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 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??  

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 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 

30 Apr

2019 GatorMOG Spring Noggin’ – Event Report

The Panhandle British Car Association’s All British Car Show – April 27th 2019 (GatorMOG’s Spring Noggin)

In this age of plastic simplicity, push button ease and instant satisfaction I find I am drawn to the less than optimal, fiddly to make work, greasy beasts of the past.  I just smile when they run. 

Start them up with a bit of this and that, then a bark with a gurgle and a wiggle, and a shot of soot out the back and it’s going.  Good stuff and I smile.  My expectations are different for the older things.  Certainty is not a given, and not really an expectation.  Something I fear is lost on the young. 

Pensacola looms large.  An event where the last count of Morgans was a big number.  (We were hoping for 8 three wheelers!)  Some of the old, some of the new, and lots in between.  It’s was hyped as a GatorMOG activity but, in fact, many of the attendees came from locations across the MOGSouth region, many from outside of Florida.  (Lance and Connie Lipscomb, Dwight Kinser, Bob Steele, Tony McLaughlin, Brian and Rosie Miller, etc.) 

We traveled up from Orlando on Thursday with a plan to stop a few hours shy of Pensacola.  We could have made it in one day, but why?  We had the time, and I don’t want to drive all day.  And, if I do, I am pretty useless the next day (and, I wanted to be functional on Friday.)  Then an early departure with the promise of a morning arrival in Pensacola on Friday.  The 1934 Super Sports three wheeler is in the trailer and I am using the new tow vehicle, the 2018 F-150 truck, to pull the thing.  Modern machinery enabling old machinery. 

We have Ian and Barbara Shelmerdine in our truck as well.  It has a crew cab, not the ‘super’ crew cab, so only occasional seats.  So, this is one of those occasions.  Good thing Ian and Barbara are not too tall.  These seats are just ok, and preferable for a short trip.  Oh well, it was the best we could do.   

The new trailer tow vehicle works as expected, and it tows well.  I fixed the source of the erroneous messages I had been getting on previous hauls ‘trailer disconnected’ and the like.  The trailer-to-truck umbilical cord had gotten frayed and laid bare a wire or two.  When I hauled the F Super project car to Fred Veenshoten’s home, a few months back, we found the problem and corrected it.  All good now!!

Our arrival on Friday provided us with enough time to check into the hotel (the Pensacola Grand Hotel) and get in line for the tour of the Naval Aviation Museum on Friday afternoon. 

The designated car show hotel was the Pensacola Grand Hotel.  The hotel lobby, bar and restaurant, reception area was what used to be Pensacola’s train station.  Very cool!  It had character and patina, and maybe wasn’t as Grand as it used to be, but lots better than a modern, non-descript hotel along the highway.  And, it was just a block or so away from the show field and had a large parking lot for the trailers.  It worked out perfectly for our travelling bunch. 

The Grand Hotel. Photo Courtesy of Karen Bernath

What can I say about the Naval Aviation Museum.  It was awesome!!  Well, that is, of course, if you like aviation stuff.  It started with a trolley ride around the outside aircraft displays.  They have a good number of unrestored or more recent aircraft outside on the tarmac.  The trolley bus tour had a tour guide who provided commentary about the various displays and doubled as the bus driver.  The tour took us about an hour.  Then back inside the Museum we had a guided tour of a lot of the displays and vignettes, early aviation experiments, and world war one biplanes.  Lovely stuff.  Then more modern, World War II fighter planes, Navy stuff specifically, Dauntless, Marauders, Warhawks, etc.  A few flying boats and patrol aircraft but all the planes seemed to have been flown by the Navy??  Well, I guess it was a ‘Naval’ museum after all!!  And, in my opinion (regardless of the Navy bit) well worth the trip to Pensacola! 

WWI Naval Ambulance. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein
F4 Corsair.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein
Ford Tri Motor. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein
The Pub at the Museum.  A recreation of an actual club. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein

On Friday night the local All British Car Association, our host of the show, had their ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Pensacola Museum of Commerce.  The show turned the Museum of Commerce into a wonderful reception hall and had a full buffet dinner to keep us all happy.  And, we had a blast.  I’d guess some 100 folks or more attended the Meet and Greet. The Museum was a treasure trove of neat things to look at and perfect spot for the meet and greet.  It was close, we actually walked to it from the Hotel! 

Folks from the local club all came with their hot plates, slow cookers and chaffing dishes full of tasty things and fed us until we couldn’t eat any more.  Beer and wine, as well as soft drinks were on ice.  Even some lovely desserts were provided.  (I know, my diet!)   The hospitality of the Pensacola club has to be commended and we certainly hope we can reciprocate, in kind, should they come our way!

The Meet and Greet.  Nicely Done!  Photo Courtesy of Karen Bernath

Back to the hotel and into bed.  It was late (well, not really, but we’re old . . .)  The show was on Saturday after a breakfast buffet of sorts, we headed to the show field.  A convoy of Morgans.  Five Morgan three wheelers, and a few more Morgans cars.  It wasn’t far, really just strait down the road about a half of mile.  We did make an impression, however.  Pensacola hadn’t seen that many Morgans . . . ever.  They had two classes for Morgans.  A three wheeler class and a (go on and guess!!) a four wheeler class.  We had 6 three wheelers.  4 Old and 2 new.  We had hoped for another vintage three wheeler but heard there was a family crisis.  The three wheelers out-numbered the four wheelers for a while, but then things changed.

The Morgan Three Wheeler Display.  6 Cars. Wow!  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein

The locals arrived and a few more cars from other places showed up and we ended up with 8 four wheelers.  A local Morganeer was hoping to finish sorting his Plus 4 but didn’t get there.  Still a tremendous showing of Morgans!  And, all but one of the 14 Morgans on the field were piloted by MOGSouth members!!

We found lunch right next to the show venue in a nice café adjacent to the park.  There were lots of animals about as well.  I saw a Humane Society truck go by and I was told that the show venue was also part of a ‘Paws in the Park’ event hosted by the Pensacola Humane Society.  The weather was great and the dogs didn’t disrupt a thing, certainly not our car show.   

Big congratulations go to Rick and Sam Frazee, Lance and Connie Lipscomb and Andrea and I as awardees in the Morgan Three Wheeler Class.  Larry Erd with his lovely S2 4/4 took 1st Place in the Four Wheeler Class.  Fred Fink’s two tone was Second.  All MOGSouth Members!!!

Tom Schmidt, as Pensacola local, won the third place trophy but he wasn’t there with the car.  I guess he had another car in the show?  Not sure. 

Larry Erd’s Award Winning 4/4.  Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein

We tried valiantly to have a group gathering after the show, but it was not to be.  Finding a watering hole on Saturday night was almost impossible.  We didn’t realize it, but it was not only ‘date’ night, but it was ‘prom’ night and every eatery in town was overloaded.  Even our hotel was a mess with a ‘wedding reception’ for a very, very large wedding.  Crowded!!   

Parking at the hotel (during a wedding reception) was at a premium, even with it’s large open lots.  It seemed that every available spot was used.  I couldn’t even put my car back into my trailer after the show as someone had parked in front of it.  I was at least able to park the trike in the lot, but not in the trailer.  So, I put the tonneau cover on it and walked away, best I could do. 

Then we were on the hunt for a beer (and dinner).  It was a long and dry hunt.  We almost went to bed hungry.  One spot we tried, had some 200 (or more) folks in two separate lines falling out the door and covering both sides of the building.  Wow!  I don’t have that kind of patience.  I just don’t know how they managed??

Another place wanted us to wait about an hour and a half hour for a table and then, who knows what for service?  They said they were under staffed?  After a lot of going left, then right, we finally found a table at a Carabbas restaurant, with only a 15 minute wait.  And, of course by then we had lost most of the Morgan group.  We ate at two different tables in two different groups.  Better than nothing.  Then back to the hotel.  It was an early night.  We were all pretty beat and a few of us were suffering with the start of a cold or allergies or something. 

Karen Bernath relaxing after the show. Photo Courtesy of Andrea Braunstein

We were lazy on Sunday morning.  We had a plan to leave at 9 AM but finally got under way closer to 10 AM.  We really weren’t in too much of a hurry.  We just had to get down the road to Gainesville, FL.  A hot shower and then something to eat at the Hotel’s restaurant.  I dawdled some.  I still had to get my car back into the trailer and wasn’t convinced that the parking lot issue would have been resolved.  I envisioned a late night for those attending the wedding reception dinner.  As I was poking around in the parking lot the guy that had parked in my way finally moved his car.  He was pretty much oblivious to the problem he caused. 

I didn’t waste too much time and quickly loaded the car into the trailer.  I hooked the trailer to the truck and was soon ready to roll.  Rick Frazee had both his and John Stanley’s car in his trailer and we added John, in his Roadster, to our convoy and headed south. 

The hotel in Gainesville was a Doubletree (quite nice) and we didn’t get there any too soon. I really was ready to stop. I needed a beer and rest from the road.  Driving the trailer is not too difficult but it is a bit more stressful than just driving.  It took me a while to stop vibrating (a couple of beers, if I remember correctly . . .)

It was a really good weekend and a worthwhile show.  Only down side was the distance.  Pensacola, albeit still in Florida, is still a good ways away from most places.  And, to add to this distance problem was the route. Well, at least the one we took. It is boring!  I-10 across the panhandle of Florida is definitely not a Morgan road.  Straight and boring, mile after mile, with nary a sign of life.  Still it was well worth the trip.  Maybe next time, I won’t take a trailer!!

[Be sure to check out all the other photographs taken at the Museum and during the show.  There were too many to include is this report so a Photo Gallery was created and posted to the MOGSouth Website.  Enjoy!!  Mark]

30 Apr

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

Greetings!! The MOGSouth Spring Meet will be headquartered at The Partridge Inn, Augusta GA, 17-19 May, 2019. (2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904, 706-737-8888 )

Modern convenience meets historic charm in this renovated inn that dates to 1910.  It’s a favorite of golf greats Paul Azinger and Curtis Strange.

Please make certain you have packed your MOGSouth Club name tags

Friday May 17, 2019                                        

Arrival – Registration/Check in 3 pm,  Complimentary Reserved Parking in covered, lower level of Parking Garage – receive breakfast vouchers for Saturday and Sunday mornings

Hospitality Room opens at 3:00 pm – The Cigar Bar– but no smoking allowed!!!

  • Due to Partridge Inn restrictions we will have a bartender and cash bar, a selection of 5 beers, House wines, plus water and soft drinks.

Dinner is on your own at The Partridge Inn or out and about at a restaurant of your choice.  You may call the Partridge Inn and make a reservation for Friday night dinner before your arrival.  They do take walk-ins if you choose to make your decision on arrival.

Some Dinner Options (If not choosing to drive, book the Hotel shuttle for going out in the evening.)

  • Partridge Inn Bar and Grille with live local Jazz (second floor & veranda)
  • Raes Coastal Café (Extensive Menu), 3208 W Wimbledon Dr, 706-738-1313
    • Crab cakes from the Outer Banks of NC and shrimp and grits from SC Low Country
    • Popular restaurant, Manager recommends coming as close to 5:30 as possible for good service
  • Finch and Fifth Charcuterie (Americana Bistro) 5 mins away, 397 Highland Ave., 706-364-5300
  • Ephesus Restaurant (Mediterranean) 13 minutes 5 miles, 3102 Washington Rd., 762-994-0180
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen (Japanese & Burgers) 11 minutes 2.57 miles, 108 Broad St., 706-814-6159
  • Edgars Grille (Fried green tomatoes, fig salad and filet mignon) 14 mins, 4.99 miles, 3165 Washington Rd., 706-854-4700

Friday Evening Options

  • Partridge Inn – Cigar Bar open until 10 pm
  • Partridge Inn – Roof Top Lounge opens at 5 pm, open until 10 pm

Saturday May 18, 2019

Breakfast – 6-10 am, included with your room. $12.99 if not a guest at the Inn

Morgan Drive

  • 9:15 amGather on the front side steps for a group photo  and  pick up car rally directions before going to your Morgans
  • 9:30 am – Depart for Washington, GA our destination  via  the bridge over Clark Hill Lake and through Lincolnton, GA
  • 10:30Rest stop in Lincolnton, rest rooms and coffee
  • 11:15 – Lunch in Washington, GA
  • 12:15 – 1:30 pm or as late as you want to stay.
    • James Jones Auto Museum
  • 12:15 – 2:00 pm if not going to Auto Museum
    • Stay and see Historic Washington’s museums, the Historical Museum is recommended if you have time for only 1 museum visit….or just drive and/or walk and shop in the town
  • 2:00 pm Drive back to the Partridge Inn.
    • You may choose to drive back at your leisure but be at Cucina by 6:30 PM
  • Cigar Bar opens  at 3:00 pm

Saturday Evening

Dinner at Cucina 503 (502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503 ) @ 6:30 pm

  • private dining room, full menu, separate checks
  • if not driving please book the shuttle (762-994-0142) in advance
  • 18 minutes from the Inn; about 7.5 miles

Saturday Evening Options

  • Partridge Inn – Cigar Bar open until 10 pm
  • Partridge Inn – Roof Top Lounge opens at 5 pm, open until 10 pm

Sunday May 19, 2019

  • Breakfast from 6 am – 10am, included with room, $12.99 if not a guest at the Inn
  • 2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet is Adjourned (FYI, check-out time is 11:00 am)
    • You dont have to leave. Augusta is great! Stay and see Augusta’s Broad Street downtown, Ride the Canal Boats or walk the Riverwalk. There is the SouthStar Trolley Tour or get lunch at WifeSaver (414 E Martintown Rd, North Augusta).   This restaurant catered the Masters. It is famous for pimento cheese sandwiches.

Safe Driving…See you in Augusta!!

And in case you need it or have questions, Dorothy and Glenn Moore cell: 404-630-4236

18 Apr

2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet – Pinehurst, NC. Sep 13 – 15

You are cordially invited to the 2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet, the weekend of September 13 -15.

The Meet will be held in the quaint Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina. Check out the following link:  Village of Pinehurst Video

The host hotel will be the Homewood Suites. We have reserved a block of rooms for the Morgan owners who will be attending. The hotel information is: Homewood Suites by Hilton – Olmsted Village Hotel, 250 Central Park Avenue, Pinehurst, NC, 28374 – 910-255-0300

We have arranged with the hotel for a nightly rate of $119.00. Please call the hotel directly at 910-255-0300 for reservations and request the Morgan Car Club rate. Be sure to make your reservations before August 13th, 2019. After this date they will release the rooms for general sale.

We have organized a full weekend of events starting on Friday evening with a Concert on the Green featuring Band of Oz, a very popular band based in North Carolina.

We have a meeting room available for our Noggin on Friday evening. Information will be available when you check into the hotel on Friday.

Saturday we have a lovely drive to Seagrove, NC to the pottery center of North Carolina where there are over 100 potters with many different styles and designs. A visit to the North Carolina Pottery Center and demonstration will be available for our group. If anyone is interested in visiting any local potter we will make sure you are not left alone to find your way back. Check out the pottery site at: North Carolina Pottery Center 

The driving tour will continue through the area and include a light lunch spot. After lunch we will return to Pinehurst to take a tour of Sports Leicht Restorations, an award winning restoration specialist close to our hotel. For those who would rather relax on Saturday we also have arranged a leisurely walking tour of the Village of Pinehurst with our Village Historian. Relax and shop the specialty shops and restaurants in this charming village.

Saturday evening will be our group dinner at the Ironwood Restaurant. Shuttle service will be available from the Homewood Suites. Shuttles will leave the hotel front desk area at 6:00 PM and 6:30 PM to accommodate everyone. Local maps of the area will be provided for those choosing to drive themselves to the restaurant. A cash bar will be open while we gather for our 7:00 dinner. Dinner will be your choice of the following menu items.

Saturday Dinner Menu

House Salad – mescalin greens / carrot & beet curls / English cucumbers / roma tomato / with a maple vinaigrette

AND

Entree (Chose one per person)

  • Atlantic Salmon – maple & pecan crusted Atlantic salmon / root vegetable chorizo succotash / bourbon mash sweet potato, or
  • 7 oz Top Sirloin – whipped potatoes / fresh vegetable of the day, or
  • Goat Cheese Chicken – airline chicken breast / smashed potatoes / swiss chard confit shallot / natural jus, or
  • Pork Osso Bucco – gorgonzola polenta / crispy brusssel sprouts / gremolata salad / natural jus

AND

  • Dessert – double chocolate cheesecake swirl brownie

Cost per person, $51.20 (includes 8% sales tax and 20% gratuity)

Please send your check for dinner made out to Donald Moodie to arrive before August 13th and note in the memo line which main dish(es) you have choosen. Send your check to:

Donald Moodie, 17 Lochmere Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374 –

Finally, we have planned a pretty full schedule but some of you may want to extend your visit to play golf on one of the famous Pinehurst courses. For particulars you should email Jack Zimmerman at jzimme10@gmail.com.

13 Apr

GatorMOG To the Villages – 10 April – Event Report

GatorMOG Ventures North to the Villages – 10 April 2019

The ‘Villages.’  Everyone has heard of the Villages, at least those more senior among us.  And, you don’t have to live in Florida to know about this place.  It is really hard to describe, a mecca to some, and a destination for many.  GatorMOG has a presence there and so a quick jaunt up to visit, mid-week, should be fun!

Well, it was just a sleepy Wednesday morning in the Villages?  Or so it was supposed to be.  A few of the otherwise uncommitted GatorMOG traveled north to see the sites, but more importantly to send Allan and MaryAnn Rae off, as they head back to Canada later in the week.  Having the Morgans in the Villages was big doings for the locales.  Lots of verbal compliments and lots of cell phone photos.

The road designer must have been enamored with the British mode of traffic control, the roundabouts, with only a few traffic lights in the entire town!  The Morgans were right at home!! 

As Morgans meandered through the many roundabouts of the Villages, we attempted to see what we could.  Lots of golf courses, tennis courses, swimming pools, recreation centers, boutiques and restaurants.  This place has everything! 

We milled around, visited a few shops and found lunch in one of the many restaurants. We sat outside and looked at one of the lakes that surround the Villages and watched the bird. Perfect weather! Then a short drive to Allan and MaryAnn’s Villages home for dessert and Lemonade.

It was hectic driving, however.  We had to dodge the many residents in their golf cars or mini vans as we went.  It would appear that this isn’t just a place for lethargic retirees.  Folks in the Villages have things to do, places to go, people to see!  And, they’re in a big hurry! 

Photo Courtesy of Rick Frazee. Thank you!

All-in-all there were seven Morgans in our merry band.  Most made the trip from their homes elsewhere in Florida, leaving early (well, not that early!) but with the tops down (remember this is Florida).  Some came alone and others in convoy.  Three 2005 Roadsters (joining Allan and MaryAnn’s Roadster for a total of four), two Plus 8s (1980 and 1998) and an early 4/4, so seven cars and thirteen Morganeers.  Not bad for an impromptu Morgan gathering.  (Really, we just dreamed this up a few days ago!)  

13 Apr

Orlando All British Car Show – 6 April 2019 – Event Report

Photo Courtesy of Karen Bernath. Thanks!!

35th Central Florida British Car Show – Central Winds Park, Winter Springs (Orlando) – 6 April 2019

A new venue for the this show – Central Winds Park in Winter Springs.  Cheaper, more facilities, more space and, IMO, a local community that is more welcoming as opposed to one that is somewhat hostile.  We had a great day.  Some ‘opening night’ jitters but nothing that will be remembered for very long.  It was warm and this new venue is a bit more open than the last.  We did find some sporadic overcast to provide shade occasionally. 

However, a highlight of this new venue is the acceptability of adult beverages.  Quite a few of the cars had come well prepared.  I saw Champagne being poured from the boot of a Bentley and, of course, beer was being served around the Triumphs.  Even several of the vendors had offerings, and certainly no one complained. 

The Central Florida British Car Show (Orlando) has been held now for 35 years.  MOGSouth’s own Rick Frazee was the show’s director in the past.  Quite a history.  The cars this year were superb with some very nice and very rare examples of the British automotive past.  A 1927 Austin Nippy, a 1954 Bentley parked right next to a 2015 Bentley Turbo R, all manner of BL products, a good number of modern Jaguar F Types and of course 8 Morgans. We had an early 4/4, Plus 4s, to include a Flat Rad and a Cowled Radiator 4 Seater, Plus 8s, and Roadsters.  Several of the local Morgan owners, that typically attend this show, were otherwise committed, so the count would have been even higher had they come.  It appears Morgans are, albeit slowly, taking over Florida!!  

The show had the usual diversions and wasn’t all about the shiny cars.  Other aspects of the show included food vendors, the silent auction, door prizes and the infamous valve cover races.  My Coventry Climax valve cover was the only Morgan entry, but, once again, it didn’t win.  It didn’t even go down the ramp forward, it flipped immediately and then went down backwards, that is until it hit the pavement and a wheel fell off.  Typical Morgan!  Next time!  And, I think some redesign is in order.

We were joined by a Morgan owner who only recently relocated to Florida from the Northeast.  Smart move, have you seen the weather reports?? Les and Joan Neumann are only some 15 miles from my house, and a few miles from another Morgan owner.  Morgan owners seem to travel in packs??  Go figure?  The more the merrier!! 

09 Apr

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 December 2019

Given the very positive response to the 2018 Holiday Party in St Simons Island (lots and lots of emails!) as well as the overwhelming membership desire to return to St Simons (We had a survey and 77% of the responses said to return to St Simons) – We got the message!! 

The 2019 Holiday Party will again be held at the King and Prince in St Simons Island, GA, Friday and Saturday 6/7 December.

Our hosts this year are Debbie and John StanleyThank you!   

The Hospitality Suite will again be at the Wesley Cottage.  Times that the hospitality suite will be operational will be published once we have a better handle on the overall sequence of events.

Holiday Banquet (Saturday Evening 7 Dec) – The banquet will be similar to last year’s buffet.  The price remains the same as last year, $41 per person.

Hotel Rooms – We have just been given the go ahead from the hotel.  They are ready to take your reservations.  You have to call the King and Prince hotel directly and make your own reservations.  The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us, at a discounted rate.  They have identified a group of rooms at a rate less than last year’s best rate.  That being said, they also have some premium rooms and villas in our group, with better views (ocean, etc.,) or accommodations, however these rooms come with higher rates. 

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort reservation phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH.  Discuss the various room options with the customer service representative and then decide what works for best for you!  Upon your arrival, be sure to ask for your MOGSouth Goody Bag upon checking in at the front desk.  

Trolley Tours – Only one trolley tour will be arranged this year, on Saturday morning (Arrive at Hotel Lobby at 0945 AM, Tour Departs at 1000 AM 7 Dec) and given this, there will be a limited number of seats available.  Please send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) if you want to be added to the Trolley Tour list.  Get your emails to Debbie quickly or risk not getting a seat.  The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Special Morgan Parking – We believe we have negotiated special parking for the Morgans adjacent to some new construction underway at the hotel.  It should be quite nice when completed and quite convenient for us all.  Now we aren’t holding our breath, as anything can happen with construction projects, so we need to be prepared for change.  St Simon’s weather is generally nice (last year’s rain wasn’t so special, but . . . ) during early December (50° – 65° F), so think about bringing your Morgan. 

New Stuff – This year we will change it up a bit (just to keep you on your toes!) 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction we had last year was a disaster but now we made it an official MOGSouth Holiday Party Event!   We will have a ‘real’ Silent Auction so identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.  All proceeds go to MOGSouth.  Items should preferably be auto related (no toaster ovens or baseball gloves!) however we cannot really deal with greasy auto parts.  Auto parts can be donated however just take a few pictures of the parts and print them out.  We will simply use the pictures for the Auction, 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!! 

Other Activities – All the other normal stuff will continue, e.g. Mother Courage Awards, etc.