01 Sep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The pumps are 5 to 7 stories high.

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

Regards,

Jack Claxton

 

14 Aug

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

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

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

I am envious!!   Mark]

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

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

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

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

Live music and fireworks capped off a unique automotive event.

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

Ken and Pat Kreuzer

31 Jul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Mark

15 Jul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers, Mark

 

 

28 Jun

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

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

15 Morgans lined the circular drive of the club house.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chuck and Karen Bernath

29 May

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks, Pete Olson

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

09 May

2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet – Report from the Field

Contrary to common belief, at least by those in Florida

that the world is flat . . .

it isn’t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you all in in the Fall!!

Cheers,
Mark

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