A gallery containing images contributed by various rally attendees is now available to view here. This shot was taken on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the long tour and shows the 1929 Minor Tourer owned by John Paternoster tangling with Trevor Wilkinson’s 1934 Minor Two-seater on the B664 outside The Nevill Arms at Medbourne. (Image Chris Lambert)
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(artwork – Peter Brock)
‘Multum in Parvo’
Put the dates of 23rd to 25th June 2017 in your diary now as the Network’s 8th annual rally is scheduled to take place over the course of that weekend, set in a beautiful corner of rural Leicestershire, just a stones-throw distant from Rutland, England’s smallest county.
Our rally will have at least four venues in 2017, the most unusual being the Rutland Belle boat where on Sunday afternoon rallyists can opt to board the craft and view England’s largest man-made reservoir during the course of an hour long cruise. Rally HQ will be based at the Nevill Arms in Medbourne, Leicestershire venue for the rally dinner on Saturday evening while the Inn’s car park will be the gathering point for both our tours. The rally itinerary has now been updated following an enforced change and can be viewed on the webpage here.
1930 Gordon England Minor Two-seater special
Gordon England had an aeronautical engineering background and used these skills to good effect during the twenties when his lightweight bodied Austin Seven ‘Gordon England Cup’ models achieved much competition success at Brooklands. In 1929 he launched two Morris Minor special models, a Stadium Saloon and this pretty open two-seater. The Morris factory did not have such a model in their range and it is reported that Morris Motors approached the Gordon England concern with a view to G.E. designing a version that could be produced in volume at Cowley. The resultant model was named the Semi-Sports and 744 were eventually produced upto July 1931.
VO 4346 was a 1930 Nottingham registered car and had been fitted with polished wheel discs, a popular accessory at that time.
The Triple M series of MG’s all belong to a family of models that commenced with the 1929 MG Midget and continued through to the mid-thirties via a long string of four and six cylinder OHC engined cars that forged the marques identity.
J. B. Carver and his 1930 London registered MG Midget GC 5505 featured in many trials during the early thirties. This Motor Sport image shows him about to leave the car park of the Crown Inn, Marlow on a wet November morning prior to competing in the 1932 running of the Inter Varsity Trial between teams from the Oxford and Cambridge universities. His motoring activities could not have left much time for study as the club badges adorning the front of his Midget would indicate that he had a passion for sporting motoring. The r/h LAT sourced scan was taken from a celluloid negative retained in their archive, while the l/h image is a scan taken directly from the December 1932 edition of the magazine. (Page 52)
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Beaulieu Autojumble: Visit the ‘Sears Emporium’ Red Field 293/294 May 13th & 14th
Pre-war Minor Network Rally: Medbourne, Leics 23rd-25th June. View Rally page for details.
Morris Register & MVA National Rally, Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Notts NG22 9EP 5th & 6th August