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Back in harness…

By Headline News

Kenneth Allen‘s 1934 Minor Saloon (DG 8657 aka DouG) has suffered more than its fair share of issues in recent times, keeping it off the road for long periods. Hopefully, the recurring problems are now things of the past and Kenneth and Minor can once again enjoy the delights of rural Surrey, as in this recent festive photo taken at Send Marsh Green.

Enlightenment II

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The Toby Sears owned 1932 Minor Two-seater (PJ 5155) has recently been pressed into service as his main form of transport with his ‘modern’ being temporarily out of commission. This photo was taken on a dull, wet and windswept day on the Hampshire coast where his LED illuminated headlamps ensured that his Minor was clearly visible to other road users. It’s worth repeating the mantra ‘See and be seen’.

Autocar October 1982 – ‘The £100 car’ & ‘Wheel to wheel’

By News Story

It’s rare to find a latter half of the 20th century article concerning the pre-war Morris Minor in which errors can’t be found. An October 1982 Autocar article by Andrew Whyte is a notable exception. Perhaps it was because Andrew was a Minor owner himself or that his prolific motoring output required detailed research, whatever the reason, his ‘The £100 car’ is an excellent read. This article and ‘Wheel to wheel’ a cbrief comparison of the Minor with the Ford Eight ‘Y’ Type can be found in ‘The Minor Story’ filed under Post-war articles.

Triple M corner no.163

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 unidentified (perhaps VB 98**) MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe is seen taking part in the 1931 running of the MG Car Club Trial. The driver was AS Curtis while the photographer was none other than the prolific Bill Brunell. What is interesting about this photo is that the coupe’s neatly designed sunshine roof is in the open position, the only such image in the archive. The front bumper was a non-standard fitment and does nothing for the looks of the car, while the trafficators and spotlight affixed to the ‘A’ pillar are further visual distractions. The large calormeter and wings coupled with the full-length sunvisor might indicate that Mr. Curtis enjoys embellishing his car. What is evident is the effectiveness of the rear-wing mud shield. This is simply an extention of the door. While mud and road dirt collect here, when the door is opened, it swings clear of the clothes of those entering or leaving the vehicle. (Is that a bird on the scuttle?)

Enlightenment…

By Headline News

Dan Brockway from Marnhull in Dorset has increased the lighting equipment candle power of his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416) by fitting some high intensity LED bycle lights. See and be seen…

IOTW no.506

By IOTW

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GN 5195

This snapshot of an early 1931 London registered Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (GN 5195) is another recent eBay purchase. As this OHC Minor was leaving the end of the production line, the very first ‘utility’ SV Minors  were beginning to find customers.  The dilemma facing some prospective Minor customers (and perhaps this one as well) was not just about which engine type to select for powering their new acquisition, but what that final model choice may say about them and their aspirations? Of course model ‘price’ will have been a very significant factor but the prospect of driving a visibly utilatarian model versus a model with chrome ancillaries, bumpers and a (limited) colour choice will have swayed some to find the extra money and buy the OHC version, or perhaps to simply walk around the corner and see what was on offer at their nearest Austin Seven dealer! No heart or head choices to be made there.

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Vintage motoring in December…

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

Home Counties Section do it in style…

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The Home Counties Section recently held their Christmas get-together at the salubrious RAC Club in Woodcote Park, near Epsom in Surrey. While just two pre-war cars were in attendance, nine section members made it, including Mike Gorman who is driving the 1934 Morris Ten-four Tourer (OY 9328) seen here. Just behind the 10/4 is Keith Durston‘s 1931 MG Midget (EV 433), the photograph being taken as both cars pass through the venue’s famous gates.

1954 Practicle Motorist item added…

By News Story

Over the months of November and December 1954 the Practical Motorist and Motor Cyclist published a four-page article in two installment entitled ‘Overhauling the Morris Minor & Eight‘. It was directed squarely at the do-it-yourself pre-war Minor & Eight motorists of the time although it remains equally relevant for today’s owners of the model. The article covers both the Minor OHC and SV versions of the car and is easy to read and informative. The article can now be found in the Member’s Area, Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’.

Triple M corner no.162

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.

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

IOTW no.505

By IOTW

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PN 7459 1931 SV Minor

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

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No trouble at the mill…

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Dan Brockway recently took his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416) on a proving run to the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford, Somerset. On the way he stopped at the Sturminster Newton Mill to take this photograph of a view that will be familar to those Minorists who entered the 2007 VMR Rally, as this was a planned stop on the rally’s Saturday tour.

Canalside …

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This charming summer photo was taken by Peter Hills, the owner and restorer of the ‘Out of Africa’ 1929 Minor Tourer DS 9936. The shot was taken on the Saturday tour of the 2004 VMR Rally and is a timely reminder of better things to come in just a few months time.

2020 Network Calendars now available…

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The new Pre-war Minor Network wall-hanging calendars are now available to purchase. Price per calendar is £12 inc. UK p&p and €17 inc. p&p rest of EU. (Please contact chris@prewarminor.com for costs to other non-EU locations). The calendars are printed on 240 gsm gloss card,  are wiro bound and feature the 12 winning images from our 2019 POTY Competition, as selected by the team at Motorsport Images. Payment is accepted by via PayPal, electronic money transfer or cheques drawn on UK banks. Please email chris@prewarminor.com for bank account details should you wish to transfer funds electronically.

Triple M corner no.161

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.

These two recently acquired images depict a mid-1930 Carlisle registered MG M Type Midget (HH 5340). The photo was possibly taken in the late forties or fifties, the Midget having undergone a skin transplant at some point, losing its original fabric covering and being reclad in steel or aluminium, while the owner’s garments also hark back to that period. The car’s scuttle provides the clue to its re-skinning , where a neat row of rivet heads can be seen joining the scuttle top to the side. (The factory produced, metal clad car did not make its debut until the 1931 season). As to why the Union flag is being displayed on the property opposite is open to conjecture, perhaps to celebrate the coronation of 1953, or the end of WWII ?

IOTW no.504

By IOTW

Blazing a trail with a Minor.

These two images were scanned from a recently acquired August 1930 edition of the Morris Overseas Mail magazine. They immediately struck a chord as the Australian Minor Roadster and its journey into the Australian bush was familiar to me. Upon checking the archive I found two further references to this expedition. The first was a short article in a May 1930 edition of The Autocar, the second being a full length article from the August 1935 edition of The Morris Owner. As to why the magazine published the article a full year after the Minor ceased production and five years after it took place is mystifying. The article however bears witness to the ruggedness of the Minor’s running gear under what were atrocious conditions. The 1935 Morris Owner article can be read by following the link below. (Chris Lambert – November 2019)

MO Blazing a trail with a Minor August 1935

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And the winner is …

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Congratulations to Peter Brock for this superb photo, entitled ‘Northern Light’. A clear winner according to the judges. Peter hails from the North East of England and lives not too far away from St Mary’s Island near Whitley Bay where this lighthouse is located. The photo was taken on 14th November 2019 on the 321st anniversary of the opening of the Eddystone lighthouse on 14th November 1698. Peter now becomes the new custodian of the LAT Plate, the trophy donated in recognition of the competition’s sponsors.

Some time ago…

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This photo (shot on film) was taken by Ken Martin back in the early noughties at a VSCC rally near Tewkesbury, the first such event the car (1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon OU 6930) and its newish owner had attended.  The owner was made to feel very welcome by Barry Rogers (left) – where are you now Barry and come to that where is OU 6930?

IOTW no.503

By IOTW

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Calcutta – Spring 1930

This cutting is from the August 1930 edition of The Morris Overseas Mail magazine and shows the comparatively rare sight of a Minor Saloon on the sub-continent. The two brief paragraphs of text accompanying the image tells of Mr Whittacker’s satisfaction with the model and its achievements in Calcutta’s busy traffic. He claims that his Fabric Saloon has a top-speed of 53 mph and regularly achieves 47 mpg. Keeping a fabric skinned car in sub-tropical conditions must surely have taxed those charged with maintaining the integrity of the body. It’s known that in the tip of the North Island in New Zealand birds used the flock beneath the skin of imported Fabric Saloons as nest lining material. Similar issues may have also occurred in India.

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Triple M corner no.160

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.

Donington Park 12th May 1934: A hectic start to one of the feature races that day showing a solitary Ford Eight Special, driven by T.C. Harrison, leading a smoking pack of six MGs away from the line. The three Midgets with visible competition numbers were driven by; 19 J.R. Grice, 21 W.G. Everitt and 26 P.H. Lim. (LATplate C3411 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Last chance…

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Our Photograph of the Year Competition closes at midnight (GMT) on Monday 18th November. If you have a photograph that qualifies for entry, then go to the POTY page here, where you will find the rules and also the gallery containing the images entered to date. Please note that entry is ‘free’. (Photo: Peter Brock)

Endangered…

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There are probably fewer than 25 Minor Sports and Special Coupes surviving across the globe. This one, a 1933 season car, has recently been unearthed in Bury, Greater Manchester. Despite losing its original registration, it comes with a current V5 and is already attracting bids on eBay here.

IOTW no.502

By IOTW

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Family lane-side picnic circa 1930

Period images featuring families sharing a summer afternoon’s picnic alongside their cars are anything but rare. An image search on Google or a trawl through eBay will reveal many of this genre. However, few are as well composed or photographed as this example. Here, the occupants of two cars, perhaps an extended family, have assembled by the roadside to consume their picnic on a beautiful summer day. In the large late twenties saloon (1928 Morris Cowley) sits the matriarch while her kith and kin are seated on the grass around her. The 1929 season Minor Fabric Saloon may be owned by the photographer who has captured this late twenties/early thirties middle-class idyll for posterity. (Image via Ken Martin)

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Triple M corner no.159

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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.

On Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 1930 the Junior Car Club hosted the ‘British Double Twelve Hour Race’ at the Brooklands circuit. At this event a five-car MG Midget team created a considerable stir by winning the team prize, following a fierce battle with the much fancied Austin Seven team. The team Midgets that took part that day were all identical adaptations of the standard production versions, their team victory boosting sales of the model. Following this event, the five cars went on to compete throughout 1930 and beyond. One of these team cars can be seen here, taking part and in the thick of the action at the JCC ‘Member’s Day’ event on Saturday 5th July 1930. The question is, which of the five is it? (Edited extract from LATplate B4388 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

2019 POTY competition…

By News Story

An appeal. To date we have entries from just 10 individuals to our annual POTY competition. I’m of course aware that it’s early days and that there is plenty of time remaining before entry closes. I’m also aware that some are ‘keeping their powder dry’ while others have yet to find the time to interrogate their photo files before submitting their entry or entries – for which I thank you in advance. But…
Well over 300 of you view this website every week. All Minor/Midget/Hornet owners who visit here will have a favourite image of their car and even those not fortunate enough to currently own an eligible example will still have seen a car or a photo which was enough to fire their enthusiasm for the model(s). Last year there were entries from 24 individuals which generated 61 images for the judges to pore over. Surely, we can better that in 2019? While there exists an upper limit of 3 entries per member, the lower limit is just one solitary photo – which can’t be that difficult to find. All I need is a digital file of your photo to be emailed to me chris@prewarminor.com , the larger the file size the better and I will do the rest. While the prize for the winning entry is not going to change your life, it’s certainly worth having and even if you don’t win, there is a respectable chance that your image might make it into the 2020 Network calendar. Websites survive and thrive because of the inputs of members and photo competitions are made all-the-more interesting by a wide-ranging variety of entries from photographers across all skill levels. So please take 5 minutes out of your day before Monday 18th November (when entry closes) to select and send your favourite shot.

Chris Lambert – webmaster

Lapping it up…

By Headline News

A further photo of the Philippe Prigent Minor ‘Sports’ Special (CR-328-EW) at speed while competing at the Montlhery circuit to the south of Paris last May. (Note the large sump)

Triple M corner no.158

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.

A.P. Squire‘s 1933 MG J2 Midget (ALP 363) is seen here competing in the 1936  MCC London-Edinburgh Trial (29th & 30th May) on one of the four ‘observed’ hills, these being, Park Rash, Summer Lodge, Wrynose Pass and Hard Knott Pass. He gained a Premier Award. (LATplate C8912 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.501

By IOTW

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Peter Skinner (again)

Following on from IOTW no.500, this image shows the elder of the Skinner siblings wrestling his car around the Lower ‘S’ at Shelsley Walsh in 1938. According to contemporary reports, the 4.2 litre Hudson engined special was exceedingly quick along the straights, while testing the driver’s abilities to the full on the corners. It’s interesting to note that in 1938 crash helmets were required to be worn under the regulations, while for most of the thirties this wasn’t the case. (LAT ‘Motor’ film courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Favourite Minor, Midget or Hornet photo?

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Dig out your favourite Minor, Midget and Hornet photographs and enter them for this year’s PWMN POTY competition. Full details can be found on this page along with the first few entries. The top twelve photos, as voted for by our panel of judges from Motor Sport Images will feature on our 2020 calendar – available early December.

2019 Photograph of the Year competition

By News Story

A final reminder: Entry opens to the 2019 POTY competition on Monday 4th November. A photo of your car, or your favourite image of someone else’s Minor, Midget or Hornet could be adorning a page or pages of the forthcoming 2020 Pre-war Minor Network calendar. Entry is ‘free’ and don’t forget that you can enter up to three images. Full details can be found here.

Philippe’s Montlhery Minor…

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Philippe Prigent from Brest, France constructed his 1929 ‘sporting’ Two-seater Minor (CR-328-EW) from the remains of a fifties homebuilt wreck he imported from the UK. For the past three years he has attended the Montlhery Classic event where he has raced the Minor on the circuit’s steep banking. This paddock shot was taken in early May 2019.

Triple M corner no.157

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 is a Bill Brunell image of RX 8306, a 1931 MG C Type. A present day survivor, RX 8306 had an extremely varied competition career during the early thirties. Here the car is taking part in  what is believed to to be the 1932 running of the Inter Varsity Trial, driven by H.S. Linfield, the editor of the Autocar magazine. It also took part in circuit racing at Brooklands, hill climbing at Shelsley, speed trials at Lewes, and was driven on Pendine sands by G.E.T. Eyston in a class H ‘Flying Mile’ record attempt on 4th January 1932. It’s currently owned by Chris Cadman who continues to race the car in VSCC and other historic events.

Jam by Royal Mail?

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This internet sourced museum image of what is almost certainly a 1933 Minor 5 cwt van, (despite the 1934 season car front wings) is very peculiarly liveried. Zentis are a German jam manufacturer and yet the vehicle’s owner may has elected to signwrite the words Royal Mail above the Zentis logo, perhaps in acknowledgement of the van’s origins?

IOTW no.500

By IOTW

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Peter Skinner & the Red Skinner Special

This superb portrait of Peter Skinner was taken at Shelsley Walsh in September 1938. By this time his Red Minor Skinner Special had been radically altered by the installation of a Hudson Straight Eight power unit of 4168 cc developing 138 bhp. It’s not easy to ascertain just how much of the original Morris Minor was retained at this point but the likelihood is that it was very little. His sister Barbara, also competed in the same car at this event. (LAT Photo C15901 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Pride of ownership…

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Morris Register and Network member, John Whalley is the relatively new custodian of this handsome  1932 Minor Two-seater EV 5204 which first surfaced on eBay in May after a protracted period of hibernation. John’s car was first registered in Rochford, Essex on 1st April 1932.

Triple M corner no.156

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.

Date: 13th May 1933 Venue: Donington Park – Second Donington Meeting. E.R. ‘Eddie’ Hall’s C Type Midget leads R.F. Turner’s Austin Seven Sports in the 3rd event of the day at the recently opened Donington circuit. The  5-lap race lasted just 11 minutes & 28 seconds with Hall comfortably beating Turner’s Austin Seven, which finished 2nd. Later that afternoon, Hall won the 5th event, another 5-lapper, in 11minutes 24 seconds,  4 seconds quicker than in event 3. Consistency personified. (LAT ‘Motor’ plate 807-12 courtesy Motorsport Images)

IOTW no. 499

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HX 8980 1931 Morris Minor Semi-Sports

Although officially a 1931 season car, far greater numbers of the £125 Morris Minor Semi-Sports (two-seat) model were constructed and sold in the period late August to late December 1930 than in the following eight-months to August 1931. This was almost entirely due to the introduction of the S.V. £100 Minor Two-seater just before the Christmas holiday in December 1930, its £25 price advantage seriously denting sales of the Semi-Sports model.  This Middlesex registered car, however, carries a registration plate (HX 8980) of a sequence that was issued between 1933 and 1939, which suggests that it was re-registered at some point, post 1933. Thanks goes to Keith Durston for unearthing this photo of his friend Ginger Marshall and brother, which was probably taken in the late forties/early Fifties. The car survives and is currently in the custodianship of Daniel Redmond.

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2019 PWMN POTY Competition schedule announced…

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For those intending to enter, please note that the schedule for the forthcoming 2019 POTY competition is as follows: Entry opens Monday 4th November. Entry closes Monday 18th November. Results declared Saturday 23rd November. (This great photo of Morris Minor Four-door Saloon AAO 463 was entered for the 2018 competition by Peter Brock and pictures the car against the backdrop of Wastwater, Wasdale in the English Lake District.)

Reunion…

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Barry Robinson is seen here (centre) with his newly acquired 1932 MG M Type (DG 4888), a car that was last in his care almost sixty years ago, and an reunion that was facilitated by Sam Christie, a website member. A very happy ending to a long quest.

IOTW no.498

By IOTW

Here is a snapshot of a late 1931 or early 1932 MG Midget which is identifiable by its sculptured wings and short boot lid. What is not clear from this image is if the car is fabric skinned or one of the ‘new’ metal panelled variants. Folklore has it that all short boot lid cars were of the metal panelled variety as MG were keen to clear old stocks of the fabric skinned version. Certainly, their pricing for the 1932 season reflected this with the fabric skinned car being listed at £165 while the new panelled body versions were priced at £185. Could it be possible that Carbodies were supplying MG with short boot lid versions of both the panelled and fabric skinned cars? Is there evidence to say that this is not the case? PS Stowing the spare wheel on the tail was not a standard feature offered by the company.

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Triple M corner no.155

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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.

On 13th July 1934, in bright mid-summer sunshine, R.L. Doble was taking part in the Llandudno Trial aboard MG J2 GV 2183 (J4231). He is seen here passing a public house on “Badfort” on his way to collecting a Premier Award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Victorian architecture & art deco saloons

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Alan Dennison and Peter Brock both own Minor four-door saloons and have recently and quite independently, visited two interesting examples of Victorian architecture, as these images show. The buildings in question are located some 240 miles apart and exist at opposite ends of the style and functionality spectrums, despite being built within eight years of one another. The Mansion House at Old Warden Park in Bedfordshire was designed by Henry Clutton, a famous Victorian architect, for the Shuttleworth family and was completed in 1875. The coastal ‘Rocket Garage’ structure in Cullercoats, North Tyneside was built in 1867 to house hazardous materials, in this case fireworks, or more specifically rockets. The rockets were fired from the shore towards  floundering shipping off the coast. Attached to each rocket was a long length of twine which in turn was attached to ropes or cables back on shore.  The stranded crews, then dragged the ropes or cables on board which helped to facilitate their rescue.

Friends Reunited

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When Barry Robinson was a very young man in the late fifties/early sixties he acquired his first car, a 1932 MG M Type Midget (DG 4888).  His new pride and joy had originally been built as a Sportsman’s Coupe but at some point in the intervening period the original body had been replaced with something closely resembling that of an MG J2, including a fuel tank at the rear. When other necessities of life got in the way the car was reluctantly sold, a fact that Barry has always regretted. A while ago he shared his story (and some photos) with M Type guru Sam Christie. Sam archived the photos on his hard drive and the story to his grey matter. On the 8th October a ‘Buy-it-now’ advertisement for an MG M Type appeared on eBay and was subsequently reported on the network’s  ‘Cars for sale’ sub-forum. Sam immediately recognised the car as that owned by Barry some 60 years previously and rang him to pass on the news, the end result being that the surprisingly little changed DG 4888 now has a new home in the West Midlands. Congratulations Barry!

It’s passed the test…

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The Jolvial Sailor,  Ripley was the venue for the Home Counties group pub meet recently. The occasion was marked by the welcome arrival of Philip Butland in his newly recommissioned 1934 Eustace Watkins Wolseley Hornet Special (AXC 115). The recomissioning road has been a long and bumpy one but the car proved its credentials with an uneventful run from deepest Sussex to leafy Surrey and back. Here, the eight attendees gather round the Hornet for the mandatory pub-meet photo.

Triple M corner no. 154

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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.

There are at least six surviving Autocar and Temple Press images of YY 4, a September 1932 London registered MG J2 Midget. In all cases the car is taking part in one of the major trials of the day and is being driven by A. W. F. Smith. Smith presumably purchased the car new from University Motors or Jarvis of Wimbledon, the two major suppliers of MG cars in London. This photo was taken during the 1933 MCC London-Lands End Trial where Smith gained a Premier Award. The event took place in glorious weather and attracted huge crowds who lined either side of the test hill routes “ten deep in places”, according to contemporary reports. (While ‘Cowbourne’ records Smith’s first initial as ‘A’, elsewhere he is referred to as J.W.F Smith) (LATPlate C0003 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.499

By IOTW

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HX 8980 1931 Morris Minor Semi-Sports

Although officially a 1931 season car, far greater numbers of the £125 Morris Minor Semi-Sports models were constructed and sold in the period late August to late December 1930 than in the following eight month period. This was almost entirely due to the introduction of the S.V. £100 Minor Two-seater just before the Christmas holiday in December 1930.  This Middlesex registered car however, sports a registration plate (HX 8980) of a sequence that was issued in the period between 1933 and 1939, which suggests that it was re-registered at some point post 1933. Thanks goes to Keith Durston for unearthing this photo of his friend Ginge Marshall and brother, which was probably taken in the late forties/early Fifties. The car survives and is currently in the custodianship of Daniel Redmond.

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Sometimes it rains…

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Vintage motoring is not always a fine weather, wind-in-the-hair experience (for those lucky enough to have some!), as can be seen by this photo of Bob Howden‘s beautiful MG M Type Midget JY 8840. The shot was taken on a very damp Saturday morning, during the 2019 Network rally weekend, just prior to the commencement of the day’s tour. Bob had driven the 20 miles from his home in Newbury to Marlborough dodging puddles along the way, his fixed tonneau testament to the threat of rain, which kept the passenger compartment dry but left him exposed to the elements. Thankfully, the weather greatly improved as the day wore on. (Photo: Louise Martin)

Ex N.Z. saloon surfaces…

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M12504 started life as a 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon and at some point in its history made its way to New Zealand. Here it received a new steel panelled body, perhaps from a defunct Coachbuilt Saloon. In 2009 Orchid Cars in Somerset imported the car from NZ along with the remnants of another Minor. It was then purchased by Lee Robertson who restored and rebuilt the car, registering it with the DVLA  it being allocated the age-related mark BF 5452. The car passed through the hands of two further owners before being autioned by Matthewsons in March 2014 and going to ground. It transpires that the car is currently owned by a funeral director in Herefordshire, the car being spotted last July at a garden party in Bredwardine.

Triple M corner no.153

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 1934 Mannin Beg race, held on an ‘around-the-houses’ course in Douglas, Isle-of-Man was an MG Magnette tour de force. with the top five places all being filled by the model. It could have been a very different story had Freddie Dixon (Riley) not ran out of fuel while leading the race just a few miles from the chequered flag. Norman Black went on to win, while George Eyston (single-seat Magnette), seen here on Douglas Promenade leading Dixon very early in the race, eventually finished third. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.496

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A Midget in Scotland

This photo featured as a full page item in the 15th October 1934 edition of The Autocar. The two 1932 London registered cars are a BSA Three-wheeler GW 4646 and GX 803  an MG Midget. Clearly on a touring holiday, the two cars are parked-up alongside the beautiful Loch Tulla in Argyll almost 500 miles distant from their London base, with their crews dressed in full-length leather coats as protection against the weather, despite the season appearing to be late spring or summer. GX 803 appeared in a number of Autocar published photos between 1932 and 1934, including one in John o’Groats, perhaps taken while on this same trip. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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Canine Minorist…

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Tikal (pronounced Tickle) has joined a long line of Lurchers that have travelled many miles in the Maeers’ family 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756), universally known as ‘Prudence‘. Seen alongside VJ, is Martin and Jean Gregory’s 1931 Coachbuilt Saloon  (UF 7090), the occasion being a lunchtime meet at The Nevill Arms in Medbourne, Leics which was the Network’s Rally HQ in June 2017; the event being hosted by Janie Maeers.

Firle Hill Revival

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Thanks to Philip Butland for providing a short sequence of images taken at the recent Firle Hill Revival Meeting. They can all be found at the foot of the 2019 Events Galleries page here.

Back on the road again…

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Philip Butland‘s 1934 Wolseley Hornet EW Daytona Special has provided its owner with plenty to think about following its recent engine rebuild. While the power unit appears to be bedding-in nicely, the car’s steering and braking gear hasn’t followed suit. A recent trip to the Firle Hill Revival hillclimb event went without incident so perhaps things are looking-up at last.

Triple M corner no.152

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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.

W.S. Whittard was behind the wheel of this MG J2 Midget (DG 5458), while taking part in the Sunbac Colmore Trial on 24th February 1934, the photo being taken on Gypsy Lane. Whittard was also to take part in all five remaining Colmore Trials prior to the outbreak of WWII, on each occasion driving an MG. Unfortunately, in the year this photograph was taken he failed to collect an award. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images.)

IOTW no.495

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Shifnal Postcard

Unusual though it may seem, it isn’t the first time that a cottage hospital has featured in an IOTW photo with a pre-war Minor parked outside. Here, JW 1624 a 1932 Wolverhampton registered Two-seater is parked-up adjacent to the Shifnal, Salop CH while posing for this recently purchased thirties Valentine’s postcard. The car’s driver is wearing a wide-brimmed hat, which in an open car,  is a particularly risky practice!

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Cover story…

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The Morris Minor featured many times on the front covers of the three main motoring magazines making its final appearance in a Morris Motors advertisement of any type in early June 1934. This one from a year earlier points out the ‘room’ advantage to be gained by purchasing the four-door long-wheel-base Family model over the smaller swb sliding-head saloon.

Tuning the Hornet Special engine…

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A PDF has been added to the miscellaneous section within the Technical area entitled Tuning & Maintenance of the Wolseley Hornet, which specifically looks at the 12 HP Hornet Special engine “with particular reference to an E.W. model.” The article was first published in a March 1936 edition of the Light Car magazine.

Rally recollections…

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Trevor Wilkinson and Maggie Cheshire exit a Wiltshire village in their 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979), well wrapped-up against the cool, late-spring morning air. The date, Saturday 8th June 2019. The time, 10:30 AM. Photo: Liz Thomas

IOTW no.494

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A late 1929 (’30 season) Morris Minor Fabric Saloon plays second fiddle in this eBay sourced photograph to the larger Lanchester or Diamler saloon around which this family are posing. The Minor (KD 7***) was first registered in Liverpool while the big saloon carries a 1932 Wallasey, Cheshire plate. The occasion looks like it was the start or the end of a family holiday, the suitcases on the luggage rack providing the clue, while the large three storey ‘Lindow House’ hints at the family’s status in the community.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials No.43

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.41 featured a full-frontal photograph of a 1933 Arrow Foursome Coupe. This artist’s impression of that model was extracted from an Arrow Coachworks advertisement, (scanned from a March 1933 Motor magazine) and provides a side-on profile view of the car. Its design has some similarities to the 1930 two-seat Arrow Hornet Coupe (also seen here) and carries over the louvered wing valances to be seen on the earlier vehicle. The complete March 1933 Motor item featuring this model has been added to the Wolseley Hornet Sports & Specials page within the members area of the website.

Bountiful…

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With days getting shorter and the weather becoming less settled, fewer opportunities for extended runs present themselves. Recently, Peter Brock made hay (or should that be ‘straw’) while the sun shone when he took his 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Saloon for such a trip around part of rural Northumberland, seemingly at the tail-end of the local harvest.

Time to reflect…

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Philip Butland has had more than his fair share of troubles with AXC 115, his 1934 EW Hornet Special. Following an engine rebuild, the car is now roadworthy once again and is seen here parked adjacent to a ford in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex.

Turn left, the Waveney has risen…

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Dudley Stammers is about to leave the B1118 in his 1932 Minor Two-seater (KFF 165) to follow the path of the River Waveney through the Suffolk countryside. Rachael Anderson clearly indicates the driver’s intentions – this while the crew were taking part in the Network’s recent Two Breweries Tour.

The central plains…

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East Anglia is famously flat and in places almost prairie like. However, there are also parts of Central England with a similar topography to that just a little further eastward. This Martin Gregory photograph of his 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) was taken in Northamptonshire and illustrates perfectly that similarity.

Triple M corner no.151

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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.

What is a 1930 Cumberland registered MG Midget (RM 7401) doing on a dirt road somewhere in Queensland? The answer will undoubtedly be found on page 627 of the 13th April 1934 edition of The Autocar as the reverse of this heavily retouched Motorsport Images photoscan reveals that this photo accompanied a letter from Gerald Garden on the Correspondence page.

I(s)OTW no.493

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RV 4507 & KLM 932

Yet more eBay sourced snapshot images of a Minor. These shots of 1934 Minor Two-seater RV 4507 were taken post war, the styling  and 1949 London registration of the second car in shot providing the clues. The cars are parked-up outside a rural 1920’s built villa, perhaps in Surrey or Hampshire, the Minor carrying an early 1934 Portsmouth plate. The identity of the second car was something of a revelation, as it is a 1949 Invicta Black Prince KLM 932 of which just six of the DHC version (seen here) were made. The company had manufactured high performance cars in the pre-war years but had ceased trading in 1938.  The marque name was resurrected in 1946 at premises in Virginia Water, Surrey but a total of just 16 Black Prince cars found customers before the business was sold to AFN, builders of Frazer Nash cars and military equipment. Neither car registration is logged on the DVLA database.

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Two breweries run…

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A late summer (or should that be early autumn?) run between a Suffolk and a Norfolk brewery was well attended and took place under largely blue skies. In all, ten cars and their crews took part in what was a leisurely amble through the beautiful Waveney Valley countryside. Here, a 1932 Minor Two-seater (WD 4459) exits the B1118 heading toward Weybread. (Apologies to the unnamed crew, as the note carrying this information exited the ‘cubby’ of the editor’s Semi-Sports on the return journey!) More photos at the foot of  this page.

Is bigger always better?

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Derek Brockway‘s Morris Eight Tourer parks up alongside John Paternoster‘s 1929 Minor version on Saturday June 9th 2018. This overhead view perfectly illustrates the difference in size between the two models.

IOTW no.492

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1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon

Another recent eBay purchase, this unidentifiable 1929 Fabric Saloon snapshot gives away very few visual clues. That it is a 1929 season car can be deduced from the parallel bonnet-side bottom edge and the significantly smaller rear windows than those of the 1930 season cars. The wheels have been re-painted a lighter colour than the factory black, which may indicate that the car was photographed toward the middle of the thirties decade, while the daisies or buttercups suggests that the photo was taken beween the end of April and late June.

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Wolseley Hornet Specials no.42

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The London based Corsica coachbuilding concern produced many stunning bodies for predominantly upmarket customer’s cars, including examples from Bentley, Alfas Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and Rolls Royce. They also produced at least three body styles for the Wolseley Hornet chassis. The first of these was a beautiful futuristic looking open two-seater featuring a large well proportioned hinged tail inside of which was kept the spare wheel. The second such body was the 2+2 Sports Drop-head Coupe as seen here. (LAT Autocar photoscan January 1933) Of more traditional design than its stablemate, its swept front wings and louvered side-valances hinted at a sporty performance while the wheel discs and P100 style headlamps added a touch of opulence perhaps more associated with the marques mentioned earlier. It wasn’t cheap and sold at £297-10s but was very well equipped. A four-seater touring version was also built, this featuring a traditional hood and cut-away doors. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

PWMN annual rally

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The 2020 'Marches' Rally - Titley, Herefordshire

Be part of a great weekend!

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

It’s ‘The Marches’ for 2020…

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The Network’s 2020 annual rally next June (5th-7th) is to be held in and around the England- Wales border region known as the Welsh Marches. The event has been organised by Tony and June Adlard and will be based upon the Herefordshire village of Titley. Full details can be found on the new rally webpage here.

An Englishman’s home take two…

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OK so Ken Martin, the owner of this 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590) does not reside in this gated mansion tucked away in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside, but the car does not look at all out of place in such salubrious surroundings.

Out & about?

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Parts of the UK and north western Europe are expecting a decent spell of late summer weather, representing a golden opportunity to make use of our cherished and much discussed Minors, Midgets and Hornets. There will be plenty of time for discussion during our long winter, so why not get out there and use them while the sun still has some warmth? After all, that’s what they were originally built to do…

Autumnal…

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While our days are definitely shorter, the grain silos are only two thirds full and hedgerow and tree foliage remain green (Apart from those on the blighted horse chestnut). Yet, if you are up early enough, there is a nip in the air that wasn’t there a week ago and the dews are heavier than of late. Harbingers of autumn? Almost certainly!

Triple M corner no.150

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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.

J. B. Carver was a young Oxford undergraduate who took part in a series of national trials* between 1930 and 1932. His car of choice was a 1930 London registered MG Midget GC 5505. This Bill Brunell photo was taken on 12th December 1931 during the MCC’s London-Gloucester Trial. Despite requiring assistance on this hill(?) Carver gained a Silver Medal.

(*Carver took part in the 1930 & 31 MCC London Gloucester, the 1932 Sunbac ‘Colmore’, and the 1930 & 31 Inter Varsity Trials)

I(s)OTW no. 491

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Portmadoc Postcards

These two postcards, both taken in the Thirties, depict what could be considered mundane views of the north western Welsh town of Portmadoc – now Porthmadog. One being taken in Station Road, the other in the town’s High Street. They are at least of some interest to those of us here in that both photos include a Minor. The 1932 Two-seater (FM 7086) parked at a jaunty angle in Station Road was first registered in Chester in late 1931, a town some 70 miles distant. The registration of the 1934 Minor Saloon is indistinct but with around 80,000 Minors on Britains roads at this time they would have been a very familiar site in every town across the country.

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Having a laugh…

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It’s said that laughter is the best medicine in which case Frank Ashley (left), Avril Ovenden (centre) and Peter Yates are in danger of overdosing! This Peter Brock photograph was taken at the recent Morris Register Thoresby Rally where both Avril and Frank were award winners. Frank’s 1929 MG M Type (PG 1045) is no stranger to winning trophies as the car competes successfully in VSCC ‘speed’ events, while Peter’s 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) has been a ‘regular’ at the last five Network rallies.

A mixed Thoresby…

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The recent Morris Register/MVA Rally held in the grounds of Thoresby Hall, Notts was subject to mixed weather conditions over the weekend. Saturday’s rain gave way to sunshine on Sunday while some entrants experienced appalling driving conditions on their journies home later that day. (Photo: Peter Brock)

Triple M corner no.149

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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.

LATplate B8920 was taken at the conclusion of the 1932 RAC Ulster TT at the Ards circuit. Here the Managing Director of the MG Car Company, Mr. Cecil Kimber is seen photographed alongside the MG C Type Midget which was driven by E.R. Hall into third position overall, behind the two Riley Nines of Whitcroft and Eyston. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)

A falsehood?

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The pre-war Morris Minor was exported to markets across the globe, the largest of these being the Dominions of the former British Empire. Perhaps the second largest (to Australia) of these markets was New Zealand where many hundreds of Minors found homes. This extract from a December 1929 Otago Times newspaper advertisement proclaims the Minor as “the world’s economy car” while further claiming later in the text that 50 mpg was not unusual. Hmm!

IOTW no.490

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RX 6636

There is nothing at all exceptional about this postcard of a corner of Market Place in Wantage, Berks. A photograph taken today from the same spot would show how little the buildings have changed in the intervening 90 years, although there would be many more cars in shot than just this solitary 1930 Wolseley Hornet saloon, carrying a Berkshire registration RX 6636.  The six cylinder Hornet in all its guises was by far and away Wolseley’s most successful model in the decade running up to the the war and 6000 of these early (CF3) examples were sold in the 18 months they were available. This car may have been owned by the proprieter of Kent & Sons, the furniture and ironmongery store, which was also a place for motorists to fill-up with petroleum spirit.

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A bit late for daffodils…

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This internet sourced image shows Dave Cooksey at speed in his 1930 Duple dual-bodied Minor Special. This may resemble the standard 1930 Minor Tourer, in fact most would be hard pressed to spot the difference. However, those with a keen eye would pick out  the dividing arc of  a neat join over each rear wheel, where the tourer body can be replaced by that of a van via the simple expediant of undoing four nuts and lifting it off. The photo was taken on the Bean Car Club’s annual Daffodil Run, which this year took-in stretches of the New Forest in Hampshire.

Minor ambassador…

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Rasmus Larsen from Oelgod, Denmark owns this 1931 Minor Two-seater (z9489). Images appear on the internet around this time each year of Ramus and his car attending a rally, although the name of the rally and where it is held has not been established to date. Regardless of that lack of data, his car always looks to be immaculately turned out and is an excellent ambassador for the model in that part of Northern Europe.

Triple M corner no.148

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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 shot was taken at the 1932 running of the RAC T.T. on the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland. Here, two MG C Type Midgets, driven by S.A. Crabtree (No.28) and F.S. Barnes (No.29) hurtle across a town square (perhaps Comber?) towards a bank of totally unprotected spectators. The tail of another C type (No.32) driven by Goldie Gardner, can just be seen exiting the square to the right. (LAT collection B8869 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.489

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Booked!

This photo will be familiar to many as it often appears in Google searches for pre-war car images. The car featured is a 1930 Gloucestershire registered MG Midget (DG 4**) and the caption states that the photo was taken “…on the corner of Wardour Street’. If that was the case, was it taken at the Oxford Street or Shaftesbury Avenue junctions? The shot doesn’t look to be posed if the expression of gloom on the face of the passenger is anything to go by or that of weary acceptance by the driver. What was the misdemeanor? Speeding? Very unlikely in view of the traffic and proximity of the junction. Parking? perhaps, although would the officer have waited until the occupants returned to the car? As for the vehicle itself, it looks a little care-worn and has been fitted with non-standard side lights, perhaps pointers indicating that the photo was taken in the middle period of that eventful decade.

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A foretaste of what lies ahead…

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The euphoria surrounding the excellent news that the prototype S.V. Morris Minor JO 764  has been saved should not detract from the task that lies ahead for its new owner, Mick Roberts. This image provides an indication of the condition of the car as purchased, while the term ‘nut & bolt’ restoration is totally apt in this instance.

Saved !!

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Thanks to the intervention and purchase by London Morris enthusiast Mick Roberts, JO 764, the famous £100 Morris Minor prototype has been rescued from a North Devon theme park, where the ravages of time and the salty sea air were having a serious detrimental effect on the car’s structure. This nationally important vehicle is now safely ensconced in Mick’s workshop where a thorough and sympathetic full restoration will soon commence.

Triple M corner no.147

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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.

Captain F.H.B. Samuelson and his wife took part in the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally driving a 1931 season metal paneled MG Midget Sportman’s Coupe (RX 7429), covering just over 1000 miles following departure from the John 0′ Groats rally control point. Upon arrival, they were classified 8th in the under 1100 cc class but picked-up first prize in the under 1100 cc ‘Closed Car’ Comfort Competition. The car is seen here (centre background) in a queue of competition winners awaiting presentation of their awards by the  principalities dignataries. This previously unpublished image is from the LAT collection (Plate B5387) and appears here courtesy of Motorsport Images.

I(s)OTW no.488

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JH 5601 1933 Morris Minor Saloon

These very recently acquired snapshot photos of a Hertfordshire registered 1933 Minor Saloon could have been taken either before, or in the ten years immediately after the end of the Second World War. ( Are there any mid-twentieth century fashion experts out there to help pinpoint the date?) The two individuals photographed may well be husband and wife or indeed Mother and son, although the walking stick she is holding rather indicates the latter. The car looks to be in good condition but the registration doesn’t appear on either register and is not recorded by the DVLA or the Harry Edward’s Minor listing, which may weigh the scales in favour of the photos being taken in the pre-war period.

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Taking shape…

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Just a trio of 1932 Morris Eight Cunard Calshot specials are known to have survived, two of which are currently roadworthy. The third such car (MU 6066), owned by Network member Toby Sears, is currently undergoing restoration in a specialist coachbuilder’s workshop ‘somewhere in southern England’ where this image shows progress to date.

An Iberian juggernaut…

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On 21st September next, this 1933 Morris Minor Two-seater will be offered for sale by R.M. Sotherby’s auction house in Portugal. While purists may baulk at the sight of the small wheels and large tyres, its overall condition will surely attract plenty of potential buyers. The vehicle’s history file indicates that it has spent its entire life in Portugal. View Sotherby’s listing here.

Slipping & sliding…

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Neale Elder’s 1929 Minor boatail special (389-125) is a regular at the annual Balcairn Trial near Christchurch, New Zealand. This year was no exception and here Neale is working his car’s engine and tyres very hard as he seeks grip on a very slippery section. (Image courtesy John McDonald)

A quart into a pint pot…

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Having successfully covered the 190 miles from Leeds to Gloucestershire for the recent Prewar Prescott event, Ian and Judith Judd were faced with the problem of re-packing MG 703 for the return journey! Kimber’s naming of the car the as the Midget seemed entirely apt at that moment…

Wolseley Hornet specials no.41

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While coachbuilders’ A.P. Compton had built Arrow Coupe bodies for the Wolseley Hornet, by the time this car was registered (early 1933) Compton’s original company had been sold. The new concern remained at the old Hanwell tram depot base and continued to body Wolseley Hornets, among others. The Hornet Coupe featured here was bodied by Compton’s successors, Arrow Coachworks Ltd and was of a design not seen previously. Unfortunately, there are no profile shots available and their period advertisements don’t illustrate this version. This LAT image B9721 of Hornet AHX 415 was taken during the 1933 RAC ‘Hastings’ Rally and shows entry no. 145, driven by D.W. Thompson negotiating traffic in the town centre of Hastings. (Photo courtesy Motorsport Images)

I(s)OTW no. 487

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KR 5670 1930 Minor Fabric Saloon

Thanks to Mike Tebbett for providing this interesting late Fifties or very early Sixties image. It shows what purports to be a 1930 Kent registered Minor Fabric Saloon fitted with a Wolseley Hornet two-tone fabric body. This was a car that in the late Sixties was owned by Olive Willats and driven to Italy and back in a VSCC event. KR 5670 then made a brief re-appearance almost 40 years later on the back of a trailer at the 2005 VMR Rally at Prescott (see 2nd image) where it was offered for sale. It was eventually purchased by Ian Grace in Seattle, USA in 2010 when it appeared on the Vintage Petrol Pump Company’s website. The car was shipped to the USA where it’s reported that a Maltby of Folkstone coachbuilder’s plate was discovered on the door threshold. This photo pre-dates its known history when not only was it the family transport, it was also at a time when petrol pump attendants would check their customer’s tyre pressures!

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McEvoy magic at Prescott…

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‘Blown’ 1932 McEvoy Minor VK 6518 is piloted by Sarah Gibson through the ‘Esses’ at the recent Pre-war Prescott event. Seated alongside Sarah is Simon Hodgins, the owner of a Jensen version  (EC 9783) of Sarah’s car, although his model has been retro fitted with an OHC Minor engine which replaced the original SV unit.

Somewhere in rural England…

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Liz Thomas took this shot of Stuart & Glenda Clark’s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon during the course of the Moonrakers’ Rally last month. Although the photograph was taken in Wiltshire, the scene is typical of many an English village street in late spring.

Triple M corner no.146

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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.

Two images, both taken at Donington Park prior to the start of a ladies race in 1935 show Doreen Evans in the cockpit of her Q Type MG. (LATfilm Motor L197-18 & L197-20 courtesy Motorsport Images)

IOTW no.486

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Another mystery Minor

Minor images continue to surface on eBay. This 35mm Kodachrome slide is one such recent example and depicts an unknown 1931 season Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon parked outside of an outboard motor service facility somewhere in the UK. The photo was processed in September 1971 according to the information printed onto the cardboard slide mount, it’s therefore likely that this Minor survives to this day. If anyone can identify the car from any visual clues to be seen, then please contact info@prewarminor.com

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Une voiture légère 1929 Morris Minor visitant le château Impney…

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If you weren’t watching the cricket World Cup at Lords, the men’s singles final at Wimbledon or even the British Grand Prix at Silverstone then the place to be to watch exciting live sport was Chateau Impney near Montpellier Droitwich in Worcestershire. It was here that Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson spent the weekend, displaying VJ 1756, Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer in the grounds of the chateau while the famous Chateau Impney Hill Climb took place around them. (Photo Geof Wilson)

Awakening…

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Brian Barling from Cumbria has owned this 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (TF 889) from the Fifties, placing it in long term storage in the early Sixties where it remained until just a few weeks ago. It has now been passed on to David Bowman who recently successfully started the car for the first time in over 50 years.

Triple M Register Summer Garden Party images added…

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Network member Keith Durston attended Peter Green‘s annual Triple M Register Garden Party on 7th July.  The event marked the 90th anniversary of the commencement of production of the MG ‘M’ Type Midget, this model being very well represented, as can be seen in a series of images now uploaded to the the foot of the 2019 Event Galleries page here.

Triple M 2019 Garden Party…

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Peter Green hosted the annual Triple M Garden Party at his South Bucks home on 7th July. Keith Durston reports that the event was very well attended with plenty of M Type Midgets present, their owners celebrating the 90th anniversary of the commencement of Midget production in Oxford in February 1929. (Photo: Keith Durston)

IOTW no.485

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Another postcard Minor

Minors are well represented in thirties postcard street scenes. It is however quite unusual for such a card to feature a Minor 5 cwt van, as in this case. This 1934 example, CRF 833, (a local Staffordhire registration) is parked outside of the Barton-under-Needwood cottage hospital where it looks like a nun (or an apparition) is paying a visit.

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Triple M Corner no.145

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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 from a newly discovered Motor magazine 35 mm negative shows MG Midget EX135 at speed on an autobahn near Dessau, Germany, where in May 1939 the car broke a series of records. Below, can be found the National Archives potted biography of the driver, which tells of an exciting life both in the motoring record breaking realm and also away from it.

Alfred Thomas Goldie Gardner was born on May 31st 1890 in Essex, his mother’s maiden name being Goldie. His early motoring interest lay in motorcycles but the First World War interrupted his ambition to race them, and on the outbreak he joined the army, becoming the youngest Major in the British Forces. In 1917 his reconnaissance plane was brought down by enemy fire and he sustained leg and hip injuries that were to hospitalise him for two years and leave him disabled for the rest of his life. In this condition he began motor racing in 1924 and in 1930 he came to the attention of Cecil Kimber the managing director of M.G. and subsequently raced various of these cars with considerable success. In 1934 he bought a streamlined K3 Magnette and after accompanying Sir Malcolm Campbell to Daytona Beach to set a new Land Speed Record, his appetite was whetted for record-breaking, starting with a class record at Brooklands. In 1937 he went to Dessau in Germany where he created a new Flying Mile Record at 148.5mph.. He went on to set further records at Montlhery in France and returned to Germany later in the year to set new records. He now had in mind achieving 200mph for which purpose George Eyston’s Magic Magnette Ex 135 was acquired and modified to produce 196bhp. In November 1938 he returned to Germany and raised the record to 186mph. With the 200mph target still eluding him, in May 1939 he returned yet again to take the 1100cc record to 203mph, and with the engine rebored overnight he also took three 1500cc Class ‘F’ records. Further attempts at the 750cc records were stymied by the outbreak of war, and he first of all joined with Sir Malcolm Campbell in setting up the Mobile Special Constabulary (The Blue Birds) and then helped reorganise civilian transport in liberated Europe. Once the war had ended new Class ‘H’ (750cc) records were achieved in Italy and at Jabbeke, Belgium and then in 1947 Class ‘I’ (500cc) records were set, and in 1948 a Jaguar 2-litre experimental engine was borrowed to set Class ‘E’ (2000cc) records. This allowed him to claim records in 50% of the World International Classes. Further record-breaking continued at Jabbeke and in the USA through 1950-2 but in 1952 he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage and was forced to retire. He was holder of the OBE and received three BRDG Gold Stars. He died in 1958.

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Little & (very) Large…

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London resident, Mick Roberts restored and maintains both of these beautiful cars. The award winning 1932 Minor Two-seater (RB 6357) was the smallest car in the pre-war Morris range while his six cylinder 3.5 litre Morris 25 model (JT 667) probably ranks as the largest car dimensionally  ever to have  left the Cowley works!

Almost there…

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Geof Wilson’s Minor Special ‘Wilson’s Wasp is getting ever-closer to completion. The car, seen here with Janie Maeers at the wheel, is at Geof’s panel beating specialists for a final body fettle.

Quietening Minor brakes

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Joe Rayner has written another ‘easy to read’ technical item, this one on the topic of how to quieten Minor brakes, an issue that can cause some consternation to the driver of the car in question, but far more to pedestrians and other road users. The item can be found as a downloadle PDF in the Brakes section of the Member’s Technical area.

Another Marlborough Minor…

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Ken Martin reports that this 1931 £100 Minor (EV 719) was spotted at a Morris Register pub meet near Marlborough recently, the female driver pulling-in having seen the collection of Morris cars in the pub car park. Unfortunately, details were not exchanged and she drove off, although not before Steve Knight had taken this photo. The Network’s archive contains just one further image of the car, copied from a DVCA auction ‘ad’ dated March 2013 where it was listed with a guide price of £5-£6K.

I(s)OTW no.484

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Eyston’s Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt was built in the former Bean Car plant in Tipton, Staffs during 1937 in order to attempt to wrest the World Land Speed Record of 301 mph away from Sir Malcolm Campbell and his Bluebird car. The contender was powered by two V12 Rolls Royce R aero engines each of 36.5 litres both of which could develop 2350 bhp. Capt. George Eyston took Thunderbolt to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA where on the 19th November 1937 he took the record from Campbell by a margin of 11 mph. This achievement sparked a rivalry between Eyston and John Cobb and his Railton Special car who between them broke the LSR on a further five occasions before the outbreak of WWII. The photograph of Thunderbolt was taken in Beans Industries plant at Tipton while Max Millar‘s superb cut-away drawing appears here courtesy of Motorsport Images. (Drag the arrow in either direction to fully reveal each image)

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Triple M corner no.144

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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.

G.W. Wright took part in the 1932 Monte Carlo Rally in this MG C Type Midget (GP 2913). The photograph was taken in low light somewhere in London prior to car and crew setting off for France where they finished 12th in their class. They fared significantly better in the post rally Mont des Mules hill climb where they topped the listing in the 750 cc class. Just 14 months after this photograph was taken, Wright’s C Type was to dramatically catch fire at Brooklands. (see Triple M corner no.83 in the archive) Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images

..and something for the weekend?

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After a weekends rallying, a hose down and leather off is a must if vintage cars are to be maintained in a good cosmetic condition. Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson went one better with Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756), when they opted for a shampoo at their local car wash facility, having wisely decided not to take it through the fully mechanised version!

High season…

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The summer solstice is upon us, with upto 19 hours of daylight available to some. There can be no better time for those who live in the northern hemisphere to remove dust sheets, fill up with fuel and make use of these great little cars – far more fun than just talking about them! (Seen here: Steve Lewsley doing just that in his 1929 MG Midget replica and appropriately registered SL 9739)

The Lodge C3 Sparking Plug

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Many Network members swear by the Lodge C3 spark or sparking plug as their plug of preference for use in their Minors, as do many other owners of a wide variety of thirties cars. As a result prices for this version of Lodge plug has risen significantly in recent years. What makes these plugs so special? Discover their secret by reading a November 1932 Motor Sport article in which they visit the the Lodge plant to see these iconic plugs being manufactured and tested. (The article can be found in the Technical section of the Member’s Area under ‘Electrical’.)

IOTW no.483

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Brooklands in Surrey was the cradle of both British motorsport and aviation. While an aircraft in a car showroom would be regarded as something of a surprise elsewhere in the U.K., in Weybridge that probably wasn’t the case. This May 1930 image was taken at a promotional event run by Weybridge Automobiles Ltd. and shows a De Havilland DH60G Gypsy Moth (G-AAWR) nestling alongside a number of family saloons including a Morris Minor, its nose visible bottom right. (LAT photoscan from The Autocar 9th May 1930 P.895 – Photo courtesy Motorsport Images)

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Triple M corner no.143

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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 1933 JCC Iternational Trophy Race took place on Saturday 6th May at Brooklands and was held in glorious sunshine in front of a large crowd. The racing did not disappoint with household names such as Malcolm Campbell, Lord Howe and Kaye Don taking part along with G.E.T Eyston who was driving the Magic Midget. Here, The Autocar’s talented artist Gordon Crosby captures the moment Eyston’s Midget looses its rear wheel along the start/finish straight just three laps into the race. (Click on the arrows in the trhc to read Motor Sport’s account of the incident.) (LAT photoscan from Autocar 12th May 1933 – courtesy Motorsport Images)

Down the road apiece…

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Peter Brock from Newcastle-upon-Tyne recently took part, along with his 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463), in the annual Beamish Trial. The field of 150 historic vehicles were tasked with completing a gruelling hilly course through Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Here, part of the field are parked up on the village green at Bainbridge in Wensleydale for their scheduled lunch stop.

Escarpment climbing…

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Many of the Wiltshire Downs have gradients that can test 90 year old vehicles to the limit. Here Avril and Tim Ovenden in their 1932 season Minor Two-seater are approaching the summit of one such incline, safe in the knowledge that ‘what goes up…..’ Photo: Kate Martin. The 2019 Rally Galleries page is now open to view – Many more images will be added over the coming days.

Discovering hidden gems…

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The recent 2019 PWMN Rally took-in some of England’s most picturesque and unheralded villages. This unnamed gem appeared around a bend in the road and gave those taking part a very pleasant surprise. Here Chris and Sue Hipwood in their fully renovated 1934 Season Saloon follow the Morris Eight of Gary and Anne Keys along the village’s deserted main street. (Photo: Norma Lambert)

85th anniversary paint job!

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Shelsley Walsh, Worcs was the venue, when on 9th June 1934 Barbara Skinner competed in the White Minor Skinner Special for the very first time. To celebrate this important 85th anniversary, current custodian David Baldock has painted the car in its original all-white colour scheme. Next stop Shelsley?

Cream tea time…

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The sun made several appearances during the course of the Network’s Saturday tour and shone continously on the righteous at the cream tea stop. Nick Jarman’s Semi-Sports and Bob Howden’s M Type enter the car park of the The Millstream pub at Marden to top up the calorific intake prior to the rally dinner just a few hours later!

Welcome to Marlborough…

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Despite the worst that Storm Miguel could offer, almost all rally entrants made it to the Castle & Ball Hotel for the traditional ‘Meet & Greet’ event. Included among these intrepid motorists were the Roests from the Nederlands with their beautiful 1930 Jarvis Hornet Special, seen here alongside Peter Yate’s  1933 Minor Saloon and John Nagle’s 1934 Two-seater.

Gone rallying TEN…

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The tenth annual Pre-war Minor Network Rally commences on Friday 7th June with a record entry due to take part. The event is based upon the historic English coaching town of Marlborough, Wilts  from whence news and photos from the rally will be posted on the website’s forum here. (Photo Kate Martin)

All racked up and ready to rally…

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Final Network rally preparations are underway across the UK  as rallyists prepare their cars for the rigours of a trip to Wiltshire on 7th June. The boot of a Minor Semi-Sports is difficult to access, (via the tilting seat back) and awkwardly shaped, with a good 40% of of its capacity being occupied by the spare wheel. A tool roll, petrol can and essential spares take-up much of what remains, so a luggage rack is almost a necessity if anything more than a change of underwear is required over the course of the weekend!

IOTW no.482

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Kiwi roadster

Yet another interesting Minor image from one of our New Zealand member’s and frequent contributor, John McDonald. This one depicts a 1932 Two-seater roadster, into which are squeezed three females. It’s not easy to fathom the reason for the obvious revelry but the bunting on the car and the canine mascot on the bonnet should provide clues, only they don’t! Suggestions on a postcard please.

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Triple M corner no.142

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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.

Donington Park 19th August 1933: Taken at McClean’s, this LAT archive image (C1597) shows a gaggle of MG’s including the dicing J2 Midgets of C.H. Masters (no.3) and J.R. Grice (no.15) as they round the bend. Following a short distance behind is a 1933 McEvoy Minor Special (no.12) being driven by Richard Jenson, the car’s body having been built by the Jenson brothers in Wolverhampton to a Michael McEvoy specification. Jenson finished 5th, in this the opening event of the day. (Ed. This image is something of a discovery in that it’s the first such identifiable image of a McEvoy Minor being driven by either of the Jenson brothers to be found by the author.) Photo courtesy of Motor Sport Images. More about the Jenson Brothers here.

Rallying call…

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The 2019 PWMN Moonrakers’ Rally kicks off in less than a weeks time, centered upon the historic Wiltshire town of Marlborough. A record entry of 32 cars and their crews are scheduled to take part and will traverse the county’s rolling countryside using byways and lanes ideally suited for these 90 year-old vehicles. The image above was taken at the start of the Saturday tour on the 2014 ‘Olde England’ rally based in the Suffolk village of Cavendish.

Tony’s new project…

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1930 MG Midget WM 5429 2M/1771 has a new owner in Tony Gamble from Selby, North Yorks. It transpires that the motive behind Tony’s recent sale of his Minor projects was to clear some garage space for this, another car requiring significant work before it is ready to take to the Queen’s highway. Congratulations on your new acquisition Tony!

Triple M corner no.141

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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 doctored image first appeared on page 364 of the 1st September 1933 edition of The Autocar magazine. It depicts a 1934 season MG Magnette pillarless saloon (JB 550) which, as can be seen from the neatly handwritten caption sold for £445 or the equivalent of three lwb Minor Saloons (at £150 each) and £50 more than Morris Motors top-of-the-range Morris 25 Saloon, these cars selling for £395. Despite the MG’s elegance, many of the comparatively few that were built were later converted to open cars. (LAT Autocar photoscan coutesy of Motorsport Images) JB 550 survives to this day and is listed on the DVLA database as a 1932 ‘green’ MG, although the body type is not detailed.

IOTW no.481

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1937 Morris Eight Ashley Cleave Special

This sporting special has featured both here and on the forum previously and while not a Minor it was perhaps inspired by the two Skinner specials, both of which were competing at the time of its construction. It was built in 1937 from the remains of a crashed Morris Eight Saloon and featured a Minor four-speed gearbox while its Eight engine was supercharged using a Centric blower. It was constructed and driven by W. A. (Ashley) Cleave who won many awards in the car at pre-war hillclimb venues such as Shelsley Walsh and Prescott before being stored for the duration. After the war Cleave rebuilt his car as seen above (Prescott May 1964) with a larger 1250 cc blown Morris engine which reputedly enabled the vehicle to cover the standing quarter mile in 15.2 seconds and could reach 115 mph. Cleave continued to compete into his seventies with the MAC recording the driver and car taking part at a Shelsley meeting in 1972. The car now has a new home and is currently under restoration. (Photo – PWMN collection Bibliographical info. – Tom Bourne Morris Register Historian.)

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Triple M corner no.140

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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.

On what was a beautiful mid-April day in 1933 the all female crew of this MG Magna MG 1452 climb an unknown hill while taking part in that year’s WASA Cotswold Trial. (LAT Autocar Photoscan 14th April 1933 – courtesy Motorsport Images)

Natural break…

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During the course of a long rally tour it’s not aways convenient to stop where the facilities are located, hence the reason for these abandoned Minor saloons. The photographer stumbled upon them in the Gloucestershire countryside with the occupants nowhere to be seen, although it transpired, the culprits were very close by.

IOTW no.480

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Image of the Week photos have been appearing here for over nine years and an archive of earlier photos featured can be found in the Member’s Area of the old website (Adobe Flash required to view). Many of these early shots were scanned directly from thirties postcards and displayed Minors as they were used at that time. This mid-thirties seaside vista is illustrative of that early IOTW period with an OHC Minor Coachbuilt Saloon at rest while its occupants enjoy the delights of Clacton-on-sea, along with what looks like the rest of the population of East Anglia.

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A Hornet debut?

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Richard Hurdwell owns this 1934 Abbey bodied E.W. Wolseley Hornet special (VE 9956) and attended the VSCC’s Suffolk Tour on 19th May. However, in this photo taken deep in the Suffolk countryside to the north-east of  Newmarket, it’s not Richard at the wheel but a young family member given the opportunity to taste the delights of vintage motoring.

Off to be finished…

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Geof Wilson is endeavoring to finish his Wasp Minor Special in time for the Network’s rally which is now just three short weeks away. His car is seen here being loaded for a trip to his panel-beating shop for the remaining panels to be fitted, prior to the addittion of wings, radiator, instrumentation etc., plus of course some initial proving runs.

New shoes…

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Martin Gregory has recently re-shod his 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) joining a growing band of vintage motorists who are now using the three stud faux Dunlop pattern tyres, this type now being available from a number of UK stockists.

IOTW no.479

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Soap boxes at Brooklands!?

This interesting but undated image is captioned as being taken at Brooklands, although not at part of the circuit recognised by this website’s editor. Almost certainly taken during the thirties, could this be Donington Park?

Footnote: Thanks to Joe Raynor, the location has been identified as London’s Crystal Palace circuit which opened to motor racing in 1937.

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Triple M corner no.139

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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.

Dennis Evans, sibling to Doreen and Kenneth, also both active competitors in motor sport, is seen here in his MG N Type Magnette (BLL 493) competing at the 1936 Inter-Varsity speed trials at Syston Park in Lincolnshire. The family’s cars were all maintained by the Bellvue Garage Racing Dept. in Wandsworth, London

Tourists…

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Network members, Linda & Toby Sears and Kate & Ken Martin have just returned from a Morris Register organised tour to the south west of England. Unfortunately, Ken Martin’s Minor Saloon developed an engine issue just prior to departure, necessitating the use of the family’s Vanden Plas Princess. No such issues for Toby and Linda who drove across from the New Forest in their 1933 Minor Saloon (YG 2017). Photo: Ken Martin

Joining the throng…

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Les Beardmore in Lytham, Lancs has just completed a six-year restoration of this 1931 Minor Semi-Sports (EC 9689). The Westmoreland registered car has not been on the road since the 90s and will sit alongside a Stewart & Ardern registered 1931 £100 Two-seater (MU 3272), which was also restored by Les. EC 9689 joins a growing number of roadworthy (genuine and replica) Semi-Sports models, a Minor variant that until 15 years ago was a rare sight at Morris gatherings.

Time for reflection…

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Here is a further image of SV 9091 taken by John Paternoster during his tour of Romney Marsh and its environs. This one was taken outside one of a number of beautiful small churches scattered across this somewhat ignored corner of south east England.

Triple M corner no.138

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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 1933 RAC Ulster TT is considered as being something of an epic in the annals of road-racing motorsport. It was of course the race in which the Italian ace Tazio Nuvolari took his maiden victory in an MG K3 Magnette but not without a terrific duel with Hugh Hamilton who was driving a supercharged 746cc MG Midget. Hamilton pushed Nuvolari all the way, a ‘splash and dash’ five laps fom the finish perhaps costing him victory. Here, Hamilton is seen passing Comber Station almost two thirds of the way around the 13.6 mile circuit, his race average speed being a remarkable 73.46 mph. (Photo: courtesy LAT collection – Motorsport Images)

Off piste…

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Great swathes of the UK countryside are currently splashed with bright yellow as the flowers from the vast oilseed rape crop bloom. John Paternoster spotted such a field on Romney Marsh, East Sussex while out and about in his 1929 Minor Tourer SV 9091 and took this photo on his phone. He was at pains to point out that no plants were damaged in the taking of the photo as his Minor was parked on a barren strip of soil.

I(s)OTW no.478

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This Grimsby registered 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon is some 140 miles from its original Lincolnshire base and is seen here at Cradle End, Bury Green near Bishops Stortford, Herts in the depths of a harsh cold spell in January 1935. While many cars at that time were ‘laid-up’ over the winter months this Minor was required to remain in service despite the conditions. (Image sourced from the internet)

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Sri-Lankan Two-seater…

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New Network member, Somesh Botheju from Sri-Lanka, owns this 1933 season Minor Two-seater (X 4892). This photo was taken at an ‘Old Crocks’ event in 1986 in Columbo and the car is little changed to this day.

Drive-it-day in North Yorks…

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Network member Ian Judd is the long-term owner of a much travelled 1930 MG Midget, registered MG 703. Like many other old car enthusiasts, Ian took his MG for an outing on Drive-it-Day last Sunday (28th April). His run from his Leeds home took him to the North Yorkshire Moors and this stunning view of the local scenery. It looks like it’s still winter up there!

IOTW no.477

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OJ 308 1932 Minor Saloon

Thankfully for IOTW, the family car was the focal point for so many thirties family snapshops, this one of Minor Saloon OJ 308 being no exception. The car was first registered in Birmingham and the background to this photo suggests a suburb of that city as the venue. The photographer, presumably the husband/father, has beautifully captured his son’s reflected image on the windscreen.

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Triple M corner no.137

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The Triple M series of MG’s (Midget, Magna & Magnette) all belong to a family of models that commenced with the introduction in 1929 of the MG (M Type) 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 Donington Park race circuit was host to just its third motor race meeting on Saturday 19th August 1933. Entries were significantly up on the two earlier events, held in March and May that year, while the beautiful summer weather attracted a large crowd to the new venue. This photo shows the MG J2 of Tom Simister leading a similar car driven by C. H. Masters in the very early stages of the first race that day, Simister being required to retire his car after just three laps into the five lap race. Masters went on to finish second behind W.G. Everett, also in a J2, while another Midget driven by Grice, finished third. (LATplate C1601 courtesy of Motorsport Images)

Out & about…

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Despite the inclement weather plenty of Networkers’ were out and about in their cars for the FBHVC’s annual Drive-it-Day event, held this year on Sunday 28th April. (Photos courtesy of messrs Sears, Howden, Martin and Allen)

Unravelling history…

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Kartik Lunia, the current custodian of 1930 Minor Tourer USJ 1795 has been researching its history. As a result, he has made contact with a previous long-term owner, Mr. Virendranath (VN) Misra, a retired former officer of the Indian Police Service and the Lucknow Fire Department. It was one of  Mr. Misra’s three daughters who supplied this photo, taken in the early 90’s. There now exists the real prospect of a reunion of the recently renovated car with members of the family who owned it for many years right upto 2010.

IOTW no.476

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Oakham, Rutland

For those who attended the 2017 Rutland Rally this scene may be familiar. It shows the Old Buttercross in Oakham which is located adjacent to the local museum, a venue visited by a number of rallyists during the course of the weekend. This heavily retouched Autocar photoscan has a 1931 Rutland registered £100 car in shot. (FP 2439). The photo first appeared in the 15th July 1932 edition of the Autocar. (LAT Photoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)

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