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Lancaster Insurance Classic Motorshow 2023

NEC 2023

Once again The 1100 Club will be at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motorshow at the NEC Birmingham, November 10-12.

Members can login to the website to find the club discount code and booking details.

Come and visit us on Stand 3-480.

2023 National Rally at Milestones Museum

National Rally 2023

Another successful National Rally! This year we were at Milestones Museum, Basingstoke over the weekend of July 29 and 30 with even more cars attending on the Sunday than we've had in recent times and a return to typical damp national rally weather.

2022 National Rally at Cogges Manor Farm

National Rally 2022

For 2022, the 1100 Club National Rally was, once again, a two day event held over the weekend of August 13 and 14 at Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, Oxfordshire.

The weather was sunny for both days because, like much of England, Oxfordshire was in the middle of a heatwave. Despite the scorching weather, sixteen ADO16s made the journey on the Saturday and more than 25 visited on the Sunday - some naturally stayed for both days!

Exhausts are available again!

Exhaust System

We are very pleased to confirm that we are now able to supply exhausts for the ADO16 range once again.

These are made to the correct original specification and are available for single carb or twin carb models - although note that they are centre exit and are also not suitable for the three branch LCB setup. In the pictures you can see the rear section plus the two different front pipe options.

The exhausts are priced at £195 to non-members or at a superb discounted price of £135 to members, recognising the fact that it was 1100 Club members’ funds that went into the original product development a few years ago. Postage and packing is additional and charged at cost. You can also collect from a club representative in either the Midlands, Norfolk or West London to avoid the postage cost if you prefer.

Please contact the chairman to place an order if you are an 1100 Club member, or drop us a line on info@the1100club.com if you are not.

2021 National Rally at Epping Ongar Railway

National Rally 2021

Due to the prevailing social distancing restrictions, the National Rally was relocated to the Epping Ongar Railway (EOR) at North Weald, Essex, this year and was a one day only in-person event held on Saturday 31st July, with a virtual day on Sunday 1st August. Many members (in around 30 cars) took the chance to meet up again after so long, and the weather was favourable until the early afternoon.

We also had a Fish and Chip Meal Train in the evening, which we offered at the last rally here and was very popular. On this occasion, the Meal Train was open to general public as well, but the club secured a limited number of seats on our own carriage.

2020 National Rally at Home!

National Rally 2020

For 2020 the 1100 Club National Rally was unable to be held in the traditional manner due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead, over the weekend of August 1 and 2 we held a 'National Rally at Home' where we invited members to take photos of their cars and share them on our facebook page. It proved quite a success.

2019 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

NEC 2019

This year the 1100 Club features on one of the official Top Trumps cards at the NEC Classic Motor Show and this stunning Mk I Austin 1100 is on the stand to correspond with the card.

On display as well as the Austin 1100 is an MG, a 1300GT and the cutaway engine.

Idle Chatter Sept-Oct 2019

Sep-Oct issue of Idle Chatter

For September-October 2019 we have a bumper 48 page issue of Idle Chatter containing news and reports from the National Rally, including this year's prizewinners, area updates from a busy show season and the usual variety of interesting and inspiring running reports, plus a couple of members tell about their 1100s in our new 'My 1100 and Me' series.

Not a member? It's never too late to join us .

National Rally 2019

The 1100 Club National Rally for 2019 was held at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon, on a damp Saturday 27th and not so damp Sunday 28th July.

This year we celebrated fifty years of the Austin and Morris 1300GT, and we mark the 50th anniversary of the final Riley 1300 version built so it was great to see a Riley 1300 and numerous GTs on display as well as good variety of other 1100s and visiting classics - over 30 cars made an appearance during the weekend.

2019 National Rally photos

2019 Spring Show

We had a brilliant turnout at our Spring Show at Kempton Steam Museum with thirty cars enjoying some sunshine!

spring show photos

NCCA shortlist logo

2019 National Car Club Awards

The 1100 Club was shortlisted in the 'Outstanding Online Presence' category for the National Car Club Awards held on 23 March 2019.

This category considers our work on social media and also our club website, with its increasing technical content for members and of course its comprehensive set of Idle Chatter magazines with searchable database of content.

2019 Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show with Discovery

For the first time ever, the 1100 Club had a stand at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March, with some live restoration action while we were there!

Restoration Show

NEC 2018

2018 Classic and Sportscar Club Awards

After being highly commended for the last four years, we've finally done it - Idle Chatter was awarded 'Club Magazine of the Year' at the glitzy Classic and Sportscar Club Awards at the NEC on Nov 9.

We are absolutely delighted, and would very much like to thank Classic & Sports Car magazine and Lancaster Insurance Services for the award, and of course all of our members who have supported Idle Chatter with articles and features large or small.

NEC 2018

2018 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

The 1100 Club stand will, as usual, display several stunning variants of the marque, including a concours 1300GT from Ireland, a Morris Mk II and what must be one of the best Vanden Plas Princess examples in the country. Also as usual, the full range of club regalia will be on sale and the stand will be staffed by some of the most knowledgeable and friendly car enthusiasts in the business.

But our centrepiece will be something even more special still - you will have to visit us on Stand 485 in Hall 3 to find out what it is, but we can reveal that it will involve a chance to get 'up close and personal' with an A Series.

Idle Chatter Sept-Oct 2018

September-October issue of Idle Chatter

The September-October issue of Idle Chatter has been hitting UK doormats, so will be with our overseas members and on the website for web-only members shortly. It's been a while since the last issue, as it was out early for the National Rally, but hopefully this one is worth the wait.

In this issue we have a full National Rally report, alongside a photographic celebration of all our concours prizewinners. Other highlights include details of our 2019 Calendar Competition in which existing members can win a free membership renewal (which will also be on Facebook this week), Dippy rides again (although sadly rather lop-sidedly this time), Phil Rixon visits Tanya Field's Cowley Display and archivist talk, and we tell the story of Terry Wells' against-the-odds police panda car restoration.

In our technical section, we look at clutch drag, Derek shares a simple tip for making bonnet rehanging much more straightforward, and our Aussie Tech Tip concerns the rather different door seals that were fitted to the Australian cars. As usual we have lots of news and views, area updates and five inspiring running reports profiling what our regular contributors have been doing with their cars in the last couple of months.

Not a member? It's never too late to join us (and we've saved you a copy).

BL Autumn Rally 2018

2018 BL Autumn Rally

Over 220 cars turned up to the BL Autumn Rally at Milton Keynes in September marking the end of the show season.

And thanks to The 1100 Club's ‘Tea-m Essex’ at least nine ADO16s were on display - even an Austin Apache - and all the usual fun and games! The show was impressive, with more cars than ever before - great work from organiser Tom Morley.

National Rally 2018

2018 National Rally

The 1100 Club National Rally was held at the Epping Ongar Railway and, despite variable weather, more than 30 1100s visited during the weekend.

It was hard to keep track as many members took the chance to take their cars on a tour of the picturesque Essex countryside around Epping.

The Saturday evening meal aboard the Epping Fryer heritage train was enjoyed by around 100 members and their guests.

Spring Show 2018

2018 Spring Show

We had a lovely sunny day for our Spring Show at the new location for 2018 of Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, Oxfordshire.

A good turnout of members made the most of Drive It Day (April 22) to join us and enjoy the interesting venue.

It was a good chance for old friends to meet up for the first time in the new season, and also to welcome some new members into the fold - at least two of the cars present were driven by people who had never attended an 1100 Club event before!


Spare Parts Supply

The 1100 Club is delighted to report that we have been able to secure the purchase of the tooling held by Earlpart Ltd for front wings and rear subframes.

We hope that this will allow us to continue to supply our members with high quality wings and hopefully move towards rear subframe remanufacture when the time is right.

UPDATE: We have sold recently five more wings from our stock!

NCCA Highly Commended logo

2018 National Car Club Awards

The 1100 Club was shortlisted in the 'Outstanding Online Presence' category for the National Car Club Awards, and at the event held on 24 March 2018 was 'Highly Commended'.

This category considers our work on social media and also our club website, with its increasing technical content for members and of course its comprehensive set of Idle Chatter magazines with searchable database of content.


We are very pleased to say that we are ending 2017 with more members than we have had for many years - delighted to have you with us!

Don’t forget to renew your membership before 18th January 2018 to receive your Jan-Feb Idle Chatter on time.

You can do that using the details in the magazine or on this website.

Membership Renewal Time...

Our renewal rates for 2018 are now available and any renewals or new memberships received will ensure membership lasting until the end of 2018.

Overseas members: following a review of our overseas membership rates and changes to several of the factors that influence them, rates will be significantly reduced for 2018.

Idle Chatter Magazines

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC

NEC show cars 2017

This year's show was hugely successful for the 1100 Club, with a number of new members joining on the spot, regalia (especially our unique books) selling well and, most importantly, a constant stream of visits from members from up and down the country.

We do hope you enjoyed our display if you visited us at the show - thank you for coming to say hello!

Classic & Sports Car Club Awards

Classic and Sports Car Awards

We were delighted to get an honourable mention TWICE in the Classic and Sportscar Club Awards at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the weekend.

Idle Chatter was highly commended for the fourth year in a row, and for the first time our website and our social media presence were also recognised!

Congratulations must go to the winners in each category, of course, but it was still great to be noticed by the judges in both.

We have Wings!

Following feedback and suggestions from members, the 1100 Club has invested in twenty offside front wings from Earlpart.


Wings are incredibly difficult to make well, and since Earlpart is the only official source for these wings at the moment, we have decided to future-proof their supply. They are currently still in three parts, although if you were prepared to collect a wing rather than have it posted, we could probably arrange expert assembly for you.

The other plus of the process is that, having purchased in bulk, we can offer these offside wings to 1100 Club members at a very good price. If you're not a member, why not join us?
A wing purchase from us could save you more than the cost of a subscription. The 1100 Club also has significant stocks of nearside wings, so a pair can be supplied if required.
You can find out more from our Spares Advisor - contact details on page two of every Idle Chatter.

The September issue of Idle Chatter

Idle Chatter Cover Sep-Oct 2017

In this biggest ever 48 page issue, we have news and reports from the National Rally, including this year's prizewinners, area updates from a busy summer and, as usual, a variety of interesting and inspiring running reports, with a couple of new faces to the feature.

We bring you Part II of the 'Model Answer' diecast 1100s article and explain in detail how your ignition timing works and how you can affix your GT side trim if you can't get hold of the proper trim clips!

BMC/BL Day - Best Club Stand Award

This year the Club had 15 cars on display at Peterborough and won the award for Best Club Stand for the second year running!

BMC/BL Day 2017

Another Successful National Rally Day

Our 2017 National Rally took place across the weekend of 29th and 30th July at Mapledurham House, near Reading.

It celebrated 50 years of the Austin-Morris Mk2 and, despite the variable weather, some 40 cars made an appearance during the weekend.

The 1100 Club National Rally 2017