Out and About - 2022

Branch New Year Lunch - Sunday 9th January 2022

Happy Branch members at Ferraris Country House Hotel, Longridge

The forecasts of dismal weather conditions didn't materialise, and the day was bright and dry. The forecasts resulted in us all using our "modern" cars, so there were no Minors in the car park. Not surprisingly, in the middle of the Covid Omicron cases surge, there were several understandable withdrawals from our traditional New Year lunch at Ferrari's restaurant in the Ribble Valley. However, there were still over 40 in the Venetian dining room at Ferrari's. Both the service and the food were excellent and so was the company for our first Branch outing of 2022, all agreed that it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Branch chairman Barbara Fisher thanked members present for joining the event and wished all members and families best wishes for the new year. Special thanks were offered from all present to Shirley Riley for her hard work in organising such an enjoyable and successful event in uncertain Covid times.

A wavy line up at Rivington Services

Manchester Branch MMOC Winter Rally - Sunday 27th February 2022

The alarm clock was set for 06.00 hrs. and we left just after 07.15 to meet up with the others at Rivington Services on the M61.  It was a lovely drive down the M55, M6 and M61 with the morning sunshine dazzling in places.  We were first to arrive at Rivington and where inside having a coffee when Lancashire member Byron arrived, closely followed by Chairman Andrew, Frank and Maureen, Steve  Rose and Ian Wilson.  Andrew had quite a group of spectators has he undertook some last-minute polishing of Teresa’s convertible. 6 Minors left Rivington Services in convoy and arrived at the Bus Museum without incident and were quietly marshalled into place inside.  The customary bacon butties and tea/coffee were quickly consumed.

 

Inside Manchester Museum of Transport

I counted 50 Minors in total; 41 inside and 9 outside and Lancashire Branch was represented by 16 Minors and at least 20 members.   It was a good feeling to meet up with old friends after 2 years of restrictions.  Messrs. Thornton and Littlewood were among several Minor Owners selling their wares, along with the regular auto-traders. There was a really good selection of Minors on display to the public this year, from the tatty and useable, well-kept ‘pride and joys’ to recent restorations.  I particularily liked a 1965 Clipper Blue ‘3 Door’ Saloon - well, that is what was on the vehicle’s information sheet!

 

Andrew receiving his award

Morning and afternoon vintage bus rides came and went and then it was time for the presentation of awards.  Lancashire Branch kept up its tradition of of being placed in the awards at this event.  Congratulations go to Andrew and Teresa's Old English White Convertible which came 3rd in the event.

 

 

Red Nose Day Car Run - Friday 14th March 2022

Start of the Car Run at Fox Lane, Leyland
Start of the Car Run at Fox lane, Leyland

On Red Nose Day on 18 March, 14 cars all displaying appropriate noses and plaques met at Fox Lane in Leyland before driving to Southport, calling in at J.D. Christian’s wonderful museum of old cars – mostly Rolls Royces and Bentleys. The museum is privately owned and has a magnificent array of motoring memorabilia as well as the cars all waiting to be restored or started up. It was a real treat when the owner started up a huge and magnificent old Rolls Royce and slowly eased it forward out of its garage.

After visiting the museum, we drove to the Ocean Plaza in Southport, adjacent to the pier, for lunch. A fantastic sight with all 14 Minors in a row which attracted much attention and interest from passers-by who generously donated to the Red Nose Day appeal. One young man put some coins in the bucket and said “What are these cars?”  When he was told that they were Morris Minors he asked “Is Morris a make of car then?” 

 Finally, we visited the British Lawnmower Museum where an amazing display of lawnmowers from the day they were invented to current models were on display – some incredible and very expensive machines in their day. There was even a machine with “Minor” written on its side – could it have been a distant relative?

This was a fantastic day and we raised a magnificent sum of money which was donated to Comic Relief.

A sunny Branch line up at Ocean Plaza, Southport

Morecambe Car Meet - Sunday 27th March 2022