26 May

Sir Morgan’s Knighting (Irene Breland)

As a new owner of what has to be one of the most interesting British marques still in existence, I gladly joined MOGSouth after finding my Morgan last fall. The club covers the southeast and includes several British Car Club of Charleston, SC members. I was determined to attend the Spring Meet and registered early. John Scott and I thought we could gather a few more Morgans from our area but we ended up being the only brave (crazy may be a better word) souls from here to drive a Morgan to Augusta, Georgia during a heat wave!

Sir Morgan – Photo Courtesy Irene Breland

On May 17th John and Laura in their beautiful 1961 Plus 4 and me in my 1966 Plus 4 left Charleston around 10:00 AM headed to hot Augusta. The drive started out quite pleasant with shaded country roads and nice scenery. Did I mention a heat wave? By the time we hit the small town of Williston I was getting nervous watching the temperature gauge, so we made a stop at the local gas station to cool us all down a bit. It’s kind of hard watching things like the speedometer, oil pressure, water temp and oil temp with sweat rolling down your face and hot air swirling around your head! As we were heading out John spied a local store named Morgan’s and started pointing to it. I must say my eyes were still blurry with sweat so I wasn’t sure what he was pointing at till we arrived for a late lunch in Aiken. John’s plan was to stop and take pictures in front of Morgan’s Drug Store on Sunday morning on our way back home.

After a delightful lunch in beautiful downtown Aiken we readied ourselves for the hottest part of the day and aimed for Augusta. That drive was HOT! Thanks to our excellent navigator, Laura, we managed to get through all the turns, traffic and stoplights and land at The Partridge Inn on Walton Way. We parked our Morgans with several others that arrived early enough to have cooled off (owners and cars) and eagerly watched other Morgans and their owners arrive.

MOGSouth put on a really nice reception with some fun snacks like Nuts and Bolts, which were root beer looking life savers and candied pretzel sticks. They had several other stations with other clever names and goodies all relating to driving, cars and car parts. Something we might be able to copy for our upcoming reception!

Saturday was Rally morning and after a 9:00 group picture we were given our instructions, and by 9:30 our Morgans were rumbling to life in our private parking garage. Now that was a cool sound! As we headed out of Augusta and started getting closer to open hills (yep) you could see the long string of Morgans as they climbed up the next hill in front of you. Oh, forgot to say we were headed to Washington, Georgia via the bridge over Clark Hill Lake. Once again, our navigator, Laura, kept us on the right track. With all the turns, traffic and stoplights our caravan did not stay together but we all managed to get to our first pit stop in time to parade downtown Lincolnton to the visitor center where they had a wonderful reception awaiting us. They were so happy to have us they ran a story in the local newspaper announcing our arrival with history and picture!

The Local Lincolnton News Paper – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

When we returned to our cars, we each had a copy of the local paper with a Morgan article folded for us to see on our front seats. Now that’s southern hospitality!

We continued on to Washington, Georgia that is, for lunch and touring. There we were parked around the historic town square and were free to roam around what is an interesting small town. There were several options for lunch and snacks and quite a few folks checking out the unusual cars in their town square. Did I mention it was HOT? Some of us toured the local museums and some traveled up the road to see an American car collection.

MOrgan’s Drug Store – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

All in all, a pretty neat old southern town that I would recommend going to if close by. I think it’s sad that we all seem to be in such a hurry to get to our destinations that quaint towns with interesting history get left behind with the rush to find the fastest route.

The caravan was quite scattered on the drive back to Augusta. We headed out mid afternoon and it was HOT. The directions back to the hotel were supposed to be a shorter route back but didn’t allow for a freight train to stop us in the middle of nowhere, in the blazing HOT sun! This is where I decided I was crazy! After carefully getting over the railroad tracks, we resumed our journey back to the hotel. I think at that time we were still an hour and a half or so from our destination (lord knows what it was as my brain was fried from the heat). The three very hot cars managed to get through busy Augusta late afternoon traffic and into our cool garage by 5ish. Cocktail hour was looking really good now as was our club dinner!

Sunday morning, early Sunday morning, was our target for heading back to the coast and hopefully cooler temps. We were on the road again by 8:15. We stopped for gas and we stopped for a picture in front of Morgan’s Drug Store in Williston. As we crossed the old Ashley River bridge, we waved goodbye as John and Laura headed downtown and I headed to Mt Pleasant. I pulled into our garage around 12:30 and changed “Morgan’s” name to “Sir Morgan” which I had told him that morning I’d ceremoniously ‘Knight’ him, if he got us both back to Mt. Pleasant!

20 May

2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet – (Augusta GA) 17-19 May

A few years ago, I was in Augusta GA in May and it was very hot.  This year I was again in Augusta, GA in May and it was again very hot.  I may not be too bright (or at least that is what Andrea says?) but twice is good enough for me!  I have concluded Augusta, GA in May is very hot. 

Good thing I took the Morgan with Air Conditioning!!  Yeah, right.  I have a switch and wishful thinking!  I guess that is about all we can ask for.  (Maybe it will be better with the new cars, if and, when they ever get here?)

This year the MOGSouth Spring Meet was hosted by Dorothy and Glenn Moore, and they did a wonderful job!  Everything was delightful and all of the arrangements came off like clockwork.  As you know, this MOGSouth Spring Meet event was really the MOGSouth Fall Meet event from last year, which unfortunately got preempted by Hurricane Florence, so it was rewickered as the Spring Meet.  The necessitated quite a bit of rework and adjustment by everyone involved, but in the end, it all worked.  Again, a great job! 

Everything was thought of. Even reserved spot in the parking garage at the Partridge Inn. Photo Courtesy of Lynn Craig.

The chosen hotel was the Partridge Inn and it was wonderful.  An historic hotel with character and charm, somewhat improved by the efficiency and cleanliness of Hilton.  I do, however, think our crowd over-powered the staff somewhat but it that seems to happen just about everywhere we go.  Collectively, we must be somewhat demanding??  All in all, the hotel staff was extremely courteous, professional and ultimately accommodating.  I heard nothing but good things about the rooms, the restaurant and the glorious roof top bar.  (When the sun went down you could see the lights of downtown Augusta and we even had a full moon both nights we were there!)

The MOGSouth membership turn-out was unexpected!!  (Other clubs may be losing their members but we certainly aren’t!)  We had a lots of folks we haven’t seen in eons.  And we had Morgans!  4/4s, Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters and Aero 8s.  The only thing missing were the purple squirrels.  Unfortunately, we had no Drop Head Coupes or vintage three Wheelers.  There were reports of the blue Graeme Addie M3W but I didn’t get a chance to see it.  Not sure what it was that brought everyone out for this meet, perhaps it was the ‘wonderful (?)’ weather in Augusta in May??   Did I mention it was very hot in Augusta in May?

Morgans from everywhere. In the garage in Augusta. Photo Courtesy of Lynn Craig.

This week was one of anticipation, for me at least.  I was feeling a bit house bound and needed a good Morgan trip.  Andrea and I started out, alone this time, with no one else to convoy with.  The Frazees were unavailable, the Bernaths had an ill timed automotive failure, the Stanleys were off RV’ing in middle earth, and so on.  Not a problem, we had the GPS and anticipated hours of scintillating conversation.  Travelling up I-95 is always great fun, and with a stint of I-16 thrown in, wow!!  And, as expected, it was boring, repetitive, and uneventful.  We eventually got to the Partridge Inn and after a quick hello in the ‘Cigar Bar’ (hospitality suite) we checked in and washed up for dinner.  Dorothy had welcoming gifts for everyone. A lovely metal wine cooler (floral vase?) with Morgan Car Club emblazened on the front and filled with all sorts of cookies, caramel corn, etc. Very thoughtful!

Friday evening was one of reacquainting ourselves with the in and outs of everyone else’s lives and a dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.  Nothing too special and early to bed.  Our room was fine. The only complaint we had was an overly active air conditioner.  Andrea tried adjusting it, and I just pulled the blankets up.  Did I mention it was very hot in Augusta in May?

Following breakfast on Saturday morning, a group photo was planned and I wanted to look my best, you know ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’ . . . well, I tried, but alas, we can only do what we can do!  After the photo, we were off, as a group in our Morgans, roaring up the hill (marching to the sound of gun fire?) to see the wonders of north Augusta.  A good run, with minimal traffic and some good twisty bits.  Lincolnton was the first stop.  Lincolnton is a little town northwest of Augusta and it seemed the whole town came out to welcome us! We stopped for a nature break at the Visitor’s Center and we were greeted with iced lemonade, homemade cakes and cookies, and all sorts of other edible wonders.  Amazing hospitality on a Saturday morning.  It was difficult to pull ourselves away but we did, eventually, and headed up the road to Washington GA.  We even had a police escort out of town! 

Oh, the temptation!! I resisted of course! Photo Courtesy of Lynn Craig.

Washington is another wonderful village just northwest of Augusta.  Getting there was good fun in the Morgan.  Interesting farms, rural property and historic estates were everywhere.  It was really a bit difficult to concentrate on driving with so much to see.  When we arrived in Washington, there was reserved parking for Morgans on the town square.  We parked, stretched and chatted some.  Then we all found lunch in one of the cafes along the peripheral of the square.  I had a flat bread / pizza sort of thing but is was way too big.  It seemed I was more thirsty than hungry (too many cookies in Lincolnton?) and drank a half dozen glasses of water. 

There were opportunities to visit a few local museums and a private car collection after lunch, but I was ready for a nap so we just headed back to the hotel.  The GPS worked for us, once again.  I wonder what we all did before these things??  

Followed directions or read maps . . . oooh, how archaic! 

Saturday dinner was a short drive from the hotel.  Cucina 503.  A well thought out menu with Italian(esce?) offerings.  It was quite tasty and I heard no complaints.  Well, except about the ‘balsamic vinegar’ butter?  A bit odd and I am not sure it really works?

A moment or two of club business, we celebrated a few birthdays and I paid up on my debt (I lost a bet!) to Pat Buckley.  Then it was back to the roof top bar at the Partridge Inn.  Sunday morning came too early and those of us that milled around the restaurant trying to look awake said our goodbyes and then got back on the road. 

A great MOGSouth event.  Lots of fun, lots of folks and everything worked as intended.  Dorothy and Glenn were marvelous.  As has been said many times, but it is really true, it is the people, the volunteers that make MOGSouth a different sort, but an ultimately appealing car club.

A big thanks to Glenn and Dorothy Moore for being our hosts! Also, for everyone who attended. Thank you! I hope to see everyone again very soon, at the 2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet in Pinehurst, NC. Cheers, Mark

[There will be a photo gallery posted when I get my act together. It will take a few days so watch for the email notice! Mark]

List of Attendees

  • Glenn & Dorothy Moore
  • Austin & Jinny Britton
  • Jack & Pat Zimmerman
  • Don & Madeline Moodie
  • John & Laura Scott
  • Richard & Janet Ihns
  • David & Sarah Chiles
  • Brian & Rosie Miller
  • Pat & Judy Buckley
  • Andy & Anne Leo
  • Dwight Kinzer
  • Lee & Trisha Gaskins
  • Mark & Andrea Braunstein
  • Irene Berland
  • Lance & Connie Lipscomb
  • Tom & Kathy Coryn
  • Dick & Betsy Beaver
  • Julie & Lynn Craig
  • Stacey Schepens
  • Jenny Addie
  • Emma & Brian Slater
  • Cyril Brown
  • John Bigler
  • Fred & Gay Hollinger
  • Dave & Marilyn Bondon
07 May

Invitation to the Hilton Head Island Car Club Showcase – 2 Nov 2019

[This is a great event! We participated, as a club, a few years ago, and all had a great time. This year, the timing fits nicely between the MOGSouth Fall Meet in September and the MOGSouth Holiday Party in December. A lovely venue and some wonderful cars. Mark]

We are pleased to invite your Car Club, Morgan Owners Group – South (MOGSouth), to participate in the 2019 Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival’s Car Club Showcase to be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Your Club may bring up to 5 cars

[If you want to participate, send an email to mogsouth@yahoo.com (Mark) and let him know. He will send you instructions on how to register your car for the event. They have a online system. ]

This year’s Motoring Festival will again be at the beautiful Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head Island. You will be pleased with this first-class venue and the events planned for this 18th Annual Motoring Festival. More details are available on our website at: http://www.hhiconcours.com.

Here are some key things that make this year’s showcase special:

  • British Cars, including American Powered English Cars, will be the feature on Saturday.
  • In addition to the British Cars, the Mercedes Benz Club of America will be holding an event within our event and they promise to tell a most interesting story.
  • An excellent awards line-up will continue again this year, including the Crescent Awards and several additional special awards.
  • The Aero Expo will once again this year feature vintage aircraft, to be held on Saturday only at the nearby Hilton Head Island Airport.  Shuttles are provided so that you can visit this event all day Saturday.
  • The Exhibitor’s Lounge – A tent on the showfield for your convenience throughout the day on Saturday for coffee and pastries in the morning, cold drinks throughout the day, and a great place to view the Awards Ceremony at the end of the day.

Clubs planning to participate should note:

  • Our online registration process, the same as in prior years, is available now for your members to register their cars individually at www.register.hhiconcours.com.  Register using the CAR CLUB SHOWCASE option.  There is a $40 Registration Fee which must be paid when vehicles are registered. This registration fee has been increased for the first time in 15 years due to increased costs and awards over the years. Please note that each registrant receives two two-day tickets, a minimum $180 value.

Please let our Exhibitor Concierge, Meredith Kronz, know as soon as possible (no later than June 1st) the number of vehicles (and their owners’ names) that your club plans to enter.  Meredith can be reached at mkronz@hhiconcours.com or (843) 785-7469, ext. 4. Note that registration is now open, so your member car owners can register as individual exhibitors.

The Car Club Showcase Team is looking forward to seeing you and your Club at this year’s Car Club Showcase.  If you have any questions or if we can be otherwise helpful, please contact Meredith Kronz, the Exhibitor Concierge, at the Motoring Festival Office: (843) 785-7469 ext. 4.

Sincerely,

Michael Dyrenfurth, mjd27rod@gmail.com,
Manager, Car Club Showcase

Jim Ogden, jogden@mail.com,
Co-Chairman, Car Club Showcase        

Meredith Kronz, mkronz@hhiconcours.com ,
Exhibitor Concierge

          

                                                 

01 May

2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet – Saturday dinner at Cucina 503 – Menu Updates

Folks, the Saturday dinner at Cucina 503 (502 Fury’s Ferry Rd Suite 503, Augusta GA. 762-994-0142, www.503cucina.com) has been so well received that we have had to change the menu slightly.

It is still casual dress, still at 6:30 PM, but now the menu has been limited for us. Nothing else has changed.

Menu for Sat May 18, 2019 

Cucina Salad – mixed baby greens, cucumber, shaved carrots, radish, cherry tomatoes, red onion,  grated parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette 

Choice of Entrees:

  • Shrimp Risotto – house made risotto, domestic shrimp, smoked cherry tomatoes  
  • Lasagna Rustica – lasagna pasta,  bolognese, ricotta cheese, parmesan, buffalo mozzarella, crispy prosciutto 
  • Roasted Chicken & Wild Mushroom Pappardelle -pappardelle pasta,   wild mushroom, roasted chicken, white wine garlic cream sauce, truffle oil 

Dessert – Flourless Chocolate cake 

$35.00 per person not including drinks, tax and gratuity…but still separate checks