11 Dec

MORGAN PLANS NEW ALUMINIUM PLATFORM MODELS AND PREPARES TO BID FAREWELL TO STEEL CHASSIS IN 2020

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  • Morgan confirms plans for additional models in 2020, underpinned by its CX-Generation aluminium platform
  • The CX-Generation platform was introduced in the Morgan Plus Six, launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019
  • 2020 will mark the end of production for the traditional steel chassis, a variation of which was introduced in 1936 and is currently used in the Morgan 4/4, Plus 4 and V6 Roadster
  • All-new CX-Generation models are in development to replace the existing models built on the traditional steel chassis
  • The 2020 Morgan model line-up will feature a manual gearbox within the range, for the first time in a CX-Generation model
  • New models will feature smaller capacity engines than the 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder engine in the Plus Six

Malvern, 11 December 2019

The Morgan Motor Company is to continue its technology drive with the launch of new models based on its recently introduced CX-Generation aluminium platform. The new car introductions will take place in 2020 and form a core range of models for the British manufacturer.

It follows the success of the first car to use this platform, the Morgan Plus Six. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, it has received an overwhelmingly positive reaction from both the press and customers, in large part thanks to its CX-Generation platform.

Designed in house by Morgan, the CX-Generation platform is twice as rigid as the previous aluminium chassis used by the company, which underpinned the Aero 8 and second-generation Plus 8 models. Thanks to a focus on reducing weight, it tips the scales at just 97kg, contributing to the Plus Six’s mere 1,075kg dry weight.

Although full details of the new CX-Generation aluminium platform models are yet to be shared, the company can confirm that the range will feature a variant with a manual gearbox, as well as an engine with a smaller capacity than the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder unit used in the Plus Six.

The launch of new CX-platform-based cars in 2020 will mark the end of production for Morgan’s legendary traditional steel chassis. Introduced in 1936 in Morgan’s first four-wheeled vehicle, the 4-4, the steel chassis has played a hugely important role in the company’s history, underpinning its models for 83 years. A variation of the chassis continues to be found today, in the Morgan 4/4, Plus 4 and V6 Roadster.

Morgan has not confirmed an official end date for production of the traditional steel chassis models but recognises a period where it will be produced alongside CX-Generation models before its discontinuation in 2020.

More information on the model range, launch dates and celebration plans for the end of the traditional steel chassis will be made in 2020. Morgan wishes to inform any customers interested in purchasing the latest Morgan models, or the last of the traditional steel frame chassis vehicles, to contact their nearest Morgan Dealer.

Steve Morris, CEO, Morgan Motor Company, said “The CX-Generation aluminium platform represents a significant undertaking for a small company like Morgan. Following the success of the platform and the Plus Six earlier this year, I am delighted that we can finally reveal further plans for new models in 2020.

We recognise a need for a more resolved core product that fits in with our customer’s growing needs, as well as future legislative requirements. The advanced engineering encompassed within the new platform is a vital underpinning for the next generation of Morgan sports cars, and further demonstrates the exciting blend of craftsmanship and technology that makes Morgan cars unique.

“In addition to new models planned for 2020, the year will also bring about opportunity for us to mark the significance of the outgoing traditional steel chassis and its contribution to the marque. Used in Morgan’s core models since 1936, the traditional steel chassis has been an integral part of the Morgan story and we look forward to giving it a fitting send off.”

10 Dec

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party, 7 Dec, St Simons Island GA – Report from the Field

John and Debbie’s Roadster Outside the Wesley Cottage

John and Debbie Stanley were our hosts for the weekend and made all the magic come together seamlessly.  A monumental task!!  A big thanks from MOGSouth and all those that participated!! 

The Saturday morning trolley tour was a perfect review of the history and layout of St Simons Island.  Those that went were quite pleased with the synopsis and the weather was delightful, cool but not cold.  I heard many, many comments about the very cold and damp locations of past Holiday Parties.  It seemed like a good many prefer like the relative warmth that St Simons offers and that a Winter Wonderland is just not needed. 

Southern Georgia (Almost Florida!) in December

The Wesley Cottage, on the grounds of the King and Prince Resort, was again the location of the Hospitality Suite.  It was decorated for the season with holiday garland draped along the white picket fence with an illuminated Christmas Tree in the front yard!  The cottage itself offered a convenient and comfortable gathering spot for the club, with a full living room, a dining room, outside picnic table, a kitchen and a wet bar.  Pretty much everything we could have asked for.  Debbie and John went overboard with tasty treats, many Debbie baked or crafted herself, and a great selection of both hard and soft libations.  There were even food and drink options for the Gluten Free folks.  Wow!! 

The Hospitality Suite

banquet room was decorated for the season with a lit tree, fancy table center pieces and other festive bits.  And, the food was wonderful.  The banquet itself was far better than the normal rubber chicken and mashed potatoes.  The Nothing was cold and the staff assured us that nothing ran out.   Ham, turkey, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and on and on.  My plate was too small!   And, I didn’t even get desert!

The 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party was great fun!! Lots of folks, coming from all over, an unexpectedly large turnout.  Larger than last year!!  We had Morgans everywhere, old and new, and some pretty ugly, but festive!!, sweaters.  I have to say my sweater, although I didn’t win any awards, was especially hideous.  Thanks Andrea!!   And, as fat as I am, just the shear expanse of ‘hideous’ magnified the effect, dare I say ‘immensely!’  I looked like something between Will Ferrell’s Elf character (what a terrible movie!) and an alligator (GatorMOG . . . get it??) with a jock strap.  But, in my defense, my sweater did have Morgan wings!!   The awards were justly given to some very, very clever sweaters.  It was obvious that a lot of time was put into their apparel.  Beautiful baskets of wonderful things!  I guess congratulations are in order, or would condolences be more appropriate? 

This year we tried to correct the failings of last year’s ‘ad hoc’ silent auction.   This year we planned it out from the start and once again Debbie and John did a masterful job of laying out the offerings with all the administrative bits necessary to make it work.  The silent auction items were arranged on tables in the banquet room, allowing everyone to circulate and bid on desired items.  Folks’ generosity was evident and the donations were truly terrific, and only a very few things were left, after the smoke cleared.   There was also a secret envelope game that surprised quite a few.

Ugly Sweater Awards. Connie Lipscomb – 1st, Mary Ann Rae – 2nd

As is the tradition, the MOGSouth Mother Courage Award was presented at the Holiday Party. This year’s award, 2019, went to Gary and Judy Heck.  Another very good choice of recipients.  We do have some wonderful people in this club!!   The large traveling award was presented following the dinner, but the smaller recipient award didn’t arrive in time.  We will mail it directly to the Hecks.  The smaller award is for them to keep however Gary and Judy’s name will be added to the large traveling award that will be passed on to future recipients. 

Mother Courage Awardees – Gary and Judy Heck

A few words of MOGSouth business and back to the Hospitality Suite for more Morgan and MOGSouth ‘comradery’ (e.g. drinking and cookies!)

A Holiday Party we will remember for a long time.  Again, thanks to everyone for coming and a special thanks to our hosts, John and Debbie Stanley, for making it so memorable!!!    

All Photos Courtesy of Allan Rae

02 Dec

A CHRISTMAS TALE by John Chatwin (MTWC)

Reprinted with the kind permission of the author and the Morgan Three Wheeler Club.  Previously published in the MOGSouth Newsletter (Vol 12, 2015)

The Club Christmas party was always enjoyable and this year Gary had an extra reason to be there. He stood in the garage proudly surveying his toys. On the right was his 1931 Aero Super Sports looking rather dusty and neglected, whilst today the recipient of his attention was the gleaming new 5 speeder.

Although he had tried to convince himself that he’d bought it to run alongside his old Aero, he had not looked at anything else for the last few weeks. He was hoping that the evening would be fine so that he could tum up in his new pride & joy.

The weather forecast was looking good so he did not even have to think about it when Barbara asked if he would mind if she didn’t accompany him. as she would really like to go with her sisters to the German market in the city. This of course would mean that she would need the BMW. Gary agreed as it gave him the excuse to arrive in style rather than a boring saloon car.

Gary made sure his new sheepskin jacket and leather helmet were squeaky clean as the day approached. The winter’s morn dawned with a hint of a watery sun coming up over the horizon. This was enough for him and as soon as he had breakfasted he opened the garage doors, carefully he removed the dust sheet unceremoniously dumping it in the Aero, pressing the aircraft type starter switch he eased the new car out onto the road.

Within minutes he was rushing along the road trying hard not to laugh out loud as his pleasure knew no bounds. After ten miles of ‘testing’ he turned for home and as soon as he had reversed into the garage set about wiping the bodywork down and applying a lick of polish Barbara brought him a cup of coffee and smiling, said ‘you’ll wear it out’. Taking the coffee he replied, ‘you have to admit, it’s a bit gorgeous’.

As evening approached, they got themselves ready for their respective evening trips. Barbara was first to leave, and Gary had already called his mate, Trevor, asking him to secure a parking space close to the front door of the pub so that he could show off his new pride and joy. He opened up the garage and jumped into the new trike. Switching on and uncovering the fancy starter switch he pressed the button. The engine spun over and that was it. It didn’t fire up. Trying again he got the same negative result. He checked the fuel which of course was how he had left it, almost full, checked plug leads and the multi-plug connections that seemed to surround the engine, everything seemed fine.

He assumed he had flooded it, so fetching his plug spanner from under the seat of the old Aero he was upset to find that it did not fit. By now he was getting rattled but eventually he found a long socket that just fit enough to remove the plugs. Both looked dry as well as being the right colour. Putting them back resulted in the spanner slipping and skinning his knuckles. This left a blood stain on his clean shirt.

The engine still refused to start and was turning over ever more slowly. As he jumped out he slipped and hit the floor with his knee, leaving a dirty mark on his trouser leg. At the next try the battery gave out and there he sat with no way of starting the device even if he had known what was wrong. Looking at his watch, which, to his chagrin now boasted a cracked glass, he saw that he was now late. I’ll just have to go in the BMW he murmured to himself until he remembered where Barbara had gone.

He sat for several minutes with his head in his hands quietly swearing until he spied the old Super Aero sitting there. For a second he sword that he saw the one headlight wink. He realized that it must have been a reflection of some sort and dismissed (he thought, well, he mused, better than nothing.) As he had not even started the engine for a long time he was full of trepidation as he turned on the petrol, tickled the carb. Putting the handle in the side he turned it a few turns before dropping the valve lifter. The big JAP instantly crackled into life and settled down to a steady tick-over.

As he turned into the car-park, Trev and the others were standing by the vacant space waiting for him. Gary swung the old Aero up the slope and with practiced skill rolled back into the space. Trevor walked up to him and said. What . . . ?’ ’Don’t ask replied Gary, just get me a bloody drink’. As they walked away Trev remarked,

‘Hey one of your headlights just winked!’