IOTW no.387

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1930 Gordon England Minor Two-seater special

Gordon England had an aeronautical engineering background and used these skills to good effect during the twenties when his lightweight bodied Austin Seven ‘Gordon England Cup’ models achieved much competition success at Brooklands. In 1929 he launched two Morris Minor special models, a Stadium Saloon and this pretty open two-seater. The Morris factory did not have such a model in their range and it is reported that Morris Motors approached the Gordon England concern with a view to G.E. designing a version that could be produced in volume at Cowley. The resultant model was named the Semi-Sports and 744 were eventually produced upto July 1931.

VO 4346 was a 1930 Nottingham registered car and had been fitted with polished wheel discs, a popular accessory at that time.

 

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IOTW no.386

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Just a prop!

This is not the first IOTW that has featured this Blackpool photographer’s Minor ‘prop’. The eBay sourced photo shows either a family or group of friends seated in the shell of an OHC Minor Tourer while a second image in the archive shows the same Minor and backdrop with two teenage girls onboard. A third image, taken later, once again displays the same backdrop but in this one the Minor has been replaced with a 1935-37 Ford Model C 10hp tourer. (Thanks to Mike Costigan for this information) Clearly, street photography was a lucrative trade in Blackpool in that early post-war period.

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IOTW no.385

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1929 Schneider Trophy

The 1929 Schneider Trophy speed trial was held over a triangular 350 kilometre course around the Solent off the south coast of England. These bi-annual events attracted huge crowds along the shoreline and these images show a coastal car park at Gosport, Hants. One of Britain’s entries in 1929 was the Supermarine S6 (forerunner of the 1931 trophy winning S6B), the float-plane winning the trophy by achieving an average speed of 328.64 mph.  The second of the two images here is an enlargement of part of the frame of the first shot. It depicts a young couple using the roof of their 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon as a vantage point to view the competing aircraft. How many other Minors were parked here that day?

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IOTW no.384

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An unnessary demise

Christchurch, N.Z. based John McDonald sent this early fifties newspaper clipping telling of the theft of a Minor and the extreme lengths to which the thieves went to disguise its origins. The car was  stolen in Aukland but was found 175 miles further south at Taumarunui.  Although the Minor was already 20 years old at this time its butchery almost certainly meant that it didn’t survive for too much longer.

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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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