29 Jan

British sports car maker Morgan profits rev up as it prepares to launch new models (Daily Mail (UK) 29 Jan 2019)

[There is lots of speculation about the new power plant. Some say an inline 6 cylinder from BMW (like this report) while others see an I-6 as a direct competitor of the current V6 Roadster. I guess it is possible that they might go to a Supercharged or Turbocharged engine. I guess we will find out soon enough. Mark]

British sports car maker Morgan announced record results as it prepares to launch a range of vehicles in its 110th year.

The Malvern-based family-owned firm, which employs 204 staff, said profits jumped to £3.6million last year from £2million 12 months earlier.

Output dropped from 750 to 681 cars as the firm said goodbye to the thirsty V8 engine and the Aero 8 and Plus 8 models which use it.

On a roll: Malvern-based family-owned firm Morgan, which employs 204 staff, said profits jumped to £3.6m last year from £2m 12 months earlier

Morgan is expected to launch a more frugal but sportier replacement at this spring’s Geneva Motor Show. 

Output last year dropped from 750 to 681 cars as the firm said goodbye to the outgoing thirsty V8 engine and the Aero 8 and Plus 8 models which use it, and prepare instead for the launch of less thirsty but even sportier replacements. 

This will be a new wide-bodied Morgan sports car with a new flexible aluminium chassis – which the firm has spent £7 million developing – plus an expected leaner, meaner six-cylinder petrol engine from BMW, which bosses believe will together create ’the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever’.

Chairman Dominic Riley said that as part of a five-year strategy the business had increased the gross margin on its cars from 25 per cent to 35 per cent, making it more efficient and profitable.

Morgan exports 70 per cent of its production to around 50 countries.

Riley said they were taking prudent precautions to stockpile and store sufficient engines to see them through any short-term Brexit hiccup.

He said: ‘We’ve been trading with Europe for 110 years. 

‘So we’re very adaptable, nimble and flexible. We’re taking sensible measures.’ 

27 Jan

2019 GatorMOG Spring Noggin – Pensacola FL, 26-27 April

This year the GatorMOG Spring Noggin will be held in conjunction with the Panhandle All British Car Show in Pensacola, FL – Saturday 27 April 2019.  The show will be held at the historic Seville Square, Pensacola, FL. Several MOGSouth and GatorMOG members have attended this show in the past and give it rave reviews.

The biggest challenge really is getting there, and getting there in time for all the festivities. This show is NOT just for those from Florida. Everyone is invited and I have already heard from folks in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, as well as Florida. It looks to be a great turnout of Morgans, with all models represented, even 5 or so vintage trikes and number of new M3Ws.

There is a hotel, the Pensacola Grand, an historic hotel, that is in cahoots with the Car Club and has great rates for Car Show attendees. They are holding a number of rooms for the show weekend weekend of $125.00. There is plenty of parking there for trailers.  (I intend to book 2 nights, Friday (26th) and Saturday (27th).) Make sure you tell them that you are with the ‘‘Panhandle British Car Association’.

So Register  http://www.pbca1.com/show2019/showform2019.pdf

And, make your hotel reservation at the Grand. (200 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32501)

NOTE: The discounted reservations are not available on line and reservations must be made by phone by calling 850-433-3336.

Callers should state they are attending the British Car Show and use the discount code ‘BCA‘ when making reservations.

There will be a Friday afternoon (April 26th) tour of the Naval Aviation Museum. This is supposedly the best Aviation Museum in the USA, so it is not something to be missed. We will go in convoy, leaving the Grand Hotel parking lot at 11:00AM. The Naval Air Station in Pensacola is an active US Navy base. Visitors to the Museum who do not have a DoD ID card are required to enter and exit through the West Gate at the end of Blue Angel Parkway, NOT the main gate on Navy Blvd.

Here is a link to the Navy Museum’s website with instructions and directions: http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/attractions/plan-visit/ 

Following the Museum tour, there is a ‘Welcome Party’ for the car show, as I understand it, it is fancy buffet dinner with libations, etc. And, supposedly at no costs to us. The Friday dinner starts about 5:00.  

The Welcome party and dinner will be held at The Museum of Commerce, 201 E Zaragossa St, Pensacola, FL 32502. This is very close to our new show location, Seville Square. The doors open at the Museum of Commerce at 5:00 pm with activities starting by 6pm. The entrance is the ramp door on the north side of the building. 

Show is on Saturday at Historic Seville Square.   The show opens about 9:00 with awards presented about 4:00.  We will organize a Saturday dinner / noggin for the Morgan folks. More details to follow.

Cheers,
Mark

26 Jan

New Morgan ‘Wide Body’ Sports Car Caught Testing (Autocar – 25 Jan 2019)

Morgan’s 110-year anniversary model uses all-new aluminium platform and ditches V8 engine

Morgan is set to launch an all-new sports car this year, and the first shots of prototypes testing have emerged. 

As expected, the model’s design is a familiar adaptation of the 1930s-inspired look that Morgans have carried for decades, set to evolve further with a new range-topping model in 2020. But under the skin there’s substantial developments.

The new model, known internally as the ‘Wide Body’, will make use of an all-new and lighter bonded aluminium platform.  The company also says the new car will feature “a powertrain never before installed in a Morgan”.

This year marks the 50th – and final – year of the Malvern-based maker fitting V8 engines to its cars. The final examples of the Aero 8 and Plus 8, fitted with BMW’s N62 V8, will be kept for Morgan’s heritage fleet. It is thought that a downsized, forced-induction six-cylinder engine will be used for an upcoming flagship model, due in the early 2020s – and this could be the powertrain used for next year’s car.

Morgan claims the sports car is positioned above the Roadster, Plus 4 and 4/4 in performance terms, but is “not designed to be a direct replacement for the outging Plus 8 and Aero 8”. Those models will be replaced in the next few years by the new flagship.

The new car’s chassis is said to be twice as stiff as the aluminium chassis used in previous flagship Morgans, which together with the new engine “will result in the most dynamically capable production Morgan ever”, according to the firm.

Graham Chapman, Morgan’s technology director, says next year’s launch “is the culmination of several years of unprecedented development in design and engineering for Morgan. This has produced the most advanced development programme in Morgan’s history, the results of which we cannot wait to share with our customers worldwide”. 

15 Jan

2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet (May) – Let’s Try it Again!

We certainly didn’t want all the great work that Glenn and Dorothy Moore did for the 2018 Fall Meet to go to waste, so we have recycled it for the 2019 Spring Meet.  (You will remember that we unfortunately had to cancel the 2018 Fall Meet due to Hurricane Florence.)

The meet will be in Augusta GA, just as before, and the Meet Hotel will be the Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904.  (Tel. 706-737-8888)

The 2019 Spring Meet will be Friday (17 May) through Sunday (19 May).

FIRST THINGS FIRST, MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS! 

The Hotel is ready for us.  They are holding rooms for MOGSouth until APRIL 16TH . . . so please make your reservations now to be guaranteed the great rates!  Guests need to call the Partridge Inn directly (706-737-8888) for their reservations and use the ‘MOGSouth’ group name.

This rate includes breakfast for either a single person or a couple in the room.   Standard Rooms are $139.00 per night, Suites are $149.00 and rooms with Balconies at $159.00.

The Partridge Inn is an historic southern style and quaint hotel, but now in the hands of Hilton and is efficient, clean and well-managed.

It has a roof-top bar that overlooks the city and balcony rooms that overlook the beautiful pool and lounging area.

NOW A FEW MORE THINGS – Dorothy Needs to Know the following information for the Hotel, the Restaurant, the Hospitality Suite, etc.  

Please send her an email to moore_dorothy@bellsouth.net or call 678-513-2931, (c) 404-678-4236.

NAME:______________________________________________________

__(Check Mark for Yes) Staying at The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904 – 706-737-8888

__(Check Mark for Yes) No hotel needed, NOT staying at the Partridge INN, but attending the Fall Meet

__(Check Mark for Yes) Bringing a Morgan

(If Yes) Year ________Model__________Color____________

__ Number of People for Dinner Saturday evening at The Cucina 503

DETAILED 2019 SPRING MEET ITINERARY

(Note: Things always seem to change, so stay flexible as we work through the details.) 

Friday

Hotel Arrival – The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904

  • Registration/Check-In 3:00 PM
  • Parking – Lower Level of Parking Garage

Hospitality Room – The Cigar Bar – First Floor of Hotel (opens at 3:00 pm) No smoking allowed!!!

Dinner Options – (FYI, if not driving, book the Hotel shuttle)

  • Partridge Inn Bar and Grille with live local Jazz (second floor)
  • Raes Coastal Café (Mark Braunstein recommends)
  • Finch and Fifth Charcuterie
  • Ephesus Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen (Japanese and Burgers)

Evening Activities in Augusta                     

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

Saturday

Breakfast – 6-10 AM, included with your Partridge Inn Room

9:15 AM – ‘Group Photo’ on stairs at Inn Front Patio

9:30 AM – Depart for Washington, GA

  • Travel over the bridge at Clark Hill Lake
  • Travel through Lincolnton, GA
  • Rest Stop in Lincolnton (if needed)

11:15 AM Lunch Options

  • The Hot Box Food Truck 20R West Robert Toombs Ave open 11-9 Washington, GA..alfresco dining deck  706-678-4269 please park your Morgans together for photos, Restrooms available
  • The Square Café 22 W Square 706-678-5908 open 11-3
  • The Jockey Club 10 W  Public Square 706-678-1672 open 10-2
  • Cade’s Home Cooking 9 E Square 706-678-5586

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Jones Auto Museum (TBD)

12:00 PM until whenever – if not going to Auto Museum

  • Stay and see Historic Washington’s museums or just drive and/or walk the town
  • History Was Made Here! Three Beautifully restored house museums and library along with the Revolutionary Battlefield at Kettle Creek share the tales of this small city with a big history, one filled with legendary feats, prominent families, and innovative discoveries.
    • Though Washington is proud of their history, their present has just as much to offer. Historic downtown Washington is filled with businesses offering a variety of unique shopping, delicious food, and convenient service options.
    • Washington was briefly the State Capital of GA and is the place where the Confederacy voted to dissolve itself.
    • Highlights – The Washington Historical Museum open 10 – 5 PM, The Robert Toombs House open 10-5 PM, The Callaway Plantation open 10-5 PM, The Fitzpatrick Hotel
    • Washington Plantation B & B, Campbell – Jordan House, Bolton – Green Plantation and the Water Street Homes

Afternoon in Augusta

  • Canal Boat Tours
  • The RiverWalk along the Savannah River
  • The Augusta Commons
  • Broad Street Park
  • SouthStar Trolley Tours

Evening Activities

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open at 3:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner at Cucina 503 (TBD), 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, 762-994-0142, private dining room, full menu, separate checks, if not driving please book the shuttle in advance
    • 18 minutes from the Inn; 7.43 miles

Evening Activities in Augusta (after dinner)

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10:00 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10:00 PM

Sunday

  • Breakfast from 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM included with room
  • Spring Meet adjourned, check out time is 11:00 AM
  • Stay and see Augusta’s Broad Street downtown and maybe ride the Canal Boats or walk the Riverwalk

Looking forward to seeing you all at The Partridge Inn!!

15 Jan

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (8 & 9 March) – 2nd Update – as of 15 Jan 2019

As many of you know, the Amelia Island, GA Concours d’Elegance weekend is traditionally a big weekend for MOGSouth. For many of us, the start to the new Morgan year. This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (8 March) evening and we will again participate in the Saturday (9 March) Cars and Coffee.

The formal Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday 10 March but has in the past been moved up to Saturday if the weather is challenging.

The MOGSouth Noggin will again be on Friday (8 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: this is a different restaurant from last year. Still good food and beer, but better parking. (It is good to change the scenery every now and again.)

Last year we had more than 50 folks from the Morgan community! So you will want to be there.

Then Saturday morning (9 March), those of us with Morgans, will all gather at 0730 at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.) Note: Be advised the Surf Restaurant parking lot will possibly be active, as the Surf is no longer under renovation, so be careful.

From experience we know that if we don’t arrive together, we will be parked where ever they have a space, and most likely not together.

We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for 10 minutes or less, so don’t be late!

As mentioned in the previous mailings about the 2019 ‘Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island’, you have to register for this event to bring your Morgan and you have to be accepted.  I know many of you have already registered your Morgan and received your acceptance. You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.

This year we will have something special to look forward to. The Morgan Motor Company (MMC) will have a number of their senior staff, with 3 – 5 new Morgan cars on display at the MotorXpo area (the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island.) It is believed that a good number of the Morgan Dealers will also be there as well. You don’t want to miss this!

I don’t doubt the folks from the Factory will want to miss our display of Morgans either. So come decked out in your best and fly the Morgan flag proudly!

For those coming from out of town, there are a number of Lodging options. You can stay on Amelia Island, if you can get a room (they go very fast) and you are willing to pay the price (they are very expensive.) Alternatively there is a Hampton Inn, Jacksonville East, Regency Square that is just south of the Jacksonville -395 bridge over the St Johns River and just a short (30-45 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island. Many of us will be staying there. FYI, This is a different hotel than was used last year. We think this is a bit closer. There will be a convoy of Morgans leaving the Hampton early (06:30 or so) on Saturday morning to get to the Surf Restaurant by 07:30.

Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark