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.