29 Oct

2018 GatorMOG Fall Noggin – Safety Harbor – Event Report

The Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club hosts an All British Car Show each year, in a quaint little suburb of Tampa called Safety Harbor, FL.  This show is held right in the middle of the town and they close the roads and make a big deal out of the whole thing.  It brings business to the hotels, restaurants, boutiques and other shops so the town is happy to have the event.

There are any number of All British Car Shows around during the fall and the spring in Florida.  It’s the location, however, the town of Safety Harbor, that makes this one special.  This year was special for another reason.  Morgan was the featured marque.  Given this honor, we decided that the 2018 GatorMOG Fall Noggin should coincide with this show.  In that way we could ensure a good turnout.

Interestingly, I was contacted last year, a month or so before this show, asking if Morgan could support being the featured marque for 2017.  I said no.  The show was a month away, on day where all the local Morgans were already committed.  We needed time to get the word out.

Well, it worked.   This is only the second time I remember having attended this show.  The timing is usually in conflict with other shows or things on my calendar.  The first time I attended, there were only 2 of us.  Gene and Betsy McOmber were there with their lovely Plus 8 and Andrea and I had the Series 1 DHC.

But, this year it was different, we had 12 cars.  I knew 10 of them that had registered and then two local cars (non MOGSouth members) augmented our number.   I was pretty pleased.  We had Plus 8s and Roadsters, Plus 4s and a DHC.  The only thing missing of the 4 wheeler variety was a 4/4.  Seems we are all shifting to the idea of ‘bigger is better’ or ‘size does matter’?

The organizers split the Morgan class into 1999 and older, and 2000 and newer.  We had 7 older Morgans aligned on one side of the street and 5 newer cars, post 2000, directly across the street.  Not too bad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1999 and older half the of the Morgan Class.  

As is the norm, we had lots of interest in the cars and lots of questions.  Many were surprised to see the newer cars, thinking Morgans had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

The 2000 and newer half of the Morgan Class. (4 Roadsters and Ron Gricius’ red ‘03 Plus 8.) Photo Courtesy of Alan Rae.

They had a good number of awards to present and the Morgan contingent got their share of them but they all say ‘Austin Healey.’  Go figure?

Alan Rae getting his award from Bill Borja, the President of the Tampa Bay Austin Healey Club.  Photo Courtesy of Alan Rae.

The picture below was our attempt at a group shot, but only shows some of the Morgan crowd and most the of awards.  Somehow we missed getting the rest if the gaggle into the picture.

This picture is purposely fuzzed as we all look like hell.  It was a long day!!

Having the show downtown on the streets of Safety Harbor was certainly interesting.  I normally don’t enjoy shows on the street or in parking lots as the tarmac gives off too much heat.  This wasn’t too bad as there was a cool front coming through and we had some sort of sea breeze making for a bit of overcast.  Really quite pleasant.

We were parked directly in front of a great breakfast and lunch spot,   (which we took advantage of, several times.) It was very, very convenient and quite good!  This venue provided something for everyone.  Those not interested in the cars were welcomed in the little shops and boutiques.

Following the awards presentation we all packed up the cars and drove them back to the Safety Harbor Spa, our hotel.  The hotel was all of 1/4 mile down the road from where the show was held.  Another good thing about this show, a very convenient hotel.  We got freshened up, had a drink at the Tiki bar by the pool, then walked back downtown for a lovely dinner.

Another supper weekend out with the cars and good friends!  In my opinion, this is the best of year in Florida.  The weather is superb, no longer hot and humid, and the snow birds are just now starting to arrive.

This one was so much fun, we will have to keep it on the schedule for next year.

If you feel the urge, come join us!  You will be more than welcome!!

12 Sep

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet is CANCELLED Due to Florence

Folks, it looks as if the storm has turned to the south and is headed right for Augusta.   A majority of those MOGSouth members that said they were coming to this event have already cancelled.  The number confirmed is down to just a handful.  This is understandable but it is really hard to have a Club Meet without members.   So we have had to make this difficult decision to cancel the event.

Glenn and Dorothy Moore, our hosts for this event, as well as others have decided it is better to cancel the event than to risk anyone’s safety.   Also, the hotel has indicated that should we cancel, they understand and will honor our discounts and other negotiated arrangements at some later date.

The good news is that we haven’t nailed down a Spring Meet for next year.  And, we can simply reschedule the 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet as the 2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet.  We will figure out the dates for this Spring Meet in the near future and let everyone know.

Again, the 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet has been CANCELLED.   It is unfotunate, but we cannot control the weather.

If you have questions call me at 407-322-5060.

Cheers,
Mark

12 Sep

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet and Hurricane Florence

As of right now, the Fall Meet in Augusta is still a GO !

We are all watching the weather to see what Florence does.  Now I am not a weatherman but from what I am seeing is that Florence will make landfall somewhere in North Carolina and stall. The amount of rain and wind appear to lessen as the storm slowly moves inland.

You can see the location of Augusta GA (far left) in relation to where the storm is predicted to make landfall on the following map.   This Weather Channel map is as of 4:30PM Wednesday, and anything can change, but Augusta is quite aways inland.

It appears like Florence will make landfall near Wilmington, NC late Thursday or early Friday, and according to the Accuweather weather forecast for Augusta, GA, the impacts of the storm will not reach Augusta  until some time on Sunday, when we are all leaving the area for home.

I am still planning on going and I will be taking my Roadster.  But rest assured I will be bringing an umbrella!  (FYI, The Partridge Inn, our Meet hotel in Augusta does have a parking garage so the cars will be fine.)

I am coming up from the South, but those that have to come down from North Carolina environs may choose differently.

Whether you decide to stay the course or to cancel, I cannot make this decision for you.  You understand your unique situation better than anyone else.  And for those of you that live along the impacted coast, stay safe and be prudent.

 

Cheers,
Mark
11 Aug

Final Details – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14 – 16 Sep.

FIRST THINGS FIRST Dorothy Needs to Know the following information for the Hotel, the Restaurant, the Hospitality Suite, etc.  

Please send her an email to moore_dorothy@bellsouth.net or call 678-513-2931, (c) 404-678-4236.  DO THIS NOW !!!

NAME:______________________________________________________

__(Check Mark for Yes) Staying at The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904 – 706-737-8888

__(Check Mark for Yes) No hotel needed, NOT staying at the Partridge INN, but attending the Fall Meet

__(Check Mark for Yes)Bringing a Morgan

(If Yes) Year ________Model__________Color____________

__ Number of People for Dinner Saturday evening at The Cucina 503

 

 

DETAILED FALL MEET ITINERARY

Friday September 14, 2018

Hotel Arrival – The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904

  • Registration/Check-In 3 PM
  • Parking – Lower Level of Parking Garage

Hospitality Room – The Cigar Bar – First Floor of Hotel (opens at 3:00 pm) No smoking allowed!!!

Dinner Options – (FYI, if not driving, book the Hotel shuttle)

  • Partridge Inn Bar and Grille with live local Jazz (second floor)
  • Raes Coastal Café (Mark Braunstein recommends)
  • Finch and Fifth Charcuterie
  • Ephesus Restaurant (Mediterranean)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen (Japanese and Burgers)

Evening Activities in Augusta                     

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Saturday September 15, 2018

Breakfast – 6-10 AM, included with your Partridge Inn Room (or $12.99 if not a guest)

9:15 AM‘Group Photo’ on stairs at Inn Front Patio

9:30 AMDepart for Washington, GA

  • Travel over the bridge at Clark Hill Lake
  • Travel through Lincolnton, GA
  • Rest Stop in Lincolnton (if needed)

11:15 Lunch Options

  • The Hot Box Food Truck 20R West Robert Toombs Ave open 11-9 Washington, GA..alfresco dining deck  706-678-4269 please park your Morgans together for photos, Restrooms available
  • The Square Café 22 W Square 706-678-5908 open 11-3
  • The Jockey Club 10 W  Public Square 706-678-1672 open 10-2
  • Cade’s Home Cooking 9 E Square 706-678-5586

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Jones Auto Museum, 312 Thompson Hwy 25 Cars in Mr. J. Jones private museum and 50 more cars in his 2 other buildings, approx. 4 miles outside of Washington.  Mr. Jones is opening his museum just for our group free of charge.  He will leave the gate open to the gravel road up to his car barn.  Collection began in 2005, restored Fords, Chevy 409, 55 Chevy Convertible, 70 Chevelle, 69 Chrysler Hemi, etc.  Photos allowed, but requests they not be “splashed” all over the internet.

12:00 PM until whenever – if not going to Auto Museum

  • Stay and see Historic Washington’s museums or just drive and/or walk the town
  • History Was Made Here! Three Beautifully restored house museums and library along with the Revolutionary Battlefield at Kettle Creek share the tales of this small city with a big history, one filled with legendary feats, prominent families, and innovative discoveries.
    • Though Washington is proud of their history, their present has just as much to offer. Historic downtown Washington is filled with businesses offering a variety of unique shopping, delicious food, and convenient service options.
    • Washington was briefly the State Capital of GA and is the place where the Confederacy voted to dissolve itself.
    • Highlights – The Washington Historical Museum open 10 – 5 PM, The Robert Toombs House open 10-5 PM, The Callaway Plantation open 10-5 PM, The Fitzpatrick Hotel
    • Washington Plantation B & B, Campbell – Jordan House, Bolton – Green Plantation and the Water Street Homes

Afternoon in Augusta

  • Canal Boat Tours
  • The RiverWalk along the Savannah River
  • The Augusta Commons
  • Broad Street Park
  • SouthStar Trolley Tours

Evening Activities

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open at 3:00 PM
  • 6:30 PM – Dinner at Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, 762-994-0142, private dining room, full menu, separate checks, if not driving please book the shuttle in advance
    • 18 minutes from the Inn; 7.43 miles

Evening Activities in Augusta (after dinner)

  • Hotel’s Cigar Bar (Hospitality Room) open until 10 PM
  • Hotel’s Roof Top Lounge open until 10 PM

 

Sunday September 16, 2018

  • Breakfast from 6 am – 10am included with room, $12.99 if not a guest at the Inn
  • Fall Meet adjourned, check out time is 11:00 am
  • Stay and see Augusta’s Broad Street downtown and maybe ride the Canal Boats or walk the Riverwalk

Looking forward to seeing you all at The Partridge Inn!!

Glenn and Dorothy Moore 

11 Jul

Updates – 2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet, Augusta GA, 14-16 Sep.

The MOGSouth Fall Meet will be in Augusta, GA Sep 14 – 16

The Meet Host Hotel is The Partridge Inn, 2110 Walton Way, Augusta GA 30904  (Tel. 706-737-8888)

The Partridge Inn is an historic southern style and quaint hotel, but now in the hands of Hilton and is efficient, clean and well-managed.  It has a roof-top bar that overlooks the city and balcony rooms that overlook the beautiful pool and lounging area.

We have negotiated superb Group rates for the rooms. This rate includes breakfast for either a single person or a couple in the room.

Standard Rooms are $139.00 per night, Suites are $149.00 and rooms with Balconies at $159.00.

Guests need to call the Partridge Inn directly (706-737-8888) for their reservations using the MOGSouth group name

These rooms will be held for MOGSouth until August 15 . . . so please make your reservations now to be guaranteed these great rates!

The Partridge Inn has also reserved secured, covered parking at no extra charge for our Morgans.

The Hospitality Room will be in the Partrirdge Inn’s  ‘Cigar Bar’ (not to worry it will be non smoking!) on the first floor.  It will be open to MOGSouth only, on both Friday and Saturday, 14/15 Sep from 2:30 PM until 10 PM.

In addition to the Partridge Inn’s own restaurant, there are a number of restaurants nearby.

  • Raes Coastal Café, 3208W. Wimbledon Dr. Augusta GA 30909 – 706-738-1313 (4 Miles)
  • Finch and Fifth, 379 Highland Ave., Augusta GA – 706-364-5300 (2 Miles)
  • Ephesus Restaurant, Mediterranean / Turkish, 3102 Washington Rd., Augusta GA  – 762-994-0180 (5 miles)
  • Whiskey Bar Kitchen, Japanese / Burgers, 1048 Broad St., Augusta GA 30901 – 706-814-6159 (3 miles)

We will have a group dinner at 6:30PM on Saturday evening at  Cucina 503, 502 Fury’s Ferry Road Suite 503, Augusta GA 30309 – 762-994-0142 (7.5 miles)

The Partridge Inn Shuttle is also available at no charge for those not wanting to drive out in the evening.  (You must go to the front desk and reserve a spot on the shuttle.)

If you are curious, go to the Hotel’s  website  The Partridge Inn and check out the photos of the Partridge Inn.

Come and luxuriate for a great weekend get together in Augusta!!!

Dorothy and Glenn Moore

07 Jul

2018 GatorMOG Fall Noggin

The GatorMOG Fall Noggin (Saturday, 27 October 2018) is scheduled in conjunction with this year’s Safety Harbour (near Tampa) all British Car show, the “32nd Annual All British Field Meet and Autojumble”.

Morgan is the featured marque and we want to be sure that Morgans are well represented at this show so register now!

The Saturday, 27 October, schedule is as follows: 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Placement of Cars, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Voting, and the awards will be presented at 2:30 PM.  Make sure you review the map so you know how to get into the show area.

The show is a Saturday show, however there is a ‘Meet and Greet’ on Friday evening, 26 October,  5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, with complimentary snacks and cash bar.  The ‘Meet and Greet’ will be held at [Location still TBD] in Safety Harbour.

You Must Register for this Meet.  Registration is now open.  Click here for the registration form.  It can be completed online but must be printed, signed and mailed.  You must register before 1 October or the price will go up.  Also, I think you will want this T-shirt, so don’t wait too long and miss out.

The event flyer includes the schedule, map and the list of associated hotels, should you need one.   Be sure to mention the car show when you discuss lodging with the hotels.  As I understand it, there are group rates.

Please let me know when you register. I want to be sure we know who is coming.  Just send me an email – series1@cfl.rr.com.

Cheers,
Mark

01 Jul

2018 MOGSouth Fall Meet – Augusta Georgia

The MOGSouth Fall Meet has just been confirmed by the Hosts Glenn and Dorothy Moore.  The Meet with be held in Augusta GA, the weekend of 14 – 16 September.  

The Host Hotel will be the Partridge Inn (a Curio Collection Hotel by Hilton) and looks to be superb!  You really should ‘Google’ the hotel and you will soon see why this location is so special.

All the arrangements with the hotel and for the rest of the weekend are still being worked.   Glenn and Dorothy are working the details, etc., so a specific group rate will be arranged and will be announced, as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, you will want to pencil in the dates, and we will plan on seeing you there!

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

25 Apr

2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet – Last Minute Notes

Well I think we’re ready for ya’ll! We are excited to have you coming to our town. I just got off the phone with the Local British Car Club President. He’s pulling all stops to get as many members to the local Cars and Coffee. He’s expecting a big turnout, and we are to be a big part of it.

That being said he’s also setting aside an area for us and suggests our getting there around 7AM if possible. I know everyone will be tired after two days of driving but I told him I’d throw it out there. We’ll discuss it Friday at the Hospitality Suite at the hotel.

Safe travels! To repeat myself, we are really excited to have you all here!!
Warmest regards,
Tom

Tom Perkins
615-406-9311
Tom@teamperkins.com

05 Apr

2018 MOGSouth Spring Meet (Franklin, Tennessee) 27 – 29 April, 2018 – Final Update

I can’t tell how excited we are to have you here in Historic Franklin!!

Just as a reminder the MOGSouth Spring Meet will be held 27 – 29 April, 2018 in Franklin Tennessee.  See previous posts for hotel information and added itinerary information.

My initial itinerary pretty much stays the same but I’ve added a few specifics.  The Hampton Inn your staying at has great parking for trailers. Our hospitality area is their breakfast lounge. VERY comfortable! It will as normal be open before and after dinner each evening.

Next to the hotel is Jonathan’s Restaurant and just to the left up the hill are a few more otpions.   Kona, Kings (sports bar),  Conners Restaurant (a little higher class – steaks and seafood) and a little further down is the Cheesecake Factory.

Mike Wolfe’s (TV’s Pickers fame) Mini Museum is still under construction but we will be parking there for lunch.  Hopefully, more.

After we return from the ride we’ll go back to the Hampton. For those not going to the museum it will give you a couple of hours to shop,explore Franklin.

For those going to the Lane Museum you are in for a real treat!  If you’ve been to Amelia Island Concours you will recognize some of the cars.   Please google the”Lane Car Museum” if you are on the fence about going.

All of this will be in your meet package upon arrival.

Please feel free to call me with any questions.  Tom Perkins, 615-406- 9311, Tom@teamperkins.com

Safe travels!

Your hosts:  Tom Perkins, (Other friends helping Ian, Tony and Rick)

 

PS: the Hampton does serve breakfast