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Deep in the heart of Devon…

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Another excellent Kate Martin image of Minors on the move. This photo was taken during the recent Morris Register West Region expedition to Torbay. The cars in shot are John Nagle’s 1934 Two-seater (OW 4224) and the 1932 Two-seater (PJ 5155) owned and being driven by Toby Sears.

Happy Birthday – The Minor reaches 90!!

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Quote: “Strictly speaking, the new car ceased to be a secret about three weeks ago.”

Quote: “It is ridiculous to say that my intention in making the car was to compete with the Austin Seven.”

Both of these very interesting quotes were reported in the 23rd May 1928 edition of The Motor Trader and were directly attributed to William Morris, although only one of those statements is believable! On the basis of that Motor Trader report it’s fair to say that the Morris Minor can now officially be declared 90! The photo is from the Jennifer Parson’s collection and shows her father, Harold Taylor alongside William Morris with Minor Fabric Saloon prototype UD 2071 at that very first, late April-early May 1928  photo-shoot.

Rally casualty…

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John & Jo Nagle have been forced to withdraw from the forthcoming Pacesetters Rally with a recurring blown head gasket issue on their 1934 Minor Two-seater (OW 4224). The latest occurence took place while car and crew were participating in a Morris Register sponsored trip to Torquay, Devon. (Photo: Kate Martin)

Just a few weeks ago…

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This Arthur Bell photo of his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9069 was taken in early March. It stands as a timely reminder to those of us who are not quite so adventurous that our driving season is a short one and is to be made the most of!

Torquay – 86 years on…

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The West Region of the Morris Register hold, what has become, an annual weeks sojourn for members and their car’s to somewhere exotic. This year’s destination was Torbay and its environs where Ken Martin and his 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 recreated this 1932 postcard image.

Age is just a number…

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John Paternoster is the owner of 1929 Minor Tourer SV 9091. He recently took his 91 year old Mother for a maiden short trip in his car, John reporting that she thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Attempting to beat the clock…

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Mike Summers in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk is working hard to get his 1932 Minor Two-seater OJ 1865 prepared and ready for the road in good time for the Network’s rally next month. While evidently much remains to be done, he believes he is on track to achieve this important goal.

At the limit…

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This photo of a Minor speedometer was taken by Kate Martin on a recent drive from Marlborough to Torquay with husband Ken at the wheel of their 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590. The car was travelling at the legal limit on an open stretch of arterial road and viewing the speedo needle against its stop is an unfamiliar sight for the vast majority of Minor owners

Bank holiday basking…

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Most of the United Kingdom was basking in wall-to-wall sunshine over the bank holiday weekend. The New Forest in Hampshire was no exception and Toby Sears saw this as an opportunity to take a pre-rally run-out in his 1932 Minor Two-seater PJ 5155.  The New Forest is one of the UK’s National Parks which despite its name, has large tracts of open heathland with hardly a tree in sight!

The Network is TEN !

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Ten years ago this week saw the stuttering birth of a new website targeted at enthusiasts of the pre-war Morris Minor. The PWMN came into being because a small group of Minor enthusiasts sought to provide a relevant internet platform for a growing and active community of new Minor owners who were prepared to forego some of the encumbrances associated with a traditional car club. Within weeks the new site’s visitor counter was recording 30 to 40 ‘hits’ a day and in the autumn of 2008 a new discussion forum was added. That forum now contains 59,000 posts while the site’s web counter has recorded 767,000 hits. A heartfelt thanks to all who have supported the Network along the way. (Chris Lambert)

Is this your car?

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Martin Gregory has been looking for his old Hereford registered 1931 £100 Minor (VJ 3654) for a very long time. The car is currently ‘taxed’ with the DVLA and is definitely out there somewhere. If you know where the car is currently located please contact the Network at info@prewarminor.com

Spring – what spring?

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The Crosskeys in Redgrave, Suffolk was the venue for a Network spring pub meet on 29th April. Four crews attended on a cold, dank day, in  stark contrast to Drive-it-Day a week earlier, when temperatures were almost 20 degrees C higher.

Rally coffee stop…

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St. Peter’s Hall at St. Peter, South Elham near Bungay was built in 1280 and in June will be an early refreshment stopping-off point for 25 venerable vehicles and their crews. The complex is also home to the world famous St. Peter’s Brewery.

Minors to the fore on Drive-it-Day…

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Ken Martin took this shot of those taking part in a Morris Register organised mid-Wiltshire run from Devizes to Box on Drive-it-Day (Sunday 22nd April). Alongside Ken’s familiar 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 is another Essex registered Minor VX 7312, a 1932 Two-seater owned by Henry & Di Harvey. There were plenty of other Morris cars taking part along with an MG and an interloping motor cycle! (View more Drive-it-Day images at the foot of this page.)

‘All mod cons…’

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Chris Healey from Essex, UK certainly knows how to treat a lady! His 1932 Minor PN 8658 which hadn’t turned a wheel in anger for many years has once again taken to the road (actually his driveway) albeit without any brakes along with most other things come to that!!

Saved from the scrapheap…

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Barry Parker from Tasmania, found this 1934 Morris Minor Saloon in an Australian scrapyard and is slowly progressing its restoration. He urgently needs help sourcing the dimensions of the body frame timbers and if you can help please email the webmaster here.

Five years ago…

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John Paternoster in his 1929 Minor Tourer SV 9091 leads a procession of Morris cars (an Oxford and two Eights) on the Sunday section of the 2013 Network ‘White Horse’ Rally – somewhere in Wiltshire.

Ten years ago…

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On Sunday 13th July 2008 eleven Minors, a Singer Nine and an Aston Martin Le Mans set out for a run to the coast during the course of that year’s VMR Rally. Their destination was Southwold, Suffolk’s favourite seaside resort where five Minors can be seen parked behind the town’s famous beach huts. A similar run is due to take place this June at the forthcoming PWMN rally, although the destination (for now) remains under wraps.

Another Euro Minor…

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Lubomír Piksa submitted this image of his 1932 Minor Two-seater 03V 1450 seen here at speed, while taking part in the ‘Veteran Rallye’, an annual event held close-by to Lubomir’s home town of České Budějovice in the Czech Republic.

Family heirloom for sale…

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After 56 years in the ownership of the same family this 1929 Minor Tourer (MT 3286) is reluctantly being put on the market. The car was purchased by the late Roy Hogg in 1962 and has been used in recent years by Ronald, Roy’s son. The asking price is £11,500 and further details can be found on the Cars for sale sub-forum here.

Dot-to-dot run…

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Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson organised a Good Friday ‘run’ through the Leicestershire countryside for friends and family along with their vintage and classic cars. One of the stops on their Dot-to-Dot Tour was the farm shop at the Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Co. in Upton, where a range of craft cheeses were available to taste and purchase. Some of the many interesting cars driven by participants can be seen through the farm shop windows. (Photo Wilson/Maeers)

Hold tight!

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Clive Hamilton-Gould grips the passenger door of his 1930 Minor Tourer (DG 325)  while being driven by his daughter at the start of a sharp descent during the course of the recent VSCC LC&ES Welsh Weekend event. Thanks goes to both Steven Kent and Mike Tebbett who have each provided further photos many of which have been added to the foot of the 2018 Event Galleries page here. This photo courtesy of Mike Tebbett.

Mid-Wales meander…

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Mid-Wales played host to the cars from the Light Car & Edwardian Section of the VSCC over the weekend of 24th/25th March. Stretching their legs during the course of Saturday’s tour Janie Maeers and Geof Wilson can be seen alongside VJ 1756, Janie’s 1929 Minor Tourer.  View a short video shot during the course of Saturday here and see more stills at the foot of this page here.

Carrying on a family tradition…

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Janie Maeers, seen here in ‘Prudence’ her 1929 Minor Tourer VJ 1756 is about to leave the Metropole Hotel car park in Llandrindod Wells to take part on the second day of the LC&ES Welsh Weekend on Sunday 25th March. Janie was perpetuating a family tradition in that thirteen years earlier her late father, Brian Maeers competed at this same event , also in VJ 1756. (Photo: Geof Wilson)

It’s not just about old cars…

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The name of the venue for the most recent gathering of the Home Counties section seemed entirely innapropriate as the ten jovial attendees at The Grumpy Mole, Brockham, Surrey were displaying no such signs when this photo was taken on 19th March. From left to right: Keith Durston, Philip Butland, Kenneth Allen, Paul Brigden, John Emmett, Alister Reid, Malcolm Eades, Malcolm Bailey, Michael (surname unknown), Phil Sowry, Timothy Edwards  Photo:Keith Durston.

Springtime in Hampshire…

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For those in the worst affected areas, the wintery weather conditions across the UK throughout most of March will live long in the memory. The lying snow didn’t stop one or two intrepid Minorists taking to the highways as proven by this latest photo taken by Toby Sears, who drove his 1933 Minor Saloon YG 2017 to the hills skirting the Hampshire – Wiltshire borders to capture this shot.

VSCC Herefordshire Trial

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The VSCC’s Herefordshire Trial was hit by the weather over the weekend of 17th/18th March, however it didn’t spoil the fun for David Rolfe in his Riley Nine engined M Type special (VU 7908). David and ‘bouncer’ are seen here negotiating a particularly tough elevated section. (Photo courtesy of Steven Kent)

Three months and counting…

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The Network’s 2018 rally is now less than three months away and preparations are gathering pace. Those who have indicated that they are planning to attend and have yet to submit their entry forms please take the time to do so in order that numbers can be finalised. (Kate Martin photo)

Soon to be reunited…

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Some smart detective work by member Toby Sears ensured that David Newlands (Cambs) would achieve his wish to know the whereabouts of his father’s Morris Minor, a car purchased ‘new’ in 1931. The current owners of the vehicle are Jill and Vaughan Jackson, (Hants) UR 9776 having been in their family’s custodianship for over fifty years. Contact between the two interested parties will be made shortly.

Braving the elements…

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While Sunday 4th March saw most of the snow in the south of the U.K. disappear following a rapid thaw, plenty of the white stuff remained earlier in the day. Here Janie Maeers and her Lurcher, Maisie, took to the lanes of Leicestershire in ‘Prudence’ her 1929 Minor Tourer (VJ 1756)  to discover for herself the joys of Minor motoring in the snow. (Photo: Geof Wilson)

Manx Minor…

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Malcolm Buc submitted this eighties image (taken on the Isle of Man) of what originally was an OHC Minor. ‘Jemima’ was owned at that time by Geraint Owen who built the competition special, it’s believed with the help of his father. Geraint is a long-term VSCC member and competitor. Unfortunately, by the time this photo was taken the Minor  had already ‘lost’ its original registration and had been re-issued with an age-related number by DVLA. The special was powered by an air-cooled ‘V’ twin JAP engine and was dressed for competition with taped headlights, timing strut and a competition number. (Thanks goes to James Ashford for providing the revised information.)

Snowmobile?

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Most of the UK is currently feeling the effects of an icy blast from the Urals. The editorial Midget was readied for a photo session in brilliant sunshine but the onset of a sudden heavy snow shower was enough for driver and car to seek the comparative warmth of the garage – at least until the snow had abated.

VG 2007 – Licenced to thrill…

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Over in the Netherlands, the Dutch licencing authority have now issued Halbe Tjepkema’s 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon with the necessary permissions for it to travel on the highway, this representing the car’s final hurdle in a ten year restoration process.

The skill of the graphic artist…

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Almost every edition of the popular motoring magazines of the pre-war period contained illustrations by graphic artists. While many drawings have been lost, some still remain intact in archives, while others were photographed, their images captured on glass plates. The majority of these drawings are unsigned but the names of Ferguson, Millar and Pratt feature on many others. Isn’t it about time that their skills were more widely recognised? This unsigned drawing of a lwb Minor, scanned from a positive print, appears here courtesy of LAT Images.

From Brooklands to Texas…

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Russ Salisbury from Texas, USA owns a 1930 Midget (MG 442) with a Brooklands racing pedigree. His car has been ‘off the road’ for well over forty years but has been subject to recent attention and is seen here on it’s second ‘debut’, its first being 88 years previously!

Something to look forward to…

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Hopefully, we in the northern-hemisphere are approaching the tail-end of what seems to have been a long winter. Thoughts are now turning to the pleasant prospect of lengthy warm days with productive time spent in the garage, while trips in our Minors will be undertaken without the need for the protective comfort of thermal underwear!

Coupe cousins…

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The 2017 Pre-war Prescott event was the venue for the coming together of two Coupes that surely originated via the draughting skills of the same designer. GG 3949 is the well known 1931 MG Sportsmans Coupe owned by Roger Burnett while 1932 Wolseley Hornet Coupe JH 1446 is said to have been commissioned by London Wolseley main dealer Eustace Watkins and built in the coachworks of the Folkstone based body builder, Martin Walter. Thanks goes to Hornet Coupe owner Nigel Stroud for the photograph via the good offices of Network member Keith Durston.

More progress with Wilson’s Wasp…

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Geof Wilson’s Morris Minor racing special (Wilson’s Wasp) which is under construction in Nuneaton, Warwickshire now has a new nosecone. Other body panels are currently being formed and will soon be offered-up to the polystyrene mould for final fettling shortly.

Brooklands gathering…

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In the absence of Kenneth Allen, Paul Brigden organised a highly successful Network gathering at Brooklands on 8th February. Paul reports that thanks to Bob Webb those with pre-war cars were permitted to park in front of the famous clubhouse while the club bar facilities were also made available to them. Here, some of the throng wait patiently while John Emmett answers a question from a Brooklands Museum visitor. Paul’s report can be found on the forum. (Photo – Paul Brigden)

From the archive…

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This 1930 Minor special lives in the State of Victoria, Australia and was bodied by Ruskin of Melbourne. The original eighties or early nineties photograph resides in the Harry Edwards Collection held by the Morris Register. Just a handful of these Ruskin roadsters survive.

A thing of beauty…

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LV 5437 is a 1934 season Minor Saloon which was first registered in Liverpool in late 1933. This delightful autumnal image was taken by an unknown photographer and was discovered on the internet. In recent times ‘LV’ was owned by Tommy Jardine from the border country and some time prior to that by new member Guy Harris – it was he who was recently reunited with his Minor Two-seater after a a fifty year gap. (see IOTW no.414)

Showing in Jaipur…

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The Jaipur Classic Car Rally took place over the weekend of 3rd-4th February. Network member Kartik Lunia attended along with his 1930 Minor Tourer USJ 1795 the car gaining the accolade ‘Best maintained vintage car’, yet another award to add to a lengthening list. Seen here with Kartik is another sub-continental Minorist and Network member, Parth Mehd, who joined Kartik for the weekend having made the twelve-hour drive from Ahmedabad.

UX 6403 – Following in the tread marks of VG 2007…

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Following the long awaited return to roadworthiness of 1929 Minor Fabric VG 2007, when will 1930 Fabric Saloon UX 6403 appear in a similar condition? The car was discovered and purchased last May by Gareth Jerman, and its condition at that time can be seen in these images – so it’s re-appearance is not going to be anytime soon. Gareth however can count on the support and help from member’s of the Network throughout the forthcoming restoration journey.

An imminent arrival and a departure…

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While one Minor departs these shores bound for Malta, following its sale to Joseph Zerafa, another is being prepared for its rally debut following restoration. The Tony Gamble restored Semi-Sports, KJ 607, is seen here being loaded upon a transporter to begin a long road and sea journey to its new Mediterranean home. Meanwhile in the Nederlands, Fabric Saloon VG 2007 owned by Halbe Tjepkema is nearing the end of a ten year restoration journey and can be seen undergoing final preparations at the MG Workshop, Monster, in readiness for its hoped-for PWMN rally debut in June.

No test for a Minor…

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The VSCC’s New Year Driving Tests are held each January at the Brooklands Museum,  Weybridge in Surrey. The site has undergone significant change since the 2017 meeting following the reinstatement of part of the former circuit’s ‘start and finish’ straight. Clive Hamilton-Gould is seen here negotiating test 3 in his 1930 Morris Minor Tourer DG 325. Find further images from the event here.

After an Eight?

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Minor Family Eight CG 5446 is a late 1933 (34 season) Hampshire registered car that was unearthed by Network member Toby Sears last year. It is now for sale on ebay and has already attracted a maiden bid. While requiring much work to restore to a roadworthy condition this almost complete car will make for a very gratifying project to the individual ‘up’ for the task!

Taking shape…

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Over in Nuneaton, Warks Geof Wilson continues to finesse the shape of his racing Minor special, ‘Wilson’s Wasp‘. The final polystyrene body shape will be used as a mould for the metal panel work which will eventually clad the car.

Mediterranean Minor…

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Joseph Zerafa, who lives on the island of Malta has purchased Minor Semi-Sports KJ 607 from Tony Gamble. The car was completely rebuilt by Tony after he had purchased the remains of the vehicle from the late Roy Hogg many years ago. It’s hoped that the new owner might be persuaded to attend the Network’s rally this coming June.

Early Hornet discovery…

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Last June this 1931 Eustace Watkins Wolseley Hornet Special (GP 7373) was sold via an internet auction site. The photograph of the Hornet seen here was taken in its 50+ plus year resting place which looks to be a farm outbuilding. Few early CF3 versions of the Hornet survive and this one looks remarkably complete. If the new owner reads this please contact info@prewarminor.com

Planai blizzard…

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Arie and Tineke Roest are now safely at home following their exploits in the 2018 Planai Rally. Driving conditions at times were perilous as this dramatic image of their 1930 Jarvis Hornet Special clearly conveys.

Mud-plugging in a Minor…

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This Richard Connolly image shows David Rolfe’s 1930 Minor Tourer UR 7238 taking part in a VSCC trial late last year. The car’s earlier, much-modified tourer body has been replaced with an original ‘standard’ type and looks all the better for that change.

Handmade in Holland…

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A journey that began 10 years ago this month is now nearing completion. Halbe Tjepkema rescued this 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon from a Bungay barn in January 2008 four years after the cars initial discovery. VG 2007 could pass very close to its old Bungay home if the car is successfully completed in time to take part in the Network’s 2018 Pacesetters Rally which is to be based at Thorpe Abbotts, just 13 miles from Bungay.

Feel smug in a Minor Saloon…

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Using an open car at this time of year takes determination, forethought and many layers of clothing in order to brave the vagaries of the British winter. Not so the Minor Saloon owner. Warm the engine, climb aboard and within a matter of minutes, the cabin is as warm as toast. Note the evidence of this cosseting fug on the windows of Martin Gregory’s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) parked-up during the course of a recent winter’s excursion to Stony Stratford, Bucks.

Alpine Hornet…

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There can’t be many, more dramatic images of a Wolseley Hornet than this one taken by Tineke Roest on 5th January. The Roest’s Jarvis Special (AM-62-91) is pictured high in the Austrian Alps, stationary on a snow-covered pass while car and crew compete in the Planai-Classic Rally.

Lancaster salute…

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Back in September 2010, the crews of the three Minors seen here visited The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirby to view Avro Lancaster B MKVII NX 611 ‘, Just Jane’. The hangar doors were rolled open to permit a series of photographs to be taken of which this is just one. Currently, ‘Just Jane’ is undergoing re-commissioning work which eventually will lead to this mighty aircraft taking to the skies once again. Somewhat ironically, ‘Just Jane’ was originally constructed by Austin Motors at Longbridge, Birmingham.

Minoring into the New Year…

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A change of spark plugs has produced a dramatic improvement in performance for the Miles family owned 1932 Sports Coupe RT 8431. Seen here with ‘RT’ are father and son Bernie and Andrew Miles who gave the car a thorough shakedown on a 20 mile New Year’s Eve run.

Semi-Sporting…

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Date: Saturday 24th June 2017  Time: 2:45 PM Location: Somewhere in Leicestershire. Mike & Sue Jones crest a small humpback bridge in their 1930 Morris Minor Semi-Sports (JN 570) during the course of the Rutland Rally’s ‘long’ tour. Photo courtesy Wilson/Maeers.

And the winner is…

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The winner of the 2017 Photograph of the Year competition is this fabulous shot entered by Arie Roest from the Netherlands entitled ‘Mont Blanc view’.  The car in question is a 1930 Jarvis Hornet special. Congratulations Arie and a big thank you to all who have taken part. A list of those entries included on the Network’s 2018 calendar can be found on the website’s forum here.

Calendars can be ordered at £11.50 (13 Euro) each by emailing your requirement to info@prewarminor.com

Incontinent…

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The passage of time can be unkind, so at 76 years of age some allowances can be made for the odd accident on the driveway. The same excuses however can’t be made for 1933 Minor Saloon YG 2017‘s owner Toby Sears, seen here looking extremely youthful in 2009 and holding a Vintage Minor Register award, although almost ten years later he now can’t recollect why it was given to him?

Our rally is just six months away…

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Network rallies are not competitive in any way and are all about having fun with friends while also providing an opportunity for meeting fellow enthusiasts. Early June is (usually!) a great month for exercising almost 90-year-old machinery on roads that ideally suit our cars. To find out more visit our 2018 rally page here.

Serious rallying in a 1930 Hornet special…

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Arie Roest from the Netherlands is preparing his 1930 Wolseley Hornet Jarvis Special for the three-day Planai Classic Rally in January 2018. The car’s cockpit boasts some interesting items of equipment including a Tripmaster and an old alarm clock. (Note the similarity between this dashboard layout and that of the contemporary Morris Minor – excluding the recent add-on’s.)

A side valve Minor here in 2018?

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The news of the 31-34 S.V. Minor’s inclusion on the VSCC’s PVT list may have come too late for an example to take part at last weekend’s Winter Driving Test event at the Bicester Heritage Centre, but surely early enough for a member to enter with a SV car for the forthcoming Brooklands event on 28th January? Who is going to write this small piece of motoring history?

‘Tis the season to be jolly …

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There was an excellent turnout at the recent Home Counties section Christmas ‘jolly‘. Ten members attended while a special guest arrived on the back of a sleigh, albeit in the wrong trousers. (Photo Keith Durston)

Soon to become a familiar site?

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This 1931 Minor Two-seater BR 8606 has been a familiar sight at VSCC sporting events for many decades, this courtesy of an OHC Minor engine under the bonnet where an original SV unit should nestle. Thanks to a recent ruling by the VSCC other 1931-1934 SV Minors will now be able to compete alongside Sue Woodward and her £100’er.

The Side Valve Minor added to the VSCC’s PVT list !

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After many years of lobbying, the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC) has finally agreed to add the 1931-1934 Side Valve Morris Minor to its list of Post Vintage Thoroughbred (PVT) cars. This means that the S.V. Minor can now compete in VSCC events alongside its thirties adversary, the Austin Seven. There are further important ramifications for the model to be considered by owners which will no doubt be discussed on this website’s forum.

Mapping it out…

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It is possible to get lost on a rally. The majority of rallyists have done so at one time or another. In the resulting confusion drivers tend to blame navigators and vice versa, all of which invariably leads to a heightening of blood pressures and sharp words. A map isn’t a cure-all but it will get you home. Ordnance Survey can now provide Custom-made maps, tailored to cover precisely the area you need.

High flying Hornet…

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Arie Roest makes good use of his 1930 Jarvis Hornet special, taking part in a number of long distance ‘classic’ rallies while also using his car for his summer holiday transport. This photo of Arie and canine passenger was taken on the Col du Galibier in the French Alps at a height of 9324 feet earlier this year. Arie and his wife along with their Hornet are entered for the Planai Classic Rally in Austria on January 18th of which more here.

Wilson’s Wasp continues to take shape…

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The former 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon MM 9326, which later in life adopted a Tourer body, has now acquired a polystyrene tub which is due to act as a template for a new aluminium sporting body to be constructed by current owner, Geof Wilson. The  coffee cup to be seen on the bonnet is not part of the intended design which shares some characteristics with the White Minor Skinner Special and is all the better for that.

Off to the paint shop…

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Mike Summers from Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk first bought 1932 Minor Two-seater OJ 1865 back in the mid-sixties, keeping the car for fifteen years. He then sold it at the end of the seventies and forgot about it until 2012. After deciding that he wanted a back-up to his 1931 SV Minor Saloon he tracked down OJ 1865 in Scotland and managed to persuade the owner to sell it to him. The car has been subject to a long-term re-commissioning program in preparation for a debut (hopefully) at the 2018 PWMN Rally at Thorpe Abbotts. It’s seen here just prior to delivery to a local paint shop where it’s due to receive several coats of fresh paint.

Ireland’s new Minor…

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Joe Rayner, who lives in the Republic of Ireland has recently taken delivery of UN 4838, a 1932 Minor Two-seater following its sale via the Vintage Petrol Pump Company in Yorkshire. It’s seen here ascending a steep driveway at its new home in the Irish hills.

Airlander in trouble again…

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The world’s largest airship has suffered a further mishap while moored at its Cardington, Bedfordshire base. Trevor Wilkinson spotted the crumpled gas bag while out for a ‘run’ in his 1934 Minor Two-seater. The craft, colloquially know as ‘The flying bum’ was involved in two earlier incidents in 2013 and 2016.

What is it with these Orstins?

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Members can now view a new page upon which it’s possible to take a closer look at the Minor’s most formidable competitor – the Austin Seven. The four galleries contain almost 100 images collected from differing sources, including the LAT Images archive and from a collection of period snapshots.

Somewhere in Sri-Lanka…

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Here is a tantalising glimpse of 1932 Minor Tourer SV 14881. The car is located ‘…somewhere on the island of Sri-Lanka‘, the jewel that nestles in the Indian Ocean just below the tip of the sub-continent. Parked alongside the Minor is a 125 cc BSA Bantam carrying a 1940’s Gateshead registration. Intriguingly, nothing more is known about either vehicle.

Pacesetters Rally update…

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There remain a limited number of available spaces on the Network’s 2018 Rally which is being held in the north-eastern corner of Suffolk next June. To find out more visit the rally page here. (Photo: Maeers/Wilson)

Minor art …

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Kevin Walsh is an accomplished transport artist and illustrator, his work appearing on Christmas cards, jigsaw puzzles and metal signs. Among his hundreds of transport themed scenes the Minor features at least once as can be seen in this thirties tableau of the Flying Scotsman and a hybrid GPO van. A further two of his paintings feature MG ‘M’ Type Midgets. Thanks to John and Jo Nagle for spotting this.

Less is more…

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This most recent image of Tony Gamble’s 1930 Minor Arrow ‘special’  looks, on-the-face of-it, as if this project has gone into reverse. A previous update showed the car with its Garry Waiting built Arrow body in place. However, that temporary fitting was simply a test to establish clearances etc. Since then genuine progress has been made with the sourcing of a bronze SU carburetter and the fabrication of a one-gallon sump.  Therefore, the engine is now very close to running once again after an interval of four years.

A summer memory…

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With winter just around the corner, this Arthur Bell shot of his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9069 provides a reminder of the summer recently past by perfectly capturing an August dawn. The composition skill of the photographer and his use of the early morning light combine to produce a surreal impressionist painting effect.

Rally latest – Another venue added…

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The Swan Inn, Hoxne will host both the Friday and Sunday evening pub-meets at the Network’s rally, next June. The recently renovated 15th century coaching inn has  a 40 seat restaurant and a large car park. The Network last visited The Swan in 2010 where three Austin Sevens, two Minors and an Aston Martin ‘Le Mans’ can be seen in this photo taken at the time.

Epsom thoroughbreds…

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The recent Morris Register Epsom noggin was a well-attended affair with ten cars and their crews parked up on the downs adjacent to the race course. Network attendees included Kenneth Allen, John Emmett and Alister Reid who brought along his ‘Bullnose’ and what may have been coffee in his flask.

Almost POTY time…

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It’s time to begin thinking about your entry for the 2017 PWMN Photograph of the year competition. Start combing your computer’s photo folders for an image of your car that catches the eye or just take to the road and find a suitable backdrop to show off your car’s best features! Competition entries will be accepted from 1st December onward. This memorable photo was taken by Ken Martin on the 2013 ‘White Horse’ Rally and features the 1933 Minor Two-seater OJ 4733, currently owned by David Hockley in Cambs.

Rallying…

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Pictured here entering the car park of The Noel Inn, Whitwell are Charles Crisp and Rachel Miles in the Crisp owned 1934 Minor Two-seater (AXV 51). The photo was taken during the the course of the Network’s 2017 Rally in Rutland. The clubs 2018  rally will be based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border and will take place over the weekend of  8th-10th June. A rally entry form will be published shortly.

New Minor racer mock-up…

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Geof Wilson is in the process of designing a period racing body for his 1929 Minor chassis. (MM 9326) He has reached the stage of mocking-up the body shape in polystyrene and will now finesse this into the final design before committing to the shaping of metal.

Another Holden bodied Minor surfaces…

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Located in the Sydney suburb of Cronulla this 1934 lwb Minor Tourer is a rare survivor of its type. Imported by York Motors in Sydney in 1934 and bodied by Holden this is only the second of its kind recorded by this website. The car was originally painted blue and was owned by a proprietor of an ESSO service station in Sydney for 32 years from 1936 until 1968. More about this car here.

Not an MG…

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While the Austin Motor Company developed their Seven for racing and other competitive work, William Morris refrained from sporting sponsorship of Morris cars, leaving that to a business he personally owned, The MG Car Company. However, there were Morris products that were used in competition, the Minor in particular winning many awards when entered by their owners. In this image Alistair Bond rounds ‘Pardon’ in his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (IA 9142) at the Bugatti Owner’s Club Prescott hill-climb venue, the photo redolent of that period when privateer Minor owners tested their cars and themselves in competition.

Rare survivor – available to buy…

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An extremely rare 1934 lwb Holden bodied Minor Coupe is currently for sale in Australia. One of just two known survivors, this historic car will reward its restorer with its handsome period looks. Further detail can be found on the website’s Discussion Forum here.

Rain stopped play…

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Awful autumnal weather played a part in the poor attendance at the Network’s Far-Eastern pub meet on 1st October with some members using their modern’s to get to Wortham. Nonetheless, a good time was had by those who did brave the conditions.

Ulster Minor Special…

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This photo was taken on 1st June 2013 at the Ulster Riley Club’s Cultra Hillclimb event.  The Robert Andrews owned SV 1933 Minor Special is being piloted by noted motoring artist Debra Wenlock. Examples of her work can be found on her website here.

Use the archive…

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It’s easy to forget that access remains available to the old website and all that it contains, including many of the front page stories dating back to 2008. The site operates on an Adobe Flash platform and requires users to download Flash Player to view the website properly. The site continues to accept new members despite its archive status. Find it here or through the link further down this page.

Thirties design icons…

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Dan Brockway from Marnhull, Dorset is selling his 1932 Minor Saloon (MV 6146). It’s pictured here parked alongside a 1935 Gilbert-Scott K6 telephone kiosk, a design icon from the period. Further details on Dan’s car can be found on our Discussion Forum here.

Morris Motors, Cowley 1929…

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Thanks to the British Film Institute archive, moving images of Morris Minor production at Cowley from 1929 can still be viewed. A 21 minute silent film shows many of the steps in the production process and features the 1929 season Minor Fabric Saloon model. This still image from the film shows a body in the process of being covered in wadding followed by the car’s fabric outer skin. The complete film can be viewed here.

The Minor as an educational tool…

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A Minor owning head teacher at a primary school has made use of his 1934 Minor Saloon (AUF 921) as an illustrative aid for a social history project. The car is seen here in the school’s entrance hall along with other artefacts from the early to mid-twentieth century.

Rovers return…

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After an absence of eight years the PWMN Rally is set to return to its first ever venue – The 100th Bomb Group Museum at Thorpe Abbotts, South Norfolk. The museum’s management team and the landowner have kindly agreed to our request to use the venue as our rally HQ over the weekend of 8th-10th June 2018. Further details will be published here in October. (This photo was taken from the roof of the watch/control tower over a July weekend in 2008)

‘RT’ goes all ‘arty’…

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RT 8431 a 1932  Minor Sports Coupe has been in the custodianship of the Miles family of Mendlesham, Suffolk for almost three decades, having been restored by Andrew Miles seven years ago. The car was recently the star of a photoshoot for Timeline Events, one such image being seen above. (Image copyright: Timeline Events)

Picked-up in France…

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After spending almost ten years in France new owner Paul Smith has repatriated 1930 Minor pick-up KR 2817. The vehicle is now running once again and is about to undergo further refurbishment, including a ‘paint job’.

What the…

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The recent Home Counties crew meet-up at the Seven Stars, Leigh, Surrey attracted a record attendance despite the dismal weather. While the gathered throng were posing in front of Philip Butland‘s camera lens a strong gust of wind caught kilt wearing Alister Reid unawares…

Out and about…

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For many, the end of the northern hemisphere driving season is just a few weeks away. If you are out and about in your Minor, Midget or Hornet in the coming weeks please don’t forget to take some images for potential publication on this website.

A new forum…

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This website’s forum has a new unfamiliar format. However, once access has been gained (go to trhc of forum homepage and click ‘Log-in’) all the usual sub-forums are available on the index page. Follow this link and dip your toes in …

Hants ‘lean-to’ find…

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Toby Sears has unearthed this 1933 lwb Minor Family Eight CG 5446 discovered in a metal ‘lean-to’ in Lymington, Hants. Although in need of complete restoration the car is largely complete and is being offered for sale at £700. Full details can be found on this website’s forum.

Not quite an escapee…

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Just a few days ago this website was bemoaning the potential loss of another Minor to obscurity following the sale at auction of AGP 288 last March. Fortunately the car’s whereabouts is now known thanks to Brittany resident and Minor special owner Philippe Prigent who confirms that the 1932 Two-seater is now in the hands of his friend, Roger Appere, who also lives locally to him. Roger has now joined this website’s forum, where hopefully the cars progress back to eventual road worthiness can now be followed.

Minorists but no Minors…

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Seen here are Alister Reid and 1934 Minor Tourer owner Malcolm Bailey, both of whom attended a recently established Morris Register ‘noggin’ adjacent to the famous race course on Epsom Downs. Despite a better than expected turn-out there is not a Minor to be seen in this shot!

One that got away…

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We missed this one! Hardly surprising in that 1933 Minor Two-seater project (AGP 288) was listed alongside several hundred fine art paintings at the March 2nd 2017 auction run by Peter Wilson Auctioneers in Nantwich, Cheshire. The Minor sold for £2200 plus fees. Where is it now?

Refueled & reinvigorated…

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Kenneth Allen has owned his 1934 Minor Saloon for almost four years but has been unable to use DG 8657 for a large part of the intervening period. Thankfully the traumas of that time are now behind both car and owner and ‘DouG‘ has once again taken to the streets of Surrey.

A rare opportunity…

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Surviving Minor Tourers are few in number and are usually snapped up by prospective buyers whenever they (infrequently) appear for sale, which makes the simultaneous availability of two such cars a very unusual and opportune occurence for those in the market for a Minor Tourer model. To find out more about the two cars shown above, visit this website’s forum here.

Mid-thirties perhaps..?

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Dan Brockway captured this tranquil Dorset village scene through the lens of his smartphone recently. Dan’s 1932 Minor Saloon MV 6416, together with his father’s Morris Eight Tourer are both seen parked at the kerbside in this picturesque image.

A Minor trip from Norfolk to Scotland & back – in 30 hours!

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Arthur Bell from Wymondham, Norfolk had a Belleville washer that was required by fellow Minor enthusiast Peter Brock, a resident of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In order to save on postage Arthur decided to deliver the item in person and drove to Newcastle in his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9059. Not content with that, he then drove on to the Scottish border for a photo opportunity, prior to returning to Wymondham, thirty hours after his departure, while covering 600 miles in the process. (Photos Peter Brock & Arthur Bell)

New Hornet Specials page launching soon…

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This great photo of Arie Roest’s 1930 Jarvis Hornet special (AM-62-91) is a precursor to the launch of a new page celebrating the amazing variety of Hornet specials that were built from the summer of 1930 to the end of the 12 HP engine era. The page contains over 100 Hornet special images, many of them recently unearthed from a photographic archive.

More Thoresby…

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Thoresby Sunday 6th August: Roger Lucke & Alan Thompson examine the history file pertaining to the almost pristine 1932 Cunard Calshot Minor special  MU 5741, which belongs to Ian Harris.

2017 Morris Register Rally…

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Thoresby Park, Notts Sunday 6th August: A line-up of nine Minors make for an impressive display with Tony Gamble‘s recently completed 1930 Semi-Sports (KJ 607) at its show debut, in pride of place. More to follow on this event on the website’s forum.

Take off…

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This image, which was taken on the perimeter track of a former WWII airfield in 2010, features the Toby Sears owned 1932 Minor Two-seater  PJ 5155 travelling at considerable speed (42 mph).

Moths & Minors …

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Old Warden airfield in Bedfordshire was the venue for the DeHavilland Moth Club’s ‘Gathering of Moths’ on Sunday 30th July. Four Minors attended, those of messrs Wilkinson, Ovenden, Harris and Gregory, the bonnet of the latter’s car being visible in this photo, with a DH87b Hornet Moth G-AELO in the background. (Image Martin Gregory)

A very quick Midget…

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The recent Pre-war Prescott event was supported by a good turn-out of M Type Midgets. Here, Frank Ashley‘s heavily breathed-upon M Type (PG 1045)  heads toward Ettore’s bend with Minor stalwart Simon Hodgins on board.

Metamorphosis…

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In 2008 this 1931 Minor Saloon (VG 3260) was rescued by a former Network member. Today the car is being offered for sale on the Car and Classic website as a CMS Minor Special replica. Further detials can be found on the website’s Discussion Forum. (To view either image in its entirety just drag the ‘pointers’.)

Taking shape…

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Tony Gamble’s Arrow Minor Special project is now making significant progress as can be seen by this very recent image of the car. More images of Tony’s car can be viewed on the forum.

Friends re-united

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In the early nineties Colin Lambert found and re-built, over a four-year period, one of only five known surviving Double Twelve 8/45 MG Midgets. Over the next ten years he competed extensively in GG 3340 until he hung up his driving gloves and sold the car to Henri de Jong in the Netherlands. Pre-war Prescott was the venue for a happy and unexpected reunion with the car, seen here being driven by Cathelijne Spoelstra, with the surprised ex-owner standing alongside.

Psst! An honorary Minor – and it’s an Orstin…

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Mike Taylor from Cambridge has owned his 1927 Austin Twelve for many years and has attended all but one of the Network’s rallies. His car is such a familiar sight at our gatherings that it has been bestowed with ‘Honorary Minor’ status, a huge accolade for a Longbridge product. Mike and his car will always be welcome whenever pre-war Minors gather. (The Nevill Inn car park 24th June – image Chris Lambert)

Which one is yours?

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Avril Ovenden and Bernie Miles share a joke in The Nevill Arms car park during the evening of Friday 23rd June while attending the 2017 Network rally. The line of Minor bonnets and radiators makes for an impressive sight.

An alternative view…

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There are few prettier vintage car rear-ends than that of Philip Butland’s 1930 Minor CMS Super Sports special (UY 8391).  This image was taken in the car park of The Nevill Inn, Medbourne, Leics on the morning of Sunday 25th June. (Photo: Norma Lambert)

Grab a bargain …

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Network member Toby Sears is selling his 1932 (’33 season) Minor Saloon YG 2017. The car has been known to the club for nine years and has attended many rallies and pub meets. Full ebay details can be found here.

Finally finished!

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Thanks to the efforts of Tony Gamble this original Kent registered 1930 Minor Semi-Sports (KJ 607) has now joined the small band of road going OHC Two-seaters. Tony writes: I would like you to dedicate this image to the memory of the late Roy Hogg who initiated the project way back in the mists of time, ” I hope you like it Roy. Sorry it has taken so long !” Tony goes on to add: Many thanks to lots of people who have helped along the way , especially Garry Waiting.

 

A new home soon?

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Despite the 5 cwt van being produced in greater numbers than all Minor variants bar the saloon cars, very few of these workhorses survive today. This 1934 ‘Eddyfree’ version has been in storage for some time but could be about to find a new home – let’s hope so.

The eyes have it …

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Rally host (or should that be hostess?) Janie Maeers acknowledges the photographer while driver Geof Wilson uses the rear view mirror of 1929 Minor Tourer  VJ 1756 (Prudence) to keep an eye on procedings. This photograph was taken on the Saturday leg of last weekend’s PWMN Rutland Rally by Kate Martin.

Official Rally Photo…

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The start of the Saturday tour is usually the point at which the official rally photograph is taken. That tradition was continued at last weekend’s event as can be seen here. The venue is the roadside car park at The Nevill Inn, Medbourne. (Kate Martin Image)

Rally gallery page open…

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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)

A Rutland gem…

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This image of Philip Butland’s 1930 CMS Super Sports was taken  as it passed through the beautiful Rutland countryside during the course of the Network’s rally weekend.

Rutland overrun by Minors…

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Tim Ovenden collects the toll for acting as gatekeeper during the course of Saturday’s tour, part of the Network’s successful rally weekend. (Image Janie Maeers) More images will be uploaded to a rally gallery shortly.

Rally build-up III

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This shot was taken at the Network’s 2016 rally in Dorset on the evening of Friday 3rd June. The car park of The Crown Inn, Marnhull saw a large gathering of the Minor clan, together with an honorary Minor, Mike Taylor’s Austin Twelve.

Rally week II …

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With just a few days to go before setting off for this year’s Network rally in Leicestershire, many Minor owners are currently  carrying out similar checks to that being conducted by Martin Gregory on his 1931 Coachbuilt Saloon while at the 2014  Olde England rally in Cavendish, Suffolk.

Rally caption competition…

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A “youthful” Trevor Wilkinson (All things are relative!) proffers a few words of advice to those with their heads buried under the bonnet of Colin Lee’s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon. Their muttered responses are not recorded. This scene was captured in a pub car park at the 2008 VMR Rally which was based at the 100th Bomb Group Museum Thorpe Abbotts in Norfolk.

At its best…

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The English countryside looks particularly beautiful at this time of year. Martin Gregory stopped his car to capture this image while on a proving run in his 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090), prior to the PWMN rally on 23rd-25th June.

Forester Rally revisited…

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The Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum in the New Forest was the venue for the third PWMN Rally in 2012. This Kate Martin image was taken on the morning of Sunday 17th June just prior to the start of the ‘short’ tour and shows a section of the line-up of Minors in a reserved part of the museum’s car park.

2017 POTY reminder…

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Although our annual Photograph of the Year competition doesn’t take place until December there is no better time than now to take some eligible images. With long summer days and good light, your Minor as subject matter and a digital camera, all the necessary ingredients for some excellent shots are in place. Get shooting! (Image Arthur Bell)

Pub meets – The inside story…

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The Network’s Home Counties pub meet has been an all-male preserve to date, although that is no longer the case as evidenced by this hurriedly taken image snapped at the Eight Bells in Bolney on 5th June. It transpires that the pub temporarily lost a member of its bar staff thanks to the lure of John Emmett’s 1933 J1 Midget which resulted in a stand-off. “A spin around the village or no beer?” It was of course difficult to say no, while Kenneth Allen looks on disapprovingly! (Photo Malcolm Eades)

It’s a dogs life…

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Tim & Avril Ovenden are rally regulars, transporting their 1932 season Minor Two-seater KJ 3553 to the respective rally HQ’s in a horse box! Captured here through the lens of Kate Martin’s Nikon, they can be seen about to descend one of Dorsets notoriously steep hills while on the Saturday morning leg of the 2016 Jurassic Rally. Note the celebrity pose from the canine passenger.

Midgetization…

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…the process of adapting to the ways of the MG Midget. With the Rutland Rally just three weeks distant the editorial 1930 Midget GH 6758 was put through its paces by Spencer Lambert, its driver for that weekend. This photo was taken on the former 388th Bomb Group airfield at Knettishall Heath, where the MG’s freshly adjusted brakes were thoroughly tested.

Minor mishap…

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The first Network rally was held in June 2010 based around the former USAAF 100th Bomb Group base at Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. The weekend kicked-off with a pub meet at The Swan in Hoxne but the twilight journey back to base was not without incident. Here the Roger Lucke owned CMS Minor Super Sport special is seen parked up and awaiting rescue on an unlit roadside, a broken rear spring  being the cause. Clive Hall in his hi-viz vest directed traffic.

Ready for the rally..?

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The Network’s 2017 rally is now less than a month away with the prospect of a full weekend’s worth of vintage motoring to anticipate. Twenty three cars and their crews are taking part and just two entries remain available. Entries close on 16th June, so don’t miss out on the fun and download an entry form here.

A Minor abroad…

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John and Jo Nagle have just returned to the U.K. after a cross channel foray to Normandy. Here John is seated in his 1934 Minor Two-seater OW 4224 outside the walls of the beautiful Bayeaux Cathedral and appropriately, adjacent to a flagpole flying the Union Jack.

Geoff’s recent acquisition…

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Geoff Lane from Halstead in Essex has recently purchased GU 1342, the ex David Roscoe, Semi-Sports replica. The car originally left Cowley at the end of March 1929 as a Tourer but was rebuilt as a Semi-Sports model by Dorset restorer David Cooksey in the early part of the last decade. (Photo Geoff Lane)

Unseasonal Hornet…

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This snowy scene featuring Arie Roest’s Jarvis Hornet Special provides a reminder that winter’s passing was only a few weeks ago while our summer rally is just over a month away!

The Network at Beaulieu…

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The Spring Beaulieu Autojumble in the New Forest, Hants is taking place over the weekend 13th/14th May and the Network has a presence thanks to the efforts of member Toby Sears. If you are visiting the event drop-in on Toby and his brother in the red field at stall R293/4.

The high & the mighty…

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Trevor Wilkinson along with his 1934 Minor Two-seater (UN 6979) visited Cardington airfield recently and witnessed, in flight, Airlander 10 the U.K.’s largest aircraft. It has been calculated that 432 Minors could fit into the interior ‘envelope’ of this enormous craft. (N.B. That calculation was carried out on the reverse of the same envelope.)

Land of the windmills…

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Arie and Tineke Roest own this 1930 Hornet Special AM-62-91 and use it regularly to tour the countries of mainland Europe. However, this photograph can only have been taken in their native Nederlands for eight fairly obvious reasons!

A rare opportunity to purchase…

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This long wheel base 1932 OHC Cunard Calshot Minor Special MU 5674 is now ‘available to view’ at Mike Rolls MG Car Sales emporium in Gillingham, Dorset. Just three such cars are known to survive and one of these is subject to a long-term restoration. Therefore this car’s availability represents a rare opportunity for someone to purchase an important piece of Minor history. More images and further details are available on this website’s forum. www.prewarminorforum.com

The Seven slayer…

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Neil Elder’s Minor special features regularly on this page. Neil lives in the Christchurch area of New Zealand and is seen here recently competing (rather enthusiastically) in the Hadstock Driving Tests event. Local PWMN member John McDonald reports that although greatly outnumbered by Austin Sevens the Minor performed magnificently. The event results are yet to be published.

Minoring pals…

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The West Region of the Morris Register have been holding their annual motoring break, this year in and around the city of Hereford. Four Minors took part including those owned by Toby Sears and Ken Martin, both of whom are seen here just prior to departing on their separate journies homeward. (Photo Kate Martin)

Edward Heath was PM when ‘NG’ last turned a wheel…

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Clive & Bren Hall have owned 1931 Minor Saloon NG 850 for almost half a century, during which time a chicken shed collapsed on the car during a storm resulting in the car’s bodywork being completely wrecked. Since then the car has been stripped to its bare chassis frame pending a rebuild, which after a false start or two has now commenced, the chassis ‘rolling’ for the first time in 45 years just prior to this photo being taken.

Visiting the water works…

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Four Minors and their crews have been taking part in a Morris Register (West Region) tour of Wales and the borders. The Minors are examples owned by messrs. Martin, Nelson, Nagle & Sears and the Ken Martin owned 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 is seen here at the Hereford Water Works leading a procession of pre-war Morris cars. (Photo Kate Martin)

Another roadworthy Minor…

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Alan Dennison has succeeded in his quest to return his 1933 season Minor four-door saloon to the road. While this photo of ANO 292 was not taken on it’s maiden post-renovation voyage, it had at this point only covered a score or so miles.

The flying backside ..?

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The airship located in the background of this Trevor Wilkinson shot is the Airlander 10, Britain’s largest aircraft. However the star of this show is UN 6979, Trevor’s 1934 Minor Two-seater, a car he has owned for almost two decades. Unfortunately the aircraft has locally acquired the nickname of ‘the flying backside’ or at least a variation of that expression.

The Minor abroad…

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This photograph was taken in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in 2012 and shows 1934 Minor Two-seater  owner Parth Mehd and his wife leaving the Army Club “…after a quiet breakfast”. This photo has lain dormant in the forum’s archives after an upload failure five years ago but definitely deserves an airing.

Photo discovery…

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Although we are well into spring this winter image demands publication. It was taken by either Kate or Ken Martin on an early morning run to Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire in VX 4590 and was among a batch of unsuccessfully posted items to the forum, all of which have since been deleted, freeing-up storage space in the forum’s attachment archive.

Drive-it-day in Waimea West N.Z. …

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Peter Field lives in the Nelson Region of South Island, New Zealand and like many here in the U.K. celebrated Drive-it-day by taking his 1931 Minor Two-seater (AT 6795) for an early autumn airing. Here his Minor (with wife Steph in the passenger seat) is seen parked adjacent to Waimea Church, a wooden structure first opened in 1867, that is now a Category One listed building.

No excuses…

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Sunday 23rd April is the date for the 2017 Drive-it-Day celebration. Established by the FBHVC, this annual event provides a timely excuse (if one were needed) to use our Minors, Midgets or Hornets as they were intended, as well as for showing the wider world just how much fun owning and using historic vehicles can be. There are events being held the length and breadth of the U.K. including Network supported ‘meets’ in Hampshire (Royal Oak, North Gorley) and Suffolk (Black Swan, Homersfield). If you use your car on Sunday please don’t forget to take your camera. (Further details of the two Network meets can be found on the forum.)

Driving weather…

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Bob Howden has been out and about exercising his 1931 MG Midget JY 8840 around his home on the Wiltshire/Berkshire borders with the fresh spring greenery clearly evident in the hedgerows and trees.

An amazing & important find…

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After 40 years in storage this car has today (12th April) found a new home. 1930 Minor Fabric Saloon UX 6403 is a particularly rare find and is one of just four Fabric Saloons to have surfaced within the last 10 years. The car has a Gittin’s of Oswestry suppliers plate attached to its dash board. (Image  Gareth Jerman)

Gathering nuts in April…

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The home counties ‘chapter’ held their Spring Pub Meet at the Eight Bells, Bolney, West Sussex on 10th April welcoming newcomer Paul Brigden from Amersham, Bucks to their membership. Although without a roadworthy car Paul did bring along a steering wheel from his Midget project to confirm his bona fides. John Emmett’s superb replica Le Man’s Midget also made its debut as can be seen in this photo of a very merry throng. (Image Malcolm Eades)

Record breaking price paid for this car…

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The ex Mouldsworth Museum/Jim Peacop owned 1932 McEvoy Minor has sold at auction for £23,000 + premiums. This is almost certainly a new record price for a pre-war Morris Minor. Brightwells chose the Bicester Heritage Centre as the venue for their latest auction which was held on April 6th. (Image – Brightwells)

Inventiveness…

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Grandfather and Minor owner Martin Gregory was recently presented with this collage image of his Coachbuilt Saloon assembled by his grandchildren. Constructed of screws, washers, nails and scrap bits of metal it now proudly hangs on the door of his workshop.

Coming soon…

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Three Minor Two-seaters are all very close to becoming roadworthy after lengthy lay-offs. The first of these is a 1931 Minor Two-seater (MU 3272) which was discovered in a Norfolk orchard in the latter part of the last decade, which along with an original 1930 Semi-Sports (EC 9889) have been rebuilt by Les Beardmore in Lytham-St-Annes, Lancs. The third such car is a 1930 CMS Super Sports replica (VG 3260) built by Brian Arnall in Lincolnshire using a Llinares frame. VG 3260 started life as a Norfolk registered saloon.

Spring in the ‘far east’…

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The Manor House at Wortham hosted the first of the Network’s spring pub-meets.  While numbers were short of those seen at the same venue last autumn a good time was had by those who did venture out to brave the chill spring air.

Spring pub-meet season gets underway…

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The first of a sequence of spring pub meets gets underway this Sunday at The Manor House in Wortham, Suffolk. All comers are very welcome including those who own these miniature models from a car manufacturer named after a town in Texas. The pub opens at noon.

2017 Light Car Welsh…

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An early Sunday morning scene from the car park of The Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells with Steve Kent posing alongside his 1929 Minor Tourer MM 9385 just prior to the commencement of the day’s trial. Ali Bond’s 1930 Minor Semi-Sports is parked immediately behind with the driver just out of shot. (Image courtesy of Mike Tebbett)

It’s definitely spring out there…

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It’s late March, there remains a nip in the air despite the sun being substantially higher in the sky than it was just a week or so ago. In this part of the northern hemisphere high pressure is dominant, there are blue skies aplenty and more of us out and about in our cars. If you do take your car for a spin please don’t forget your camera, smart phone or tablet and remember to take some images for the website…

Minor contingent off to the LC&ES Welsh weekend…

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Sue Woodward pilots her 1931 hybrid OHC Minor BR 8606 along a Welsh bye-way during the course of the 2014 LC&ES Welsh weekend. (Photo courtesy of Peter McFadyen) This weekend eight Minors are taking part in the 2017 running of the event with PWWN members Ali Bond, Jo Langford-Yates, Clive Hamilton-Gould and Steve Kent prominent among them.  The weather is set fair, so lets hope a good time is had by all.

2017 Rally – Still time to enter…

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Just three months to go before over twenty Minors assemble in Leicestershire for our 2017 rally. Now that the routes have been finalised, the rally page has been fully updated and can be found here. If you are considering joining us for what promises to be a great weekend of Minor motoring and socialising then download the entry form as just three rally places remain. The scene above was captured By Norma Lambert in the village of Holme, Norfolk during the course of 2015 rally.

VG’s resurrection continues…

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Almost ten years have elapsed since 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon VG 2007 was rescued from a Norfolk barn by Halbe Tjepkema and his father. Completion of this long running project is now in sight and here is a glimpse of the standard of workmanship attained with this view of the Minor’s cockpit area.

Redmond’s rocket…

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Martin Redmond is seen here (in the passenger seat) negotiating Pinford Rocks in his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports special BS 9400 at the VSCC’s Herefordshire Trial over the weekend. (Kent Photo)

Insert your Minor here…

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Imagine your Minor in the foreground, add some summer foliage and this could be a scene from the Network’s annual rally which is scheduled to take place over the weekend of 23rd-25th June. Rallyists will encounter this view just a few miles into Saturday’s tour. It is still not too late to enter – simply download the rally entry form to be found a little further down this page

Still no sunshine…

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Dan Brockway’s 1932 Minor Saloon MV 6416 is undergoing a program of improvements which is slowly unleashing the car’s full potential. The car is seen here on a quiet Dorset byway while out on a recent proving run. The sun is once again notable by its absence.

Where’s the sunshine?

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Roger Lucke’s 1933 Minor Two-seater UXG 289 took to the by-ways recently to celebrate the onset of spring in Cambridgeshire. Just one important ingredient was missing that afternoon – some spring sunshine!

Celebrating Coupes III …

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Concluding this short exhortation of the Coupe body is a 1932 offering from Patrick Motors of Birmingham who were a celebrated constructor of bodies for the Hornet chassis. This photograph first appeared in an April 1932 edition of The Autocar. (Courtesy LAT Images)

Celebrating Coupes II …

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Morris Motors did manufacture a steel bodied Coupe on the long-wheel-base Minor chassis and even had the audacity to include the word ‘Sports’ in its title for the model’s first year of production, subsequently changing its name to a more truthful ‘Special Coupe’ for the 1933 & 1934 seasons.  However not all Minor Coupes were heavyweights and this ‘special’ offering from Hanwell, London coachbuilder A.P. Compton was a ply and fabric skinned car (1931 Minor Arrow Coupe) which invariably provokes a ‘Marmite’ response to its looks from present day afficianados. The car was lavishly equiped and sold for a very reasonable £159. (N.B. The editor likes both Marmite and this car!)

Celebrating Coupes…

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Coupes were popular in the thirties and were a particularly attractive proposition to the new breed of female drivers. This image depicts GG 3949 a Glasgow registered 1931 MG Midget Sportsman’s Coupe owned by Roger Burnett since the sixties.

Light Car Welsh weekend coming soon…

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Over the weekend of 25th, 26th March literally scores of light cars will participate in the LC&ES annual Welsh Weekend. The whole weekend is a grand celebration of pre-1931 motoring with a long Saturday tour followed by a Sunday trial over difficult terrain in central Wales. Here Clive Hamilton-Gould’s 1930 Minor Tourer DG 325 pulls away from the photographer after negotiating a difficult bend during the course of the 2014 event. (Image Peter McFadyen)

Summer fun…

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There is still a place or two available on our summer rally which this year is being held on the Rutland-Leicestershire borders over the weekend of 23rd-25th June. With well over twenty Minors and crews already confirmed you could be part of a record breaking gathering. Accomodation remains available, so why not join us – having fun in small cars is therapeautic!

Spring(ish)…

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It’s true, there are spring-like stirrings in garages across the U.K. Here YD 4067, a 1932 Minor Saloon took to the by-ways of the New Forest after completing a course of late-winter fettling at the hands of owner Toby Sears, its initial test run proving successful.

Art & cars…

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These two sketches were found on the artandcars website and were drawn by ‘Emily’. The Minor depicted belongs to member Martin Gregory, while the other car shown is a 1932/33 Swallow Hornet. Just £15 to have your car sketched in this style. Emily’s contact details are emily@artandcars.co.uk

Eddie’s love of Minors…

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Eddie Wrigley was a true Minor enthusiast. Apart from successfully running a Minor spares business for twenty years after the end of WWII he also took part in a number of competitive VSCC events throughout this period. He is seen here (middle of photo) competing in his 1930 Minor Semi-Sports RP 9566 at Silverstone in the early fifties. Eddie had no particular allegiance to the OHC version of the car and drove a battered 1933 SV version in the immediate post-war years. An enlightening article about his car can now be found in the ‘From the vault’ feature which can be accessed via the link on the right.

M Type bodies in production…

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Although the successors to the original builders of M Type bodies (Carbodies of Coventry) remain in business to this day it is not that concern which is currently undertaking the construction of two such examples. This task is being undertaken by Garry Waiting in Kemble, Cumbria where he is using timbers from an original Carbodies constructed frame as  templates for all the new formers and struts in the two bodies concerned.

A special CMS…

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Lincolnshire based Brian Arnall is close to completing a fabric skinned Minor CMS Super Sport replica built around a Llinares ash frame. It’s hoped that the boat-tailed CMS will make its maiden road-going voyage in the near future.

Hills in Suffolk…

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With temperatures in the low teens in eastern England, spring could be just around the corner, although the hedgerows show little signs of its imminent arrival. After six weeks in hibernation 1930 Minor Semi-Sports VJ 3156 stretched its legs on an incline in deepest Suffolk.

Stuart’s shiner…

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Stuart Clark from Fairfield, Worcs. had the misfortune of someone running into his 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon in what the insurance companies call a non-fault accident. As a result the car is being magnificently re-painted as can be seen here as well as on our forum.

The ultimate Minor?

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On February 8th 1932 George Eyston set a new flying-mile Class H record of 118.39 mph in his ‘Magic Midget‘ on Pendine Sands, South Wales. The electronic timing gear had failed to function earlier that day when EX 127 was hand timed at an even quicker 122 mph. His wind-tunnel tested, streamlined MG was powered by a 750 cc OHC engine, a development of that used in the MG C Types of 1931 which in turn were originally developed from the 1928 Minor power unit and subsequently fitted to the first MG Midget. The March 1932 edition of Motor Sport described the record attempt as “A very wonderful achievement”. (Autocar photoscan courtesy of LAT Images)

Keep the faith…

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While the U.K. remains in the grip of winter with snow falling and daytime temperatures hovering around zero, a timely reminder that it ‘won’t always be so’ is called for. This image was taken on Sunday 5th June 2016 at about 10-30 AM in Shaftesbury, Dorset. The PWMN summer rally was in full swing and over 20 Minors and crews were enjoying a beautiful late spring morning. Bring it on!

Rally news…

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Due to an unforeseen change of circumstance there will be a number of amendments to the published rally itinerary. The main changes being that the Blaston showground will no longer feature as a venue while the Rutland Belle optional trip has been moved to Sunday. The Nevill Arms remains as our main venue. A fully revised itinerary will be published here shortly and the rally page will be updated accordingly. A fully detailed ‘options’ booking form will be emailed to all crews by 28th February. Please accept our apologies for the necessity to make these changes.

Not a Minor or train in sight but the magnificent Seaton Viaduct (pictured here) will feature in one of our two tours. (Image: Martin Gregory)

Head testing…

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Dan Brockway’s 1932 Minor Fixed-Head Saloon MV 6416 has been off the road for a few weeks in order to find and effect a cure to a leaking cylinder head. A recent dusk test run, following surgery and a dose of K-Seal, indicated that the issue may well have been resolved.

The sun’s getting higher…

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While winter still has two months to run and short grey days seem to predominate, a look back in the website’s archive is a reminder that there is plenty of ‘Minoring’ to anticipate when the sun rises just a little higher in the sky.

It’s time to celebrate this car’s achievements!

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The White Minor Skinner Special made its first appearance in the spring of 1934 and over the next three years took part in a number of high profile hill-climb and speed trial events events at Shelsley Walsh, Lewes and Dancer’s End, Berkhampsted. Throughout this period it was driven by Barbara Skinner who won two Shelsley Ladies Cup awards, achieved a class win at the 1934 Lewes Speed Trials while adding a fastest time of the day at the Dancer’s End hill-climb in May 1937.  Perhaps her greatest achievement was made on her debut at Shelsley Walsh in June 1934 when this driver/car combination broke the ladies record outright. Following a long and painstaking restoration by current custodian David Baldock the car is now very close to its original racing condition. To celebrate this achievement a new page has been added to the Member’s Area of the site and can be found via the drop-down menu under the ‘Members’ tab at the top of this page.

Interesting?

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This may not be the most exciting photograph to have featured in this spot but it does tell part of a fascinating 83 year old story. If you believe that you know what this might be then either leave a ‘comment’ or post your thoughts on our Discussion Forum.

On the road to restoration…

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Toby Sears owns one of just three known surviving Cunard Calshot lwb Minor Specials. His car, a 1932 model (MU 6066), left its temporary home recently for a more permanent resting place at which the long road to eventual restoration will commence.

Rally assembly…

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Our 2017 rally is just five months distant at which time England’s smallest county will be invaded by 20+ very small Morris cars. This was the scene last June in the village of Marnhull, Dorset just prior to the commencement of the Saturday tour. The venue was the car park of The Crown Inn where the crews can be seen discussing the day’s program and making  final adjustments to their cars prior to departure. It’s not too late to sign-up for our Rutland Rally – see the panel ad and downloadable form below. (Image Kate Martin)

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.

A Minor for all seasons…

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All-year-round Minorist and photographer Arthur Bell climbs trees for his art. This compilation of images taken from the boughs of an ancient oak show his 1933 Minor Saloon JJ 9069 set in the same landscape against differing seasonal backdrops.

Remembering the summer…

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Winter has finally arrived with a vengeance here in the south eastern corner of the U.K. With freshly fallen snow on the ground and the majority of Minors tucked away in garages a timely reminder of warm summer days may help to lift the gloom. Here Ken Martin‘s 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590 takes avoiding action in order to miss a prone photographer near the Dorset village of Ashmore during the course of the 2016 PWMN Rally.

Ken Wharton’s Minor Special…

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In the immediate aftermath of WWII Ken Wharton successfully drove a hill-climb special which was built around a shortened lwb Minor chassis M36384. The car (GV 963) had been first registered in West Suffolk in 1932 as a Saloon.The KJW Special as it was known, was the forerunner of a number of highly successful British Hill Climb Championship winning cars that during the period 1950-1953 ensured that Ken impressively took the championship title in successive years. Ken then became a Grand Prix racing driver with a number of creditable finishes to his name before sustaining fatal injuries in a racing accident in his native New Zealand in 1957. (Image The Harry Edwards Collection)

Trialing a Saloon…

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This 1930 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon is owned by Charles Gillet of Beverley, Yorks and is seen here competing at the VSCC’s Cotswold Trial on 19th November last. This photo along with many others of the cars taking part that day can be found on the picssr website here.

Lanes & long shadows…

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Martin Gregory‘s 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) has been out and about and making the most of the short winter days in the lanes to be found on the borders of Bucks and Northants.

The winning 2016 POTY entry is…

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Kate Martin submitted the winning entry to this year’s Photograph of the Year competition entitled ‘Wonderful Wells’. The image was in fact taken by her husband Ken while they were passing through the City of Wells (Somerset) in their 1930 Coachbuilt Morris Minor. Hearty congratulations goes to both entrant and photographer! The names of the other winning entries can be found on the Discussion Forum.

Light and shade…

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There have been a number of beautiful sunrise and sunset shots taken throughout 2016, notably from Arthur Bell. This atmospheric photo of his 1931 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon (UF 7090) at dusk was however taken through the lens of Martin Gregory‘s Pentax K5.