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The online magazine for enthusiasts of the vintage Morris Minor 1928-1934...

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Page launched December 2014

2014 Retrospective - the Minor year in front pages...

The Minor remained in the public eye throughout 2014 following a very successful 2013 the culmination of which was the achievement of the runner-up spot for the model in that year's NEC's Classic Car Show 'Car of the Year' competition. In 2014 the much heralded Austin Seven versus Morris Minor road test challenge took place in July and was preceded by coverage in both the Morris Register and PWA7 Club's magazines. A Matthew Bell article detailing the outcome was eventually published in the November edition of The Automobile. In June the fifth PWMN Rally was held on the beautiful Essex/Suffolk border with record numbers attending, while pub meets for the most part were also well supported. Interest in the Minor continued to grow across the globe with 91 different countries registering multiple website hits throughout the twelve month period. What follows are the highlights of the year as recorded on the website's front page. Was your car featured? If not, it could be in future, as many of the images to be seen below were originally supplied by members, those who had remembered to take their cameras with them when out and about. Others took time out to record a landmark moment during the course of a restoration program and submitted the resulting image. Images and news are the lifeblood of the website, if you have something to report, don't keep it to yourself, share it with your fellow enthusiasts via the website's pages.

Month by month...

January

*The funeral of Minor enthusiast Brian Maeers takes place at Manor Farm, Peatling Magna early in the new year. *Hugh Barnes travels to Kendal to collect his freshly trimmed M Type from Garry Waiting only for it to be sold in the autumn. *A rare scuttle tank Minor Tourer is discovered undergoing restoration in Malta while a 1934 Minor Two-seater finds a British custodian in rural France. The 80 year old murder of an unidentified man found in a burnt-out Minor returns to the headlines with the victims DNA undergoing analysis at Leicester University. Jaipur resident Kartik Lunia picks up another prestious award award for his restoration of his 1930 Minor Tourer.

Much news of rebuilds and restorations from around the world. A NEW Wolseley Hornet Fabric Saloon takes shape. Minor usage and non-usage. Practical Motorist SV and OHC engine overhaul articles uploaded. Austin Seven Vs Morris Minor challenge begins to take shape.

March

Minor sale prices soar. Snippets feature launched. TWO Cunard Calshots for sale. Spring outings. Holden bodies Minors - numbers revealed. Mulliner Minor creation update. More LAT image galleries launched.

Further news of Austin Seven versus Morris Minor test announced. VSCC success for Hamilton - Gould and Woodward. Another Minor re-discovered in India. Unknown European Minors surface. Le Mans Midgets 'exploits' article added. Restoration news. Drive-it-day images published. A new PWMN club trophy announced.

Spring pub meet attendances up. First images of new Minor Tourer creation. Florida Saloon surfaces. The 'Around England Tour' announced. News from the shows. Minor re-united. Pre 2014 Rally news.

June

Cavendish rally news and image galleries launched. Club trophy winners announced. JJ starts a new journey. Barn find Midget discovered in East Anglia. PWMN branded mugs unveiled. Restoring inside - a new meaning? Romanian Prince's Minor Special re-surfaces. 1934 Minor parts list added to the site.

Minor Vs Seven report and galleries. 2015 rally venue announced. JAP engined Minor Special displayed. Prewar Prescott images displayed. '32 Hornet Saloon looking for new home. More Minr Musings articles added to the site.

August

Southern Indian 1933 Tourer discovery. Further LAT images uncovered.Holme-next-the-sea announced as 2015 rally base. Morris Register annual rally images displayed.Ladies in hats!? 2014 POTY dates announced.

Morris chrome plating plant gallery launched. 2015 Rally Saturday Dinner venue confirmed. Semi-Sports in Cumbria. New LAT gallery 'opened'. Minors For Sale. 1950 John Wrigley article for Motorsport uploaded to archive. Unlikely scenarios!?

October

Autumn pub meets reports and gallery images uploaded.2015 Rally entry list opens and fills rapidly.2014 POTY gets under way. Automobile magazine publishes six pages of coverage of Minor Vs Seven test.Record price achieved by Minor at auction. 1930 Wolseley Hornet Saloon surfaces.

November

Steve Lewsley's MG M Type creation rolled out in Suffolk. 'To Spain in a Minor' article uploaded to Network archive. Peter Brock's lwb Minor Saloon unveiled in Newcastle. Missing Minors. Images published of Tony Gambles 1928 Minor Tourer creation.

Look back to summer. 2015 Rally fully booked six months before the event. Using your car in winter. New Home Counties pub meet successfully launched. 2014 POTY voting commences. Mulliner Minor creation gathers pace.

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