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The 2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet.
Pinehurst, North Carolina this time.
I have been to Pinehurst several times in the past. My experiences were not that good. (Long story, mostly weather-related, ask
But this was different.
This was the best I have ever seen Pinehurst!! All of
the MOGSouth members in the Pinehurst area joined forces to organize the event
and what a team! They overachieved!! They even controlled the weather!! How’d they do that? A big thank you to the Zimmermans, Carrolls,
Vincents, and Moodies.
An absolutely great event!
I counted 20 Morgans (not including a certain Grand Daughter!) and it
didn’t stop there. Even if you aren’t
enamored with Morgans, there were several other interesting cars amongst the
MOGSouth contingent. A Mini Moke, a few
Porsches, a Corvette, a Mini Van, and a new Alfa. I know there were others that I can’t seem to
Wow! We even had a
Morgan race car in the hotel lobby!
Andrea and I turned the weekend into a week-long event by
taking the Auto Train to Lorton, VA., a few days early. We hung out in Virginia visiting old friends
(we used to live there back in the late 1980s and early 1990s) for a few days
and then drove South in time for the Fall Meet in Pinehurst.
Once we arrived at the meet hotel, were given a ‘Welcome
Packet’ specifically for us. Well, it
had our name on it and everything? I
guess they wanted to be sure we got the best stuff?!
The packet included Pinehurst Community brochures (I would
need a month to see it all!), targeted advertisements, golf tees, Christopher
John LTD trinkets, Morgan Spares Key Chains, note pads, etc. Even the bag itself was customized with
MOGSouth and the event details. We were
As is the tradition, a Noggin had been set up for the
arriving MOGSouth members and friends.
Beer, wine, cold cuts, etc. Some
had planned to go out for dinner but soon reconsidered and stayed to graze (there
was a contingent that had gone out to an Oyster Bar for dinner). A few beers and a chat with friends. Then I went to soak my head. It was a long drive down from Virginia. Then back to the Noggin for more beer. Good stuff!!
Saturday included a quick tour of the sites of Pinehurst, NC and the locals were out in force. I do believe we had our pictures taken a number of times as the Morgans snaked their way around the town.
Then we were off for the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove. The Center was at the end of a lovely Morgan run. Scenic roads, twisty bits and a smattering of local color. On display were the works of many of the regional potters. Just walking around the Center and Shop, I was in awe. The colors, shapes, imagination, etc.! Then we got a demonstration of ‘throwing clay’ from one of the local artisans.
The potter, whom we named ‘Harry’ (not sure what his real
name was?) a young(er) fellow, but obviously skilled and passionate about his
chosen calling. He provided us with an
enthralling demonstration of the pottery art, quickly ‘throwing’ stoneware cups
and a matching pitcher. All the while,
he answered a great many of our somewhat naive questions.
I think they were expecting us at lunch. The entire restaurant was a single large
‘family style’ table. Sort of an Italian
place with a great selection. Folks got
subs; I got a small Pizza and a box to take home the leftovers.
After lunch we traveled just a short way to Sports Leicht
Restorations (SLR), Inc. SLR is an
automotive restoration shop that has had many of the cars that they restored
win lots and lots of awards at some of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance
shows around the country. Quite a
resume! The tour of the facility was given
by Bjorn, the owner. The facility was
spacious and clean. Two things you
definitely want, if you are going to have a car restored. SLR restored all sorts of cars but it looks
like the Mercedes SL190s and 300SL Gull Wings were a specialty. They seemed to be everywhere, even on the
rotisserie (a neat tool that turns cars upside down). This certainly gave the Mercedes fans among
us a bit of a buzz. These are rare and
expensive cars! I do have to say though,
that the Morgan, without a unibody like the Mercedes, makes for a much simpler
(and cheaper!) restoration project.
Saturday evening involved an interesting adventure with the
hotel shuttle and dinner at the Iron Wood Café.
A wonderful place that had set tables up for our group outside. We had white tablecloths and adjoining patio .
. . but there were pinecones (historically representative of human enlightenment??) Of course, this doesn’t necessarily apply to
We were able choose from several delectable dinner choices. Mine was perfect, but I don’t know about the
others. I suspect their choices were just
as good. This is one of the best Restaurants
in Pinehurst! A few MOGSouth remarks, a
thank you to our hosts and back on the shuttle to the hotel.
And of course, a beer, or two, in the bar and off to bed. I just didn’t want it to end!!
The morning came and a few active sorts were off to play a
round of golf. Nothing that healthy for
me, I just had to pack the car, find my way out of the parking lot (a lot
harder than it sounds!) and head home.
Again, a wonderful meet and a huge thank you to those involved in making it so. I am sure everyone who attended will not soon forget the fun we had, and will find their way back to Pinehurst in the near future! I know I will.
FYI, there is a gallery of Photos from the 2019 Fall Meet also posted on the MOGSouth Web Site.
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