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:


Sunday, 7 September 2014

2014 Branch Rally Report

IOW MORRIS MINOR RALLY - report by Dave Gilliam

Over 40 Morris Minors plus other Classics left Havenstreet Railway station on Saturday afternoon, for a scenic drive to Seaview Wildlife Encounter, where we enjoyed afternoon tea whilst viewing all of the wildlife. I left Havenstreet with just Peter Wade behind me acting as tail-end Charlie. The
majority of cars managed to keep sight of the one in front, so kept together. A small group ahead of me took the left hand fork at Nettlestone Green, and one car that stopped to fill up with petrol in West Priory was gathered up by Peter. They also took the short cut, and were in the park before me!

In the car park at Seaview Wildlife
In the evening there was a large gathering at the Rally site for a BBQ.
This proved to be rather too successful, as space on the fire was at a premium; I resorted to flashing up the frying pan in our motor home! The party carried on long after dark.

Entry to the site was free, thanks to IOW Railway, there also being no rally fee, thanks to sponsorship from Tim Lang Classic Restorations,
and printing supplied by WBS of Newport. The heavy rain we had on Monday and Tuesday prior to the Rally caused us a bit of a headache, but
after the field was rolled on Saturday morning, all but one large patch became use-able. We were able to screen this off by placing all Island cars in front of it.

The main event started at 10am on Sunday, with a total of 64 Minors, 26 other Classic cars, 4 motor bikes, and 17 buses lined up for display. Dorset Branch was as usual well represented, as was Bridlington and Wolds, with others from Hampshire, West Sussex, Herts, Devon, and Essex that I
can remember. I apologise if I missed a Branch out! There was also good turnouts from IOW Fords, IOW Minis, and Vectis Historic.

We also had a few Steam Traction engines moving across the field on their way home, having been stranded after heavy rain on the Bank Holiday weekend. We were entertained by several Morris dance groups, Shanklin Town Brass Band, and a Falconry display by Haven Falconry. There was of
course mystery bus trips in the OLD GIRL kindly loaned by Southern Vectis, and a full range of trips on the trains.

The raffle was very well supported, raising £235.00. This was helped by the generous donation of items from the Bridlington and Wolds Branch, represented by four cars. We had two winners in the Identify the Cars competition, one a lady, the other a young lad. Come on men, do better next time!


Chairman's Choice

David Holton Van EAB 204J, from Dorset Branch

Best Restoration

Andy Smith RDL 632 4 Door 'Clarence'

Best IOW Car

Best IOW car with Best in Show behind
Malcolm Worby KTH 829G

Best in Show

Roger Butler 477 BHR Traveller

All trophies were sponsored by Prices Garage, Newport, and Barry Price

My thanks go to all who helped make our 2014 Rally such a success, I will not name you all. I will,

however, mention Edward Joynes, our young Bus Controller, who sold all the tickets for the bus,

plus his knowledge and detail on all the other buses on display. When the rally closed he could not be found: he was helping clearing up the signs and other clutter of the rally!


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Branch Rally 2014

Here are some extracts from our 2014 rally program, the full program will be for purchase at £2.00 along with a rally plaque on the Sunday 31st August 2014. Additionally we provide some more detail of the fun run on Saturday afternoon.

The Isle of Wight Morris Minor Owners Club would like to welcome you to our Branch Rally at Havenstreet Steam Railway Station. If you are a first time visitor to our Rally, then we hope you will enjoy the Rally and atmosphere. To all those regulars, welcome back.

Thank you all for coming to our Rally, especially the many who have travelled long distances, we appreciate that all mainland visitors have the additional expense of the ferry crossing to join us, so thank you all.

Your Rally plaque, costing £2.00, will get you a discount on the steam train if you show it when purchasing your tickets, but consult the programme of events so as to time your trip. There will also be trips on the OLD GIRL bus, this is available at a donation, £3.00 upstairs, £2.00 down.

This year, in addition, we are hosting BUSTIVAL, a bus rally; this will be a static display, but two buses will operate a free shuttle service in to Newport
Derek Hunt's Bristol K, expected to be on display at Bustival

We are once again hosting the IOW Autojumble, providing additional Trade stands and interest around the Rally field. Toilets are located in the Station, near the cafe which is on the Rally side of the tracks, plus in the field.

Raffle tickets are available from Rally Control, there are a number of superb prizes donated by local businesses, to be won.

The IOWMMOC support a local charity each year, and raffle proceeds go towards this. Last year our nominated charity was Beaulieu House, a children's respite centre.

We hope that you all have an enjoyable day, but remember, not everyone is as honest as you, so please do not leave valuables unattended in your car. LOCK IT! The IOWMMOC cannot be held responsible for any items lost or stolen.


We are continuing our practice of a non judging Rally, with no condition or concours judging. As more and more cars are restored to a high standard it is difficult to pick a winner without upsetting someone else. However, we do have four trophies that we award. They are as follows:-

Best Island car, sponsored by Barry Price

Best in Show, sponsored by Price's Garage

Chairman's choice, sponsored by Price's Garage

Best home Island Restoration, sponsored by Price's Garage


BEST ISLAND CAR, Madeline Charlston, 1957 four door saloon, ODL 926

BEST IN SHOW, Andy Westcott, 1971 Traveller, UWV 548J

CHAIRMAN'S CHOICE, Tim Lang, 1970 1000 van, EYB 137J

BEST ISLAND HOME RESTORATION, Stuart Scovell, 1961 1000 van, XDL 424.


Saturday 30th August 2104

Fun Drive out to Seaview Wildlife Encounter. We have been generously given free entry to this venue as long as we all arrive together. However, we will be collecting donations, so please give generously. This does help us secure free entry into other events in future years.



We assemble for this in the Public Car Park at the front of Havenstreet Station at 1.45pm to leave in convoy at 2.00pm. We aim to put an Island car every five or six cars, so if you lose contact in front, just wait for the next few to come along. We will distribute maps on the day, as seen below:
This is our planned route
 The day ends with a B B Q at Havenstreet from around 6pm with all staying on the island welcome: bring your food to be cooked and we will supply the hot coals and some puddings!
 Sunday 31st August 2104
10.00 am Rally opens.

10.40am Morris Dancers

11.15am Bus trip departs from main public car park

11.45-12.15pm Shanklin Youth Brass Band

12.15pm Bus departs on second trip from main public car park

12.45-1.15pm Shanklin Youth Brass Band

1.15pm Bus departs on third trip from the main public car park

During the afternoon there will be a falconry display.

3.00pm Presentation of award, raffle and competition results

Any deviations from this timetable will be given regular announcements over the public address system.

You are welcome to join us at the Woodman Arms, Station Road, Wootton for a post Rally meal. Arrive any time after 6.30 pm. If you want to attend, please advise us at Rally Control, so that we can give approximate numbers to the pub.


We thank Southern Vectis for the loan of the bus used for these trips. “The Old Girl”is a 1939 Bristol K open top bus, and is the longest continuously owned and in public service carriage vehicle in the country. She will be making three 45 minute mystery tours, driven by an IOWMMOC member, who is also a bus driver employed by Southern Vectis. The trips will depart from the main car park which is the other side of the railway line DO PLEASE REMEMBER to leave yourself enough time to cross the line, for there is no bridge, and access is only available via the crossing gates. Tickets are available from Rally Control, for a donation of £3.00 for an upstairs seat, £2.00 for a seat downstairs. All donations will go to the Isle of Wight Bus Museum.

Book early to avoid disappointment.