Wednesday, 12 October 2016



The IOW Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club recently completed our leg of a long journey from John O'Groats to Land's End.

A 1963 four door Morris Minor was bequeathed to the Club, with the stipulation that it be used for a charitable purpose. To this end, the car was prepared for a trip that would encompass every Branch of the MMOC, including Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Isle of Wight. The event would take 30 days to complete, and collections would be made along the way, all proceeds going to Marie Curie.
Malcolm Jones and Dave Gilliam picked the car up in the evening of Thursday 22nd of September
Dave and Malcolm in their official jumpers with the Marathon car!
from the Surrey Hills branch, and brought the car to the Island. It was actually early at Gunwharf, where we were also met by representatives of Marie Curie. During the crossing a collection was made, and we were invited to the bridge to meet the Captain. Not exactly a new experience for Dave as he worked on the route!

It was then displayed at Havenstreet Railway Station for a couple of hours on Friday morning; this was a little disappointing as it was a non running day, so only a few visitors there, but several Club members turned up.
When we picked the car up, we noticed that several branches had adorned the car with Branch stickers, so we of course added our own. Dave then drove it to Yarmouth, followed by Malcolm in his Traveller for the ferry to Lymington. The ferry had been delayed due to a medical emergency at Lymington on their last trip, so we were late leaving by about 40 minutes. Once again we were lucky to secure a spot that enabled us to get off the ferry quickly, and also were allowed to make another collection. On landing, we met up with members of the Hampshire Branch, who were displaying it at Beaulieu.

In total  IOWMMOC  raised £391.40 towards the National Appeal.
The Marathon  finished  at Land's End on 2nd October, after covering over 4,000 miles.

Branch Rally Report

The Isle of Wight Morris Minor club held a successful 30th anniversary at Havenstreet Station on the 3rd and 4th of September.

Saturday afternoon saw 37 Minors set off from Havenstreet
to Wolverton Manor.
The day before the run, with route maps ready, we were told that a major part of our route was closed, for re-surfacing. Our Chairman called in to Island Roads office, and was told the road would be fully open. It was with dismay then, that we started seeing signs saying “Road ahead closed”, and eventually, “Road Closed”. Luckily, we decided to go on, and we could get through, all be it having to zigzag around large barriers. A police car racing along this narrow country road must have had quite a shock, to be met by a convoy of Minors!

At Wolverton Manor we had kindly been granted free entry; a collection was made, half of which half went to Wolverton, and half to Marie Curie. 

The usual BBQ was held at Havenstreet; we had to improvise a bit because it poured with rain! We were entertained by Local group
“Sounds of the 70s”, in which committee member Will Sprack plays, and a 30th anniversary cake was cut.

Luckily, we had the use of a marquee, and we cooked on the BBQ that the railway has built under cover.
Sunday morning saw a lot of activity, as we set up for the main event. We attracted 53 Minors, and 23 other Classic cars. This was rather low, but Beaulieu Autojumble was held the same

We were entertained during the day by Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band, Haven Falconry, and several teams of Morris Dancers. There was also mystery bus trips on The Old Girl, a 1939 open top bus, kindly loaned by Southern Vectis, and discounted train rides.

Our event we consider more of a gathering, not competitive, and so we do not have class judging.

There are, however, a few awards, as follows.

BEST IN SHOW FYB 595 K, a green Traveller,

BEST ISLAND CAR 843 ADL, also a green Traveller,

CHAIRMAN'S CHOICE WFD 890H, a red sign-written van, from the Birmingham branch.

In the evening we held a post rally dinner at the Woodman Arms, Wootton, attended by 27 Minor devotees.

We would like to thank IOW Railway for hosting us, WBS for donated printing, Price's Garage for cups and trophies, Southern Vectis for use of the Old Girl, and of course our main sponsor, Tim Lang Classics, of Taunton.


Monday, 8 August 2016

30th Birthday!

The IOW MMOC was formed in 1986 so 2016 see's our 30th Anniversary! Our main celebration will be at our 30th Annual Rally to be held at Havenstreet Steam Railway over the weekend on September 3rd and 4th.

At the B B Q on Saturday evening we will have a celebration cake and will be entertained by 60's and 70's music from a live band. All friends of the club are invited: bring your own meats to cook on our B B Q and enjoy the sweets provided by us!

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Matt and Jaime

We wish Matt (Birkin - a committee member of the IOWMMOC) and Jaime all the best on this their wedding day!

The cake ( made by friend Vikki Roberts) featured Matt's Minor Traveller - not his bus or Triumph 2000!
Matt's Bristol VR - not a Minor but it is a classic vehicle!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Friday, 11 September 2015

Branch Rally 2015 - Report

We held another successful Rally, this being our 29th. On the Saturday 30 Minors and a few other Classics met up in
the main car park at Havenstreet Station, for a drive-out to Calbourne Water Mill, where we were given free entry. Unfortunately, soon after leaving the start point, I, as “Tail end Charlie” came across a Minor stationary in a gateway. I stopped, but soon ascertained that they were going to return home to Ryde, it seemed to be on three cylinders only. I rather suspect a blown head gasket, or at least I hope that was the extent of it. All the others arrived safely, but some were bemused that I managed to re-join in the middle of the convoy, having taken a short cut!

On Saturday evening we held our BBQ at Havenstreet Station, well attended by around 40 campers and IOW members.

On Sunday, the rally field still resembled the Somme, with deep ruts of mud, but at least it was dry mud! This, of course, was caused by bad weather coinciding with the Steam Rally held the preceding weekend, traction engines and a soggy field do not mix well!

In all, we had 57 Minors arrive, plus 28 visiting Classics of other makes. Clubs represented were IOWMMOC,

Dorset, East Sussex, West Sussex, Cambridge, Surrey /Hants, Malvern Hills, Runnymede, IOW Fords, IOW Minis, and Vectis Historic. Apologies if I missed anyone out!

We were entertained during the day by Morris Dancers, Haven Falconry, and Shanklin Town Youth Brass Band.

There were also three bus trips to the new IOW Bus and Coach Museum, these being run on the Southern Vectis “Old Girl” open top bus, dating from 1939.

All too soon it was time for prizes, raffle and competition time. The competition involved a painting of a Morris Dealer's forecourt in 1960, and contestants were asked to find any errors in it. They included a four door Minor Million, never made, plus Millions did not go on sale until 1961; an 1100, not introduced until 1962; a left hand
drive Minor was questionable, but curiously, many thought that a CND symbol on a girl's top was too early. In fact, the symbol was used by CND from 1958. We had to go to a tie-breaker between Alan Peeling and Barry
Allen to get a winner, Alan won! Alan also suggested the girl was attired wrongly for the time, she seemed to be wearing a bra!

Prizes were awarded as follows.

Best Restoration, Roxy, RMT 899 owned by Will Sprack.

Best Island car, Poppy, 6411 PO owned by Dave Gilliam

Best in Show, RTR 549, owned by Colin Mockett, of Dorset Branch

Chairman's Choice, a Morris Eight owned by Phil Woodward.

The raffle had a huge number of prizes, many kindly donated by businesses, but we did manage to whip through them pretty swiftly.

We closed proceedings with a meal at the Woodman Arms, Wootton, attended by over twenty people.

Many thanks to our sponsors, Tim Lang Restoration Centre, Taunton WBS Printers, Newport, and Price's Garage,

Newport without whom we would not be able to have a free Rally.
Next year's Rally, our 30th, will be held on the 3rd and 4th of September.

for pictures CLICK HERE

Friday, 24 April 2015

Sunday 26 April – FBHVC ‘Drive it Day’

Ryde Depot
Sunday 26th April is the FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs)  ‘Drive It Day’ when owners take out their classic vehicles and let people see them on the roads of Great Britain.

Are you planning to take your Minor - or any classic or even modern car - out for a spin on the Isle of Wight and are looking for somewhere to visit? Why not visit  the newly relocated Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum in the old Southern Vectis bus depot at Park Road in Ryde? Admission is free and the kettle is always on for hot drinks. We also have cold drinks, sweets and cakes. Facilities and public areas are suitable for wheelchair users and there are two disabled parking spaces in front of the big doors, close to the entrance to the building.
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum, Ryde’s newest FREE admission attraction, is currently open on Sundays and Wednesdays between 10.30 and 16.00.