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.
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!
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.’
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.
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!!
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