IOTW no.403

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UD 2483

UD 2483, a 1928 Oxford registered Morris Minor Fabric Saloon was one of a series of development cars  that were extensively used by the company for publicity purposes from late 1928 and into 1929. This particular car is known to have undertaken two tours, the first of which was to East Anglia, the second during the summer of 1929 saw the car touring Scotland. It was while on the second of these trips that this photo was taken, the image appearing in an August 1930 edition of The Autocar. (LAT Images Photoscan)

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IOTW no.402

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The Semi-Sports Two-seater filled a gaping hole in the Minor line-up when it was first announced in July 1930. At that time the range consisted of just three models, the 1928 launch models of  Fabric Saloon and Tourer which had been belatedly supplemented by a steel-panelled Coachbuilt Saloon, added in the late summer of 1929. The saloons were of course the big sellers for Morris Motors but the coachbuilding trade had spotted the lack of a two-seater model and were successfully selling a wide range of models to those prepared to pay a little more for the individuality these cars offered. One such coachbuilding concern in Wembley (Gordon England) were consulted on the design of the new Morris two-seater, the resultant development car (JO 132) pictured alongside. Produced for just one season, the company built a total of 744 cars over the course of the 1931 model year. (LATplate Red 8648 & Motor 549-3)

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IOTW no.401

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Devon 1933

Charles Wynn wrote a weekly column for The Autocar throughout the early thirties period entitled Touring Topics. His column was invariablyy headed-up by an appropriate image and occasionally this would be a Minor. His column for 19th May 1933 edition of the magazine featured this 1933 Minor Two-seater parked on the road overlooking Thatcher’s Rock in Devon, the car being notable for the bumpers fitted front and rear. (LAT photoscan) 

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IOTW no.400

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Airborne Magnette

This photograph features in a December 1935 edition of The Autocar and shows N.K. Crawford’s airborne MG Magnette (JW 5703) rapidly ascending Nailsworth Ladder in the Cotswolds. This excellent image was taken by an unknown photographer during the course of the MCC’s London-Gloucester trial. Author of the book ‘Wheelspin’, C.A.N May was driving an identical Magnette (No. 53) and this very photo appears in his book while a sketch of the scene adorns its front cover – see the second image. (LATplate C7773)

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IOTW no.399

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Pre Health & Safety!

This Getty image from the Hulton collection shows a 1932 Minor Saloon crossing the River Adur at Shoreham via a steel girder bridge which carried the A259. It was first erected in 1922 and replaced by the current concrete bridge in 1987. The photograph above shows a gang of 12 painters  plying their trade on a structure that remained open to traffic, with no  warning signs in place and the only visible protection on view being their dungarees – these being worn to protect their clothing! A far cry from today’s safety standards.

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IOTW no.398

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Dutch Rally September 2009

Halbe Tjepkema hosted a Minor centric rally adjacent to The Hague in September 2009. Six of us attended from the U.K. and had a tremendous time over the long weekend. We stayed on Kaag Island and in order to reach our destination it was necessary to negotiate a stretch of Dutch motorway which has a minimum speed limit of 50 mph. On the flat this wasn’t a problem and as much of this part of the Nederlands is very flat indeed and so most of the time we kept within the law. However our fully laden Minors did not like any inclines at all and this brought the wrath of the truckers upon us, but thankfully not that of the police. (This photo wwas taken by Roger Lucke on 12th September 2009)

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IOTW no.397

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This Getty Images shot of Piccadilly Circus was taken in May 1932 and features a Minor Fabric Saloon in the middle foreground and a Wolseley Hornet Saloon at circa three o’clock. There are other Morris cars to be seen along with a Green Line coach that plied its trade between Chesham and Croydon, crossing the centre of London to do so.

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I(s)OTW no.396

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KJ 5909

The 1935 MCC London-Exeter Trial took place on the 27th & 28th December 1935, competitors starting from Virginia Water in Surrey. Cars commenced leaving from 11:27 PM on Thursday evening onwards, travelling through the night to the breakfast control point in Exeter. Minor owner J Lyle was a regular competitor at these national trials in his 1932 Two-seater (KJ 5909). The two images shown here were both taken on Simms Hill in Devon where the Minor clearly needed assistance in order to scale the summit. Had the climb been unaided Lyle would have qualified for a ‘Simms Hill’ Trophy to go along with his Silver Award presented by the Motor Cycle Club. (Images: LATplate C7803 & Morris Owner clipping from February 1936 edition)

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IOTW no.395

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Autocar Trophies

Throughout the thirties, The Autocar magazine donated trophies for many of the national motoring events of the day including both the RAC and Scottish rallies. Unlike conventional trophies of either a plate or a cup The Autocar preferred small art deco figurines. The two statuettes featured here were awarded to competitors who took part in the Scottish Rally in 1935 and 1937 respectively.

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IOTW(s)no.394

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Finchingfield, Essex

The beautiful village of Finchingfield in North West Essex is set in a shallow valley through which flows the Finchingfield Brook. Its village green provides a focal point and its around this central feature that the village grew and expanded. The Network’s 2014 rally passed through the village during the course of its Saturday tour and many rallyists stopped to take photographs. Philip Butland was one such photographer and he captured the green and its surrounds immediately after a thunderstorm. The second b&w image here was taken in early March 1937 and apart from a distinct lack of traffic it seems that little has changed in the intervening 77 years. (B&W image courtesy of LAT Images – An Autocar photo scan)

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