12 Nov

Action Required – 2019 Mother Courage Award – Solicitation for Nominees

Only a Few Days Left – Send in your Nominations by 15 November 2019.

Folks, please submit your nominees for the 2019 Mother Courage Award. We cannot extend the 15 November deadline as we have to have a vote on the nominees and have other logistics to accomplish, all in time for the award presentation at the Holiday Party, 7 December.

As you all know, the Mother Courage Award (MOGSouth’s only perpetual award) will be presented at the MOGSouth Holiday Party, December 7th, St Simons Island.

Each year, potential awardees are nominated by the club membership at large and the new recipient is then selected, from those nominated, by the past three recipients of the award. To nominate a MOGSouth Club member for this award, simply send an email to Mark Braunstein at series1@cfl.rr.com with your choice(s).

The criteria set in 1998 is that the recipient of the award should be the person or persons who best personify Dan and Nancilee’s love for people, Morgans and life. Nominees should be sent to Mark no later than 15 November 2019.

Past recipients of the award are listed on the MOGSouth web site at http://www.mogsouth.com/category/mother-courage-awards/ however it was decided in 2018 that MOGSouth members are eligible to receive the award multiple times.

07 Nov

MCCDC’s MOG50 (4 July 2020)

For many of us that have been around the Morgan community for a while know the role the Morgan Car Club of DC has played in the creation of many of the regional clubs, to include MOGSouth.  For those that weren’t here in the beginning, many of the regional clubs were spawned out of the discussions and meanderings of folks that attended the MCCDC MOGs (Morgan Owners’ Gatherings) in days past. 

The MCCDC MOGs were, at times, the only Morgan events going.  Folks came from all over the eastern half of the US, and even from Canada, to play in Luray, Virginia over the fourth of July weekend.  The MCCDC MOGs had a full slate of car related events for attendees to participate in.  There was a formally judged Concours d’Elegance of Morgan cars, a mentally challenging Time-Speed-Distance Rally, a family friendly Gymkhana (Funkhana?) and a hotly contested Autocross. 

Pulling off all these events over the weekend was far too much for the MCCDC members so the regional folks started to lend a hand.  These efforts morphed into the Regional Clubs taking over one of the events completely.  Planning it, setting it up and then running it for the weekend.  

MCCDC is now about to celebrate their 50th anniversary!  MOG 50 is at hand!! 

The powers that be, at MCCDC, have chosen to return to Luray Virginia (and the Mimslyn Hotel) over the 4th of July weekend for MOG 50.  I personally applaud these decisions!  This is a historical event and even though this is usually a really hot weekend in Virginia, this is the most fitting location and timing for this historical event.  I plan to attend and if you also decide to attend, please send me an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) so I will have an idea of the MOGSouth presence at MOG 50.

I would like to propose that MOGSouth take on the task of planning and running the Gymkhana (Funkhana) event for MOG 50.  This would entail the development of a few Gymkhana appropriate activities, the collection of any requisite materials and an assemblage of folks to support running and scoring the event in Luray.  (Although MOGSouth could probably run any of the events, we have an opportunity by volunteering early to get what we want, and I have my reasons to recommend that we take on the Gymkhana.)  I will contact the MCCDC leadership about our offer and let you all know what they say.

MCCDC’s MOG 50 will be held in Luray Virginia at the Mimslyn Inn (401 W Main Str., Luray, VA 22835).  Although no real information has been published by MCCDC as yet (in my mind, this is already 6 months late!) it is likely that the Morgan events will span Friday 3 July to Sunday 5 July. 

If you plan to attend, please let me know, and be sure to book your rooms very soon.  There is typically a MCCDC fee to attend and form to fill out to register but they haven’t got that form together yet.  I will send it out as soon as I get it. 

Arrival in Luray should happen on Thursday 2 July, with folks departing on Monday 6 July.  (Book hotel rooms at the Mimslyn (866-375-3925 or 540-743-5105) if these numbers don’t work, let me know!) for Thurs night, Fri night, Sat night, and Sun night.  There is a discount code – GR48 – that you will need to provide when you register for the hotel.)  If anything changes, I will let you know. 

Cheers, Mark

01 Nov

2019 Mother Courage Award – Solicitation for Nominees

As you all know, the Mother Courage Award (MOGSouth’s only annual award) will be presented at the MOGSouth Holiday Party, December 7th, St Simons Island.

Each year, potential awardees are nominated by the club membership at large and the new recipient is then selected, from those nominated, by the past three recipients of the award.  

To nominate a MOGSouth Club member for this award, simply send an email to Mark Braunstein at series1@cfl.rr.com with your choice(s). The criteria set in 1998 is that the recipient of the award should be the person or persons who best personify Dan and Nancilee’s love for people, Morgans and life. Nominees should be sent to Mark no later than 15 November 2019.

Past recipients of the award are listed on the MOGSouth web site at http://www.mogsouth.com/category/mother-courage-awards/ however it was decided in 2018 that MOGSouth members are eligible to receive the award multiple times.

29 Oct

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – November Updates

It’s almost time for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. Are you ready??

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort will again be our party Hotel for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. And, the Wesley Cottage will be the location of the MOGSouth Hospitality Room and headquarters for the Holiday Party.

If you haven’t booked your room, do it now! The phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH. If you are going out and about on Saturday morning, you will need to reserve a room for both Friday night (6 Dec) and Saturday night (7 Dec). The actual Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.

And, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception. There is lots of Goodness in that bag you won’t want to miss!!

Trolley Tours – The trolley tours spaces are almost gone! If you want to go, contact Debbie right now! Send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) The tour leave the hotel front door, promptly at 10 AM on Saturday 7 Dec. The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction is happening again this year.  Identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.   Auto parts can be donated by taking a few photos of the parts and printing them out. No need to haul the part to the Party.  

Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet. All proceeds go to MOGSouth.   Get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Don’t forget your ugly Holiday Sweater. We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (pockets5@live.com) know if you are playing.  These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet!  The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!! 

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

28 Oct

Report From the Field – Safety Harbor FL, All British Car Show, 25-26 Oct 2019

The Safety Harbor All British Car Show is hosted by the Austin Healy Club of Tampa Bay each year and lately, many of us Morgan types here in Florida, have chosen to participate.  The show is held in downtown Safety Harbor which is on the western bank of Tampa Bay in Florida and the weather in October is nice.

There are usually some 200 cars, all British of course, in the show.  The Austin Healy Club of Tampa Bay did another wonderful job of the ‘Meet and Greet’ and organizing the show (although it seems like there are some four hundred awards for Austin Healys, go figure?)  Like other shows, they have a ‘Meet and Greet,’ lately it has been at a Mexican sort of cantina, in town on Friday night.  Here it is within walking distance from the Spa. Tasty food and cold beer. But then some folks just had to find the ice cream shop on the way back! A perfect ending . . .

The show the following day (Saturday) is right there along the Main Street.  Gas lights and gazebos.  Neat place!

14 Morgans were in the show this year but surprisingly no Aero 8s or new M3Ws??  But, it was close.  Tom and Kathy Coryn came to the show in their wonderful Plus 4 4 Seater, opting to the leave their 2005 Aero 8 at home.  (The Plus 4 is such a pretty car I can fully understand their dilemma!)  We had all the other models; 4/4s, Plus 4 4 Seaters, Plus 4 2 Seaters, Plus 8s, a Vintage Trike, several 3.0L Roadsters, and John Pokorny brought out his recently acquired 3.7 Roadster.  Wow!!  I personally like the to have examples of old and new, and all the various models. It makes answering questions easier!

But, we did quite well. I can’t begin to count the number of folks that came up to me to thank the Morgans for coming out in large numbers.  Well, I didn’t do it!  They can’t blame me!!  

Again, the town of Safety Harbor was in full support, with their police directing traffic and blocking roads.  Parking for the show is along Main Street and the quaint nature of the little town is just wonderful.  People everywhere.  Decorations for the fall season or Halloween Holiday were on display and smells of fresh baking, or was it cinnamon(?), seemed to attract me no matter which way we walked.  The quaint shops were all open and some of the ladies bought things that would challenge even the largest of Morgan trunks (?) 

I really do like this show as the Safety Harbor Spa and Resort (where we typically stay) is within a mile of the show field.  This convenience translates to a few minutes longer in bed, a shorter trip back should something be forgotten, etc.  All good things.   As I get older, ‘easier’ is much more appealing!

We ate in several of the local eateries – omelets and pancakes for breakfast with seafood and fish for dinner.  Most places wouldn’t take reservations but were still able to accommodate our numbers.  Many cafes had their outside patios in full operational, as the town seemed quite crowded.  I came to find out later that there were three different weddings in the Safety Harbor Spa and Resort, so lots of additional folks, adding to the car show crowd, were in town to fill the seats.  

One thing I found odd this year was the typical trailer parking near the hotel.  Normally truck and trailer parking is in the trees in front of the Safety Harbor Spa and Resort and is plentiful and easily accessible.  This year, it was all blocked off and I ended up parking my truck and trailer in the valet parking lot.  This lot, although convenient (right in front of the hotel), was just a tad small for my rig (and others that were parked there.)

Rumors are that folks, also using the valet lot, found scratches that may have come from the overcrowding. 

As far as I know, everyone had a great time!  We met some new MOGSouth members and saw some lovely cars.  This is the time of year that Florida is wonderful!  If it’s getting too cold at home, come south!!

Cheers, Mark

10 Oct

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – October Updates

It’s time to Shift Gears.

Our Fall Meet in Pinehurst, NC was a good one, but now we have to focus on the Holidays and the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party.

As you know, a huge majority (about 80%) of the club’s membership loved the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St Simons Island GA as a site for last year’s Holiday Party, so we are going back. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort will again be our party Hotel for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. (Most of you have already booked your rooms but if not call the hotel and make your reservations now.)

The phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH. If you are going out and about on Saturday morning, you will need to reserve a room for both Friday night (6 Dec) and Saturday night (7 Dec). The actual Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.

And, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception. There is lots of Goodness in that bag you won’t want to miss!!

The Wesley Cottage will be the location of the MOGSouth Hospitality Room and headquarters for the Holiday Party.

Trolley Tours – The trolley tours were a big hit last year, however, we will only have one trolley tour this year. It will be on Saturday morning, leaving the hotel front door at 1000 AM 7 Dec. The seats on this tour are filling up fast so send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) if you want to be added to the Trolley Tour list.  The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction we had last year was a good idea, but poorly executed. We are going to do it again, but try to get it right this time!   Identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.  All proceeds go to MOGSouth.   Get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Items should preferably be auto related (no toaster ovens or baseball gloves!) And, we we cannot really deal with greasy auto parts.  Auto parts can be donated however just take a few photos of the parts and print them out.  We will simply use the pictures for the Auction (and worry about shipping later), and not the actual parts.  Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Also, this year we will have a formally judged Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest.  These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet!  We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (pockets5@live.com) know if you are playing.  The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!! 

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

It’s going to be a great Holiday Party!

Hope to see you there!! Cheers, Mark

20 Sep

2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet Pinehurst, NC (13-15 Sep) – Report from the Field !!

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 Jack.)

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 recall. 

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 impressed.

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 me.

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.

Cheers, Mark

FYI, there is a gallery of Photos from the 2019 Fall Meet also posted on the MOGSouth Web Site.

18 Sep

2019 GatorMOG Fall Noggin – Daytona, FL (Nov) – Sep 18th Update

Each person must have a ticket for the weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. Your good looks alone (nor driving a Morgan) will not get you in without a ticket!! Buy your tickets on line as it is cheaper that at the gate.

There is a discount code provided here that will get you a reduced cost ($5 per ticket order) for your Daytona International Speedway tickets. It isn’t a huge discount but it is something. Every little bit helps!!

  1. Go to: https://www.hsrtickets.com/34-2019-classic-24-hour
  2. Select the ticket package you want
  3. Enter code: MOGCL24 to receive $5 off the online ticket order price. If you order two tickets you will get only one 5$ discount. (This will save you $10 off the price at the gate)

If you order each ticket separately you can save $5 per ticket. You must completely LOG OUT from the first purchase however and go back to the link and create a separate account (I used the Spouse’s name). It keys on the account name. (Only one discount per name.) I made it work and got two 5$ discounts.

The following picture includes a location map for the Morgan / George Waltman Celebration corral. (It is the green box on the map)

We will be on pavement, across from the Owner/Driver lot, with an easy straight walk to the paddock, where Christopher John LTD., will be located.

  • Event Schedule (15 / 16 November) Plaza Hotel in Daytona
  • Friday Schedule (15 November 2019)
    • Hotel Arrival – No Scheduled Events at Track (a Morgan Owners Noggin/Beer Call at 5PM in the Hotel Bar)
  • Saturday Schedule (16 November 2019)
    • 0730 – Morgans depart Hotel
    • 0900 – Lunch Hour Daytona Speedway Events. Car Corral, New Car Displays, Morgan Q&A
    • Lunch Hour – Parade Laps for Morgan Cars Only (3 Laps – TBD)
    • 1400 – 1500 –  Historic Racing Discussion Group w/ Morgan Racers Past & Present (if desired.)
    • 1515 – Tour of Daytona Speedway Archives (and Waltman Display)
    • 1700 – 1900 – Daytona Morgan Dealer Open House @ Christopher John Ltd. (Leave Morgans Parked at Christopher John Ltd.)
    • 1730 – Copper Bottom Distillery Tour and Cocktail Party (Vicinity of Christopher John LTD)
    • 1900 – Caribbean Jack’s Group Dinner (10 Minute Walk)
    • After Dinner Walk back to get Morgans, Drive to Hotel (1 Mile)
  • Sunday Schedule (17 November 2019)
    • 0730 – Morgans depart Hotel
    • 0900 – Lunch Hour – Daytona Speedway Events.  TBD
    • Lunch Hour – Morgans Depart for Home (Time TBD)

We will depart from the hotel at 0730 sharp on Saturday (16 November) morning. Make our way across town to the track, find our designated location and get set up.

05 Sep

2019 GatorMOG Fall Noggin – A Celebration of George Waltman – Daytona Florida (Nov) – Hurricane Update

All of the supporting cast (hotel, restaurant, etc.) have been called and everyone is fine following Hurricane Dorian. This is great news as the plans are set and everything is under control (well, as much as it ever is!)

The only thing still in work are our tickets to the event at the track. We have not as yet gotten our promised ‘discount code’ from HSR which will allow us to buy our tickets to the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) for the HSR Classic 24 hours of Daytona (November 15/16/17) online at some reduced or discounted cost.

I am sure we will have this code soon as I suspect that the folks at HSR and DIS are still busy with the post hurricane clean up. I will let you all know as soon as we get the word on how this will work.

As of now, we have about 35 people and 15 cars participating in the event. A great turn out! Thank you!!