The Morris Minor Owners Club, with around 9,000 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 (our Newsletter editor).
The main MMOC meet of the year is the National Rally, which moves around the country, in 2015 it will be at Scampston Hall, Nr Malton, N.Yorks YO17 8NG (June 27th & 28th). The main Area 1 event is the Northern Regional Rally (see calender page for latest info) 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 2015 will be at the Elsecar Heritage Centre, on Sunday May 10th.
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 was 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) and “The Traveller’s Rest” (2006). Our “60th Anniversary” display, helped towards the MMOC receiving the prestigious Club of the Year award.
In the 1990’s when the Barnsley Branch was doing displays at Minorex (Telford and Blackpool) and at the Northern Classic Car Show (Manchester), and 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 are still there.