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History of the Morris Minor, The Barnsley Branch & the MMOC
Barnsley Branch Chairman Bob Beavers Dies
Bob Beavers had been the chairman at the Barnsley Branch since 1999. On Sunday 17th October 2006 he passed away. At his funeral there was a horse drawn hearse accompanied by 20 Morris Minors. His significant contribution to the branch is still felt to this day and we commemorate him every year by awarding the Bob Beavers memorial trophy to the person voted by the members to have contributed the most to the club over the previous year.
2005 Barnsley JOGLE footage
Footage of the 2005 Barnsley JOGLE taken by one of the entrants
At the 2005 Birmingham NEC classic car show, Barrie Mckenzie was fortunate enough to be able to interview Sir Stirling Moss on behalf of the MMOC and the Barnsley Branch
2004 NEC Display
For the 2004 NEC classic car show the Barnsley Branch were called upon to design and build the stand for the National MMOC stand.
Barrie Mckenzie the then Secretary of the branch produced these sketches to plan the design.
And the final result brought much attention to the MMOC and indeed the Barnsley Branch.
Barnsley Passes the 50 member mark
November 2003 sees the Barnsley Branch pass the 50 members mark for the first time
5th Gear Demonstrates “Drifting” with a Morris Minor
5th Gear was a TV program similar to Top Gear and made with previous Top Gear presenters. The program ran from 2002 to 2015 spanning some 26 Series
This episode was first aired on 10th October 2003 (then in the 4th Series) and ran a feature on drifting starting with the Morris Minor.
The Lord Mayors Show
On the 9th November 2002 the Morris Minor Owners club took part in the Lord Mayor of London’s parade. Organised by club member Rosie Hamilton the route took in the 3 mile procession with 22 Morris Minors and 100 members. The event was televised and included all 3 branches of the Military and even the golden state coach.
Barnsley Branch Birmingham NEC Display 2001
The Barnsley Branch played the key role in organising the display for the National Morris Minor Owners Club’s stand at the Classic Car show held at the Birmingham NEC. The theme for the stand was a “Before, during and after” for a restoration of a Morris Minor Traveller. The stand was so successful it secured a “Best Stand” award for the National club.
Bob Beavers becomes Chairman at Barnsley
At the 1999 A.G.M. of the Barnsley Branch morris Minor owners club, Bob Beavers was elected as chairman of the branch. He had been effectively carrying out the role in an acting capacity for a short while. Bob Beavers made a lasting contribution to the branch throughout his time as Chairman and as a member of the branch, so much so that we still award the “Bob Beavers” trophy annually to the member of the Branch who has contributed the most to the Branch over the year as voted for by the members.
Bob is pictured here on the left with Barrie Mckenzie
First ever Barnsley Branch Rally
held at Elsecar Heritage Centre in 1998
Morris Minor Celebrating 50 golden years
Morris Minor Owners Club awarded club of the year
1997 the Morris Minor Owners club is awarded the title “Club of the year”