MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:31 pm

STAGE 38:

Stop at David Manners Group / Morris Minor Centre Birmingham at Oldbury.


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:42 pm

STAGE 39:

Stop at Footman James in Dudley, after a convoy from David Manners Group.

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:59 pm

STAGE 40:

Coventry Transport Museum to Gaydon for the overnight stop


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:42 am

It's a misty moisty morning here at the British Motor Museum at Gaydon. Welcome to today's travels with the MMOC Charity car. Let's hope the sun shines soon. It's a bit chilly here at the moment.

So it's day 14 of the charity marathon today and later today or car gets to visit the place where it was built. Later today we go to Cowley but for the next hour or so we're at the British Motor Museum come and see us

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:16 pm


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The now-compulsory 'keys handover' photo - to David Holton who drove the car on to Cowley MINI works

"Turned out nice again" as the inimitable George Formby would have said thing is, it really did! After meeting Simon Carr from the British Motor Museum we were royally treated to a lovely bacon and egg sandwich and hot coffee before taking a quick walk around the museum. If you have not been before - do go - it's fascinating. Highlight of all highlights was an opportunity to sit in NWL 576 - the very first Morris Minor off the production line in 1948. Mike will post pictures of this once in a lifetime opportunity later. Then it was out to meet David and Pam Horton, the drivers if the car for its trip to Cowley. We did have a few mins to take some photos though


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:22 pm

STAGE 41:

We left Gaydon with the mist still hanging in the trees and headed towards Cowley. All manner of road closures, road works and detours meant that we were a few minutes late arriving at Cowley. That said, the wam welcome from the Oxon & Berks branch and the appearance, finally, of some hot sunshine was very much appreciated. The Branch had laid on some refreshments for us which was perfectly timed - thanks folks. After a look around the museum exhibits it was time, once again, to wave the car off on its next stage of its big adventure - this time some laps of the Daytona Kart Circuit in Milton Keynes

A few shots from Cowley where, 53 years ago - the charity car was born


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Great coverage from the Oxford Mail

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/147422 ... irthplace/

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:09 pm

Milton Keynes (Daytona Karting Circuit) - awaiting content

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:12 pm

Stage 42:

Please find some photos from Bedford Branch's very wet morning in Harpur Square Bedford, for adding to story.


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:16 pm

Stage 43:

Evening gathering (with car) at The Old Coach House, Bridge Foot, Market Deeping


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:49 pm

STAGE 43:

Charity car rocks up at Practical Classics for some quick servicing work. Everyone shows up in decent clobber and uses that as an excuse as to why they can't do any work. Bruce, being a council employee, is an experienced slacker, so everyone else works instead...

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Really grateful to the guys at Practical Classics who allowed us to do a service stop at their workshops last night. Good to give the charity car a good inspection and freshen up. Here's the car leaving PC for Peterborough earlier this morning


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Half way pit stop for the MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon car at Practical Classics workshop near Peterborough


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With the service stop at Practical Classics completed, the charity car is now good to go with new brake shoes, oil and filter change and adjusted clutch and tappets. No further work was needed!

Thanks so much to Danny Hopkins, Matt Tomkins and all the guys at Practical Classics for supporting the charity marathon and thanks to all the Peterborough branch members for coming along tonight.

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:52 pm

Michelle performs the official handover of Barty the bear into Bruce's custody, and Barty suddenly realises that Bruce is merely passing him on into the care of Rosie....

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Sat Sep 17, 2016 8:54 pm

STAGE 44:

We're at the half way stage of the MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon run 2016 today - 15 days completed, 15 days to go! This morning the car is in the Peterborough area having its picture taken at the Cathedral where MMOC club member James Dyer has arranged for a photo stop. From there it's on to Sandringham for the afternoon (not quite by Royal appointment) and finishes the day with Ian Allen (Minor Services) at Witchford.


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Happily fundraising still at the cathedral


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:02 pm

West Norfolk Branch waiting for the MMOC Charity car to arrive at Sandringham


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The Charity car arrives and so do the people.


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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby simmitc » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:11 pm

STAGE 45:

As the now famous MMOC Charity car rolls on through the East of England today, we're talking tyres!! Following the service visit on Friday night we noticed that a couple of the tyres were showing signs of wear. Unfortunately, by the time we noticed this, it was too late to set about getting them replaced - all the local tyre bays were closed.
After a few phone calls, Ian Allen at Minor Services, Witchford came to our rescue and has given us some replacement tyres to use. These are now with the car so if you are visiting uis at any of our locations today, please don't panic if you see them on the back seat!!! The car will carry these until tomorrow morning when we will arrange to have them fitted whilst the car is 'on duty' at Lavenham Press. Many thanks to Ian for his generosity - very much appreciated.


The charity car visits Witchford - pics courtesy of Stephen Polhill


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STAGE 46:

Charity car comes to Taverham Garden Centre to say hello to the North Norfolk and ICENI branches



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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby simmitc » Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:14 pm

STAGE 47:

The Charity Car arrived safely in Essex, with an escort from the Police...


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The charity car arrives in Essex. TOWIE stars wonder how their awesome talent is overshadowed by a 53 year old Morris Minor...

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:04 pm

Careful - the supervisor is back! Barty Is now in the care of Rosie Hamilton for the remaining days of the charity marathon so that he can have his passport stamped at Land's End as well as John O Groats.

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:04 pm

STAGE 48:

Fascinating visit to our good friends Bill and Terence at Lavenham Press this morning. Lavenham print and distribute your copy of Minor Matters. Great to see how they go about producing and printing it. Thanks also for your very generous donation to our Charity marathon fund too.
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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:07 pm

Stage 49-50:

Handover of the keys from North London Branch to Herts Branch at Whitewebbs Transport Museum, Enfield.
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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:37 pm

STAGE 51:

A fantastic day at Waitrose, St.Albans with seven Herts Branch vehicles attending, thank you to Waitrose staff for their enthusiastic support, Herts Branch members, the London Marie Curie Hospice at Hampstead for their hospitality and not least the generosity of the people of St.Albans.


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STAGE 52:

Lovely welcome from the staff and volunteers at the London Hampstead Marie Curie hospice this morning. Car delivered on time by Charlie 'minion' Ship, Mike Garbett and John Rogers. Thanks to everyone at Marie Curie for the lunch, the tour and the support

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Re: MMOC 40th Anniversary Charity Marathon

Postby Cam » Wed Sep 21, 2016 2:51 pm

STAGE 53:

Really lovely to be able to take the charity car back to the people who donated it to the club tiday. Without Anthony and Gillian Dew's amazing generosity there would be no charity marathon at all. Very pleased to report that they are absolutely blown away by how much effort has been made by the club and members to make the marathon a big success. Joined at Chiswick by Lucy Brown of the South London branch who is looking after the car in Roehampton tonight before handing it on to the combined Kent branches and the branches on the south coast in the coming days.


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