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!!

07 Aug

2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet Pinehurst, NC (13-15 Sep) – Deadline Approaching !!

Folks, for those of you attending the MOGSouth Fall Meet in Pinehurst, NC (Sep 13-15) you need to make your dinner selection(s), from the menu provided previously, and get your $51.20 (per person) checks to Madeline Moody by 15 August. If you have already done this, great!! If not, don’t procrastinate. She needs this information ASAP!!

Note: the last web site update posted has the complete menu, as well as other details about the event.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Madeline via email at madeline.moodie@gmail.com.

26 Jul

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

If you didn’t know – George Waltman is our hero!!

As was reported, George took a 1964 Morgan Plus 4 out of an Police impound lot in the Bronx in 1968. He then drove the Morgan to Daytona Florida and entered it in the 24 Hours of Daytona. He drove the entire race by himself, without co-drivers or even a pit crew! He didn’t win but he did finish!

GatorMOG is honoring George Waltman over the weekend of the 15 – 16 November in Daytona, Florida.

This is the weekend that Historic Sports Racing (HSR) is holding their ‘Classic’ 24 hours of Daytona. We have this event labeled as a ‘GatorMOG’ event, but that is simply because it is in Florida. Really, everyone is welcome to come south and join us. It looks to be quite the weekend.

We are still finalizing the details with HSR but have confirmed our participation at the Daytona International Speedway, during their ‘Classic’ 24 Hours of Daytona. We have racing roundels for each participant Morgan. We plan to have a Morgan Car Corral right in the heart of DIS, hopefully laps of the famed Daytona International Speedway (DIS) for the Morgans (if time allows), a tour of the DIS Archives as well as commemorative T-Shirts for the Morgan participants.

We also have lined up a Open House at the local Morgan Dealer, Christopher John, Ltd on Saturday afternoon, followed by a cocktail party and a group dinner. FYI, the dinner is within walking distance of Christopher John’s dealership.

The designated hotel for the event is the Plaza Resort and Spa (600 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118) and is just about 1 mile away from Christopher John’s.

To make reservations for this hotel, The Plaza Resort & Spa, click on the link or call 1-866-500-5630 and ask for the MORGAN CAR CLUB room block.

But, there is a trick to the link!! Click the link and when the calendar comes up, click on the day you will arrive and the day you leave. For example, if you plan a two day stay, click the 15th (arrival) and click the 17th (checkout).

Note:  If you would like to book room types other than Sunset View (the basic room rate) or if you would like to book nights other than 11/15 and/or 11/16, you will need to use the toll-free number rather than the on-line link.

This looks to be a grand celebration of George Waltman and his accomplishments, as well as the Morgan car! Please send me an email (mogsouth@yahoo.com) if you are planning on attending. This is just so I can manage the hotel’s and restaurant’s expectations. Thanks, Mark

25 Jul

Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix July 19 – 21, 2019 – ‘Report from the Field’

July 15th my wife Sam, our 2 Giant Schnauzers and I (Rick Frazee) started north on our 4 day journey to race our 1959 Morgan 4/4 at this year’s 37th Annual Pittsburg Vintage Grand Prix.   Our trusty motor coach, Big Bird, had just come from the shop after having the rear bedroom slide and shower floor rebuilt.   The repairs had taken much longer than expected and so we were pinched for time to tidy up and provision the coach.   The first 3 days of travel were uneventful but Thursday, in Pittsburgh, became a test of determination to make the race.  

At about 10AM Thursday we were ten minutes out from Schenley Park where the race is held; then we missed an exit off of I-376 and headed north to I still don’t know where.  Our motor coach GPS usually just reroutes us but in this case it lost its bearings and I lost my trust in it which was probably my second mistake.   45 minutes later I got out my phone GPS and put in the desired location, now the coach GPS knows how wide, long and high we are while the iPhone thinks only of car size vehicles. 

We were routed through a nice little neighborhood were the roads got tighter and tighter until we reached a rather steep hill going down to a flat road with a major roadway within sight about 2 blocks away.   No choice so we headed down the hill but had to pause at the stop sign, at just that point we heard the grinding sound of the trailer hitch making solid contact with the pavement.   We ground to a jarring halt!    Tried to drive off but we were not pulling loose.   Upon inspection I discovered the bottom of the hitch had dug about 6 inches into the solid asphalt pavement.   Back in the coach I engaged the second rear axle, still only a lot of wheel spinning and tire smoke.   I began to try to unhook the trailer and disassemble the hitch just as the local police arrived.   They were most understanding and began directing traffic while I and a friendly local who stopped to help tried everything we could think of.   I finally had to ask the police to call a wrecker.   A small rollback arrived first and the operator agreed we’d need the big one!  

With the arrival of a semi sized wrecker the police blocked the road.   The wrecker crew connected 2 winch cables to the front and quickly pulled us free, the now detached trailer was loaded on the rollback and with police escort we all set off to find an open flat surface to readjust and rejoin the trailer.   Our first stop was a large park-n-ride lot which the officer thought would accommodate the work.   As soon as I made the turn-in I knew we were in trouble again.   I stopped and explained to the officer that we would have a hard time getting the coach out even without the trailer attached.  At the back of the lot there was just enough space to turn around to try to head out.   He set off to find a better spot leaving me to get out of the lot.   2 attempts later to go the correct, one way, direction out we decided to head out the aisle we came in on.  

As we nosed past a pick-up on the right that was out farther than the rest of the row a sharp twang on the left indicated we had made contact with the one way sign that we were headed past going the wrong direction.   With a bit of urging from my copilot I tried to back off the sign which then snagged a window instantly turning it into 1000’s of small pieces of glass.  

Pulling forward quickly cleared the sign and we headed across the street to a fire station lot to make the re-connection and pay the wrecker bill.   After reassembling the hitch and connecting to our trailer we headed south to find the Schenley Park Paddock.   Several circuits around Pittsburgh later we did find the proper entrance to the paddock area.  

Very weary and now 4 o’clock in the afternoon we found the paddock which was already two thirds full.   With a friendly golf cart escort we were directed to the loop end of the paddock where there was barely enough space to accommodate our 75 foot length on an almost level surface.   Did I mention that there are 447 bridges in Pittsburgh all crossing each other?   Or so it seemed.

Friday, a new day with a required driver’s meeting and walk of the 2.3 mile course.   My wife chose to join us which was probably a mistake as our guide was great at telling stories about this corner or that rock wall and who crashed where on the track.   It was an intimidating lesson with fresh pavement just done the day before, manhole covers, curbs, rock walls, elevation changes, road crowns, bridges and tar sealing lines that looked like a snake pit in one fast corner.   I did not let her look over the side of the bridge.   

The afternoon parade into downtown was hot and many of the race cars were steaming by the time we got to the designated section of downtown, thankfully not us.   The parade route was lined with waiving locals and a lot of kids.   We were parked in the middle of a street 4 race cars abreast and the open space was quickly filled with people asking questions and admiring the race cars.   A large jewelry store had agreed to host the cocktail party and there was plenty of food as well as flowing beer and wine.   After consuming our share and admiring the jewelry and watches (Sam didn’t find any she had to have) we went back out to the street which was now solid with kids and adults.   We let probably 100 kids and a few adults sit in the Morgan race car and answered bunches of questions.  What a great evening.

Saturday morning opened with practice session for all by class.   We were class 6, the last racing group on the schedule.   By the time we got on the track the sun was high and the heat was 95+ degrees.   Humidity was like Florida with the cloud cover to match.   The track was every bit as challenging as our previous day walk had suggested.   The afternoon qualifying was super hot.   Our class was all on the line at the appointed time but spent a bunch of extra time on the false grid while broken race cars from the previous secession were towed off and corner workers were resupplied with water.   Finally, we got on the track.   I had a fun session with an MGA and did manage to get around an Alfa and a Mini.   Passing was very difficult and while the Alfa dogged me most of the session, he did not get back around me.   I finished 11th out of 13 entries.   

Sunday, race day was gray.   The 15 minute morning practice was dry but big dark clouds drifted around the outside of the city.   The Formula Ford race, 2 before our group, came limping back with stories of rain-water sheeting down the hills onto the track surface.   The intermittent rain had stopped as FF came in and so I suited up and readied the Morgan to go out for the final race of the day.   As I got seated and about to strap in the race car the rain came down again.   To the relief of my wife I made the decision that I’d had enough and climbed back out of the Morgan.   

The rain did stop once again and group 6 did go to the grid.   I believe I heard them go off but their results were not posted on Race Monitor.   We had just enough time to load the Morgan race car and our pit car, our MOKE, before the rain began again.   Rain followed us to our stopping point that evening and again for the next 3 days to our home in Winter Park, Florida making driving our big rig a ton of work.   It’s great to be home.   The next month or so will be required to fix what we broke on the motor-coach, but the Morgan is almost ready to go again.   We saw lots of familiar Put-in-Bay race faces and met lots of new friends.

Our next race will be at Put-in-Bay, Ohio in September

If you’ve never raced at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park Vintage GP you’re missing the most challenging track I’ve had the pleasure of racing on.    20 different turns on most every kind of surface but dirt.

Cheers,

Rick Frazee

25 Jul

MCCDC’s MOG 49 ‘Report from the Field’

MOG 49 CHAIRMAN REPORT

[Folks, this is Rich Fohl’s (MCCDC and MOGSouth member) report on the recent MCCDC MOG 49, held at the traditional Mimslyn Inn in Luray, VA. MCCDC will again use the Mimslyn to host MOG 50, next July 4th weekend, for their 50th Anniversary. This is a substantial milestone for MCCDC and given that MOGSouth came out of MCCDC we will want to support this event in the way MOGSouth used to, so save the dates (July 4th 2020.) More to come on this in the near future. Cheers, Mark]

MOG 49 CHAIRMAN REPORT

Well, we came, we took part and we had a great time! From what I have heard from many of those in attendance at this year’s MCCDC annual gathering, this year’s event at the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, VA was  very successful. We are gathering comments from as many as possible to improve on the details of the weekend and how each event and the overall experience can be improved.

Many thanks go out to our Event Chairpersons: Concours: Bill Blodgett, Gymkana: Reny Willoughby…and family!  Rally: Bates McLain,   Autocross: Greg and Mary Hastings. Also many, many thanks to attendees who came forward to volunteer and help make each event a success. And a very special thanks to Ed Zielinski for contributing his time and effort to create the Mog 49 Poster and all the Mog 49 art work. Needless to say, thanks to all of the Officers and Executive Committee members who also contributed much effort and many hours to MOG 49: President: Marlene Riehle, Vice President: Dean Worcester, Secretary: Tom Kennedy, Treasurer: Path MacAuley, Registrar/membership Secretary: Lisa Shriver, Liason Officer: Bill Blodgett, and Recent Past President: Lee DeBrish.

And a very, VERY special thanks to Linda and Larry Eckler ….owners of Morgans of New England and the all of their kids and crew…Linda and Larry contributed both personally and financially to help make MOG 49 a special event. They were also kind enough to field questions at a Saturday evening Q and A at the Manor House Noggin regarding Morgan importation and many other questions regarding all things Morgan.

 If you came this year, bring a friend or two along next year to experience a very special gathering. MOG 50 is officially planned for Friday-Sunday, July 3-5, 2020 at the Mimslyn Inn, Luray, VA…More information regarding booking rooms, etc.,  will be coming forth soon in the Rough Rider and on our website www.morgandc.com. We are planning some small and big changes for MOG 50 in hopes it will the best ever!

The following are the Results from the events at MOG 49, Luray, VA:

CONCOURS:

BEST IN SHOW: Warren Muse/ 1965 4/4

4/4: First Place: Warren Muse/ 1965 4/4

         Second Place: Carl and BettyHC Clouser/ 1967 4/4

Plus 4: First Place: Fred Dantonio/ 1965 +4

Plus 4 4  Seater: First Place:Peter and Ann Dattels/ 1967 +4 4 Seater

Plus 4 DHC:First Place: Sheldon Hofferman and Gail Shepkin/ 1964 +4 DHC

Early +8 (Carburetored): First Place: Richard Fohl/ 1970 +8

Post 1983 3 Wheeler/Fuel Injected: First Place: Eric and Marjorie Scott/2012 3 Wheeler

      Second Place: Bruce and Shelly Menkowitz/1998 4/4

      Third Place: Lee DeBrish and Marlene Riehle/ 2005 Roadster

GYMKHANA:

First Place: Duncan and Lee Charlton/+8

Second Place: Peter Ballard? 4/4

Third Place: Greg and Mary Hastings/ +4 4 Seater

RALLY:

First Place: John DeTrana and Geri Oliveri/+8

Second Place: Eric and Marjorie Scott/ 2012 3W

Third Place: Barrie Abrams and Lenny Mandel/ +8

“MORGANS OF NEW ENGLAND” AUTOCROSS:

FTD: Duncan Charlton/ +8/ 1:26.005

Plus 8: First Place: Barrie Abrams/ 1:28.867 (including 4 sec penalty for 2 cones)

Second Place: Katie Eckler/ 1:32.900

Third Place: Matt Schrum/ 1:32.940

Early Plus 4: First Place: Bill Willoughby/ 1:28.142

Late 4/4: First Place: Bruce Menkowitz/ 1:39.477

Plus 4 4 Seater: First Place Lenny Mandel/ 1:38.195

Respectfully,

Rich Fohl, MOG 49 Chairman

17 Jul

2020 Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours (Mar 2020)

As many of you know, the Amelia Island, GA Concours d’Elegance weekend is traditionally a big weekend for MOGSouth. For many of us, the start to the new Morgan year. This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (6 March) evening and we will again participate in the Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee. The formal Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday (8 March) but has in the past been moved up to Saturday if the weather is challenging.

As is the norm you have to register for the 2020 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island event to bring your Morgan and you have to be accepted.  (They will send a letter.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate. However, it is best to register, even if you are unsure. The registration form is attached below. The earlier you register, the more likely you will be accepted. They are limited in the number of cars accepted due to space constraints, so don’t procrastinate. Register now!!

The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (6 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: this is the same restaurant as this past spring. All reports of this location were good, to include good parking, so bring your Morgan. Only the weather was a negative. It was cool so bring a jacket.

Last year we had the dealers, the factory representatives and a new car display, so obviously we had a great turn out of Morgans and more than 50 folks from the Morgan community! I suspect we will again have a great turn out so you will want to be there.

Then Saturday morning (7 March), those of us with Morgans, will all gather at 0730 at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.)

From experience we know that if we don’t arrive together, we will be parked where ever they have a space, and most likely not together.

We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for 10 minutes or less, so don’t be late!

For those coming from out of town, there are a number of Lodging options. You can stay on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, if you can get a room (they go very fast) and you are willing to pay the price (they are very expensive.) Alternatively there is a Hampton Inn, Jacksonville East, Regency Square that is just south of the Jacksonville -395 bridge over the St Johns River and just a short (45 – 50 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island.

Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark

01 Jun

MOGSouth / GatorMOG Regalia – Get it now!!

I got requests for regalia again at the Spring Meet. All sorts of MOGSouth and GatorMOG regalia, as well as Morgan Wings, Scripts, and Cars are available. Simply go to our regalia supplier ‘Fourth Gear LTD’ and get what you want. I doubt you need an excuse, but Father’s Day is coming up.

Here is a link to their web site.    Fourth Gear LTD 

You can see that they provide this regalia service for lots of other British Car Clubs.

MOGSouth has paid to have our club logos digitized and placed into their ‘Car Club Logo’ library.   They also have a library of ‘British Marques’ which includes Morgan wings and  Morgan Script, and a library of ‘British Cars’ include the cowled grill Plus 4 (in either a top up or top down configuration) as well as a Three Wheeler.

If there is an image or logo you want and don’t see let us at MOGSouth know.  If there is sufficient interest, we may be willing to have the image digitized and made available to the membership in the future.

The process is simple.  Go to their web site.  Pick a logo or other image from the libraries and place it in your shopping cart. Then select a regalia item, e.g. shirt, hat or wine tote or whatever and place that item in your shopping cart.   The regalia item price includes the embroidery unless something special is being requested.

As I understand it, they will gladly change colors. What color is your Morgan? They have both top Up and top Down versions of the car. If you have relatively simple requests or ‘special instructions’ to add to your order, there is a ‘Notes’ field you can use to specify your desires.

If there is something complicated that you want like logo size changes or location of the embroidery (e.g. big logos on  the back), use their ‘Request Information’ button to ask questions about your specific needs.  Some things may not be doable with their current equipment.  (FYI, the standard embroidery location is on the left chest of the shirt.)

Also, I believe they have, or will source different regalia items for you, e.g. denim shirts and sweatshirts.  If you don’t see what you want, just ask.

Note –  due to the complexity of the GatorMOG logo there is an additional charge when it is selected.  It also is a bit too big to fit nicely on a cap.   It is also recommended that it go onto a sturdy material to reduce the risk of puckering.

Let me know if you have issues or problems (or just have comments.)

Cheers, Mark

26 May

Sir Morgan’s Knighting (Irene Breland)

As a new owner of what has to be one of the most interesting British marques still in existence, I gladly joined MOGSouth after finding my Morgan last fall. The club covers the southeast and includes several British Car Club of Charleston, SC members. I was determined to attend the Spring Meet and registered early. John Scott and I thought we could gather a few more Morgans from our area but we ended up being the only brave (crazy may be a better word) souls from here to drive a Morgan to Augusta, Georgia during a heat wave!

Sir Morgan – Photo Courtesy Irene Breland

On May 17th John and Laura in their beautiful 1961 Plus 4 and me in my 1966 Plus 4 left Charleston around 10:00 AM headed to hot Augusta. The drive started out quite pleasant with shaded country roads and nice scenery. Did I mention a heat wave? By the time we hit the small town of Williston I was getting nervous watching the temperature gauge, so we made a stop at the local gas station to cool us all down a bit. It’s kind of hard watching things like the speedometer, oil pressure, water temp and oil temp with sweat rolling down your face and hot air swirling around your head! As we were heading out John spied a local store named Morgan’s and started pointing to it. I must say my eyes were still blurry with sweat so I wasn’t sure what he was pointing at till we arrived for a late lunch in Aiken. John’s plan was to stop and take pictures in front of Morgan’s Drug Store on Sunday morning on our way back home.

After a delightful lunch in beautiful downtown Aiken we readied ourselves for the hottest part of the day and aimed for Augusta. That drive was HOT! Thanks to our excellent navigator, Laura, we managed to get through all the turns, traffic and stoplights and land at The Partridge Inn on Walton Way. We parked our Morgans with several others that arrived early enough to have cooled off (owners and cars) and eagerly watched other Morgans and their owners arrive.

MOGSouth put on a really nice reception with some fun snacks like Nuts and Bolts, which were root beer looking life savers and candied pretzel sticks. They had several other stations with other clever names and goodies all relating to driving, cars and car parts. Something we might be able to copy for our upcoming reception!

Saturday was Rally morning and after a 9:00 group picture we were given our instructions, and by 9:30 our Morgans were rumbling to life in our private parking garage. Now that was a cool sound! As we headed out of Augusta and started getting closer to open hills (yep) you could see the long string of Morgans as they climbed up the next hill in front of you. Oh, forgot to say we were headed to Washington, Georgia via the bridge over Clark Hill Lake. Once again, our navigator, Laura, kept us on the right track. With all the turns, traffic and stoplights our caravan did not stay together but we all managed to get to our first pit stop in time to parade downtown Lincolnton to the visitor center where they had a wonderful reception awaiting us. They were so happy to have us they ran a story in the local newspaper announcing our arrival with history and picture!

The Local Lincolnton News Paper – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

When we returned to our cars, we each had a copy of the local paper with a Morgan article folded for us to see on our front seats. Now that’s southern hospitality!

We continued on to Washington, Georgia that is, for lunch and touring. There we were parked around the historic town square and were free to roam around what is an interesting small town. There were several options for lunch and snacks and quite a few folks checking out the unusual cars in their town square. Did I mention it was HOT? Some of us toured the local museums and some traveled up the road to see an American car collection.

MOrgan’s Drug Store – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

All in all, a pretty neat old southern town that I would recommend going to if close by. I think it’s sad that we all seem to be in such a hurry to get to our destinations that quaint towns with interesting history get left behind with the rush to find the fastest route.

The caravan was quite scattered on the drive back to Augusta. We headed out mid afternoon and it was HOT. The directions back to the hotel were supposed to be a shorter route back but didn’t allow for a freight train to stop us in the middle of nowhere, in the blazing HOT sun! This is where I decided I was crazy! After carefully getting over the railroad tracks, we resumed our journey back to the hotel. I think at that time we were still an hour and a half or so from our destination (lord knows what it was as my brain was fried from the heat). The three very hot cars managed to get through busy Augusta late afternoon traffic and into our cool garage by 5ish. Cocktail hour was looking really good now as was our club dinner!

Sunday morning, early Sunday morning, was our target for heading back to the coast and hopefully cooler temps. We were on the road again by 8:15. We stopped for gas and we stopped for a picture in front of Morgan’s Drug Store in Williston. As we crossed the old Ashley River bridge, we waved goodbye as John and Laura headed downtown and I headed to Mt Pleasant. I pulled into our garage around 12:30 and changed “Morgan’s” name to “Sir Morgan” which I had told him that morning I’d ceremoniously ‘Knight’ him, if he got us both back to Mt. Pleasant!

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 very 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??   Did I mention it was very hot 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 very 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