A Minor a day 14 …

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LV 975 1933 Minor fixed-head Saloon

Peter and Tilly Yates are further evidence (if it were needed) that Minors are for life. Peter has owned the car since his student days in the sixties and following  a restoration, has continued to use the car regularly for local Morris Register events around Loughborough and more recently at Network rallies. Unfortunately, drive train issues curtailed the car’s involvement in the 2016 and 2017  Network rallies but it didn’t seem to stop the car’s occupants seeing both rallies through to their conclusion. It is hoped that Peter, Tilly and LV 975 will be attending the 2018 Network rally and that Suffolk proves to be a more hospitable county than either Dorset or Rutland was for their Saloon.

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A Minor a day 13 …

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RT 8431 1932 Morris Family Eight Sports Coupe

RT 8431 has been with the Miles family from Mendlesham, Suffolk for around 30 years and until the winter of 2010/11 had lain dormant in a barn for the greater part of that period. Over the winter Andrew Miles, who was then 16 years of age, decided that it was about time his father’s car took to the road once again. He then set about  renovating a vehicle that hadn’t turned a wheel in anger for over twenty years and looked like it never would again. Andrew joined the Network’s forum at this time and asked many questions of the forumists while they watched on in awe of Andrew’s enthusiasm and determination to complete the task at hand. By the spring of 2011 the car was in running-order with Andrew taking to the wheel on a private airfield to understand and resolve the inevitable teething problems – of which there were many.  Since then RT and the Miles family have regularly attended the Network’s rallies and are also ‘ever-presents’ on the annual spring Felixstowe Run. As a result of Andrew’s efforts that winter he became the inaugural recipient of  the club’s Harry Edwards Trophy in June of 2011.

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A Minor a day 12 …

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UY 1196 Austin Twelve Clifton

This car has attended so many Minor events it has long since been regarded as an honorary  Morris Minor. Cambridge based owner Mike Taylor has missed just one annual Network rally since their inception in 2010. The association started way back in the early part of the last decade when Mike would bring his Clifton along to VMR pub meets at Barrington and Thriplow on the outskirts of Cambridge. Lasting friendships were struck and Mike has continued the association, always driving his car to our rallies, no matter where they are situated.

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A Minor a day 11 …

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APC 484 1933 Minor Two-seater

This is the second car to feature in this spot that currently resides in the village of Marnhull, Dorset. The car’s owner Dan Brockway, a near neighbour of John Nagle, purchased the car at the tail-end of 2014 from Devon, following its appearance  in a carandclassic internet advertisement. Just a few months later APC 484 was used to convey Dan’s bride to the reception following their marriage at a local church. Since then the car has been used extensively attending Morris Register  meets and participating in the Network’s 2016 rally which was based upon his village. The car has been laid-up of late but is  shortly due to take to the highways once again.

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A Minor a day 10 …

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UN 6979 1934 Minor Two-seater

This is a very well known car in Minor circles, having been owned by Trevor Wilkinson for over twenty years. Trevor and UN 6979 are one of only four ‘ever-presents’ at all eight annual Network rallies while also attending a number of VMR rallies prior to that. ‘UN’ or Ewan has been on tours to Ireland and Wales and has never been trailered, being driven to all events. Notably reliable and quick, the secrets hidden beneath the bonnet have never been revealed.

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A Minor a day 9 …

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SL 9739 1929 Minor Coachbuilt Saloon

Now pay attention as making sense of what follows will be difficult. SL 9739 is from a DVLA reissued sequence, the car’s original registration (W 808) having been lost. Clive Hall purchased ‘SL’ on eBay and commenced its restoration before selling the incomplete project to Steve Lewsley. (SL was one of the very first Coachbuilt Saloons to leave Cowley with a body number of M030, which it transpires is different to the bulk of the coachbuilt saloons that followed.) Steve did not want many of the car’s body parts as he was intent on building an MG M Type replica which he proceeded to do. Mike Houston in Tunbridge Wells was in need of a Saloon body as the body of his own Saloon (VG 3260) was beyond salvation. A deal was struck and Mike acquired the early body  from Steve and restored it beautifully. However, Mike had a Semi-Sports to restore and couldn’t find the time for both so sold VG 3260 to Tony Gamble in Selby. Tony needed a chassis upon which to erect his beautiful Enrique Llinares CMS Super Sports body and used VG 3260’s chassis to do so. Tony then sold on, the by now, fully painted early Coachbuilt body to a gent in Nottingham and then his Part completed CMS to Brian Arnell in Lincolnshire. After finishing the car in fabric, Brian sold his newly re-registered VG 3260 to Bob Kellock, who I believe resides in the West of England. Steve Lewsley meanwhile had retained SL’s original bonnet which the writer then acquired for his Arrow Minor Special project. After gathering a kit of parts and realising that running a website was almost a full-time job the Arrow project was sold on to Tony Gamble bonnet et al. Which just leaves the current whereabouts of SL’s original (and very important) body? It’s believed that this has also made its way to the West Country where I suspect that the current owner does not appreciate its importance or its chequered past.

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A Minor a day 8 …

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1930 Coachbuilt Saloon UX 6524

Paul Rogers purchased his Minor in the early years of the last decade. It was very much a ‘project’, having been dry stored for a number of decades. Paul and his father Barry, commenced a very rapid restoration that saw the Minor traverse the perimeter track at RAF Colerne in July 2002 in an incomplete state. By 2003 Paul had joined the VSCC and had begun using UX 6524 in competition, taking part in LC&ES trials and the annual Brooklands Driving Tests.  Throughout the middle of the decade Paul’s saloon became a familiar sight at these events, achieving some notable results. Following Paul’s acquisition of a Vauxhall 30/98 the Minor took a back seat but remains in his ownership and is seen out and about from time to time.

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A Minor a day 7 …

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VJ 1756 1929 Minor Tourer

Brian Maeers was something of a giant in the pre-war Minor world. His infectious enthusiasm for the model knew no bounds and this certainly rubbed off on those with whom he came into contact. He used his four Minors at every possible opportunity, running regular pub meets in his home village of Peatling Magna, Leics, setting up impromptu tours around his holiday home in Holme-next-the-sea plus attending both PWMN and VMR rallies. Today his 1929 Tourer, VJ 1756, is featured here. Known as ‘Prudence’, Brian used this car competitively, often being accompanied by his friend Dennis Johnson. Following Brian’s death in December 2013, VJ passed into the very capable hands of his daughter, Janie, who continues to campaign the car in a very similar manner to that of her father.

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A Minor a day 6 …

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KJ 3553 1931 (32 season) Minor Two-seater

KJ 3553 is a beautifully well-preserved example of the 1932 season Two-seater, many believing that this model is the best looking Minor of all. With a chassis number  of SV8558 it was constructed in October 1931 and was registered soon afterwards in the county of Kent. The car first came to the Network’s attention in September 2011 when it appeared on eBay with a Manchester address. The following year it was clear that the car had been repatriated to Kent as an image of the car and its new owner was found on a Faversham newspaper website. In 2013 Tim and Avril Ovenden attended the Network’s White Horse Rally in Wiltshire and have been a permanent fixture at all of the subsequent events. It should also be said that Avril and Tim are regular attendees at the annual Morris Register Rally and also participated in the ‘Around the Edge’ charity run.

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A Minor a day 5 …

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WV 4924 1934 Minor Two-seater

This 1934 Minor has been known to the Morris Register since the sixties. The car was first registered in Wiltshire in the spring of 1934 with a chassis number of 34/MS/41071. The earliest (colour) photo here was taken in 1974 when the car may have been in the ownership of Les Leach. By the time Ken Martin took the second (b&w) photo at the Morris Register National Rally at Stamford Hall in 1979 Les was confirmed as the car’s then custodian. Its history over the next thirty years is not recorded in the Network’s archive, the car next surfacing for sale at Malcolm Elder‘s emporium in Oxfordshire in late 2009. The car remained on the market for a number of months until acquired by Clive Hall of Sisland, Norfolk in March 2010. The car has remained in Clive’s ownership ever since, taking part in two Network rallies and the circumnavigation of the East Anglian coastline in May 2011.

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