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.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Peter John Garlick 6th October 1940 - 15th February 2015

My good friend, Peter, former work colleague, fellow bus museum stalwart and IOW MMOC member lost his brave fight against a long illness on February 15th.

I first met Peter in the winter of 1985/6 when I joined Southern Vectis and decided that I wanted to obtain what was then a PSV license. Coming from London Transport I drove buses regularly but as an engineer I did it on a heavy car license despite having passed a full PSV test. I was a cocky 36 year old chief engineer so just got Pete, who was the Southern Vectis driving instructor, to make sure I knew what the test involved. I was too cocky as I failed at the first attempt due to incorrect mirror procedures which I tried to blame on Pete for not picking up! I took the test again the next day and passed and I am pleased to say Pete and I did not fall out over the incident! The only looser was Southern Vectis who had to pay another test fee.

I organised a Southern Vectis open day and was keen for us to offer drives of buses to the public. Peter shared this dream and volunteered to do this and it proved a brilliant success: Pete was in his element and his knowledge and personality allowed many to achieve their ambition to drive a bus. I was amazed that we were able to hire Coppins Bridge car park for the day and obtain full insurance cover for the event: I doubt that this would be possible today.

He will be remembered as a past Mayor of Yarmouth and was very much involved with the Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival and Yarmouth Carnival. He also served on the Yarmouth Harbour Advisory Committee where he had also been a commissioner. He had been a Yarmouth Town councillor for 18 years.

Peter bought his Minor from his very good friend Bill Edwards and joined the club in March 1996. It was a Trafalgar blue 1967 4 door HDL 414E, christened H Diddle by Bill's wife Ann. This car looked good above the water line but was not so good below and Pete was forced to scrap it after some 5 years of ownership but remained a member.

With his wife Brenda and friends Bill and Ann Edwards they were known as the Freshwater four. They were regulars at our Christmas weekends (in February) at the Windsor Carton Hotel in Ventnor. Many will remember that before his illness he volunteered to drive the Old Girl for our rally and Bill often conducted for him.

Brenda and Peter

His funeral was held on Friday 27th February at Christ Church, Totland Bay and this big church was full and there were people standing: a tribute to how he was loved and respected by so many. Club friends present included Malcolm and Mary Jones, Dave Gilliam, Helen Danby, Bill and Ann Edwards, and myself.

Rest in peace, Pete and we sent our condolences to his wife Brenda and family. Like many others I will miss him. The club has made a donation to the Hospice in his memory.
Peter's Jaguar X Type - nice wheels!

Alan Peeling

Monday, 8 December 2014

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival 2014

After years of shall we - shant we, the IOW MMOC have decorated a tree for the Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival.

Our tree is in the Wilberforce Hall and we have an excellent position at the front of the hall on the right of the entrance!

The tree looks great with many Minor themed decorations!

Many of the decorations were made by Roger Butler, seen below pictured with Branch Chairman Malcolm Jones: