Out & About - 2017
Manchester Branch Winter Rally, Transport Museum, Manchester - Sunday 26th February 2017
This year's event was a double celebration. As well as being the 21st Anniversary Rally it was also the first time in twenty years that the Minor of Jeff Lawrenson, the organiser, had made an apearance having been off the road all that time. His Minor was joined by around 45 others including five from our Branch which all made up an impressive display in the Transport Museum. Members also enjoyed drives around Manchester on the vintage bus trips.
Jubilee Gardens Classic Car Show - Sunday 30th April 2017
It was a dry but blustery day for the Jubilee Gardens, Cleveleys gathering organised by Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group. The Branch met up at the River Wyre Hotel at Poulton before driving in convey to Cleveleys – and quite a sight it looked too! We are not sure whether we pinched someone else’s spot on the field but hey it was a friendly car show and no one seemed to mind! The joy of these shows is that so many makes of immaculate - and otherwise - classic cars arrive all of which are someone’s pride and joy! Everyone swaps tales of how they were obtained, restored, driven etc. etc. and it is lovely to meet people who we have all met before! One of my favourites is a gold Vauxhall Viva, hand painted battered and loved by its owner who was mortified that someone had scraped the front wing at some traffic lights! It was a bit cold but no rain. The highlight of the day was perhaps Mike and little Leo – Barry and Caroline’s son – winning a travel kettle for their caravan in the raffle. Leo was ecstatic! A good day was had by all.
Great Harwood Agricultural Show - Monday 29th May 2017
The morning started grey and damp but this did not deter 19 Minors from attending the Great Harwood Show. Andrew and David Whittaker did a splendid job again of providing a dedicated site for Lancashire Branch and the cars looked resplendent under the club banner! The club gazebo provided a welcome central point for brewing tea and swapping stories as well as shelter from the chilly weather. The cars were universally admired and the usual comments of “I learnt to drive in one just like this” were in abundance. This is always a good event made special by the variety of displays and stalls selling too much good food! The piped bands provided excellent entertainment and if you were brave enough you could saunter through the cattle tents behind the cows being groomed for display! An excellent event which is a must next year!
Heskin Steam & Vintage Rally - Sunday 4th June 2017
A new venue in Eccleston - but still under the same name – saw the Heskin Steam and Vintage Rally in full swing under warm sunshine. A good turnout of Lancashire Branch cars intermingled with other beautiful classics and it was good to chat to owners of other vehicles in conversations of mutual admiration. A smaller event than other steam rallies but the displays were nevertheless impressive. This was a very enjoyable event.
Botany Bay Classic Car Show - Sunday 23rd July 2017
A lovely sunny day saw a great turnout of all types of classics at Botany Bay for the LVC meet there. The meet coincided with a number of other events so the club presence was limited to two Morrises – well done Byron and Ellen and Harry for flying the flag! Mike and Tony let the side down by going in their Rover P6 but they have to use it sometime! LVC is a small but well organised group and their events are always worth trying. This one is located in the grounds of Botany Bay adjacent to the canal so a nice setting for lots of lovely classics – every one someone’s pride and joy.
NE Lancashire Branch Rally, Townley Hall Classic Car Show - 25th June 2017
Lancs Branch Prize Winners Lancs Branch Moggies
The start of the day was wet and cold and it was touch and go whether a trip to Towneley and the NEL Branch Rally was on the cards but the weather dried up enough to make the trip! There was a good display of classic cars of all makes but the NEL Branch stand stole the show and indeed won best stand! Twelve Minors in all (seven from Lancashire Branch) looked resplendent even if there was wet grass on all the wheels and round the wheel arches! No one seemed to mind too much about the infiltrator – Mark Powell’s Tumeric Rover P6 2200 parked at the end! Come on Mark where was Marian your lovely green four door split screen when we needed her? Our members did well in the prize stakes with Tony’s lowlight winning best saloon, Stan and Carolyn’s convertible winning best convertible and Bill’s Traveller being the car most people would like to go home in (would they all fit?). A good time was had by all at a well supported event.
Goosnargh & Longridge Agricultural Show - Saturday 8th July 2017
Five Minors – four club members and prospective new members Angela and Gordon (who were very impressed with the new club card!), were in attendance at this small but really enjoyable agricultural show in warm sunny weather. The cars were parked in front of some very splendid looking vintage tractors but Morris won the day with Tony Fennell’s MM winning not only Best Car in Class but also Champion Vintage Vehicle beating everything else on the field! This is a very “foody” event with lots of lovely grub being sold in the marquees. Not only that but the crowds were treated to a series of piglet races, a chance to mix with 32 hounds from a local hunt, and numerous displays of farm animals including some very orange looking sheep! A really good event well worth considering in future years.
Horses & Hounds, Moggies and Piglet Races
Malham Agricultural Show - Saturday 26th August 2017
When only three Minors met up on the A59 we did wonder how many would arrive at the show. We needn’t have worried – as we wound our way up the lanes towards Malham a convoy of ten built up!! In all 18 Minors looked resplendent parked against a dry stone wall at this beautiful location. Malham is a lovely small truly local agricultural show with show jumping, sheep shearing, cattle displays and a brass band playing! Mike was rather startled to win first prize in the judging of the Morris Minors and Byron was a worthy winner of third prize with a locally owned pick up coming second. A great event well worth attending – here’s to next year.
Stanley Park Classic Car Show - Sunday 27th August 2017
This is always a good event set in the beautiful Italian Gardens of Stanley Park, Blackpool. Several members attended the event despite it being the same day as the Open Fun Day at our 'clubhouse' Fox Lane Sports and Social Club which many members also attended. We had seven Morris Minors parked amongst the colourful flower beds and these attracted a lot of attention. This event always has a wonderful selection of classics of all makes and the bright and sunny weather added to the atmosphere of the occasion.
Vintage by the Sea - Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September 2017
Terry with Tea Ladies Members Dressed to Impress Vintage Vehicles
What a truly fantastic event this was. The line of Morris Minors (9 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday) looked great in the Midland Hotel car park and everyone looked resplendent and smart in their vintage outfits! It would be impossible to say who looked the best – everyone had made such an effort – but Terry looked just a bit too much like a real spiv for comfort in his pin stripe suit and trilby whilst Tony and Jane swished down the cat walk in their forties outfits cheered on by the crowds watching! They were really pleased to receive “best in show “ rosettes until they realised that about 20 other people had also received them!! The atmosphere of the music dancing and lovely cars in front of the amazing backdrop of the Midland made this a really special event especially on Saturday when the weather was just perfect. This is an event which should not be missed – roll on next year!