19 Mar

Caffeine & Octane at the Beach, Jekyll Island, GA – 17 March 2018 (Report from the Field)

We started out from Jacksonville, Fl. in our Morgan at 6:30 AM at 42 degrees with side curtains only for a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Jekyll Island to enter the show before the 9 AM cut off.  The show was for all classes of car and motorcycles about 200 total.  There were many custom cars present and many workshops about building cars.  The workshops required additional prepaid passes to attend.  Show attendance was very high from 9 to about 4 PM.

British cars shown at the show consisted of a Bug eye Sprite, Tr-6, Allard, and our Morgan.  Apparently not too many people at this show had seen a Morgan so the interest was very high between young and old.   The younger crowd like the traditional lines and older folks remembered what it was like driving in the older open cars.

Since I was trading car stories with the guys, Karen found a new friend wearing green as seen in the pictures.

There were old motorcycles and custom bikes with the large front wheel along with a group of new three wheelers.  Is this what the Morgan three-wheeler may look like in the future?

Many of the custom cars were works of art and the paint jobs were outstanding.  The variety of vehicles ranged from the “Thing” by VW.  A model T Ford camper.  Bronco beach buggy.  A Sea Ray car drivable on the road.

My favorite car was a 1955 Cadillac 4 door customized and lowered which had two 3 inch by 8 inch wide tail pipes coming out from under the rear bumper with 2 spark plugs in each pipe.  Inside the trunk were 2 propane cylinders.  At the flip of a switch he could turn on the propane and ignite it producing a ball of flame which he said could burn the leaves of the palm trees.  That is impressive!  Would it be great to have that option to use on the guy who is riding on your bumper?

Weather was great all day and the evening drive back to Jacksonville was warm and fun.

Chuck & Karen Bernath

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