Cars, Classic Cars, David Manners, david manners group, DMG, Driving, Morris Minor

Morris Minor Van

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The gentleman who owns the van used to work for PJ Evans in  the Jaguar and Rolls Royce parts department. When the vans were taken out of circulation the staff were allowed to bid for them and so he got this for a bargain price.
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He has owned the van ever since and it is still used as a working van. The sides have only been redone once and that’s when the whole van was given a re-spray.
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Cars, Classic Cars, David Manners, david manners group, DMG, Fundraising, Morris Minor, news

Kathy Ling

12970832_961357813948093_6320429143071721585_oKathy Ling has been a member of the Shropshire M.M.O.C since it began 40 years ago, she first discovered Morris Minors when she went on her first date with now husband of 50 years. She remembers the date clearly; having to push a broken down Morris Minor up Coleport Bank in high heels.

In 2000 there was a push for people to do something different, Kathy had always wanted to do a London Marathon. So she took up running and has now been running for 16 years.

When she first started Kathy joined the Wrekin Road Runners and competed in her first run in Wolverhampton with getting lost (29mile), 3 marathons’ all together. Next she went on to the Berlin Run with Wreckin Road Runners which was a 6hr plus run but the people were vey supportive and the atmosphere was great. Kathy also went on to do a London Marathon, a midnight run around Norway, Moscow and St Peters which happened to be her favorite thus far and not stopping there she went on to Reykjavik and did 3 races in one day (impressive).

At 65 she did 3 triathlons but kept falling off the bike due to inner ear problems but that didn’t stop her; she went on to do the Ben Nevis Marathon at -3, which Kathy said “ I wont be doing that again”, this was from Morecombe bay to Grains over sands.

On Kathy’s 70th she had done 124 races over 12 months, her favorite being the More Care Challenge which was a ½ marathon across four different rivers. Kathy informs us that her next run is at the Faroe Islands, which is also a ½ Marathon.

Not forgetting in June Kathy will be running another ½ marathon in June to help raise money for Matthew Cooper who is a 11 year old boy from Telford who during the summer holidays last year became suddenly ill and taken to hospital. Which they later found cancerous tumors on his brain and spine. Matt had major surgery at Birmingham Children Hospital but due to complications suffered strokes, which has left him paralyzed, unable to breathe for himself or talk. Matthew has been there ever since and won’t be allowed home until his house is suitable for his needs. So if you would like to help bring Matthew and his parents get back home then you can sponsor Kathy Ling on her run at the following link.

(https://www.gofundme.com/b8kcagys)

 

 

2015, Cars, Classic Cars

First featured lady auctioneer in the UK for Classic Car Auction House!

‘Barons is set to become the first UK classic car auction house to feature a lady auctioneer when Helen Gascoigne brings the hammer down on a selection of lots, assisting their long-standing auctioneer Fabian Hine at the Yuletide Classic Sale at Sandown Park on December 15th

‘The daughter of Barons director Peter Gascoigne, 33 year-old Helen is a senior lawyer by profession but is adding another string to her bow by combining her love of classic cars and knowledge of the family business to embark on learning the classic car auction trade.  In a year of ‘firsts’ for Barons, which has included the company twice setting its highest-ever price for a car sold at auction, it is only fitting that the season ends with another first, not just for Barons, but for all specialist UK classic car houses; the introduction of a lady auctioneer.’

Click here to read the full article!

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2015, Cars, Classic Mini, DMG

RAF Mini Club ~ 75th Annual Battle of Britain

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Last month we helped to support the Royal Air Force Mini Club with their 75th Annual Battle of Britain Run, long term member James Goodright came to visit us with his wonderful Custom Classic Mini! Click here to visit their official Facebook page Originally owned by John Cooper himself, the mini is an ex-press car which he has restored over the last 8 months. James has owned the car for 18 years and it hasn’t broken down once (Touch wood!)

He’s a regular customer here at DMG, and we’re very happy to be able to give back and to support such a great event! With its rich history, one off interior and custom mixed paint, you can see why he loves this car so much

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Cars, Technology

‘Transparent Trailer’ technology ~ Birmingham Post

Land Rover have revealed their new technological development in the form of the ‘transparent trailer’ system! Further to their ‘see-through bonnet technology‘ the company have been working on removing the blind spot which is created when towing a caravan or trailer.

‘The prototype ‘Transparent Trailer’ system combines the video feed from the vehicle’s existing surround camera system – which includes the reversing camera and a camera on each wing mirror – with a video from a digital wireless camera placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan. The video feeds are then combined to create the live video images that make the trailer behind appear see-through.’

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‘As part of the latest technology, Land Rover is also developing something called Cargo Sense.

The prototype system combines a remote video camera inside the trailer and a mat of pressure sensors on the floor, that both link wirelessly to the towing vehicle.

The pressure sensitive mat would detect if a load of boxes, antique furniture, a classic car were moved, or even whether a horse is moving around the trailer in an unexpected or abnormal way whilst travelling or stationery and alert the driver accordingly.

The Cargo Sense app would also the driver to check the status of both trailer and load remotely when the owner is away from the trailer.

If a horse owner is away from the horse trailer, the system could automatically alert the owner via SMS if the horse is distressed, if the temperature inside has exceeded safe levels, or if the trailer is being tampered with.’

Enda Mullen (Birmingham Post)

Read the full article here!