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.)

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.