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A community for enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor

Re-joining the ranks…

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Almost ten years ago Halbe Tjepkema of The Hague, Netherlands rescued this 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon (VG 2007) from a barn in Bungay, Suffolk. After a sympathetic restoration the car is nearing completion, the hope being that owner and car will attend a PWMN Rally in the not too distant future.

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Morris paint article added…

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Adam Brown from Craftmaster Paints has written an interesting and...


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Forum now OK Following its 'outage' earlier today, the forum...

POTY Competition underway…

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Entries are now being accepted... ...for the 2016 Pre-war Minor...

2017 PWMN ‘Multum in Parvo’ Rutland Rally 23rd – 25th June …

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‘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 Saturday rallyists can opt to take lunch on-board while being transported around England’s largest man-made reservoir. 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 Sunday’s short(er) tour. The Blaston Showground is the second main venue and starting point for the Saturday tour. Itinerary details on the new webpage here.

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IOTW no.366

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1931 Swallow Hornet Tourer

When launched the four-seat Hornet tourer was priced at £225, just £5 more than its two-seat counterpart. By 1933 the prices of the (by now) very successful Swallow models had risen dramatically, with the two-seater selling through sole agents Henly’s at £255 while the price of the four-seater had reached £260. The Henly empire had grown significantly by 1933, with branches opening away from its London hub including a new outlet in Manchester. This undoubtedly aided sales of the all Swallow models including the Hornet variants. (The re-touched image is a scan of a piece of Autocar artwork and appears here courtesy of LAT Images)

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Hornet Specials no.9

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In early 1931 the Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Foleshill, Coventry launched two versions of their Hornet coachwork. Both were open types, a  boat-tailed two-seater and a flat-backed four-seater. Seen here is a heavily re-touched Autocar image of the beautiful open two-seater parked outside of one of Henley’s two Great Portland Street, W1 premises prior to their move to 385/387 Euston Road, NW1. The car initially retailed for £220, a full £5 more than the similarly specified Eustace Watkins offering. Swallow offered the models in a range of two-tone colour schemes which included matching interior trim and hood fabric. The firm’s Hornet models proved to be very popular and continued in production until early 1934. (Image courtesy LAT Images)

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