This years National was held at Thoresby Park, under the auspices of the Morris Vehicles Association, to which LOCI is affiliated. The Morris Register organised a first class event in glorious sunshine with first class facilities. Twenty seven 'Crabs turned out, making for an impressive display.
The Red Dog might look rather like this next year.
Penny broke down on the M62, but got going again courtesy of a combination of the AA and the Jordan brothers. She went home with points, condenser and rotor arm in the glove box.
Our chums in the WOC were next door and kept the tea and bacon and egg butties coming. Many thanks to Marilyn for that.
Once the wiring haas been fully "antiqued" this'll be a beautiful period piece.
Next along were the Marinas.
Sadly only two turned out.
But - they brought a friend. This is a MkIII Innocenti Mini. Strange that the style mad Italians would still paint a car brown!
Now the red Marina was a bit special. Read on.....
I just can't wait to see what the power-crazed AndrewA makes of that.
Striking colour on this one made it very distinctive.
And here's a few specials.
Wonderful woodie estate.
Rodded 8. Rover V8, shortened rear axle, Jag IRS - the usual stuff - but quite understated.
Running Bullnose chassis. Interesting!
These are the "original" Morris Minors.
Convertible 8s. Last one nearly came home with me. Can't imagine why?
Rather liked this. I think I could ride in that. These were all lumped togather as Big Morrises.
The following are "Other Classics" as the organisers politely put it.
Little Lancia. No idea why it was here, but what a lovely little thing it is.
In the absence of any "proper" Indiana Jones vehicles, I thought this Aston Martin might suit as a reminder from his James Bond phase.
Look at that. Big rev counter in front of the driver, speedo in front of the passenger. All as it should be. Just as well the keys weren't in it or they'd still be looking for me.
These are a selection of the prize winners at the days end.
That's your lot. I think that's everything I took that's usable. It was a grand day out. The Morris Minor Owners Club are organising next years MVA Rally at Catton Hall, I think on the first weekend of July. I think I'll bookmark it regardless of whether it's the LOCI National or not.
The whole thing was very relaxed and friendly, Nick. You might have ended up in "Other Classics" officially or just tagged in with the rest of us. Graham (Mr Nina) turned up in a tasty Minor convertible, which was at the the back of the LOCI group.