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1931 Double-Twelve build up report – Auto Motor Journal

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The 8th May 1931 edition of the Auto Motor Journal  provided a pre-race build-up for it’s readers of the 1931 JCC Double-Twelve Race, despite the fact that the race had already started that very morning. None-the-less it lists all the ‘runners and riders’ while also providing much background information. The article can now be found in the document archive at the foot of the Auto Motor Journal page within the Member’s Area.

Throttle pedal detailed drawings added…

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Although far from unique, the pre-war Morris Minor was designed with a central throttle pedal and was one of the latest vehicles to feature this arrangement prior to the universal switch to the righthand side of the footwell. Peter Brock has prepared  detailed drawings of this arrangement on his 1934 Morris Minor Four-door Saloon, along with photographs. These now appear in PDF form in the Member’s Technical Bits section, under Instruments & Controls.

The Controllable-jet SU – A 1934 Light Car Article

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There are plenty of articles in the website’s archive covering the maintenance of the SU carburettor, but few as easy to read and understand as this 1934 Light Car item entitled, “The controllable-jet SU”. The article can be found in the Member’s Area, Technical Bits section, under ‘Carburation & Fuel’.

1934 Morris Salesman’s Reference Booklet.

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A copy of the 1934 edition of the Morris Salesman’s Reference booklet has been added to the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’. First published on 1st January 1934 it contains the technical and general specifications for the (then) current Morris models, including of course the ‘Minor’.

1929 Minor Spare Parts Price List

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The vast majority of items added to the website are useful to most of us at some time or another. The 1929 Morris Minor Spare Parts Price List (published 1st January 1929) does not currently fall into that category, and as it stands fulfills no function other than satisfying our quest for completeness. The document provides a price per item against a product code as opposed to a literal product description, which effectively means that until we can translate the codes into descriptions it is of little practicle use. So if anyone possesses such a list, please forward a copy which will then be quickly added to the site. Find it in the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’. (Scanned list provided by Toby Sears with thanks)

Autocar ‘Care & Maintenance’ articles…

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Two detailed 1932 four-part articles in the Autocar magazine’s ‘Care & Maintenance’ series, featuring the 1929-32 MG Midget and the 1930=32 Wolseley Hornet have been added to the Technical Bits Section in the Member’s Area of the website under ‘Everything Else’.

OHC engine – Oil leakage from the camshaft drive housing

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At some point in an OHC engine’s life it will leak oil from the camshaft drive housing, which is located above the rotating dynamo coupling, resulting in oil being liberally sprayed around the engine bay. An alternative cure to the widely adopted ‘lip seal’ technique is detailed in a short Technical Bits article (to be found in the Member’s Area under the ‘Engine‘ sub-menu) in which Ken Martin describes the official Morris Motors cure to the problem.

VSCC New Year Driving Test Images added…

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For 2022 the VSCC’s Brooklands Driving Tests returned to its traditional spot early in the year. The weather was very kind, with sunshine throughout the morning of Sunday 30th January attracting the largest attendance for many years. An image gallery containing 20 photos of the occasion can now be found here.

The S.U. Pressure Pump

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Although the S.U. Fuel Pump was only ever fitted to the 1934 season Morris Minors, many owners of the later 1932 and 1933 (non-gravity fed) models have replaced the original Petrolift units with an S.U. Pressure Pump. A single page ‘hints and tips’ document issued by S.U. in November 1935 is aimed at helping owners trouble-shoot any difficulties they may encounter with these pumps has now been uploaded to the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Carburation and Fuel’.

1930 JCC Double-Twelve page added to site

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A new page has been added to the Member’s Area of the website covering MG’s first notable racing success at the JCC Double-Twelve race held at Brooklands in May 1930. It was here that a team of specially prepared MG Midgets took the team prize beating strong Austin opposition. The page contains 39 images and 7 contemporary reports along with other relevant material.

2021 Events Gallery Updated

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More images have been added to the 2021 events gallery, some taken at the 3rd October ‘Far Eastern’ Pub Meet, the remainder taken by Jonathan Barwick at the recent VSCC Welsh Weekend held over the weekend of 9th & 10th October.

SU flange repair…

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The contact surfaces between an SU carburettor and its manifold mounting can be easily damaged as a recent Discussion Forum topic identified. Following on from this, Joe Rayner has written a short, well illustrated article which provides a clear pathway to resolving such an issue. Entitled SU Flange Repair, it can be found in the Member’s ‘Technical Bits’ area of the site under the sub-menu ‘Carburettors & Fuel’.

What does that mean?

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Not all car enthusiasts are ex-engineers or even familiar with some of the technical terminology in use. The Morris Owner magazine recognised this fact and in March 1933 published an article entitled ‘What they mean’, in which the author explains in layman’s language some of the technical features and the terminology associated with them. This article can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’.

Amateur Repair Work !?

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The term “amateur repair work” today implies that the work in question has not been carried out to a professional standard. However, in March 1936 the Light Car magazine published an informative ten page article bearing that title to assist car owners carry out their own repairs, saving money in the process. The article consists of handy hints, tips and ‘how to’ guides that are as useful today as they were when the article was first published. Did you know that an application of a  vinegar solution on a rusted-on nut will help free it? Who needs WD40? The article can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Everything Else’.

The Lazy Guide to Rust Removal

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Joe Rayner has written his Lazy Guide to Rust Removal which, as the article title suggests, removes the necessity for excessive exertion on the part of the ‘remover’! The item can be found in the Technical Bits section within the Member’s Area under ‘Everything Else’.

1932 Morris Eight Salesman’s Manual

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Morris Motors produced extremely detailed, well illustrated and model specific  ‘Salesman’s’ manuals for their dealer chain sales force. Apart from a full technical specification as would be expected, they even included a segment on how the car was put together. Such a document for the 1932 Morris Family Eight model has now been added to the ‘Everything Else‘ segment in the Member’s Area ‘Technical Bits‘ section.

A digital tachometer for your Minor?

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All Minors have two-bearing crankshafts, the vast majority of which are now almost 90 years old. As a result of this vulnerbility they require careful nurturing to safeguard their continued serviceability. One cheap strategy is to fit a digital tachometer to monitor and record engine revolutions as an aid to ensuring that these potentially fragile parts are not overstressed. Joe Rayner has contributed an article informing how to source and fit such an item. Find it in the Member’s Area Technical Bits section, under ‘Everything Else’. It’s entitled ‘Counting the revs on a 6-volt Minor‘.

Repairing a Lucas D4 distributor

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Replacement parts for the early Lucas distributors fitted to the Minor, Midget and Hornet are difficult to source and costly when found. When a member (senior in years) could not get his Minor to start after a long period in storage, Joe Rayner undertook the task of assisting him, albeit from 400 kilometres away. It was soon established that the car’s Lucas D4-1 distributor was at the root of the problem and Joe’s article (Repairing a Lucas D4 distributor using non-standard parts) details the actions taken to successfully repair the unit. The article can be found in the Members Area, Technical Bits section, under ‘Electrical & Wiring.’

2021 Event Galleries Page Added

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With lockdown restrictions easing across the U.K.,  vintage motoring events are once again appearing on club schedules and bulletin boards. It’s hoped that after a barren 2020 plenty of events will take place in 2021. In anticipation of this, a 2021 Events Galleries page has been launched, the first event featured being the recent VSCC Herefordshire Trial, with images from Phil Jones. Find the page here.

OHC Minor Service Sheets

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A complete set of OHC Minor Service Sheets has been donated to the Network by Haydon Edwards. These documents have subsequently been scanned and constructed as a single downloadable PDF which now resides in the Member’s Area of the website.

1934 Starting handle dog

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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’.

A New Zealand OHC Minor Motoring Memory

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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 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.

1931 5 cwt van leaflet

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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 MG Story Part Two – Morris Mirror September 1937

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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.

Middle class Minor…

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

1930 Mulliner bodied Hornet Saloon item added…

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

1931 Wolseley Hornet brochure scans added…

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

Marmaduke’s tale …

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

Morris Vedette MK. 1 Marine Engine

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

Another new page …

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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 The page can be found within the Member’s Area of the website.

Repairs to S.V. engine water outlet

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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.

A cork free fuel tap for the MG M Type

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Leaking fuel taps are a perennial discussion point on this website’s Discussion Forum. The leaks are primarilly caused by the tap’s cork washers either perishing or disintegrating after drying out. Ian Judd has provided drawings for the fabrication of the fuel tap as fitted to his 1930 MG Midget. This type has the distinct advantage of not requiring a cork washer. The PDF containing his drawings can be found in the technical section within the Member’s Area under ‘Carburation & Fuel’.

A 1934 Hobday’s catalogue extract featuring ‘Horns’.

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The Hobdays Motor Catalogue was the chosen source of  generic and specialist car parts for countless garages and motor factors throughout the first fifty years of the last century. This is what auction site Worthpoint had to say about their business:

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

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

1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance

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The 1932 Eastbourne Concours d’Elegance event was dominated by the presence of Wolseley Hornets, MG Midgets and to a lesser degree, Morris Minor specials. The Hornets and Midgets featured heavily in the awards and a PDF pulling together a full Light Car magazine event report, news snippets and LAT photos taken that day can now be found in the document box at the foot of the ‘Minor in competition’ page within the Member’s Area.

Gearbox oil filler and dipstick

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Checking the oil level in the Minor gearbox is a time consuming operation for what is in essence a very simple task. David Gardiner has devised a simple adaptor that speeds-up this chore. Instructions on how to make his device can now be found in the website’s Member’s Area – Technical Section.

The art of what might have been…

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

A trip to Franco’s Spain (by Minor)

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

An air filter for your Minor?

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

September 1929 Miles Thomas letter and 1930 abbreviated range leaflet

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

1931 S.V. Minor range brochure

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

Latest website additions…

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

Forum down

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

Maintaining the SU Petrolift…

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

Decarbonising the S.V. Minor engine…

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In June 1931, just four months after the first SV Minors left Cowley in February that year, the Morris Owner magazine published a full four-page article entitled ‘Decarbonising is so simple on the SV Minor‘. This article can now be found in the Member’s area Technical section, under ‘Engines’.

William ‘Billy’ Sullivan – a tribute…

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Belfast born Billy Sullivan raced Minor Specials that bore his name. His exploits in the thirties went largely unnoticed and unrecorded until an Automobile magazine article published in April 1994 (written by John S. Moore) aroused interest in the pre-war Minor world. Harry Edwards, the former Morris Register historian, followed this up in 2007 with another well researched piece and both articles appear in a short tribute entitled Billy Sullivan and his Minor Specials which can be found at the foot of  The Minor in competition page within the Member’s Area.

Fitting flexible couplings

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Fitting new flexible couplings to a Minor should be a straightforward task. Plenty of forum posts over the last decade have indicated that is not always the case. An official Morris guide entitled ‘Running hints in pictures no.41’, first published in July 1934 has now been added in PDF form to the Technical section of the Member’s Area under ‘Gearbox, clutch & differential’.

Minor handbrake cable-guides

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Regular contributor Peter Brock has provided a set of photographs and technical drawings of the brass handbrake cable-guides as fitted to the pre-war Minor. These can be found in PDF form under ‘Brakes’ in the Technical section within the Member’s Area of the website.

The mysterious Bellville washer

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There has been plenty of speculation and discussion concerning the purpose and necessity of the Bellville washer in the Minor engine. Chris Healey provides some insight in his technical article ‘ The mysterious Bellville washer’, which can now be found under ‘Engines’ in the website’s Technical area.

1934 Hornet Special chassis article

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The re-designed Hornet Special chassis for 1934 with its new underslung frame was the subject of a Light Car article in October 1933. That article now resides in the Member’s Area at the foot of the Wolseley Hornet Sports & Specials page in the ‘library’.

1933 Morris range leaflet added…

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Each September, for the start of the new model season, Morris Motors produced a truncated illustrated range leaflet, launched simultaneously with the fully detailed range brochure. A PDF of the Minor section of the 1933 leaflet has just been added to the open area of the website under ‘Cars’/The Minor/Brochure entries. Alternatively use this link and look for 1933 Morris Range Leaflet – Minor Models

Early thirties Brown Bros. catalogue extract

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Thanks to Chris Healey scans of the Minor related pages from an early thirties Brown Brothers catalogue are now available to view in the Member’s Area. The 10 page PDF can be found in the Technical Section, filed under the sub-heading ‘Everything Else’. The image quality is far from perfect but significantly adds to the useful available data, despite these shortcomings.

Brooklands page launched.

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A new page celebrating the last active years of the Brooklands complex has been launched within the Member’s Area of the website. Four individual galleries containing over sixty images in total, the majority being taken during the thirties decade, include shots of Brooklands personalities, vistas of the track and of course, cars competing on the banked circuit.

Forum Login Issue 13th December

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Please note that some members are currently unable to  login to the the forum, receiving a message that their login details are incorrect. This issue is of a universal nature and is affecting hundreds of Tapatalk forums across the globe. The issue is known to Tapatalk and  their technical people are working on the problem. If this affects you please notify the webmaster at

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

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

1954 Practicle Motorist item added…

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

2019 POTY competition…

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

Chris Lambert – webmaster

2019 Photograph of the Year competition

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

Firle Hill Revival

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

Tuning the Hornet Special engine…

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

Triple M Register Summer Garden Party images added…

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

Quietening Minor brakes

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

The Lodge C3 Sparking Plug

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

Andre shock absorbers – installation & set-up

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A December 1950 André leaflet has been added today detailing how to install and set-up shock absorber types 502/2, 506/2, 502M/2 & 506M/2. Many Minors have been retro fitted with this type of shock absorber while the first MG Midgets were equipped with them from the outset. The PDF can be found in the Member’s Area Technical section, under ‘axles’.

Other Owners’ Running Costs…

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In the days when almost all owners kept a log of the cost of running their vehicles, comparing your motoring costs with that of another with an identical car was sure to be a tempting proposition. Morris Motors capitalised on this phenomenon in 1933 by publishing a booklet entitled Other Owners’ Running Costs where extracts from these logs were published in order to favourably illustrate the economy of their products. The booklet is well illustrated with tables, diagrams and photographs, many of which show the Minor. Can you get 50 mpg from your 1932 Two-seater? Huge thanks to Ken Martin for making the booklet available for scanning which can now be found on The Useful Page within the Member’s Area of the website.

More PDFs added to the site…

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A PDF containing a two page extract from the 1932 Wolseley range brochure, providing full specifications for both the factory bodied Hornets and the Hornet Special rolling chassis, has been added to the Wolseley Hornet Specials page in the Member’s Area of the site. Similarly, a scan of 4.75 X 2.25 inch salesman’s pocket rate card, detailing model prices across the 1933 Morris range is now available to view under ‘Everything else’, also in the Member’s Area.

Servicing the Lucas ‘DJ’ Distributor

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The fourth (and final) article in Joe Rayner’s informative short series is entitled ‘Servicing the Lucas DJ Distributor’.  This easy to read and well written article is also illustrated with 31 clear photographs and can be found in the Member’s Area under ‘Electrical’.

Replacing core plugs on a Minor

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The third in a short series of well illustrated ‘how-to’ articles has been uploaded to the Technical section of the website. Written by Minor owner Joe Rayner, this one covers the replacement of core plugs, the principles being the same for both types of Minor engine. Find it under the ‘Engine’ tab.

Refurbishing a Minor steering wheel

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If you can find a specialist to refurbish the steering wheel of your Minor be prepared for a shock when it comes to opening their quote. Alternatively, why not do the job yourself? Joe Rayner (the Forum’s ‘oilyrag’) has done just that and recorded the steps taken for his latest technical article, now available to view in the Technical Section, Member’s Area of the website under Axles, wheels, steering…

Bleeding the brakes…

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Minor Maintenance – Bleeding the brakes

Joe Rayner has written a series of informative and entertaining articles on a wide range of Minor maintenance topics. The first of these on ‘bleeding the brakes’ is now available to view in the Member’s Area Technical Section, unsurprisingly to be found under the heading ‘Brakes’!

Join the Morris Eight Tourer Club!!

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Thanks to Guy Harris, an original set of membership documents to the Morris Eight Tourer Club are available to download from the ‘The useful page’ in the Member’s Area of the website. The club’s annual membership fee is just One Guinea and the much sought-after M8TC badge can be had for just twelve shillings and sixpence! All of this is assuming that the membership secretary, Mr. G. Miller, is still a resident at that North London address almost 60 years after this document was first typed.

Items on S.V. Arrow, Lucas parts & the Page special added

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A further three items have been added to the site in recent days. The first of these is a Minor Musings article by Ken Martin in which he covers the career of F.W. Bolton and his Page Minor Special. A gallery of images showing Bolton at the wheel can also be found at the foot of the Competition Minors page within the Member’s Area. The second item is a snippet from a 1931 Motor Show edition of The Motor magazine, in which evidence is provided of the existence of a SV Two-seater Arrow Special, a matter of some earlier controversy. A PDF can be found on the Minor Specials page beneath a blue button. Finally a single page document listing all electrical equipment supplied by Lucas for the 29-31 season OHC models can be found in the Technical Section under ‘Electrical’.

The ‘whys & wherefores of fitting Bowden cable front brakes’

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John Wrigley, the 50’s and 60’s Hounslow based pre-war Minor spares specialist also provided plenty of good free advice to owners of the model. Much of this was committed to paper and his homily on Bowden cable brakes is well worth reading. Thanks to Guy Harris, this discourse is now available to view in the Member’s Area, unsurprisingly under ‘Brakes’.

First ever M8TC publication available to view…

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Roy Chasmar and Bev Hicks formed the Morris Eight Tourer Club in the summer of 1960. This was the club that later in that decade was to become the Morris Register, the club to which the Pre-war Minor Network is affiliated today. The M8TC’s first ever publication was a five page newsletter entitled The Journal which was posted to the club’s 25 members. Thanks to the generosity of Guy Harris a PDF of this publication now resides in the Member’s Area of the website, at the top of the new Post War Minoring page and can be found under a red button.

Post-war Minoring…

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A Member’s Area page dedicated to recording the changes in usage of the Morris Minor, Wolseley Hornet and MG M Type Midget following the end of the Second World War is launched today. It’s interesting to note how these vehicles were used both in the 15 year period prior to the introduction in the UK of the MOT or Ten Year Test in 1960 and how that changed in the subsequent 40 years prior to the start of the new millenium. Currently 21 images reside in the page’s dedicated image gallery, while more will be added as and when they are submitted by the membership.

White Minor page updated…

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An image gallery, along with a short article have been added to the foot of the White Minor page to illustrate Barbara Skinner’s motor sport career away from the White Minor. The page can be found within the site’s Member’s Area.

Lucas battery master switch ST330/350 assembly

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Regular contributor and forumist Peter Brock has assembled a photo montage of the component parts of a Lucas Battery Master Switch (ST330/ST350) along with concise dismantling instructions. A PDF of this document can now be found in the Member’s Area Technical pages under ‘Electrical & wiring’.

1932 Abbey ‘Trophy’ Hornet Special – a Motor Sport appraisal

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Following the recent publication of a Motor Sport sourced image of a 1932 Abbey Trophy Hornet on the Wolseley Hornet Specials (No.37)  home-page spot, a scan of the original July 1932 Motor Sport article (in which this photo first appeared), has now been added to the website. It can be found in the Member’s Area of the website in the file drawer entitled ‘Wolseley Hornet Specials Articles’ at the foot of the Wolseley Hornet Specials page.

Heated seats for a pre-war Minor!

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Open-air motoring during a northern hemisphere winter can be a ‘brass monkeys’ experience unless suitably attired. Network member Joe Rayner uses his 1932 Minor Two-seater all-year-round and concluded that it was time his car was provided with some built-in warmth for the occupants.  With this in mind he set about designing and installing a heating system for his seats. His east to follow ‘How to’ article can now be found in the Member’s Area of the website filed under ‘Everything else’.

Autovac cutaway added

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A photoscan of an Autocar magazine cutaway diagram of an Autovac device has been added to the Carburation & Fuel section of the Technical area of the website earlier today.

Hornet Specials article from 1975 added to the site

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An insightful article written by Terry Webster and Henry Burrell, two former doyens of the Wolseley Hornet Special Club, has now been uploaded to the Hornet Specials page in the Member’s Area of the website. The article first appeared in the Thoroughbred & Classic Cars magazine in the September 1975 edition.

Hornet launch images

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A PDF containing a sequence of images taken for The Autocar at the time of the model’s launch in April 1930 has been added to the Wolseley Hornet page in the open part of the website under ‘The cars’. The PDF is entitled ‘April 1930 launch images….’

Alternatively, view the PDF here

Revealed & reviewed – Hornet Special chassis for 1934

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The Light Car & Cyclecar published a short article reviewing the revised Hornet Special chassis for 1934, in their October 6th 1933 ‘First Show Number’ edition; the updated chassis making its debut at the Olympia, London Motor Show. This article now resides in the Hornet Specials section of the website’s Member’s Area. In addition, an extract from the 1934 Wolseley range brochure has also been uploaded detailing the Hornet Special’s full specification.

McEvoy RC 300 Tribute

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The Competion Minors page within the Member’s area of the website has been updated with the inclusion of two galleries dedicated to the 1932 RAC Rally car, McEvoy Minor Le Mans Model 70, RC 300. The galleries include a number of previously unpublished images of the car.

Thoresby images added…

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Just six Minors made it to Thoresby for the annual Morris Register Rally held over the weekend of 11th & 12th August. Three further cars were scheduled to attend but failed to attend. Of the six attendeecars, three picked up awards from the judges, so congratulations to messrs, Robinson, Hills & Paternoster. A small gallery of images taken at the event by Tony Gamble and Martin Gregory has been added to the foot of this page.

Another Hornet Specials article added…

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Throughout the early thirties the coachbuilding trade produced a plethora of bodies for the very popular Wolseley Hornet chassis. In order to keep the buying public abreast of the range of bodies available the predominant motoring magazines of the period regularly produced articles on the topic. The latest of these has been added to the Wolseley Hornet ‘Sports’ & ‘Specials’ page in the Member’s Area of the site. This one is dated April 1932 and appeared in The Motor magazine and can be found under a blue button towards the top of the page.

March 1931 ‘Motor’ Hornet Specials article added.

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Early Hornet Specials

By March 1931 over a dozen coachbuilders were producing an extensive range of bodies for the Hornet chassis – a car that had been launched just eleven months previously. The Motor magazine’s three page article can now be found under a red button on The Hornet Specials page within the Member’s Area of the site.

Forum access

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It’s clear that not all forum members have managed to regain access following last week’s ‘outage’. If this applies to you, please email the webmaster at and every effort will be made to assist.

Peter Hills technical articles added

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A series of six technical articles written by Peter Hills  are all now resident in the Technical section within the Member’s Area of the website. Peter is best known in Minor circles for his heroic restoration of a 1929 Minor Tourer that had been long abandoned in the African bush. The articles, which were first published in the Vintage Minor Register magazine, cover the following topics: Returning brake drums to standard, Upgrading the clutch thrust race, Refurbishing the 29-31 Smiths speedometer, LED replacement lighting, Reconditioning the OHC Minor dynamo and Vintage car hibernation. Grateful thanks goes to Peter for permitting their availability to Network members.

Forum ‘down’.

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The website’s Discussion Forum remains unavailable – Awaiting contact from the domain rights holder.

Event gallery updated

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There was a small Minor contingent at the 2018 LC&ES Summer Rally based upon Church Stretton in Shropshire. Peter Stubberfield‘s beautiful 1929 Tourer (VF 6700) was present as was Clive Hamilton-Gould‘s 1930 version (DG 325). Ben Maeers was also present in Minor Tourer PG 5664.  The three images of VF 6700 appear courtesy of Mike Tebbett. Find them here.

Another technical ‘Guide’ added…

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A further ‘how to’ guide by Joe Rayner has be added to the site, this one entitled: ‘A guide to the replacement of Minor wheel studs and repair of a damaged hub‘, its title telling you all you need to know. It can be found under ‘Axles’ in the Members technical area.

SU Carb tips no.3

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The September 1937 edition of Morris Owner was the source of another useful SU carb tips advertorial, this one entitled ‘Dirt & water in the carburetter’. A PDF of the document now resides in the Technical Bits section of the Member’s Area.

Photos from VSCC’s Herefordshire trial

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Thanks to members Steven Kent and Geof Wilson for providing the latest photos for the website’s 2018 Event Galleries. Both were in attendance at the VSCC’s Herefordshire Trial held over the weekend of 17th & 18th March. See there contributionsat the foot of this page.

Three new technical articles added…

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Joe Rayner (Aka Oilyrag) has submitted three fully illustrated technical articles which have been published in the Member’s Area today. The first of these is a thorough guide to rebuilding the the three-speed Minor gearbox. In his second article he covers the tricky matter of clutch adjustment bringing some innovative thinking to the topic and comes up with a novel (and practical) solution. Finally, he tackles the replacement of the main copper oil line on the 31-34 SV Minor with a flexible hose solution. The first two articles can now be found in the ‘Gearbox’ section while the third is resident under ‘Engine’.

More SU carb’ tips…

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The second of a short series of hints and tips from The SU Co. has now been posted to the carburation section of the Technical Bits pages. It’s accompanied by a ‘Running hints in pictures’ article scanned from the June 1934 edition of  The Morris Owner entitled ‘Clearing and re-centring the jet of the SU carburetter’.

Is your SU incontinent?

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Advertisements can be informative. In 1933 the SU Company commissioned a short series, of what today would be called advertorials, in which they provided maintenance tips for users of their products. One such advertisement from the July 1933 edition of Morris Owner magazine now appears under ‘Carburation and fuel’ in the Technical Bits section of the website.

The correct way to raise ahood…

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The July 1933 edition of The Morris Owner carried a short article on the correct method of raising the hood on the Minor Two-seater (there is a wrong way!), a PDF of which now resides in the ‘Body’ section of the Technical Bits area.

Tech bits pages updated…

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The Technical Bits section within the Member’s Area has been updated with two new items. The first of these relates to the fitting of headlining to saloons and coupes (How to ‘do’ headlining) – a skill which is a black art to many while the second PDF displays more ‘Originality’ (Originality 2) images, this time relating to the 1934 Two-door Saloon model. Both items were submitted by Guy Harris, to whom grateful thanks.

Originality – 1934 Minor four-door saloon interior.

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Restorers – take note!

Thanks goes to Toby Sears for photographing the interior of an unmolested 1934 Minor Four-door Family Eight Saloon. The car had been laid-up since the sixties and has remained untouched since then. Six images can now be seen on a PDF to be found under the ‘Body’ section of the Technical Bits page, entitled Originality – 1934 Minor four-door saloon.

Hornet small & large clutches

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Hornet clutches

Exploded drawings and parts lists for both the three-speed Wolseley Hornet clutch (referred to as the ‘small clutch’ by Wolseley) and the four-speed version (‘large clutch’) are now available to view in the Member’s Area Technical Bits section of the website.

New webpage launched – ‘Competition Hornets’

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Hornets galore!

The Wolseley Hornet was a tough sporting adversary for the dominant six cylinder MG’s in the many national and club trials during the early years of the thirties decade. A new page illustrating the car’s sporting prowess can be found in the Member’s Area of the website.

2017 POTY comp – now open!

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Following-on from what has already been a momentous day for the pre-war Morris Minor I can now also announce that the 2017 POTY Competition is open for entries. The competition runs until 24th December, upon which day the winner will be announced although the entry list closes at midnight on December 20th. As in previous years LAT Images will contribute an A3 sized print selected from any of the images to be found on their website or from LAT images to be found in this website’s galleries, while Stewart Miller & Peter James Insurance will contribute a £50 voucher. It should be noted that the voucher can now be spent on any of the insurance services the group provides and not just on vehicle insurance.  The winner of course is also awarded the LAT Plate which is usually presented at our rally dinner each June. LAT have also agreed to continue as competition adjudicators and a panel of three judges will sit to select the winning image.
While the prizes may attract some to enter, the real purpose of the competition is to provide a little light relief in the run-up to the festive season. Not all of us are expert photographers but we do all share a passion for the pre-war Minor, ‘M’ Type Midget or Wolseley Hornet and no doubt have a photo or two of our cars that we particularly like. If that is the case, then submit them for entry (up to a maximum of three per individual) and they will be included in the POTY gallery. You can email them to me at or post a hard copy print (address supplied on request). If you haven’t entered in previous years but have enjoyed viewing the entries please take the time to participate this time around. I for one am looking forward to viewing your images. The webpage with rules can be found here.

Lucas ‘T’ series tail lamps…

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Lighting the rear

Peter Brock has once again provided an excellent illustrated guide, this time for the Lucas ‘T’ series of rear lamps. The single-page PDF can be found under ‘Electricals’ in the Technical section within the Member’s Area.

Codes & secrets?

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Morris Group heiroglyphics

Some of the major components on Morris, MG and Wolseley cars were stamped with a series of  numeric codes, which until recently were all something of a mystery. Sam Christie has carried out an extensive study of these codes and wrote a fascinating article for the Triple M Register’s 2016 Year Book in which he details his findings. He has permitted the article to be seen on this website where it can be found in PDF form in the Member’s Area, under Technical Bits/Miscellaneous. Many thanks Sam.

White Minor page updated…

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White Minor in post-war competition

Thanks to former White Minor owner Robert Potter and current custodian David Baldock there now exists conclusive evidence that the White Minor took part in competitive events in the post-war era. Up until recently it was believed that the car’s competitive activity ceased in 1937, but that was not the case. Three important images have been added to the galleries along with a March 2017 Morris Monthly article which provides the background detail.

New Austin Seven page

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Austin Seven page now available to view.

The new ‘Austin Seven‘ page contains four galleries of period photographs, many of which have never been previously published. The page is only available for members to view.

Dismantling a Hornet four-speed gearbox

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Hornet four-speed box

‘Thanks’ go to Hugh Barnes for providing a 1951 ‘Motoring’ magazine article which details the steps required in order to dismantle a Hornet four-speed gearbox. The article can be found in the Member’s Area, Technical Bits section of the website under the ‘Gearbox, clutch & differential’ sub-heading.

New forum platform…

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Forum update

The site’s discussion forum has been updated by Tapatalk  and has moved to new servers. Familarisation with the new layout may take a little time but patience will be rewarded as there are many subtle improvements.  Should you have difficulty logging-in to the revised forum then please email the administrator here

Hornet Specials page launched…

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A swarm of Hornets!

A new webpage celebrating the Wolseley Hornet special is launched today. The new page resides in the Member’s Area of the site and contains two galleries in which are held over 100 images of over 30+ different models.

Minors & Moths at Old Warden

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Various versions of the DeHavilland Moth were built at the company’s Stag Lane, Edgeware facility throughout the whole of the Minor’s production life. Old Warden Airfield in Bedfordshire played host to the DeHavilland Moth Club’s annual ‘Gathering of Moths’ on Sunday 31st July and members of the vintage motoring community were invited to join them. Four Minors and a number of Midgets attended while member Martin Gregory took some interesting images which are now resident at the foot of 2017 Events Gallery

A Biggles Easter adventure…

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Biggles & co. return

It was extremely unlikely that Biggles and his cohorts would reach old-age as the odds against survival were stacked against them on countless occassions throughout their illustrious service and civilian careers. That they did is something of a miracle and this latest tale from the pen of Clive Hall explains how in old age ‘Biggles lands on his feet’.

Scroll to the foot of the page and click upon the blue title button.


More technical items added…

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Sanction numbers & data sheets

Nine official Morris Motors data sheets have been added to the website’s technical area today thanks to the generosity of Dick Weeks who supplied the PDFs.The data sheet topics range from among others, CWP meshing, anti-squeal brakes and special service tools through to the care of the synchromesh gearbox.

In addition Sam Christie has compiled a spreadsheet of Wolseley sanction numbers cross referencing them to to the make and model of the vehicles to which they were originally fitted. This item can be found in the Technical bits Miscellaneous section. Thanks goes to both Dick and Sam for these contributions.

2017 Events Gallery added…

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Keep shooting…

Photographs of our Minors, Midgets and Hornets will always find a home somewhere on the website. Today we have added a new 2017 Events Gallery page where images can be grouped together. To date the new page has shots from two VSCC events with more to be added as our spring pub meets occur. The new page can be found under the appropriate drop-down menu of simply by clicking here.

Rally update…

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Rally latest

With just three months remaining before our rally over the weekend of 23rd-25th June it really is time to book! Find the entry form on our fully updated rally webpage and email it to today.

More Hornet items added…

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Hornet page updated.

A number of new items have been added to the Hornet Articles archive including Motor Sport articles and tests on the new Hornet Special chassis, Abbey Hornet tests on the Trophy and AS3 models, Hornet special coachwork as available in 1932 and Hornet Special ads as scanned from late 1931 and 1932 editions of Motor Sport.

‘Old Motor’ Hornet Specials article…

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The Hornet – saviour of the coachbuilding industry?

The Wolseley Hornet chassis was a firm favourite with coachbuilding firms during the decline of that trade throughout the thirties decade. In many cases it probably kept them in business and the some of the results of their skills can be seen and read about in a 1965 ‘Old Motor’ article which (thanks to Ken Martin) is to be found in the Articles library on the Wolseley Hornet page here.

Sat navs, flashing indicators & twelve volts…

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More electric’ery

Having found the time to revise and fully update his very successful book ‘The Complete Morris Minor‘ (for a now available second edition), author and Minorist John Nagle set about writing an article for the benefit of the member’s of the Pre-war Minor Network. Entitled ‘Sat navs, flashing indicators and twelve volts’ it covers in detail how to set about these mods on the pre-war Morris Minor. The article is now available to view and download in the Member’s section of the website and can be found in the Technical Bits area under the ‘Electrical & wiring’ tab. Thank you John.

Celebrating the White Minor

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Barbara’s steed

It was 80 years ago next June that Barbara Skinner last drove her White Minor in a competitive event. Her tragic early death aged just 30 in a wartime road traffic accident ended the possibility of further competition success once the war had ended. Thanks to David Baldock’s efforts the car is now close to its mid-thirties specification once again and a new web-page celebrating the car’s history and restoration can be found via the drop-down menu under the Member’s tab at the top of this page.

Morris paint article added…

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Adam Brown from Craftmaster Paints has written an interesting and informative article on vintage car painting and the paints to use. The article, which was written for the Bullnose Morris Club, is reproduced (with the kind permission of the author) in the Technical section of the Member’s Area and can be found under the ‘Body’ sub-heading.

Another Lucas document added to the technical section…

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Coil ignition

A new 34 page PDF has been added to the technical pages in the Electrical & Wiring section. The document comprehensively covers all aspects of coil ignition and was originally intended as an aide memoir for a Lucas correspondence course. Many thanks to Roger Lucke who scanned and submitted the document for publication on the site.

2016 Event Gallery updated…

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Yet more images

With the year drawing to a close the 2016 Event Gallery continues to grow with photos taken at events and gatherings. The latest batch are from the Home Counties Autumn Pub Meet held on 31st October.

More Service Sheets added to technical pages…

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Technical area updates

A further five Morris General Service Sheets have been added to the Technical pages. Some of these are generic and not model specific such as the sheets on ‘wheel-wobble’, the synchromesh gearbox, the SU Carburetter and anti-squeak brake remedies, while the General Data Sheet provides very useful, model specific data.

2017 Rutland Rally page launched…

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Multum in Parvo !

The 2017 Rutland Rally page has been launched today. For those anxious to book accommodation scroll to the bottom of the page to find the listing. The rally booking form will be available to download within a day or so as soon as final details are confirmed. Find the rally page here:

2017 Rally details announced…

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It’s Rutland!

Please note the dates for our 2017 Rally which is being held in and around the County of Rutland over the weekend of 23rd – 25th June. A 2017 rally page will be launched shortly containing many more details.

Pre-war Prescott images…

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2016 Events Gallery updated…

Grateful thanks to Philip Butland for providing a series of interesting images taken at the Pre-war Precott event held on 16th July. The images can be found at the foot of this page here

Temporary forum address…

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Can’t reach the forum?

The forum is temporarily unavailable via its usual address, for which apologies. In the meantime it can be accessed from here

Latest website updates…

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Recently added…

The 2016 Rally Gallery page now features some new images while the Technical Bits section now contains a new PDF in which can be found a Lucas dynamo and control box fault finding booklet which was issued to Lucas agents overseas in the thirties.

Award winners announced…

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2016 Awards

The winners of the two club awards were announced at the rally dinner held at The Crown Inn, Marnhull, Dorset on Saturday 4th June.

The Brian Maeers Jug was awarded to Arthur Bell for his enthusiastic and ‘all year round’ usage of his 1933 Saloon and for quality of the images taken on these expeditions and which subsequently appear on the forum.

The Harry Edwards Trophy went to Peter Brock from Newcastle for his many contributions to the Around the Edge Challenge which took place during the course of the spring and early summer of 2015. One such contribution involved driving solo from Newcastle to the south coast in order to complete specific sections during the course of which Peter covered 800 miles and slept in his car Minor four-door Saloon. Those taking part in The Around the Edge Challenge, of which Peter was one, helped raise in excess of £7000 for the Macmillan cancer charity.

The LAT Plate which goes to the winner of the club’s annual photographic competition was presented in the absence of 2015 winner Kartik Lunia (from Jaipur, India) to Norma Lambert who accepted it on his behalf.

The Oldest S.V. Morris Minor Saloon?

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OU 7875 (SV 252)

This 1931 Hampshire registered SV Minor Saloon was subject to a four year restoration program that commenced in 1979 and culminated in the publication of an article in the July 1983 edition of The Automobile. This Minor is yet another example of a car that is not listed by either of the main registers yet is recorded as extant on the DVLA database. How many more Minors remain unrecorded? Find the article here.

Yet more event images…

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More shots for the Event Gallery page.

Images from the first of the season’s spring pub meets, held near Reigate, Surrey have been added along with further shots from last weekend’s LC&ES Welsh Tour and Trial. View them here.

Events Gallery Updated…

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LC&ES Welsh Weekend

The VSCC’s Light Car and Edwardian Society held their annual Welsh Weekend event over 2nd & 3rd of April. Mike Tebbett editor of the Society’s magazine ‘Light Car’ kindly submitted some Minor images taken at the event which can be found here.

Interaction launched…

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Interactive posts and blogs

An element of interaction has been introduced to the website today as a trial, this being the ability of those viewing the site to leave a comment on some of the ‘posts’ or stories that appear on the home page. The trial has initially been restricted to the Triple M Corner section but should anyone wish to leave a comment about the image displayed they can now do so. Because this is on an open or public part of the website (and not the Member’s Area) these comments will initially be moderated before they appear – so if your comment doesn’t appear straight away it will be because they are waiting in a moderation queue.

More documents added…

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More Newnes articles

Newnes were prolific publishers of technical books on motoring and electronics throughout the thirties and beyond and their publications have provided a large proportion of the data held in the technical area of the site. Two more items have recently been uploaded by courtesy of Chris Healey who has contributed an item entitled  ‘Morris Minor Care & Maintenance‘ to be found in the ‘Everything Else’ section of the Technical Bits page along with ‘b’ which can be found at the foot of the Minor Story page under a red button entitled ‘The Minor within the Morris Range’.

Two more ‘Technical Bits’ articles added…

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1933 technical articles

Two more useful items have been added to the Technical Bits pages today. Both have been taken from the 1933 edition of Modern Motor Repair, published by Newnes (publishers of Practical Motorist) and appear under ‘Everything Else’ in the technical area of the site. The first of these is entitled Repair Shop Notes, while the second by R.F. Hanks is a treatise on Tuning Morris Cars. Both of these items appear on the website courtesy of Peter Brock, for which many thanks.

Further website updates

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New feature launched and archive expanded

More updates were launched today. The site now has a rolling archive where all previous posts are stored. Previously just the last five posts were available to view. This amendment is effective retrospectively – so all posts in each of the different categories (IOTW, Snippets etc) are now available to view back to the new site’s launch in early December. In addition a new home page feature entitled From The Vault will showcase an article taken from some of the hidden away places on the old website. The first in this series is an Autocar article from October 1931 detailing and comparing the Minor’s rivals, all cars being priced at £150 or under. This feature has been introduced as a result of feedback received  from a member, in this case Sam Christie, and if there is something that you would particularly like to see on the site then please send an email to and your request will be considered. To access the archive posts go to the footer at the bottom of the homepage and click upon any one of the four ‘archive’ menu items.

Website latest

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New additions to the site

Two further pages have been added to the site and can be found on the menu bar seen at the top of each site page.

In addition member Chris Healy has written and contributed an article on the refurbishment and maintenance of the Lucas C45E dynamo which can be found within the Member’s Area Technical Bits section under ‘Electrical & wiring’.

2016 Events Gallery opens

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Capturing the moment

It’s fair to say that journeys in 85 year old motor cars are significantly more memorable than those taken in the ‘modern’, most of which are forgotten within seconds of leaving the vehicle. A gathering of two or more of Minors, Midgets or Hornets is an even more significant event in the second decade of the 21st century, so capture these moments on your camera and submit them for potential inclusion in our new 2016 Events Gallery.

2016 POTY Competition.

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Rule changes required?

Although entries were slightly up for the 2015 competition fewer members took part in the voting process than in the previous two competitions, this despite forum membership growing by a third in that time. How can the competition be improved? Have your say via the sites Discussion Forum.

It’s good to be back…

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The website returns

After being unavailable for a week the site is now fully functional once again. The long period ‘off-air’ was due to the site being transferred from its old host (Easily) to its new home at 1 & 1. Unfortunately the New Year Bank Holiday conspired to hinder the move. Thanks for your patience.

Voting underway in POTY competition

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Use your vote!

Voting has commenced to find the winner in our third annual Photograph of the Year Competition. In order to cast a vote you must first be a member of our Discussion Forum. It’s a simple task to join, if you are not already a member, by clicking on the ‘Forum’ tab on the website header above. A short registration process will then follow, after which access to the forum and voting is immediate. If you have a favourite image from the POTY gallery use your vote now.

More pages added…

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A new Member’s Gallery along with LAT inspired galleries of pre-war competition Minors and Midgets can now be found on the site. A similar Hornet gallery will follow shortly. Further pages will incorporate a true interactive facility to enable members to post comments directly and permanently to the respective pages.


2016 Calendars now available to buy…

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2016 PWMN Calendar now available…

The 2016 edition of the Pre-war Minor Network calendar is now available to purchase. This version features images from all six PWMN rallies held to date all of the images being taken by club members. The calendar is spiral bound and printed on 235 gsm card – price is £12.00 including postage and packing costs to UK addresses. To order or to establish an overseas postage price please email

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