24 Feb

GatorMOG Spring Noggin – 23 & 24 March 2018, The Villages, Florida

Tentative Agenda

[This is the best guess at the moment. Things could change, but . . .   

This is primarily a GatorMOG activity however anyone is welcome to attend. If any of you Northerners want to thaw out, please come down.  Hotels specifics will be announced shortly.  Plan on this!  It is going to be great fun! Mark]

Friday – 23 March 2018
(10:30am) Meet at Rohan Recreation Centre at the south end of the Villages Hwy 44 & Morse Blvd for Coffee, Tea, and Juice.
(11:15am) Depart to Polo Field in Convoy
(11:30am) Arrive at Polo field, Tail Gate Party for Lunch. *** Bring your own Chairs and Bring Your Own Drinks (Alcoholic or Not) ***
*** Ladies must wear Silly Stylish Hats (This is Polo of Course!) ***
(11:45am) Lunch on the field
(4:00pm) Depart Polo field to hotel
(5:30pm) Depart for dinner Glenview Golf and Country Club (casual).
– After Dinner Depart Country Club for Hotel. Park Morgans
– Walk to ‘Spanish Springs’ town square for live music and drinks and dancing.
(9:00pm) Depart back to hotel

Saturday – 24 March 2018
(9:30 am) Depart Hotel. Drive through Spanish Springs
(10:00am) Travel to Sumter Landing (Park Morgans. Walking tour (~1 hour).
(11:15am) Lunch Sumter Landing (location TBD).
(12:30pm) Depart for Brownwood Town
– Arrive at Eisenhower Recreation Centre for Tour (~30 Mins)
(2:00pm) Depart Eisenhower Centre to Brownwood Town Square
(2:10pm) Arrive Brownwood. Short Stop (~30 Mins)
– Depart travel to new town – Finney
– Visit New Recreation Centre. Afternoon drinks and short nature walk (coffee).
(5:00pm) Depart home or Hotel (people staying visit town square for music, dancing and dinner.).

22 Feb

Morgan Will Bring the Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition to Geneva (www.thedrive.com)

This special edition of the iconic sports car will be the last Morgan to have a naturally-aspirated V-8.

[This line tells us what we were wondering.  We all had our opinions but no real facts.  ‘Just what would Morgan do for a high end motor given the end of the BMW V-8s?  Would they simply find another carbureted V-8 or go the way of the Turbo or Super Charging.’  This implies the later route.  Mark] 

Morgan Motor Company released a handful of teaser photos Tuesday for the new Plus 8 50th Anniversary Edition, which will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show March 6.

The Worcestershire, England-based car company is celebrating the iconic Plus 8’s 50th birthday, which first debuted in 1968 at the Earls Court Motor Show in London. This sports car rocked a bulletproof Rover V-8 engine and featured only minor stylistic changes throughout its original 36-year production, ending in 2004.

Morgan revived the Plus 8 in 2012, which retained the classic Morgan shape and was then powered by a 4.8-liter V-8 courtesy of BMW. The new Plus 8 will utilize this same engine, but it will be the last time Morgan uses the naturally-aspirated V-8 in any of its models.

The company plans to build 50 of these Anniversary Editions, and each will feature a special plaque that denotes its number on the assembly line. Every example will be finished in a blue lacquered paint with contrasting yellow on the grille, hood, and trunk area, which takes inspiration from the first production Plus 8 ever built.

“This 50th Anniversary Edition is a fitting illustration of the Plus 8’s beauty and finesse, coupled with raw exhilaration and capability,” said Steve Morris, managing director of Morgan. “Performance has underpinned every one of the Plus 8s that have driven out of our factory gates for 50 years and we’re excited to reveal the car in full in Geneva.”

We’re excited to see the car in all its glory in Switzerland in a few weeks. Morgan is one of those car companies that stays true to its British roadster roots, which is obvious in the Plus 8’s classic bodywork.

 

20 Feb

Morgan Spreading the Word on UK Innovation (www.smeweb.com)

[There must be a number of reasons (that we just don’t fully comprehend) the US market is not being targeted by Morgan.  Too hard, too litigious, too regulated, etc.  I guess we have to buy our next Morgans in China?  Mark]

Morgan Motor Company is travelling to Hong Kong with HSBC to support the GREAT Festival of Innovation, taking place at the end of March. Here, company MD Steven Morris, pictured [below], tells SME about the trip

Why have you decided to get involved?

We have received fantastic support from HSBC over many years of business partnership, and we are delighted to be visiting Hong Kong with them to support the GREAT Festival of Innovation. We decided to be involved with the trip as it presents significant opportunities for Morgan, as a long established, forward thinking and growing business looking to expand in global markets such as Hong Kong and with further representation in China.

What do you hope to achieve?

We hope to achieve a number of important needs for our business. We will be looking to seek new business opportunities within the region, be it in approvals, homologation, distribution or regional brand partnerships. To take further advantage of networking opportunities with established contacts in the region as well as further our understanding of the current and future landscape in Hong Kong and China.

International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox will be there. What do you think he will bring to the table?

We hope that Dr. Liam Fox will be able to assist the automotive industry with approvals and homologation in the region, this is something of vital importance to Morgan and other British automotive manufacturers. In an ever-changing landscape, any support and knowledge from a senior government figure would be most welcomed.

How important is it for government to support attempts to find new markets overseas?

Operating, and selling and distributing, into emerging markets overseas is critically important to the success and future of a large percentage of British companies, across multi-faceted business sectors and at all different sizes. Within our focus, luxury British sports cars are part of Britain’s national identity, we are revered and respected around the world for appealing, unique vehicles. Whilst Morgan’s home market is strong, one of the main factors of our continued growth is the ability to sell our products into overseas markets. The support of the government is vital to enable this continued success.

The idea is to bring entrepreneurs and the most advanced technology from across the UK and Asia to explore how we will work, live, play and learn in the future. Why do you think this important?

Morgan is a long-established company, in business for over 108 years. Throughout that time we have championed craftsmanship, and in more recent years have been exploring the latest technology to compliment that craftsmanship. Whilst we recognise that Morgan is a traditional product in one sense, we also recognise the need to create a range of products that are suitably equipped to drive the company through our future strategy, across varied global markets. Whether this is in future powertrains, design or usability, we hope that the trip to Hong Kong with HSBC will assist us with our future product strategy, as well as a future sales and marketing strategy for the Hong Kong and mainland China region.

 

20 Feb

2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet – Franklin, Tennessee

Hi!  I’m really excited to be hosting the MOGSouth Spring Meet this year!

Just as a reminder, the MOGSouth Spring Meet this year will be held in Franklin, Tennessee, April 27-29, 2018

Franklin, Tennessee is as we say “14 miles and a hundred years away from Nashville.“

It’s perhaps best known for it being the site of a major Civil War battle downtown where one home the Carter House had 4 confederate generals laid out on the front porch.  I’d suggest that members interesting in learning more simple ‘google’ the city for a great tour.

Lodging will be at the Cool Springs Hampton Inn.  It’s just a few miles from downtown and is within walking distance of Four great restaurants for dinner on Friday.

Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser to access the exclusive rates available for this group:

Booking Link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/mogsouth

Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville/Franklin (Cool Springs), Arrival Date: 4/25/2018, Departure Date: 4/29/2018

Group Name: MOGSouth

Please note, the entire URL must be copied and pasted for it to work properly.

Saturday will start with a Cars and Coffee just a couple of blocks away.  We will join a wide variety of cars, so everyone should have something interesting to look at.

From there we will go to ‘Liepers Fork’ for a pit stop to top off on gasloine at world famous Puckets grocery.   Nearby neighbors are Nichole Kidman, Justin Timberlake and Mike Wolfe from American Pickers.

We’ll start a road tour from there to Columbia Tennessee for lunch.  We have planned a tour of Mike Wolfe’s bike and car collection (you will recognize many from his TV show.)  A close friend is his wrench and partner in the building.

The rest of the weekend is still in the planning stage.  Lots of good options, like antique shopping in Franklin, Civil War tours, the Lane Car Museum, etc.  We will figure it out and let you know.

That evening we are going to a favorite Italian restaurant called “AMERIGOS” where we will have a private dining room to ourselves.  Whew, lots of moving parts!

Please feel free to share my phone number and or email address for any questions , concerns or needs.

More to follow !

Cheers, Tom

Tom Perkins, 615-406-9311, Tom@teamperkins.com

 

 

 

 

 

20 Feb

Gold Coast All British Show in Boca Raton, Florida

We the  Bycroft’s and the Braunstein’s each set off early Saturday morning so as to meet up at the Port St Lucie service plaza en route to the 25th Annual British Car Show vic Boca Raton, Florida hosted by Gold Coast British Sports Car Club.

After an uneventful and pleasant drive we arrived at our hotel in time for a wash and brush up before an early dinner where we were joined by Gil and Barbara Stegen.  With dinner behind us we all went to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre for an evening of show jumping competition. This involved horses that were essentially hunters so the jumps were lower than for the the actual ‘jumping’ horses.   The weather was spectacularly good and the competition was colorful and intense. The horses were presented beautifully. This was an experience which none of us with the exception of Gil and Barbara had enjoyed before, except maybe on TV.  We learned Gil and Barbara are passionate about all aspects of horse competition.  And, we are grateful to them for allowing us to join them on this occasion.

We arrived back at our hotel where unfortunately there was no bar.  But we did learn that the hotel next door does have a couple of bars so what could we do but try one out.  A few beers was just what we needed to round off a most enjoyable day.   And thanks to Barbara (she was driving) for leading us to a point from where we could easily find our way back to our hotel and thanks to Gil for not interrupting!! (An inside joke)

Although without a bar our hotel does have a breakfast facility included in the room charge and we all did justice to the eggs, sausages, waffles and all the other options available.

The show took place just two miles up the road from our hotel so we were soon there to set up and do last minute cleaning. It was just as well we got there reasonably early because the public was already beginning to turn up. There were hundreds of owners showing off their cherished British vehicles in the best light possible.

The featured marque this year was to be Lotus cars and there were obviously quite a few examples of all of their models but they were joined by a whole host of other British vehicles including MG, Jaguar, Triumph, Rolls Royce, Austin Healey, quite a lot of Minis, Aston Martin including one Aston Martin Lagonda which you don’t see too often these days. And, of course, there were our Morgan’s.

We had 5 Morgans at the show.  I had my 1989 Plus 8, Mark took his newly acquired 2005 Roadster and Gil his 1967 Plus 4 Drop Head Coupe (which had won its category last year so he was apart from us, in the ‘Prestige’ class!)   We were joined by new member F. Berry Hayley with his 1962 Lotus Twin Cam powered 4/4 and arriving a little later was Daniel Schultz in his early 60s (1964?) Plus 4 – 4 Seater.   So a good mix of Morgans.

Uncharacteristically, we were scattered about in at least 4 different classes. The organizers were adamant that if we had 3 or 4 cars we would have a class. Then they checked their paperwork, saw that there were certainly a sufficient number of Morgans,  and then admitted failure.  Unfortunately, that meant that we were not all parked together.

The public attendance was strong all day and this meant that there was much interest in all the cars. It made for a day full of activity and enjoyment. We had lunch at the Biergarten Restaurant where all the Morgan attendees (except Daniel and his family) ate together thanks to Christine making a reservation for us all.  A good opportunity to get to know each other and exchange Morgan chat.

Actually being in different classes worked in our favor as the Morgans won awards in the each of various classes and didn’t have to compete with each other. The award ceremony started at 2 O’clock and we were in for a few surprises.   Because he had won last year Gil Stegen had won his class, he was placed in the Prestige class this year, with all the other class winners.   This year Gil got second place in the fancy class and received a very nice award, a lovely cut crystal in the shape of a ‘Key’engraved with the Club’s logo and the occasions specifics.   And, because the other Morgans were scattered about in a number of other classes, we took home a few more awards.

Berry got 2nd Place in his class, Mark got a 1st in his, and yours truly got 1st in his class.  So our 5 Morgan’s got 4 awards.  Daniel’s Plus 4 was very nicely displayed and had he arrived a bit earlier he would have garnished more votes and won award as well.

Receiving recognition is a wonderful finish to an already great day.  But I forget,  Annie and Christine both won raffle prizes without even buying a ticket!!! Mark got a bucket!  How good is that?   All of this was followed again by a few beers and food in the bar next door to our hotel.  Certainly, a good day out!!

We had decided to stay over again at the same hotel as the night before so we could drive home Monday nicely rested. Or was it so we could have a few more beers??  You decide.

Monday morning we went to an ocean fronting restaurant recommended by Gil for breakfast.  It was really very, very good and gave us a tremendous start to the day. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from the food, coffee and ocean view but it had to be done.  Eventually we set off home.

Another great Morgan weekend. You should have been there!!

Robin Bycroft

15 Feb

MOGSouth Noggin and Cars & Coffee at Amelia – March 9 & 10, 2018 (Update)

Details About the Upcoming MOGSouth Noggin and Cars & Coffee at Amelia – March 9 & 10, 2018

It’s getting close to the MOGSouth Noggin and Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th.  Sunday March 11th is the actual Concours d’Elegance.

The Friday Night Noggin will start around 5PM at Sliders Seaside Grill (1998 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL) but there are other things to do at Amelia Island on Friday, before the Noggin.

Everything is right there at the Ritz-Carlton.  Shopping and test drives are good fun but I really like to see what is going across the auction block.  They have all the cars waiting to be auctioned displayed in the tent on the lawn outside.  Highly recommended!

  • The Shop at the Concours, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton
  • Test Drives, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Front Driveway
  • Automobilia Merchants, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Open to Public
  • RM Sotheby’s Auction Preview, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, Ocean Front Lawn & Courtyard, Open to Public
  • The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton

The Saturday Cars and Coffee will start early Saturday Morning.  We will rendezvous as a group at 7:30AM (and leave soon there after) at the Surf Restaurant parking lot (3199 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL) and convoy to the Cars and Coffee location (Golf holes 1, 10 and 18th holes).  If we don’t convoy in together we will be parked all over the place.  So don’t be late.  You must be accepted or you cannot show your car.    But attend anyway, as the Cars and Coffee is free to spectators.

See you there!!  Mark

06 Feb

Exports drive record sales and profits at Morgan, as classic British sports car maker says it will unveil new models (www.thisismoney.co.uk)

[The hype for Geneva  is starting. Interesting to see if anything is announced beyond the Aero GT,  the Anniversary Plus 8 and of course, something about the EV3.  Cheers, Mark] 

 British sports car maker Morgan has revealed record sales and profits helped by a boom in foreign demand.

The 109-year-old family-owned firm said exports were up 10 per cent in 2017, thanks in part to an expansion of its global dealer network.

Recently-launched models, including the Aero GT and 50th Anniversary V8, had also quickly sold out and a partnership to develop electric vehicle technology with engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash was struck.

Sales rose 19 per cent to £36million, with profits rising to £2million. 

Steve Morris, Morgan’s managing director, said: ‘To see such strong results for the business shows our strategy is sound and is a real credit to our dedicated, passionate and ever-growing workforce.

‘Far from resting on our laurels, we are looking forward to a strong 2018, the next stage of which will see some brand new cars being unveiled at Geneva in a few weeks’ time.’

The 109-year-old family-owned firm said exports of Morgans were up 10 per cent in 2017.

Morgan’s Aero 8 combines a modern take on its traditional style with high performance

Dominic Riley, chairman, said: ‘We are stronger than ever with record revenue growth, increased employment, a clear vision for the future and strong demand for our products.’

Morgan’s success is such that it said recently launched models, the Aero GT and 50th Anniversary V8, sold out upon unveiling.

Meanwhile, all vehicles produced at its Malvern factory are pre-sold, with none made for pre-registration unlike most car makers.

The firm added that last year saw it buy back the land on which the factory is built, which along with the purchase of its Visitor Centre proved a significant investment to ‘provide stable foundations for Morgan’s future growth plans and reverses a land buy-back deal that has been effective since 2006’.

All Morgans produced at the Malvern factory are pre-sold, with none made for pre-registration

05 Feb

Morgan Motor Company Announces 2017 Results (www.motorlegend.com)

[For those of you that are interested in such things. . . The financial health of the MMC appears to be good and that should result in continued operations for some, or at least we hope so. Mark]

Morgan Motor Company recorded excellent sales results in 2017, which now allows it to post revenues (£ 36 million) up 19% over fiscal 2016.

Under the chairmanship of Dominic Riley, the British manufacturer saw its margins increase by 12% at the end of 2017, the group’s net assets grew by 13% while its pre-tax profits also increased to 2 million pounds.

Last year Morgan Motor Company recorded a sharp increase in its exports (+ 10%) and the new Aero GT and 50th Anniversary V8 available in limited editions, saw all available copies sold before the official presentation of the models.

The new partnership signed with Frazer Nash for the development of its electric vehicles should, for its part, allow the brand to continue on this dynamic while this nascent collaboration is already bearing fruit.

Finally proof of this good financial health, we note that eleven years after having separated Morgan bought in 2017 its historic site of Malvern, in Worcestershire, which includes the Morgan Visitor Center which has been welcoming since 2009 with some success ( more than 30 000 visitors already) fans of the brand. The future seems to come under the best auspices for the English manufacturer today more than a century.

02 Feb

A Man and His Morgan

A short, albeit older (Circa 1982), film about Bill Fink (the Honored Guest at the MOGSouth Fortieth Anniversary Meet in Aiken, SC in 2015).  (FYI – The cream and burgundy car seen at 0:51 – 1:00 is Braunstein’s ’81 4/4.) It has some great shots of his SLR and racing the car on the track. Enjoy, Mark