24 Apr

Cars On Kiawah (21 April 2018) – Report from the Field

The Kiawah event really wasn’t a MOGSouth Club event, but with the number of MOGSouth club members showing cars or just attending made it seem so.

The show field was adjacent to a golf course but didn’t appear, to me anyway, to be on an actual part of the course. No sand traps or greens to avoid. And the weather was superb. Cool, in the low seventies.  A perfect day to look at classic cars and enjoy nature.

Not really a Concours so a bit less formal.  Less stress.  I liked it.  More of high end cars and coffee.  But it was a big show.  They shut down registration at 280 cars.  I can understand the appeal.  Kiawah Island is a jewell.  Overhanging trees and winding roads that give way to marsh lands and open water.  Very, very scenic.

The Morgan marque was well represented on the field, with four 4 Wheelers, and two new Three Wheelers.

We brought the Series 1 Drop Head Coupe Pre Production Prototype up from Florida and John Bigler brought down his eye catching 2 Seater Series 1 with Cycle fenders.  I was in the British Group but John was grouped with the Race Cars.  Must of been the knobby tires as spares?? Gives off that ‘hill climb’ aura.   Having two Series 1s on the same show field is pretty special.

The other two 4 Wheelers were a wonderful yellow Moss Box Plus 8 (with an engine? swap) and Don Smith’s later model Roadster (2012/2013??).  This Roadster is not one of the 2005 bunch, rather it is the product of Dennis Glavis’ efforts out at MorganWest.  Very pretty car.

There were also several other MOGSouth members there that showed cars other than their Morgans.  Gordon and Sue King were there but chose to show their GT40 recreation in the Gulf Oil Livery and a wonderful Porsche 356.   Robert and Rosalind Minkhorst were also there but the Plus 8 stayed in the garage while Robert showed his wonderful Triumph 2000.

A number of other MOGSouth club members, not showing cars, came by.  Ken and Pat Kreuzer came down from Summerville, SC.   Mark Lloyd (a friend of the club without a current Morgan) was there.  Lee and Trisha Gaskins from Spartanburg, SC came by to say hello.

A few awards (ribbons) were given out.  Mostly Clubs awarding their own members or celebrities (Dennis Gage was there) identifying cars they liked.  Then we all dispersed for the afternoon.

Andrea and I put the DHC into the trailer and we took the trailer back to the hotel parking lot.  We left it there and went over the Minkhorst’s lovely home for an ‘after show’ beer.  Their home is on Kiawah Island with lovely views of the water and surrounding marshlands.  According to Robert they are in Kiawah more frequently than in their home in Atlanta.  I can certainly understand why.

Then it was back to the hotel to get some rest.  We had an early morning to make the run back to Orlando, with a lunch stop to see the Bernaths in Jacksonville.  A busy weekend but really good fun!!

Highly recommended to those with a yearning for the South Carolina Islands.

Cheers, Mark

PS.  See you in Nashville next week.

2 thoughts on “Cars On Kiawah (21 April 2018) – Report from the Field

  1. Enjoyed dinner with you, Andrea and John Bigler. Show was fun and you’re right about a “high end C&C. Sadly the German cars were in the back 40 off the beaten path, same for the Italian group.
    Time can only make this show better…

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