Date: 02 July, 2016
Few cars are as iconic as the Morris Minor. This much-loved motor, affectionately known as “moggy”, is quintessentially British.
In February 1961, it became the first British car to sell more than a million units, and symbolised the nation’s emergence from post-war austerity.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Morris Minor Owners Club and, to celebrate the occasion, the club will be holding a special anniversary rally in the stunning setting of Catton Hall in Derbyshire on July 2-3.
Dazzling displays and prizes
Motor on down to the hall to enjoy the displays of cars and many other attractions arranged for the weekend and, of course, bring your Minor if you’re lucky enough to have one.
You’ll be able to take a closer look at the MMOC’s charity car, which will be taking part in an epic John O’Groats to Land’s End run this autumn to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Members of other Morris and Wolseley clubs will also be attending the event, and representative vehicles from each club will compete for the Best in Show award.
Don’t leave without…
• Watching the parade of Morris cars: On Sunday, the arena will be taken over by the long procession of moggies.
• Going shopping: Pick up books and memorabilia celebrating 40 years of the MMOC, as well as hard-to-find spare parts for your Morris.
• Sampling an array of non-motoring fun: This includes clowns, a reptile show, parrot display, mini fairground organ, ferret and pig racing, Thoresby colliery band, British Army display and beer tent
• Basking in the scenery: With its 250 acres of parkland positioned along the banks of the River Trent, there are few more beautiful country house settings in the north Midlands
How to get tickets
Entry is £15 per car and includes a rally programme and free gift. The campsite is available from 12 noon on Friday until 11am on Monday. It costs £6 per night to pitch a tent, while a caravan or motor home is £7 a night.
Saturday night entertainment is an extra £8 per person, or £4 for under-15s. You can apply for tickets by filling in the online entry form on the event’s website.