17 Mar

Itinerary for the MOGSouth Fall Meet ~ Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2022

With special thanks to the Merlin Auto Group

of Atlanta for their part in sponsoring our Fall Meet this year, your planning committee is pleased to
present the following itinerary. You will notice that there is a change in how the various meals have
been planned….basically more catered affairs so you’re not off on your own. This is due to the shortage
of restaurant staff, post Covid-19 and the desire to have more time together in private venues where we
can socialize and enjoy each other’s company more comfortably.

Thurs – 9/29: For the “Early Birds” taking advantage of the optional, additional day we suggest that you check out Cartersville’s website www.visitcartersvillega.org for information about the many nearby tourist attractions including it’s award winning Smithsonian Institute affiliated Booth Museum and Tellius Museum. Let us know your ETA so we can meet you at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel where we will have local maps and brochures along with suggestions for your visit. Light refreshments will be available at the home of Gary & Judy Heck (11 miles from the hotel) beginning at 3:30. At 5:00 we will caravan to the Home Town Steak & Que in Euharlee ( 12 miles) for dinner on your own. There will be an opportunity for Morgan photos in front of the nearby historic Euharlee Covered Bridge after dinner and a stop at the close by ice cream shop and bakery for those who can’t resist.

Friday – 9/30: This is a day for exploring tourist attractions in our area that interest you. We will be available with suggestions, maps and brochures, plus the Cartersville Tourist Bureau is right next door to the Marriott.

The Booth Museum (Contemporary Western art, Civil War art, Cowboy & Native American artifacts, etc.) plus the 120,000 sq ft

Tellius Science Museum (Planetarium shows, gems, minerals, fossils & Science-in-motion gallery) are both fascinating.

Barnesley Gardens (15 miles from the hotel) is a luxury resort on 3,300 acres that features the ruins of an 1840s Manor House, centuries old gardens, horseback riding, champion golf course plus the Woodlands Grill and an outdoor Beer Garden for your enjoyment

Sat – 10/1: We have a lot to do today so the plan is we will line up at the Marriott at 8:30 to start the scenic 1 hour drive to Ellijay at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our first destination is the R&A Orchards for apple picking (or you may purchase them in their market along with fried apple pies, etc). Afterwards there will be time to explore the unique shops in the downtown area (5.4 miles from the orchard) before we meet at 12:30 at the River Park Shelter (1.7 miles from downtown) for a boxed lunch (of your choice) from the Back Porch Bistro. We will depart for Cartersville at approx. 1:15 so you will have enough time to freshen up before heading to the new, highly acclaimed Savoy Car Museum at 3:00 (2 miles from the hotel). At 6:00 we will all gather for a much needed Noggin’ at Gary’s shop (97 Wansley Drive) just 5 mins from the Marriott. At 7:00 we will have a bountiful 3 entree catered dinner at the shop surrounded by Gary & Judy’s collection of 19 classic cars. For your convenience and ease of
parking, Rosie will provide a shuttle for anyone desiring a ride between the hotel and the shop. Golden Oldies music will be provided by Jim McCartney for your listening pleasure and for Sock Hop dancing for those who are still “young at heart”…..PLUS you will be entertained by a wonderful video presentation full of great memories from past MOGSouth meets and events that Brian Miller is putting together and a Morgan media presentation that Steve Eckhoff of Merlin Motors will be showing. You don’t want to miss Saturday night!

‘ 50s Style Dress is encouraged…just for the fun of it!

Sun – 10/2: Check-out time is anytime before 11:00

Important Links:

Box Lunch Order Form
Registration for MOGSouth Fall Meet
Final Itinerary

The link to book using our group rate is: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1644268467465&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Co-Hosts for the Meet Are:
Judy Heck 404-24-0948
Gary Heck 770-595-8846
Rosie Miller 256-683-9294
Brian Miller 256-683-9417

Host Hotel: The Courtyard Marriott
5460 Georgia Highway 20
Cartersville, GA 30121
678-721-1660

Gary’s Shop Address:
97 Wansley Drive
Cartersville, GA 30120

Gary & Judy’s Home Address:
224 Old Dallas Road SW
Cartersville, GA 30120

21 Feb

2022 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Carterville GA., 29 Sep – 2 Oct 2022

The details for the MOGSouth Fall Meet have been announced!! Our Hosts are the Hecks and the Millers. They are planning what promises to be a fabulous event with lots to do in and around Cartersville, GA where the Hecks will be showing off their fab new digs. Save the date(s) – there will be activities planned beginning Sep 29 through Oct 2.

You can attend for as many nights as you want.  More info to come but below is the link for the hotel for those of you that like to plan early. Book your group rate for MOGSouth

The hotel (Courtyard by Marriot in Cartersville, GA) group block includes Thurs, Sep 29 through Sun, 2 Oct 2022. The group rate is $129 USD to $159 USD per night, depending on your room choice. (Taxes and fees extra.) The group block will be released on Sep 2, 2022, so do make your reservations before this date.

17 Feb

Update: 2022 GatorMOG Spring Noggin – St Augustine, FL – 6-8 May

We just got a call from the B&B in St Augustine (Agustin Inn (B&B) https://agustininn.com/ 29 Cuna Street, St Augustine, FL 32084).

All the rooms we had blocked for GatorMOG had now been filled. Wow!! A great turnout!!

We currently have 9 couples (perhaps 9 Morgans?) participating!  It should be a great weekend, unless the weather gets us!!

Central Florida participants will drive up to St Augustine on Friday (6 May).  Taking the back roads, the trip should be about 2-2.5 hours.  Convoy times and routes – TBD.  Folks coming from other locations are on their own. 

We have a dinner reservation at the Columbia Restaurant on Friday evening at 6PM.

Saturday (7 May) breakfast will be at the B&B.  Then we will venture into town.  We do have some folks coming into town to join us for just the Saturday proceedings. 

As of right now, we envision a trolley tour and some other shopping or site seeing.  We will work out the details when we get a bit closer to the date (and have a better idea of the weather!)  Lunch is likely where we find it!

Then, we have a dinner reservation for the Catch 27 Restaurant on Saturday (7 May) evening at 6PM.

Sunday, we all go home!

27 Jan

GatorMOG – Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Morgan’s 1962 Le Mans Win – Naples Overnight

Concept – GatorMOG Summer Outing – Long weekend.  The Morgan Class Victory at Le Mans in 1962 occurred on June 24th.  This year June 24th is a Friday and in Florida, it is getting hot in June.  So, for us, that means a meandering drive to Naples on the back roads.  For the Central Florida folks, it’s about ~5-5.5 Hours.  Perhaps we can work out some sort of convoy south?

I’d guess we’ll get there mid to late afternoon, check in to the hotel and find the bar and then find dinner!

Make sure you send an email RSVP to Mark Braunstein (series1@cfl.rr.com) to let him know that you are attending the event. He needs this for the restaurants and hotel head counts. (Oh, and the REVS!)

Hotel – Cove Inn on Naples Bay, 900 Broad Avenue South Naples, Florida 34102, www.coveinnnaples.com, Phone: 1-239-262-7161 or Toll-Free: 1-800-255-4365  

We have a block of rooms being held under the group code of ‘Morgan.’  If you are participating, you need to make your own reservations, so call and select a room appropriate for you.  The block of rooms will only be held until May 24th and then they will be released.  If you wait too long, your choices of room types will be limited.  (They have several types of rooms available.)   

Dinner – Friday Night (24 June) – TBD (Several Choices at the Hotel or Near By)

Breakfast – The hotel has a restaurant.

Depart for REVS Institute by 0945 (they open at 1000).  2500 Horseshoe Drive S., Naples, Florida 34104.  No need to buy a ticket from the REVS, we already have tickets (cheaper to buy from us!)   

We do have to tell the REVS exactly how many folks to expect, so please let Mark B. know if you intend to participate.

Lunch – Saturday (Spanky’s Speakeasy Eatery & Spirits, Restaurant: (239) 643-1559)) Home – Spanky’s Speakeasy (spankysspeakeasy.com)

More REVS or other? The newly appointed Naples Morgan Dealer has invited us to swing by!!

Dinner  Saturday Night (25 June) – TBD (Several Choices at the Hotel or Near By)

Breakfast – The hotel has a restaurant.

Drive Home on Sunday (26 June) Morning. 

27 Jan

2022 GatorMOG Spring Noggin – St Augustine, FL – 6-8 May

Per the Internet – The best time to visit St. Augustine is between March and May. During this time, you’ll find fewer people, comfortable temperatures and low hotel and airfare rates. Crowds are typically at their largest from June to August, while temperatures can drop into the 40s between December and February.  [So, we are going in the Spring! Mark]

Concept – GatorMOG Spring Noggin – Long weekend.  Drive Up on May 6th (Friday) and May 7th (Saturday), Drive home on May 8th (Sunday.)

Hotel – 29 Cuna Street, Agustin Inn (B&B) https://agustininn.com/  29 Cuna Street, St Augustine, FL 32084.  Local: (904) 823-9559, Toll Free: (800) 248-7846

We have a block of rooms being held under the group code of ‘Morgan.’  If you are participating, you need to make your own reservations and select a room appropriate for you.  The block of rooms will only be held until 6 April, and then they will be released.  If you wait too long, your choices of room types may be limited.  (They have several types of rooms available.)   

  • Breakfast Provided by B&B
  • Parking Available Down the Street
  • Walk to Historic District for Shopping
  • Walk to Dinner at Columbia and Michaels Restaurants

Central Florida participants drive Friday to St Augustine via Back Roads.  ~2-2.5 Hours.  Southern, Northern or Western Florida folks are on their own.

Lunch – Friday (6 May) when we get there.  We can eat, park, go shopping or nap or whatever else we want!  FYI, several British Pubs in the area!

Dinner – Friday Night (6 May) – Columbia Restaurant http://www.columbiarestaurant.com (98 St George St. (904) 824-3341) Reservation in Andrea’s name, at 6PM. 

Breakfast – B&B – Shopping and site seeing on Saturday

Dinner – Saturday Night (7 May) – Catch 27, 40 Charlotte St. (Between Cuna St and Hypolita St), St. Augustine, FL 32084. Reservation in Andrea Braunstein’s name at 6PM.

Breakfast – B&B – Drive Home on Sunday (8 May) Morning 

06 Dec

2021 MOGSouth Holiday Party Report From the Field (Peachtree City, GA – 4 December 2021)

The event hotel was the Crowne Plaza in Peachtree City, GA (201 Aberdeen Pkwy, Peachtree City, GA 30269.)  This facility is a bit different than a typical hotel in that is partially a Conference Center.  It has several buildings spread out over a large expanse of mainly trees. Some of the buildings are for the conference center’s meetings and conferences, and others that are just hotel rooms. Lots of winding roads through the trees and around small lakes.  Quite picturesque!!   We had a block of rooms set aside for MOGSouth and the hotel originally had us all over the place.  They soon got the message and located all the MOGSouth folks in one building, the Lakeside building, the same building with the MOGSouth Hospitality Suite!

The Hospitality Suite was the ‘Sutherland Suite’ on Friday afternoon/evening; then the event’s Hospitality Suite relocated to Falcon field and the Commemorative Air Force’s hangar on Saturday.    (The hangar was the site of our catered dinner and where we spent Saturday afternoon and evening.) The ‘Hospitality Suite’ is a bit of MOGSouth tradition, a gathering place that allowed attending folks to meet and greet club friends.

On Saturday we had a Police escort scheduled for our short drive to Falcon field.  Well, just as we were about to leave the Crowne Plaza at 1PM, the Officer assigned to escort us, got an urgent call and had to attend to more important police duties.   Barbara and Vince Curasi, residents of Peachtree City, GA (and Mark’s sister and BIL) then took over convoy escort duties and led the convoy to Falcon field.  We had 8 Morgans (Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters, and even an Aero 8).  A very good turn out for a Holiday Party!! The airplane folks in the Commemorative Air Force were just as interested in the cars and we were interested in the war birds.  I guess cars and aircraft go together? 

Plus 4 with P-51 Mustang

We started the afternoon at the hangar, with many of the aircraft out in the sun, on the tarmac, outside the hangar.  The weather was very nice and they had the P-51 Mustang arranged for us to use as a backdrop for photographs with the Morgans.  Those with Morgans each got an opportunity to take a few pictures of their car with the Mustang.  Very cool!   Then all the cars were lined up for a group shot. 

All the Morgans with the P-51 Mustang

People spent the afternoon looking at the Commemorative Air Force’s war birds and additional aircraft they in the shop being restored.  A number of folks, three perhaps four, took rides in one of the antique aircraft that had previously been previously restored.  Everyone came back with a wide grin and stories for future times.  

Aircraft Rides

Many also used the afternoon hours to peruse the items that had been donated to the club for our annual ‘Silent Auction’.  There were many wonderous items and some very generous bids.  Thank you!!  The proceeds from the Silent Auction will be used to keep the club solvent and able to provide the ‘Hospitality Suite’ at future events and, in some cases, subsidize some of the Club’s future activities.   

In fact, this year, the Holiday Party buffet was subsidized by the club.   The members in attendance paid a portion of the overall cost, with MOGSouth covering the rest!!  Those that participate in our events reap the benefits and those that choose not to participate, well . . .

This year, the Holiday buffet was a catered affair and I believe everyone enjoyed it.  Well, I didn’t hear any complaints!!  The food was tasty, with a reasonable selection.  Even the Gluten Free folks were satisfied. 

The MOGSouth remarks were kept to a minimum; however, as is the norm, we did present the annual Mother Courage Award.  This year the awardees were unanimously selected by the three prior year’s (2019, 2018 and 2017) awardees from a slate of candidates nominated by the club at large.   This year’s (2021) awardees were Chuck and Karen Bernath.

Karen and Chuck Bernath – 2021 Mother Courage Award Recipients

Finally, after the dessert and coffee, folks retreated to the Hotel’s bar for a night cap.  We put 2021 to bed with a pretty good Holiday Party!  While 2021 was still somewhat of a challenge with the COVID issues across the world, we anticipate a great 2022!  Hopefully we will see new four-wheeled Morgans on the American shores with the new Plus 4 and Plus 6.  There is an even better chance that the new Morgan Three-wheeler will be here, as well.   More cars, more members and new places to explore!  See you there!!!

Cheers,
Mark  

07 Nov

MOGSouth Fall Meet Jacksonville FL / Amelia Island FL (5-6 Nov 2021) Event Report

A Nor Easter?  Not sure where we found it, but it certainly found us and then just sat there.   Honestly, I wasn’t even sure that Florida had Nor Easters.  I thought they were reserved for New England and came with snow??

Well, that’s one thing we didn’t have . . . snow!  But it felt like it!  We had rain and wind and cold and nasty!! 

Boy, what a weekend for leaky little British cars!  We left the Morgans at the hotel (knowing they would float if needed!) and spent our time in Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, mostly indoors!  Yes, we did have Morgans at the Meet and a special thanks to those intrepid owners who brought their cars!   But there were others that were somewhat more conservative and brought SUVs and trucks.  This was good in that it allowed us all to pile into something more weather-tight and make our way to Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach without suffering.   We feared our planned drive along the water would be fraught with floods, etc. since the local news was terrorizing us with pictures of rising waters and warnings that high tide would occur just when we planned on driving along the coastal route; so we opted for the less scenic (but higher in elevation) streets to get there.  It would have been darn near impossible to see the coastal scenes with the rain pouring down anyway!  So, one of the Meet’s planned activities (scenic drive!) went out the window!

Another primary activity for our Fall Meet, was the afternoon charter boat ride up the Amelia River to see the running of the right whales.  (Per the internet.  There is one population of North Atlantic right whales along the eastern coast of North America. They spend the summer at their feeding and mating grounds off the coast of New England and Canada. During the winter [This was to be the weekend!], pregnant females travel south along the coast of northeast Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina where they give birth and raise their young.)

The other starring bit of the boat ride was touring the coast line of Cumberland Island (long abandoned by the famous Carnegies), with its wild ponies, etc. 

Given the weather, the boat ride was cancelled by the charter boat company.  ‘Neither fit for man or beast!‘  they said!  So they gave us our money back!   And we used that money to eat and drink generate heat!  We did that well!!

Susan and David Morgan, who live in downtown Fernandina Beach, opened up their lovey historic home and allowed us to watch a few notable college football games and thaw out some before dinner.   We even poked and prodded David’s lovely Plus 4, as it sat high and dry in the garage!  Smart man!   

Dinner was at the Sandbar and Kitchen restaurant, which was conveniently located on the beach and right next to the Amelia Island Right Whale Festival (again, this was cancelled for Saturday).  Arghhhh… So we had a great dinner, had entertaining conversations, and enjoyed watching the Right whales swim by (oh wait, we couldn’t do that either because it was raining too hard to see out the windows).  (I’m beginning to see a pattern here….)

The highlight of dinner was probably when Susan Morgan won the raffle for a bottle of Heaven’s Door whiskey (probably because of the good karma she received by opening up her home to us wet wanderers). 

Well, despite the weather dashing all our plans, we still had fun.  See ya’ll at the Holiday Party in Peachtree City, GA 4 December (details on www.MOGSouth.com).  With luck, we should be due for some nice weather.

19 Oct

GatorMOG Key West Road Trip Report (Oct 2021)

Key West, Florida!!  Some sort of Paradise!! At least for us in the Southeastern portion of the USA. We went, we saw, and we came back!!  Another indescribable Morgan Road Trip!!  This was the third MOGSouth/GatorMOG Road Trip to Key West, FL and they just keep getting better!   It took us a week this time and we circumnavigated a good bit of the Florida Peninsula.  We stuck to the back roads, shunning the highways.  You miss too much of the good stuff if you always travel the highways!!  We saw the coast, we saw agriculture, we saw swamps.   We saw museums, beaches, restaurants, and of course, we saw Citrus.  And surprisingly the weather cooperated.  A few pop-up showers (yes, I had the top down!) . . . mostly it was just hot!!

A wonderful collection of cars and even better group of people!!  We had quite a few older cars this time . . . two late fifties Plus 4 4 Seaters and an early sixties Plus 4.  Add these cars to the newer Roadsters, Plus 8s and a new Plus 4 (with a dog?) and we had a very nice and diverse array of Morgan cars!!  And no major breakdowns.  All the car problems experienced were weather related and plagued the newer cars, not the older ones?  A few hot cars, mine included!  I developed a coolant leak and had to add coolant a few times.   One Plus 8 ran without a fan all week, and one car developed a minor misfire due to some overnight rain.  Other than that, we were just fine!!  Speaking of groups, we limited the number of participants on this trip.  The last two trips we had way too many cars. It is almost impossible to keep everyone in line and restaurants look at you like you are nuts when you say you have 50 or so folks for lunch!  Twenty is a much better number!!  

We started our trek with travels from where-ever to the Daytona, FL Morgan dealer, Christopher John LTD.  Chris Sylvestri welcomed us all to the dealership and hosted an amazing open house with lots of tasty goodies and sampling of beer from the brewery next door.  Great hospitality, Morgan parapenalia and cars for sale!!    What a way to start our adventure!! 

After the open house we ate dinner at a local spot on the water and adjacent to our hotel.  In the morning we all headed south down the Florida coast. 

We finished the day with a block party in the Singer’s Cul de Sac in Palm Beach, hosted by Bennett and Mary Shulman and Eric and Joanne Singer.  

JN – Block Party in the Singer’s Cul de Sac in Palm Beach (hosted by Bennett and Mary Shulman and Eric and Joanne Singer.)

I started the day with fan problems (coolant leaks) and overheated so Andrea and I had to leave the convoy while we got our problems sorted in Daytona and then traveled the highways to catch up.  We arrived in West Palm Beach a bit late, but the group was still there and having great fun.  We joined right in.  That beer tasted great!

BS – Mark adding coolant. Necessitated by the weather. It was hot!

Then in the morning a scenic run along the amazing overseas coastal route (US 1) all the way to Key West.  We did stop for lunch in Key Largo.  At a marina looking at the water!  The aura of the Keys was already settling in. . .   

We finished the day with beer and pizza, provided by the Club, at the hotel in Key West.  Yes, that beer also tasted great!   A quicker run South this time than previous trips but we wanted more time in Key West!  Too much to see and do!!  We parked the cars in the hotel lot and scattered somewhat.  We all had our own agendas and interests!  The hotel shuttles and free municipal buses proved quite convenient, and the price was right!!  Wednesday’s big event was a Sunset Cruise on a Catamaran with open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and an oldies band.   Who knew these folks could dance??  

Before we boarded the boat a few folks went to the butterfly museum and reported a great time! Others of us worked on the cars some and visited a few of the more notable bars downtown.  Then it was lunch and off to the catamaran.

ALB – Oooh ‘there’s a butterfly!’ And another!
ALB – A few Pubs / Bars . . . Now where are the boys?

The drinks were flowing before we left the dock!  Orange juice like concoctions with other things to lubricate the crowd.  The all-female crew called for assistance in hoisting the sails and many in our crowd responded!!   

MNB – Mike and Lois

Then the music kicked in and the crowd erupted into frenetic dancing!!   Finally, the sun went down with a spectacular blaze of orange, and we were dazzled.

MNB – Sunset from the Catamaran. Key West never disappoints!
MNB – Dancing on the Catamaran.

Kind of hated to leave the catamaran for the bus ride home.  It was a bit anticlimactic but necessary.  Today more excitement.   More pubs and places and of course . . .  ‘Mallory Square.’

Mallory Square is just nuts!!  It always is!!  It is an area of free spirits, entertaining souls, fire eaters, unicycles and what not!!  If it is atypical, it is probably there.   It is also ‘the’ spot to watch the sun go down in Key West.  You have to get there early and camp on the edge of the dock or you will never find a seat to watch the ‘best show’ in town.

Something that must happen each day and something you have to witness on each and every trip you make to the Keys.  The sunset. While we were sitting on the dock waiting for the sun to set, Ron Gricius and his son joined us.  Ron is a Morgan (2003 +8) man from Florida’s west coast.   He was sort of with our group, but car problems delayed his arrival in the Keys and he was on his own path having been to Key West many times before.  It was good to see him however!!

MNB – Mallory Square Key West, Florida. A good time and a great view!

There are many restaurants on the peripheral of the square and we found a good one.  An unplanned Group dinner at Mallory Square with ‘Better than Sex’ for dessert?  Cuban restaurant was just the ticket for Key West.  Lots of good things to eat and plenty of space for a moderate sized group like ours. 

ALB – Bennett Shuldman’s ‘birthday’ cake.

We started with a few folks on the reservation and ended up with most of the Morgan folks at one long table.   We even convinced the staff that it was Bennett’s birthday and they found him some dessert! 

Friday morning eventually came, even in Key West, and we had to leave our little bit of paradise.   We headed back north along the same route we came, the only road available, US Route 1.  Once we reached the mainland, we headed a bit northwest, and then right into the middle of the Everglades.   

We stopped for lunch at the Everglades Safari Park, a bit of a tourist trap, but they had what we needed.   Lunch and Air Boat Rides.

JN – Looking for Alligators!!

We grabbed a quick bite and headed to the Air Boat. They had a large air boat without mufflers on the engine, that could take the entire group.   We piled on, got the safety briefing and ear plugs.   You need the ear plugs.  Those things are loud! Then we headed out amongst the saw grass, turtles and supposedly alligators.   Our guide gave us a good ride over the wetlands, with water only a foot or so deep. He maneuvered the boat through the designated path and took the corners a bit like a ’drifter’ sliding the boat sideways into the turn.  

We saw quite of few species of birds, some large turtles, but not a lot of alligators? Our guide informed us that the alligators were all at the bottom of swamp water getting cool.  Kind of made me want to be there too!!  It was hot!!  From the Everglades Safari Park we headed West to a party at John Pokorny’s house in Cape Coral.  John was on the trip with us but traveled home just in time to help his wife with the party.  What a lovely house and tremendous hospitality!  In addition to the Morgan, John had some interesting toys in the garage!  Not that the garage was the center of attention.  The house was absolutely lovely, lavishly decorated and perfectly located along the water in Cape Coral.  After filling up on wondrous food and drink, the road trip folks all left . . . just in time to miss the torrential downpour.  Well, almost all!  We didn’t, thinking it would soon end, but it didn’t.  We ended up leaving our car in John’s driveway overnight.  We picked it up early the next morning.  Thanks Peter for ride back down to John’s. 

Hard to beat John’s lovely garage but Friday morning was spent at the Revs Institute.  The Revs Institute, in Naples, Fl., is a car museum of sorts, but really a very special place (well, that is if you like cars!)   The Revs Institute web site states it ‘institution dedicated to the study, preservation, conservation, and restoration of historically significant automobiles. Explore the rich historic materials and images that define the automobile’s role in society and sport. Step into another world at Revs Institute.’   Primarily it is two special automobile collections – the Miles Collier collection and the Briggs Cunningham collection, melded into one in the late 1980s.  

MNB – 1952 Cunningham C-4R
MNB – 1935 MG PA/PB ‘Leonidis’
ALB – 1948 Ferrari 156 Spider Corsa

Yes, the cars are quite significant, but the vignettes and displays are exceptionally well done.  And there is a full library for research and study.   Numerous folks indicated a desire for a full day or more to peruse the displays.  I have been there three times and have yet to see it all.  I will go back!!   

MNB – 1948 Ferrari 156 Spider Corsa
BS – Morgans at the Revs Institute in Naples

After a morning drooling at the Revs Institute the group motored north to Winter Haven, where we had a lovely dinner on the lake that is now Legoland (for those of you old enough, it used to host Cyprus Gardens!)  We were joined by MOGSouth members Kathy and Tom Coryn who came out to see us and wish us well.  They were originally going on the trip with us but life got in the way.  That happens sometimes. 

ALB – ‘Monster Truck’ through the Citrus fields and swamps.

In the morning we  had another short drive to ‘Showcase of Citrus’.  It was a typical roadside vendor in Florida, all about tchotchkes and Citrus.   We rode the monster trucks trough the fields and learned lots about Citrus.  The yields, the seasons, today’s challenges and the bugs!  Some forget just how much agriculture there is in Florida.  As Floridians, it is good to remind ourselves every once in a while that Florida is more than Disney and Snow Birds.  

This one vendor diversified through the tough times with retail, recycling (poop!) and ranching.   This is probably why they are still in business in spite of the challenges.  We did see citrus, we saw alligators, we saw just a few cows, but did see some Zebras?  Zebras?  Now was this retail or ranching??  

ALB – Zebras?

MNB – Les Neumann.

Finally, it was time to say goodbye.  We chose to do this in style and took over the back room and bar in a local Irish Pub.  (Liam Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub in Lake Mary Florida.)  It was just across the street from the final road trip hotel. Another great trip! The planning hasn’t started for the next one, but don’t be surprised when the calendar comes out. Cheers, Mark

(Photo attribution. ALB – Andrea Braunstein, MNB – Mark Braunstein, JN – Joan Neumann, BS – Bennett Shuldman, my apologies if I have missed anyone.)