Absolutely nothing is known about this internet sourced image. What can be determined from the clues provided by the photo is that the car is a 1932 or 33 Morris Minor Two-seater, while the shot was likely to have been taken in the late fifties or early sixties. That conclusion was reached by noting the car’s general run-down condition and the attire of the pipe smoking student. The sartorial indicators are the young man’s long scarf, his scruffy duffle coat and peaked ‘ratting’ hat, all of which were fashion ‘badges’ of the period. The car’s many non-standard features including Lucas 1130 side lights, easyclean wheels and non-Minor bumpers, further indications of a pre-MOT Test scrap yard candidate!
While much of Europe remains under strict lockdown regulations, there has been some easing across the United Kingdom and the Irish Republic. Joe Rayner‘s 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater (ZV 83851) is seen here on a short foray away from base to Lackandarra Upper, County Waterford, where the imposing Monavullagh Mountains can be seen in the background.
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.
RX 5974, a 1931 season MG 8/33 Midget Sportsman’s Coupe was the subject of a publicity photoshoot of which at least four images survive. This internet sourced shot shows the car in a summer setting adjacent to an idyllic English cottage, which was also the location for another of the surviving photographs taken that day.
This photo was taken at Beaulieu in May 1967 according to the handwritten caption on its reverse. The car is an unidentified 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater wearing polished wheel discs, an aftermarket accessory that was available from motor factors such as James Grose, Brown Bros and Halfords among others throughout the thirties. The Network’s photo archive contains just one other similar photo of a Minor, the wheel discs in that instance appearing on a 1930 Gordon England Two-seater Minor special.
Eustace Watkins were the London main dealers for Wolseley cars and were quick to spot the sporting potential in the Wolseley Hornet six cylinder engine. Although not the first to market an open sports body on the Hornet chassis they were not too far behind the Surrey coachbuilder, Hoyal. This model first appeared in the autumn of 1930 and was priced at £225.
While the Easter weather has been bitterly cold over the whole of the U.K., the weather in the run-up to the holiday period was significantly better. This, along with a relaxation of the covid regulations provided further opportunities for some vintage motoring.
Top: Stuart Clarke’s 1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (WD 1430) Bottom left: Dan Brockway’s 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (MV 6416) Bottom right: Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (UN 6979)
Here is an interesting eBay sourced snapshot of a 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (AFY 46), which was a February or March 1934 Southport, Lancs registered car. The garments worn by the two young females would seem to indicate the the photo was taken in the late fifties or early sixties just prior to their departure on a summer holiday. A check in the Harry Edwards maintained hand written register records that this was Minor car number 34/MS/43819. Harry further recounts that his data was extracted from an “album photograph” and that AFY 46 was offered for sale in Classic Car Weekly in June 1999 for £5,500. Although not on a SORN, a DVLA check reveals that it was last taxed in 2007, which means that it is still likely to be out there somewhere.
This 1928 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (SK 1508) is one of the oldest surviving examples of the model with a well documented history. It’s currently in pristine condition and has just been offered for sale at £11500. Further information, including two files recording its known history and a detailed log of work carried out by the present owner can be found on this website’s Discussion Forum here.
The weather in late March throughout parts of the U.K. has been most unseasonal, with glorious sunshine, and temperatures in the low twenties. Some members, including the owners of these cars have taken the opportunity to get the oil circulating once again around engines that have lain dormant for many months. However, the first few days of April are set to get significantly colder with snow forecast for some on Easter Monday. So this was a case of make hay…
Clockwise: Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979), Adrian Tyldesley’s 1930 Minor Fabric Saloon (FH 7004), Jonathan Barwick’s 1933 Minor Two-seater (RSJ 615) and finally Mick Robert’s 1934 Morris 25 (JT 667)
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 Light Car & Cyclecar cover shows an MG Midget on Hustyn Hill possibly taking part in the 1931 MCC London-Lands End Trial. As can be seen in the magazine’s trhc, this edition is from March 25th 1932 and the cover is serving to advertise the 1932 event which was to take place on 3rd/4th April that year. If, as is probable the photo was taken at the previous years event, the Midget carrying competition number 202 is being driven by R.H. Day-Dewdney. While the car’s registration plate is partially concealed, it is likely to be that of FJ 6110, a March or April 1929 Exeter registered car – thus making the Midget a very early production example indeed. The Donald Cowbourne archive lists the car among the MG contingent, although it is described as an 847 cc special, further muddying the waters.
FJ 7579 is regarded as one of just sixteen survivors of the 744 Morris Minor Semi-Sports models that were constructed during the 1931 model season. This photo of the car resides in the Harry Edwards Archive while a note in his register made in 1982 states that the vehicle is M32806 which at that point was in the custody of M. Chamberlayne of Lincs. The DVLA records that the car was last taxed in the spring of 1993. It’s clear from the photo that its body had been rebuilt at some point, although the photo quality is such that it can’t be determined if it has retained its stippled bonnet as originally supplied. There are no 21st century photographs of the car, so let’s hope that it’s still intact somewhere. (Note its lack of running-boards and outriggers)
A reproduction of the 1932 MG 8/33 MG Foursome brochure has been added to the MG Midget page in the open area of the website. Subsequently known as the MG D Type, this lwb version of the original MG Midget has an excellent survival rate, with Ted Hack’s MG D Group providing a focal point for enthusiasts and owners.
The imminent first stage easing of Covid restrictions in England has led to a perceptable increase in garage related activities among Networkers in recent days. With the prospect of temperatures in the mid-teens (and even higher) in the week ahead, the lure of a trip out has even resulted in some members resorting to openly washing their cars in public. Here, the tell-tale bucket and the soapy water covering this 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (AAO 426) reveal that Adrian Tyldesley is one such networker.
Peter Brock has provided dimentioned technical drawings and photographs both to aid identification and fabrication of a 1934 season Morris Minor starting handle dog. The item can be found in in the Member’s Area Technical Section under ‘Engine’.
Ewan Lambess has kindly forwarded an article which first appeared in a recent edition of Beaded Wheels, the magazine of the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand. Written by John Loudon the article recalls his exploits while owning an already fairly ancient 1929 OHC Morris Minor. The article is reproduced with the generous permission of the VCC of New Zealand http://vcc.org.nz/ and the magazine editor of Beaded Wheels to which grateful thanks are extended. It can be found in the Post-war Minor articles archive here.
A section of a 1931 Morris Motors van leaflet (in colour) has been loaded onto the the vans page on the open area of the website. To find it, open The cars/The Minor/Minor vans It can then be found beneath a red button.
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 ‘Musketeers’ and ‘Crackers‘ teams were effectively MG factory supported, although the cars were notionally owned by their drivers. They successfully competed in the trials and rallies of the period, their drivers becoming well known, even outside of motor sporting circles. JB 3639 was a 1934 Berkshire registered ‘P Type’ and was owned by R.A. MacDermid. Car and crew are seen here taking part in the first of two special tests on the promenade at the Blackpool Rally, held over 12th-14th June 1936 where MacDermid and JB 3639 went on to earn a First Class award. (LATplate C9118 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
TE 8277 was a 1929 Lancashire registration which adorned this Morris Minor Special. The image originates in the Harry Edwards Photographic Archive and is one of three photos of the car. Harry was a meticulous note taker, yet his register notes fail to mention this car at all. The special body bares some of the hallmarks of the 1933 military Minor scout/radio cars but could also well be that of a homebuilt. The greatcoat and military style hat of the man standing alongside TE 8277 might also indicate that he was a member of His Majesty’s armed forces, although that could be a Royal Mail cap badge!
The Morris Mirror was the house magazine for the Morris Motors group of companies. Inside the September 1937 edition was Part Two of a three part series of articles entitled ‘The History of the M.G.’ This article is dedicated to the record breaking attempts undertaken by Eyston and Denly in December 1932 and February 1933 in EX127. It can be found under a blue button at the foot of the ‘Competition Midgets’ page within the Member’s Area of the website.
This 1931 season Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (BF 9470 ex NG 50) was in serious danger of being broken up as the owner no longer had the garage space in which to keep it. Haydon Edwards heard of its plight through the VMR and purchased the car over the weekend. Hayden intends to restore the car as soon as circumstances permit.
The (almost) springlike weather here in the U.K. was enough to tempt two Minorists to take to the byways in order to collect their groceries. The Gregory’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) can be seen ‘resting’ in the Somerset countryside with Glastonbury Tor in the distant background, while Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979) takes shelter from the biting wind in the lea of a Bedfordshire hedgerow for its photo opportunity stop.
LAT image (B3485) has featured here previously. This edited extract however concentrates on the two MG Midgets at the head of a long line of parked cars, all of which had stopped for breakfast while taking part in the 1930 MCC London-Lands End Trial. The lead 1929 Midget (being refuelled) can be identified from its competition number as being the mount of T.G. Clark who went on to win a Gold award. His car had sensibly been fitted with sidescreens for it’s overnight journey from Slough, the Launceston stop being scheduled for 9-45AM. The second Midget is a 1930 model, RP 8266 (competition no. 221). This one, driven by D. M. Dorr, did not feature among the awards and was retired later that day. (Information courtesy of Donald Cowbourne, photo courtesy of Motorsport Images.)
Yet another internet sourced snapshot, this time of a 1933 Morris Minor Sliding-head Saloon. The registration prefix of ‘UG’ informs that it was first registered in the city of Leeds, while its caption indicates that the photo was taken in ‘The Cheviots’ on the Anglo-Scottish border. The shot was almost certainly taken in the years preceding World War II, perhaps while the family were on their summer holiday.
It’s time for a little optimism. The days are getting longer, summer beckons and we all need something to look forward to. The Network’s annual rally is scheduled for the weekend of 9th – 11th July and just a few spaces remain available. Take a look at what’s in store here and begin planning a long weekend away in some stunning countryside. You are guaranteed a warm welcome. (Photo Kate Martin)
These two photos of WN 4621, a 1932 Swansea registered Morris Minor Two-seater were scanned from small negative images found on the internet (with apologies for the poor quality). It wasn’t until they were inverted to become positives that it was apparent that the photos had been taken in the late fifties or sixties. A check in the Harry Edwards archive revealed that the car was known to the Morris Register, his note referencing Network member, Ken Martin. Perhaps Ken can provide more detail?
Throughout the thirties, the Scottish Motor Transport Company ran a fleet of buses across Scotland and also published the SMT Magazine in conjunction with the LNER and LMS railway companies. Each edition of the magazine was effectively a travelogue, full of articles relating to places of interest and holiday destinations across the United Kingdom, its purpose to encourage would be holiday-makers to use their services. Strangely perhaps, the magazine’s pages are also populated with advertisements from car manufacturers and motor traders encouraging the readership to buy cars, effectively dissuading them to use the facilities offered by the magazine’s publishers. However, SMT had this base covered as they also owned a car dealership in Scotland’s capitol city, Edinburgh. This very late SMT MG Midget advertisement appears in the January 1932 edition and depicts a metal panelled model illustrated by Harold Connolly. Does anyone know of a later dated MG ‘M’ Type Midget advertisement?
If things go according to plan, by mid-May (in England) we could all legally re-commence using our cars. By then, the best of the spring blossom will be on display, the days will be much longer and the sun will have considerably more warmth than at present. This 2008 photo was taken in the leafy Surrey suburb of Ewell, and has captured the Morris Minor Two-seaters, owned at that time by Alister Reid (UXG 289) and Mike Cameron (HX 3252), basking in the spring sunshine. In just ten weeks time we could be doing the same…(photo Alister Reid)
The English covid restriction road map will permit the go-ahead of limited outdoor gatherings after 17th May. In view of that recent announcement the Network is planning to hold a series of pub meets across England, the first of which has been confirmed as taking place on Sunday 23rd May at the Starwing Brewery in Redgrave, Suffolk. Timings and itinerary will follow shortly, as will detail concerning further meets as they are confirmed.
This Bill Brunell image of MG Midget UF 5796 seen here competing in the 1930 Brighton-Beer trial with E. Tebbs at the wheel was first published in the Auto Motor Journal. (see left-hand magazine snippet) The original plate survived and is now part of the Brunell image collection held by the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
It’s unusual to find an advertisement for the Morris Minor that is infrequently seen. This one is such an ‘ad’. The model featured is a 1929 season Fabric Saloon, the ‘ad’ appearing in The Light Car & Cyclecar on 9th August 1929. The copy extolls the virtues of the car’s long range touring capabilities, citing a recent 1200 mile Morris Motors sponsored trip to the French Riviera and back. This expedition had warranted a full blown article (written by ‘Mileator) which appeared in the March 1929 edition of the Morris Owner magazine.
After last year’s covid hiatus it’s worth reminding ourselves why rallying is such fun. Not only do we get to drive our ninety year old vehicles on roads ideally suited to them while viewing some stunning countryside, we also get to meet-up once again with friends we haven’t seen for a while. This image was taken at the 2014 Network rally which was based in Cavendish, Suffolk. Here, cars and crews are seen assembling and socialising in an orchard immediately prior to setting off for the commencement of the Saturday tour. Please note that the 2021 Pre-war Minor Network Rally has been rescheduled and is now due to take place over the weekend of 9th-11th July. It’s not too late to join us – more information and a booking form are available here.
Unfortunately, the enduring effects of the coronavrus pandemic has led to the enforced postponement of the Network’s annual rally for a second successive year. The very good news is that it was only necessary to move the rally weekend back by one month, the new dates being 9th – 11th July 2021. Those of you who have confirmed entries will receive an email from rally host Tony Adlard shortly, while those wishing to join us can do so by using the booking form on the the rally page here.
MG 704 – A McEvoy Midget
There are just two known surviving images of J.A. Berry‘s 1930 McEvoy bodied Midget (MG 704) both of which appear here. Berry successfully competed in his factory bodied Midget throughout 1930 and 1931 before exchanging the body for a McEvoy example built by the Jensen Brothers in West Bromwich in the spring of 1932. The similarities between the McEvoy Minor and Midget bodies are clear to see in the images to be seen above. (The lower two items appear here courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Stuart Cooke is the current custodian of the McEvoy Minor prototype (SV7012 – RC 300). This famous Minor has led a chequered post war life, with large gaps in its history. Having been seperated from its original registration, the car is currently registered at the DVLA as 7360 TU and is slowly being restored by Stuart. A ‘Minor Musings‘ article featuring the car is due to appear in the March 2021 edition of Morris Monthly.
The Spring Shelsley event, held on 27th May 1933, was a damp and dreary affair according to contemporary reports. Surviving photographs confirm this with umbrellas raised and a wet track surface clear to see. Three MG K3 Magnettes took part, including two of the Mille Miglia machines, one driven by Count Lurani, the second by Fay Taylour, a mount she shared with G.E.T. Eyston. The third Magnette was driven by E.R. Hall, who easily won his class, ascending the hill in 48.00 seconds. This photo is of Miss Taylour’s MG K3 awaiting the signal to start an ascent of the famous 1000 yard course. (LATplate C487 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
RX 9153 (2M/3150) was a 1932 season metal panelled MG Midget, built towards the end of the model’s production life, being subsequently replaced by the MG J2 later in the year. The panelled M Types were roomier than the earlier fabric skinned versions and this supercharged model was a full 10 MPH quicker, the addition of a blower adding £65 to the asking price over its predecessor. (It sold for £250) This photograph was one of a sequence taken to illustrate an Autocar road test, published 12th February 1932, a copy of which can be found on the MG Midget page, under ‘The cars’ in the open area of the website. (LAT plate E1921, courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The Sammy Miller Museum in the New Forest, Hants played host to the Network’s 2012 Forester Rally. Here, the Garry Waiting owned Semi-Sports replica heads up a trio of similarly bodied cars all awaiting the signal for the ‘off’ at the start of the Sunday morning coastal tour. Mike Taylor‘s Austin Heavy Twelve can be seen in the background as can John Paternoster‘s Minor Tourer.
This postcard of Midhurst in the heart of rural West Sussex was taken in 1938. Parked-up at the kerbside is 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (AHW 212). The Minor was first registered in Bristol in June 1934, so already four years old and some distance from home territory. What’s perhaps noticeable about this image is that the Minor and the DHC on the right are the only true ‘open’ cars to be seen. Had a photo been taken from this spot in 1928, there would undoubtedly have been many more open models in shot.
Phil Parry-Jones has owned BG 1915, his 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater, for fifty years. Despite the car’s diminutive size, his wife and two-children used the Minor as holiday transport back in the seventies. After a long lay-off, and having acquired an earlier radiator and wings along the way, the car is now once again roadworthy as can be seen above (left).
Featuring here for the second time in just a few days is 1930 Morris Minor CMS Super Sport special (UY 8391). It’s restoration now complete, the car was taking part in the July 2008 VMR Rally, the Saturday tour route taking-in a number of the numerous WWII airfield memorials located in Norfolk and Suffolk. This memorial, to be found at Knettishall, Suffolk honoured those who had lost their lives while serving with the 388 Bomb Group of the USAAF and were based at the adjacent airfield. This photo was taken by Roger Lucke who at that time was the car’s custodian.
(LATplate C5789) This shot of MG Magnette BLP 484 was, according to the markings on the plate, taken on Hustyn during the 1935 MCC London-Land’s End Trial. Car and crew (driver: J.H. Hibbitt) appear to be taking a leisurely passage through the ford watched by the customary large crowds at this traditional spring event. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The pandemic has caused the wholesale postponement or cancellation of complete programs of motor sporting events. The Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) has been particularly hard-hit with just a handful of the scheduled events being able to take place in 2020, while the immediate prospects for 2021 are looking little better. One of the first casualties of this calendar year was the traditional year-start Brooklands Driving Tests, which was due to be held on Sunday 31st January, although hope remains that it could still be rescheduled for later in the year. Here, Clive Hamilton-Gould manhandles his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325) on a part of the former racing circuit’s Start and Finish Straight at the January 2016 running of this event.
The late Harry Edwards was something of a legend in the pre-war Morris world and come to that, remains so. This photo of the ex-Morris Register historian appeared in the Auto Express magazine in 1990. His 1930 CMS Minor Special (UY 8391) was eventually finished and sold at auction to Network member Roger Lucke around the turn of the millenium. It has subsequently found a home in the Butland family on the English south coast. (Image courtesy of Toby Sears)
These highly sought-after open four-seater models appear infrequently. This one has been in the same ownership for some considerable time and is now in the hands of a Warwickshire dealer. Morris Minor Tourer (KX 2397) was first registered in Buckinghamshire in April 1929. Full details can be found on the carandclassic website here as well as this website’s forum. (Click the arrowhead on the image above to watch a YouTube video of the car)
This photo (LATplate C8716) was taken in May 1936 during the running of that year’s MGCC’s Abingdon to Abingdon trial. The Autocar photographer carefully chose his moment to take this photograph of Cecil Kimber who appears to be spectating, although his car is wearing a competition plate. A picnic basket lies open on the hillside adjacent to his female companion. An enlargement of the image also reveals that Kimber is carrying a 35mm Leica camera – what price a peak at some of his images? The MG Car Club’s official history records this solitary paragraph concerning the event:
June 1936: The Annual Abingdon-Abingdon Trial took place in May, starting as usual from the Factory with a running buffet provided by the company. A novelty this year was a special driving test held in the works grounds before the 110 competitors set off on a 45-mile run before the first of the trials hills. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Postscript: Garry Waiting has pointed out that the car, alongside of which Kimber is standing, is a Singer Le Mans and therefore unlikely to be the vehicle he drove to the event!
Yet another image about which little is known. This was recently found uncaptioned in the archive, having lain there unnoticed since 2003. The Minor 5 cwt van in question was first registered in Birmingham in 1930, although to which of the various Newnhams’ scattered across England this vehicle was associated is anyones guess. It had served a useful community purpose as a private mobile lending library, perhaps doubling as a grocery delivery vehicle? Neverless, a sad end to what was probably a hard working life.
Thanks to member Mike Taylor, more is now known about this van. It’s not a an OF (Birmingham) registration but DF 9897, first registered in Gloucestershire in 1930. Mike knew of the van’s existance from the late 50s through to the 70’s and confirms that it was saved and restored. The Newnham village concerned was Newnham-on-Severn, Glos. (The DVLA records that the van was last taxed in 1994.
Very little is know about this atmospheric Brooklands image. Its reference number indicates that it was taken in 1932 but the LAT plate number (B9038) is not specifically catalogued by Motorsport Images. The photographer was positioned at the top of the Member’s Banking adjacent to the Member’s Bridge when he took this shot, perfectly capturing the long Railway Straight in the background. The use of the short (1.1 mile) clockwise Mountain Circuit and the lack of spectators might indicate that this was taken at a club meeting while the participants racing numbers may provide clues should a reader have access to the appropriate Brooklands program or race card. The identity of MG Midget no.17 and its driver are of particular interest. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
1930 Morris 8HP Fire Tender
The Minor based Fire Tender was first catalogued in the 1931 Morris Motors range brochure. As can be seen in this photograph it was extremely well equipped, although the chemical fire exstinguishers were not included in the £170 asking price. Comparatively few images exist of the model, this one being a recent eBay find. The vehicle depicted here was almost certainly photographed at an Olympia exhibition, the patterned stand floor tiling matching numerous thirties Motor Show shots. Few Fire Tenders made it to customers and just four are documented. These included one that serviced the Morris Motors Cowley site, while a second was gifted to the City of Oxford Fire Brigade. A third example was purchased by an Indian Maharaja, while a fourth made it all the way to Wellington, New Zealand.
Harry Edwards, the former Morris Register Historian, died in September 2010. He left behind a mountain of material in the form of books, articles, a handwritten register of surving cars and countless notes. Much of this material continues to be referenced on a daily basis by Morris enthusiasts from around the world. A small part of that legacy are these sketches of Morris Minor specials, drawn over 50 years ago for publication in the Morris Register’s quarterly ‘Bulletin‘ and used to illustrate a series of articles on the topic.
An early thirties postcard depiction of Preston, not the large town in Lancashire, but a small village in Dorset some 275 miles south. The car that is about to pass the village store is either a 1930 or 1931 season Morris Minor OHC Coachbuilt Saloon, although unfortunately the vehicle’s registration markings are indecipherable.
Following on from last week’s TMC image, here is a close up shot of the same MG J3 Midget (JB 2268) photographed en route during the 1933 Alpine Rally. W.E. Belgrave and his co-driver look remarkably refreshed and under-dressed for imminent competition, which might indicate that the driving for the day had yet to be undertaken. (LATplate C1518 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The view upon lifting the bonnet of every Morris Minor engine will reveal many subtle differences, one engine to the next. Few under-bonnet views will resemble that to be seen in Morris handbooks, with differing routes for pipework, non-standard float chambers on carburettors, the use of modern plug leads, the location of the manufacturer’s plate along with a host of other trivia. While to some these anomolies annoy and irritate, to others they simply represent practical pragmatism.
The 1932-1934 long wheel base Morris ‘Sports’ and ‘Special’ Coupes were members of an automotive fashion fad that was shortlived and all but exstinct by the end of 1935. Fashionable they may have been, but these models sold in small numbers. A Classic & Sportscar article from October 1995 tells the story and this can now be found under the Post-War Minor Articles sub menu in the open area of the website here.
The £175 Morris Minor Special Coupe was the most expensive factory produced Morris Minor by some margin. A 1995 article from the Classic & Sportscar magazine will shortly be uploaded to the website explaining why these Coupes were so popular among the car manufacturers, while less so among the buying public.
Although not the earliest business to market special bodied versions of the Hornet, Eustace Watkins, the Wolseley London based main dealer for the brand were the first to list a four-door saloon type. The body was built for them by coachbuilders, Mulliner and a short introductory article appeared in a November 1930 edition of The Motor magazine. The article, along with a corresponding Eustace Watkins coloured advertisement have been uploaded to the Hornet Specials page in the Member’s Area and can be found at the foot of the page in the model’s article archive.
This great photograph of W.E. Belgrave’s MG J3 Midget (JB 2268) speeding through an alpine village was taken at the July 1933 La Coupe Internationale des Alpes rally or Alpine Rally. The event was effectively a trial, although Motor Sport magazine reported that many drivers treated the 2000 kilometre event as a road race. The Alpine route took the cars through France, Switzerland and Italy along some treacherous mountain roads and passes. Belgrave and his 746 cc supercharged Midget won the Group V Coupe des Glaciers award, just pipping Donald Healey in his Riley. (LATplate C1454 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The Wolseley Hornet was launched in April 1930, well into the 1930 model season. It’s first appearance in a Wolseley range brochure was to be in September 1930, detailing models for the 1931 season. Ten pages scanned from that catalogue can now be found in PDF format on the Wolseley Hornet page under The Cars sub-menu on the website’s homepage.
1930 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe GJ 8534
Perhaps once or twice a year it’s possible to find an historic image on eBay (or elsewhere) that quickens the pulse rate of a Minor enthusiast. This was one such occasion. Photographs of the 1930/31 Morris Minor Arrow Coupe Special are extremely rare, with just four differing depictions of the model present in the archive. GJ 8534 is a May 1930 London registered example and was built at A.P. Compton & Co’s Arrow Coachworks in Hanwell, W.7. According to the caption written on the rear of the print, the photo was taken in July 1939 at Whyteleaf in Surrey at which point the Arrow was already nine years old. While looking a little tired and well used, it only differed visually from those newly constructed in 1930 by the addition of a pair of scuttle vents.
A revised PDF version of the Morris Minor Semi-Sports road test scanned from the October 31st 1930 edition of The Autocar has been added to The Vintage Minor Story, to be found via The cars/The Minor/The vintage Minor story menus.
Following the announcement of the latest English national lockdown, the VSCC have postponed the Brooklands Driving Tests event that was due to take place later this month. Club Chairman Paul Tunnicliffe comments “… these will not go ahead in January, although we are hoping that they can run later in the year.” This photo was taken during scrutineering for the 2019 event, with Paul Compton’s 1934 Wolseley Hornet Aerees Special (ACJ 154) well to the fore, behind which is Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Morris Minor Tourer (DG 325).
On the 9th May 1930 The Autocar published a road test of the development car for the racing M.G. Double Twelve models, which were later to be known in production form as MG Midget 8/45s. It was of course no coincidence that the JCC Double Twelve Race commenced at Brooklands that very day, continuing for a further twelve hours on Saturday 10th May. This car, featured above, was named ‘Shinio’ by H.N. Charles, M.G.’s Chief Engineer “…in honour of the large quantities of metal polish which had been expended on the engine’s internals.” Here the car was used in the header photo for the Autocar test report while a scanned copy of the original artwork from the LAT archive can be seen by way of a comparison. (Lower scan courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Morris saloon car space evolution
These two photographs were taken five years apart but represent two consecutive models. The top photo displays the available interior space of a 1932 Morris Family Eight Saloon, while the lower photo is of the interior of the model that replaced it, in this instance the 1937 version of the Morris Eight. The long wheelbase Minor range ceased production in the summer of of 1934 with the new Eight model arriving in Morris dealerships in early autumn the same year. The most visable difference relates to the use of the available space. The seating position of the front occupants of the earlier model is significantly further forward than that seen on the later car, which results in a wider rear door providing easier access for rear seat passengers. However, the driving position position of the later Eight looks to be far less cramped. (Both photos courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Gerhard Wedenig fom Untersiggenthal, Switzerland own’s this striking 1932 Morris Minor Saloon (AG 128 827). Gerhard had been experiencing clutch problems on his car and turned to the members of this website’s Discussion Forum for help. Practical advice and tangible assistance was provided, most notably by Joe Rayner from Ireland, who repaired the Minor’s clutch ‘fingers’ and constructed a tool to aid the setting-up of the clutch upon re-installation. The parts were then mailed to Gerhard over the Christmas period, who reports that the car has recently successfully completed a test run. A fine example of European co-operation.
The beautiful City of Napier in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand hosts an annual art deco festival which includes a vintage car show that takes place in the city centre. Here network member, David Gardiner’s Minor special is seen parked up in the city on February 22nd this year, at a time when thankfully New Zealand was free of covid19.
Hybrid Minor Saloon.
This scan of a 10 X 8 print, taken from Morris Motors negative 7537, has been in the archive for almost eleven years and raised something of a stir when first published at that time. As received, the photo was found to be mounted on a section of card, upon which were written the words “1929 Morris Minor Saloon”. The car’s body was identical in shape to that of the 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon, with smaller rear side-windows to those seen on the following season’s saloon models. However, this car had a metal paneled lower body with a fabric skin covering everything above the door cheekline. Clearly, the car was a prototype, as no such Minor Saloon ever entered production, which left and still leaves an unanswered question as to its purpose?
20th April 1935: This photograph was taken on the observed Station Hill section of the 1935 MCC London-Land’s End Trial. Here, A. G. Douglas-Clease pilots his 1934 MG N Type Magnette (JB 3850) up the steep incline, to the delight of the spectators lining the route and his female passenger. (LATplate C5798 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
A significantly cleaner version of the 1931 Wolseley Hornet Instruction Manual has recently been scanned and uploaded as a PDF to the Technical Bits section within the Member’s Area. It can be found on the ‘Handbooks’ page.
Jonathan Barwick‘s 1933 Morris Minor RSJ 615 (Formerly JO 5914) is seen here parked outside St. Peter’s Church in Pirton, Worcs. This beautiful historic building was erected in the early part of the thirteenth century and is one of five timber framed churches to be found in the county. Seven centuries after St. Peter’s was constructed, Morris Motors continued the timber framing tradition, employing ash to build the frames for their Minor bodies. Read more here: https://nickjoycearchitects.co.uk/project/st-peters-church-pirton/
A PDF containing official exploded-view photographs of the differential as fitted to Minors, Midgets & Hornets to 1932, has been uploaded to the Technical Bits section in the Member’s Area of the core website.
Another Connolly MG Midget advertisement surfaces
The full page advertisement seen here was found in the January 1932 edition of the ‘SMT Magazine‘, published by Scottish Motor Traction Co. Ltd, in conjunction with the LMS and LNER railway companies. The magazine was effectively a travelogue, full of holiday destination articles, written presumably to encourage the Scottish populace to travel using SMT’s vehicles as the means of transportation. There may be later Harold Connolly illustrated MG M Type Midget advertisements to be found, although the model ceased production just six months later. The colour rendition of the Connolly drawing was created by Peter Brock, to whom many thanks.
For the second consecutive week C.A.N. May’s ‘Cream Cracker’ MG PB JB 7521 appears in the TMC spot. Like TMC no.206, this photo (LATplate C10653 extract) was also taken at the 1937 SUNBAC Colmore Trial. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Janie Maeers owns 1929 Morris Minor Tourer VJ 1756, pictured here while attending a VSCC race meeting at Mallory Park, Leics, not too far distant from her home near Market Harborough. It’s hoped that many more old car events will take place in 2021, including the Network’s annual rally in the Welsh Marches next June
Chris Hipwood was awarded the Harry Edwards Trophy for his beautiful restoration of this 1934 Minor Saloon BPA 588. Unlike his trophy, his Minor doesn’t sit on a pedestal simply to be admired, his car is used, even in the depths of winter. It’s seen here on top of Stoopers Hill, above the nearby village of Coombe St. Nicholas, which nestles in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Coombe St. Nicholas is of course well known as a favoured fodder refueling point for S. Claus’s reindeer, come 24th December each year.
Climbing Prescott’s famous hill is an appropriate car is a memorable experience. Here, Roger Burnett tests his mettle and that of his 1931 MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe (GG 3949) as they get towards the end of the 1,128 yard course while attending the Pre-war Prescott event in July 2019. (Photo: Chris Lambert)
This superb action shot of the C.A.N. May Cream Cracker MG PB (JB 7521) was taken at the 1937 running of the SUNBAC Colmore Trial held on 27th February that year. The car is seen storming one of the hill sections, its knobbly tyres hurling debris from the rough surface skywards. (LATplate C10665 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
1930 Maltby Minor DHC Special
Coachbuilders Maltby’s of Folkstone, Kent advertised two Minor variants for the 1930/31 season. These were the £160 de luxe Two – seater and the £185 DHC version. A solitary two-seater is known to have survived but has been undergoing restoration for almost 20 years and sadly hasn’t been seen for some considerable time. Unfortunately, it appears that none of the very well appointed DHC versions have survived. These Autocar diagrams along with the 1930 Motor Show program notes provide specification details. No period photos of the DHC version have been found to date.
There were a record number of starters for the 1934 MCC London-Land’s End Trial with 343 cars leaving Virginia Water during the evening of 30th March. Upon arrival in Devon the following morning they were to be confronted with eight observed hill sections. This photo of MG Magna (MG 2500) was perhaps taken on ‘Lynmouth’, large crowds lining the route from the village below. The Magna was driven by G.M. MacGregor who collected a silver award that day. (LATplate C2905 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Another two Minors have recently found new homes. Adrian Tyldesley from Chorley, Lancs has acquired his second Minor in just under two months with the addition of 1934 Two-seater (AAO 426) to that of his 1930 Fabric Saloon FH 7004. On the other side of the globe in South Australia, Bryan Dunning has bought this 1933 lwb Minor Two-seater (RAA-033) and is about to start rebuilding the car.
This Morris Minor Two-seater (OC 7194) was photographed on one of the 7 hill sections of the 1934 Sunbac Colmore Trial which took place on 24th February. R.V.M. Barry was at the wheel of the Morris and was tasked to complete 70 miles prior to the trial’s end. There were 155 starters and contempoary reports indicate that delays were experienced.
Exponents of pre-war trials, sprints, hill-climbs and rallies have suffered withdrawal symptons for the past nine months as the vintage motoring calendar was decimated by the fallout from the pandemic. The VSCC have managed to stage a few events, albeit without spectators, the latest of these being their Winter Driving Tests which were held on 5th December at Bicester Heritage Centre. Here, India Walker was photographed negotiating one of the test sections in the family’s 1931 Morris Minor Two-seater TM 8687 (Agnes). The Walker family car wasn’t the only Minor taking part, with Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Tourer DG 325 also flying the flag for the model. Photo: Courtesy Phil Jones
This superb image of Arie Roest’s Hornet Special, entered by his wife Tineke is the winner of our 2020 Photograph Of The Year Competition. The competition was adjudicated by a team from Motorsports Images (the competition’s sponsor), led by their Director of Photo Collections – Kevin Wood. Tineke has now won the competition twice, while her husband Ari is also a previous winner of the LAT Plate.
Of all the Morris Minor saloon variants, the Fabric Saloon has the fewest survivors. Built in large numbers, particularly in 1929, their bodies were more prone to the ravages of time and weather than their steel skinned counterparts, hence their scarcity today. It is all the more gratifying to now find a quartet of these models in the hands of active Network members. So come on Adrian, Garry, Tony and Dave, perhaps it’s time to establish a new sub-section, with a view to all meeting up at the 2021 rally in Herfordshire! Now that would be a magnificent sight!
This image of JO 764, the £100 S.V. Morris Minor development car was taken on a very wet and dismal day somewhere in the Oxfordshire countryside, just prior to the car’s announcement in late December 1930. This is one of a sequence of photos of the car, all likely to have been taken on the same day and held by Motorsport Images among their LAT Collection. The photos are an important reference source and have helped with the car’s restoration, currently being carried out by London based Morris enthusiast, Mick Roberts. (LATplate Red 9061)
ALP 363 was a 1933 MG J2 Midget registered in London during August that year. It is seen here taking part in the 1936 MCC ‘Edinburgh’ Trial and is being driven by A.P. Squire, who went on to collect a Premier Award. It’s not known upon which of the observed hills that this photograph was taken. (LATplate C8912 – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The S.V. Morris Minor engine from 1931 was later adapted for marine applications. A new ‘Cog Cruncher’ article highlighting the differences between the standard car engine and the marine unit can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical section located within the ‘Everything Else’ article library.
How many vintage car motoring enthusiasts would load a suitcase onto the luggage rack and set off for a weeks family holiday in their pre-war pride and joy? Very few is the likely answer, particularly with the density of traffic to be found on Britain’s roads between the end of July and early September each year. Clearly, thirty years ago things weren’t quite so bad, as that prospect didn’t put off Ken and Kate Martin who took their young family on such a trip back in 1990. Their Minor is a 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon (VX 4590). Photo: Ken Martin
The ending of the English lockdown in early December won’t precipitate a mass unlocking of garage doors for the majority of vintage car owning motorists. The prospect of driving along muddy lanes will ensure that most cars remain tucked away for the duration of the winter months. After all, it’s not as if the cars weren’t designed for motoring in the wet! Here, Simon Hodgins bucks this trend and can be seen traversing a very damp Cotswold lane in his late 1931 Jensen Minor Special (EC 9783). Admittedly, this photo was taken in the month of July, while car and crew were taking part in the 2009 VMR Rally, but if you need a vintage motoring ‘fix’, be brave…
MG J2 Midget YY 4 was first registered in London in September 1932 and was owned by A.W.F. Smith (Alan) into the 1960s. This photo of the car was taken somewhere in the Chilterns during the 1935 MG Car Club’s Abingdon to Abingdon Trial. Smith competed in many national trials driving YY 4, from late 1932 until 1937, picking up plenty of awards in the process. (LATplate C6033 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
1930 MCC ‘Exeter’
Here is a recently discovered Morris Minor saloon photograph from the LAT Collection (B5299), which was taken at the 1930 MCC London-Exeter Trial. The car’s competition number of 151 identifies it (via Cowbourne) as being driven by M. Longridge. The car’s registration is partialy obscured by mud or a badge and reads as GC 7?17, making it a London 1930 registration. It’s lack of a ‘Morris’ script on the radiator would indicate that it’s a 1930 season car, although it’s impossible from this head-on shot to determine whiich of the two saloon versions this one is. Unfortunately for Mr. Longridge, he had to retire the car and therefore did not gain an award. (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The early entries for the Network’s 2020 POTY Competition can now be found on the competition’s webpage here. The rules for entry can also be found on the same page, so please dig out your favourite image(s) of your Minor, Midget or Hornet and email them to email@example.com Entry is free and the top twelve images will adorn the pages of our 2021 calendar!
Phil Parry-Jones needed a vehicle to assist him drag away the severed boughs from a fallen riverside willow. Without a Land Rover to hand, Phil turned to his trusty 1933 Minor Two-seater (BG 1915), a car that’s been in the family for around fifty years, which of course then completed the task with the minimum of fuss!
T. Wagner competed in Morris Minors from the spring of 1933 until immediately prior to the commencement of the Second World War. His first Minor was a 1933 Two-seater model (KJ 9509), while his first recorded event was the Scottish Six Days Trial held in May of that year. After this his name crops up regularly among the results of the national reliability trials of the period. Photographs of his second Minor, a 1934 Two-seater (OY 8787), also appeared from time to time in the motoring magazines . While perhaps not the best known Morris Minor personality of the period, he was certainly a regular competitor and judging by his results, was also a very capable driver. Here he is seen competing in the 1934 London – Gloucester Trial ‘ somewhere in the Cotswolds’. (LATplate C5804 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
By the 12th December 1931 (the date of that years MCC London-Gloucester trial) MG Midget RX 7206 had been converted from a normally aspirated car and was now supercharged. It’s not clear if the car was converted at the MG factory in Abingdon or by its unknown owner, but many images of it survive in both pre and post conversion mode. By February 1932 MG had officially announced the arrival of a supercharged M Type and The Autocar road tested RX 9153 in that guise. The price premium over the standard model was a whopping £65, customers paying £250 for the privilege. It’s not known how many were sold. Unfortnately, who was driving RX 7206 at that year’s ‘Gloucester’ is unknown, the car’s competition number is presumably attached to the front of the car thus rendering Cowbourne’s book of little help in identifying the driver. (LATplate B7404 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Today sees the launch of ‘The Snippets Page’ which, as its name suggests, is a compendium of concise items scanned from period motoring magazines. The page is a work-in-progress in that there are many more items to be found and eventually included. If any members have items that they would like to see added to the page then please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org The page can be found within the Member’s Area of the website.
With full lockdown imminent in England and severe restrictions in place elsewhere across the UK, those of you still intending to submit a new photo of your car for the Network’s Photograph Of The Year Competition had better get your skates on! The winning entry will adorn the front cover of our 2021 calendar. There is still time for that entry to be yours!
The S.V. Minor engine water outlet is prone to corrosion and damage. Thankfully, a repair kit originally designed for the Austin Seven also fits the Morris engine. An article prepared by Tony Kimber and Chris Healey takes you through the fitting process and this can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Section.
Cynthia Labouchere‘s name can be found on many rally and concours event entry lists during the early thirties. Although she drove a Singer Nine in 1934, she very actively campaigned a 1932 E.W. Hornet Special throughout the latter half of the 1932 and 1933 driving seasons. Her first recorded event in 1933 was the Monte Carlo Rally, where she started from John o’ Groats’, although sadly failing to finish. This LAT Autocar photoscan shows her Hornet, GY 3131 being inspected prior to the start of the rally, possibly at the Eustace Watkins premises in Chelsea, SW3. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images).
Unless you are an enthusiast or own classic or vintage cars, it’s doubtful that you would deliberately include a car ‘in shot’ if you were taking a family photograph today. In the thirties, the opposite seems to have been the case. Back then, the family car was captured on film at every opportunity. Here, a ten or eleven year old boy dressed in full school uniform has been posed alongside the family’s 1929 Portsmouth registered Morris Minor Fabric Saloon (TP 7975). The Minor itself is only noteworthy for its spotlight and non standard horn, although the luck associated with the horseshoe affixed to the radiator may well have been called upon from time to time to compensate for the car’s totally bald front tyres! This damaged snapshot has no caption on its reverse and was a recent eBay purchase.
Having gone to ground for almost five years, 1934 Minor Two-seater BPB 357, the car previously owned by former member Andrew Batey, has resurfaced. Its new custodian Paul Ellis, lives not too far from the car’s birthplace and will hopefully be seen out and about in his very recent acquisition shortly. Congratulations Paul!
Leaking fuel taps are a perennial discussion point on this website’s Discussion Forum. The leaks are primarilly caused by the tap’s cork washers either perishing or disintegrating after drying out. Ian Judd has provided drawings for the fabrication of the fuel tap as fitted to his 1930 MG Midget. This type has the distinct advantage of not requiring a cork washer. The PDF containing his drawings can be found in the technical section within the Member’s Area under ‘Carburation & Fuel’.
The Hobdays Motor Catalogue was the chosen source of generic and specialist car parts for countless garages and motor factors throughout the first fifty years of the last century. This is what auction site Worthpoint had to say about their business:
Hobday Brothers Ltd. were wholesalers of bicycle, motorcycle and motor car accessories, established in Shoreditch, London in 1905. By the start of the 1930’s they also had branches in Wolverhampton and Manchester and offered delivery across the country. The company’s product range had expanded over the years to include electrical equipment, domestic appliances, clocks, and lighting – and even Perambulators and Pedal Cars!
A first PDF extract from their 1934 catalogue has been added to the ‘Everything else’ section (within Technical Bits), featuring five pages of horns!
The Network’s 2020 Photograph of the Year competition is now open to entries, while the competition rules and entry instructions can be found under a red button on the homepage’s header (above) or via this link here. If you have a favourite image of your Minor, Hornet or Midget then please consider entering our competition, you never know, the adjudicators may agree with you. The top twelve images will adorn the pages of the Network’s 2021 calendar which will be published in early December, just in time for it to be wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree as a surprise present for your wife/partner/husband, although be prepared to duck. (Photo – Arthur Bell 2014)
During the 1950’s and early 60’s Sunday lunchtime on the BBC’s Light Programme featured a 30 minute music hall spot entitled the ‘Billy Cotton Band Show’. The band’s popularity went back to the late twenties and continued thereafter, although in the thirties Billy Cotton’s skill behind the wheel of racing cars threatened to eclipse his light entertainment career. This photo of Cotton was taken on 4th July 1936 where he is seen seated behind the wheel of his supercharged MG awaiting the start of a race at Donington Park. (LATplate C9389 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Wolseley Hornet Saloon
The launch of the Wolseley Hornet in April 1930 was a huge event at the time. The intense public and media interest was not due to the cars appearance as its body was already a familar site and shared with the Morris Minor, the Morris product having been launched some 18 months previously. No, this excitement was due to the compact 1271 cc, six-cylinder OHC engine designed for this model. This ‘head-on’ LAT photoscan view does reveal the narrow track it shared with the Minor but not its elongated bonnet, under which sat the extended Minor engine. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Tighter covid restrictions have meant that even small gatherings such as our local pub meets have had to be put on ice for the time being. Let’s hope that come the spring of 2021 we will be able to meet up again with fewer constraints on our behaviour! This photo was taken in October 2010 at an autumn meet in Redgrave, Suffolk.
This 1934 season Morris Minor Two-seater was built at the tail-end of 1933. In December 1952 it was exported to Denmark to join an already large native contingent of pre-war Minors. However, in 1953 it was sold to a German customer (Gunther Schott) who lived in Bad Nauheim, in the Taunus region. He kept the car for many years, even joining the Morris Register for a short period in the eighties. In 2014 it was sold on to Bernard Deifenbach who has recently passed the car onto Peter Brodt. It was Peter who provided this information along with the news that the car is now undergoing an exstensive renovation. Please keep us posted Peter.
This photograph was scanned from the pages of a November 1930 SMT Magazine – SMT being an abbreviation for the words, Scottish Motor Traction, which as its name suggests was a Scottish bus company. Their magazines are packed full of travelogues and details of interesting places to visit around Scotland and the rest of the U.K. https://www.flickr.com/photos/36844288@N00/sets/72157618355483278/ as well as plenty of fascinating motoring advertisements. Here an unidentified MG Midget travels alongside a river or small loch, the caption writer giving very little away.
The May 1933 running of the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) encompassed some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenary. Although not apparent from this edited extract of LAT plate C317, H.F. Barge‘s 1931 SV Tourer (JO 2231) is seen climbing away from the village of Inverfarigaig on the shores of Loch Ness, leaving General Wades Military Road (B582) far behind. (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)
At the time this photo was taken in July 1937, the MG Midget WX 6937 was already six years old, having first been registered in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1931. The occasion was the driving test element of the Welsh Rally, which was held over four days (30th June – 3rd July). Here K.G. Settle negotiates a gate under the watching eyes of the adjudicators. The photo was taken by noted photographer Bill Brunell.
1929 Morris Minor saloon (WE 5586) was first registered in Sheffield, as was WE 7511 but some time later the following year. UD 3335 is aso a 1930 registration, although originating in Oxford. The photograph was one of a miscellaneous batch of five recently acquired via eBay. The concise caption on its the rear reads as follows, “Morris Minor, Marmon Straight Eight and Essex Terraplane”. Nothing else is known.
For many pre-war Minor owners, our cars generally see the light of day when the sun shines. Not so with Howard Annetts. He took his 1929 Tourer (UR 4361) on a shopping expedition over the weekend, at a time when squalls and strong winds were battering parts of the country. He reports that thankfully, his hood is waterproof.
All seven of these photos have previously been voted the Network’s Photograph of the Year in our annual pre Christmas competition. For 2020 the competition will be run in November, the top 12 entries, as ajudged by a team from our sponsors Motorsport Images, will then appear in the club’s calendar which will subsequently be available for purchase in the weeks preceding the Christmas holidays. If you have a favourite image of your pre-war Morris Minor, MG Midget or Wolseley Hornet then please consider entering our competition. Entry is free and you can enter right now by submitting upto a maximum of three photos (high resolution please) to email@example.com
Two Network members have both decided to sell their S.V. Morris Minor Minor Saloons. They are Kenneth Allen, owner of DG 8657, a 1934 model and Dan Brockway who is current custodian of MV 6416, a sliding-head 1932 version. Further details can be found on the Network’s Discussion Forum here.
The later MG Magnette models rarely feature here. To partly correct that anomoly, here is a November 1935 London County Council registered Magnette (CGP 878) being driven by D.E. Harris whilst taking part in the 1937 Colmore Trophy Trial. An intrepid marshall with clipboard in hand closely watches the Magnette’s progress up a long green lane incline. Harris collected a second class award for his efforts that day. (Image scanned from an uncatalogued ‘Motor’ 35mm negative courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The 4th October 2020 was to have seen an assembly of pre-war cars at the Star Wing Brewery in Redgrave, Suffolk, prior to a 45 mile tour of some local landmarks. Like so many other motoring social gatherings this year, the event had to be cancelled due to the restrictions imposed by H.M. Government. This photo was taken almost four years ago to the day when a record sixteen cars arrived at the Manor House, Wortham for the Network’s autumn Far Eastern Pub Meet.
T. Wagner successfully campaigned his Two-seater Minors (’33 model KJ 9509 & ’34 model OY 8787) between 1933 and 1938, appearing in many events and regularly featuring among the top award winners throughout that period. Here he is photographed in June 1938 while taking part in the MCC’s London-Edinburgh trial, driving (according to Cowbourne) a 908cc (sic) Minor Two-seater. This image was taken from a recently discovered cache of ‘Motor’ 35mm negatives held in the LAT Collection. (Photo courtesy of Motorsport Images)
The 1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance event was dominated by the presence of Wolseley Hornets, MG Midgets and to a lesser degree, Morris Minor specials. The Hornets and Midgets featured heavily in the awards and a PDF pulling together a full Light Car magazine event report, news snippets and LAT photos taken that day can now be found in the document box at the foot of the ‘Minor in competition’ page within the Member’s Area.
This beautifully rebuilt Wolseley Hornet March Special (SM 9551) was first registered in Dumfries, Scotland in 1932. The body was designed by Freddie (Earl of) March and originally constructed by coachbuilders John Charles of Kew. In more recent times it was owned by Anthony Hamilton, father of six-times Formula One World Champion, Lewis. The vendor claims that the Hornet develops 45 BHP, will reach 75 MPH and is currently advertised for sale on the carandclassic website here.
GU 1342 started life as a 1929 Morris Minor Tourer. After many years of neglect it was purchased circa 2002 in a disassembled state by the late David Roscoe, who then commissioned well known MG body builder Dave Cooksey, to restore the running gear and build a replica Semi-Sports body. The end result can be seen here in this 3rd April 2005 photo which was taken over the LC&ES Welsh weekend during Sunday’s trial. Here David Roscoe takes a firm grip of the steering wheel while Dave Cooksey braces himself as car and occupants are about to attempt to negotiate a particularly steep and technical observed section.
An unidentified 1931 SV Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon is seen here queuing for fuel shortly after the annoucement of the declaration of war on 3rd September 1939. Petrol ration books were distributed to U.K. car owners on 8th September, with rationing coming into force on the 15th. The owner of the Morris Eight saloon behind the Minor has already painted his front wings in line with HM Government advice, although none of cars on view have as yet fitted shrouds to one of their headlamps. This Motor image looks to have been taken in one of London’s new Metroland suburbs, perhaps in Surrey or Middlesex. (LAT collection 35mm Motor negative – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
1932 MG J2 Midget (YY 4) appeared in four of the eight RSAC Scottish Rallies held in the thirties and was driven on each occasion by Alan W.F. Smith. This Motor photo, was taken at a checkpoint during the running of the 1937 ‘Coronation Scottish Rally’ which commenced just five days after the investiture of King Geoge VI on 17th May, the rally concluding on the 21st. Smith was a member of the Motor Cycle Club’s no. 2 team, although Donald Cowbourne’s book British Rally Drivers Their Cars And Awards 1925-1939 doesn’t record if the team were successful or otherwise. (LAT Motor 35mm negative – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Alistair Bond took this photo of his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) beside the Loughor Estuary on his way home to Swansea shortly after visiting his mother in Llanelli. Both locations are about to endure a two-week lockdown following sharp rises in covid 19 cases, so this trip out in his Minor may be Alistair’s last for a while.
Of late, the southern part of the UK has (for the most part) been bathed in glorious late summer sunshine. The warm air tempted a number of Minorists to take to the road, including Ali Bond (1930 Semi-Sports IA 9142), Toby Sears (1933 Saloon YG 2017), Martin Gregory (1931 Coachbuilt Saloon UF 7090) and Trevor Wilkinson (1934 Two-seater UN 6979)
Sir George Kenning (knighted in 1943) was the founder of what was to become the Kenning Motor Group. He was a larger than life character who helped shape a change in the way cars were sold in the U.K. He was photographed here in 1929 alongside a Morris Minor Fabric Saloon. Perhaps better known is the early 1931 photo as used in the Morris Owner magazine and the national press of Sir George driving a £100 Minor to promote the new model.
This LAT Collection image (C952) was taken on ‘Doverhay’ on 24th June 1933 during the BHMC’s Brighton-Beer Trial. Unfortunately, Cowbourne can not help identify the driver and passenger of MG no. 34 (ACD 134). Perhaps a Triple M enthusiast can oblige? (Courtesy of Motorsport Images)
John & Sue Welsh from Northumberland have owned this unique 1930 Morris Minor special (VK 2726) for many years. Unfortunately, the engine recently suffered a broken piston and conrod and efforts are currently underway via the website’s forum to find suitable replacements in order to effect its repair.
Former member Jeremy Evans had almost finished the body tub of the Mulliner Minor special he constructed between 2014 and 2015, before deciding to sell it due to registration concerns with the DVLA. The body is still out there and rests upon another chassis that has a legitimate matching frame number and V5C document. Jeremy’s craftsmanship deserves to see the light of day…
This scan of LATplate E9340 depicts an MG P Type Midget. A view from the front would help indicate if this is a PA version or the later PB type with the increased capacity engine. The PA was fitted with a honeycombe radiator while the PB version adopted the vertical slats as favoured by the stylists at that time. Perhaps an MG expert can positively identify the model from this profile view? (Photo courtesy Motorsport Images.)
Eight years ago (September 2012) a group of Minorists met-up for a tour of the lanes and byways around the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray. Here Brian Maeers in his 1930 Minor Tourer (PG 5664-Dorothy) heads up a procession of four Minors passing through an avenue of trees, all on their way to make a surprise call at one of Brian’s friends for afternoon tea!
Two magazines – same image
January 1930 editions of both the Light Car and Morris Owner featured the same image depicting a 1929 season Morris Minor Fabric Saloon behind which a small outboard motor powered craft had been towed to the water’s edge. While both captions mention Durban, South Africa as being the venue, the Morris Owner heads-up its piece ‘With a Minor at the Cape’ despite Durban being located in what was Natal Province, some considerable distance from the cape area.
The best part of 400 miles separate the locations at which these two images were taken. Haydon Edwards owns the Minor Two-seater (XVV 334), this photo being taken at St. Mary’s lighthouse, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Weir, the car being on a proving run after an extensive two-year rebuild. Dorset resident Dan Brockway is the current custodian of 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6416), this dusk photo being taken somewhere deep in the county’s rural countryside.
The Isle of Ely is famous for its magnificent cathedral and was, as it full name suggests, once surrounded by fenland water. Ted Coney’s 1931 SV Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (PL 9309) is a regular attendee at local events and although not quite as well known as the cathedral, has been photographed alongside many local civic dignatories, including the city’s mayor.
Brooklands was the venue for the 1932 JCC Annual Rally and High Speed Trial which took place on a very wet April day. Here an unidentified MG M Type Midget is followed by an Amilcar and a C Type Midget around a barrel marking an extremity of the makeshift course. The crews of all three cars are hunkered down in their cockpits in order to protect themselves from the worst of a torrential downpour. (LATplate B7596 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
In the main just a single image adorned the cover of The Light Car & Cycle Car (later shortened to the Light Car) magazine throughout the thirties decade. However, many photos of the selected subject vehicle were taken and the rejected shots eventually found their way into the magazine’s archive alongside the chosen image. Here is one such example. The editor wanted a suitable photo for the magazine’s 10th November 1933 edition to commemorate ‘Poppy Day’. He selected this photo of a 1934 Minor Saloon but consigned the people-less photo of the car and war memorial to the archive. (LAT Motor plate 714-10 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Peter Brock and Ali Bond have both been using their Minors to take extended trips into the North East England and Mid-Wales countryside respectively. Peter’s 1934 Minor Four-door Saloon (AAO 463) was photographed in the village of Belsay, Northumberland outside of a small car repair business, housed in its original 100 year old premises. Alistair meanwhile had journeyed from his home on the coast into the Welsh countryside with his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142), along with a group of ‘old car’ friends. It looks as if a pub stop was on their itinerary!
The meteorological start to the northern hemisphere autumn was Tuesday 1st September – so our already short covid hit driving season has only a few more weeks left to run before the bad weather will curtail our excursions. The Network intends to run its 2020 Photograph-of-the-year (POTY) competition in November this year, so there remain just a few short weeks to capture that winning photo. It’s time to dust off the camera!
On the cover…
The Morris Minor featured many times on the covers of the weekly motoring magazines, primarily between 1929 and 1932. Here are two Light Car and Cyclecar covers from 1929, one of which is an advertisement placed by Morris Motors, the other featuring XV 9071, a Temple Press company car used from time to time by motororing journalist, Harold Hastings. Fabric Saloon XV 9071 was first registered in London in late 1928 and went on to feature on the cover of the magazine on three further occasions, in April 1929, November 1930 and finally in April 1931.
Brooklands played host to the BRDC 500 Mile Race on Saturday 24th September 1932. An open event, the race was run in the form of a handicap, with the smaller machines starting first, followed at differing intervals by the larger engine capacity classes. This artistic image from the race was created by Bryan de Grineau who produced similar representations on a weekly basis for The Motor magazine. Here two 746 cc MG Midgets, the red machine driven by R.T. Horton (see also TMC no.189), the light green car by Captain G.E.T. Eyston, are seen dicing high on the famous circuit’s raised banking. Horton’s car went on to win the race outright. (The plate was scanned from the Barre Lyndon book Combat, first published by Heinemann in 1933)
Checking the oil level in the Minor gearbox is a time consuming operation for what is in essence a very simple task. David Gardiner has devised a simple adaptor that speeds-up this chore. Instructions on how to make his device can now be found in the website’s Member’s Area – Technical Section.
1932/3 Wolseley Hornet Sports Coupe
As mentioned in this spot on a previous occasion, this style of Sports Coupe body was very much in vogue between 1932 and 1935. Most large scale/high volume car manufacturers (with the exception of Ford) produced such a model, all of which had a very similar shape. This model from Wolseley, (unsurprisingly) closely resembled the Sports Coupe offerings from Morris Motors and no doubt shared many parts.
The Abbey Coachworks in Merton, Surrey constructed some very stylish bodies during the early thirties, including this two-seater fixed-head sports coupe built upon a 1932 MG Magna chassis. (LATplate E2285 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Joachim Barnett and his brother are rebuilding their father’s 1934 Morris Minor Two-seater (TJ 4258) with an aim to have the car in a roadworthy condition by the summer of 2021. The Minor has been off the road for many years and the hope is that their mother will enjoy a ride out in a car with which she was very familiar, back in the day.
Racing circuits are not places you would normally associate with pre-war Morris Minors. Member Dudley Stammers however farms land adjacent to the Snetterton circuit in East Harling, Norfolk and regularly attends meetings when vintage cars are present. This photo of his 1933 Minor Two-seater (KFF 165) was taken at the VSCC sponsored event, held on 29th September 2013.
Here is another eBay sourced post-war snapshot of a Minor that has seen far better days. GT 1993, a September 1931 London County Council registered car is wearing ‘L’ plates and is showing clear signs of wear and tear. The 1932 Minor Two-seater has a patched-up hood and paintwork that hasn’t seen polish for some time, although the front tyres appear to be in good condition. It doesn’t look as if the car survived the introduction of the MOT Test in the early sixties, as nothing is recorded on the DVLA database.
This single seat MG C Type special, pictured in the Brooklands pits, was something of a sensation at the 1932 BRDC 500 Miles Race held in September that year. The car was driven R.T. Horton and J.H. Bartlett who eventually won this prestigious race, fighting off challenges from the likes of G.E.T. Eyston (MG), B. Lewis (Talbot) and Malcolm Campbell (Riley). The car covered the 500 miles in a time of 5 hours 42 minutes and 13 seconds at an average speed of 96.29 mph. Sadly the event is chiefly remembered for Clive Dunfee’s fatal crash in an 8 litre Bentley. (LATplate B9118 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Tim Stubbs, a team member of a group based in Burton-on-Trent who are restoring 1932 Minor 5 cwt van (PJ 7901), reports that the covid 19 pandemic has almost completely halted work on the car, this due to the government guidelines on social distancing. Much further south in north east London, the outbreak has produced a more positive result, with the SV £100 Minor prototype JO 764’s owner Mick Roberts being able to concentrate his (solo) energies on the car’s rebuild while ‘shielding’. It’s certainly looking good!
A photo gallery and PDF have been added to the foot of the Minor Specials page (in the Member’s Area) entitled ‘The art of what might have been…’ The item shows 24 illustrations submitted by members’ David Gardiner, Martin Gregory, Ian Judd and Peter Brock depicting Morris Minor Specials that should have made it into production. The PDF is a compilation of the three (June, July & August 2020) Morris Monthly articles on the topic.
Yet another IOTW from across the globe, sourced (once again) by John McDonald from Christchurch, New Zealand. This present-day image of an almost derelict 1933 Morris Minor Saloon is from a local NZ website, the site owner being an avid Austin Seven enthusiast. There are two further images and it’s possible to count at least six Austin Sevens, all kept undercover in barns. The Minor however has been left in the open, exposed to the elements, crying out to be rescued.
There is nothing glamorous about the pre-war Morris Minor, it was designed, much like the donkey, to be a Jack-of-all-trades, built to convey its owners to work and on the occasional leisure trip. As can be seen, Joe Rayner‘s animals are not just pets, they also serve a very useful purpose as lawnmowers. Trevor Wilkinson’s Minor Two-seater was one of the last of the breed, which by 1934 meant customers could expect refinements such as leather seats and trafficators. The donkey however continues in production unchanged.
Another TMC photo in a ten image sequence featuring 1931 MG Midget DG 2327. These photos were taken to illustrate an Autocar article on the virtues of the Isle-of-Man as a touring holiday destination for the mainland motorist. This photo, taken on the promenade in Douglas, features two of the horse drawn trams that were used to transport tourists and locals alike along that famous stretch of coastline.(LATplate E3920 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
East Anglia is regarded as the U.K.’s ‘breadbasket’, as many thousands of acres are devoted to arable farming. Despite it being early August, much of the 2020 cereal harvest has already been gathered. This photo of Morris Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) was taken five years ago in South Norfolk just prior to that season’s wheat crop being harvested. In years past this would not have happened until late August or early September. Climate change or improved farming methods? IA 9142 now resides some 200 miles to the west in South Wales, in the custodianship of Alistair Bond.
IOTW no.538 (see archive) also shows an image of this 1932 Morris Minor Saloon taken in the early post war years. This second glass plate scan was taken around the same period and shows the car alongside a 1934 Minor Saloon variant (BNO 505) and the family’s beautiful Lagonda sports saloon. Sadly, BNO 505 is not currently recorded on the DVLA database although GY 8404 is mentioned there, albeit nothing is known post 1990. Ken Martin does have a photo of GY 8404 (reproduced here with thanks) which was taken in 1987 at the Morris Register’s Stanford Hall rally. It seems likely therefore that the car has survived as it looked well cared for just three years prior to its last recorded DVLA mention. Is the current whereabouts of this Minor known by anyone?
On 8th February 1932 Capt. G.E.T. Eyston along with Magic Midget EX 127 was at Pendine Sands on the Welsh south coast in an attempt to raise the Goup H ‘flying mile’ record to 120 mph. This, despite the fact that the weather and the condition of the sands were marginal, while Eyston himself was still recovering from serious burns suffered in an earlier record attempt. The target wasn’t achieved that day as the average speed over the each-way attempt was 118.39 mph, although EX127 did reach just over 120 mph on the outward leg. This image has been scanned from the book ‘Combat’, written by Barre Lyndon and published by William Heinemann in 1933. The aircraft seen in the image and mentioned in the caption is a DH 85 Leopard Moth.
Topiary is a skill for which the exponent is rarely short of material upon which to practice. However skilful the ‘artist’, the end result is not necessarilly pleasing on the eye, much like all other forms of art. Judge for yourself with these two examples of the genre captured by Bob Howden (1932 MG Midget JY 8840) and Ken Martin (1930 Morris Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590) while out on recent jaunts along the Berks/Wilts border.
Pre-Covid. It almost looks alien now with strangers rubbing shoulders at a crowded motoring event. The occasion was a vintage aircraft display at Old Warden aerodrome in August 2012. Two Minors attended, those belonging to Wilkinson and Lambert, both of whom were taking part in a Civil Service Motoring Association (CSMA) Tour that concluded at the airfield owned by the Shuttleworth Trust.
Sir Francis (F.B.H.) Samuelson was an enthusiastic MG campaigner in the early thirties competing in both Le Mans and Montlhery Midgets. His exploits in a Double-Twelve Le Mans Midget at the la Sarthe and Spa circuits in June 1930 are legendary. The photo seen here of Sir Francis and Freddie Kindell in car no. 29 is very well known and was taken on the eve of the 1930 Le Mans race, as was that of Murton Neale and Hicks in an identical car. (no. 28) Unfortunately, neither car featured among those finishing the race, with even a hint of shenanigans surrounding the failure of Samuelson’s car after just five hours. The Light Car’s report on the race can be found here. (LAT Autocar photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
This image was scanned from one of two glass plates recently purchased via eBay. The 1932 Morris Minor Two-door Saloon (GY 8404) was first registered in London in June of that year. The photograph was almost certainly taken in the late forties or early fifties, as the toy Jeep is emblazoned with the motif ‘GB 1946’ on its bonnet. The car heading-up this unusual four vehicle queue is an elegant mid to late thirties Lagonda sports saloon while the last mode of transport in the line-up is a self-propelled, arm powered, foot steered go-cart. The Minor survived at least until August 1990 according to the DVLA. More on this car in the next IOTW edition.
Thanks to Terry Hibbard, the Member’s Area now contains a PDF of three technical drawings showing body dimensions and other key measurements for the 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon.
After a twelve and a half year sojourn in the Netherlands, VG 2007 a 1929 Morris Minor Fabric Saloon has made a permanent return to the U.K. having been purchased by Tony Gamble, the well known Minor enthusiast from Selby, North Yorks. The car was first discovered in a Bungay barn in 2004 before being acquired by Halbe Tjepkema from the Hague in January 2008. Halbe completed a painstaking restoration of the car in 2018, the car making its public debut at the Networks ‘Pacesetters’ summer rally that year. (Photo: Halbe Tjepkema)
These two photographs were taken at approximately the same time and on the same day but clearly not in the same location. It’s said that it’s a long way to Tipperary, in this case about 400 miles from Tattenham Corner in Surrey. The weather in Clocully, County Tipperary as reported by Member Joe Rayner was “glorious” as he took his 1932 Morris Minor Two-seater for a run on Sunday, while a thoroughly damp Epsom racecourse didn’t prevent Philip Butland (Wolseley Hornet) and Alister Reid (Humber Tourer) attending their regular monthly meet on the Surrey downs.
The 1931 JCC Brooklands Double Twelve race held on the 8th & 9th May was an amazing success for the MG factory, although none of the cars entered carried official factory sponsorship! MG C Type Montlhery Midgets occupied the first five places in the overall standings (under a handicap system), while the the three Midgets entered by the Earl of March collected the team prize. Here another C Type (no.72) driven by R.R. Jackson receives frantic servicing attention in the Brooklands pits. Unfortunately, Jackson’s car failed to finish the race. Silent Pathe News film footage of the race can be seen here. (LAT Autocar photoscan courtesy of Motor Sport Images)
An article relating to the two Morris Minor special models built by the Gordon England concern in 1929 and 1930 has been added to the Member’s Area. It can be found under a blue button on the Minor Specials page.
The wellbeing and mental health of the nation, following a prolonged period of lockdown, appears to be a topic high on many agendas at the moment. For Minorists, re-communing with the countryside while using our cars can’t fail to raise the spirits. This beautiful photograph of 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 set in the Wiltshire countryside is certainly uplifting. (Photo Ken Martin)
For the past five years at around this time the website receives images of Neale Elder‘s 1929 Minor special from Christchurch, New Zealand resident, John McDonald. Each year, Neale takes part in the Balcairn Trial held to the north of the city and it’s clear from the photographs that he drives his Minor enthusiastically whilst on piste. This year is no exception as can be seen in this great image taken last weekend.
Martin and Jean Gregory have recently moved to Somerset from Northamptonshire. The UK’s coronavirus lockdown regulations have meant that for the most part Martin’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) has had to remain in its new garage. However, following the recent easing of restrictions Martin has been able to begin to familiarise himself with the countryside around his new home, his Minor being the perfect vehicle for these meanderings.
Forumist, ‘Kemble’ has written an entertaining account of his epic 1960 trip to Spain in his 1932 Morris Minor Saloon. His illustrated aricle can now be found on the ‘Post-war Minoring’ page within the Member’s Area, located behind a blue button just beneath the title banner.
Images from the 1932 RAC Ards T.T. race feature here regularly as almost a third of the 34 car field were built in Abingdon. However, just two of the ten cars classified as finishing the race were MG Midgets – Hall in third place with Low in tenth. Here the MG C Type Midget no. 29 driven by Barnes is about to be passed by the Rose-Richards Talbot 105 along a straight stretch of the road circuit. Barnes failed to finish the race after his blower ceased to function. (LATplate B 8897 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
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This charming image of a 1929-31 OHC Morris Minor Tourer was a recent eBay purchase. The photo had been carefully mounted and framed, thus ensuring that the print was maintained in good condition. A close examination of the photo reveals that the car has been well-kept and is fitted with the early wheel centres as used on 1929 and 1930 season models, although no other form of vehicle identification is visible. The mature lady behind the wheel is presumably the young boys aunt or grandmother?
During a summer when very little vintage motoring is taking place across the country, two Network members not only ventured forth onto the highways and by-ways, they remembered to take a camera with them! So thank you to the custodians of the saloons featured here, Dan Brockway (MV 6416) and Peter Brock (AAO 463). Dan described his trip into the beautiful Dorset countryside as a ‘plod’, while Peter’s Four-door Saloon is seen parked up outside his country retreat at Jesmond Dene.
The September 1934 Shelsley Walsh ‘Autumn Hill Climb’ was a damp affair as this re-touched photo of Samuels’s MG Midget testifies. The roosters of spray and the raised brollies held by many spectators in the large crowd are further confirmation if it were needed. Samuels wasn’t among the awards that day. (LAT photoscan – courtesy of Motorsport Images. Photo published on page 631 of 5th October 1934 edition of The Autocar)
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Yet another interesting photograph from ‘Networker’ John McDonald in Christchurch, New Zealand. This one depict a 1929 OHC Minor that has seen far better days! The shot was probably taken in the late fifties or early sixties when these cars became affordable to students and others on an extremely limited budget. The homemade body and Magna wheels can’t disguise the car’s origins as the radiator, front wings and OHC Minor engine can all clearly be seen.
This set of black & white and colour images were taken some forty years apart and perfectly illustrate the transition many of our cars undergo to arrive as survivors in the third decade of the 21st century. The 1932 McEvoy Minor Special (VK 6518) in question is currently owned by Sarah Gibson and has undergone a comprehensive rebuild while in her hands and is now an outstanding example of the model, which owes its form to the design skills of the Jensen brothers. Some forty years earlier the car was acquired by long-term Morris enthusiast David Saunders who found it in the 1960’s in the condition seen in the two b&w shots.
This photograph was found on the 100th Bomb Group Museum‘s Twitter feed and was taken by the museum’s curator on Saturday 9th June 2018. It depicts those entered for the 2018 PWMN Rally lined up alongside their cars immediately prior to the start of the Saturday tour. They are posing for the rally photo which, as is customary, is being taken by Kate Martin on the roof of the control tower, or as the Americans call it, the watchtower. (Photo courtesy of the 100th Bomb Group Museum)
During April, Networker Joe Rayner (aka ‘oilyrag’), created much interest on the website’s forum with his design for an air filter to fit the Minor’s SU carburettor. Subsequently, Joe set out with a budget of just £10 and access to materials on hand in his garage to design and build another such filter. While going through this process Joe took photos and wrote an interesting and informative ‘How to…’ article, which can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Section under Carburation & Fuel.
This internet sourced document is a September 1930 mail-shot to the Morris Motors dealership chain. The mailing consists of a letter signed by the General Sales Manager, Miles Thomas along with a mini-range brochure featuring a Minor Coachbuilt Saloon. The leaflet is illustrated by the noted graphic artist – Harold Connolly. The documents is now resident on the Minor Story page in the open area of the website and can be viewed here.
In the years running up to the Second World War, Max Millar was perhaps the best known exponent of the art of the automotive cut-away drawing. Here, he has taken on the task of drawing the MG P Type Midget in four-seat form. (LAT collection photo – courtesy of Motorsport Images)
On a very windy September day in 2011 a group of friends assembled with their Minors in the far east of Suffolk at Bawdsey, the intention being to visit the site of the secret WWII radar station housed in the grounds of Bawdsey Manor. For reasons that are now lost in the mist of time, the radar station visit didn’t take place but a march along the adjoining shingle beach cleared the previous night’s hangovers for all six concerned.
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Minehead NCP Car Park mid-thirties
This postcard image of part of the Minehead, Somerset shoreline looks likely to have been taken on a busy weekend during the holiday season. The Morris Minor Two-seater approaching the NCP car park (Parking Fee 6d) is UN 6109 a late 1932 Denbigh registered vehicle. Other car registrations indicate that tourists have travelled from as far afield as Berkshire, Birmingham and the Black Country to visit the Somerset resort. Just out of shot is the terminus to the railway serving the town which at this time was operated by the GWR. The line closed under the Beeching cuts in 1971, re-opening for tourist traffic in 1976 as the West Somerset Railway.
Reg Gammon was used as an illustrator by the Morris Owner magazine through the late nineteen twenties and into the thirties. He also worked for Temple Press, publishers of both the Light Car and Motor magazines throughout this same period. It’s no surprise to find that his talents were highly prized by these publications as his representations of cars, people and places are simple, yet skillfully applied. His obituary here makes for a very interesting read.
In almost 20 years of searching a copy of the 1931 S.V. Morris Minor range brochure had proven to be an extremely elusive document. Recenly a copy appeared for auction on eBay, the winning bid not coming from the Network. The low resolution scans from the eBay listing were however saved and now appear in PDF form under The Cars and the sub-menu Vintage Minor Story. The document itself can be seen here with apologies for the poor quality.
Two ‘saloonists’ have been taking advantage of the summer weather and the further easing of lockdown as a little needed excuse to exercise their cars. The top photo was taken by Tilly Yates, while husband Peter drove their 1933 Minor Saloon (LV 975) home as dusk was falling upon the Leicestershire countryside. Below, Ken Martin didn’t need to drive far to be deep in the Wiltshire downs, where he took this photo from the cabin of his 1930 Minor Saloon (VX 4590).
1932 Stiles MG F Type Magna ‘Threesome’ special. Arguably the prettiest of the special bodies to be fitted to any MG chassis during the thirties. It was built by Stiles Ltd. their business address being 3, Baker Street, London W.1 See also TMC no.46 (LATplate E2088 courtesy of Motorsport Images)
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South London – late thirties
This photo was first published in the 10th March 1939 edition of The Autocar, appearing in an article related to driving instruction and the taking of the driving test. Here a learner driver under tuition is seen on a busy South London high road passing a parked 1932 Morris Minor 5 cwt van (HN 8545), sign written as being owned by a Norbury, SW16 electrical contractor, A.E. Cox Radio. The photo looks to have been taken in high summer, possibly in 1938, making the Minor van six years old at the time this photo is likely to have been taken. The photo begs a couple of questions – How did a Darlington registered vehicle end up in South London and did the van survive the forthcoming conflict? (Autocar photoscan courtesy of Motorsport Images)
Slowly but surely some vintage motoring activities are returning. The Home Counties Section exercised three of their cars, meeting up on the downs at Epsom on Sunday, while other members simply took to the byways (OK, driveway in one case) for some high summer meandering around the lanes, keeping at least two-metres apart from other road users.