IOTW no.383

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1934 WASA Trial

This photograph was taken on a cold March day in 1934 above a sunken lane in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire. The occasion was that year’s running of the WASA Trial, an all women affair. The queuing London registered 1933 Minor Two-seater is JJ 9444 which is located immediately ahead of the Morgan Super Sport, all the cars in view awaiting their turn to start the next observed section. The archive contains another shot of JJ 9444 being pushed up a steep gradient at this same event, although it’s very apparent that the person in the driving seat is a male. (The names of the entrant/crew are unknown) LATplate C2539

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IOTW no.382

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PO 4843 1932 Minor Two-seater

There are six images of this late 1931 West Sussex registered car in the archive. All were purchased as a single lot on eBay some years ago and are uncaptioned on their reverse. Dating them is not an easy task, unless of course you are an historian of twentieth century female fashion. To the uneducated eye of the writer the photo could have been taken at any time between the late thirties and mid-fifties, with the word ‘Jerry’ painted on the bonnet perhaps indicating that it was toward the latter end of this period. Regardless of the date the sepia tones of this photo make for an appealing snapshot.

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IOTW no.381

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Canvey Island 1953

This poignant snapshot of a marooned Austin Seven Saloon was recently found on eBay. It’s simple caption of ‘1953 floods’ masks the horror of the night of 31st January 1953 when a high spring tide combined with a storm surge in the North Sea resulted in devasting floods along the east coast  of the U.K. and along the west coast of northern Europe. There were 307 deaths in England, 19 in Scotland and a staggering 1836 lives were lost in the coastal regions of Holland. Belgium didn’t escape unscathed and 28 citizens lost their lives in West Flanders. Canvey Island in Essex was badly hit when the inadequate sea defences were breached by the surge, resulting in 59 deaths.

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IOTW no.380

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Unmistakably a Kent location for this weeks IOTW offering.  The Oast House on Stocks Green Road, Hildenborough is famous for directing customers to the Old Barn Tea Rooms where “Oceans of cream” can be taken with their afternoon teas. This early thirties photo shows two models in which we have an interest, a 1931 Wolseley Hornet Saloon PL 2347 and a 1932 lwb Minor Sports Coupe KJ 7465. This saloon is without doubt the most photographed Hornet version with over 100 images of PL 2347 resting in the archive. The reason for this proliferation is that the car was owned by an Autocar staff photographer who included an image of his car in as many shots as he possibly could when on an assignment. The Sports Coupe is is one of just 450 produced in 1932 and these OHC versions are very few in number today. Note the petrol pump behind the chain fence. (LATplate E3543)

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IOTW no.379

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What the ..?

This very unusual car was photographed in the the Iliffe (publisher’s of The Autocar) car park in central London during early 1933. Look closely and it’s apparent that it is not a three-wheeler as it first appears to be. Does anyone know anything about this vehicle? (LAT plate E6171)

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IOTW no.378

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1934 Minor four-door Family Saloon

This eBay image provides few clues as to the photo’s origins. The lwb Minor Family Saloon has seen better days therefore the image is likely to be dated toward the latter part of that decade while the officer’s khaki drill uniform and the local architecture indicate that the photo was taken in warmer climes – but where?

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IOTW no.377

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IOM Midget

MG Midget DG 2327 was first registered in Gloucestershire in mid-1931. It had a two-tone colour scheme with wings a lighter colour than that of the body. It looks to be a fabric skinned version which by mid-1931 remained the most popular body covering outselling the metal clad car by a ratio of 5-1. As can be seen this car carries its spare wheel on its tail no doubt to free-up boot space for the luggage carried by the pipe-smoking driver and photographer. This image was taken in the late summer of 1932 and is one of a sequence of 20+ all taken on the Isle of Man, mainly in and around Douglas at that time. The photos were presumably taken to illustrate an as yet undiscovered article for The Autocar. (LAT plate E3926)

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IOTW no.376

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Arson?

This is one of a sequence of images found in an unexplored section of a photographic archive. They all depict the same fire which involves a number of cars that were originally built in the twenties. There are no clues as to why the cars are being deliberately incinerated or why they are then being consigned to the river or lake. (Photo courtesy of LAT Images Plate E4723)

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IOTW no.375

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1932 Minor 5 cwt van

Vans undeservedly feature infrequentlyhere. After all, the 5cwt van was the second best selling pre-war Minor model, outselling the two-seater car versions with almost 10,000 of them fnding customers in their five year production life.

This 1932 model was operated by the Electricity Department of Salford City Council and was registered as RJ 419 in the early part of that year. It’s interesting to note that this particular local authority were in the electrical equipment rental business. Perhaps that was not unusual in the early part of the thirties decade? (LAT plate E2526)

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IOTW no.374

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A 1934 holiday

This snapshot photo was purchased on eBay in 2012. The 1932 Nottingham City Borough Council registered Minor Saloon (TV 7488) had conveyed this family (or two couples) on a camping holiday to a location that is perhaps somewhere on the east coast of England. The lightweight caravan appears to be skinned in canvas although the Minor doesn’t appear to have a towbar in place and the long grass around the supporting block suggests that the caravan is a resident on the site. The caption on the rear of the photo simply reads ‘1934’.

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