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

24 Apr

Cars On Kiawah (21 April 2018) – Report from the Field

The Kiawah event really wasn’t a MOGSouth Club event, but with the number of MOGSouth club members showing cars or just attending made it seem so.

The show field was adjacent to a golf course but didn’t appear, to me anyway, to be on an actual part of the course. No sand traps or greens to avoid. And the weather was superb. Cool, in the low seventies.  A perfect day to look at classic cars and enjoy nature.

Not really a Concours so a bit less formal.  Less stress.  I liked it.  More of high end cars and coffee.  But it was a big show.  They shut down registration at 280 cars.  I can understand the appeal.  Kiawah Island is a jewell.  Overhanging trees and winding roads that give way to marsh lands and open water.  Very, very scenic.

The Morgan marque was well represented on the field, with four 4 Wheelers, and two new Three Wheelers.

We brought the Series 1 Drop Head Coupe Pre Production Prototype up from Florida and John Bigler brought down his eye catching 2 Seater Series 1 with Cycle fenders.  I was in the British Group but John was grouped with the Race Cars.  Must of been the knobby tires as spares?? Gives off that ‘hill climb’ aura.   Having two Series 1s on the same show field is pretty special.

The other two 4 Wheelers were a wonderful yellow Moss Box Plus 8 (with an engine? swap) and Don Smith’s later model Roadster (2012/2013??).  This Roadster is not one of the 2005 bunch, rather it is the product of Dennis Glavis’ efforts out at MorganWest.  Very pretty car.

There were also several other MOGSouth members there that showed cars other than their Morgans.  Gordon and Sue King were there but chose to show their GT40 recreation in the Gulf Oil Livery and a wonderful Porsche 356.   Robert and Rosalind Minkhorst were also there but the Plus 8 stayed in the garage while Robert showed his wonderful Triumph 2000.

A number of other MOGSouth club members, not showing cars, came by.  Ken and Pat Kreuzer came down from Summerville, SC.   Mark Lloyd (a friend of the club without a current Morgan) was there.  Lee and Trisha Gaskins from Spartanburg, SC came by to say hello.

A few awards (ribbons) were given out.  Mostly Clubs awarding their own members or celebrities (Dennis Gage was there) identifying cars they liked.  Then we all dispersed for the afternoon.

Andrea and I put the DHC into the trailer and we took the trailer back to the hotel parking lot.  We left it there and went over the Minkhorst’s lovely home for an ‘after show’ beer.  Their home is on Kiawah Island with lovely views of the water and surrounding marshlands.  According to Robert they are in Kiawah more frequently than in their home in Atlanta.  I can certainly understand why.

Then it was back to the hotel to get some rest.  We had an early morning to make the run back to Orlando, with a lunch stop to see the Bernaths in Jacksonville.  A busy weekend but really good fun!!

Highly recommended to those with a yearning for the South Carolina Islands.

Cheers, Mark

PS.  See you in Nashville next week.

26 Mar

GatorMOG’s 2018 Spring Noggin in the Villages

The Villages . . . who’d have thought!  Isn’t it just a bunch of golf courses and golf carts?  That’s what I had in my head . . . and I was quite surprised.

The Noggin attendees came from all over central Florida. Roadsters, Plus 8s, an Aero 8 and even a Plus 4.  Some even brought friends (Brian and Thery King).

After a quick meeting at a convenient recreation center we drove over to the Rose Plantation for lunch.

The Rose Plantation is a beautiful restaurant in a historic mansion, located right on a picturesque lake.  A wonderful meal in a lovely setting.  A great start to the weekend!

 

We then proceeded to the Villages Equestrian Center and the Polo Field.  It is Polo season and the crowds were there.  We parked adjacent to the field and had a perfect tailgating spot just across the street, right next to the playing field.  You could feel the ground shake as the horses galloped by.   Thanks Allan.   And, we did participate in the half-time ritual of stomping the divots.   So we got a little exercise as well.

The ladies provided us with a colorful array of fashion (it showed we had class?)   ‘Special’ hats were de rigueur and the imaginative and personally created hat of Christine Bycroft was deemed the best of the lot.

We also had a few small tables with plates of nibbles and a few bottles of wine.  (Not that the beer (golf) cart wasn’t patronized.)  The weather was exquisite . . . warm, dry and not a cloud in the sky.  We know the Florida summer is coming but it wasn’t here just yet. Glorious!!   And, as is to be expected, the cars attracted a number of photographers and we did answer quite a few questions.    A lovely way to enjoy an afternoon in the spring.

Then it was off to the Country Club for dinner.  Another stunning facility set in another picturesque spot.  Lots of lakes, grass, flowers, and impeccable views.

After a day of running around the Villages, I can now see the attraction.  The Villages does attract a good number of folks  . . . at some points, it was actually a bit crowded.  I had one too many close calls with irreverent golf carts and parking at the hot spots in town was mostly impossible.

Driving around the Villages is tricky. The place is large and expansive and there are lots of golf carts.  Florida is known for straight and flat roads (sometimes boring) but the Villages has its own solution . . . roundabouts.  And, they are everywhere.  In hindsight, they keep the traffic moving and proved much better than stop lights.

After dinner we walked into the local ‘town’ center to partake of the evening’s live concert for dancing and drinks  on the square.   More drinking than dancing I think, but none the less, very enjoyable.

Saturday was a day of sites.  We saw the various ‘towns’ already created within the Villages and a new one being created.  Each ‘town’ with its own charm and amenities.  Quite something.   One recreation center we visited was a bit of a homage to the military, called the Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center. It was really a bit of a museum.

The number of houses sold each month and the sheer expanse of the Villages complex with the recreation centers, golf courses, activities, shops and restaurants in each of the ‘towns’ is beyond belief.   Live bands in three locations every night?  Wow!

A great GatorMOG Noggin and a superb way to start the Morgan season in Florida.   A big thanks to Allan and Mary Ann Rae for being our hosts.

(Photos Courtesy of Brian King)

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. ]