09 Mar

2020 MOGSouth Noggin and Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island – Report from the Field

The MOGSouth Noggin was held on Friday evening (6 March) at Salt Life in Fernandina Beach.  A good number of folks started the weekend early with a lunch gathering prior to the Friday evening Noggin at the Salt Life. 

Friday lunch prior to the Noggin – Photo courtesy Karen Benath

The Salt Life Restaurant gave us their roof bar again this year, complete with comfy chairs and a fire pit.  It was perfect for us, but . . .

We had some 20-30 Morgan folks (not all were MOGSouth members) join us for drinks and Morgan chit chat.  I only saw one Morgan there, a Roadster, a lovely car that had traveled up from Marathon Key in south Florida.   

We had plenty of space for our group and before the sun went down, you could see forever.  But when the sun did go down, we lost the sun’s warmth and it got cold and windy.  That was also about the time folks wanted dinner, so the crowd dispersed to the inside (warmer part) of the restaurant.  And, Andrea and I were among them.  Our Momma’s didn’t raise no fools! 

Dinner at Salt Life – Photo Courtesy Karen Bernath

We will have to find a different location for the Noggin next year.  This location is superb, with great parking and food, but unfortunately, it was a bit too windy for the crowd.  And, this cold and windy weather seems to be the norm for this time of year. 

The Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee at Amelia (Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance) was held on several holes of the golf course used for the formal Concours on Sunday.  Thus, we had to be on the field early, and then leave the field early enough for them to set up for Sunday.  The word for the day was obviously ‘early.’

Andrea on the show field – Photo courtesy of Karen Bernath

Well, we all met quite ‘early’ along A1A at the Surf Restaurant’s parking lot.  The parking lot is big enough and was empty as the restaurant hadn’t yet opened!  We wanted to be sure the Morgans were grouped together once they entered the show field.  We had been scattered in the past and that wasn’t good.  Going in together solves this problem.  Once we were all at the Surf Restaurant, we headed south towards the show field. 

The turnout was a bit light all around.  Perhaps the virus thing kept folks at home but we still managed a good selection of Morgans.  4/4s, Plus 4s, Plus 8s, Roadsters (both 3.0 and 3.7L) and a Plus 8 Speedster (supposedly only in the US for display?).  Christopher John LTD had a few new 3 Wheelers at his display.

Cars and Coffee Field – Photo courtesy of Rick Frazee

We needed have not worried about being scattered.  It appears that our participation these past few years has paid off and we (Morgans) are now on the planner’s field layout map.  ‘Morgans’ are now expected and they’ve designated a part of the show field for our cars!  And, it is a good location, right next to the new car displays.  The best new car display was obviously the Morgan display from Christopher John LTD, the Morgan dealer in Daytona Florida.  Being right next to Christopher John’s display was tremendous.  We sent lots of folks interested in buying Morgans over to see the new cars and other Morgan paraphernalia on offer.  Hopefully, he found a few new customers!!

Morgans on the Field – Photo courtesy of Rick Frazee

The show ended around 1 PM and we proceeded down the golf course paths to the designated exit.  Most of us went south about 10-15 miles to the Sand Dollar Restaurant for lunch.  This was a smart move as everyone else was going north into Fernandina Beach for lunch.  We had gone north in prior years and the traffic going into Fernandina Beach is impossible, stop and go for the better part of an hour, and once you get there, the parking around the restaurants is nonexistent.  The Sand Dollar Restaurant was also able to accomplish our large group (15+) with a minimal wait. 

A great lunch, with a wonderful view of the boat traffic coming and going along the St. Johns river.  Then we were off.  Some went south while others went north.  We were staying in Jacksonville for the evening and soon found our hotel.  A nap before dinner? Yes, please!!  A busy morning followed by a nice lunch!  A nap was just the thing. 

It was hard getting up from that nap!  It could have lasted for the entire evening!  However, time to eat again!  Dinner with the Frazees and the Bernaths was on the docket at a local sports bar.  Nothing too fancy and we were soon back at the hotel.  I was bushed and went straight to sleep. 

We met the Frazees for breakfast at the hotel. Oh boy, cardboard waffles, rubber eggs and other delicacies were on offer.  I had some coffee and Raison Bran.  Finally, it was time to go.

Andrea and I traveled back to Orlando with Rick and Sam Frazee.  We started off going south on I-95 but soon exited for the back roads.  We couldn’t resist.  Morgans, with tops down and sun shining, traveling on rural roads with minimal traffic.  Hard to do better!!  

Another great Morgan weekend!!  If you weren’t there you missed a great one.  Well, perhaps we’ll see you next year??   Cheers, Mark

04 Mar

Final Reminder – 2020 Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (Mar 6 & 7)

This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (6 March) evening and we will participate in the Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee.

As is the norm you should have to registered for the 2020 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island (if you plan is to bring your Morgan) and you have to be accepted.  (They sent a letter with a sticker.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate.

The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (6 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: They plan to have us at the roof b bar, same as last year. Which worked quite well, however, it was a bit cool last year so bring a jacket. If you have friend(s) that are’t in the club, bring them along to the Noggin, we don’t care!

Then Saturday morning (7 March), those of us with Morgans, will all gather at 0730 at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.) From experience we know that if we don’t arrive together, we will be parked where ever they have a space, and most likely not together.

We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for a few minutes so don’t be late!

If you are coming you should have already booked your hotel. A few folks are staying in Fernandina Beach, but I suspect you can’t get a room this late. Your best bet is to stay in Jacksonville and travel to Amelia Island early Saturday morning. There is a Hampton Inn, Jacksonville East, Regency Square that is just south of the Jacksonville -395 bridge over the St Johns River and just a short (45 – 50 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island.

Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark

10 Dec

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party, 7 Dec, St Simons Island GA – Report from the Field

John and Debbie’s Roadster Outside the Wesley Cottage

John and Debbie Stanley were our hosts for the weekend and made all the magic come together seamlessly.  A monumental task!!  A big thanks from MOGSouth and all those that participated!! 

The Saturday morning trolley tour was a perfect review of the history and layout of St Simons Island.  Those that went were quite pleased with the synopsis and the weather was delightful, cool but not cold.  I heard many, many comments about the very cold and damp locations of past Holiday Parties.  It seemed like a good many prefer like the relative warmth that St Simons offers and that a Winter Wonderland is just not needed. 

Southern Georgia (Almost Florida!) in December

The Wesley Cottage, on the grounds of the King and Prince Resort, was again the location of the Hospitality Suite.  It was decorated for the season with holiday garland draped along the white picket fence with an illuminated Christmas Tree in the front yard!  The cottage itself offered a convenient and comfortable gathering spot for the club, with a full living room, a dining room, outside picnic table, a kitchen and a wet bar.  Pretty much everything we could have asked for.  Debbie and John went overboard with tasty treats, many Debbie baked or crafted herself, and a great selection of both hard and soft libations.  There were even food and drink options for the Gluten Free folks.  Wow!! 

The Hospitality Suite

banquet room was decorated for the season with a lit tree, fancy table center pieces and other festive bits.  And, the food was wonderful.  The banquet itself was far better than the normal rubber chicken and mashed potatoes.  The Nothing was cold and the staff assured us that nothing ran out.   Ham, turkey, gravy, stuffing, vegetables and on and on.  My plate was too small!   And, I didn’t even get desert!

The 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party was great fun!! Lots of folks, coming from all over, an unexpectedly large turnout.  Larger than last year!!  We had Morgans everywhere, old and new, and some pretty ugly, but festive!!, sweaters.  I have to say my sweater, although I didn’t win any awards, was especially hideous.  Thanks Andrea!!   And, as fat as I am, just the shear expanse of ‘hideous’ magnified the effect, dare I say ‘immensely!’  I looked like something between Will Ferrell’s Elf character (what a terrible movie!) and an alligator (GatorMOG . . . get it??) with a jock strap.  But, in my defense, my sweater did have Morgan wings!!   The awards were justly given to some very, very clever sweaters.  It was obvious that a lot of time was put into their apparel.  Beautiful baskets of wonderful things!  I guess congratulations are in order, or would condolences be more appropriate? 

This year we tried to correct the failings of last year’s ‘ad hoc’ silent auction.   This year we planned it out from the start and once again Debbie and John did a masterful job of laying out the offerings with all the administrative bits necessary to make it work.  The silent auction items were arranged on tables in the banquet room, allowing everyone to circulate and bid on desired items.  Folks’ generosity was evident and the donations were truly terrific, and only a very few things were left, after the smoke cleared.   There was also a secret envelope game that surprised quite a few.

Ugly Sweater Awards. Connie Lipscomb – 1st, Mary Ann Rae – 2nd

As is the tradition, the MOGSouth Mother Courage Award was presented at the Holiday Party. This year’s award, 2019, went to Gary and Judy Heck.  Another very good choice of recipients.  We do have some wonderful people in this club!!   The large traveling award was presented following the dinner, but the smaller recipient award didn’t arrive in time.  We will mail it directly to the Hecks.  The smaller award is for them to keep however Gary and Judy’s name will be added to the large traveling award that will be passed on to future recipients. 

Mother Courage Awardees – Gary and Judy Heck

A few words of MOGSouth business and back to the Hospitality Suite for more Morgan and MOGSouth ‘comradery’ (e.g. drinking and cookies!)

A Holiday Party we will remember for a long time.  Again, thanks to everyone for coming and a special thanks to our hosts, John and Debbie Stanley, for making it so memorable!!!    

All Photos Courtesy of Allan Rae

25 Nov

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – FINAL Reminders

We are finalizing all the arrangements for the MOGSouth Holiday Party!!

Make sure you’re ready!

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St Simons Island is our party Hotel and the site for the MOGSouth Holiday Banquet. 

Hotel Reservations – You should have reservations for, at a minimum, Friday (6 Dec) and Saturday (7 Dec) nights.  The Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.  If you haven’t booked your room, do it now! The phone number is (800) 342-0212.   I don’t know if it is still possible to get the MOGSouth discounts, but you should try.  Tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH and, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception.

The Holiday Banquet – The banquet headcounts are now being finalized so that they can be given to the hotel restaurant.  Make sure you have notified Debbie that you will attend the banquet so she can add you to the headcount.  If there are food allergies or other dietary issues, please let us know. 

MOGSouth Membership has its Benefits! – Just like last year, MOGSouth is subsidizing the costs of the Holiday Party event.  All Hospitality Room costs will be covered and the Banquet costs will be subsidized by MOGSouth, i.e. you will pay less than it really costs!  So, you can feel good about your membership dues!  And, just a reminder, MOGSouth membership dues are due on 1 January.  Still $25 each year.  The club will kindly take your dues money at the Holiday Banquet, see Mark or Stacey.  

Trolley Tours – There are still two seats available for the trolley tour. If you want to go, contact Debbie right now and she will reserve your seat. I suggest an email (pockets5@live.com) will be the fastest way to communicate.   The tour leaves the hotel front door, promptly at 10 AM on Saturday 7 Dec.  The tour price is 20$ per person.  If you haven’t been to St Simons before or if you haven’t taken this tour, you really do need to go. 

Silent Auction – Don’t forget the Silent Auction (it’s the Holidays . . .  better to give, than to receive??)

Identify what you to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.  If you have greasy or heavy/bulky things for the auction just bring a photo.  No need to transport it now.  Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  All proceeds go to MOGSouth.  Be sure to get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Yes, I do have an ugly Holiday sweater! And, I can’t blame Andrea (or can I?)  Debbie has ‘special’ name tags or other identifying items for those that are competing in the Ugly sweater contest.  You don’t want to miss out as there are some ‘wonderful’ prizes to be awarded.  Go look in your closet!  You may be surprised!  Be honest! If you decide to play, do let Debbie know via email (pockets5@live.com).  There have been some questions as to when the sweaters are to be worn. Yes, worn during the Saturday evening banquet!

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

29 Oct

2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party – 6 & 7 Dec 2019 – November Updates

It’s almost time for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. Are you ready??

The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort will again be our party Hotel for the 2019 MOGSouth Holiday Party. And, the Wesley Cottage will be the location of the MOGSouth Hospitality Room and headquarters for the Holiday Party.

If you haven’t booked your room, do it now! The phone number is (800) 342-0212.  Be sure to tell the hotel you are with MOGSOUTH. If you are going out and about on Saturday morning, you will need to reserve a room for both Friday night (6 Dec) and Saturday night (7 Dec). The actual Holiday Banquet is on Saturday night.

And, be sure to ask for your ‘Goodie Bag’ when you check into the hotel’s reception. There is lots of Goodness in that bag you won’t want to miss!!

Trolley Tours – The trolley tours spaces are almost gone! If you want to go, contact Debbie right now! Send Debbie Stanley an email (pockets5@live.com) The tour leave the hotel front door, promptly at 10 AM on Saturday 7 Dec. The tour price is 20$ per person. 

Silent Auction – The ad hoc Silent Auction is happening again this year.  Identify what you want to donate to the Club and bring it to St Simons in December.   Auto parts can be donated by taking a few photos of the parts and printing them out. No need to haul the part to the Party.  

Winners of the bidding for the Auction will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet. All proceeds go to MOGSouth.   Get your items to the Wesley Cottage before by 4PM on Saturday.

Ugly Sweater Contest – Don’t forget your ugly Holiday Sweater. We want to be sure everyone knows who is playing so we will have special name tags or other identifying items to distribute so do let Debbie Stanley (pockets5@live.com) know if you are playing.  These sweaters are to be worn to the banquet!  The winners of the contest will be announced in/or around the banquet room immediately following the banquet.  And, there will be ‘wonderful’ prizes awarded so do participate!! 

If there are questions, send Debbie Stanley an email at pockets5@live.com.

20 Sep

2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet Pinehurst, NC (13-15 Sep) – Report from the Field !!

The 2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet.  Pinehurst, North Carolina this time.  I have been to Pinehurst several times in the past.  My experiences were not that good.  (Long story, mostly weather-related, ask Jack.)

But this was different.  This was the best I have ever seen Pinehurst!!   All of the MOGSouth members in the Pinehurst area joined forces to organize the event and what a team!  They overachieved!!  They even controlled the weather!!  How’d they do that?  A big thank you to the Zimmermans, Carrolls, Vincents, and Moodies. 

An absolutely great event!  I counted 20 Morgans (not including a certain Grand Daughter!) and it didn’t stop there.  Even if you aren’t enamored with Morgans, there were several other interesting cars amongst the MOGSouth contingent.  A Mini Moke, a few Porsches, a Corvette, a Mini Van, and a new Alfa.  I know there were others that I can’t seem to recall. 

Wow!  We even had a Morgan race car in the hotel lobby!

Andrea and I turned the weekend into a week-long event by taking the Auto Train to Lorton, VA., a few days early.  We hung out in Virginia visiting old friends (we used to live there back in the late 1980s and early 1990s) for a few days and then drove South in time for the Fall Meet in Pinehurst.

Once we arrived at the meet hotel, were given a ‘Welcome Packet’ specifically for us.  Well, it had our name on it and everything?  I guess they wanted to be sure we got the best stuff?! 

The packet included Pinehurst Community brochures (I would need a month to see it all!), targeted advertisements, golf tees, Christopher John LTD trinkets, Morgan Spares Key Chains, note pads, etc.  Even the bag itself was customized with MOGSouth and the event details.  We were impressed.

As is the tradition, a Noggin had been set up for the arriving MOGSouth members and friends.  Beer, wine, cold cuts, etc.  Some had planned to go out for dinner but soon reconsidered and stayed to graze (there was a contingent that had gone out to an Oyster Bar for dinner).  A few beers and a chat with friends.  Then I went to soak my head.  It was a long drive down from Virginia.  Then back to the Noggin for more beer.  Good stuff!!

Saturday included a quick tour of the sites of Pinehurst, NC and the locals were out in force.  I do believe we had our pictures taken a number of times as the Morgans snaked their way around the town. 

Then we were off for the North Carolina Pottery Center in Seagrove.  The Center was at the end of a lovely Morgan run.  Scenic roads, twisty bits and a smattering of local color.  On display were the works of many of the regional potters.  Just walking around the Center and Shop, I was in awe.  The colors, shapes, imagination, etc.!  Then we got a demonstration of ‘throwing clay’ from one of the local artisans. 

The potter, whom we named ‘Harry’ (not sure what his real name was?) a young(er) fellow, but obviously skilled and passionate about his chosen calling.  He provided us with an enthralling demonstration of the pottery art, quickly ‘throwing’ stoneware cups and a matching pitcher.  All the while, he answered a great many of our somewhat naive questions. 

I think they were expecting us at lunch.  The entire restaurant was a single large ‘family style’ table.  Sort of an Italian place with a great selection.  Folks got subs; I got a small Pizza and a box to take home the leftovers.

After lunch we traveled just a short way to Sports Leicht Restorations (SLR), Inc.  SLR is an automotive restoration shop that has had many of the cars that they restored win lots and lots of awards at some of the most prestigious Concours d’Elegance shows around the country.  Quite a resume!  The tour of the facility was given by Bjorn, the owner.  The facility was spacious and clean.  Two things you definitely want, if you are going to have a car restored.  SLR restored all sorts of cars but it looks like the Mercedes SL190s and 300SL Gull Wings were a specialty.  They seemed to be everywhere, even on the rotisserie (a neat tool that turns cars upside down).  This certainly gave the Mercedes fans among us a bit of a buzz.  These are rare and expensive cars!  I do have to say though, that the Morgan, without a unibody like the Mercedes, makes for a much simpler (and cheaper!) restoration project.

Saturday evening involved an interesting adventure with the hotel shuttle and dinner at the Iron Wood Café.  A wonderful place that had set tables up for our group outside.  We had white tablecloths and adjoining patio . . . but there were pinecones (historically representative of human enlightenment??)  Of course, this doesn’t necessarily apply to me.

We were able choose from several delectable dinner choices.  Mine was perfect, but I don’t know about the others.  I suspect their choices were just as good.  This is one of the best Restaurants in Pinehurst!  A few MOGSouth remarks, a thank you to our hosts and back on the shuttle to the hotel. 

And of course, a beer, or two, in the bar and off to bed.  I just didn’t want it to end!!

The morning came and a few active sorts were off to play a round of golf.  Nothing that healthy for me, I just had to pack the car, find my way out of the parking lot (a lot harder than it sounds!) and head home.  

Again, a wonderful meet and a huge thank you to those involved in making it so.  I am sure everyone who attended will not soon forget the fun we had, and will find their way back to Pinehurst in the near future!  I know I will.

Cheers, Mark

FYI, there is a gallery of Photos from the 2019 Fall Meet also posted on the MOGSouth Web Site.

07 Aug

2019 MOGSouth Fall Meet Pinehurst, NC (13-15 Sep) – Deadline Approaching !!

Folks, for those of you attending the MOGSouth Fall Meet in Pinehurst, NC (Sep 13-15) you need to make your dinner selection(s), from the menu provided previously, and get your $51.20 (per person) checks to Madeline Moody by 15 August. If you have already done this, great!! If not, don’t procrastinate. She needs this information ASAP!!

Note: the last web site update posted has the complete menu, as well as other details about the event.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask Madeline via email at madeline.moodie@gmail.com.

17 Jul

2020 Cars and Coffee at the Amelia Island Concours (Mar 6 & 7)

As many of you know, the Amelia Island, GA Concours d’Elegance weekend is traditionally a big weekend for MOGSouth. For many of us, the start to the new Morgan year. This year will be similar to the previous few years. We have our MOGSouth Noggin on Friday (6 March) evening and we will again participate in the Saturday (7 March) Cars and Coffee. The formal Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday (8 March) but has in the past been moved up to Saturday if the weather is challenging.

As is the norm you have to register for the 2020 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island event to bring your Morgan and you have to be accepted.  (They will send a letter.) You need not register if you don’t want to bring your car and simply want to spectate. However, it is best to register, even if you are unsure. The registration form is attached below. The earlier you register, the more likely you will be accepted. They are limited in the number of cars accepted due to space constraints, so don’t procrastinate. Register now!!

The MOGSouth Spring Noggin will again be on Friday (6 March), starting at 5PM until going until whenever, at the Salt Life Food Shack, 39 N Fletcher Ave Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Note: this is the same restaurant as this past spring. All reports of this location were good, to include good parking, so bring your Morgan. Only the weather was a negative. It was cool so bring a jacket.

Last year we had the dealers, the factory representatives and a new car display, so obviously we had a great turn out of Morgans and more than 50 folks from the Morgan community! I suspect we will again have a great turn out so you will want to be there.

Then Saturday morning (7 March), those of us with Morgans, will all gather at 0730 at the Surf Restaurant’s front parking lot, along A1A (3199 S. Fletcher Avenue, Amelia Island, FL.)

From experience we know that if we don’t arrive together, we will be parked where ever they have a space, and most likely not together.

We will only wait at the Surf Restaurant for 10 minutes or less, so don’t be late!

For those coming from out of town, there are a number of Lodging options. You can stay on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, if you can get a room (they go very fast) and you are willing to pay the price (they are very expensive.) Alternatively there is a Hampton Inn, Jacksonville East, Regency Square that is just south of the Jacksonville -395 bridge over the St Johns River and just a short (45 – 50 min) drive along FL-105 to Amelia Island.

Plan on a great Morgan weekend and we hope to see you there!!

Cheers, Mark

26 May

Sir Morgan’s Knighting (Irene Breland)

As a new owner of what has to be one of the most interesting British marques still in existence, I gladly joined MOGSouth after finding my Morgan last fall. The club covers the southeast and includes several British Car Club of Charleston, SC members. I was determined to attend the Spring Meet and registered early. John Scott and I thought we could gather a few more Morgans from our area but we ended up being the only brave (crazy may be a better word) souls from here to drive a Morgan to Augusta, Georgia during a heat wave!

Sir Morgan – Photo Courtesy Irene Breland

On May 17th John and Laura in their beautiful 1961 Plus 4 and me in my 1966 Plus 4 left Charleston around 10:00 AM headed to hot Augusta. The drive started out quite pleasant with shaded country roads and nice scenery. Did I mention a heat wave? By the time we hit the small town of Williston I was getting nervous watching the temperature gauge, so we made a stop at the local gas station to cool us all down a bit. It’s kind of hard watching things like the speedometer, oil pressure, water temp and oil temp with sweat rolling down your face and hot air swirling around your head! As we were heading out John spied a local store named Morgan’s and started pointing to it. I must say my eyes were still blurry with sweat so I wasn’t sure what he was pointing at till we arrived for a late lunch in Aiken. John’s plan was to stop and take pictures in front of Morgan’s Drug Store on Sunday morning on our way back home.

After a delightful lunch in beautiful downtown Aiken we readied ourselves for the hottest part of the day and aimed for Augusta. That drive was HOT! Thanks to our excellent navigator, Laura, we managed to get through all the turns, traffic and stoplights and land at The Partridge Inn on Walton Way. We parked our Morgans with several others that arrived early enough to have cooled off (owners and cars) and eagerly watched other Morgans and their owners arrive.

MOGSouth put on a really nice reception with some fun snacks like Nuts and Bolts, which were root beer looking life savers and candied pretzel sticks. They had several other stations with other clever names and goodies all relating to driving, cars and car parts. Something we might be able to copy for our upcoming reception!

Saturday was Rally morning and after a 9:00 group picture we were given our instructions, and by 9:30 our Morgans were rumbling to life in our private parking garage. Now that was a cool sound! As we headed out of Augusta and started getting closer to open hills (yep) you could see the long string of Morgans as they climbed up the next hill in front of you. Oh, forgot to say we were headed to Washington, Georgia via the bridge over Clark Hill Lake. Once again, our navigator, Laura, kept us on the right track. With all the turns, traffic and stoplights our caravan did not stay together but we all managed to get to our first pit stop in time to parade downtown Lincolnton to the visitor center where they had a wonderful reception awaiting us. They were so happy to have us they ran a story in the local newspaper announcing our arrival with history and picture!

The Local Lincolnton News Paper – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

When we returned to our cars, we each had a copy of the local paper with a Morgan article folded for us to see on our front seats. Now that’s southern hospitality!

We continued on to Washington, Georgia that is, for lunch and touring. There we were parked around the historic town square and were free to roam around what is an interesting small town. There were several options for lunch and snacks and quite a few folks checking out the unusual cars in their town square. Did I mention it was HOT? Some of us toured the local museums and some traveled up the road to see an American car collection.

MOrgan’s Drug Store – Photo Courtesy of Irene Breland

All in all, a pretty neat old southern town that I would recommend going to if close by. I think it’s sad that we all seem to be in such a hurry to get to our destinations that quaint towns with interesting history get left behind with the rush to find the fastest route.

The caravan was quite scattered on the drive back to Augusta. We headed out mid afternoon and it was HOT. The directions back to the hotel were supposed to be a shorter route back but didn’t allow for a freight train to stop us in the middle of nowhere, in the blazing HOT sun! This is where I decided I was crazy! After carefully getting over the railroad tracks, we resumed our journey back to the hotel. I think at that time we were still an hour and a half or so from our destination (lord knows what it was as my brain was fried from the heat). The three very hot cars managed to get through busy Augusta late afternoon traffic and into our cool garage by 5ish. Cocktail hour was looking really good now as was our club dinner!

Sunday morning, early Sunday morning, was our target for heading back to the coast and hopefully cooler temps. We were on the road again by 8:15. We stopped for gas and we stopped for a picture in front of Morgan’s Drug Store in Williston. As we crossed the old Ashley River bridge, we waved goodbye as John and Laura headed downtown and I headed to Mt Pleasant. I pulled into our garage around 12:30 and changed “Morgan’s” name to “Sir Morgan” which I had told him that morning I’d ceremoniously ‘Knight’ him, if he got us both back to Mt. Pleasant!