12 Mar

2018 MOGSouth Spring Noggin & Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – 9 /10 March

Another Huge Turnout and A Great MOGSouth Weekend Event!!


The Friday (9 March)  MOGSouth Noggin at Sliders Seaside Grill in Fernandina Beach, FL was great fun.  The restaurant again gave us the first floor area right inside the entrance.

This was perfect for us and we pretty much filled the space.    A great crowd of MOGSouth members (and Morgan friends) came to the Noggin and joined us.

Unfortunately we missed a few of our normal stalwarts (David C., Norris H., Ellis K., Rick F., John S., Ray M., Jim B., etc.)   Family conflicts, the ongoing Porsche events or other things just got in the way.  It happens.  They were with us in spirit so we raised a glass for them.

While we missed some, we welcomed others.   Lots of new faces.  And we had folks coming from far a field.  Folks from Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia, North & South Carolina and of course, a good number from Florida.

We ate and drank and ate some more.  This year, something new, the dessert menu was in an old slide disc viewer (View Master?)  Push the lever down to get the next image (next menu item.)  We all got a big kick out of that but few actually still had room for dessert.

Once again, in their wisdom, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance organizers compressed the weekend, and moved the Concours to Saturday.  The feared Sunday rain. (They should have known better than to listen to the local TV broadcasters.  There was no rain until Sunday night, nor was there any last year, when they did the same thing.)

This meant the Cars and Coffee, as well as the Concours would be held on the same day. Makes things a bit crowded and congested and I have to believe screws up a lot of folks logistics.  Hotel reservations, airline flights, show car arrival times, etc.

Regardless, our plans came off with minimal trauma (although Saturday morning came a bit too early!!)

The Morgans all met at the Surf Restaurant along A1A, at 07:30am Saturday morning.  The restaurant was being renovated so the parking lot was mostly empty.  Then we traveled in convoy to the Cars and Coffee site.  Going into the Cars and Coffee site as a group ensures we are parked together.  If we went in independently we would be parked all over the place.

This year, the organizers wanted us to leave prior to 1:30pm (or to stay to the end of the Concours.)  It would appear they were a bit afraid of the masses leaving the Cars and Coffee, in vehicles, would prove a bit dangerous for the masses leaving the Concours, as pedestrians.

This didn’t really materialize so folks left the Cars and Coffee as they wanted.  We all left around 3:00.  We had a great turnout of Morgans on the field with Roadsters, Plus 8s, 4/4, Aero 8s and even a new, 2017, M3W.  Our display, as always, attracted a big crowd and we spent much of the time answering questions from the attendees.

There were also quite a few Morgan owners and MOGSouth members, unfortunately sans Morgans, that came by to say hello.  Tony Mclaughlin, Bob Wilson, Stu Mosbey,  Gordon King, Ian Levitt and many more whose names I cannot remember (sorry!)

All in all, another tremendous MOGSouth weekend.  The weather was superb, the cars were all expertly displayed and everyone was quite happy with the weekend.  Lots of discussions about the new Morgans announced at Geneva and lots of discussions about road trips and other MOGSouth planned events.   It looks like the MOGSouth year is off to a great start!!!

See you down the road . . .  Mark.

08 Mar

Amelia Island Concours Schedule Change – MOGSouth Noggin and Cars & Coffee Schedule Remains Unchanged

Nothing Changes for the Friday MOGSouth Noggin and Saturday Cars and Coffee

[The Amelia Island Concours organizers have told us they are changing the Concours d’Elegance to Saturday.  This is the same thing as last year. Only the Concours (previously scheduled for Sunday 11 March) is changing. All the MOGSouth activities remain unchanged.  See you there!  Mark] 


“Amelia Island, FL – Even in the best-case scenario, the forecast for Sunday’s scheduled Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance includes rain and lots of it. With a strong chance of heavy precipitation forecast for Sunday and a sunshine-filled Saturday in the mix, The Amelia Concours team has moved Sunday’s award-winning Concours to Saturday. The Concours show will now coincide with Saturday’s Cars & Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic Insurance. “

Friday, March 9, 5PM MOGSouth Noggin at Sliders Seaside Grill.  The Friday Night Noggin will start around 5PM at Sliders Seaside Grill (1998 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL).  This is unchanged from prior communications. 

The Saturday, March 10, Cars and Coffee will start early Saturday Morning.  MOGSouth 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).  This is unchanged from prior communications. 

[For those that attended last year, you will remember we left the Surf Restaurant a little after 0800 and just barely made it on the show field.  In fact, we were parked just where we came onto the field, down the middle of the rest of the cars.   Not really a bad location, but we were basically the last ones on the field.   This was for a 0900 Cars and Coffee Start as well.  Same as this year.   Mark]

If you have a magenta MotorXpo decal:  1) follow the instructions you were given and exit the same way you came in. 2)MotorXpo entrants if you leave before the show please be mindful of the foot traffic.  [I believe all Morgans are at the MotorXpo.  At least all folks that have contacted me have indicated that they have a magenta decal.  If you have a Morgan that has been accepted and have received a green decal, please let me know.  Thanks, Mark.]

Gates will close at 1:30pm, you are free to leave or stay until the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance has ended.   [What we are being told is that you must leave by 1:30PM or stay until the end of the Concours.  Mark]

The Rest of the Weekend Schedule (per the organizers)

Friday, March 9, RM Sotheby’s Auction – 3PM

Saturday, March 10, Cars & Coffee at the Concours – 9am – 5pm

Saturday, March 10, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 9:30am until 5pm

Other important changes include moving Saturday’s Drivers of the IMSA Prototypes Seminar to Sunday at 10:30am in the Talbot Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

Saturday evening’s Gala is unchanged.

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

20 Dec

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

Just as we did this past March, MOGSouth will have a Noggin (no host bar) at 5PM Friday (March 9, 2018) at Sliders Seaside Grill, 1998 South Fletcher Ave., Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL (Same location as last year!)

Nothing formal, just show up if you can.  We will be there, somewhere.

This is the Friday (Mar 9) of the Amelia Island Concours weekend.  Saturday (Mar 10) is the Amelia Island Cars and Coffee Event, on the golf course where the big show is held.   And of course, Sunday (Mar 11) is the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

This past year, we had a great showing of Morgans at the Cars and Coffee event.

The application for the Saturday 10 March Cars and Coffee event  – Cars and Coffee Application 2018   You must be accepted or you cannot show your car.   

Lots of MOGSouth members and other enthusiasts come to Amelia Island / Fernandina Beach Florida for the festivities such as the Cars and Coffee at Amelia on Saturday and Concours on Sunday.  Given this, it makes sense for us all together and raise a toast to something, perhaps car related.

Rooms are tough to get (and tend to be pricey) on Amelia Island, over the weekend because of the Concours so plan early.

Lots of folks stay in North Jacksonville, where hotel rooms are plentiful, and the road to Amelia Island, SR-105 (turns into A1A), is only 30-45 minutes, and is absolutely gorgeous.

Please send me a email at series1@cfl.rr.com so I know you are coming and we have sufficient seating at the Noggin.

See you there!!


07 Dec

2017 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Athens, Georgia

The 2017 MOGSouth Holiday Party was held in Athens, Georgia while it was empty!

The entire town was away, in Atlanta, for the big Georgia – Auburn football game.  It was nice to have the town to ourselves!  And, we made the most of it!   We had 4 Morgans, a 4/4, a Plus 4, a Plus 8 and an Aeromax.  Well represented I would have to say, as Morgans are not all that common at our Holiday Parties.  The weather was fine, not hot and sunny but mild, mid 60s and, for the most part, dry.  Much better than the biting cold of the north. The cold is hard for us Florida types.  We never have the right clothes, etc.

This year we arrived at the hotel around dinner time on Friday.  We were parched and looking for something to eat. We opted for the Foundry, the hotel’s captive dining spot. It was also the music stage and concert hall so we had entertainment while we ate.  Actually we had three musical groups.  The first was merely a guitar and singer.  The guitar was better than the singer.  The second group was a bit of a country rock sort of band.  Loud but reasonable (at least to my taste).  The third, almost a blue grass band, had the best singer of the bunch.   Perhaps they just got better as the beer took hold . . . Once we had eaten, we found a large contingent of the MOGSouth revelers in the bar.  Back from wherever and as is the norm for MOGSouth . . . tales were told.  All good stuff.

We made the trek to the Holiday Party via car this time.  Athens is almost impossible to get to by air. Certainly for us coming up from Florida.  We normally fly but we just couldn’t make that work this time.  Too many things to fight.  Took too long, cost too much, too much hassle, required the big airport (not one of the smaller regional airports), etc.   Ian and Barbara Shelmerdine traveled with us, and they concurred.

We chose to come up from Florida through Macon, GA and visit the US Air Force’s Museum of Aviation at Warner Robins Air Force Base.   I had worked in Marietta, GA for years.  Marietta, GA is just north of Atlanta and is where Lockheed Martin builds the C-130 Hercules cargo airplane.  Warner Robins Air Force Base is where the US Air Force’s C-130 Hercules headquarters is located.  So my job necessitated quite a few business trips to Warner Robins Air Force Base, but I never stopped however to visit the museum.  Too busy, no time . . . you know the drill.   So now that I am retired and live out of state, I decide to go.  I guess I’m a bit slow.  Well, at least that’s what Andrea says.

It was great!  Lots of wonderful planes and well thought out vignettes.  We certainly didn’t have enough time to see it all. They had several buildings with hundreds of displays. I only worry about the planes displayed outside.

The weather must take its toll?  Regardless, I will have to come back.   What we did see was quite impressive from the very large and very well known to the smaller and lesser known aircraft.  A building was dedicated to World War II and another for Viet Nam, while other displays highlighted more modern aircraft.  A recommended stop should you venture nearby.

The MOGSouth Holiday party was held at the Graduate hotel, a property that we had visited years ago. It has changed names since.   The Holiday Party was nicely done and a big thanks go to Stacey Schepens who was our lovely host.  She had the traditional hospitality suite set up and it was a happening place Friday and Saturday evening, and again after the Saturday formalities.  The hospitality suite seems to be a MOGSouth necessity, a signature of our events.  It is different things to different people, and has changed over time, but it remains the ‘go to’ spot at a MOGSouth event.

Most notable this year was the football game on the big TV.   The conference championship game between Georgian and Auburn.   And, for those of you that haven’t heard, Georgia won.

The evening’s festivities were held in private banquet room at the hotel and everything was well organized and the meal was lovely.  They even had options for those with dietary restrictions.  It turned out that the only Georgia graduates in our group were Jim and Colette Clark.   And, Jim had the headphones on during the dinner to make sure we didn’t miss a significant moment.

A few minutes of remarks and then the Mother Courage Award ceremony.   This year was a bit of a challenge for MOGSouth.  Lots of Good Times and some not so Good.

The Good Times . . .

  • In March we had the MOGSouth Noggin at Cars in Coffee in Amelia and it was a huge success with nearly 50 attendees at the Friday Night MOGSouth Noggin and then there was the actual Cars and Coffee event on the golf course on Saturday.
  • In April we had a great Spring Meet in Greenville SC (Thanks to the Buckleys and Leos.)
  • In May we held the first ever US based Morgan Three Wheeler Convention in May in Augusta and; although it was not really a MOGSouth event, it felt like one with all the MOGSouth participation.
  • And, in September, a wonderful Fall Meet in Clayton GA (Thanks to Richard and Janet Ihns.)

The Not So Good Times . . .  It seems time caught up with us this year and that in itself has been a challenge.

  • We lost a few amazing members with Norris Haynes and Graeme Addie. They were more than just members, they were friends and they were family.  Jenny Addie attended the Holiday Party and it was wonderful to see her.  And, of course the dogs were in the van.
  • Some other MOGSouth members are dealing with life changing events and couldn’t be with us, but they too are family and always welcome.

As is the norm for the MOGSouth Holiday Party, we presented the 2017 Mother Courage Award.   The Mother Courage Award is our only perpetual award and is given in honor of Dan and Nancilee Kelly.   This year’s award went to the aforementioned Jim and Colette Clark.  Well deserved!!

After the official club business and other remarks it was back to the hospitality suite for more interaction and football games.  Now I think we had Clemson and Miami.  (Clemson won this one.)

Eventually, the masses scattered into the night.  Early departures were in the plan.  Everyone has lots to do this time of year.

Another wonderful MOGSouth Holiday party!!  Again, thanks to all who made this year a memorable one for MOGSouth.

Now let’s see what we can do with 2018!!


18 Nov

2017 MOGSouth Holiday Party (Last ? Update)

The Holiday Party is nearly here! (Saturday 2 December in Athens GA)

If you haven’t already sent your check to Stacey, you need to do so now.  She needs to finalize the head count.   It is $35 a person with a gluten free/vegetarian option for our Italian buffet.

Send checks payable to “MOGSouth Car Club” to Stacey Schepens  (Stacey Schepens, 2224 Street Deville NE, Atlanta, GA 30345).

The 2017 Mother Courage Award will also be presented during the Holiday Party.   Nominations are now closed and the voting committee is determining the 2017 winner.

If you need to anything, please ask.


10 Nov

2017 MOGSouth Holiday Party (November Update)

As has been previously communicated the designated  hotel for the 2017 MOGSouth Holiday Party, the Graduate, in Athens, GA is full and  there are no more rooms.

Never fear!  There are still lots of hotels in the Athens area.   Some suggestions below.

Here are hotels that are downtown:

Indigo, Hilton Garden Inn, Courtyard by Marriott. The Hampton Inn and Country Inn and Suites are farther out but a $5 Uber ride or super short drive.   A little further out are the Comfort Inn and Candlewood.  You can also try Georgia Gameday which is downtown condos.

And while you’re at it please don’t forget to send in your Holiday dinner money.  It is $35 a person with a gluten free/vegetarian option for our Italian buffet.   Send checks payable to “MOGSouth Car Club” to Stacey Schepens  (Stacey Schepens, 2224 Street Deville NE, Atlanta, GA 30345).   We need to know who’s coming to ensure we have the right headcount for the dinner.   We certainly don’t want anyone to go hungry!!

There will be an open bar and bartender, dedicated just to us,  in a lovely courtyard off the dining room.

The MOGSouth Holiday Party is one of the club’s highlights each year and you don’t want to miss it!!

As is the norm, the club will also present the 2017 Mother Courage Award during the Holiday Party.   If you haven’t already done so, get your 2017 Mother Courage Award nominees to Mark Braunstein, via email (series1@cfl.rr.com).  The last three recipients of the award will select this years recipient from the list of nominees submitted.

If there are questions, please ask.