Sunday, 3 September 2017

Branch Rally 2017

 Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to make the day such fun!

Rally Report

Our two day rally followed our normal format of a run to a local attraction on the Saturday afternoon followed by a B B Q and a main event a Havenstreet on Sunday.

Our run was to The Monkey and Owl Sanctuary on the outskirts of Newport. We managed to negoyiate free entry to this award winning attraction with the promise of generous donations from those visiting. We congregated at Havenstreet ready for a departure at 2pm. It was an good route via Smallbrook and over the downs with the difficult right turns being roundabouts or traffic lights. Most cars kept in touch with their island chaperones and we failed to loose anyone! A total of just under 40 cars were on the run in very pleasant weather. The cafe was busy with indulgent cakes being devoured and we all had a leisurely look at the animals and birds.

After this many came along to Havenstreet for our traditional B B Q using the under cover outside seating of Granny Winters Pantry at Havensteet and would have gone on well into the evening if we had known how to turn on the lights!

The weather forecast for Sunday had been poor all week and in the end it was even worse than forecast. We basically had rain all day but at least the ground was dry to start with so the show field did not get too muddy!

We were lucky to have use of Havenstreet's tent where we had all our club stalls including the new for this year tombola. We thank Tim Lang for providing the plaques and Barry Price for the trophies, and WBS did the printing for the rally for free as well.

Total attendance was around 40 Minors and a number of visiting classics. We thank everyone who braved the weather and on a better day we would have expected at least another 20 cars. There were a few Autojumblers but again the weather was not on our side.

We had our usual visit from Shanklin Youth Town Band and they played in the Haven Falconry tent which was still positioned hear rally control where it was for the Havenstreet Steam Show.

Despite the weather we all felt it had been a good and enjoyable event. The use of the big tent mitigated the effect of the weather and a big thank you to the Steam Railway for allowing us to use it.

The best news is that despite the weather we made a small profit so it was not a financial disaster!

There was no entry in the best island restoration competition, the three remaining prize winners were:

Best in Show
Minor Telephone Van BYE 232B David Delauney from Dorset – he is a volunteer at the Steam railway.

Chairman's Choice

Minor crew cab KDL 241F Andy Smith from Ryde – most will know that this unique vehicle was restored and modified by its owner.

Best IOW Car

Minor series II KDL758 Paul Robinson from Ryde – this car has been lovingly restored by its owner and the attention to detail was the main reason for it winning.

Minors prepare to leave Havenstreet for Monkey World

Cars parked at Monkey World

Winner of best IOW car, Paul Robinson's Series II

Winner of Best in Show

Andy Smith's 'crew cab' pick up, winner of Chairman's choice

Our sponsor's stand - Tim Lang Classics

Wet weather all day meant tent was much needed

Saturday, 2 September 2017

It is Rally Weekend!

Saturday looks to be a good sunny day on the island so please come along to Havenstreet from 1 30pm to assemble for a run leaving at 2pm to go to Monkey World. Entry is free but we would ask for donations which we will give to Monkey World.

Then we return to Havenstreet for an informal evening with a B B Q and we will supply some naughty puds: B B Q meat not provided!

Sundays weather may look a bit damp but  often the island escapes  showers so we  hope the weather will be much better than forecast. We have lots to do on Sunday, with Shanklin Youth Town band, train rides, Haven Falconry, Train Story and the railway museum, good cafĂ© and bus rides on Southern Vectis's Old Girl 1939 Bristol K open top.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Arreton Barns Car Show

Our new Chairman, Will Sprack was delighted with the turn out of 14 Minors at the annual VHCC car show at Arreton Barns!

Shame about that MGB!

Thanks to Matt Birkin for the photos

Friday, 9 December 2016

New Chairman for the IOW Branch

Malcolm Jones

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

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

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Brighstone Christmas Tree Festival

For the third year our Branch has a tree in the Brighstone Tree Festival

As in previous years our tree is in the Wilberforce Hall

The tree will be on display until 5pm on Sunday 11th December 2016

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.


And finally here is the Steam Railway's report in their magazine: