18 Sep

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island – Update – Acceptance Emails Are Being Received

As mentioned in the first emailing about the 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island, you have to register for this event and you have to be accepted.  (They have limited space and regulate the number of cars they get.)

FYI, I registered (via email on 9/5/18) and received my acceptance via email today (9/18/2018) coming from Jennifer Grosse.     So they aren’t overly slow in communicating.

Background Information   

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a week long event, held annually at Amelia Island, GA.  The main weekend of the event is 8 – 10 March.    As there are many MOGSouth members that attend, MOGSouth has a Noggin’ on Friday night, and participates in the Cars and Coffee Event on Saturday.   Then many go to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

The 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island is on Saturday, 9 March 2019, the day before the big Amelia Island concours d’elegance.   It starts early Saturday morning and goes into the afternoon.   The part of the golf course used for the Cars and Coffee is the some of the same area used for the Concours on Sunday, so they have to get the cars off the field early enough to set up for Sunday.

MOGSouth Participation Information   

MOGSouth will provide you with three pieces of information as soon as they are available.

(1) Noggin Location:  MOGSouth with have a Noggin’ somewhere in the vicinity, on Friday, 8 March 2019, starting around 5PM.  The location for the Friday evening Noggin will be communicated as soon as it known.   In the past we have had nearly 50 folks attend, so this is an event not to be missed.

(2) Rendezvous Location: MOGSouth will identify a rendezvous point in area, near the cars and coffee location, where all the Morgans can meet up and go into the cars and coffee together.  If we don’t go in together, we will not be parked together.  Exact timing has varied over the last few years.

(3) Hotel Information:   There will be a hotel identified vicinity of the Jacksonville Airport for those coming from out of town.  This hotel is not mandatory and their are hotels on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, however they are costly and book up very quickly.  If you want to try one of them, make reservations now.

Registration Information   

If you haven’t already registered, it is best to do it quickly.  Last year several of our Morgan friends were turned away as they didn’t register in time.   If the timing is still up in the air, register anyway.  You can always cancel later.   Click here for the registration form.   Cars_and_Coffee_Application_2019

Note: New for this year they are charging a fee.  If you don’t wish to pay this fee, you will not get accepted.  You can pay via credit card and email this information with the completed registration form to carsandcoffee@ameliaconcours.org.  Alternatively, you can post the form in the US Mail.  The mailing address is on the form.

Finally, don’t forget to send me an email so I know you are coming.   I want to be sure we have sufficient room at the Noggin.

Cheers,
Mark

12 Sep

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet is CANCELLED Due to Florence

Folks, it looks as if the storm has turned to the south and is headed right for Augusta.   A majority of those MOGSouth members that said they were coming to this event have already cancelled.  The number confirmed is down to just a handful.  This is understandable but it is really hard to have a Club Meet without members.   So we have had to make this difficult decision to cancel the event.

Glenn and Dorothy Moore, our hosts for this event, as well as others have decided it is better to cancel the event than to risk anyone’s safety.   Also, the hotel has indicated that should we cancel, they understand and will honor our discounts and other negotiated arrangements at some later date.

The good news is that we haven’t nailed down a Spring Meet for next year.  And, we can simply reschedule the 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet as the 2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet.  We will figure out the dates for this Spring Meet in the near future and let everyone know.

Again, the 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet has been CANCELLED.   It is unfotunate, but we cannot control the weather.

If you have questions call me at 407-322-5060.

Cheers,
Mark

12 Sep

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet and Hurricane Florence

As of right now, the Fall Meet in Augusta is still a GO !

We are all watching the weather to see what Florence does.  Now I am not a weatherman but from what I am seeing is that Florence will make landfall somewhere in North Carolina and stall. The amount of rain and wind appear to lessen as the storm slowly moves inland.

You can see the location of Augusta GA (far left) in relation to where the storm is predicted to make landfall on the following map.   This Weather Channel map is as of 4:30PM Wednesday, and anything can change, but Augusta is quite aways inland.

It appears like Florence will make landfall near Wilmington, NC late Thursday or early Friday, and according to the Accuweather weather forecast for Augusta, GA, the impacts of the storm will not reach Augusta  until some time on Sunday, when we are all leaving the area for home.

I am still planning on going and I will be taking my Roadster.  But rest assured I will be bringing an umbrella!  (FYI, The Partridge Inn, our Meet hotel in Augusta does have a parking garage so the cars will be fine.)

I am coming up from the South, but those that have to come down from North Carolina environs may choose differently.

Whether you decide to stay the course or to cancel, I cannot make this decision for you.  You understand your unique situation better than anyone else.  And for those of you that live along the impacted coast, stay safe and be prudent.

 

Cheers,
Mark
05 Sep

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – March 9th 2019

IT’S ON AGAIN!!  BUT YOU HAVE TO REGISTER AND GET ACCEPTED TO PARTICIPATE.

MOGSouth will continue to participate in the Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island, the Saturday (9 March) before the big Concours d’Elegance on Sunday (yes, I know they have rescheduled the Sunday Concours to Saturday in the past when rain has threatened.  All we can do is stay the course.)

Like we have in the past, we will have a MOGSouth Noggin at some watering hole in Fernandina Beach or the vicinity on Friday evening (8 March) before the Cars and Coffee.   Details will be published when fully defined.   Note: You can participate in the Friday Noggin and not participate in the Cars and Coffee event.  Just send an email to Mark at Series1@cfl.rr.com to let him know what you are doing.

Register Now, even if you don’t go, you won’t have to sweat being accepted.  Do it now and don’t miss out.  Click here for the registration form.  Cars_and_Coffee_Application_2019

Note: New for this year they are charging a fee.  If you don’t wish to pay this fee, you will not get accepted.  You can pay via credit card and email this information with the completed registration form to carsandcoffee@ameliaconcours.org.

If you wish to use the postal system, instead of email, mail your registration form to Cars and Coffee at the Concours, 3016 Mercury Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32207

See you there!  Cheers, Mark

01 Sep

New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) Project & Patterson Pump facility in Toccoa GA

This message may be of interest to the club members that followed the story in the newsletter (Volume 6/14) highlighting the MOGSouth visit in June 2014 to the Patterson Pump facility in Toccoa GA where our huge New Orleans flood control pumps were manufactured.

This photo, from the MOGSouth newsletter, shows our tour group standing in half of the suction tube of one of the pumps.

I just received notification that the New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) Project involving our monster pumps will be featured on the History Channel September 1st at noon (ET).

Briefly, the PCCP project is the last and largest of the post-Katrina flood protection improvement projects.

The 10 largest of the 17 pumps are the largest pumps in the U.S. hurricane protection system, capable of pushing 800,000 to 1.2 million gallons per minute EACH over the flood protection walls and into Lake Pontchartrain.

These pumps and the 7 “small” pumps that are capable of half these flow rates produce a combined flow rate equivalent to that of the Ohio River.

The pumps are 5 to 7 stories high.

It took 150 special flatbed tractor trailers to transport the 17 pumps to New Orleans. They were shipped in components (photo attached) and assembled on site while the pump stations were built around them.

Regards,

Jack Claxton

 

14 Aug

Morgan’s Thrill On The Hill – 2018 Report from the Field

[Ken and Pat Kreuzer are visiting the UK and attended the 2018 Morgan Motor Company’s Thrill on the Hill.   They have also rented a more modern Plus 4 for their adventure.  

Here are a few words on the event and be sure to view the great pictures from their MMC Factory visit and the from the event. 

I am envious!!   Mark]

FYI, The Plus 4 we are renting is fun. I have to fold back the hood to get in.   At least its not held down by a dozen lift the dots and can be sealed from inside.

How many car companies would invite their customers, dealers, employees and local food and gift purveyors to a giant picnic at the factory?  Morgan, the only privately owned car company in the UK did just that this August. Celebrating 50 years of the Plus 8, and, unfortunately the end of the naturally aspirated V8 engined sports cars, the show featured a year by year display of the model starting with the 1968 prototype brought over from the states.

The factory and some UK dealers showed a number of cars ready to empty one’s wallet. Factory tours were available and some of the things we found interesting were crates being prepared for shipping the engines for US dealers to install in new traditional cars now available to us for the first time in years and a alloy skinned body also ready to come here for someone’s classic four seater. In the same shops that hand made wood framed bodys are made, Morgan have installed a 3D printer for making prototypes of new parts.

Managing director Steve Morris and the heads of design and marketing gave a lively Q and A about the company while keeping information about new models up their sleeve.

Live music and fireworks capped off a unique automotive event.

Don’t miss Ken and Pat’s great pictures of the event.  Click Here!

Ken and Pat Kreuzer

11 Aug

Final Details – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14 – 16 Sep.

FIRST THINGS FIRST Dorothy Needs to Know the following information for the Hotel, the Restaurant, the Hospitality Suite, etc.  

Please send her an email to moore_dorothy@bellsouth.net or call 678-513-2931, (c) 404-678-4236.  DO THIS NOW !!!

NAME:______________________________________________________

__(Check Mark for Yes) Staying at The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904 – 706-737-8888

__(Check Mark for Yes) No hotel needed, NOT staying at the Partridge INN, but attending the Fall Meet

__(Check Mark for Yes)Bringing a Morgan

(If Yes) Year ________Model__________Color____________

__ Number of People for Dinner Saturday evening at The Cucina 503

 

 

DETAILED FALL MEET ITINERARY

Friday September 14, 2018

Hotel Arrival – The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904

  • Registration/Check-In 3 PM
  • Parking – Lower Level of Parking Garage

Hospitality Room – The Cigar Bar – First Floor of Hotel (opens at 3:00 pm) No smoking allowed!!!

Dinner Options – (FYI, if not driving, book the Hotel shuttle)

  • Partridge Inn Bar and Grille with live local Jazz (second floor)
  • Raes Coastal Café (Mark Braunstein recommends)
  • Finch and Fifth Charcuterie
  • Ephesus Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen (Japanese and Burgers)

Evening Activities in Augusta                     

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Saturday September 15, 2018

Breakfast – 6-10 AM, included with your Partridge Inn Room (or $12.99 if not a guest)

9:15 AM‘Group Photo’ on stairs at Inn Front Patio

9:30 AMDepart for Washington, GA

  • Travel over the bridge at Clark Hill Lake
  • Travel through Lincolnton, GA
  • Rest Stop in Lincolnton (if needed)

11:15 Lunch Options

  • The Hot Box Food Truck 20R West Robert Toombs Ave open 11-9 Washington, GA..alfresco dining deck  706-678-4269 please park your Morgans together for photos, Restrooms available
  • The Square Café 22 W Square 706-678-5908 open 11-3
  • The Jockey Club 10 W  Public Square 706-678-1672 open 10-2
  • Cade’s Home Cooking 9 E Square 706-678-5586

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Jones Auto Museum, 312 Thompson Hwy 25 Cars in Mr. J. Jones private museum and 50 more cars in his 2 other buildings, approx. 4 miles outside of Washington.  Mr. Jones is opening his museum just for our group free of charge.  He will leave the gate open to the gravel road up to his car barn.  Collection began in 2005, restored Fords, Chevy 409, 55 Chevy Convertible, 70 Chevelle, 69 Chrysler Hemi, etc.  Photos allowed, but requests they not be “splashed” all over the internet.

12:00 PM until whenever – if not going to Auto Museum

  • Stay and see Historic Washington’s museums or just drive and/or walk the town
  • History Was Made Here! Three Beautifully restored house museums and library along with the Revolutionary Battlefield at Kettle Creek share the tales of this small city with a big history, one filled with legendary feats, prominent families, and innovative discoveries.
    • Though Washington is proud of their history, their present has just as much to offer. Historic downtown Washington is filled with businesses offering a variety of unique shopping, delicious food, and convenient service options.
    • Washington was briefly the State Capital of GA and is the place where the Confederacy voted to dissolve itself.
    • Highlights – The Washington Historical Museum open 10 – 5 PM, The Robert Toombs House open 10-5 PM, The Callaway Plantation open 10-5 PM, The Fitzpatrick Hotel
    • Washington Plantation B & B, Campbell – Jordan House, Bolton – Green Plantation and the Water Street Homes

Afternoon in Augusta

  • Canal Boat Tours
  • The RiverWalk along the Savannah River
  • The Augusta Commons
  • Broad Street Park
  • SouthStar Trolley Tours

Evening Activities

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open at 3:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner at Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, 762-994-0142, private dining room, full menu, separate checks, if not driving please book the shuttle in advance
    • 18 minutes from the Inn; 7.43 miles

Evening Activities in Augusta (after dinner)

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Sunday September 16, 2018

  • Breakfast from 6 am – 10am included with room, $12.99 if not a guest at the Inn
  • Fall Meet adjourned, check out time is 11:00 am
  • Stay and see Augusta’s Broad Street downtown and maybe ride the Canal Boats or walk the Riverwalk

Looking forward to seeing you all at The Partridge Inn!!

Glenn and Dorothy Moore 

31 Jul

MCCDC MOG 48 in Natural Bridge VA, 27-29 July 2018  

The MCCDC MOG 48 was great fun!  This year it was held at the historic Natural Bridge Hotel, 27 – 29 July 2018.

Everything was close at hand, with the Concours and Gymkhana on the property grounds and the rally on Route 11 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

There were 27 shiny (ok, a few were dusty …) Morgans on the Concours field.  The array of Morgans included some 5 Three Wheelers – 4 Vintage Trikes and 1 new(ish) 5 Speeder.  There were two Roadsters, a whole gaggle of Plus 8 and lots of Plus 4s, both 2 Seaters and 4 Seaters.  A single DHC, but a very pretty one.  Not that many 4/4s but the model was well represented by those that were there.  There were even two race-prepared Morgans.  All were very well presented and spruced up.

Well, sort of.  As it took Andrea and I two full days (and one really bad rain storm) to get there in the Roadster, we didn’t even clean off the bugs.  We just kept them, sort of like a badge of honor . . . We did put a DO NOT JUDGE card on the windshield, though.  We didn’t want anyone to waste their time looking at the car.

I have decided that the ‘easy up’ top is not really all that easy.  On the way up to Natural Bridge we got caught in a flash rain storm.  It wasn’t too bad, until it was really bad.  I couldn’t see and had to pull to the right and slow down.  That really didn’t help and I thought I would have to just stop the car, get out and put the top up in the rain, but then, out of the damp and gloom  was an overpass!  I pulled under it . . . well, I sort of missed at first and had to back up, but finally I was able to get out of the car to manhandle the top.  ‘Easier’ maybe, but not easy.  Good thing we had lots of towels.

Someone in their wisdom decided that the autocross was unnecessary and it was omitted from the schedule for the MOG Meet this year.  In my opinion, this was a very good thing.  In my experience with the MCCDC meets, only a few folks really participated in the autocross and it was an extremely costly event (with track rentals, insurance, EMTs, etc.) and severely limited the Club from going to many really good locations, like Natural Bridge.  And, all those I talked to, even hard core Autocrossers, didn’t seem to mind that the club omitted the autocross from the schedule.

The weather was great.  Sunny and not too warm.  (Getting there, for us anyway, was another story, but . . . )  It was a bit hot on the Concours field and shade was at a premium.  Andrea managed to find some shade along the tree line that bordered the field, but it was a moving sort of thing.  The sun kept changing positions in the sky (go figure!) and that necessitated an adjustment in the position of the lawn chairs.

There was a huge number of MCCDC members, both old (vintage?) and new at the meet. Some even came without cars. (I was told many times that the car was almost done except for that unattainable ‘what’s it’ and just not ready for prime time . . .)  It really didn’t matter to us.  It was a bit like old home week.  Seeing friends that we hadn’t seen in a very long time had to be one of the highlights of the event for Andrea and I.

We lived in Northern Virginia for 8 years, and we went to the MCCDC MOGs every year, but then we moved away.  And, that was some 25 years ago!  We did go to the MOG meet a few times after we left but not many.  So, I guess it has been quite a while since we attended a MCCDC MOG meet (maybe 10 years?)

Seeing old friends, like Richard Lipski, Peggy Morris, Bev Shriver (and she is getting married in October!), Ron and Monique Naida, Penny Bates, Alan Marsh, Ed Zielinski, Pat and Sue MacAuley, and their brood, (the MacAuley girls grew up, and are now running around with kids of their own, not really sure how that happened?)  Doug and Paulette Markham and on and on.  Some folks there were totally unexpected and were very pleasant surprises for us, like Richard Lipski and Peggy Morris, Duncan and Lee Charlton, etc.

A good number of MOGSouth folks were there as well, some with cars and some without.  Gene Spainhour and Pat Harris were there with their exquisite F4 three-wheeler, Rich Fohl brought out his race car, Bev Shriver, Doug and Paulette Markham were there in the recently converted, ex-propane Plus 8, Alan Marsh and others.  Really a good crowd of folks.  Needless to say, discussions on the Hotel’s veranda went late into the night, some of which went far beyond ‘auto parts’ and were quite thought provoking (oh, and the keg of beer didn’t hurt.)

The awards banquet was surprisingly good. The Hotel did a nice job with the meal, even taking care of those with dietary restrictions.  They went beyond the standard rubber chicken.

The evening comments were brief and didn’t run on forever, which was good.  (One of things I personally hated about some past MOG meets was the endless awards presentations and forced humor during the banquet.)  It seemed as if they would never end.   Well, there usually was a beer keg waiting on the porch . . .

We got up early on Sunday to head home.  It was then that the car exhibited it’s only burp of the weekend.  We packed up, stretched our bungee cords over the lawn chairs, did the pirouette and limbo thing to get in and then turned the key – nothing, nada, no go.  It wouldn’t start??

Looking under the bonnet of a Roadster is pretty futile.  It’s just one large plastic cover and a few unidentifiable objects.  Ok, so what now??  I opened the gas cap and tried again – Voila!!  It started right up.  Perhaps vapor lock?

The drive home did include a little drama.  We had torrential rain storm only about a half hour away from our Sunday night hotel.  This time we had the top up, but the rain came down in buckets.  So much so I had to pull over on the side of the road, as I couldn’t see well enough to drive safely.  The Roadster’s wipers do work quite well, even on the intermittent setting, but it wasn’t enough for that deluge.  And, I wasn’t the only car that pulled over.  There were quite a few of us sitting there with our hazards flashing.  After 10 minutes or so it lightened up and we finished our drive.  Dinner at Waffle House, oh boy!!

Monday was just a long drive with only one memorable incident.  We sat, dead stopped on the highway for about a half hour.  Google Maps at first said a 3 minute delay, then 4 minutes, then 6 minutes . . .

Lots of folks got out of their cars to stretch their legs or let their dogs find a bush.  When we finally got going again we passed the source of the problem.  Some unfortunate soul had launched their truck and towed RV off the road and down a ravine.  The RV was totally demolished and I suspect so was their hope for a nice uneventful vacation.  Other than that, not too bad.

We got home, found the house, released the dogs from their crates, jumped in the pool and looked hard at the really tall grass.  I know what I will be doing soon!

Chores . . . they just don’t seem to go away.   Well, at least I can reminisce about this recent MOG Meet and anticipate the fun of the next!   Hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark