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PRE-WAR MINOR NETWORK

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

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Page last updated 15th March 2013

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J. L. Lyle in his 1932 Minor Two-seater climbs a steep Devon hill in the 1934 MCC London-Exeter Trial (LAT Plate C5168)

From the outset, the Minor, in all of it guises, has been successfully used as a competition vehicle. The earliest record found of the car taking part in a major trial was that of Fabric Saloon MM 6809, a photograph appearing in the December 11th 1928 edition of The Motor, where it was spotted competing in that years London-Gloucester Trial (see scan below). During 1929 and early 1930 it was, surprisingly, the Fabric Saloon version of the car that appeared on most entry lists whilst in the hands of some very capable drivers of the period. These included Linzell, Livesey and F.W.J. Bolton. It was the latter of this trio who went on to become the winner of many awards, initially driving a Saloon but by 1930 he had acquired a two-seat open Minor, the pretty Page Special in which he successfully competed from then on. From early 1930 the new Minor Specials from coachbuilders such as Hoyal, CMS, Gordon England and the most numerous by far, A.P. Compton's Arrow, were to be found on results sheets alongside the very popular MG Midget. By 1932 it was the skill of drivers such as Squillario, Whitnall and Wagner who were to fly the Minor flag in competition with W.W. Whitnall taking part in over 20 major trials in his Minor during the course of the thirties decade. The large pre-war image gallery below contains photo snippets from the weekly and monthly motoring periodicals of the time, gathered together here for convenience, and to illustrate that it was not just the MG Midget that the huge crowds came along to see!

Minors can still be seen competing in the U.K. today at the various VSCC events - hill climbs, driving tests, trials and even the odd sprint, as the gallery below illustrates. Notable post war exponents of Minor competition driving must include Eddie Wrigley, Rosemary Burke, Sue Woodward, Paul Rodgers and perhaps the most successful of them all, Clive Hamilton - Gould. (See his long lists of achievements in the wonderful book about the history of the LC&ES 'Light Car Journey' compiled by Tim Cork ISBN 0-9542876-1-4)

A number of PDF files are displayed below detailing the story of a 1933 McEvoy Minor Special and its crew of two ladies who competed in the first Welsh Rally in July 1935. These items include official rally documentation together with a number of contemporary Autocar articles.

1928-1939 Competition Gallery...

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E. Hillary at the wheel of Minor Fabric Saloon KP 4425 on Ibberton Hill, Dorset during the course of a very wet MCC London Exeter Trial. The event was held on 27th and 28th December 1929, Hillary gaining a Bronze award.
(LAT Plate B2987)

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