After 30 years as Chairman of the IOW Branch of the Morris Minor Owners Club, Malcolm Jones stood down at the 2016 AGM. Mary Jones, our secretary and Alan Peeling the Treasurer also stood down.
Will Sprack has been elected as only the third Chairman of the branch in its 30 year history. Dave Gilliam has added the role of secretary to his existing position as magazine editor. Jonathan Lewis will take on the Treasurers role and Matt Birkin will become Membership Secretary.
Members thanked Malcolm, Mary and Alan for their contributions to the club and they all wished their replacement officers well for the future.
Full details of the new committee can be found here
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.
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.
And finally here is the Steam Railway's report in their magazine:
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!