The Pre-War Minor Network
A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor
Making the most of our Minors
The venue for the Network’ s 2017 rally will be announced shortly. Don’t delay, reserve the dates 9th – 11th June in diaries now to avoid disappointment – just 25 entries will be available.
Hartland, Devon – October 20th 1934
This W.J. Brunell image first appeared in the 26th October 1934 edition of The Autocar. It depicts the square in the North Devon village of Hartland full of the 46 trials cars and their crews, all having descended upon the village for the start of an all-day trial which was later to conclude at Hartland Quay. The cars were taking part in the North West London Motor Club’s inaugural Team Trial and numerous marques and models can be identified in the melee. Among the MGs, Wolseleys, Singers and a Fraser Nash is a lone 1933 Minor Two-seater (No.14). Unfortunately the car’s registration plate is not visible, sight of which may have aided identification of the crew. It might well be the car of W.E.C. Greenleaf who won a Best Individual Performance award, in which case the car’s registration is YY 7277. (Image courtesy of LAT Photographic – scanned from a still photograph)
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.
By the start of the 1932 season the original MG Midget was fast approaching the end of its production life. Fabric clad bodies were rapidly disappearing from model ranges, the last Minors to be thus skinned being the 1931 season Semi-Sports, along with the S.V. and O.H.C. Fabric Saloons and these only sold in very low numbers. The ‘M’ Type Midget was about to give-way to the new J2 model on the Abingdon production lines and just 187 original Midgets were made that season, of which all but 37 were metal paneled cars. A distinguishing feature of these metal clad models was the shorter boot lid made to accommodate the permanently attached hood – note the visible hood rails. (LAT Photo Scan)