The Morris Minor Owners Club, with around 10,000 members, is one of the largest classic car clubs in the country. It is divided into 10 different areas and we are in Area 1 which covers the whole of northern England. There are 16 branches in Area 1 and the Barnsley Branch extends across South Yorkshire. Whilst most of our members are from Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield we do have some from further afield, in Derbyshire, Lancashire and even in Worcestershire.
The main MMOC meet of the year is the National Rally, which moves around the country, in 2018 it will be held at Kelmarsh Hall, Northampton NN6 9LY (June 22nd – 24th). The main Area 1 event is the Northern Regional Rally, in 2018 it will be held at Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe DN15 9HU (September 15th – 16th, with camping dates available before & after) where all the branches can gather together. Most branches have their own annual rallies at a well-known site in their district and some have Host Days where other branches are invited to join them at some special place of interest.
Our own annual rally in 2018 will be at the Animal Farm, Graves Park, Sheffield S8 8LL (May 13th). See Branch Rally page for entry details / form CLICK HERE
The Barnsley Branch became well-known for its Jogle Run, an annual event where Minors (and other classics) were driven from John O’Groats to Lands End in less than 24 hours. Out of this idea of cross-country Minor motoring has grown the Roses Run, another great Area 1 event. For a number of years, the Barnsley Branch members have been responsible for arranging and presenting the MMOC display at the Classic Motor Show which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham. Awards for the best club stand came our way on a number of occasions, “The Minor Garage” (2000), “Before, During and After” (2001), “Ex-Police Vehicles” (2004), “The Traveller’s Rest” (2006) and “Dad’s Army” (2014). Our “40th Anniversary – Ruby” (2016) display, helped towards the MMOC receiving the prestigious Club of the Year award.
In the 1990’s when the Barnsley Branch arranged displays at Minorex (Telford and Blackpool) and at the Northern Classic Car Show (Manchester), picking up trophies along the way with a membership of just over 20, we gave ourselves the title “The Biggest Little Branch in the MMOC.” Today, our numbers have more than trebled, but although we are no longer a little branch we like to think that the effort and enthusiasm is still there.