Thursday, February 22, 2018

John and Julie Bailey - 1


From Prudence to Margo

Although we have only owned our Morris Minor (Margo) since 18th August 2010 the journey started 40 years ago. When I was 21 and unencumbered by financial burdens I took out a with profits endowment policy with the CO-OP at £40 per year with a 40 year term, this matured this year with a healthy profit which gave me the chance to own a classic car. I wanted something iconic but practical (my boy racer years were long past). I decided a Minor fitted the bill exactly.

I joined the M.M.O.C. in February 2010 and received the Jan/Feb issue of Minor Matters with my membership card; in the cars for sale section was a white convertible with a red hood, and the die was cast.

Unfortunately the funds from the policy were not available until later in the year so I began to trawl the internet for potential suppliers, I came across Canterbury Convertibles who by chance had an Old English White tourer with a red hood and duo tone upholstery which was in the process of being refurbished. After what seemed an eternity I finally took delivery outside Euston station at 9.30pm on the 18th August.

Driving a strange car out of London in growing darkness is not to be recommended (especially a 47 year old one) but we arrived home safely in Leicester just before midnight.

Margo was soon put to use as we had booked a break at the County Hotel Skegness (an Art Deco Fawlty Towers) from the 20th to the 24th of August. The journey was completed without a hitch and the car provided a topic of conversation everywhere we stopped.

I had read in Minor Matters of the existence of the Leicestershire Branch M.M.O.C. and rang John Hales to find out how to join. We were invited to come along to the September meeting where we were made most welcome.

We attended the East Midlands Branch rally at Hardwick Hall on the 12th September where again we were delighted to find a friendly welcome and a chance to see around 60 other Minors.

We hope this is the start of a long and enjoyable relationship with both car and club.

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