IOTW no.424

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1931 Belgium 24 Hour Race, Spa-Francorchamps

Minors were no strangers to big international races. There were Minors entered in the 1929, 1930 and 1931 Australian Grand Prix, Whelan coming 9th in the 1930 event, while William Sullivan competed in his Minor ‘Sullivan’ Specials from 1932 to 1934 in a number of internationally renowned events, both in his native Ireland and elsewhere. Perhaps the most successful Minor was that entered by a Belgian Morris dealership for the 1931 Belgium 24 Hour Race, held at Spa over the weekend of 4th/5th July 1931 and driven by Abel Blin D’Orimont and Robert Goemans. They competed in the under 1100cc class against six other cars, a factory team of three twin-cylinder, two-stroke DKWs, a Salmson, a Rally and Tractor. Amazingly, they beat their opponents winning their class, covering 1660 kilometres at an average speed of 43.4 mph. The LAT archive contains three images of the Minor taking part that weekend and this shot shows the car at the La Source hairpin with a DKW just ahead of it on the road. (LATplate B6734).

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IOTW no.423

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Tickets please!

AG 6521, a mid-1931 Ayr registered £100 Minor was taken on charge by the Western Scottish Motor Traction Co as a vehicle to be used by the company’s inspectors. Over the next 30 months the car covered a total distance of 185,000 miles which equates to almost 6200 miles per month or over 200 miles each day. The short article alongside was scanned from the July 1934 edition of Morris Owner magazine.

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IOTW no.422

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Ledbury – Market House

Described as the jewel in Ledbury’s crown, this magnificent Grade I listed timber-framed building took 51 years to finish, eventually being completed in 1668. Its beauty has attracted photographers for many years and the pre-war Minor has featured in a number, including the two Birmingham registered saloons to be seen among this quartet of shots. The first of these is 1929 Fabric Saloon OF 2118 seen partly obscured by the tree at the roadside. The second such image portrays Coachbuilt Saloon OG 4483 which was first registered in 1931, towards the tail-end of swb OHC Minor production. The final two images shows a scene outside the Market House from circa 1930 and a recreation of the same vista by Kate and Ken Martin while on a recent visit in their 1930 Coachbuilt Saloon VX 4590.(Photographs courtesy of Kate Martin, Judges and LAT Images)

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IOTW no.421

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SW 4154 1933 Minor Family Eight

This lwb Minor and its occupants survived what was potentially a serious mishap when it fell twelve feet and landed upon its roof. The image caption relates the tale. (The only visible damage in this July 1933 Morris Owner snippet is the offside headlamp which appears askew.)

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IOTW no.420

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1930 Minor Semi-Sports GK 3661

Another eBay find. This wartime snapshot of London registered Minor Semi-Sports GK 3661 was taken when the car was at least ten years old. The blackout cover over the offside headlamp confirms the period while the nearside lamp had been removed completely (not an unusual practice at that time), while the hood was also missing.   It’s pure guesswork as to the location, although the grazing sheep and windmill might indicate somewhere on the South Downs.

Thanks to Mark Berry from Windmill World the location has subsequently been identified as Burton Dassett in Warwickshire.

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IOTW no.419

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A 1931 car radio

This scan of a heavily retouched photograph first appeared in a February 1931 edition of The Autocar. The fur-coated model is seen adjusting the controls of a radio installed in a Crossley saloon. It’s clear from the radio’s position on the nearside of the dash, that for a driver travelling alone, re-tuning while on-the-move could prove to be quite a distraction. (LAT photoscan from The Autocar 20th February 1931)

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IOTW no.418

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Bluebird or Blue Bird?

In 1924 a former Royal Flying Corps pilot made his first attempt at the  world’s land speed record on Pendine Sands, South Wales. By the spring of 1935 he had broken the record on eight separate occassions which led to much national acclaim and the bestowal (in 1931) of a knighthood for this magnificent achievement. The cameo captured here took place at Brooklands, Surrey where Campbell himself can be seen alighting from the cockpit of Blue Bird in front of the assembled British media. The photo was taken over the winter of 1934/5 prior to his fifth and last visit to Daytona Beach, Florida USA where on the 7th March 1935 Sir Malcolm Campbell‘s latest Blue Bird car, a 36.7 litre Campbell-Railton (powered by a supercharged Rolls Royce RV12 engine) raised the record to 276.816 mph. Later that same year Campbell journied to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA where, on 3rd September, a longer course enabled him to propel Blue Bird past the 300 mph mark to record a remarkable aggregate of 301.337 mph over the two-way record setting run. This was to be Campbell’s ninth and last land speed record breaking attempt. (LATplate Motor 778-60)

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IOTW no.417

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Freddie Kindell’s 1930 Le Mans Midget

Sir Francis Samuelson and Freddie Kindell both drove modified Double-Twelve MG Midgets at the June 1930 running of the famous 24 hour race. While neither car was classified among the finishers they performed admirably, the model eventually spawning the MG ‘C’ Type which went on to much racing success in 1931 and ’32. This photo was found on eBay, the original print having been folded in half. Thanks to a Photoshop repair effected by Ken Martin it can now be viewed as the photographer intended.  It’s Kindell’s car that is featured in this photo.

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IOTW no.416

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A long story with a happy ending

The short article ablongside appeared on this website back in July 2009 and details some of the early history of VG 2007, the 1929 Minor Fabric Saloon which Dutch owner Halbe Tjepkema has just returned to roadworthiness. (To read the article click on the image)

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IOTW no.415

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What’s the occasion?

Another eBay snapshot purchase with very little to go on. The car is a 1932 season Minor Family Eight in what looks to be very good condition, which in turn may indicate that the photograph was taken prior to WWII? The two young men are dressed for an occasion, maybe a wedding (is that a buttonhole?) or a garden-party.

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