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Branch News - 2013

updated 12th December 2013

Christmas Skittles - Wednesday December 11th 2013

On a chilly misty December evening, the Greyhound car park still had a sizable amount of Minors parked within it, so hats off the the hardy souls who made the effort to bring out their Moggies. We were all so pleased to meet up with our ex Chairman and Webmaster Mike & Tony who had made the trip from Lancashire, thanks for coming guys, it really was good to see you both.


Competition was fierce with Keith finishing in 1st place closely followed by Val and Owen in 2nd. Thanks to the Greyhound for the usual warm welcome and excellent buffet.

A Report from Doug, our Man in Japan   

I am very well at the moment, but I do miss Juliette, and a 1/2 a pint of Pedigree in the Old Greyhound every month.
I drive a Honda Life, which is a modern type of MM, with a 660 cc 3 cylinder engine, and auto transmission. We all 'bomb' around at about 50KPH here, and you have to be a bit careful, as people do not signal their intentions as freely as we do there. I do not have a printer attatched to this Japanese p.c. We are running wi-fi, and my English Dell does not seem to like the connection, and I do not know how to uplaod images into the Fujitsu, so I am a little bit in Limbo land. But what a lovely place Japan is. We recently moved to the seaside, and it was blazing hot in the beginning, but now there is a distict chill in the air. 
Personally, I think Sir Alec created something that was years ahead of it's time, and driven with care, does not nesseccerily need bigger brakes, servo's and the like. I think I did about 4,000 miles in J. and enjoyed each and every one. The noises it makes are almost human.
Keep well, and keep 'em running.

Dutch Auction - Wednesday November 13th 2013

Our Annual Dutch Auction has always been a popular event where club members donate items which are entered in to a secret auction and members bid on whatever takes their fancy with the proceeds going to our charity, the Rainbows Childrens Hospice.


One of the stars of the auction was a bouquet of cakes baked by Lou, they were so good that by the time the photo above was taken there was only one remaining flower.

Strangely enough I recognised many of the items from our tombola stall on our club stand at Rempstone.I guess that I'm going to recognise some of them again when donations start coming in for next years stall.

At the end of the evening we had raised over £200 and had a great deal of fun!

Club Night and Canal Talk - Wednesday October 9th 2013

This months meeting began with catching up with latest news and club issues. 

We were then all treated to an extremely interesting talk carried out by club member Geoff, the subject being the Ashby Canal. The event was well supported by club members, I would like to thank Geoff on behalf of everyone who attended for such a wonderful evening.

Hinckley Classic Motor Show - Sunday September 22nd 2013 by John Bailey

The old saying “third time lucky” was certainly the case, after two years of cold and damp we finally had sunshine and temperatures approaching the mid 20’s (Celsius not Fahrenheit)

The third Hinckley event built on the success of the previous two years with 458 vehicles attending this year, the original figure of 430 was revised after all the entry forms had been collated According to the organiser’s electronic footfall radar this event attracted the largest number of people than any other event in Hinckley’s recent history.


The branch had eight cars on display in Regent Street, one of the main display areas but due to an unfortunate clash of dates with the Traveller 60th anniversary at Gaydon there were no examples of this much admired vehicle present anywhere.

As usual there was a fantastic variety of vehicles on display, many of which were making a first time appearance along with some instantly recognisable from previous years.


Among the cars although streets apart both in design and location were two Ford Thunderbirds, one a first generation built between 1955 and 1957 and the other a fourth generation built between 1964 and 1966. Considering there could be as little as seven years between these cars gives you an insight into the extreme competition between American car makers of the time.


The overall winner was a fabulous silver Jaguar XK140 Roadster with a much humbler 1962 Hillman Husky estate as runner up.

All the bars and café’s did a roaring trade with the Weatherspoon’s “Baron of Hinckley” serving several members with a tasty Sunday lunch washed down with a foaming pint or two.

The event is organised by the Hinckley Business Improvement District which is coming to the end of its first five year term, hopefully the businesses who pay for these events will vote in favour of a further five year term so events like the Classic Motor Show can continue. It would be a shame to see what must be one of the largest of its type disappear through lack of funding. Let’s keep our fingers crossed it carries on.

Hinckley Classic Motor Show - Sunday September 22nd 2013 - Webmasters Report

This was the third year of the running of the rally and it turnred out to be third time lucky with regards to the weather. We had arranged to meet at Tesco's car park in Hinckley, we all arrived in good time despite some of our nothern members having to make a detour due to the closure of the slip road at J21 of the M1.


We were allocated an excellent position on Regent St. (see above) but can you spot the difference in the two photo's? Notice that our banner is in place to the left in the first photo but is nowhere to be seen on the second. Thats because we decided that it was unlikely that the florist behind us would open. How wrong we were, we appologised, the owner of the florist seemed very nice and was very understanding. No harm done.


The rally attracted a wide variety of vehicles, 458 in total and was also well attended by members of the general public.


A great day was had by all, cafe's, bars & shops were open which added to a great friendly atmosphere.

A big thanks to John & Julie Bailey who organised our wonderful day out.

Club Night - Quiz Night - Wednesday September 11th 2013

After a busy summer September's meeting gave us the chance to catch up with the latest news and take part in some car chat. The evening was rounded off with a quiz with prizes for the winners and of course the losers, we were also blessed with sandwiches and chips.

Branch Rally - Donington Le Heath Manor House - Sunday August 18th 2013


For this years Branch Rally we returned to Donington Le Heath Manor House, the weather was perfect with 30 Moggies taking part. The numbers were a little down on the previous couple of years but on a positive note we were all able to park on the lawn in front of the Manor House creating a nice intimate atmosphere. The Manor House itself is full of historical artefacts and interesting exhibits and provided an excellent back drop for the rally. (Talking of historical artefacts, I saw one or two behind the wheels of moggies)! The coffee shop, with a wide selection of cakes and other refreshments also proved to be popuar with club members.


The rally attracted a wide range of entrants including this totally unmolested 1953 specimen on the left, the hearse on the right attracted a lot of interest. My wife took one of his business cards. (Does she know something that I don't)?


A wonderful day was enjoyed by all, many thanks  to all that attended and those who assisted with the organisation of the event, with a special thanks to the staff at Donington Le Heath Manor House for making us so welcome.

       article posted 19th August 2013

Branch Car Run - Wednesday 14th August 2013


Our final Wednesday evening run comprised of an enjoyable drive from Botcheston to club members Jenny and Steve's house for a barbeque where a good number of members took the opportunity to thank our soon to be former Chairman Mike and Webmaster Tony who are moving to pastures new. They have played a major role in the growth of our club and their efforts are very much appriciated, they will be sorely missed but we wish them all the vey best and look forward meeting up in the future.


Jenny and Steve's hospitality is second to none, thanks both on behalf of all members who attended, fantastic food, great company and of course our Morris Minors. Even a sharp rain shower failed to deter us.

       article posted 16th Auust 2013

New Morris Minor Stamp - issued 13th August 2013


Club members were delighted to see that the Royal Mail's latest postage stamps entitled 'British Auto Legends' feature a Morris Minor Post Office van on the 'Workhorses' mini sheet.     


The Morris and other 'workhorses' are also in the illustrious company of six other British classic cars namely Jaguar E Type, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, Aston Martin DB8, MG MGB, Morgan Plus 8 and Lotus Esprit.

       article posted 14th August 2013

10th Anniversary Club Stand, Beaumanor Hall - Sunday 21st July 2013


It was ten years almost exactly to the day since our Branch was relaunched and recognised by MMOC when we proudly displayed our certificate of recognition on our club stand at the Beaumanor Hall Classic Car event.

The weather during the previous week had been hot and dry so we had high hopes that it would continue – in the event the day started cloudy and drizzly but the turnout for the stand was amazing with 13 shiny Morrises doing us proud.

This event is always very enjoyable with great displays of classics of every make together with autojumble, food stalls and the beautiful hall with its tea rooms selling superb bacon butties and cream teas!

How fitting that we should celebrate our anniversary at the event which is most local to our Branch’s home territory.

Towards the end of the day the weather became brighter and warmer for the usual prize giving and clamour for plaques!

A really enjoyable day with probably one of the best club stand displays we have ever had.  Here's to our next ten years!

       article posted 22nd July 2013

Rempstone Steam and Country Show - 13th & 14th July 2013

Rempstone Steam and Country Show took place on the hottest weekend of the year - what a contrast to last year when the event was abandoned due to rain! The bright and sunny weather brought people out in force to enjoy this annual event and many also supported our Branch stand. On each day ten different cars day provided a superb display and our tombola run by members Ann and Dave on Saturday in aid of Rainbows Children’s Hospice broke all records and raised a magnificent £151 – helped on its way by the sale of member Julie’s greetings cards. Well done to everyone involved.

Ann & Dave running the tombola for Rainbow's Childrens Hospice

We were pleased to welcome friends from East Midlands Branch and many people stopped to look at the cars “their granddad had”! It is always great to share the pleasure of our hobby with so many enthusiastic people.  This was a real summer event with lots of interest provided by a whole range of classic vehicles, traction engines, traditional fair ground rides, loads of stalls and various exhibitions and displays in the main arena. A wonderful weekend greatly enjoyed by all!

Steam Power!

       article posted 15th July 2013

Arriving in style

School was almost out for summer and it was time for the annual prom.  On such events it is always important to make an impressive entrance - and let others know that you have arrived!  So when the time came for young Branch member George to decide on his choice of transport what was it going to be?  A stretched limo, Hummer, Harley Davidson – of course not!  For those in the know and true aficionados of taste and style there was only one option ... yes, you guessed it - a Morris Minor!

George and Morris Minor both captured lots of positive attention - and quite right too!

       article posted 15th July 2013

Morris Centenary and MMOC National Rally, Cornbury Park - 14th & 15th June 2013



Long awaited and eagerly anticipated the Morris Centenary Event at Cornbury Park came in a blaze of glory and ….well rain really!  The lovely weather of the previous few days was not to be repeated but nothing was going to dampen our spirits. On both days the Leicestershire Branch stand looked resplendent with an amazing array of vehicles including no less than six different Travellers – covering almost the entire model range. And the Gazebo meeting point was continually popular with the kettle on constant boil!  

Elsewhere the autojumble proved popular as we searched for those illusive parts and we were treated to superb vehicle parades in the arena, lovely music from a variety of bands, displays of birds of prey and dogs jumping through hoops (we know the feeling!) and on the second day a fantastic fly past of Tiger Moth planes despite the wet weather. 

The turn out of cars and visitors was just amazing for this international gathering.  It is also important to remember what a massive job it is to organise an event like this and congratulate the organisers and volunteers on their brilliant work and efforts. Without them we would not have had an event at all, so thanks to everyone who contributed, not only to our own Branch stand but also to the event as a whole.

The event will never be repeated – but it has left us all with some great memories!



       article posted 17th June 2013

Branch Car Run - Wednesday 12th June 2013


For our June meeting 34 Branch members turned out in a wide variety of moggies for the second car run of the season.  This was planned and organised by our 'Young Committee Member' Liam Payne who took the lead in his 2 door saloon with recently fitted wide wheels in a eye-catching orange.  The route took us through beautiful Leicestershire lanes, a couple of small towns and several local villages and proved to be a varied and really interesting run.  As always, our cars attracted lots of attention and smiles from onlookers as we passed by.  On the return to our 'clubhouse', The Greyhound we enjoyed lots of moggie car chat and laughter over a well deserved drink.  Another great evening!

Organiser Liam (right) and mate Adam with the new set of orange wheels.
       article posted 13th June 2013

Autokarna 2013 , Wollaton Hall – Sunday 2nd June 2013  

At last Summer had arrived and several Branch members took the opportunity to give their moggies a run and meet up with old friends from the East Midlands and MADMOG Banches at the annual Autokarna event.  In fact, many classic car owners also made the most of the glorious weather and took their vehicles to this event which is organised by the Pre-War Austin Seven Club and takes place at Wollaton Park below the magnificent Hall.  As always, there was a huge variety of vehicles on show and the amazing autojumble where you can usually find those elusive motor parts you have been looking for. 

A brilliant time was had by all!

       article posted 5th June 2013

Moira Canal Festival - 18th-19th May 2013

Four Leicester Branch members were made very welcome at the Moira Canal Festival on 18-19 May and our cars were displayed alongside the canal, together with a very unusual motor bike and side car (which was actually a boat!) a lovely Austin A30 and a Riley RM police car used widely in TV productions including the series 'Father Brown'.

The organisers were delighted to see our cars there and have given an immediate invitation for more cars to attend next year.

The weather on Saturday was blustery but Sunday saw clear blue skies and warm sunshine – perfect to watch the various displays, Civil War enactments and the highlight of the show a fly past by a WW2 Spitfire! Wonderful.





        article posted 23rd May 2013

First Branch Car Run of the Season - 8th May 2013

After the warmest, and sunniest,  Bank Holiday weekend of the year we had high hopes for our first Branch car run on Wednesday 8 May, but as so often happens, the clouds gathered and the heavens opened just as we were about to leave! Were we deterred?  Certainly not and seven intrepid Morrises, (and one modern car infiltrator!) set off on a super 25 mile run through Leicestershire organised by members Dave and Ann Cattle. The weather soon dried up and we were treated to a beautiful sunset and fresh bright green vegetation as the dusk fell.  It was a lovely run made all the more special by the sight of the cars driving through the dusk, lights on, towards our final destination, The Gate pub at Osbaston where we were able to line up for a photo shoot!  Our car runs are always enjoyed and this one didn’t disappoint – thanks to Dave and Ann for organising it.

       article posted 9th May 2013

Branch Visit to "Sandy's Museum", Lincolnshire - Sunday 5th May 2013

What a perfect day! The sun shone as 17 Leicester Branch members arrived at Blacks Farm in Lincolnshire to enjoy a day at Sandy and Rosie’s museum. What a wonderful collection of cars in all states of preservation!  Sandy had moved cars out of his barn to provide a superb display varying from an ultra rare Morris Isis estate, a lovely Morris 1000 pick up and an infiltrator in the form of an Austin Maxi 1500!  In the background was a rare split screen four door body shell crying out for restoration and the various barns housed some truly amazing cars including a Morris 8 and a Series MM originally destined for restoration at the NEC by Practical Classics - but sadly it needed too much work.

Sandy had thoughtfully written some histories of the cars which were displayed on the bonnets of cars on show both outside and in his main barn where all the work goes on!  An Australian low light, Canadian Series MM and a beautiful Morris Oxford wedding car were amongst the many cars which keep him busy. 


Lunch was catered for by Murray and Cris providing BBQs to cook on and of course Cris’s legendary flap jack! Rosie quenched the thirst by providing limitless tea and coffee which was much appreciated.


At the end of the afternoon people seemed reluctant to leave the displays after a truly memorable visit – thanks indeed to Rosie and Sandy for their hospitality.  A brilliant day out!

       article posted 6th May 2013


Life on the Canals - Branch Meeting - 10th April 2013

Canal memorabilia - Measham Teapots, Branch member Laura wearing an original canal bonnet and lace plates

For our April meeting members were given the opportunity to hear about life on the British canal system from our Branch Contact, John Hales.  John is very knowledgeable about this topic having spent his early years living on a canal boat and his family have built up an impressive collection of canal memorabilia.  During the evening members were entertained by several canal stories and were told about the many and varied artefacts that John had on display.  These included ‘Measham teapots’, lace plates, canal clothing, engine parts and elaborately decorated metal ware. John was also encouraged to tell members about his work in restoring the canal boat in his family.  All agreed that this was a fascinating and really interesting evening.


       article posted 12th May 2013

Moggie Spotting in New Zealand

Many of our Branch members are always on the lookout hoping to spot a moggie when out and about.  While on a recent holiday to Australia and New Zealand two of our members spotted not one but five moggies on their travels.  The first car was spotted from a train as it approached Dunedin Station, NZ.  This was a blue four door saloon 1000 and was obviously used as an everyday car.


A few days later while on a day trip from Wellington an unexpected visit was made to the Southward Car Museum and again Morris Minors were spotted.  This is a fascinating museum and contains four moggies as part of a collection of over 400 vehicles.  This was a delightful surprise and quite unexpected.  Needless to say the camera was quickly put to work yet again!
1949 803cc MM, 1951 803cc MM Highlight, 1967 1000 (Originally supplied to Lambeth Palace for the use of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Affectionately known as “The Holy Roller”) and 1960’s Traveller

Link:  Southward Car Museum, New Zealand

       article posted 04th May 2013

10th Anniversary and 'Launch the Season' Meal - Wednesday  13th March 2013

On one of the coldest evenings of the year (-6 degrees) 25 members enjoyed our traditional launch the season meal at The Greyhound – but this year also celebrating our tenth anniversary since the Branch was relaunched. It was good to see some Morrises there – complete with frost! - and the good company, laughter and large portions of superb food certainly warmed people up!  Thanks as always to Jenny and Steve for arranging it. 

We are looking forward to a packed calendar this year and just hope the weather will be kinder to us – of course it will!

       article posted 14h March 2013

Classic Car Spring Meet, Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre - Sunday 3rd March 2013

On a bright and sunny Sunday morning several Branch members got their cars out for a run to the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre, Ruddington for the monthly out of season get together.  As usual there was a good variety of different vehicles and, of course, several moogies and their owners were in attendance.  This is always a good event where members meet up with our friends from the East Midlands Branch and we can catch up on all the news over a coffee and bacon sandwich.  Even the sun made a most welcome appearance which really did give a feeling of 'Spring in the air'.  A most enjoyable visit for all!


Link: Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre

       article posted 3rd March 2013

A postcard from Australia

One of our Branch members recently received a postcard from Australia - nothing special in that I can hear you say!  However it was the stamp which really caught his attention.

(This stamp is one of a set of five entitled Road Trip Australia)

Australian Morris Minor Stamp

       article posted 1st March 2013

Branch AGM - 13th February 2013

Despite appalling weather (which resulted in not a single Morris appearing at The Greyhound!) we had an excellent turnout for our AGM on 13 February. Our Chairman reported on probably the most successful year yet for the Branch, which included a full calendar of events, a hugely successful rally and a record amount donated to Rainbows Childrens’ Hospice, our nominated charity.  Our committee was re-elected as before but with one notable addition – we welcomed Liam Payne in the new role of Young Committee Member – so all you youngsters out there do come along to our meetings to help him inject some young blood into our proceedings! You will be very welcome.

The year ahead will be as busy as ever with a full calendar, our rally at Donington le Heath Manor House and very importantly our stand at Beaumanor Hall where we will be celebrating our tenth anniversary since the Branch was re-inaugurated. If any members want to attend the event on 21 July contact John Hales as soon as possible.

Our next meeting will be our usual “launch the season” meal which will also celebrate our ten years together – this is a pre booked meal which will replace the normal meeting. If anyone else wishes to attend you will be very welcome - please contact Jenny Faulks through our Branch Conact John Hales.

        article posted 14th February 2013

Morris Minor Question Time – 9th January 2013

For our January meeting the Branch welcomed in the New Year with a ‘Morris Minor Question Time’.  Many members joined us for this new event which included a very informative and interesting talk from Murray Jessop on the intricacies of the distributor, its common faults and how these could be rectified together with John Hales who showed what can happen to cooling components when no antifreeze is used.  There were lots of interesting questions and many people came up with the answers to a wide range of Moggie related issues.  We all now know what type of oil to use in the dash pot and how far to fill it up! 

Murray and John with loads of useful tips and advice

As always, the evening ended with lots of good conversations and laughter and we even picked up great tips and advice on how to get our cars into tip top condition ready for this year’s season!

       article posted 10th January 2013