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The 2016 PWMN Jurassic Rally
Marnhull, Dorset U.K. June 3rd, 4th & 5th…
The 2016 PWMN Rally is being held over the weekend of 3rd-5th June and is based upon the village of Marnhull in Dorset’s Blackmore Vale. Rally H.Q. is just 35 miles from Britain’s first accredited World Heritage site namely the Jurassic Coast and the rally’s Saturday Tour will include a visit to this beautiful and much acclaimed coastline. The event will be run as an official Morris Register event for the first time and will be covered by the MSA’s sporting exemption scheme providing essential public liability cover. To book one of the 25 available spaces follow the blue button link below:
A Semi-Sports quartet…
A VMR Rally held in Dorset during July 2007 saw the coming together of four Minor Semi-Sports, although to be totally accurate three of them were 1930 Semi-Sports while the fourth car in shot was a re-bodied 1929 Minor Tourer GU 1342. The builder of this car (Dave Cooksey) is seen standing alongside the vehicle while its then owner (David Roscoe) is in the drivers seat with his wife alongside him. Next to GU 1342 is a car with strong Dorset connections in LJ 4435 a car making its debut at the rally and shipped over from the USA for the occasion by its then owner Ian Grace. It’s believed that both of these cars are currently for sale. Next in line is the editorial car VJ 1756 which had been purchased in a part-completed state a year earlier from Brian Ellams in Cirencester. On the far right is the Mike Jones car JN 570 which, along with VJ 1756 will be returning to Dorset next month to take part in the Jurassic Rally. With IA 9142 (Alistair Bond) active along with Semi-Sports replica FD 6409 (Garry Waiting)e it could be possible to re-create a similar image – perhaps at the 2017 rally?
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.
Competition number 124 adorned the car entered by J.A. Arber to the 1932 MCC London-Land’s End Trial, that took place on the 25th and 26th March. Arber’s Midget (as detailed by Cowbourne) can be seen here being assisted up one of the nine observed hill sections. Despite this he went on to collect a Silver Award. His car looks to be an MG D Type but has rear hanging doors – perhaps an MG specialist can help identify the model? (LAT Plate B7807) Edited to add: Thanks to the help of the Triple M Forum, Sam Christie, Ted Hack & Cathelijne Spoelstra for identifying the car as an MG D Type Jarvis Special Midget DO360, first registered as PJ 3201, which has survived and is now resident in Luxembourg.