Are you attending the Morris Minor Owners Club 40th Anniversary Rally?
If you are, you can now pre-order your parts from us for the show.
Phone: 0121 544 5522
Kathy 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.
Morris Minor Open Day 2016
Firstly everyone at DMG would like to thank all the people that came to our Morris Minor open day on Saturday 9th April and made it a success, we couldn’t be happier with the response we had and we will definitely be looking to do it again next year.
We’d also like to thank local acoustic artists John Langford, David Coughlin and Billy Spake Mon for coming along to entertain our guests on the evening and Alison Elvins from Ducafe for keeping everyone provided with refreshments, which were very much enjoy by our customers and staff. Also Julia Attwood for providing information on insurance and Footman James for their initiative to promote young drivers.
We received some brilliant feedback from our customers
“A very good afternoon, a bit chilly and damp later, but it’s April and Britain so about right. A very good turn out, look forward to next year.
Many thanks to the team who organised it all. – Martyn Westley”
“Thank you for having us. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and thank you for the goodie bag, drink and the warm welcome. – Cameron Shaw”
“Please bring it down south- Jordan Partridge”
Finally thank you to our staff for making arranging the event and making sure it all ran smoothly. (Joy, Vikki, Simon, Mike Lennon, Jack Weston, Paul Grainger, Kevin Emery, Michael Hadley and Kate Manners)
– by Sophie Jones
The 31st August is our last Public Bank Holiday before Christmas! – What are your plans?
There are a variety of different events going on!
Enville Show – Staffordshire
Open Sport Nationals – Stratford-upon-Avon
Carfest South 2015 – Laverstoke Park, Hampshire (supporting Children in Need)
Little Gransden Air & Car Show – Bedfordshire (supporting Children in Need)
Rudgwick Steam & Country Show – West Sussex
Military Odyssey – Kent
Blues & Twos Weekend – Doncaster
Click here for more events!
Or if you’re looking for something not involving classic cars (we won’t judge you.. much) then have a look at this list of things to do around Birmingham from the Birmingham Mail – http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/things-to-do-august-31-9907106
We stumbled across an interesting story today on the Hemmings Daily blog.
Peter Doherty, Jr contemplates what it really means to be a ‘car guy‘…
‘Lately I have been wondering if I can still call myself a car enthusiast. I certainly grew up a car guy (kid) in the late 1960’s. I was the one in the family that could identify all the neighbors by make and model of car. I had an extensive collection of die-cast toy cars and several slot car sets (I skipped school to play with one birthday present). I distinctly recall my first ride in a sports car (light blue MGB). I remember getting a high speed run around Lime Rock with a family friend in his ’69 Corvette. At age fourteen, I was trusted to move the family cars in and out of the garage by myself (mom never saw the time I almost put her Maverick through the roll-up door). I got my license the day I turned 16, and immediately started saving for a car of my own. I read Road & Track cover to cover for specs on current cars, and skimmed Automobile Quarterly for stories about machines of the past’
‘now that I have reached that stage in life where I have enough time and money to indulge an interest in things automotive, why am I driving anonymous mid-size sedans? Is it because I can park them anywhere and walk away without worry, and also know that I’ll never have to open the hood for the three years of the lease? Why am I not looking for another Triumph, or similar vintage ride for a second car? Is it I know I will probably be disappointed in the driving experience compared to modern cars (and a nice TR-250 goes for $30K)? Why then, do I not go out and buy a new Corvette or Cayman; “affordable” cars that are faster and better machines than almost anything produced over the last 50 years? Is it because it seems crazy to me to buy a vehicle that can’t be driven for five months of the year because of snow and ice (and salt) on the roads? And why do I rarely take weekend road trips anymore, and never exceed the speed limits when I do go somewhere? Is it because our New England roads are overcrowded (and potholed), with speed traps seemingly around every corner? Is it because if I buy a sports car and take it on the track to avoid the law, it suddenly seems too heavy, soft, and slow? Why then, am I not a regular competitor in a racing school formula car race series? Is it that I can’t justify the expense when it’s no longer a step towards a potential career? Speaking of racing, why do I click right past the few road races still shown on television (remember Speed)? Is it because there is very little actual racing going on, and too many sanitized, “Mickey Mouse” type tracks these days (with even fewer personalities left behind the wheel)?’
‘When I got that Triumph I was sure I would be driving cars like that for the rest of my life. Maybe I thought I was a car guy, when I was really just a wannabe racer all along? Is it simply a mid-life crisis? Is there a pill advertised on TV that I should “ask my doctor” for? Will I be okay again if I win the lottery? Let’s see… I could get that Lamborghini Miura (just to look at), or maybe one of those hot new Alfa 4Cs (for just the right day), or perhaps a big tailfins and chrome boat from the 50’s (just for cruise nights), and of course, one of those no-compromise British track day cars (just for the racer in me). And then I could…
True car guys still dream, don’t we?’
Have you ever felt the same way as Peter?
To read the whole story please click here to go to the Hemmings Daily website!
It’s time for another Russ Carpenter update!
We thought we’d update you on the Russ Carpenter Racing Car, where it’s been and where it’s going!
We had cacklefested the car at the Hot Rod and Custom day at Beaulieu so the car needed some essential maintenance doing before we went away to race. All seemed fine and we went to Santa Pod with high hopes for a good weekend. Unfortunately when driven under load the car wasn’t performing’
‘After a lot of diagnosis and fault finding we deemed the old 35 year old magneto ignition system was failing so we’ve sent it away to the US to be remanufactured. We did however manage to partake in the annual evening cacklefest at the event’
‘In August we have 4 large events we are attending over 3 weekends.
– 16th of August we are one of the main attractions at this years Cranleigh Classic Car show having been asked to do an arena demonstration of the car. We plan to cacklefest the car infront of the press and show goers.
– August 22nd is the 5th Annual Camberley Car Show in the heart of Camberley. With over 10000 attending last year its sure to be another busy day this year.
– August 29th and 30th we are on static display at the Wings and Wheels Show at Dunsfold Aerodrome.
– August 31st we have been invited as guests of honour to the Victory Wheelers’ Hot Rod & Custom Car Show‘
– Andrew Carpenter