20 Jul

More Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party (20 Jul 2018)

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simons Island King & Prince Resort, on Sat 1 Dec 2018. 

It looks like this event will be a good one!  Responses so far have been amazing and we haven’t even had our Fall Meet this year! 

Most folks have indicated that they will arrive on Friday, 30 November.

There is a Trolley Tour scheduled for Saturday morning that gives you great views and lots of historic insight into St Simons Island.

The Trolley Tour is $20 per person.  This Tour has received numerous accolades, year after year.

Mark Braunstein has the list of who has already signed up to go on the Tour, and we have already filled one Trolley.  A second Trolley Tour has being arranged.  Space on the Trolley is limited so don’t miss out.

Send Mark an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) as soon as possible, if you want to go on the Tour.  If we fill a second Trolley, it will be the last.   Also, let Mark know if you are staying in the King and Prince Hotel and will be attending the Holiday Banquet.

We will collect the money as we get on the Trolley Bus.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

15 Jul

Sad News – Paul Alfred Davidson 8/25/1951 – 7/12/2018

Celebration of LIfe for Paul A. Davidson, Hosted by Alexandra Petrenko

Paul Alfred Davidson 8/25/1951 – 7/12/2018

Parking:  Pumphrey’s has staff to assist with parking. They have a parking lot on site that can accommodate about 30 cars. If their lot is full, there is a parking lot just behind the building to the north and a parking garage 1/2 block to the north. Access to both the lot and garage are off Middleton Lane.  Pumphrey’s is less than a 5 minute walk from Bethesda Metro.

Please forward the invitation to those who knew and loved him.

It is so very unfortunate but also inevitable that members of the Morgan community move on.  Paul Davidson of MD, was a mainstay in the MCCDC Club for many years.  I knew him well, visited his house many times, and served as VP of the Club when he was President of the Club in 1990 or so.  I am sure there are others in MOGSouth that called him a friend, as well.

His blue 1953 Flat Rad Plus 4 was the darling at every meet.  I hope it finds a home with another enthusiast like Paul.

In addition to Morgans, Paul loved music and supported WPFW 89.3 FM, which had several programs he particularly enjoyed. Please consider donating to WPFW 89.3 FM on behalf of Paul.  http://www.wpfwfm.org/radio/

For those that knew Paul, remember the good times and raise a glass in his honor.

Cheers, Mark

 

 

13 Jul

Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Now on St Simons Island GA – 1 Dec 2018

The 2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party details have finally come together.

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simons Island King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, on Saturday 1 Dec 2018. 

[Note:  We were trying to have the Holiday Party on Jekyll Island but there seems to be no availability.  A large insurance corporation is having their annual conference there and has the entire island booked.   As it turns out,  St Simons is actually better!  More to see and do!   Mark]

Although the Holiday Banquet is on Saturday evening, 1 December,  for even more fun, it is recommended you arrive on Friday 30 November.  There is a trolley tour scheduled for Saturday morning that gives you great views and lots of historic insight into St Simons Island.  This is not something you will want to miss.  The Trolley Tour is $20 per person.   FYI, this Trolley Bus has received numerous accolades, year after year.  We will collect the money as we get on the Trolley Bus.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

Be advised, the trolley may not be able to handle our entire group in one trip, so if interested, you have to send an email to Mark Braunstein so he can put you on the trolley list.  First come, first served.   If you want to go with friends, make sure you let us know.

We have commited to fill at least one trolley bus which is scheduled to go out at 10:00 AM (hotel’s front door) and should we fill a second trolley bus, the second group will go out at 12:00 PM.  Who knows, things could change but this is the plan.  We will let you know if something changes.

The trolley isn’t the only thing to do on St Simons Island.   Among other things, there are museums, a lighthouse and the lovely Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation.  Go to the St Simons Island Website to see all there is to do.

The weather in St Simons Island, during our visit, should be superb.  The temperature is moderate (High/Low °F) – 70°/ 53° and, on average, it’s the period of the lowest rain fall all year.  Anything can happen, but it’s well worth the risk.  Bring your Morgan!

Holiday Party Hotel Details: The full name of the hotel is The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. It ls located at 201 Arnold Rd., St Simons Island, GA 31522, 800-342-0212, www.kingand prince.com

Call to make reservations.   We have negotiated a group rate at the hotel so be sure to mention Morgan Car Club and/or MOGSOUTH when making your reservations.   You will have to call and reserve and pay for your rooms individually.   These room rates are as follows.

Standard Rooms at $139, Partial Ocean View at $154 and Ocean Front Rooms at $169, plus taxes and fees.   It is recommended that you use whatever discounts, AARP, Military, etc., you have.    The view of the ocean is superb!!

If you are coming to St Simons for the Holiday Party please send an email to Mark Braunstein so he can keep a total for the hotel.  The Hotel needs to know how many folks are coming so that they can order sufficient food.  That, and MOGSouth will have to pay for meals that aren’t eaten so please let Mark Braunstein know if you are coming or must cancel. 

The Holiday Banquet will be a buffet dinner, and will include a choice of Chef’s Garden Salad, a Holiday Waldorf Salad, Roasted Turkey, or Sunset Farms Queen of Dixie Smoked Ham.  The banquet is $41 per person plus tax.  Again, we will collect money at the door to the Banquet.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

  • Side dishes include Buttery Whipped Potatoes, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Spouts in Pecan butter, and Green Bean Casserole.
  • Dinner Roles and Desserts (Pecan Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Red Velvet Cake) will be offered as well.  Of course there will be Coffee and Tea available.
  • A Cash Bar will also be available prior to and during the Holiday Banquet.

In keeping with tradition there will be a MOGSouth Hospitality Room open at appropriate times during the weekend.  Tentatively it will be in the Wesley Cottage, but do check with the Hotel’s front desk when you check in to verify.

[Be advised that MOGSouth is subsidizing this event.  (In case you wondered where your dues went!) There may be cheaper budget hotels down the street that look appealing, however, if we don’t reach our targeted attendance at this hotel, we will have additional fees to pay and everyone else’s costs will go up.  Please don’t do it!   Mark]

Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!   Chuck and Karen Bernath

11 Jul

Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14-16 Sep.

The MOGSouth Fall Meet will be in Augusta, GA Sep 14 – 16

The Meet Host Hotel is The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904  (Tel. 706-737-8888)

The Partridge Inn is an historic southern style and quaint hotel, but now in the hands of Hilton and is efficient, clean and well-managed.  It has a roof-top bar that overlooks the city and balcony rooms that overlook the beautiful pool and lounging area.

We have negotiated superb Group rates for the rooms. This rate includes breakfast for either a single person or a couple in the room.

Standard Rooms are $139.00 per night, Suites are $149.00 and rooms with Balconies at $159.00.

Guests need to call the Partridge Inn directly (706-737-8888) for their reservations using the MOGSouth group name

These rooms will be held for MOGSouth until August 15 . . . so please make your reservations now to be guaranteed these great rates!

The Partridge Inn has also reserved secured, covered parking at no extra charge for our Morgans.

The Hospitality Room will be in the Partrirdge Inn’s  ‘Cigar Bar’ (not to worry it will be non smoking!) on the first floor.  It will be open to MOGSouth only, on both Friday and Saturday, 14/15 Sep from 2:30 PM until 10 PM.

In addition to the Partridge Inn’s own restaurant, there are a number of restaurants nearby.

  • Raes Coastal Café, 3208W. Wimbledon Dr. Augusta GA 30909 – 706-738-1313 (4 Miles)
  • Finch and Fifth, 379 Highland Ave., Augusta GA – 706-364-5300 (2 Miles)
  • Ephesus Restaurant, Mediterranean / Turkish, 3102 Washington Rd., Augusta GA  – 762-994-0180 (5 miles)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Japanese / Burgers, 1048 Broad St., Augusta GA 30901 – 706-814-6159 (3 miles)

We will have a group dinner at 6:30PM on Saturday evening at  Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, Augusta GA 30309 – 762-994-0142 (7.5 miles)

The Partridge Inn Shuttle is also available at no charge for those not wanting to drive out in the evening.  (You must go to the front desk and reserve a spot on the shuttle.)

If you are curious, go to the Hotel’s  website  at www.curiocollection3.hilton.com/en/hotels/georgia/the-partridge-inn-augusta and check out the photos of the Partridge Inn.

Come and luxuriate for a great weekend get together in Augusta!!!

Dorothy and Glenn Moore

07 Jul

2018 GatorMOG Fall Noggin

The GatorMOG Fall Noggin (Saturday, 27 October 2018) is scheduled in conjunction with this year’s Safety Harbour (near Tampa) all British Car show, the “32nd Annual All British Field Meet and Autojumble”.

Morgan is the featured marque and we want to be sure that Morgans are well represented at this show so register now!

The Saturday, 27 October, schedule is as follows: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Placement of Cars, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Voting, and the awards will be presented at 2:30 PM.  Make sure you review the map so you know how to get into the show area.

The show is a Saturday show, however there is a ‘Meet and Greet’ on Friday evening, 26 October,  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, with complimentary snacks and cash bar.  The ‘Meet and Greet’ will be held at [Location still TBD] in Safety Harbour.

You Must Register for this Meet.  Registration is now open.  Click here for the registration form.  It can be completed online but must be printed, signed and mailed.  You must register before 1 October or the price will go up.  Also, I think you will want this T-shirt, so don’t wait too long and miss out.

The event flyer includes the schedule, map and the list of associated hotels, should you need one.   Be sure to mention the car show when you discuss lodging with the hotels.  As I understand it, there are group rates.

Please let me know when you register. I want to be sure we know who is coming.  Just send me an email – series1@cfl.rr.com.

Cheers,
Mark

01 Jul

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet – Augusta Georgia

The MOGSouth Fall Meet has just been confirmed by the Hosts Glenn and Dorothy Moore.  The Meet with be held in Augusta GA, the weekend of 14 – 16 September.  

The Host Hotel will be the Partridge Inn (a Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton) and looks to be superb!  You really should ‘Google’ the hotel and you will soon see why this location is so special.

All the arrangements with the hotel and for the rest of the weekend are still being worked.   Glenn and Dorothy are working the details, etc., so a specific group rate will be arranged and will be announced, as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, you will want to pencil in the dates, and we will plan on seeing you there!

28 Jun

Williamsburg VA – ‘Morgans Making Whoopee’ – Report from the Field

“Morgans Making Whoopee” was held June 22 – 24 at the Ford’s Colony Marriott Country Club in Williamsburg VA.  The beautiful club setting included pools, tennis courts, golf course, great restaurants, all within walking distance from the lodging.

15 Morgans lined the circular drive of the club house.

Country ride to the Berkeley Plantation was enjoyed by those who were able to arrive on Friday.  Dinner following the plantation was at Indian Field’s Tavern.  Food, renewing friendships and meeting new owners was great.  Driving back to the hotel was challenging due to a torrential storm.

Directions for the Rally by Bob and Missy McKenna were written in rhyme!  First you needed to decipher the rhyme to figure out what you were looking for which added to the fun while you passed Morgans coming and going as they missed the clue.     We must have guessed correctly as we were ‘given’ 3rd place even though our mileage was twice the others.

Taking a ferry ride to the Surry Seafood House was enjoyed and gave more time for ‘noggin’.

Autocross and Gymkhana were well done.   Karen, who has been driving Morgans for 50 years won the Women’s Autocross.

The Banquet Dinner at the club was most likely the best banquet meal we have ever experienced.  More laughter than business as we had 2 who couldn’t seem to ‘behave’.  Never have I laughed so hard thanks to Joe T. and Barry A. – best ‘off the cuff’ comedy we have experienced in years!

MOGSouth members were there ‘in force’ – The Buckleys, Leos, Topinkas, McKennas, and Bernaths.

Our wonderful hosts Bruce and Gail Trabb, MOGSouth members, planned a fun filled 3-day meet.

MOGSouth members were there ‘in force’ – The Buckleys, Leos, Topinkas, McKennas, and Bernaths.

Congrats to the Leo’s for their 1st place Concours win with their beautiful 4/4.

Sideline – on the way home we stopped in New Bern NC and ate at Morgan’s Tavern and Grill.  Great food!

Chuck and Karen Bernath

21 Jun

Additions to the MOGSouth Newsletter Archives

Folks, a good number of historic MOGSouth Newsletters have been scanned and added to the web site’s Newsletter Archives thanks to donations from Fred and Gay Hollinger.  Many have color pictures of us in our ‘younger’ (not so fat??) years.  Interesting to peruse with the morning coffee.

If you find you too have some older Newsletters, that are not already on the web site, please let me know.  This site acts as the MOGSouth historical record and scanning these documents and adding them to the archives is a very good thing.

Thanks,
Mark

29 May

Atlanta British Motorcar Day – Sunday 10 June ** Peachtree Corners **

We are privileged to be associated with this large event which features 40 food vendors, over 100 craft vendors, music and “fun for the whole family.”

The Festival starts and 12:00 on Sunday. Our event will start at 10:00. This will allow up to get set up before the spectators arrive.

Space will be limited to around 200 cars and you have to be preregistered. 

So Please go to our website atlanatabritishmotorcarday.org and register.  Kaj Kirikman has done an excellent job with the site and registsration is painless and simple.

Look up the Peachtree Corners Website and you will see that this should be a great event.

Thanks, Pete Olson

[This is always a great event and the new location, Peachtree Corners, can only improve on a good thing.  MOGSouth’s long term member, Pete Olson, is heading up this show and is likely to have his wonderful three wheeler on the field.   So make sure you shine up your Morgan and join him.  Be sure to fly the Morgan and MOGSouth flag high.  Wish I could join you!!    Have fun!! Mark]

09 May

2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet – Report from the Field

Contrary to common belief, at least by those in Florida

that the world is flat . . .

it isn’t.

It really is somewhat hilly or rolling with green trees and farmer’s fields, accentuated by sporadic bands of colors (e.g.  the reds, pinks, whites and yellows) provided by the blooming wildflowers along the roadway.

The weather was clear and in the 70s. Cloudless skies and no humidity!

Absolutely glorious and with the top down on the Morgan .  .  . darn near perfection!  This is why we have this car!!

Good thing it was such a pretty drive because it was a long way for us from Florida.  It took us a good two days.

Most of the Florida contingent, of those attending the 2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet in Franklin Tennessee, were scattered across Florida so a convoy both days was problematic.  We decided to all proceed from home on our own and meet up at a designated rendezvous point en route.  We chose Columbus Georgia / Phenix City Alabama as that rendezvous point.  (Other Floridians had planned to join us but life got in the way.)   That begs the question.  “Is there life outside of Morgan??”

We eventually had three in our group. Tom and Kathy Coryn in their wonderful 2005 Aero 8, Mark and Andrea Braunstein in the newly acquired 2005 Roadster, and Peter McManemy in his lovely 1998 ‘gun metal gray’ Plus 8.  (Other folks from Florida charted their own paths to Franklin.)  Upon arrival to Columbus, we cleaned up, then met in the bar and then headed to dinner together.  Day one was long but enjoyable, until things shifted left.

Andrea’s Dad who is in Memory Care, near where we live, took a fall and had to be hospitalized.  This necessitated that Andrea rent a car in Columbus and head back to Orlando to assist her father.  As it turns out, he is diabetic and the fall was likely due to a blood sugar drop.  Her Dad is 93 years old and can’t really fend for himself so Andrea’s presence back in Orlando was necessary.  I, on the other hand, was deemed useless and should go on to Franklin.

So on the second day of travel to Franklin, Andrea headed to Orlando and I motored on with the MOGSouth convoy to Franklin.  Again pretty roads, lovely weather and the top down.

We stopped for lunch in Guntersville Alabama.  As we travelled through Guntersville something seemed odd.   Bits and pieces looked vaguely familiar.  I couldn’t remember being there until I passed a place where I got Propane and remembered the green 1985 Propane Plus 8 I rescued a few years back.  This car was being pursued by several MOGSouth members but in the end it was rejected by all.  So I bought it.

This car was converted to gasoline and eventually sold to my good friend Richard Ihns.  As I understand it, he is now knee deep is a full restoration of the car in Clayton Georgia.   When we came out from lunch there were folks looking at our cars and remarked they had just ‘texted’ a friend who used to own a green Propane Plus 8.  Small World.

We arrived in Franklin Tennessee to a hotel full of Morgans and Morgan folks. Folks we haven’t seen in a good while, e.g. John and Carolyn Wade, Cynthia Speetjens, Ron and Libby Davis and many more.  A great turnout!   There were 4/4s, Plus 4s, Roadsters, Plus 8s, Aero 8s and even a new Three Wheeler (M3W) in the parking lot.   There was some concern that Franklin TN was too far west  and we wouldn’t have anyone attend?  Well, attendance was not a problem!  Most of us found dinner at the adjacent sports bar, Jonathons.   It was nice but very loud.

The Nashville Predators Hockey Team was playing in the early rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and they were on all the silly TV screens and the place was full of local fans.  Yes, very loud.  We went back to the hospitality suite as soon as we could.  Who’d of thought of the MOGSouth gaggle as quiet??

We couldn’t stay up too late as the plan for Saturday had us all participating in the local Cars and Coffee.  And, it started way too early.  We got there and parked. Quite a crowd and the Morgans made a big impression on the local Nashville British Car Club.  Good thing McDonalds was right there.   We brought the cars, but it was the Coffee.

After a bit we gathered up the Morgans and the MOGSouth crew and motored on.  Franklin is just lovely.  We were told that those that supposedly live in Nashville (e.g. the big Country Music stars, etc.) most likely really live in Franklin.  Understandable, simply gorgeous.  We passed Tim McGraw and Faith Hills’ estate, now for sale . . . any interest???  Then found our way to Mike Wolfe’s warehouse (Mike is the star of The American Pickers on TV’s History Channel) and saw a few items Mike had featured on the show.  Quite a bit of rusty stuff but still interesting.

Then it was lunch.  A choice off the chalk board, and then another run to more sites.  The afternoon offered the Lane Auto Museum, local shopping or a nap. I opted for the nap as I had been battling the pollen or the start of a cold or some such.  Very good choice.  Felt much better afterwards.

We then drove to dinner at a wonder Italian restaurant, a local favorite and they were ready for us, with a long expansive table along the window.  Wonderful!  Then back to the hotel for more hospitality room.

Unfortunately the weekend ended on Sunday with Breakfast and goodbyes at the hotel. The traveling trio from Florida was down to two, with Peter opting to find his own route to meet up with friends along the way home.  Tom Coryn and I drove back and again the weather was lovely and, of course, the top was down.  We found a hotel after a good day’s drive and went to bed early.  It was good to wind down after such a great weekend.   Then came Monday.

Again great roads and short diversion to  Wakulla Springs.   That’s a pretty place and offers lots of opportunities for future Morgan outings.

Then I was home.  It was good to be home, however I somehow wished I was still out and about.   The 2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet was one not to have missed and I really didn’t want it to end.  I had my newly acquired 2005 Roadster and I think I finally bonded with all the foreign switchology and new fangled gadgets.

Driving a Morgan over these roads, in this weather, was the what and why of these cars.  Seeing MOGSouth friends is always great and this meet brought out some we haven’t seen for a while.

If you were there, you know what I mean.  If not, I’m sorry and you should be too.

See you all in in the Fall!!

Cheers,
Mark