outing, by providing a suitable fine mesh mask, this despite the uncertainty around their effectiveness.

On the move…

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Despite being only partially rebuilt, Tony Gamble‘s Minor Arrow Special (driven by his son) is seen here attempting a passing manoeuvre along the main street in the village of Burn, North Yorkshire. In fact, this wasn’t a clandestine Minor outing at all and was a planned part of Tony (& wife Christine’s) recent property move of just a few hundred yards.

IOTW no.527

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PO 4843

This is one of a sequence of six images of PO 4843 purchased as a single lot on eBay in December 2012. Three have featured here previously but not this shot of the car and its owner’s wife or girlfriend. ‘Jerry’ is a 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater, first registered in West Sussex in late 1931. As none of the six prints are captioned we can only speculate as to how it was so named and just when these photographs were taken. What can’t be denied is that like this particular image, they all possess a certain period charm.

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Missing motor sport?

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The current coronavirus lockdown means that much of our life is on ‘pause’ at the moment. That of course includes many of our leisure activities and in particular those involving our old cars – it’s difficult to justify any trip out as an essential journey when the vehicle of choice is ninety years old! So here is a reminder from 2009 of what we used to do in the early springtime. This photo was taken at the VSCC‘s Light Car Welsh Weekend on 28th March 2009. Here Sue Pimms (formerly Woodward) is about to leave section seven of the Sunday trial in her 1930 OHC engined Morris Minor Two-seater (BR 8606), but not before sharing a joke with the marshalls, one of whom is former Minor owner, Jeremy Evans. Happy days.

Wolseley Hornet Specials no.49

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This snapshot of HY 9201, a mid-1933 Bristol registered Wolseley Hornet Trinity DHC Special, was purchased recently on eBay. It’s likely that the photograph was taken either later on in the thirties or even post war, if the poor condition of the hood material is an indicator. Meredith Coachcraft of Castle Bromwich built the Trinity models and period images of their cars are difficult to find. However, evidence from more recent photographs indicate that at least two of this particular model survive.

Eighty seven years in Bangalore…

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This Morris Minor Family Four-door Saloon (MYB 5060) left the Morris Motors Cowley plant in 1933 and was immediately exported. It’s destination was Bangalore in India where it has spent the last 87 years in the custodianship of one family. The car is now in the care of family member, Mrs Usha Devi,  for whom we must thank for permitting member Kartik Lunia to pass the photographs on to us here. It’s quite possible that this is the only surving long-wheelbase Minor model in the sub-continent. The car is also an award winner as two of these photographs clearly indicate.

Maintaining the SU Petrolift…

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Those who own the 1932 and 1933 Minor models will appreciate the latest addittion to the Members Technical Area, a ‘Running Hints & Tips’ item from the October 1932 edition of the Morris Owner, concerning the maintenance of the SU Petrolift device. Thanks goes to Joe Rayner for sourcing the document.

The sun doesn’t always shine…

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The PWMN’s 2012 Rally was based upon the New Forest National Park and was hosted by Toby & Linda Sears. It was also the first Network rally to be located away from the East of England. Rally HQ was situated at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum while the rally dinner was held in the Bistro Restaurant at the Hoseason’s Shorefield Park site. Here, on an overcast day, Andrew and Sue Batey in their 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (BPB 357), pull into the Station House Tea Rooms in Tiptoe for a cream tea around 4:00 PM on Saturday 16th June.

IOTW no.526

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UP 4835

This lovely image featuring a 1930 Durham registered MG Midget (UP 4835) was purchased on eBay recently. The photo was taken at Stybarrow Crag, Ullswater and bears the stamp on its reverse of Fox Photos Ltd., of Tudor Street, London EC4, the firm’s premises being located within a stones throw of Fleet Street. Unfortunately, there is no indication as to which publication the image was eventually destined to appear. The good news is that this car survives and according to the DVLA was last taxed in 2007. The Triple M Register are investigating.

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Triple M corner no.177

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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.

The racing legend that was Tazio Nuvolari is pictured here on his way to a famous win in his MG Magnette at the 1933 RAC TT, held at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland. (LATplate Motor 802-39 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Don’t Drive-it-Day 2020

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The FBHVC’s annual Drive-it-Day event is usually a celebration of classic and vintage motoring. Not so in 2020, with Coronavirus lock-down regulations in place across the whole of the United Kingdom. While some made at least a token gesture of driving their historic vehicles out of their garages and into the brilliant spring sunshine, others, including members Chris Healey and Andy Brown kept the dust sheets on their Minors, while awaiting the easing of the current restrictions.

Air filters…

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The SU carburettors fitted to all Minor models were supplied without air filters attached, something that very shortly after the Minor ceased production was considered a necessity by car manufacturers. This topic is currently receiving an airing on the Network’s forum pages where practicality, innovation and what seems like quantum physics are playing out on one thread. In this photo Joe Rayner‘s innovative approach (left & middle images) go head to head with the more traditional method adopted by Trevor Wilkinson (r/h photo).

Gardening?

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Garden maintenance usually means pruning the roses or cutting the  grass, but not in Janie Maeers case. Taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather Janie has driven her 1929 Morris Minor Tourer (VJ 1756) into the garden to paint the brake drums…