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.

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.

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)