19 Mar

Caffeine & Octane at the Beach, Jekyll Island, GA – 17 March 2018 (Report from the Field)

We started out from Jacksonville, Fl. in our Morgan at 6:30 AM at 42 degrees with side curtains only for a one-and-a-half-hour drive to Jekyll Island to enter the show before the 9 AM cut off.  The show was for all classes of car and motorcycles about 200 total.  There were many custom cars present and many workshops about building cars.  The workshops required additional prepaid passes to attend.  Show attendance was very high from 9 to about 4 PM.

British cars shown at the show consisted of a Bug eye Sprite, Tr-6, Allard, and our Morgan.  Apparently not too many people at this show had seen a Morgan so the interest was very high between young and old.   The younger crowd like the traditional lines and older folks remembered what it was like driving in the older open cars.

Since I was trading car stories with the guys, Karen found a new friend wearing green as seen in the pictures.

There were old motorcycles and custom bikes with the large front wheel along with a group of new three wheelers.  Is this what the Morgan three-wheeler may look like in the future?

Many of the custom cars were works of art and the paint jobs were outstanding.  The variety of vehicles ranged from the “Thing” by VW.  A model T Ford camper.  Bronco beach buggy.  A Sea Ray car drivable on the road.

My favorite car was a 1955 Cadillac 4 door customized and lowered which had two 3 inch by 8 inch wide tail pipes coming out from under the rear bumper with 2 spark plugs in each pipe.  Inside the trunk were 2 propane cylinders.  At the flip of a switch he could turn on the propane and ignite it producing a ball of flame which he said could burn the leaves of the palm trees.  That is impressive!  Would it be great to have that option to use on the guy who is riding on your bumper?

Weather was great all day and the evening drive back to Jacksonville was warm and fun.

Chuck & Karen Bernath

12 Mar

MOGSouth / GatorMOG Regalia – Now Available !!

After getting lots of requests for club regalia, we have finally listened and engaged ‘Fourth Gear LTD’ to provide the MOGSouth / GatorMOG Morgan community with regalia services.

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 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, simple things like colors can be changed, etc.  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

20 Feb

Gold Coast All British Show in Boca Raton, Florida

We the  Bycroft’s and the Braunstein’s each set off early Saturday morning so as to meet up at the Port St Lucie service plaza en route to the 25th Annual British Car Show vic Boca Raton, Florida hosted by Gold Coast British Sports Car Club.

After an uneventful and pleasant drive we arrived at our hotel in time for a wash and brush up before an early dinner where we were joined by Gil and Barbara Stegen.  With dinner behind us we all went to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre for an evening of show jumping competition. This involved horses that were essentially hunters so the jumps were lower than for the the actual ‘jumping’ horses.   The weather was spectacularly good and the competition was colorful and intense. The horses were presented beautifully. This was an experience which none of us with the exception of Gil and Barbara had enjoyed before, except maybe on TV.  We learned Gil and Barbara are passionate about all aspects of horse competition.  And, we are grateful to them for allowing us to join them on this occasion.

We arrived back at our hotel where unfortunately there was no bar.  But we did learn that the hotel next door does have a couple of bars so what could we do but try one out.  A few beers was just what we needed to round off a most enjoyable day.   And thanks to Barbara (she was driving) for leading us to a point from where we could easily find our way back to our hotel and thanks to Gil for not interrupting!! (An inside joke)

Although without a bar our hotel does have a breakfast facility included in the room charge and we all did justice to the eggs, sausages, waffles and all the other options available.

The show took place just two miles up the road from our hotel so we were soon there to set up and do last minute cleaning. It was just as well we got there reasonably early because the public was already beginning to turn up. There were hundreds of owners showing off their cherished British vehicles in the best light possible.

The featured marque this year was to be Lotus cars and there were obviously quite a few examples of all of their models but they were joined by a whole host of other British vehicles including MG, Jaguar, Triumph, Rolls Royce, Austin Healey, quite a lot of Minis, Aston Martin including one Aston Martin Lagonda which you don’t see too often these days. And, of course, there were our Morgan’s.

We had 5 Morgans at the show.  I had my 1989 Plus 8, Mark took his newly acquired 2005 Roadster and Gil his 1967 Plus 4 Drop Head Coupe (which had won its category last year so he was apart from us, in the ‘Prestige’ class!)   We were joined by new member F. Berry Hayley with his 1962 Lotus Twin Cam powered 4/4 and arriving a little later was Daniel Schultz in his early 60s (1964?) Plus 4 – 4 Seater.   So a good mix of Morgans.

Uncharacteristically, we were scattered about in at least 4 different classes. The organizers were adamant that if we had 3 or 4 cars we would have a class. Then they checked their paperwork, saw that there were certainly a sufficient number of Morgans,  and then admitted failure.  Unfortunately, that meant that we were not all parked together.

The public attendance was strong all day and this meant that there was much interest in all the cars. It made for a day full of activity and enjoyment. We had lunch at the Biergarten Restaurant where all the Morgan attendees (except Daniel and his family) ate together thanks to Christine making a reservation for us all.  A good opportunity to get to know each other and exchange Morgan chat.

Actually being in different classes worked in our favor as the Morgans won awards in the each of various classes and didn’t have to compete with each other. The award ceremony started at 2 O’clock and we were in for a few surprises.   Because he had won last year Gil Stegen had won his class, he was placed in the Prestige class this year, with all the other class winners.   This year Gil got second place in the fancy class and received a very nice award, a lovely cut crystal in the shape of a ‘Key’engraved with the Club’s logo and the occasions specifics.   And, because the other Morgans were scattered about in a number of other classes, we took home a few more awards.

Berry got 2nd Place in his class, Mark got a 1st in his, and yours truly got 1st in his class.  So our 5 Morgan’s got 4 awards.  Daniel’s Plus 4 was very nicely displayed and had he arrived a bit earlier he would have garnished more votes and won award as well.

Receiving recognition is a wonderful finish to an already great day.  But I forget,  Annie and Christine both won raffle prizes without even buying a ticket!!! Mark got a bucket!  How good is that?   All of this was followed again by a few beers and food in the bar next door to our hotel.  Certainly, a good day out!!

We had decided to stay over again at the same hotel as the night before so we could drive home Monday nicely rested. Or was it so we could have a few more beers??  You decide.

Monday morning we went to an ocean fronting restaurant recommended by Gil for breakfast.  It was really very, very good and gave us a tremendous start to the day. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from the food, coffee and ocean view but it had to be done.  Eventually we set off home.

Another great Morgan weekend. You should have been there!!

Robin Bycroft

15 Feb

MOGSouth Noggin and Cars & Coffee at Amelia – March 9 & 10, 2018 (Update)

Details About the Upcoming MOGSouth Noggin and Cars & Coffee at Amelia – March 9 & 10, 2018

It’s getting close to the MOGSouth Noggin and Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th.  Sunday March 11th is the actual Concours d’Elegance.

The Friday Night Noggin will start around 5PM at Sliders Seaside Grill (1998 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL) but there are other things to do at Amelia Island on Friday, before the Noggin.

Everything is right there at the Ritz-Carlton.  Shopping and test drives are good fun but I really like to see what is going across the auction block.  They have all the cars waiting to be auctioned displayed in the tent on the lawn outside.  Highly recommended!

  • The Shop at the Concours, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton
  • Test Drives, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Front Driveway
  • Automobilia Merchants, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton, Open to Public
  • RM Sotheby’s Auction Preview, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, Ocean Front Lawn & Courtyard, Open to Public
  • The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, The Ritz-Carlton

The Saturday Cars and Coffee will start early Saturday Morning.  We will rendezvous as a group at 7:30AM (and leave soon there after) at the Surf Restaurant parking lot (3199 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL) and convoy to the Cars and Coffee location (Golf holes 1, 10 and 18th holes).  If we don’t convoy in together we will be parked all over the place.  So don’t be late.  You must be accepted or you cannot show your car.    But attend anyway, as the Cars and Coffee is free to spectators.

See you there!!  Mark

07 Sep

Morgan Road Trip to the Pacific Northwest Planned for the Fall of 2018

MOGSouth members looking for adventure or have the need to check a cross country Morgan trip off your bucket list?

A new road trip is being planned for the fall of 2018.  It is primarily for Morgans that will travel from Cleveland OH to the Pacific Northwest.  
A preliminary itinerary has been developed with the assistance of Bill Button (Morgan owner from Washington state) who knows the roads very well.  

There are still some details to work out but the overall plan is as follows:

Leave Cleveland after Labor Day 2018.
Travel to Rapid City, SD
Visit to Needles, Rushmore
Travel to Yellowstone (this is still uncertain because we don’t have time to do it justice)
Travel to Glacier NP
Travel to Olympia NP
Travel down Washington and Oregon coast to Northern California
End trip

The trip will be about three weeks from Cleveland to Northern California.  From Rapid City on it will be primarily a driving trip over glorious roads that Morgans were made to conquer.  Some attractions will be included along the way but that is not the emphasis. Journey back home will be on your own.
Warning!  There will be interstate traveling from Cleveland to Rapid City.  This is necessary in order to get there as quickly as possible.  Speed will be a reasonable 60 mph or so.  We don’t want wear ourselves and cars out before the real fun begins.  About 6 hours driving a day.

I have already advertised the trip to others and there are still a limited number of spot available.  But time is of the essence to make lodging reservations at some hard to book locations (Yellowstone).  

We already have interest from Morgan owners in Ohio, Morgan Club of DC, and the West so anyone interested needs to respond quickly to assure inclusion.  Interested parties can contact me directly.

I need to get a commitment reasonably soon because we will be making lodging reservations shortly.  The commitment must be almost certain and a non-refundable deposit might be required depending on the terms we get at the hard-to-book locations (i.e. Yellowstone).
Also, negotiations with hotels often require booking a set number of rooms to get a discount.  If there is a reduction in the numbers of participants there could be a penalty.

Furthermore, we might have more interest than spaces and we don’t want to exclude someone only to have another participant drop out.  I don’t mean to be harsh but that’s just the way it is.  Let me know as soon as you can.

Bob McKenna


06 Sep

Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island Concours (Saturday, March 10, 2018)

Yes, I know this is early, however they have just announced the event and have posted the application on line.  Some folks couldn’t attend last year as they didn’t get their application in on time and didn’t get accepted.  Don’t be one of those that didn’t get their application in on time.

This event requires that you submit an application and be accepted before you can attend.  If you haven’t as yet decided that you will attend or take your Morgan please fill out the the application anyway and submit it.  You can always chose not to attend later.

Although every one that wants to take a car must go through an application process, showing a collectible car costs nothing and the event is free to the public from 9am to 1pm.

Click this link for the application.  Cars and Coffee Application 2018 Fill it out and send it in now!!  Also, let me know via email (series1@cfl.rr.com) if you are planning on attending so I can finagle the head counts for the Friday Noggin.  Don’t worry I won’t hold you to it, if you change your mind later on.

The event this past spring (March 2017) was amazing and very well attended by MOGSouth members and other Morgan enthusiasts and I suspect it will again be a big draw.  I also expect that the event will fill up quickly as it did in the spring, and they will have to turn folks away.   They have already begun receiving applications so please do not wait to apply.

Just like we did this past March (2017) we will again have a Friday night (9 March 2018) Noggin somewhere in the area.  We will post the information (location and time) about the Noggin on the web site in the near future.  However, I wanted everyone to get the application for the Saturday 10 March 2018 event as soon as possible.

31 Aug

Report from Put-In-Bay Ohio

[Two MOGSouth Members flew both the Morgan and MOGSouth flags on the 2017 race track in Put-In- Bay Ohio.  This report (and the pictures) is from Rick Frazee.   Rick is in the yellow car in the pictures.   He and Jim Besst did battle with the other race cars and it would appear hay bales.  I have yet to get there but will find a way some time in the future.  Mark]

2017 Put-In-Bay races are done for another year.  The races are staged every year (8th year in a row) on the airport runways of Bass Island in Lake Eire.  In the 50’s the races were run through town on the city streets.   While my Morgan continues to improve in speed and reliability we still had a few problems.

This time what we thought was Weber carb jetting problems turned out to be an intermittently bad Petronix coil.    Luckily Jim Besst (another Morgan racer) had a spare coil, that I had given him some time ago, with him.

Race day brought rain showers that made the track a bit slick.    The final race was going well when about 3 laps into a 10 lap race, at one of the quick right left corners, a dive bombing MG TD forced me off my line and into a hay bale that a previous car had bumped out into the edge of the track.    While I knew something was wrong I did continue on for another lap.   Steering seemed to be getting progressively harder so I exited the track at my paddock entrance only to be stopped by the paddock steward and told to reverse.    He then proceeded to remove a complete hay bale still tied with string.    Once removed everything worked as it should with no damage to the Morgan other than a small crack in the left rear fiberglass fender.   The Morgan is all cleaned up as of this morning and we will leave Put-In-Bay for another year and head on to Watkins Glen Sunday to race at the Glen the following weekend.

Jim Besst’s Morgan 4/4, in the same race, made 9 1/2 laps before missing a corner and landing on top of some hay bales keeping Jim from finishing the last half of the last lap.  No apparent damage to Jim’s Morgan either.

[This photo came from Jim Besst, showing his green 4/4 in good form with Rick trailing (for the moment.)  The photo courstesy Daniel Mainzer.  Cheers, Mark]  

At the final lunch it was suggested that the airport authority was looking to offer me a job sweeping the goose poop from the airport run ways.

Cheers Y’all.   Rick

[This photo from Steve Cripps of Rick and hay bale (goose poop sweeping?) came in after the post.  Thanks Steve. ] 

07 Aug

MOGSouth Member Makes the Local Charleston Press!! (www.postandcourier.com)

Vintage cars parade through Charleston, gather at gardens on Collector Appreciation Day

[Great showing Ken!! We all need to fly the Morgan Flag when we can!! Mark]

In a role reversal, Brad and Connie Rustin inherited their shiny 1968 Datsun 2000 from their son.  The couple bought the roadster more than a decade ago and fixed it up over eight years — including a complete frame-off restoration — so their son would have a cool car to drive when he was old enough. The teenager enjoyed some hours behind the wheel but as he matured, shot up to 6 foot 5 inches. Now he “can’t get into it,” says Brad Rustin, who too has a personal interest in the car. “I actually owned a 1967 1/2 when I was in the Marine Corps,” he said.

Rustin husband and wife motored the classic Japanese sports car in a parade-like morning drive and parked it at Magnolia Gardens for a show July 15 in recognition of National Car Collector Appreciation Day. The collector day cruise-in, rekindled in 2016, attracted 52 cars this year, said Trevor Shelor, head of the local Antique Automobile Club of America chapter and appreciation day organizer. He brought three models — a 1953 Ford, 1926 Model A with a 19th century sleigh built for the seats and the city of Charleston’s 1949 Chevy police car.   “Just celebrate the day how ever you can,” Shelor said.

The Charleston area began celebrating National Car Collector Appreciation Day in 2010. The congressionally authorized event sponsored by the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association takes place in July, with localities selecting dates. Charleston has the only sanctioned event in South Carolina.

In the Lowcountry, the car collector day originally was a show, then evolved into a parade loop from Brittlebank Park around downtown Charleston. Last year, the parade started in Mount Pleasant due to a conflict at the Ashley River site. The car show returned last year at Magnolia Gardens, as models crossed the Ashley River and followed S.C. Highway 61 west. For 2017, the collector car route followed Savannah Highway to Davison Road near Hollywood, headed out toward Summerville, then turned east on S.C. Highway 61 to the plantation.

Justin Hustead of West Ashley wheeled his red 1933 Plymouth street rod with all-steel body and Corvette engine to the cruise-in, held on a grassy field near the sprawling house at Magnolia Gardens. The collector day drive and show was “fine,” said the antique car owner, who bought the 84-year-old Plymouth a year ago in Florida.

Displaying a 1967 Morgan Plus 4 with Kingfisher blue paint was Ken Kreuzer of Summerville. “In Europe, you can still get one,” he says.

Most of the attendees were from the Charleston area, although there were exceptions. Khushi and Sethi Salil of New York were visiting Charleston for the first time and went to Magnolia Gardens. They saw the car fest and came by to check out the classics.

“I’ve never been around Charleston,” said Jeffrey McCants, of Brevard, North Carolina, who displayed his 2014 Chevy Camaro. “We were actually on vacation and heard about it,” he said. McCants is fond of Camaros, noting that his father owned a 1988 model. “It’s cool,” McCants said.

22 Jul

Report from the Field: 24 Hours of Le Mans 2017 (June 17 – 18)

[This is a report from John Tuleibitz, a past MOGSouth member and friend to many in the club.  In fact we just saw John in Greenville, SC at the Spring Meet.  Thanks John!   Mark] 

Le Mans is one of the races I’ve always wanted to see .  .  .

Le Mans is one of the races I’ve always wanted to see, but the logistical challenges involved with getting there from Paris and trying to find a room when most of the 250,000 spectators and thousands of team members book their hotels and even tent spaces years in advance made it seem impossible. But, after attending two European F1 races with Grand Prix Tours and having all those types of problems worked out, I decided to try them this year for the 24 hour race. It was definitely the way to go.

I had transportation from and to Paris,  one of the finest hotels I’ve ever stayed in, great seats, good company and an excellent tour guide. They even managed to provide unusually good weather. Instead of chilly evenings and mornings and the normal several hours of rain, the weather was sunny with highs over 90 and lows around 80. Needless to say, I was over-dressed.

My seat, in a covered grandstand, was at the start/finish line directly across from the beginning of the pits, the official clock and the winners’ podium. From there, I had a good view of the final couple turns, the start/finish line, the pit straight and the first turn. It was a great place to watch some of the racing and marvel at the incredible speed of the LMP1 class Porsche and Toyota hybrids. GT3 cars, like Aston Martins, Porsches and Ford GTs are among the fastest cars in existence, and they were passed on the straight like they were parked.

But, there’s only so much of a day-long race that can be watched from one seat. Like many races, if you want the best view of the entire race and want to know just what is happening, you’re better off watching it on TV. At just over 8 1/2 miles per lap you really can’t walk all the way around and sample every corner, but it is possible to get to a couple track-side viewing spots and to see an amazing variety of people, cars and amusements along the way. Plus, the Le Mans museum is a must-see stop. In addition to a lot of vintage cars, it has a huge collection of cars that have raced in the 24 hour, plus a room filled with 1:43 scale models of many of the racers and dioramas depicting various years in the track’s history that have to be seen to be believed.

And, while all this is going on, the racing never stops. This is a flat-out sprint race from start to finish. The Porsche hybrid that won overall did not take the lead until about 2 laps from the end. In order to do that, it had to recover from a full hour that it had spent in the garage having a part of its hybrid system replaced.

I paid the closest attention to the top GT class since the cars are recognizable. As they approached the finish line to start their last lap, the order was Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford GT and Porsche 911. As they crossed the line 12 seconds later, it was Corvette, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ford. When they got the flag, it was Aston Martin, Ford, Corvette and Porsche thanks to some wheel banging on that last lap. The cheering from all the Brits in the stands demonstrated why this is often called a British race held in France.

It took a lot of years to finally make it to the race, and it’s one of those events that I don’t feel a great need to visit again, but it’s one of those races that has to be seen live once just to experience the atmosphere that can’t be captured on film or TV. If I were to go back, I’d probably spend a lot of time trying to find the best vantage points for spectating so that the next time I’d really be able to know what was happening and see more of the actual racing. I guess that’s why most people seem to go just once or every year.

If it’s not on your bucket list, it needs to be added. And if you decide to go, check out Grand Prix Tours.

John Tuleibitz


30 Jun

2017 Report from the Field: MCCDC’s MOG 47 in Williamsburg, VA

[Report from Chuck and Karen Bernath (MOGSouth Members from Jacksonville, FL) who attended MOG 47 with their 1980 Turbo Plus 8 (a car recently converted from propane to throttle body fuel injection, while still retaining the turbo charger).  Neat car and it sounds like they had a great time.  Be sure to see the accompanying pictures from MOG 47 posted on the web site, in the Photo Gallery Category.   Mark]

The trip up to Williamsburg, Virginia for  MOG 47, June 16 – 18,  was great.  The 1980 Plus 8 ran well the entire way!










There were 19 Four Wheelers and 1 trike.  There was an even mix of Plus 8’s, Plus 4’s, Plus 4’s 4 seaters, and 4/4’s.  The predicted rains kept a lot of people from driving their Morgans.  They drove their tin tops.

The Concours on Saturday morning was accompanied by drummer and the bag piper.  The Saturday rally was fun even though rain was eminent.  We drove with another couple in their tin top.  Sure enough it rained buckets and the Morgan’s that drove the rally got soaked.

Sunday was another great day.  I helped run the gymkhana and the autocross at the airport.  The Gymkhana involved dropping balls in evenly spaced buckets by the navigator, stopping the car allowing the navigator to get out and pick up a sheep laying in the road and moving it to a pen.  Driving twice in a circle around a pole with a rope tied to the pole and the navigator holding the other end without tipping the pole over, throwing bean bags at target holes, and picking flags off the tops of cones and then replacing them.  All these obstacles were timed in one event with the shortest time getting the prize.  Sunday was also the autocross. This event was set up by Rich Fohl and was quite challenging

The Awards Banquet on Sunday night drew approximately 60 people.  The food was very good.  To round out the night we won two awards!  One for the longest distance traveled and the other for best early Plus 8.  Bruce Trabb did a great job as chairman of the whole event.

We spent two days in Colonial Williamsburg seeing the sights and then headed back to Florida.  The first day of our trip back was easy as we stopped in Kinston, North Carolina at the Chef and the Farmer Restaurant for supper.  The food was New York City restaurant style and wonderful.  The second day driving was a bit longer, as we stayed to the back woods. We were hampered somewhat by 4 different rain storms.

Another great Morgan weekend!  The car ran great and we won two awards.!  Can’t beat that!!

Chuck and Karen Bernath