MINOR HEADLINESDECEMBER 2010MORRIS MINOROwners' Club(Johannesburg)
A very hearty welcome to our new members:
Dennis and Ailsa Denysschen of Meyersdal are new members. Dennis is still looking for a Minor to buy.
Nici and Chris Rochat own a white Minor, but we don’t yet have the details.
They hail from Riviera in Pretoria.
Tertius and Alida le Roux have a beige 2 door ’59 Minor, which is undergoing restoration.
They live in Riversdale.
Phillip and Janet Holgate of Webber in Germiston have joined the Club. He is still looking
for a suitable Minor to buy.
Peter and Phyllis McClurg are from Rangeview in Krugersdorp. They own a ’58 maroon 2 door Minor,
plus two others. Peter has set up an online business called Morris Minor Spares which will carry a
comprehensive range of new and used Morris Minor parts. You can view his website on www.morris-minor.co.za.
Lynford and Madelaine Eva from Atlasville are new members. Lynford and some of his family joined us
in his light blue ’60 2 door Minor at the Peace Party Rally.
Greg and Alet Bacon live in Casseldale in Springs. They have a red 4 door Minor, made in approximately 1959.
Aubrey and Linda Brand of Rustenburg have rejoined the Club after a ten year break. Aubrey has a red
Welcome to our Club. We hope your membership brings you and your family a wonderful and rewarding experience
with us. Please remember that you are not obliged to arrive at outings in your Minor. If it is
being repaired or restored, please join us in “modern tin” and enjoy the friendship of our Club members.
To date, we have 116 registered members for the 2010/2011 year. That is fairly low for this time of the year.
Our sincerest condolences go to Douglas and Shaylene Lendrum and family at this difficult time. Traynor
Jamieson Lendrum was born on 4 November 2010 at 16:15 weighing in at 3, 34 kilograms. His oesophagus was
not fully formed and needed a small operation. The first operation to rectify the problem was scheduled
for 5 November. During the procedure Traynor had to be resuscitated and the operation was postponed until
Sunday 14 November. The resuscitation procedure resulted in a loss of oxygen to the brain and the resultant
damage will only be assessed later.
The operation went well and Traynor, although still in ICU, is doing physically well, but still unable to
suck and therefore needs to be fed intravenously. He is receiving coaching and hopefully he will be home soon.
Douglas and Shaylene have taken and lot of strain, but are coping. They are very grateful for the support
shown by their family and friends and the many prayers that have been given on their behalf.
Please bear a thought for the trauma the very close family must be going through. You are in our prayers.
Dave Stewart is recovering well from his heart bypass operation on 18 August. We hope he is well on the way
to being fit again.
We have been advised that Neville Josman had a hernia operation in Brisbane, Australia on 14 September 2010.
All's well now. He is just dealing with pain etc and Laura will keep in touch with the Club. By now,
we hope that he is back to full health and working on their Minors.
Estie Morton couldn’t make the Peace Party Rally because she was admitted to hospital just before the event.
We hope she has recovered by now.
Liz & Chris Spinks are thrilled to announce the arrival of their first granddaughter in Melbourne in November.
Baby, mother, father (and grandparents) all doing well!! Her birth weight was 2.5 kg.
After Michelle was once again diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it seemed likely that the baby would have
to be delivered earlier. However the doctors were eventually satisfied enough to allow the baby to be delivered as originally planned. All seems to have been worth it in the end, with a safe delivery.
A grandson to Dawn and Rusty Clover in Pretoria. Congratulations to Tanith and Adrian Barnes.
Not another red-head!!!!???
To Vince and Nina Felgate on celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary with us at the end of year function.
To the CLUB PEUGEOT Afrique du Sud on its triple celebration. i.e. The 200th anniversary of the Peugeot
organisation, the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Peugeot 404, and the 20th anniversary of the
Club Peugeot Afrique du Sud.
OWNERS ON THE MOVE! (i.e. MEMBERS GETTING AROUND)
If you move from your present address, or change your contact details in any way,
Lenette Klopper, our new Membership Manager on 082 565 4678 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Tommy Smith on 083 308 9840 or email him at email@example.com
or George Bowen on (082) 483 2029 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise your new details.
Liz and Chris Spinks left for Melbourne earlier than originally planned and will be returning home on
15 January 2011. They have had a very nice visit thus far, seeing family and enjoying the sights of
Melbourne and its very lovely surroundings.
Mike Del Frate of Mike’s Auto Panel and Paint in Benoni is taking on a new challenge. He has sold his business.
New ownership will fall under Shawn Tyler – a well known vintage car dealer. Shawn will be
moving the existing operation to new premises in Benoni and expanding the production line.
Mike will be the supervisor of the new project. We wish Mike all the best in this latest development.
Errol and Beryl Myers have just been to New Zealand to visit their son and his family.
We hope they had a good trip.
MINORS ON THE MOVE!
Lawson Flint recently sold his Pick-Up to Shaun Steyn.
Iain Jenkins of Scottburgh has sold his 1958 Morris Minor to Neil Kirkwood of Pinetown.
The car was advertised in one of our recent editions.
Rusty Clover’s original engine is being overhauled by that great Italian Aldo.
What was thought to be a broken crank turned out to be a loose fly wheel. He is still looking for
someone to blame other than myself and the best he can come up with is Marius, because he is sure
Charles Glass somehow managed to put a spanner in the works, and Marius is employed by him.
Albert van Heerden is progressing well with the refurbishment of his new Minor.
It has been stripped and undercoats have been added to the interior and under side of the car.
He has also blocked off all unnecessary holes and channels where water can cause rust.
The following Minors are at Mike Del Frate’s workshop in Benoni.
As reported above, Mike Del Frate and his staff will be moving his workshop to Shawn Tyler’s
place in the new year.
Karol & Pauline Jarozynski’s Minor is finally on the road and ready for collection. This is expected
to take place in the next week.
Piet van der Merwe of Heidelberg, who had his 1957/8 “1000” 4 door refurbished for his mother,
has collected the car.
Roy Malcolm’s Minor has not been completed yet, so it will move across to the new place for the final touches.
Ismail Hazarvi’s 1954 splitscreen 2 door Minor also has to be refurbished. It too will be completed at
the new workshops.
James Meyer has bought Johan Koorts’ Minor, which was advertised in the June edition.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
From the CAR magazine, March 1979, here’s an article which was sent in by our Founding Honorary Member,
“You meet the nicest people in a Morris Minor!”
WEEKEND AWAY TO DE RUST – FRIDAY 10 – SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2010
With the Cape Town National Rally still fresh in our hearts, it was once again time to pack our
cars and head off, to spend a restful annual weekend away with our Morris family. Who ever thought
that the middle of the dry, dusty and very flat Free State, an oasis situated amongst magnificent
Eucalyptus trees would be the perfect location?
For those who were able to break away from their busy schedules, De Rust provided us with an opportunity
to do absolutely nothing and that’s exactly what we did. For the younger Morris generation, the trampoline,
swimming pool, pool table and swings were the perfect equipment to keep them entertained. Our little finger
brigade found tranquillity on the bar veranda, sipping whiskey or gin and tonics, while others settled next to the swimming
pool or in the shade of our beautifully furnished chalets.
Located at the bottom of the property is a neatly appointed guest house and to the delight of Charlie
and his Angels, this would be their humble abode for the next two evenings. Gauteng was not going to
take this laying down and in revenge, had arranged with the evil windmill for despicable electricity
and the spiteful geyser so that the first night was not going to be rest and relaxation, but chaos.
At least the chaos was tackled on a full stomach after John Webb had once again proved his culinary
ability with delicious hamburgers, all the trimmings included; never thought gherkins would be a favourite.
On the Saturday, once again, our Treasurer’s organisational skills kicked in and he arranged not one,
but two game drives for those who wanted to see bokkies (buck). For those animal lovers amongst us,
it was a very sad experience, because we could see that these fine creatures had been traumatised by hunters.
Somehow I got the feeling that hunter’s resorts and nature lover’s resorts should not be mixed.
Saturday night’s braai in the lapa turned out to be just as much fun. An extended table suggested that we would
be seated for a medieval banquet. Aaahhhh! So that’s why Charlie braaied half a cow, because he thought
he was cooking for a knights’ feast. After dinner the lingering company gathered round the bonfire,
savouring a glass of wine and reminiscing about previous outings, when we were forced back into South
African reality after several gun shots were heard. It was only on the Sunday morning that the story emerged
that a sheep farmer had had a gun battle with sheep thieves across the road from the resort.
The remaining half a cow was not wasted, because Charlie and his Angel’s invited all and sundry for breakfast
on Sunday morning. Once again, the Harper’s missed! In drips and drabs, reluctantly trickles of Morris
families packed up and departed, once again with fond memories of yet another delightful and restful annual
Up to no good, no doubt!! Some of our members having fun on a front end loader at the Weekend Away at De Rust.
In my opinion, one of the highlights of the weekend was getting all our cars around the beautiful pergola for
a group photo. But how on earth do you fit thirteen Morris’s and a pergola into a group photo? Easy! Bring in
the front-end loader, load the photographers in the bucket and lift them as high as the loader can go, careful
not to tip them over!! And voila, the prefect group photo!
Those who were present; Rusty and Dawn, Tommy, Sharon, Ashley and Adrian, Marius and Lydia, John Webb,
Chris Spinks, Dave Smith, Lawrie Bartle, Paul, Sara and Joshua, Albert and Lorna, John and Colleen and guests,
Terence and Noelene, Charlie and his Angels and guests, Joan and Aldo, Ben and Carol.
Sadly Chris and Linda could not join us. Linda had an eye operation and was advised not to travel.
Mike and Norma could not join us as Mike had bronchitis.
Hope you are both recovering?
(Thanks to Sara Harper)
GAUTENG HORSE SOCIETY DERBY – SATURDAY 16 OCTOBER 2010
If you are into the equestrian crowd, your flipstick, binoculars, waistcoat to match, riding jacket,
breeches and / or jodhpurs, riding boots and gloves, black silk cloths and equestrian helmet or top hat,
but then, … perhaps not …
It’s a pity one of our Members wasn’t there on his rocking ………………, no, …. never mind …..
The gymkhana folk invited our Club to join them at their Gauteng Horse Society Derby, which was
held at the Kyalami Equestrian Park.
Six Morris Minors made the day: John Webb, Albert and Lorna and two grandsons Julian and Adian,
James and Jok’e Meyer with Yolandi and Wineen, Ben de Goederen, Dawn and Rusty Clover and new members
Peter and Phyllis McClurg.
Wow, what a different outing that was! When we left Pretoria, it was freezing, but old faithful tackled
the Saturday highway with gusto until we arrived at the heart of the mink and manure brigade.
The event was set on a huge property and the horsey folk were togged out in their gear, with grooming,
training and evidence of early risers. (Not like some hockey playing MMOC members we know)!
The magnificent horses are definitely more important than any car or other man made articles, as there
is no tar or paving. Only sand and grass are to be found on this huge property. Partners of the owners of
Morris Minors have no idea how little time we spend cleaning, tinkering, tuning or money spent,
in comparison to the horse fraternity on their horses, which do however outshine most of our Mosquito babies.
Our group of grease monkeys went on the prowl for a good cup of coffee at the clubhouse and then went and
sat on the balcony, sipping our coffee in the chilly morning air. We watched the arena being prepared for
the show jumping competition and where the obstacles had been built. No cost is spared, with plants, shrubs
and flowers brought in to spruce up and beautify the jumps that in real life, are much bigger than they appear
What made the day truly special was meeting James Meyer and his very grand old lady, papers and all.
It was enough to make Chris drool. It is, I think, an ‘olive green’ 1962, 2 door, which was loaded to the
hilt with a further three very good looking ladies, namely wife Jok’e, daughter Yolandi and her friend Wineen.
The paper work (for the Morris that is) included service slips, where a voucher stated that a service was priced
at R3.25 in 1962, and at a quick glimpse, seems as if every gallon/litre of petrol used has also been carefully
logged. I hope (preferably want), to see this very friendly family at a lot more of our events.
A further bonus was meeting Phyllis and Peter McClurg from Krugersdorp, with whom we had a good chin wag over
mostly Morris items, but also about the good folk themselves. They are of course typical of the quality of
members our Club attracts. They have 3 Morris’s vying for attention back home in Krugersdorp.
This is the first event where we had both our newly acquired Gazebos on display. They were designed by Sara
and a number of assistants, especially Errol Myers, who had to redraw the artwork for some or other IT reason.
All agreed that they really are very striking and cool (by design and for the weather conditions).
Next year the Gauteng Horse Society turns 75 years old and is planning a heritage day. Their members have asked
if we can please assist them by getting a number of old cars to attend, especially one that is 75 years old
(i.e. a 1936 model) to lead the parade.
After downing a few bottles of the brown liquid that Marius helps produce and a “bunny chow” for lunch
and spending a relaxing time with great folk, we departed from the ‘mink and manure’ crowd around 15h00.
We are looking forward to the 75 year celebrations next year.
MOTORING MEMORIES – SUNDAY 17 OCTOBER 2010
The Piston Ring Club held its Motoring Memories car show in the park at Modderfontein on Sunday the 17th
October. Quite a number of our Club members turned up on the day with their Minors. Seen there were Lawson
Flint with son Brent and granddaughter Ashleigh, Lawry Bartle, Chris Spinks, John Webb, Ben de Goederen,
Colleen and John Bowes, Alex Berry, Rusty Clover, Fred Wilson, Shawn Spaan, Peter and Phyllis McClurg,
Clive Surtees, Errol Myers, Erhard and Rosemary Langanke, Philip Gordon, Theo van Niekerk and John Bedford.
The Modderfontein Piston Ring Club has a special relationship with our MMOC Club, as a number of our members
also belong to their club and they have always assisted us whenever we needed a venue at very cost
effective rates. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their assistance and friendship
over the years.
I arrived a little late at this very well supported and attended motoring event. I just hope it does not
outgrow the venue, as happened to the Pretoria cars in the park when it was hosted under the trees
in ‘Pioneer Park’. It really is a lovely setting in the shade of the huge trees.
Modderfontein (Mud Fountain, in English) in my opinion is a misnomer, because it really is a quaint
little village, with old Victorian styled buildings and huge rolling gardens. Hopefully, the Rotarians
will again host the ‘Duck Derby’ next year if the ‘spruit’ is not polluted by our erstwhile council’s poor
lack of maintenance. Then we will have an opportunity to enjoy the area (I have always threatened to enjoy a
breakfast or lunch at the well kept, old hotel one day).
Back to the cars in the park. It was so good to see the legends, Lawry, Chris and gentleman Lawson, for a
change and of course our stalwarts Colleen and John (unfortunately I did not have to give Colleen directions),
Ben, John Webb and Fred Wilson. Alex Berry loaded a huge anvil into his Morris to the utter amazement of the
flee market browser’s.
Phyllis and Peter also pitched up and were on the prowl for spares. Of course, one of our special members,
Rosemary and Erhard, although very scarce, (then you see them, then you don’t) appeared and entrepreneur Shawn
The Datsun club had a huge turn out, but a strange looking Bugatti, with a ski slope for a boot, in my opinion,
was the most unusual participant, although Lawson says the owner built/copied the car
himself here in South Africa.
After the long queues, we managed to enjoy two great cups of coffee before switching over to the
cooler refreshment, which John Webb forced on me, a most unwilling participant.
A little gloating. We had by far the best looking Gazebo on the day. I cannot praise enough all the
contributors who helped with this acquisition and Airex for the donation towards the Gazebos.
Thank you so much.
This was the last event for 2010 that our legend, Chris attended before he and Liz flew off to Australia for
3 months in order to be around for the birth of the grandchild, who I am sure will pop out with a
Morris steering wheel in hand, just to impress granddad. On behalf of the whole Club, we wish both Liz and Chris
well and hope your trip is as good as Marj and Craig’s was.
(Thanks to Rusty Clover)
STUDEBAKER CAR CLUB – SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2010
The Studebaker Car Club held its annual event at the Smuts House Museum in Irene.
The event is held in a very relaxing setting, under the trees, with great oldies
music playing in the background.
6 Morris's turned up on the day, driven by John Webb, Johan van Huysteen, John Bedford with
Sharon and grandson Ashton, Shawn Spaan, Charles Gardiner, prospective new member Paul and
Hannelie Botha in a grey ‘62 two door and Rusty Clover with Dawn. In other cars, John Bowes and Jenny,
Gary Dodds, Ken and Gerda Hardwick, Les McLeod, Vincent and Nina Felgate and daughter Tracy Farrel.
The Studebaker Car Club’s members always support our Cullinan Minor Steam Train event, so it was fitting
for us to reciprocate. As usual, they chose the perfect day and an ideal venue for their event,
which naturally ran like clockwork. The AC Cobra Car Club was there in full force, with at least 20 of the
beasts prowling (or should I say slithering) on the eastern side of the property. A number of Triumphs also
attended (not my favourite looking old sports car) and were placed over the road from our cars, plus a number
of other club participants. However, they were fewer in numbers. And then there must have been
close to 40 Studs (the 4 wheel type) scattered around amongst the Cobras. The roar of latent V8 power
was continually heard in the background, accompanied by the loudspeakers blaring ‘60’s and ‘70’s music
(in my opinion when the best music was produced).
Every now and then, they would have a candidate for Idols singing, (the young people today seem to
have no idea of what stage fright is, as they are so confident). So the background sounds definitely
added to the thrill of the day.
A couple of us joined the breakfast queue early on for a cup of coffee and sat around the table chatting.
Of course, we had to brag with our Gazebos, still the best looking of all. But then,
Shawn Spaan bravely tickled the Fine Master’s left (you know what) and parked his Mossie under the Gazebo,
while the fine master had to sit in the sun. All it took was a gentle warning and the offender mysteriously
moved the Mossie. Oh, but for the power of the Fine Master!
The main theme of the day was the feedback of the Peking to Paris Rally that a few Studebaker enthusiasts
had so bravely participated in. They did extremely well for such novices from Africa. Our congratulations go
to them on a mission well accomplished.
Some statistics for the trip. 107 Cars entered the Rally. See www.pekingparis.com and www.pekingparis.co.za
for the route. Starting in Beijing (Peking), China and ending in Paris, France, the cars travelled 14 000 kms,
through 11 countries, in 37 days! They ended up 8th in their class and 20th overall and were driving the only
Studebaker in the Rally.
THE PEACE PARTY RALLY – SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2010
Seen at the Peace Party Rally under our two new gazebos is this view of some of the 12 Minors on display,
alongside Charles Gardiner’s 1927 Chevrolet. Vernon Morton and one of his neighbours arrived later in his
1955 Morris Oxford Pick-Up to complete the Club’s display of Morris cars.
As shown on the cover of this edition, a few of our members dressed in the hippy’s style of the ‘60s.
Rusty and Dawn Clover are seen along with John Webb, who won the prize for best British car. Vernon and his
neighbour were also resplendent in their hippy attire, much to the delight of the public.
This rally was held for the first time at the Gateway Park Retail Centre and was organised by
Heidi-Marie von der Au of Motorheads fame. It featured mainly British and German cars. Our Minors were seen
alongside a variety of cars, including in particular numerous Beetles, VW Microbuses from the ‘60s and a
large contingent of AC Cobras. With the interest shown in this event, we are sure to find many more car clubs
joining in next year.
It was also an opportune time to visit our own Club Member, Kenneth and Gerda Hardwick’s shop,
Seven Sea Traders, which is situated in the shopping centre where the event was held. He has a most
interesting shop which sells workshop manuals, books, DVD's and both plastic as well as die-cast models
etc for all types of motor vehicles.
Motorheads also had a stand displaying their latest 2011 diary. This is a must for motoring enthusiasts
and features many interesting articles on motoring like museums, motoring clubs, motor racing, quotes,
Two new members joined us at the event. They were Peter McClurg and Lynford Eva. Lynford arrived in his
light blue ‘60 2 door Minor.
Our MMOC Committee extends to all members, their families and friends and prospective members, a cordial
invitation to attend all our outings, especially driving your Morris Minor!
If your Minor is under repair, please join us at our outings in “modern tin” instead of staying at home.
We would love to see you there.
Dates have been provisionally set aside for our Club outings. Inevitably some last minute changes do occur,
so if this happens, our Events Co-ordinator, Alex Berry, will try his best to contact members.
Please contact Alex on 072 446 9736, or Sara Harper on 083 292 2518 or Willie van Zyl on 083 442 0287 or one
of our Committee members before the outings, to make 100% sure of the details.
Our Planned MMOC Outings for the next few months are as follows:
Sun. 27 Mar – 2011 Cullinan Minor Steam Run
All members are reminded to advertise and encourage friends and family to purchase steam train
tickets to Cullinan for the “Cullinan Minor Steam Run” on the 27th March 2011. We would like to have a
full train for the Club to get maximum benefit from the event and expect to have
around 50 pre 1971 vintage cars, bikes and pick-ups.
SCHEDULED EVENTS AT THE PISTON RING CLUB:
Sun. 19 Dec – Grande Finale Breakfast - Awards
SCHEDULED MMOC COMMITTEE MEETINGS AT THE PISTON RING CLUB:
Any opinions and suggestions presented in our MMOC magazine “Minor Headlines” do not
necessarily reflect the views of the Editor or the MMOC Committee. Each reader should weigh
up for themselves the pros and cons of the material presented and to make their own educated
decisions thereafter. We cannot hold ourselves responsible in any way for the consequences of
these suggestions. This applies in particular to the Minor Helpline below and any other information
or suggestions in the magazine. The names of the listed service providers have been forwarded by various
members or contacts who have had good experiences with a particular service provider.
MORRIS MINOR OWNERS’ CLUB OF JOHANNESBURG’S WEBSITE
Thanks to John, Adrian and Frederick for their efforts in getting started on the link
to the other MMOC branches. The PE branch had in fact asked for a link to our website,
but this was still in the planning stages. Of the other branches, John says:
- Durban will make a decision in January 2011, but said they are keen.
- Western Cape looks very positive.
- Bloemfontein - I am still battling to get hold of Derek Wright.
We had 625 unique visitors who visited our website 863 times in September,
637 unique visitors who visited our website 868 times in October and,
666 unique visitors who visited our website 909 times in November.
Albert van Heerden has once again done a fantastic job in securing sponsorship for our
website and magazine and we are most grateful to him for his efforts. He has sold 10 website
adverts and 9 magazine adverts so far, as can be seen in this edition. Visit our website to see
the advertisements and links to those companies’ own websites. Please support our advertisers.
Albert van Heerden and Lawson Flint are responsible for sourcing advertisers, so please contact
Albert at email@example.com or Lawson on 082 376 9484 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you can
help obtain sponsorship for the Club.
2011 Motorheads Diary printed for the 5th time!… It’s that time of year again.
Heide-Marie von der Au’s wonderful motoring diary has just come out for the 5th time with its very
informative, highly entertaining and sometimes eccentric diary. It’s a great gift for anyone,
but especially men who are even slightly interested in motoring or motorcycling or for someone
looking for the ideal corporate gift. The fun part for motoring buffs, or people who like to spit
out motoring facts in the pub, is the huge collection of motoring information relating to
South Africa and the world.
There are facts about people, cars, motorcycles, events, places and achievements.
There are items on some-bodies, every-bodies and no-bodies, new heroes, old heroes and one-day to be heroes.
It’s not just a diary, it’s a record of past, present and future motoring history and events.
Also included are motorsport, classic and other show dates, a club index, as well as an index of
motoring museums and even accommodation for club weekends away.
Motorheads 2011 diaries are available from Auto Books (our Kenneth Hardwick),
as well as from Heide-Marie von der Au on cell: 083 455 7684 or tel: 011 318 2257,
or www.motorheads.co.za or www.motorheadsdiary.com.
Pieter & Hannie Theron of Memories Collector Signs on 083 654 7269 or at email
email@example.com are looking for agents to assist in promoting his range of metal signs,
fridge magnets and parking signs etc. If you know of anybody who wants to make some pocket money,
call him on 011 463 3279 for an appointment.
MMOC NATIONAL RALLY 2012
We have learnt that there is an insert on CAR Magazine’s website about the MMOC 2010 National Rally.
Look at the following: http://www.carmag.co.za/article/morris-minor-national-rally-2010-2010-05-05
for the link.
For those without access to the internet, there were a few pictures and it read,
“The 13th National Rally of the Morris Minor Owners’ Club of South Africa was held at the Goudini Spa
near Worcester, W.Cape between 21st and 25th March 2010.
It was attended by 155 participants with 70 Morris Minors being on display at the Worcester Town Square
on Monday 22nd March. The local Traffic Dept. really came to the party by cordoning off one section of
Baring Street thus facilitating the display of the cars. The Cape Field Artillery Pipes & Drums under the
direction of Pipe Major Andrew Imrie performed on the day and drew a crowd of spectators. The Rally comprised
Concours Judging, a Driving Skills Test, Observation Run (which took the cars over Bains Kloof, through Wellington and Paarl to Stellenbosch, then back to Worcester via Franschhoek and Villiersdorp) as well as a visit to the Basil Wesson private car collection in Ceres. The Rallyists were given a formal Civic Reception which included the presence of members of the Cape Town Club, visiting from England, Lord & Lady Richard Gwynne-Evans.
Feedback from the Rallyists was very positive and the next National Rally is planned for 2012 in
Port Elizabeth. Cape Town Branch previously hosted Rallies in 1992 and 2000”.
(Cape Town Branch should read, Western Cape Branch. Editor).
Please ensure that the information provided on your application or renewal of membership
form CLEARLY indicates what Minors you own, including all letters and numbers. Chris Spinks’
South African database has grown from 730 to 737 Morris Minors in South Africa since the last edition.
If you are not a member for any reason, kindly advise the details of your Minor for the national
database. If you do not have Chris Spinks’ e-mail address, please forward the info to Lenette Klopper,
the Membership Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org
and this will be passed on to Chris.
Please remember to give Purity baby food or your contribution to John Bedford so that he can pass
them on to Cotlands, the charity organisation our Club has chosen to support.
PORT ELIZABETH RALLY 2012
Our Club, the Johannesburg branch of the MMOC is aiming to send 40 plus Morris Minors
to the next Nationals in Port Elizabeth in 2012. Please add your name to the “Pledge to Attend List”,
which will be available at all our outings in future. As the numbers grow, so will a
symbolic barometer display. This has been inserted below so everyone can see the progress and as a
challenge to encourage all to meet our goal of 40 plus MMs by the end of 2011.
A gentle reminder: It is a good idea to start a saving scheme for this event now.
In response to an article on page 4 of our September 2010) it was stated that "only 21
Pick-Ups were ever assembled in South Africa". This should have read, “only 21 Pick-Ups
have been recorded on Chris Spinks’ national database in South Africa".
Chris Spinks writes:
This statement is incorrect, as, despite listening to (so called) "experts" in our Club,
no Morris Minor Pick-Ups (or Panel-Vans) were ever assembled in either of the two assembly
plants in South Africa.
A few were however assembled in the BMC assembly plant at Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe)
from CKD kits sent out from the UK.
The term "Commercial" loosely refers to both Pick-Ups and Panel Vans. These were launched in 1953,
shortly after the Series II cars (803 cc OHV) were announced. Hence no Series MM (918 cc side-valve)
Commercial ever got beyond the prototype stage.
Most Commercials were sold to companies and the public, but many were also used for the Royal Mail
(Post Office), Post Office Telephones etc., as well as many used by the UK armed forces.
Some were also used in the Police Force.
As all Commercials have a separate chassis, a cab (without a back panel, mounted on a chassis),
was available in the UK. This enabled owners to mount their own bodies on the chassis. Some owners
bought these to mount caravan / camper bodies of their own design. Even a couple were turned into
NO Morris Minor Commercials were ever assembled in South Africa.
Having heard so much bull---- about locally assembled Minor Commercials (in particular from one guy
who should know better), I wrote to both Colin Downie and Ralph Clarke, asking if these models were ever
assembled in South Africa?
Both these gentlemen (now long retired) wrote back, confirming that no Morris Minor Commercials were ever
assembled in their assembly plants (Durban & Blackheath resp.) New Commercials (with some notable exceptions)
were therefore fully imported directly from the UK by local dealers - never by the two assembly plants.
The exception lies with a few Minor “1000” Commercials that were assembled in the BMC assembly plant at
Umtali in Rhodesia (now Mutare in Zimbabwe). These were identified by special markings and ID plates.
A few of these have found their way south across the Limpopo to South Africa and even into our Club.
Colin Downie did however mention that a few Morris Cowley Commercials had been assembled in Durban.
These were not Minors, being based on the Morris Oxford Series MO vehicles with 1500 cc side-valve engines.
Looking at all UK assembled Commercials, we see:
1) Windscreens, rear and side glasses were all marked with Triplex badges, whereas all locally-assembled
vehicles were fitted with Armourplate glass.
2) All have the NMP plates fitted to the floor of the engine compartments on the passenger's side
(near the radiator).
3) All have commission numbers stamped on plates high up on the passenger's side of the bulkhead,
under their bonnets.
4) No Motor Assemblies, Durban (or Blackheath) ID plates were ever fitted.
5) The "toilet-seat" rubber spacers fitted to the sides of the body under the bonnet are fitted
much further back than those on SA assembled vehicles.
6) All Commercials (up to chassis number 149536) have a prefix starting with O. This was followed
by either E for Van, or B for Pick-up. The third letter of the prefix denoted the colour of the vehicle
when it left the factory in the UK. For vehicles exported to Southern Africa in CKD format (e.g. Rhodesia),
the third letter H was used (denoting CKD finish - primer). As none of the Commercials marketed here ever
carried the third letter H, any Commercial carrying a third letter H had to have been assembled in Rhodesia.
I Hope this clears up the legendary locally-assembled Minor Commercial rumour!
I have even heard how owners could actually visit Motor Assemblies in Durban to stipulate the colour of
The assurances given to me by the ex-managers of the two assembly plants in South Africa would tend to
crumple zone SAFETY The killer cooldrink can
by Rob Handfield –Jones for DriveFlash!
In the interests of motoring safety. Strangely, in the last ten days, two people have asked me if I recall
an article I wrote several years ago (2001, actually) about the dangers of unsecured objects in vehicle passenger
compartments. Indeed I do, and since it’s a topic that will always be pertinent, that article is
Most people would never willingly stand in the way of an AK47 bullet. Although it weighs only 10 grammes or so,
it travels at around 1000 metres/second and has enough kinetic energy to instantly kill a human being.
Would it then surprise you to know that a full 355 ml cooldrink can being conveyed in your vehicle at 120 km/h
has a similar amount of energy to our hypothetical AK47 bullet? Without delving into the physics of it,
both objects have similar momentum.
So now imagine having a head-on collision. At 120km/h there’s not really much chance of survival,
but let’s say that by some miracle you are still alive. Having survived your initial collision, you
may now have a cooldrink can, still travelling at 120 km/h, moving from its position on the rear parcel
shelf and impacting with the back of your head with all the power of an AK47 bullet – probably a
Cars, by their very nature are designed to carry us and our goods from place to place, but how often do we ever think of the danger inherent in this task? Even something as insignificant as a pen may become a killer, if it gets rammed into you during a rollover collision. Securing loads is a topic familiar to all truckers, but rarely (if ever) addressed at the level of motor-cars. So when you climb into your car, remember a few basics:
Try not to carry unnecessary objects inside the passenger compartment. They might fly forward in a frontal collision or cause a swathe of destruction during a rollover. Your average laptop or briefcase may weigh up to two or three kilograms; it can easily cause serious injury or death.
Make sure that your pockets are free of objects which can cause personal injury during a collision.
A pen in your breast pocket during a collision may be broken into razor-sharp pieces if your
seatbelt is worn over it. Rather put it in the cubby hole. Cellphones are heavy enough to injure,
if not kill. Stash them where they won’t fly around under braking or during a collision.
If you want refreshment whilst driving, rather choose drinks which are in flexible plastic or cardboard
containers. Steel or aluminium cans can inflict horrific injuries.
Carry as much as you can in the boot of your car to reduce your risk of injury, especially from
heavy objects. With the upsurge of stationwagons [and, since 2001, SUVs] as a means of transport,
it’s worth noting the dangers of such cars. Objects carried in the load area can quite easily migrate
through the passenger compartment on impact, with catastrophic consequences. Especially, avoid carrying
toxic or flammable substances in a stationwagon. Even though most models of stationwagon have some kind
of a safety net or tonneau cover, I would be hesitant to believe that it would be able to restrain a
large piece of wooden furniture or something similar in a high-speed rollover.
Kindly note that subscriptions will be R 150.00 for the 2011/12 year and should be paid by the
end of March 2011. New members also pay a R 50.00 joining fee.
When asked on his deathbed by a priest if he would renounce Satan, Machiavelli allegedly said,
"Now is not the time to be making enemies.
The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up!
The following might bring a smile to our Members (maybe!)
The year was 1949 and the first Morris Minor (a black two-door "low-light" saloon) had just
arrived in Karachi, the main sea-port of Pakistan, where I lived for a couple of years.
The proud new owner happened to be a good friend of my Dad. He and his wife were invited to dinner
shortly thereafter and brought their new Morris. I was allowed a very short peep at the new car,
before being packed off upstairs to bed.
A cursory peep however was not nearly enough for me, so I escaped unseen into the garden down the rear
stairs, while the "grown-ups” were enjoying pre-dinner drinks. To my absolute delight, the car in our
driveway had not been locked and I was able to inspect the new car at close quarters.
I examined its layout and controls, managing to switch on the parking lamps and........ after one more pull,
the headlamps lit up. Those small 5" low-lights, being brand-new, shone beautifully and lit up our driveway,
so much brighter than the tired old pre-war lamps on my Dad's Vauxhall Six could ever manage!
Before being discovered "out of bounds", it was now high time to get back upstairs. I switched off the
headlamps, but alas.......the parking lamps simply would not go off. I tried pushing the knob towards the dash,
but absolute no joy!
Boy, was I now in trouble! I decided that I would have to deny knowing anything about the problem!
However, with hands all a tremble, the park lamps suddenly went off and I very hastily retreated back
upstairs to the bedroom!
It was only some ten years later, after having just proudly bought my first Morris Minor, that I realised
that the lamp switch on a Minor has a twist "on-off" action.
Even today, when I switch-on my present Minor's lamps, I am reminded of that far-off incident that could
have resulted in me suffering a very sore tail!!
A teenage boy had just passed his driving test and inquired of his father as to when they could discuss
his use of the car.
His Dad said he'd make a deal with his son: 'You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your
Bible a little, and get your hair cut. Then we'll talk about the car.'
The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer, and they agreed on it.
After about six weeks his father said, 'Son, you've brought your grades up and I've observed that you have
been studying your Bible, but I'm disappointed you haven't had your hair cut.
The boy said, 'You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that
Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair...and there's even
strong evidence that Jesus had long hair.'
You are going to love the Dad's reply:
To this his father replied,
'Did you also notice they walked everywhere they went?'
We look forward to seeing you at all of our outings.
Yours in a Morris,
Clive Surtees (Editor)