Folks as indicated before, we have negotiated dates for next year’s Spring Meet (to replace the cancelled event) with the Switzerland Inn.
The new dates are arrival 7 May 2021 and Departure 9 May 2021. Pencil this in on your 2021 Calendar.
Be advised the Switzerland Inn will rollover your current reservation, however you must call them at (828) 765-2153 and request this rollover, or alternatively request a refund of any deposits or prepayments you may have already made.
It is not possible to cancel your reservation online, you must call them.
Well, we tried and held out as long as we thought prudent.
Bottom Line: the decision has been made to cancel the May 8-10, 2020 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Little Switzerland, North Carolina.
Things are moving quickly in NC. Effective tomorrow (30 March) NC is under a “Stay at Home” order. Travel is limited to specific purposes with stiff penalties violations ($1000 and 60 days in jail.) Although the Blue Ridge Parkway is still accessible (but for how long?) the other two drive locations, Mt Mitchell and Linville Falls have been closed.
Our Meet Hotel, the Switzerland Inn has yet to close, however the closures of lodging is accelerating. Mitchell County (where the Switzerland Inn in located) has issued a voluntary order for lodging closure with a threat to make it non-voluntary.
Given all this, we will attempt to negotiate with the Inn and others to find a suitable date in May of next year (2021) so we salvage as much of the planning efforts of Jim and Collette Clark that we can.
ACTION REQUIRED: If you planned on attending this meet and have made reservations at the Switzerland Inn, you need to contact the hotel and cancel your reservations. Also if, like some of the Florida folks, you had hotel reservations at any intermediate stops along the way, you need to cancel these as well.
If you have questions, send us an email at MOGSouth@yahoo.com. Mark
MCCDC’s MOG 50, LURAY, VA –POSTPONED – NEW DATE: JULY 2-4, 2021
With the full impact of the COVID 19 pandemic continuing to unfold and the uncertainty of what to expect, the Executive Committee of the Morgan Car Club of Washington, DC, Inc has approved my recommendation to postpone MOG 50. Everyone’s health and well-being are MCCDC’s ultimate concern.
MCCDC has arranged with the management of the Mimslyn Inn to re-schedule MOG 50 to Friday-Sunday, July 2-4, 2021. The Mimslyn Inn has assured us that it is willing to re-book all current reservations for the above dates in 2021.
ACTION REQUIRED!! PLEASE CONTACT THE MIMSLYN INN TO CANCEL YOUR CURRENT RESERVATIONS AND CHANGE YOUR RESERVATIONS TO THE NEW MOG 50 DATES…JULY 2-4, 2021 (Phone:540-743-5105 – email:email@example.com).
[Folks this may or may not work for you. If you cannot, as yet, commit to next year, you will want to cancel your Mimslyn Inn reservations outright, and NOT change your reservations to next year. If things then work out for next year, you will have to make reservations for that time. Mark]
If you had additional dates previously, please contact the Mimslyn Inn to cancel your current reservations and change them to the dates you desire. NOTE: This includes both rooms in the Mimslyn Inn AND the Cottages . Those with reservations at other hotels and/or travel reservations should have time to re-schedule their reservations, as well.
The Mimslyn Inn is working closely with MCCDC to make MOG 50 a great event in 2021. The Mimslyn Inn needs you to cancel your current reservations so they can book these rooms/cottages for anyone wishing to stay with them July 2-5, 2020. In doing so, we can help the Mimslyn Inn recover as soon as possible from the COVID 19 pandemic effects. THANKS!!
Regarding those who have already registered for MOG 50, those Registrations will still be valid and apply for MOG 50 to be held July 2-4, 2021. Questions regarding existing Registrations will be handled on a case by case basis.
Stay well and please observe all the recommendations from the CDC and other federal, state and local authorities. Feel free to contact me directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org for any further questions or concerns.
Best regards, Richard B. Fohl, MD, President MCCDC
[Folks, FYI, I have also rescinded MOGSouth’s offer, to MCCDC, to run the Gymkhana at MOG 50. I do not know if we will have sufficient manpower in 2021. Mark]
The principles of family have defined the Morgan Motor Company
for generations. We’re not just talking about H.F.S Morgan – who founded the
company 111 years ago – and his descendants, but the wider Morgan family: our
workforce, our customers, our dealerships and our fans around the world.
To these people, few things are more important than building
and driving Morgan cars. Normally, our factory does not close, but today our
craftsmen and women will put down their tools.
It’s for one simple reason: without family, nothing else
matters. And at this time, our family and your family are all that matters.
For the first time since World War II, and following [UK] Government advice, we have made the decision to close the Morgan factory for at least one month. During this period, we are committed to looking after each of our employees.
We would urge you to keep your Morgan in the garage, to
follow Government advice and stay at home. The next adventure can wait, and
when all of this is over, your next drive will feel like your first.
It’s more important now than ever before that we stay
connected. We’ll still be online, so let’s keep the conversation going…
The Morgan Motor Company factory and offices are expected to
be closed from 25 March to 20 April 2020. During this period, most of our usual
business activity is suspended.
Morgan factory tour, car hire, and experience drive bookings
during this period have been cancelled. These bookings can be rescheduled, and
we will be in touch with you upon our return to work to assist you to with
Bookings made directly though Morgan Motor Company can be
refunded if you are not able to reschedule. If you have purchased a voucher
through a third party and are not able to reschedule, please contact the
provider for more details.
All vouchers with an expiry date on or after 24 March 2020
will now be redeemable until the end of 2021.
Our online shop remains open.
For sales enquiries, please contact your Morgan Dealer. You
can find your nearest Dealership here.
For Morgan Works Malvern aftersales, factory servicing or Aero Racing enquiries, please email email@example.com
For all other enquiries, please use the contact form on the
link below and we will deal with your enquiry as best we can.
Thank you for your support during this period, we wish the
best of health to all of you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
I suspect we are all getting a little anxious with our curtailed travel, lock downs and social distancing. Unfortunately, it makes the most sense to heed the warnings and abide by the guidelines of the CDC. I would like to say I have good news, but I can’t. We are optimistic but being realistic, we are still quite concerned.
The plan is to make a decision on 20 April, to stay the course or postpone our Spring Meet scheduled for 8 – 10 May, in Little Switzerland, NC.
This a full week before our hotel rooms at the Switzerland Inn have to be cancelled without incurring any financial liability. (If we do cancel be sure to call and cancel your individual reservation to preclude getting charged.)
There seems to be some good news coming from various locations, re: the virus, but it is all very difficult to predict. North Carolina has recently mandated the closure of restaurants and hotels in the vicinity of Little Switzerland, and reemphasized the 10 person limitation for non-essential gatherings. This doesn’t bode well for us, even though we are still a good six weeks away. We know folks have made significant personal and financial investments in our current dates so a measured decision is fully warranted. Again, at this point, we need to give it a little more time.
Click on the link above for the Spring Meet Hotel and Schedule details. We will be sure to communicate any changes, should that be necessary. The hotel has had a few challenges with the weather so making reservations is best done on-line, instead of calling. (If you call, you may or may not get someone on the phone that really knows about MOGSouth and our meet!)
Other 2020 MOGSouth Events you should have penciled in on your calendar are as follows.
The MOGSouth Fall Meet, 30/31 October – 1 November 2020 (Somewhere in Mississippi, vicinity Jackson, MS – Details will be Published Soon!)
The MCCDC 50th Anniversary of their Morgan Owners Gathering (MOG 50), July 4th Weekend, Luray VA
The MOGSouth Holiday Party, 5 December 2020
The MOGSouth Holiday Party, 5 December 2020 – We Haven’t Identified a Location or a Host for this year’s Holiday Party – Want to Volunteer to Host?? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MOGSouth Noggin was held on Friday evening (6 March) at Salt Life in Fernandina Beach. A good number of folks started the weekend early with a lunch gathering prior to the Friday evening Noggin at the Salt Life.
The Salt Life Restaurant gave us their roof bar again this year, complete with comfy chairs and a fire pit. It was perfect for us, but . . .
We had some 20-30 Morgan folks (not all were MOGSouth
members) join us for drinks and Morgan chit chat. I only saw one Morgan there, a Roadster, a lovely
car that had traveled up from Marathon Key in south Florida.
We had plenty of space for our group and before the sun went
down, you could see forever. But when the
sun did go down, we lost the sun’s warmth and it got cold and windy. That was also about the time folks wanted
dinner, so the crowd dispersed to the inside (warmer part) of the restaurant. And, Andrea and I were among them. Our Momma’s didn’t raise no fools!
We will have to find a different location for the Noggin next
year. This location is superb, with
great parking and food, but unfortunately, it was a bit too windy for the crowd. And, this cold and windy weather seems to be
the norm for this time of year.
The Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee at Amelia (Amelia
Island Concours d’Elegance) was held on several holes of the golf course used
for the formal Concours on Sunday. Thus,
we had to be on the field early, and then leave the field early enough for them
to set up for Sunday. The word for the day
was obviously ‘early.’
Well, we all met quite ‘early’ along A1A at the Surf Restaurant’s
parking lot. The parking lot is big enough
and was empty as the restaurant hadn’t yet opened! We wanted to be sure the Morgans were grouped
together once they entered the show field. We had been scattered in the past and that wasn’t
good. Going in together solves this problem. Once we were all at the Surf Restaurant, we headed
south towards the show field.
The turnout was a bit light all around. Perhaps the virus thing kept folks at home
but we still managed a good selection of Morgans. 4/4s, Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters (both 3.0
and 3.7L) and a Plus 8 Speedster (supposedly only in the US for display?). Christopher John LTD had a few new 3 Wheelers
at his display.
We needed have not worried about being scattered. It appears that our participation these past
few years has paid off and we (Morgans) are now on the planner’s field layout
map. ‘Morgans’ are now expected and they’ve
designated a part of the show field for our cars! And, it is a good location, right next to the
new car displays. The best new car
display was obviously the Morgan display from Christopher John LTD, the Morgan
dealer in Daytona Florida. Being right next
to Christopher John’s display was tremendous.
We sent lots of folks interested in buying Morgans over to see the new
cars and other Morgan paraphernalia on offer.
Hopefully, he found a few new customers!!
The show ended around 1 PM and we proceeded down the golf
course paths to the designated exit. Most
of us went south about 10-15 miles to the Sand Dollar Restaurant for lunch. This was a smart move as everyone else was
going north into Fernandina Beach for lunch. We had gone north in prior years and the traffic
going into Fernandina Beach is impossible, stop and go for the better part of
an hour, and once you get there, the parking around the restaurants is nonexistent. The Sand Dollar Restaurant was also able to accomplish
our large group (15+) with a minimal wait.
A great lunch, with a wonderful view of the boat traffic coming
and going along the St. Johns river. Then
we were off. Some went south while
others went north. We were staying in
Jacksonville for the evening and soon found our hotel. A nap before dinner? Yes, please!! A busy morning followed by a nice lunch! A nap was just the thing.
It was hard getting up from that nap! It could have lasted for the entire evening! However, time to eat again! Dinner with the Frazees and the Bernaths was on the docket at a local sports
bar. Nothing too fancy and we were soon
back at the hotel. I was bushed and went
straight to sleep.
We met the Frazees for breakfast at the hotel. Oh boy, cardboard
waffles, rubber eggs and other delicacies were on offer. I had some coffee and Raison Bran. Finally, it was time to go.
Andrea and I traveled back to Orlando with Rick and Sam Frazee. We started off going south on I-95 but soon
exited for the back roads. We couldn’t resist. Morgans, with tops down and sun shining,
traveling on rural roads with minimal traffic. Hard to do better!!
Another great Morgan weekend!! If you weren’t there you missed a great
one. Well, perhaps we’ll see you next
year?? Cheers, Mark
This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (6 March) evening and we will participate in the Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee.
As is the norm you should have to registered for the 2020 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (if you plan is to bring your Morgan) and you have to be accepted. (They sent a letter with a sticker.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.
The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (6 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: They plan to have us at the roof b bar, same as last year. Which worked quite well, however, it was a bit cool last year so bring a jacket. If you have friend(s) that are’t in the club, bring them along to the Noggin, we don’t care!
Then Saturday morning (7 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.) 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 a few minutes so don’t be late!
If you are coming you should have already booked your hotel. A few folks are staying in Fernandina Beach, but I suspect you can’t get a room this late. Your best bet is to stay in Jacksonville and travel to Amelia Island early Saturday morning. 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 (45 – 50 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island.
Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!