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A Minor Affair – Moggies to Rally at Havenstreet

A Minor Affair – Moggies to Rally at Havenstreet

Proud owners are driving their Morris Minors from all over the country to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway this Sunday (September 4th) for their annual rally, and it’s absolutely free for visitors.

The first car to sell a million, the ‘Moggy Minor’ is fondly remembered and is still a much-loved car. The Isle of Wight rally, organised by the Isle of Wight Morris Minor Owners Club (IOWMMOC), has now been held on the Island for over 20 years.

“It has usually been held at Havenstreet railway,” said David Gilliam, editor of the IOWMMOC magazine, who is the proud owner of a 1959 Old English White convertible, 1098cc Morris Minor.

“Between 80 and 100 cars will be attending the rally along with other vintage cars,” he explained.

On Saturday it is the annual ‘ride out’ from the Steam Railway at 2pm, meeting in the car park at Havenstreet for 1.45pm, and the ideal place if you are keen for a photo opportunity. This year a cavalcade of around 50 little cars and vans will then be making their way to the Owl and Monkey Haven between Newport and Wootton.

Rally members get free parking and entry to the attraction and they then return to Havenstreet for a barbecue at around 6pm back – only open to rally attendees.

On Sunday the site opens at 9am, and arrivals can purchase an attendance plaque. The cars will then jostle for parking places, usually opting to group with their branches.  Early arrivals and campers are encouraged to sample the Steam Railway café’s superb English breakfasts.

An auto jumble will have parts for all makes of cars, and there are hoped to be vintage bus rides and, of course, you can opt for the full vintage experience by taking a ride on the magnificent old steam trains.

“This event takes a considerable amount of time and money to stage, but has grown to become one of the friendliest and most popular events in the Morris Minor calendar,” said David Gilliam.

Tickets:

Admission to the rally is free

Steam Train Rides:

Adults £9.50

Children (5-15) £5.00

Infant (0-4) FREE

Family £24.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children).

For full details please contact: 01983 882204