Out and About - 2018
Here you will find a brief summary of the events in which our Branch members have been involved. Full accounts are published in the members' Branch Newsletter each month.
New Year Lunch - Sunday 21 January 2018
This is always a great social occasion and 49 members and friends enjoyed a lovely meal at Ferraris Country House Hotel, Longridge. We were also joined by members from the N E Lancashire Branch and shared stories of Christmas antics and plans for 2018. A most enjoyable gathering with lots of fun and laughter.
Branch AGM - Monday 22 January 2018
Our first meeting of 2018 was on a cold winter's evening but was well attended. After a review of 2017, and all the many and varied events in which Branch members were involved, the new committee was elected and the Branch trophies were awarded. We are looking forward to another excellent year and hope to be involved in even more events.
Outgoing Chairman Russell Fisher (left) and new Chairman Terry Traylor (right)
Steven Leadbetter presenting Shirley Riley with the Frank Leadbetter Memorial Trophy for exceptional service to the Branch
Richard Lancaster (left) presenting the Branch DAFTA (Hard Luck) Trophy to Mike and Louise Gott
Mechanics Day - Saturday 10 February 2018
It may have been a typical winter's day but that didn't stop 10 members from enjoying the first Mechanics Day of the season. These are always a great way for members to work together on each others car sorting out those mechanical problems.
Manchester Transport Museum - Sunday 25th February 2018
Branch members once again enjoyed the annual visit to the Manchester Transport Museum. This is usually the first event of the season and when Manchester MMOC hold their Winter Rally. It's great to meet up with friends and members from other Branches and there are always lots of interesting vehicles and displays to see in the museum.
Mechanics Day - Saturday 10th March 2018
Several members turned up eager to get their hands dirty but the first job was to get the water boiler working for that all important tea and coffee. Once that was sorted several jobs were done including a couple of oil changes and a few minor adjustments and tweaking to get those engines running smoothly.
Hunt the pie - serious business this!
Branch Ten Pin Bowling - Sunday 18th March 2018
Our annual Ten Pin Bowling Challenge is always great fun and several members enjoyed an afternoon on the lanes followed by a group meal at a local pub where the trophies were presented to bowling winners.
Chairman Terry Traylor (left) presenting the Michael Pemberton Trophy to winner Steve Blundell (right).
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Meet - Good Friday 30th March 2018
Good Friday saw 13 Morris Minors take to the road for our annual drive to Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. This was another lovely drive through the beautiful Lancashire and Yorkshire countryside to Bolton Abbey Station where we were again made very welcome. Our cars took pride of place outside the station building and attracted lots of positive attention. Rides on the steam trains, and tea and cakes, all added to make this a great event.
1940s Seaside Weekend and Classic Car Show, Fleetwood - Easter Sunday 1st April 2018
Several Branch members attended this event which was at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Over 90 vintage and classic vehicles were parked in front of the hotel which made for an interesting and very enjoyable display. There was also live music, lots of stalls and excellent Easter meals on offer inside the hotel.
Mechanics Day - Saturday 14th April 2018
April’s Mechanics Day fell on the same day as the MMOC AGM in Derby so there were some absentees but that did not deter ten or so members from working on the cars and enjoying the most welcome sunshine – as well as the numerous contributions of cakes and biscuits. Oh, and the tea and pies of course! One car was provided with new plugs and is now firing on all cylinders while another (late Austin van) was fitted with new steering gaiters and track rod ends. There was some debate about whether an Austin version of our beloved vehicles should be allowed to attend at all but we will leave that argument for another time. We also worked on a Traveller which was given a full service including gearbox oil change and sounded champion as it left the site.
The chat and friendliness at these days is as important as the work which is carried out and there is certainly no need to have to do work on your car if you want to come along. You may be roped in to position some axle stands, but hey, that is what it is all about!
Drive It Day - Sizergh Castle – Sunday 22nd April 2018
13 Minors gathered at Sizergh Castle in Cumbria after a drive in convoy from Burton in Kendal services. The cars, as usual, drew a great deal of attention parked as they were outside of the café - and a great display they made too! One or two other classic cars also appeared including a lovely Ford Prefect, an immaculate white MGB and 3 Austin 7s, but undoubtedly our Minors won the day – well we would say that wouldn't we!
BVPG Jubilee Gardens - Sunday 6th May 2018
This is an annual show run by the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group. This year the sun was out and so were the crowds admiring the large number of wonderful cars on the gardens showground. Eleven Branch cars met up at the River Wyre Hotel Poulton before driving in convoy to the show and a splendid sight they looked too! It is always great to have a club presence at an event where so many lovely cars are on show but as always we thought ours looked the best!
Wray Scarecrow Festival – Sunday 6th May 2018
The theme this year was 'Lights, Camera, Action'. Some were very topical such as the Royal Wedding, the Australian Cricket Ball Tampering, Ant & Dec and the Salisbury poisoning. Others put a new slant on film titles but as usual it was an excellent effort with weather to match. This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event.
Bleasdale Tower Gardens – Sunday 20th May 2018
This annual event is a lovely low key day at a beautiful house and gardens in the heart of the Lancashire countryside. Club members in their cars met at Whitechapel before driving in convoy to Bleasdale where we were displayed altogether amongst lovely Rileys, Triumphs and Rovers. A brass band, plant stalls, and food stalls with lovely cakes and sandwiches on sale all made the day one to remember. The best part though must be claimed by the magnificent gardens with rhododendrons, and azaleas blooming at the side of the pristine lawns. A lovely day to remember.
Chipping Steam Fair - Saturday 26th May 2018
A glorious day, beautiful surroundings and a field packed with classic cars made Chipping Steam Fair a really special occasion. Always a good event, this year there were no problems with wet fields or mud and nine Morrises were lined up looking spectacular in the sunshine. Our new club flags made sure everyone knew we were from the Lancashire Branch and the cars attracted a lot of admiring attention and interest. There was no formal judging, just good humoured banter, but everyone seemed to agree that the car of the show was a lovely, battered 1957 Ford Popular, dragged from a barn after 41 years and left exactly as found with rusty scabby paint and tired interior. Priceless! Always well organised and friendly Chipping Steam Fair really is an event not to be missed.
Great Harwood Show – Monday 28th May 2018
The warm sunny weather continued for the Great Harwood Agricultural Show where 17 Minors were displayed in a specially
reserved area next to a magnificent 1947 Accrington Corporation bus! The day got hotter and the crowds admiring the cars got bigger – including at least one gentleman who had just bought a split screen and was keen to join our Branch.
Always a well organised and popular show the range of classics this year was really impressive, as were the usual displays of well-groomed animals, piped band and vintage agricultural machinery! Add to this the range of food stalls and crafts and the day was perfect. Thanks go to Andrew and David Whittaker for the excellent organisation together with ice creams and water to keep us all cool!
Heskin Vintage & Steam Rally – Sunday 3rd June 2018
The official programme title for this show is “Vintage & Steam Rally and Country Fair” which really sums up this event very well. Held over two days, there was plenty of interest for all ages. On Sunday the sun shone down on hundreds of vehicles and even more exhibitors and visitors. Three branch cars attended on that day, all arriving independently and parking within ten feet of each other! Numerous forms of transport were displayed, from penny farthings to classic motorbikes, light and heavy commercial vehicles to steam rollers, tractors and Landrovers, plus of course well over a hundred classic cars. There was a great atmosphere on the showground, with visitors enjoying the lovely weather, the large number of trade stands to peruse, a brass band and the temptations of the bar plus the traditional and exotic catering stands – ostrich burger anyone? A show well worth a visit.
Oakwell Hall Rally – Sunday 3rd June 2018
This was a lovely low key Classic Car event organised by the Yorkshire Rover Club at Oakwell Hall near Batley. This is a superb Elizabethan Manor House in beautiful surroundings and was used by Charlotte Bronte as “Fieldhead” in one of her books. Branch members Mike and Tony took their Rover P6 but were delighted to see five Morris Minors there too – three saloons, a pickup and a Traveller. It was great to talk to their owners and share Minor stories with members from another Branch. Despite dubious forecasts the weather turned out to be fabulous and the day was a great success.
Longridge Field Day – Saturday 9th June 2018
Always an enjoyable day where the cars parade around the streets of Longridge ahead of the floats before being displayed on the Town Field alongside plant stalls, food outlets, and the lively fun fair. These surround the main arena where the “May Queen” is crowned and dogs show their expertise in jumping (or avoiding) hurdles! A variety of classics took part including a very original 1932 MG and a pristine Renault 15. Three club members took their Morrises (all split screens) and Mike was astounded to win the “Best in Show” award – a rosette and a rather large cup!
The cup doesn’t look that big to me!
Branch Rally at Leighton Hall – Sunday 1st July 2018
The Branch celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Morris Minor in style with a display of 23 cars formed into a figure 70 in front of the Hall courtesy of Steve Rose and his trusty notepad. It may have been necessary to stand on the roof of the Hall to get the full effect (and they must have looked wonderful from outer space!) but the fantastic weather and superb display made this an event to remember. A new trophy, the Steve Rose ‘Rose Bowl’, was awarded to Robin for his stirling efforts in keeping his lovely two door Minor on the road with initiative, ingenuity and a low budget. An example to us all. The tombola and book stall were again run by the lady members and proved very popular raising funds for our nominated charities. Although we were unable to have our usual BBQ this year because of the hot dry weather – and moorland fires not far away – we made up for it with slices of a wonderful 70th anniversary cake made for the event. Truly a day to remember!
Who said he could park on our roof! & Wishy washy tea for the Chairman!
Goosnargh & Longridge Show – Saturday 7th July 2018
Always a lovely low key show with superb displays and stalls this year was no exception with the hot weather bringing out the crowds! It is always good fun to watch the piglet racing and to see beautiful shire horses parading in the ring.
The display of classic vehicles is small but beautifully formed! Two of our members, Maureen and Tony won joint third prize with two Rileys, an RM and a Kestrel taking first and second places respectively.
The show ends with the vintage tractors and classic cars parading around the ring and sounding their horns – quite a sound!
Fine Tuned Vintage on the Dock, Liverpool – Saturday & Sunday 14th -15th July 2018
Members represented Lancashire Branch MMOC at this great event held at Albert Dock in Liverpool. It was organised by Wayne Hemingway who also organises the Vintage by the Sea at Morecambe later in the season. This was a very busy and well attended event with the roads to the docks closed to traffic but once we were there it proved to be a great day. There was lots to see and do and there were some classic vehicles on display, but surprisingly only two Morris Minors were on show.
Duxbury’s Garden Centre – Sunday 8th July 2018
Our Branch visit to Duxbury’s Garden Centre at Whitestake near Preston proved to be a most enjoyable trip for those who attended. Although we only had six Morris Minors there we attracted a lot of attention from the general public and all those usual comments that we have all heard before such as “My dad had one of those” and “I learnt to drive in a Moggy”. The breakfasts were most welcome and very good and we had lots of time to explore the garden centre in brilliant sunshine. For those of you who were not there the only thing to say is that “you missed a real treat”.
North West Morris Minor Day at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire – 22nd July 2018
After all the glorious weather we have had recently on Sunday morning members woke up to a misty dull morning for the Branch visit to Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire. This venue is very similar to Leighton Hall, with lovely gardens, lakes and a chapel as well as the magnificent Hall itself. The event was a general classic car show, but Manchester Branch had organised “North West Morris Minor Day” and had been given pride of place in the court yard right in front of the Hall. There were over 30 cars all placed in their various model groups. A really good event and venue, well organised by MMOC Manchester Branch, and well worth the trip.
Bring Your Car Night – Monday 23rd July 2018
Nineteen Morrises of all types attended the Branch’s annual Bring Your Car Night and everyone enjoyed the warm dry weather whilst chatting about the cars and their exploits! The line of cars looked resplendent across the expanse of the cricket pitch and it must have been difficult for the lady judge to choose the one car she liked most. In the end after much deliberation Andrew Whittaker’s Traveller was chosen – well done that man! Back in the clubhouse the normal branch business was attended to in our ChairmanTerry’s inimitable style followed by an excellent hot pot supper. It was also really good to welcome four new members to our fold – we are sure they were impressed by the display. A great evening enjoyed by all.
Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August 2018
What an amazing show in a fantastic location. It was hot and sunny and the scenery and surrounding properties looked fantastic with the canal-side field bursting at the seams with splendid cars. The Branch had a number of representatives there and in addition there were loads of other Moggies from all over the North. Of particular note were a white pick-up and a really beautiful blue van, but every Morris looked great in the sunshine. The thing most noticeable was the number of rare cars including several bubble cars with two back wheels (rare indeed in the UK apparently) and a row of Jowett Javelins.
Cars in the Park, Preston – Saturday 11th August 2018
About 180 cars in total and of every make and type looked splendid in the lovely setting of Miller Park. Our Branch had a stand there and 15 of our cars arranged in a figure 70 again to mark the 70th anniversary of the launch of the first post war Morris Minor. One of our members won the runner up trophy for Car of the Show with his 1949 low light MM – pipped to the post by a superb Mercedes.
Classics at Stonyhurst College – Sunday 12th August 2018
This was the inaugural event for this location and despite a down turn in weather after a dry and sunny event at Miller Park the previous day, the event was well attended. 280 cars had been booked and just over 200 turned up for the show. Congratulations to Frank and Maureen Miller for being Runners Up in the 1960’s Class with their Van. First place in their class went to a red over cream Austin Healey 3000, which went on to win Car of the Show.
Branch Car Run – Thursday 16th August 2018
Branch members met at the new Barton Grange Flower Bowl Centre at Brock on the A6. After a look around this new facility we travelled in convoy; 3 Minors, 1 Rover and a Fiat Camper Van to Singleton Maize Maze where we met up with other members. 12 intrepid members decided to go round the Maize while others stayed in the Barn, where the refreshments were. A few maps were bought and these people were the first out. The rest of the group trusted their instinct. Everybody made it round and luckily nobody had to be rescued. Next stop was at Bond’s Café in Elswick for a well-deserved ice cream before returning to The Flower Bowl for a fish and chip tea.
Malham Show – Saturday 25th August 2018
This is a traditional agricultural and country show, held every August Bank Holiday Saturday, in the stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside. There is something for everyone with attractions and activities for all ages, including of course a line-up of eight Morris Minors! It was a beautiful sunny day and there was the usual large number of visitors. Amongst the many attractions were livestock showing/judging, vintage agricultural vehicles, equestrian events, drystone wall building, gun-dog displays and sheepdog trials and for the younger ones Punch & Judy, a magician and clown. There were also numerous catering outlets around the show ground. The Morris Minors were judged with third place going to Jon & Avril’s convertible, second to Karl & Phyllis’s traveller and first place to Steve & Wendy’s saloon.
Stanley Park Classics Show – Sunday 26th August 2018
This event, which is organised by the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group, has always been a great show. Sadly this year it was a very wet show with the rain getting worse during the day. The event was called to an end at 12.00 when the raffle was drawn. Prior to this, the gazebo containing the DJ’s equipment blew down and that put an end to the music. The Branch was represented by members in 3 Travellers.
Fox Lane Open Day – Monday 27th August 2018
Nine Morrises were displayed at the Fox Lane Fun Day in Leyland to show the Branch’s appreciation for the provision of a room at the club each month for our meetings. In addition one member also brought along his lovely maroon Rolls Royce which dwarfed everything there – we are sure he could have got one of the Morrises in the boot! Tombola stalls and a raffle with a huge number of prizes were part of the fun and the club provided an excellent menu of food in the club room. A trophy was given to the nicest Morris Minor and was deservedly won by Karl who came along this time in his cream saloon. (His Traveller won second prize at the Malham Show two days earlier so clearly he was on a roll!)
Vintage by the Sea, Morecambe – 1st & 2nd September 2018
Always an amazing and lively event this year’s Vintage by the Sea was probably the best ever with cars parked in the car park of the magnificent Midland Hotel and flowing all the way up the promenade. Our Branch was given pride of place along the wall of the car park with 12 Morrises of all types – including a lovely milk float complete with photos of old Morecambe - looking resplendent in the sunshine! Club members looked the part in vintage costumes and joined in the “dancing” – using the term very loosely in some cases!
On the Sunday the highlight was the fly past of a magnificent Lancaster bomber which flew so low that we all ducked! The moment was incredibly emotional and brought back thoughts of young men flying the bombers in the war and in some cases never returning. Twelve members enjoyed afternoon tea in the conservatory of the Midland Hotel on Sunday – a very special and stylish occasion which everyone agreed should be repeated. Everything – the cars, costumes, music and flypast made this a very special occasion and one not to be missed in the future.
BVPG Classics Show, Lytham St Annes – Sunday 9th September 2018
The Beach Café was the venue for this year’s event and after a very damp and unpromising start the weather changed and it turned into a lovely sunny day for this event in Lytham St Annes. Nearly 400 cars were booked in for this event and although we did not have a Branch stand to get all the cars together 5 Minors and a Riley RM from Lancashire Branch were in attendance. Refreshments where available at The Beach Café and adjacent Hotels. Congratulations go to Peter and Carina Clough for winning “Car of the Show” with their Green and Cream Riley RM and we were also delighted to welcome Chris and Jenny Cadman and their lovely green Traveller on their first rally with Lancashire Branch.
Northern Regional Rally, Normanby Hall – 16th & 17th September 2018
A few members representated our Branch at this MMOC event. We had one car entered into concours judging which did very well coming first with 259 points. Later on members enjoyed an afternoon tea in the marquee which was raising money for the Prostrate charity. About 50-60 people sat down, tables set with "best" china crockery, all mismatched, but it worked well. Sandwiches, cakes, scones with pots of jam and clotted cream, all washed down with as much tea or coffee as you wished. All served by the MMOC team (Sue Ackrill and co.) and entertained by Mick from Barnsley Branch with music and songs.
LVG Worden Park – Sunday 23 September 2018
It was a crisp sunny day for the LVC meet at Worden Park which saw a good turnout of splendid cars. The Branch did not have a stand this time but a number of Minors were in attendance and looked impressive amongst the Austin 7s, Jaguars and MGs and many others. Our Chairman surprised everyone by turning up in his splendid “new” 1955 split screen van previously owned by Radio Rentals.The LVC always put on good events and Worden Park has lovely gardens a great tea room and two miniature steam railways to keep everyone happy. A great local and low key day out.
Roses Run – Sunday 23rd September 2018
Five cars from Lancashire Branch met up at Morecambe to start the 18th Roses Run and after being given a very comprehensive route to follow covering 167 miles members set off in two groups. The weather was really good and we arrived at Scarborough around 5pm and after a photo shoot on the seafront made our way to the Royal Hotel where members had an excellent group dinner was excellent and Glen then gave out a quiz. We did ask for the easy one, I don’t think he heard us. Anyway Steve, Wendy, David and Ann
Dorothy Wilson Memorial Car Road Run – Sunday 14th October 2018
The cars and commercials vehicles met at the Commercial Vehicle Museum at Leyland. The museum was atthe time closed due to work being carried out on the roof, so we did not have access to the café for bacon butties and hot drinks. The morning was cold and the heavy rain that had been forecast luckily did not materialise. Two Branch Minors (Frank & Maureen and Steve & Wendy) and two modern cars joined other cars and vehicles from the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group and Pilling Car Club.
The route took us along the A59 towards Gisburn with Bryon joining the Minor Group at Barrow. We then carried on through Long Preston, Settle, Kirby Lonsdale, Arkholme, and Over Kellet to Carnforth. Some members of the BVPG joined the run at Kirby Lonsdale for the final stage to Carnforth.
A well-deserved lunch was taken at Carnforth Truckstop on the A6. In all 18 Cars (Classics and Modern) and 13 Commercials took part. Our Chairman Terry in his new role as a Morris van owner, decided to follow the commercials and travelled at their pace in his modern car.
Blackpool Illuminations Run – Wednesday 17th October 2018
Well at last this year the weather was kind to us and after meeting up at the Phantom Winger and driving along the M55 15 Morrises gathered near the tram sheds at Starr Gate before parading in convoy along the Golden Mile. Convertible roofs were lowered – very brave – and a number of cars joined in the spirit of the occasion by having illuminations of their own draped around the cars’ interiors. Angela announced that hers were not hanging level but we decided not to pursue that line of conversation! It was great to see, and hear, the reaction of people walking along the prom and in cars, clearly delighted to see so many lovely Morrises in a line. As usual we all gathered at the end of the illuminations in Bispham for our traditional fish and chips and great conversation and laughter. A memorable time was had by all.
Fylde Country Life Preservation Society Crank Up – Sunday 11th November 2018
This is an annual event held at the Kirklands and Catterall Memorial Hall, at the junction of the A6 and A586 near Garstang. It is one of several events held by the society during the year and celebrates “The Rural Life of Yesteryear”. The society has its museum at Farmer Parr’s at Fleetwood and is well worth a visit. There were about 20 Classic Cars on display this year but I think that they were outnumbered by the Static or Barn Engines, small single cylinder engines used as a prime mover to provide power to drive wood saws, beet choppers, pumping and milking machines etc. The Branch had 3 cars on display; 2 Travellers and Mr and Mrs Clough’s lovely Riley RM. A wreath laying ceremony was held and silence was observed at 11.00. After lunch of Hotpot followed by Apple Pie and Cheese, Prizes and Class Winners were awarded to Members of the Society e.g. Best Static Engine, Best Tractor, Best Indoor Exhibit, etc. The Best Show Exhibit was awarded to a twin axle Land Rover Recovery Vehicle.
The Final Homecoming Commemorating the Centenary of the First World War
Whilst at the Fylde Country Life Preservation Society Crank Up the previous day, we had been invited to take part in this parade in Fleetwood. We met Ken Wilson with his Traveller and 3 other cars from the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group at the entrance to the Memorial Gardens and were directed to our assembly point. The Final Homecoming Parade was the penultimate event in a series of events held the previous week to mark the Centenary of the end of the First World War. The Final Homecoming Exhibition Marquee was set up in the Marine Hall Gardens. It hosted an exhibition of replicas, artefacts and posters of life on the home front as well as posters and creative writing by children, young people and adults of the local community. The parade consisted of over 1000 people, including 800 school children. The parade started at 11.00 and followed Warrenhurst Road, Lord Street, North Albert Street, Bold Street to Marine Gardens at midday. The two lead cars started to overheat and left the parade at the Library and continued to the Marine Gardens Marquee. When the parade was over drivers and passengers adjourned to the North Euston Hotel for lunch.
Secret Santa Night – Monday 10th December 2018
There were plenty of unusual hats and jumpers at the club’s Secret Santa evening. Sadly our Chairman Terry was unwell so Barbara stepped in at the last minute and did a sterling job of running the evening for us. Well done and thanks Barbie! We had the usual car racing event with ladies’, gents and then an overall winner – Kath raced home for the ladies, Robin for the men. Needless to say, that after insisting that my car had to be a maroon convertible, I came last! An added bonus this year was the addition of a roof mounted camera set up by Steve. Wait for the premier of the video! Shirley provided a quiz which for those who cottoned on to the theme (guess who didn’t) solved it with eeeeeeeeese!
Next we were entertained by Keith with an amusing selection of Christmas jokes. Not quite sure if these came out of Christmas crackers but they certainly raised lots of laughs and the odd festive groan! Then club members showed their intelligence and dexterity by trying to fit shapes into children’s toys. This proved to be quite a challenge for some who adopted numerous different positions including sitting on the floor! The men’s team won, which judging by the head scratching which goes on at mechanics days, was something of a miracle! Once again thanks to Steve for organising this for us.
Of course it wouldn’t have been complete without some Christmas carols and we all enjoyed a good sing-song even if some of the words were not the traditional familiar ones! Finally the highlight of the evening was the collection of Secret Santa presents of all different shapes and sizes – we hope that none were opened before Christmas Day! This was a great evening with a lot of effort being given by everyone concerned. Thanks – it couldn’t happen without you!