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MMOC National Rally 2011 – Knebworth

This past weekend, Ashley & I made the trip from Birmingham to Knebworth for the annual MMOC National Rally.

A weekend of camping (after my last camping trip at Glastonbury in 1998) and Morris Minors, what more could you ask for?!

We arrived late on Friday afternoon and found the rest of the Young Members, and set up camp.  It wasn’t long before we decided on a YM run to Tesco;

MMOC Young Members Take Over Tesco Car Park

I had been looking forward to the National Rally, and I am glad I went, however, I have so say, I found some of it very disappointing.  A number of people were exceptionally rude, and the lack of organisation was rather astounding, for such a big even that is now in it’s bazillionth year.

I am not going to focus on the negatives though!  It was wonderful to meet some of the people I have been talking to online.

Peter certainly brightened up my weekend, and certainly made me giggle with his wig on Saturday night!!

How Many People fit in a Morris Minor 1000?Craig & Bobbie also deserve a mention for helping Ashley & The Other Ashley see how many people we could fit in a Morris Minor (there were only 5 of us, and we all fit in), and The Other Ashley (Wakeling) was an absolute joy to be around!

Steph ‘Minor Mafia’ Holloway was obsessed with the communal showers, and took every opportunity to make sure everyone knew this fact & how appalled she was by the thought of showering in a big room with other people 😉

There were ups & downs to the weekend, but on the whole, it was a lot of fun, and my first motorway drive too!

Ashley led the way there and back, and we even had walkie talkies to keep in touch on the journey.  I particularly like the call names Ashley came up with – Black Devil & Blue Angel 😀

I picked up some great little bits for Martha – new light rims, as the current ones are exceptionally badly rusted on the inside & veryPicnic Table bent out of shape, I also got some fuzzy seat covers, as vinyl seats aren’t great for travelling long distances in any kind of heat, unless you particularly like having a sweaty bum.  Steph got me a ‘Happy Passed Your Driving Test’ present too – and it really is an amazing piece of kit for the car – a picnic table! Oh yes! All I need now is a drive in movie theatre and I’m sorted!

In other news, plans are underway for the first cake run.  The first run is via Stoke & Blackpool, across to Leeds, then back home via Nottingham & Derby.  This is going to be taking place very soon – leaving basecamp on Friday 22nd July, and returning on Sunday 24th.

If you donated to Katies Car Fund, please please please make sure you send me your address so I can add you to the trip!!  Email kdexeter@yahoo.co.uk


Morris Minor Fans

It has been a great experience, getting Martha. I joined the Morris Minor Owners Club, and got myself on the Young Members Register. Through doing this I have met some lovely people, some of them I have even met in real life!

Saturday was my first ever ‘show’, and I met some lovely characters there.  In true, forgetful-Katie fashion, I didn’t bother asking anyone’s name! Well done me!

Morris Minor Pickup, potatoes and a man playing a spade!

Morris Minor Pickup, potatoes and a man playing a spade!


 Through the MMOC Forum & Facebook, I have met some great young members too.  Ashley, who lives just up the road from me, is an absolutley lovely young man, not to mention a mechanic who seems to enjoy making broken things work (and who may well be my saviour when it comes to such matters 😉 )

Ashley & a chocolate milkshake!
Ashley & a chocolate milkshake!
Ashleys Car - Morris!
Ashleys Car – Moggie! 1955 Morris Minor

The first weekend in July is the weekend of the MMOC National Rally at Knebworth, which Martha & I will be attending, and I am looking forward to meeting some of the internet people I have met too!  It should be lots of fun!! 

Having a Morris Minor is definately much more than just having a car!