MORRIS MINOR OWNERS CLUB - Gauteng (Johannesburg)


Owners' Club


A very hearty welcome to our new members:

Chris and Linda du Plessis from Wonderboom in Pretoria joined us at the weekend
away to Badplaas driving one of Marius van Biljon’s Minors.

Vincent and Nina Felgate of Weltevreden Park in Roodepoort are new members.
They have a ’58 4 door saloon.

James and Joke Meyer come from van der Bijl Park. They own a 4 door saloon which he is restoring.

Lenette Klopper hails from Parkdene in Boksburg. She has attended numerous outings with Charles Gardiner.
She owns a ’70 Mini Moke.

Jonathan and Susan Rowland have made contact from Bulawayo. They have a ’57 2 door saloon.

It is quite frustrating and disappointing to find that people pay subs into the Club’s
account and don’t send us their details so that we can communicate with them or send them their magazine etc.
We have five such cases.

They are: Archie Campbell, Brits, Alice Linton, Richard Booth, and Ben Nel of Hoopstad. Consequently,
we can’t send them their Membership Cards or magazine or invite them to our outings. Please contact one
of the Committee members to arrange for the receipt of your Membership Card and magazines.

We hope your membership brings you and your families 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.

At this time, 123 members are paid up for 2009/2010. Well done to the Committee Members and Buddies for
following up on outstanding subs. This is a significant improvement on the last report.


It is sad to note that fellow members Lin & Rosemary Barratt were attacked in their townhouse in Blairgowrie
on a Saturday night in December. Four men entered their house and tied them up, threatening to shoot them.
They were only rescued four hours later.

Lin was hit on the head with a hammer and sustained a fractured skull. He has been discharged from hospital
and is recuperating. Fortunately, no internal injuries were found in the scans that were performed.
Although they live in a secured complex, their townhouse was totally ransacked and a great deal was stolen.
We wish them well and hope Lin's injuries heal quickly.

We have heard that Colleen Edgar was involved in an accident in her Minor. Colleen broke her left upper arm
at the top of the humerus and has had to have a plate and 5 screws inserted. She is on the mend,
but still very sore at times. Let’s hope that your arm heals quickly and that you can be restored to full health again.
As regards the car, the body is distorted and the right hand side of the roof is badly dented.
The right hand "A” pillar seam has burst open and all the doors are damaged. Unfortunately the body is
too badly damaged to be repaired economically.

Ben Calitz has been in and out of hospital for a kidney operation. We hope that he recovers well.
We are looking forward to visiting his bass farm at the end of April.

Jannie Blignaut advised us that he could not make it to the Year End function as his wife is
recovering from a back operation. Let’s hope that the operation was a success.

Chris Grant has had his share of misfortunes lately. He is recovering from surgery to his arm, his son has been
in hospital and his granddaughter was taken ill as well.

One of my sons was admitted to high care for 6 days following renal failure. Thankfully, all seems to be ok now.


Our deepest sympathy goes to Charles Gardiner and his family on the recent loss of his mother,
who passed away at the ripe old age of 90 and to Aldo and Joan Marcon, who unfortunately had to cancel their
week-end trip to Badplaas at the last minute, due to the sudden death of a family member in the Western Cape.


If you move from your present address, or change your contact details in any way, PLEASE contact Harry Meintjes on
(011) 827 5168 (h) or (082) 420 5950 or email him on to advise your new details.

Albert van Heerden is letting it be officially known that he has finally retired from Dozer after being with them
for close on 26 years. He and Lorna are hoping to get away to all those spectacular spots our country can offer.
We wish them the very best in their retirement.


A Tempting Offer

On the way back from our Badplaas week-end away, some of us pulled into Carolina for petrol and a comfort stop.
John Webb took the opportunity to tighten both rear hubs on his Splitscreen, mainly with the help of Tommy Smith
and Craig Stacey, egged on by a host of concerned well-wishers!

Whilst there, I was approached by a fellow, who took a fancy to my Traveller and after a cursory examination
inside and under the bonnet, insisted on offering me R 50 000 in spot-cash - right there and then. He assured me I could unpack
my car and ask my MMOC friends for a lift home!

I wasn't at all sure he was genuine, but he gave me his business card, just in case I should re-consider his offer.
When I noticed that he was the owner of a local funeral business, I joked with him that even though my Traveller was
not painted black, he could still fold down the rear seats and fit a large long box in the rear and cover it with flowers!!
He got quite animated after that remark and I had a hard time getting away from Carolina!

Needless to say, I haven't yet got around to phoning him back - much to the dismay of my family,
who consider my garage and drive-way is a bit too full!
(Chris Spinks)


The Spring (September) 2007 edition of this magazine featured an article on the Millionth Morris Minor,
with the photograph below on the cover. So it is interesting to find an article on what as happened to it since then.

Chris Spinks remembers that at the time, BMC took it on displays around the UK, no doubt to brag that it was the first
car manufactured in the UK to reach a million sales of one model. It was eventually raffled and won by a woman who lived in Wales.
Her daughter eventually took over the car and at some stage it was resprayed a different colour - no doubt she didn’t
approve of the garish lilac colour!

Some time later, it was rolled into a ditch and extensively damaged. It seems to have been very neglected before it was pranged!
The car was eventually sold to a person living "up north" who towed the wreck to his home and rebuilt the car before respraying
it the original lilac colour.

Chris personally saw three "Million Minors" on show at Blenheim Palace (near Oxford) in June 1998 at the 50th anniversary
celebrations of the launch of the Minor, way back in October 1948.
In the recent report, it stated that the one millionth Morris Minor to roll off the production line 50 years ago failed to
sell at an auction in Somerset recently.

The car, which was made in Cowley in 1960, was expected to fetch about £30,000 but did not reach the £25,000 reserve price.
The car was one of 349 special models which were based on the standard 1961 two-door saloon. They were all painted lilac with a
white leather interior. The current owner bought it in 1971 and said it was still going strong. Mr Whitney, from Charterhouse Auctioneers,
said that he was disappointed that the car had failed to sell despite a lot of national coverage. He said:
"It just didn't do it on the day." However before the sale, Tim Brennan, from the Charlie Ware Morris Minor Centre in Bristol,
said: "A regular Morris Minor owner wouldn't want to spend £30,000. "We restore cars here all the time and rarely
do they cost any more than £15,000 and that would be for a fully restored vehicle."
The car will be auctioned again in February 2010 at the Bath and West Showground.

The following Minors are at Mike Del Frate’s workshop in Benoni.

Work on Karol & Pauline Jarozynski’s Minor and Marius van Tubbergh’s lighter British Racing
Green ‘57 2 door 1000 is nearing finality.

Dave Taylor of White River has his 2 door ‘60 light blue Minor in for a total refurb.

Mike Dickenson’s Ivory ’59 4 door "1000” has gearbox, clutch and brake problems,
which are being attended to. His 1937 Austin, which is parked there, is for sale.

Hottie of Benoni has brought in a 1949 lowlight from Wepener for a quote.

Piet van der Merwe of Heidelberg wants to totally refurbish a 1957/8 "1000” 4 door,
for his mother. It was originally porcelain green, has had four colour changes since then and it
is to be brought back to its original colour.

Clive Surtees’ ’57 2 door "1000” is in for a timing chain kit replacement and new engine and gearbox
rubber mountings; problems identified at the vehicle inspection at Mike’s place.

Mike is breaking up a dilapidated "1000” for spares and two Alfas are being converted for classic car racing.

Sara Harper has finally replaced the canopy on her convertible, thanks to a lead from Lawson Flint. She contacted
Mr Chris Vermeulen (Home) 012 5424275 and Cell 0785372211 in Theresa Park – Pretoria North. What a wonderful retired
gentleman with tons of experience in upholstery and canopies. After working for Ford (Canopy Division) for a good few
years, travelling to Japan (assisting with the design and construction of vehicle seating), you are only guaranteed the best.
His workshop is immaculate, service impeccable and prices outstanding. Most of the trimmings are not locally available,
so the very experienced Mr Vermeulen did not allow that to set him back; he just simply makes his own. I really think that
he should be added to our suppliers list. Finally I will not be restricted to "dry outings”.

Charles Gardiner’s Morris Minor Series E Open Tourer is still at Mike’s place. Charles is busy working on his Pick Up and
yellow 2 door "1000” Minor. Charles sold his 1943 Morris 8, which had been in Mike’s workshop to a museum.

Steve Ely's Minor 1000 Pick-Up was found to be damaged on arrival in Queensland, Australia. Neville Josman reports that the roof
was dented in.

Shawn Spaan recently bought a dark green '58 4-door Minor 1000 from the Millards, a family living at Modderfontein (near Piston Ring).

John Tonkin's Minor "1000” Traveller has been bought by Brian Clark, who lives near Port Elizabeth.

Lawson Flint has recently bought a green 1949 Morris Minor Series MM "lowlight" Tourer which has been totally stripped.
Lawson will be starting a major rebuild soon. When completed, it will make a nice companion to his "Lowlight" saloon. (see photo on front cover)

Alex & Cheryl Berry's 1961 Traveller has been sold to Jan Delport of Cape St Francis. They bought Terence & Noeleen Redmond’s
blue Minor 1000 4-door saloon.

Terence and Noeleen Redmond in turn have bought Paul & Linda Watmough's cream 2-door Minor 1000. Terence is still busy
re-building the stripped Minor 1000 Convertible that he bought from Dave Smith, but it will not be ready in time for this year’s
Nationals at the Goudini Spa.

Bruce & Ruth Cooper were planning to ship their 1957 Minor 1000 4-door saloon to New Zealand. I heard they have now emigrated,
but I'm not 100% sure that their car has left South Africa. Does anyone else know? (Chris Spinks)

Albert van Heerden has bought a 1961 Minor 1000 2 door from Craig Anderson. It has only 48 000 miles recorded and was apparently
off the road for something like 30 years. It was in Craig's family since new. On inspecting the car, it was identified as being a
Blackheath assembled Minor.

Albert has moved his new acquisition to his son's workshop in Eastleigh. Apart from missing hubcaps and rear window, it is complete,
including valid and up-to-date papers and licence disc!! Albert has also bought the wreck of Dennis Edgar's red 4 door 1000 for spares.

The good news is that James Lake’s father in law has started working on his 2 door Morris.

Jannie Blignaut has purchased the car Yashwant Harry advertised in the last edition. He says it was a real pleasure dealing with Yashwant.
At the time of the sale, he had advertised the Morris in the Autotrader and he had numerous calls offering him even more, but the gentleman
Yashwant is, he turned them down as he had promised the Morris to Jannie. The restoration work on his 1962 Morris 4 door is progressing well.

Chris du Plessis has just bought John Tonkin’s ‘59 4 door saloon, so happy motoring.


"You meet the nicest people in a Morris Minor!”



Sunday 27 September saw many of us on a Randlords trail of Parktown. 17 Minors negotiated their way through hundreds of competitors
in a "Big Walk" and met at the Sunnyside Park hotel on a perfect spring morning. There they were met by Dennis Adams, Vice-Chairman
of the Parktown & Westcliff Heritage Trust, who had facilitated the tour and was our guide for the morning. He and his wife Jen took
us on a most interesting tour of four historical homes, each of which are over 100 years old.

For people interested in Johannesburg’s history and in particular that of Parktown, this was a tour not to be missed and numerous members
and their wives and friends made the effort to attend on this special occasion. The Parktown Ridge overlooks the northern suburbs and the
biggest man-made rain forest. Forest Town is the site of the original plantations for the mines and where trees and shrubs were cultivated
for the development of the suburbs of Parktown.

The Sunnyside Park hotel itself is an historical location. It was built for an American mining engineer by the name of Hennen Jennings in 1895.
Jennings helped save the mining industry from certain ruin in 1892 when he and some colleagues introduced the McArthur-Forrest process
of using cyanide in the extraction of gold.

A subsequent owner was Alfred Milner, who, from that house after the Anglo-Boer War, as High Commissioner of the Transvaal, planned the
recovery of the Transvaal and Free State and the eventual Union of the four provinces into the Union of South Africa. The property was later
used as a university residence and became a licensed hotel in 1964.

Uncharacteristically, we did not drive to our first destination, but walked the short distance to "The View", home of the Cullinan family
until Lady Cullinan's death in 1963. After listening to stories of the discovery of the Cullinan Diamond and of the family, we walked around
the house, which is now the headquarters of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment. Their collection of military memorabilia was unbelievable and we
could have spent much more time there.

We then drove to "Emoyeni", which was designed by Leck and Emley, who also designed the Rand Club and Stock Exchange. This mansion was built
in 1905 for Henry Charles Hull, a lawyer and one of the first directors of the Anglo American Group. He later became the Minister of Finance
in the first Union government. The home and garden have recently been restored and is owned by the Gauteng Province. It is used as a conference centre and was previously a recreation centre for the Johannesburg General Hospital, which is nearby. Emoyeni is situated at the highest point of the Parktown Ridge and the name originates from the Zulu language meaning "up in the air”.

The overwhelming richness of the interiors is crowned by a most remarkable stairway in the mystical central spine of the building. The house
still has Venetian glass chandeliers hanging from the ceilings with original fireplaces in every room still intact.

The next stop was at "Northwards". The arrival of all our cars down the curved driveway was a really dramatic entrance into this impressive
home, and the photo-shoot showed off this mansion and our cars to great effect!
The mansion was built on an 18-acre site for John Dale Lace in 1904. A mining man, Dale Lace was a great speculator, and his glamorous wife, Jose,
whose portrait hangs in the house, was one of the most popular society hostesses of the time.

This mansion was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and is considered to be one of his best in Johannesburg. It was certainly judged the best by most of the members on the day. It is perched on the top of Parktown ridge overlooking the M1 freeway and the northern suburbs - a symbol of the wealth of early Johannesburg's Randlords and the grand style in which they lived.
It is a 40-roomed mansion, now a national monument and it combines decorative Dutch and Flemish gables with Baker's beloved Arts and Crafts style. It is an imposing presence on the cliff, with its façade constructed of quartzite rock taken from the site.
The south side is dominated by an impressive entrance portico topped by a Cape Dutch gable, but the architecture is an eclectic mix of styles.
The windows are Tudor, Palladian, and English. There is even a window in a chimney.
The entrance hall is breathtaking - the ceiling is in white plaster with beautiful lamps, and simple but dramatic Norman arches, looking down on
Italian marble. This leads through to the drawing room on the right, another delightful room.

It is oval in shape with a domed ceiling, with delicate cornices, a marble fireplace, and curved glass-fronted display cabinets and a bay window.
José chose Victoria-style wallpaper, a replica of which decorates the walls.
Opposite this is the highlight of the house, specifically suggested by Baker: the large wood-panelled, double-ceiling entertaining hall with a
minstrel gallery, and opposite it, a delicately carved Juliet balcony, a sandstone fireplace, teak ceiling, large brass chandeliers, and an
intimate dining area off the hall, with tall windows opening to the view northwards. A most impressive place.
After leaving "Northwards", the cars took part in a "Grand Parade" through the streets of Parktown, which was enjoyed by numerous spectators attending the "Big Walk”. The route took us down Oxford Road, past the original plantation sites and (now demolished) home
of "Onderkoppies" and the "broekie lace-lined" balconies of the Holy Family College, before turning towards the Military History Museum a
nd the old Rand Regiments Memorial. This memorial was re-dedicated to all of those who lost their lives in the Anglo-Boer War. It was previously only dedicated to members of the Rand Regiments.

Onward we drove, past the Zoo, before getting onto the M1 South and off at St Andrews Road to see "Eikenlaan", now home to
Mikes Kitchen and "Outeniqua", which was originally owned by Ohllsons Breweries. This is now part of the Wits Business School.
We then returned to the Sunnyside Park hotel for lunch.

Thanks to Dennis Adams for his considerable input and to Rusty for organising the event. It was a most interesting and educating


The outing to Mike’s Auto Panel & Paint is held each year to help Club members prepare their Minors for forthcoming trips and also
for those who require expert input for repairs that may be required. With the long trip to Badplaas due at the end of the month,
this was not to be missed.

Not being technically minded, the event provides me with the comfort of knowing that any dangerous or imminent repairs will be pointed
out to me and I and the other members are most grateful for the advice given.

Our technical boffins like Charles Gardiner test the engines on a Dina machine and report if the plugs, timing and electricals are in good
order or not. Guys such as Tommy Smith and Mike Del Frate and others are on hand when the Minors are jacked up on the lift to evaluate the
condition of the vehicle. Many times, crucial rusted parts and defects are identified for repair before a catastrophe strikes. They also check
for problems in the engine compartment.

Fortunately, nothing serious was found on any of the cars. However, we had an incident on the way home, when Lawrie Bartle’s clutch snapped,
leaving him on the side of the road. Fortunately for him, Chris Spinks, Aldo Marcon and I were travelling together and we were able to assist
him recover the broken parts from up the road and a tow truck did the rest. Aldo subsequently made a new linkage for him and he is back on the
road again.

We enjoyed a braai, a few drinks and good light hearted chatter during the day and ended it off with coffee etc provided by Norma. Our thanks
go once again to the guys for giving us their invaluable assistance so that we could safely travel to Badplaas and to the Del Frate’s for their

Pictured on the cover of this edition is Lawson Flint, who arrived towing his newly acquired green 1949 Morris Minor Series MM "lowlight" Tourer.
Some of the other members who turned up for the day were, John Bowes, John Bedford, John Webb, Terence Redmond, Rusty Clover, Mike and Norma Del Frate,
Chris Spinks, Charles Gardiner, Tommy Smith, Lawry Bartle, Frederick Wilson, Aldo Marcon, Neil Bulley and yours truly. Apologies if I left anyone out.

James Lake and his father-in-law pitched up to get advice on a problem he was having with his carburettor. That’s another "face to a name”, as
we haven’t seen James before, although he has been a member since February ’07. Hopefully we will see them at the next outing.

Once again, our thanks go to Mike for the use of his workshop and the other guys for their time and assistance with the inspection. This is
something that should form part of our calendar every year, as we always travel some distance when we have our weekends away.


This is an annual event which was previously known as the Johannesburg Cars in the Park. It was held at the Piston Ring Club and features
cars and motor cycles from most of the motoring marques. They always feature some stunning examples for everyone to admire.

On such occasions, there are numerous trade stalls featuring motoring and other accessories, all of which add to the occasion.

Not always enjoyed by our ladies and held during a particularly crowded calendar of events for our Club, those who arrived either brought
picnic baskets or bought food from the stalls. We enjoyed our lunch and the camaraderie before leaving in the early afternoon. It is always
pleasant to have spent some time having fun with our friends.

Some of those I saw who attended in their Minors were:
Chris Spinks, John Webb, Dave Smith, Gary Dodds, Les McLeod, Theo van Niekerk, Lawrie Bartle, Kobus Beukes, Tommy and Sharon Smith,
Lawson Flint, Ben de Goederen, John & Sharon Bedford, John Bowes, Frederick Wilson, Philip Gordon and Clive Surtees & Connie. Apologies
if this list is incomplete. Errol Myers arrived in modern tin.

"Is that a Morris Minor towing a Mini??”


Following a rush of events in October, which included the examination of our cars at Mike’s place, the motor show at the
Piston Ring Club, the Studebaker Car Club’s motor show and the forthcoming weekend away, the turn out was better than expected.

The 8th Studebaker Car Club show was held under the trees at the Smuts House Museum in Irene and was a relaxing affair, with a
sprinkling of all vintages from the different motoring clubs. As well as being supported by their own members, there were well over 20 Studs,
(sorry ladies the 4 wheel type) showing their muscle and deep baritone sounds. In my opinion, the Studebaker Car Club also has lots of camaraderie
in their club and their members are always friendly towards our Club. They also support our Cullinan Minor Steam Run.

We had a good breakfast together and chatted about the upcoming Nationals. Attendees in Minors were Sharon and Jozua Cloete,
Colleen and John Bowes, Johan and grandson Kevin van Huyssteen. The good news is that Kevin is a young guy who is very enthusiastic
about the Morris Minor. This was the first time I have met Johan and he seems to be a great guy who fits neatly in the Club’s mould.
Apparently, he was at the Nationals, but I missed him. Obviously I must have been having tea and cake at the time.

Lawson Flint and Rose Dippenaar, who are really great company to be in, were there with Lawson’s Opel. The second big surprise
of the day was meeting Keisha Nel who stays in Pretoria. She is an enthusiastic and dynamic lady who I am sure will be joining
us on more outings. Other members in other cars were Gary and Kyle (a tall guy who seems to be treading in his dad’s shoes,
car-wise that is) Dodds, in a well restored grey Mercedes Benz and Dawn and Rusty in their Morris.

I would really like to thank Detlev and Theo and their club for a wonderful day and for going out of their way to make us welcome.
(Thanks to Rusty)


One of the highlights of each year is the "Week-end Away” and this year was no exception. Although at 48, the number of
participants this year was slightly down on last year. Those who were able to attend were unanimous in their expressions of
enjoyment and overall happiness with the venue and the organisation. The travelling arrangements for the "Minors” involved
two separate convoys and there was much preliminary discussion concerning the best routes to be taken from Pretoria and Johannesburg.
The secondary roads were often badly potholed because of the constant use by numerous very large trucks transporting coal from this
heavily mined area. The travelling distance for both convoys was a little over 300 kilometres which was a good test for the cars,
their drivers and their passengers. As usual, members using a variety of "Modern Tin” as transport were most welcome.

There was a great deal of interest shown in the selection of Morris Minors by the general public and some interesting contacts were made.
In addition to Tommy Smith’s immaculate Panel Van, there were five 2-Door, six 4-Door and three Travellers, all in very good condition,
parked near the twelve Rondavels we occupied.

Once we had found our accommodation and settled in, we gathered at the Lapa near the Hotel for our evening meal.
John Webb did sterling work cooking burgers for everyone, whilst the ladies prepared a variety of salads and goodies.
The men ensured a steady flow of the chosen liquids while discussing the pros and cons of their beloved vehicles.
On the Saturday evening we used the Lapa once again for a most enjoyable Bring & Braai. Thanks to Theo van Niekerk
for providing the music.

This was intended to be a relaxing time which allowed members to enjoy the variety of amenities at the Resort.
The huge swimming pool, the Hydro, the water slides, game drives using Quads or a Land Rover and other supporting amenities,
or just strolling through the extensive gardens made for a most pleasant and relaxing day between the two days of travelling.
One or two members elected to stay on for an extra day or two.

On Sunday morning, the return convoy travelled via Carolina and Hendrina to the N4 and then the N12 and Middelburg, thus
avoiding the heavily pot-holed section used on the outward run. The expertise of the male members was called into action
when one of the vehicles needed some "T-L-C” during the stop in Carolina. The experts, using some innovative engineering,
solved the problem and the journey continued to a happy ending.

Unfortunately, Leonard Pearse had to return home early on the Saturday morning because his house had been burgled.

Marius van Biljon introduced new members Chris and Linda du Plessis to the Club. They arrived in one of Marius’ Minors,
together with their son who was visiting from overseas.

This was yet another excellent, well organised and thoroughly enjoyable occasion provided for Club members by our hard-working Committee.
"Thank You Rusty”, all your helpers and the Branch Committee for another great outing.
(Thanks to Craig Stacey)


We held our end of year function at the Piston Ring Club at the beginning of December. Members not often seen,
or at least seen by me for the 1st time were:
Willie van Zyl and a few friends, Craig & Helen Marland and family, Keisha Nel and Rachelle, Steve Brumfitt with
his wife Wendy and their son, Ken and Gerda Hardwick, Hendrick and Cecelia Jordaan, Chris and Biddie Lacy and John
and Judith Tonkin. A new member who joined the Club was Vince & Nina Felgate with their daughter. My apologies if
I left anyone out.

Craig Marland and his family arrived in a very well preserved maroon splitscreen Morris Oxford which was manufactured
in 1949. This drew lots of interest from the members.

Our thanks go to Sharon Cloete for giving everyone a decorated bottle filled with sweets and goodies and things. One could
see that she put in a lot of time and effort into these. Another unique idea was that red dots were placed under one chair per table.
This allowed the person sitting in that chair to take home the flower arrangement at their table.

Tables were decorated by Sharon Smith, Sharon Cloete, Cheryl Berry, Sara & Joshua Harper, whilst the music was provided by Theo van Niekerk.

We had a lovely meal of three different types of meat on a spit and salads and ended it off with dessert. The salads and
desserts were supplied by the ladies.

We had a very good turnout on the day, with 86 members, family and friends present. This was the largest gathering of
members we have ever had. Well done to Alex and Cheryl Berry and Tommy and Sharon Smith and their able team for co-ordinating
a most pleasant event. Fortunately, the Fines Master was lenient this time and there were no fines.



Our MMOC Committee extends to all members and their families and friends, 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, but inevitably some last minute changes might have to be made.
If this happens, our Events Co-ordinator, Rusty Clover, will try his best to contact members.
Please contact Rusty on (012) 347 8291 (h) or 083 264 6240, or Alex Berry on 072 446 9736, 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. 31 Jan – Breakfast at Que’ Sera near Bapsfontein.
Sun. 7 Mar – The Cullinan Minor Steam Run
Sun. 21 Mar – Thur. 25 March – National Rally Worcester
Sun. 26 Apr – ‘Oppie Koppie’ Bass Farm - Picnic
Sat 29 May – AGM and Bring & Braai at Piston Ring Club


Sat./Sun. 13/14 Feb - George Old Car Show
Sun. 14 Mar - Any Dam Wheels Day (Tarlton)
Sun. 4 Apr - Angela’s Picnic – Delta Park
Sun. 1 May - Benoni Heritage Club's "Cars at the Race Track"


Sun. 21 Feb - Club Meeting & Birthday Bash (Year of manufacture ending in "0”
Sun. 21 Mar - Bi-annual Swap Meeting
Sun. 18 Apr – Spotlight on American Cars
Sat. 16 May – Military Machines & Commercial Transporters


Sun. 24 Jan at 14H00 Sun. 28 Feb at 14H00
Sun. 09 May at 14H00 Sat. 29 May at 15H00 AGM
Sun. 11 Jul at 14H00 Sun. 12 Sep at 14H00
Sun. 07 Nov at 14H00



Just to let you know that a lot of hard work, by a dedicated team of Cape Town Morriests is taking place and that we are making
progress in achieving our goals of giving all the participating delegates a Super Rally.

Gentlemen please would you advise your participating delegates that the deposit of 50% per delegate is payable by the 30th of September 2009.
Kindly inform our rally reservation's officer Cristina Jones that payment has been made so that she can get her accommodation schedule
up to date and make any necessary adjustments. Her details are as follows:
(H) 021 591 2510, (C) 084 77 44 66 0, e-mail

We can only accommodate 150 delegates.


1 Direct Bank Deposit 2 Electronic Transfer 3 Cheque attached
BANK: Standard Bank Century City Branch (Canal Walk)
BRANCH CODE: 036 309
ACCOUNT NAME: Morris Minor Owners Club
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 27 119 309 3


The Chairman
Morris Minor Owners Club
P O Box 38074
Pinelands 7430

5th RALLY LETTER (Extract)

We are all fired up and looking forward to making this Rally a most enjoyable and memorable Rally for you.
Let me start by saying that we have 153 delegates who have paid their initial deposits attending this Rally.
Thank you all for your co-operation in this regard. I must however remind you that the balance of R900,00 per delegate
(Rally fees) are due at the end of DECEMBER 2009. Please advise, fax or e-mail Cristina your proof of payment.
Regrettably the reservations are now closed and we cannot take any more bookings for the Rally as there are no more
beds available at the resort.

Please effect payment by one of the following methods:

1) Direct Bank deposit; 2) Electronic transfer; 3) Cheque deposit;

BANK: Standard Bank Century City Branch (Canal Walk))
BRANCH CODE: 036-309
ACCOUNT NAME: Morris Minor Owners Club
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 27 119 309 3

Cristina Jones our Reservations Officer has done a sterling job in trying to find a bed for each delegate.
Let me assure you that it wasn’t without headaches and she has risen to the challenge and come out on top. Well done Cristina
and Malcolm for handling that task so efficiently. Attached to this e-mail is the provisional list of "who's sharing with whom".
If you want to change places with someone else then please arrange that yourself with the party concerned and inform Cristina of the change.

The theme for the fancy dress dance is 2010 Soccer. You can represent the country of your choice either by wearing some sports
gear related item or you may wear the national dress of that particular country. So if you want to represent South Africa for instance,
you can wear Bafana Bafana green sport togs, (maybe paint your face black) or wear a pair of veldt skoene and a veldt hat.
The choices are innumerable.

Steve Leibbrandt
Rally Chairman.

Behind the scenes, Rusty Clover is planning the trip and route for our Club’s participants.
52 of our members in 25 cars are taking the long trip to Worcester. A few others, who have cars in the Cape will use those cars.


Chris Grant has been tasked with finding sponsors to help members going to the Goudini Spa Rally,
as the cost will be significant for most members. You are asked to pass on any information or suggestions
to Chris regarding possible sponsorship. You can contact him on or call him on 074 181 8174.

I have been able to secure sponsorship from MM&G Mining & Engineering Services, just as for the last Rally.
Please try to find additional sponsors and let Chris Grant know about them.


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 is requested to 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 any information or suggestions in the magazine.


Frederick Wilson our Website Master, has been working hard to refine the information on our website and we believe we
have one of the best privately managed motoring websites around. We certainly do receive compliments from time to time.
Thanks to him for all his hard work and commitment. Please contact him at if you have any suggestions for the website.

We had 608 unique visitors who visited our website 896 times in October, 606 unique visitors who visited our website 871 times
in November and 489 unique visitors who visited our website 840 times in December. The stats continue to rise, with an obvious
drop off in December and are quite impressive. So please contact Chris Grant on or
if you can help them obtain sponsorship for the Club through advertising in the magazine and/or the website. Please also support our advertisers.


Please ensure that the information provided on your renewal of membership form CLEARLY indicates what Minors you own. Chris Spinks’
database has grown from 680 to 702 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 Harry Meintjes, the Membership Manager on,
or, or and this will be passed on to Chris.


Please give Purity baby food or your contribution to John Bedford.


Positive ground depends on proper circuit functioning, which is the transmission of negative ions by retention of the
visible spectral manifestation known as smoke. Smoke is the thing that makes electrical circuits work. We know this
to be true because every time one lets the smoke out of an electrical circuit, it stops working. This can be verified
repeatedly through empirical testing.

For example, if one places a copper bar across the terminals of a battery, prodigious quantities of smoke are liberated
and the battery shortly ceases to function. In addition, if one observes smoke escaping from an electrical component
such as a Lucas voltage regulator, it will also be observed that the component no longer functions. The logic is elementary
and inescapable!

The function of the wiring harness is to conduct the smoke from one device to another. When the wiring springs a leak and lets
all the smoke out of the system, nothing works afterward.

Starter motors were considered unsuitable for British motorcycles for some time largely because they consumed large quantities
of smoke, requiring very unsightly large wires.

It has been reported that Lucas electrical components are possibly more prone to electrical leakage than their Bosch, Japanese
or American counterparts. Experts point out that this is because Lucas is British, and all things British leak. British engines
leak oil, British shock absorbers, hydraulic forks and disk brake systems leak fluid, British tyres leak air and British Intelligence
leaks national defence secrets. Therefore, it follows that British electrical systems must leak smoke. Once again, the logic is clear and inescapable.

In conclusion, the basic concept of transmission of electrical energy in the form of smoke provides a logical explanation of
the mysteries of electrical components, especially British units manufactured by Joseph Lucas, Ltd.

And remember: A gentleman does not motor about after dark.
Joseph Lucas The Prince of Darkness 1842-1903.
A few Lucas quips: The Lucas motto: Get home before dark.
Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three-position Lucas switch--DIM, FLICKER and OFF. The other three switch settings--SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.
The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start.
Back in the 70s, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only
product they offered which did not suck.
Q: Why do the British drink warm beer? A: Because Lucas makes their refrigerators.
This has been referred to as the smoke theory. When the smoke comes out, it’s finished, cooked or done for.

We look forward to seeing you at all of our outings.

Yours in a Morris,


Clive Surtees (Editor)