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!!

22 Oct

GatorMOG’s 2018 Mid Atlantic Road Trip

This posting is only my report of the trip. Talk to the others for their thoughts. I have included a few images here (some are mine, others are from Rick, Karen, Andrea or Ron) but there are lots and lots more.  A photo gallery of some of the best pictures is also being posted.  Great fun!!  Cheers, Mark

Wander lust!  (/wän ● der ● lust/ noun: wanderlust A deep uncontrollable desire to hit the road and travel, by whatever means desired, to explore and enjoy the world – according to the omniscient internet.) 

And when you have a Morgan, the Morgan morphs into the ‘whatever means desired’.

It seems that every so often, I just have to go.  Perhaps, it’s hereditary or instinctual or just innate.  I don’t know, but the juices start to flow and the voices in my head speak to me (yes! I too hear voices, or am I just talking to myself?).  I can’t sleep, don’t eat well, drink too much.

Ok, so tell me you too know the feelings?

Well, I was cutting the grass one morning, early to beat the rain.  We do most things early in Florida to beat the rain, or the heat or the humidity.  There I was and it came to me.  Take the train or your butt will hurt.”

So here we are.  GatorMOG’s Mid-Atlantic Road Trip.  We load the Morgans and go North to Washington D.C. on Amtrak’s Auto Train and then drive ‘unhurriedly’ back down the Mid-Atlantic coast.  Nothing too fast, nothing too far.  Good hotels, good food and just enough company to mix up the daily routine.  Well, that was the plan anyway.

This ‘Road Trip’ is a bit different than the others we have been on and we planned it that way on purpose.  This road trip’s philosophy is three-fold.  (1) Limit driving time.  No marathon drives.  We are getting older and unfolding is hard.  (2) No drive-by visits.  Too many times we have been to a town or a location and haven’t had the time to see any of the sites.  We arrive, after driving all day, eat dinner, sleep in some non-descript hotel and then leave the next morning.  And, finally, (3) Limit the number of participants.  Too many folks necessitate group rates at hotels, restaurants that can handle large crowds, support vehicles, etc. Too much work to plan and organize. Herding cats is hard!

Now, taking your car on the train is really a thing of the past.  The only operating auto train in the US is the one that travels between Sanford, Florida (where I now live) and Lorton, Virginia (where I used to live, how weird is that?)  Lorton, Virginia is just a car wreck south of Washington DC, off I-95; so, for this trip, it is where we needed to go.

The opportunities for taking your car on the train are dwindling in Europe as well.  There used to be many choices but now just a few.  Sad.  Anyway, this is not the first time down the tracks for the others and I, nor the Morgans.

Day 0 of this Road Trip was preparation day.  8 October 2018.

This was a GatorMOG event and we had folks from both sides of the Florida Peninsula going on this trip.

So, to avoid any last minute trauma, we had the West Coast folks, Ron and Kathy Gricius, travel to Sanford (on the eastern side of the peninsula) on Monday morning, to Mark and Andrea’s abode.

This left us time to put Ron’s car on the lift, tighten those things that needed tightening and to react to anything else that needed reacting.  Well, it was all good, with no trauma, no reacting.  So, we just played.  Best to plan for the gremlins and have the time to fight them off, rather than to not plan for them and need to do battle, or worse yet, fall on your sword, at the last moment!

Photo Courtesy of Rick Frazee

Day 1 of this Road Trip was all about the train.  9 October 2018.  We headed to the Amtrak station mid-morning.  You need to go ‘check-in’ to verify your tickets are still correct and to sign up for your preferred dinner ‘sitting’.  They have different dinner ‘sittings’, sort of like a cruise ship.  If you want dinner prior to 9 PM you had better get there early and make your dining preference known.  There were eight of us going north on the train.  Rick and Sam Frazee in their BRG Roadster, John and Debbie Stanley in ‘Ruby’, their ruby red 2005 Roadster, Ron and Kathy Gricius in their 2003, Ferrari Red, Anniversary Plus 8, and yours truly in the two-toned, BRG over Cream ‘05 Roadster.  Once everyone accomplished all the requisite admin, we headed to downtown Sanford for lunch.  We found a meal at a Brew Pub.  Sanford is sprouting these things left and right.  There are five now.  For a town born on Celery, beer is now king.  Go figure?

We loaded our Morgans on the train in the afternoon.  Actually, Amtrak provides the drivers to load the cars, and it is a good thing, as they know the deal, narrow wheel tracks in narrow train cars.  Just the thought of navigating those constraints gives me the willies!  But, they are a bit challenged with the Morgans.  Not all the Amtrak drivers are skilled (or old enough) to drive a manual transmission.  They soon figure out the problem and then they call for ‘Lewie.’  They put the Morgans on last, driving them into the lower deck, so that they didn’t have to negotiate the steeper angles of the loading ramps.  This was good.  We did put a few extra pounds of pressure into the tires to assure maximum clearance, but it probably wasn’t needed.

Once the cars were loaded, we personally got to board the train, find our cabins, and then we headed to the ‘bar’ car.  Not much there.  But, the ‘bar’ car was our evening entertainment.  Expensive (but not fancy) wine, free cheese and crackers with each wine purchase, and pent up energy anticipating the adventure ahead.  We all went back to the ‘rooms’ to freshen up before dinner.  As said in a recent country song, I can only get so ‘fancy’.

Eventually, they called us to the dining car and down the aisle we went.  Dinner was surprisingly good, and they turned down our beds while we were out in the dining car.  After dinner, a little evening repose and finally we drifted off to the gentle rocking (with a few jolts?) of the train.  The only challenge is the bunk beds and getting down the ladder at night to the bathroom.

Again, in the morning, they called us to the dining car for breakfast.  Again, we stumbled down the aisle to the dining car.  Breakfast is only served to those that are interested and soon we arrived in Lorton.  It’s about 8:30 AM.  We are early.  The cars get off-loaded and we configure the Morgans for Day 2’s excitement.  And yes, our butts didn’t hurt!!

Configuring the Morgans is certainly Task 1.  We had the roof (hood) up for the train ride, too many birds in the train cars, but wanted to put the hoods down for the drive across the bay.  It’s warm in Virginia so the tops come off.  We also had to re-stow our bags from overnight.  Utilizing the Morgan’s space efficiently is no easy task.  A bit like that chicklets game, sliding this to the left and that to the right, somethings up and somethings back.  We didn’t take much onto the train as the sleeping berth stairways are very narrow.  But, we did have ‘things’, and those ‘things’ needed to be re-stowed so that we could get the hood down and weren’t jettisoning underwear, as we went down the road.

Day 2 of this Road Trip, 10 October 2018, was a sprint from Lorton, VA to St Michaels on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and it involved us taking the southeastern side of the I-495 D.C. Beltway.  It’s the only way to get to St Michaels, going over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.  Well, I guess we could swim . . .

Well, we did it.  Minimal drama.  Lots of new roads and morning traffic, but Morgans traveling in groups is a good thing . . . I think.  Makes us more visible to the ‘not quite awake’ folks suffering (sleeping?) through this same commute – day after day after day – more focused on the ‘day ahead’ than the rest of the world or too busy texting.

St Michaels is a great maritime town along the water on Maryland’s eastern shore.  It was here we met up with another couple in our traveling band.  Karen and Chuck Bernath have family on the Eastern Shore, so they traveled up earlier in their Plus 8.

The afternoon was spent visiting the maritime museum, historical boat tours, shopping, or in my case, napping.  I had been to the museum before and I was exhausted.  We stayed in a B&B in the heart of St Michaels.  Lovely location and nice hotel.

We did have some sprinkles during the night.  It seemed to be light and intermittent.  And then the crabs came out.  Something about St Michaels and the eastern shore of Maryland.  Crabs everywhere!

Day 3 of this Road Trip, 11 October 2018, had us traveling from St Michaels MD to Virginia Beach, VA.  We left St Michaels on what seemed like a British summer day.  Hot, humid and spitting rain. Tops up and claustrophobic.  The only real use of the windscreen wipers.

Photo Courtesy of Rick Frazee

We traveled south to lunch in Cape Charles.  After lunch, the tops came down as the sun came out.  Then we ventured over the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel-Bridge complex, into the Norfolk, Virginia Beach area.  The plan was to hug the Atlantic Coast and go to Military Aviation Museum and an ocean side restaurant for dinner.  However, in the interest of safety, we opted do go directly to our hotel and stay there for dinner.  Hurricane Michael was coming!

I had developed a mechanical problem with my car.  It turned out that a hose clamp that was situated ‘just so’, was rubbing a pinhole in another rubber coolant hose.  When the car got really hot the pinhole steamed like a freight train and allowed coolant to escape the system.  This steam loss obviously resulted in a reduced level of engine coolant, making the car even hotter.  A vicious cycle, so I had been putting in coolant (or water) as a quick fix but this resulted in a few too many unplanned stops.  We arrived in VA Beach a little later than planned.

Since old friends of ours from MCCDC, Richard Lipski and Peggy Morris were joining us for dinner, I called Richard and asked him to bring us a few auto parts.  I needed a length of radiator hose and a few hose clamps.  We had a great visit with Richard and Peggy at the hotel and then we all went our separate ways to find our rooms.  We were pretty tired and had a big day facing us.  The plan was to rewicker the schedule and, in the morning, go to the Aviation Museum we had previously skipped due to the forecasted Hurricane.

The Hurricane came through Virginia Beach while we were all asleep.  We woke up to a dark hotel, without power.  Luckily the backup power was just sufficient enough for breakfast and to power the elevators.  (I am getting too old to drag the luggage up and down the stairs!)

Day 4 of this Road Trip, 12 October 2018, was smooth sailing now that the hurricane had passed us by.  We altered the plan slightly to see old airplanes and called an audible for lunch.  We waved at the Wright Brothers Monument as we drove by.  No time to stop and fly the kites we had brought.  Oh well, we just needed to get from Virginia Beach, VA to Hatteras, NC.

After the hotel cooked us breakfast and the sun came up, we headed out to the parking lot. Thanks to Rick, Ron, and the parts Richard Lipski brought us (we still needed a trip to the local hardware and auto parts store) we fixed my coolant hose problem and headed for the Aviation Museum.

The Aviation Museum was certainly worth the schedule deviation.  It was extensive and focused on significant WWI and WWII military fighter planes.  (Along, with other related exhibits.) Amazing stuff and stuff I really enjoy.  Certainly, for me it was a great place to visit and spend a few hours.

We hurried along best we could, listening to the docents and taking in all the amazing aircraft.  We did leave just a few minutes before the tour was over.  We had to get down the road to lunch.

We found a nearby spot for lunch and then continued on our way to Hatteras, NC.  I was pleased that my car was running well and cool, and now gasoline powered and not steam powered.

We skipped the planned stop at Kitty Hawk, as the visitor’s center was closed (a two-year renovation, they said?).

We passed a good bit of debris on the curbs as we traveled south along the coast road (NC-12).  Most of this was due to Hurricane Florence.  My heart goes out to those dealing with all this mess.

The drive after lunch was spectacular with the dunes and marsh grass of the North Carolina outer banks.  We hugged the coast going south.  Good roads with minimal traffic.  Some of which was National Park, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

We did have a few ‘nautical’ events along the way.  We had to cross a number of places where the road had flooded from over-wash from the Atlantic Ocean, remnants of the recent Hurricane Michael.  To me, it wasn’t too deep to drive through and I just followed the vehicles ahead of me.  In some cases, I stayed to the dry (high) side of the road.  It was sort of like the old historic Morgan photos with the cars driving through the water during field trials or some such.

Others on the trip didn’t see it as I did and swore it was very, very deep.  So much so they needed ‘snorkles’!   I’m still not so sure about that, but I was at the front of the pack and didn’t experience the ‘sloshing’ waves those in the rear surely had.  I suspect the water we crossed will get deeper and deeper as time goes by.

Certainly, good stories for the noggins to come!

Getting to Hatteras, NC was paramount, so we pushed on and washed the Atlantic Ocean from the cars once we stopped.  The hotel had a convenient hose and they allowed us to use it.  Our abode for the night was a fishing hotel on the coast.  Quaint but a bit musty.  The restaurant however wasn’t too bad.

Day 5 of this Road Trip, 13 October 2018, was spent on the Ferries.  Two Ferries actually, the first from Hatteras, NC to Ocracoke, NC and the second from Ocracoke, NC to Cedar Island, NC.  The Ferry operation was quite punctual, and we got in line early to assure we didn’t miss the boat.  Actually, we were there too early and caught an earlier ferry.  This gave us time to stop to see the wild ponies of Ocracoke.  They ran free on the island until their safety was challenged by increasing traffic and they were corralled in the 1950s.  And that’s where they were when we stopped.  Way away from the traffic, safely corralled and way beyond our sight.  Maybe it was breakfast time?

After a short while we got back in the cars and headed to the lunch stop.  We ate in Ocracoke and then got in line for the 2nd ferry.

Riding the two ferries took us all day.  But, all in all, it was great fun.  Ron Gricius had these plastic car covers and tried to use one on the ferry.  It became a group-grope which involved several other passengers and even some of the crew.  It didn’t work as the wind fought them hard.  Finally, the cover was shredded, stuffed into the car and the car’s tonneau buttoned up.  We had a tremendous laugh.

Once off the second ferry we traveled down the road about an hour to our hotel in Atlantic Beach, NC. Finding operating hotels in this part of the country proved to be the toughest part of our trip.  All our pre-arranged hotel reservations were cancelled, by two other hotels, due to storm damage.  We had to react to mother nature and find other accommodations.  In the end, everything worked out quite well.

Day 6 of this Road Trip, 14 October 2018, was spend traveling south along the North Carolina coast.  Our objective was Wilmington NC.  It was hot, and my supposed ‘air conditioner’ was pretty much useless.  Our hotel in Wilmington, NC was just across the water from the berthed USS North Carolina, a WWII Battleship.  I was looking forward to the visit but then I had to choose.  A nap or a long walk to get there, and up and down the many stairways on the ship.  I hate to say it, but I chose the nap.  Andrea, however, ventured out and down the river walk and to a historical mansion (Bellamy Mansion) up the street from our hotel, as did a number of other folks.  It turned out that nobody actually went to the ship??

The group did find an interesting pub.  Lots of beer on tap and beer kegs for urinals??  The food wasn’t recommended so they all went to another pub down the street to eat.

Day 7 of the Trip, 15 October 2018, found us in Charleston, SC.  We arrived a little late and, since the hotel’s restaurant was closed, lunch for some was quite light. (Crackers?)  Andrea and I made a quick stop to see Charlie King’s widow, Caroline, and check on in on her.  She seems to be doing ok, but Charlie’s recent passing had obviously taken its toll.  Hopefully, she will join us for the Holiday Party in December.

Being the tourists we all were, we ventured into town and found a horse drawn trolley to take us around the historic district of the town.  This is a great way to get quickly introduced to the magic and mystery of a new place.  The trolley drivers are all really tour guides and give you quite a bit about the folk lore and history of the region.  And the pace of the horses is just about perfect.  Several of us ate dinner in an old church near the stables of the carriage ride.  Pretty cool atmosphere.

Day 8, 16 October 2018, found us circling the squares in Savanah GA.  We opted for a hop-on, hop-off trolley bus this time.  A bit of history from the driver but I didn’t really pay much attention to what she was saying.  I was just enjoying having someone else doing the driving for the moment.  Again, it was hot, so we ate lunch on River Street in a popular restaurant with good air conditioning.

Photo Courtesy of Karen Bernath. (Just what was Karen doing in the men’s room?)

Dinner was also down on River Street, at the Chart House.  There are lots of other options, but we like the Chart House in Savannah and always seem to dine there.  After dinner, we opted for drinks at the roof top bar of the Bohemian Hotel, quite a view of the river and the city.  It was not overly crowded (good!) but still quite warm.  We drank ‘cold’ things like ‘ice cream on the rocks’.

Day 9 of this Road Trip, 17 October 2018, was in St Augustine, FL.  We stayed right in the heart of the historic district in a lovely old Bed and Breakfast hotel, the Southern Wind Inn.  One of the supposedly ‘less’ haunted Inns in St Augustine.  In the afternoon, well before dinner, while some folks went shopping, the rest of us found ourselves sitting on the second floor veranda, rocking in wicker chairs, drinking wine and watching the world go by.  Glorious!  Simply glorious!   Karen and Chuck chose to head home as they live quite near in Jacksonville, FL (or was it that they knew for sure their house wasn’t haunted?)

Day 10 of this Road Trip, 18 October 2018 found us travelling home.  Ron and Kathy left early to get back to Winter Park, FL to see a Rover mechanic.  Ron had some gremlins he wanted to address before traveling back to the west coast of Florida.  After breakfast, the Frazees, Stanleys and Braunsteins took off for central Florida together until we each peeled off in our various directions for home.

The end of another superb Morgan adventure!  We all had mixed emotions about it ending.  On one hand we were ready for the trip to end, we were tired, a bit ‘road weary’ and Andrea wanted to see her dogs.  On the other hand, however, we simply wanted more.  I saw a sign for Miami and briefly thought ‘let’s go’!

I guess we will have to plan something else soon!!

See More Pictures in the Photo Gallery. Click the link below

http://www.mogsouth.com/2018/10/22/gatormogs-2018-mid-atlantic-road-trip-2/

19 Oct

2018 MOGSouth Holiday Party – Updates (as of 19 October 2018)

Folks, just a quick update to remind folks to make reservations for the MOGSouth Holiday Party,  1 December 2018.  (FYI, Most folks have indicated that they will arrive on Friday, 30 November.)

The 2018 Holiday Party will be held at the St Simon’s Island King & Prince Resort (www.kingandprince.com) on Sat 1 Dec 2018. 

Unfortunately, the reserved MOGSouth block of rooms with the discounted rates are now all gone.  I understand that there are still rooms available at the King and Prince Resort, but not at the reduced rate.

Send Mark an email (series1@cfl.rr.com) as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.   Please let Mark know if you are staying in the King and Prince Hotel and will be attending the Holiday Banquet.

We will collect the money for the banquet at the door.  It will be 41$  per person.  Please bring cash or personal check to pay.  We cannot take credit cards.

Note MOGSouth will be subsidizing the banquet prices over and above the 41$.  We will also have a full bar available before and during the banquet.  This will be in addition to the traditional MOGSouth Hospitality Suite (The Wesley Cottage) which will be open at selective times throughout the weekend.   Wow!! Your dues $$ at work! 

FYI, the planned Trolley ride for Saturday morning (1 Dec) has been fully booked . . . twice (they added a second tour just for us).   Seats on the trolley may become available, but only if folks cancel.

Regardless, it will be a great time to come together as a group and rekindle old friendships and make new ones.  I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone in December.

Cheers,
Mark

01 Oct

2019 MOGSouth Spring Meet

Save the Dates!! 17 – 19 May 2019

In this age of recycling, we will reuse all the great planning Glenn and Dorothy Moore put into the 2018 Fall Meet (that’s the one we unfortunately had to cancel due to Hurricane Florence) and try to use it for the upcoming Spring Meet.     As we had planned for the cancelled Fall Meet, we are going to historic Augusta Georgia.

Negotiations are underway with the designated meet hotel, the Partridge Inn in Augusta, for comparable room rates, etc.  As soon as these are confirmed we will let you know the details so that you can make your reservations.   Stand by!

There will be other things we need to know but for now, just pencil in the dates on your calendar.

27 Sep

Sad News. MOGSouth Co-Founder Charlie King Passed Away 23 Sept 2018, Age 95

[Charlie was a wonderful man and a good friend.  He will be dearly missed by many in MOGSouth.  He was a founding member of MOGSouth and his documented history of MOGSouth can be read on the HISTORY pages of the MOGSouth Website.   

As he aged, and sold his Morgans, his participation in the MOGSouth activities became a little less frequent but he was always there for us.  And, always a cheer leader and point of inspiration.   Frequently, he was asked his opinion and he always provided us with sound guidance and motivation.

He did attend the 40th Anniversary of the Club in 2015 and spoke about the club’s creation.  He highlighted his role and the role of the other founding members ‘back in the day.’   Then he commended the current incarnation of the club and its operation some 40 years on.

We all have to be grateful for all his efforts and cherish his friendship.  Mark]    

Dr. Charles Joel King (1922 – 2018) 

Obituary as Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Sept. 25, 2018

Dr. Charles Joel King, 95, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Caroline Oliveros King, died Sunday, September 23, 2018, at his home in Charleston, SC. His private graveside service will be at St. Philip’s Churchyard.

A reception for family and friends will be held Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 35 Gibbes Street, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Charlie was born November 15, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of Ruth and John J. King. He received his Doctorate of Dental Science degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland and his Master of Arts in teaching from The Citadel in Charleston. Dr. King is retired from the University of Detroit Dental School, where he served as Dean from 1983 through 1988. Previously, he was on the faculty of Baylor University’s Dental School and was a member of the original faculty at the Dental School of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Charlie took to retirement like a fish takes to water and never looked back. He was a man of many hobbies. He collected antiques, Morgan cars, Classic Thunderbirds and clocks. Charlie loved Great Dane dogs, travel and golf. He was active in car clubs, especially the Morgan Owners Group South. Charlie was a president of the Country Club of Charleston, where he made three holes in one. Although he was fortunate enough to play both August National and the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, his time spent golfing with his friends at the Country Club of Charleston was his favorite. Charlie was a kind, thoughtful, loving, gentle man. His goodness will be missed greatly.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Caroline; grandson, Brian King; and daughter-in-law, Jeannie King of Dallas, TX. He was predeceased by his son from a former marriage, Geoffrey King who passed away suddenly on September 5th of this year.

The family’s appreciation goes out to Kindred Hospice of Charleston and Home Instead Senior Care for their kind and compassionate service. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Drawer 70579, N. Charleston, SC 29415. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston

Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Sept. 25, 2018 http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/charleston/obituary.aspx?n=charles-joel-king&pid=190308835&fhid=6051

 

18 Sep

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island – Update – Acceptance Emails Are Being Received

As mentioned in the first emailing about the 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island, you have to register for this event and you have to be accepted.  (They have limited space and regulate the number of cars they get.)

FYI, I registered (via email on 9/5/18) and received my acceptance via email today (9/18/2018) coming from Jennifer Grosse.     So they aren’t overly slow in communicating.

Background Information   

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is a week long event, held annually at Amelia Island, GA.  The main weekend of the event is 8 – 10 March.    As there are many MOGSouth members that attend, MOGSouth has a Noggin’ on Friday night, and participates in the Cars and Coffee Event on Saturday.   Then many go to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.

The 2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island is on Saturday, 9 March 2019, the day before the big Amelia Island concours d’elegance.   It starts early Saturday morning and goes into the afternoon.   The part of the golf course used for the Cars and Coffee is the some of the same area used for the Concours on Sunday, so they have to get the cars off the field early enough to set up for Sunday.

MOGSouth Participation Information   

MOGSouth will provide you with three pieces of information as soon as they are available.

(1) Noggin Location:  MOGSouth with have a Noggin’ somewhere in the vicinity, on Friday, 8 March 2019, starting around 5PM.  The location for the Friday evening Noggin will be communicated as soon as it known.   In the past we have had nearly 50 folks attend, so this is an event not to be missed.

(2) Rendezvous Location: MOGSouth will identify a rendezvous point in area, near the cars and coffee location, where all the Morgans can meet up and go into the cars and coffee together.  If we don’t go in together, we will not be parked together.  Exact timing has varied over the last few years.

(3) Hotel Information:   There will be a hotel identified vicinity of the Jacksonville Airport for those coming from out of town.  This hotel is not mandatory and there are hotels on Amelia Island or in Fernandina Beach, however they are costly and book up very quickly.  If you want to try one of them, make reservations now.

Registration Information   

If you haven’t already registered, it is best to do it quickly.  Last year several of our Morgan friends were turned away as they didn’t register in time.   If the timing is still up in the air, register anyway.  You can always cancel later.   Click here for the registration form.   Cars_and_Coffee_Application_2019

Note: New for this year they are charging a fee.  If you don’t wish to pay this fee, you will not get accepted.  You can pay via credit card and email this information with the completed registration form to carsandcoffee@ameliaconcours.org.  Alternatively, you can post the form in the US Mail.  The mailing address is on the form.

Finally, don’t forget to send me an email so I know you are coming.   I want to be sure we have sufficient room at the Noggin.

Cheers,
Mark

05 Sep

2019 Cars & Coffee at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – March 9th 2019

IT’S ON AGAIN!!  BUT YOU HAVE TO REGISTER AND GET ACCEPTED TO PARTICIPATE.

MOGSouth will continue to participate in the Cars and Coffee at Amelia Island, the Saturday (9 March) before the big Concours d’Elegance on Sunday (yes, I know they have rescheduled the Sunday Concours to Saturday in the past when rain has threatened.  All we can do is stay the course.)

Like we have in the past, we will have a MOGSouth Noggin at some watering hole in Fernandina Beach or the vicinity on Friday evening (8 March) before the Cars and Coffee.   Details will be published when fully defined.   Note: You can participate in the Friday Noggin and not participate in the Cars and Coffee event.  Just send an email to Mark at Series1@cfl.rr.com to let him know what you are doing.

Register Now, even if you don’t go, you won’t have to sweat being accepted.  Do it now and don’t miss out.  Click here for the registration form.  Cars_and_Coffee_Application_2019

Note: New for this year they are charging a fee.  If you don’t wish to pay this fee, you will not get accepted.  You can pay via credit card and email this information with the completed registration form to carsandcoffee@ameliaconcours.org.

If you wish to use the postal system, instead of email, mail your registration form to Cars and Coffee at the Concours, 3016 Mercury Road S, Jacksonville, FL 32207

See you there!  Cheers, Mark

01 Sep

New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) Project & Patterson Pump facility in Toccoa GA

This message may be of interest to the club members that followed the story in the newsletter (Volume 6/14) highlighting the MOGSouth visit in June 2014 to the Patterson Pump facility in Toccoa GA where our huge New Orleans flood control pumps were manufactured.

This photo, from the MOGSouth newsletter, shows our tour group standing in half of the suction tube of one of the pumps.

I just received notification that the New Orleans Permanent Canal Closures and Pumps (PCCP) Project involving our monster pumps will be featured on the History Channel September 1st at noon (ET).

Briefly, the PCCP project is the last and largest of the post-Katrina flood protection improvement projects.

The 10 largest of the 17 pumps are the largest pumps in the U.S. hurricane protection system, capable of pushing 800,000 to 1.2 million gallons per minute EACH over the flood protection walls and into Lake Pontchartrain.

These pumps and the 7 “small” pumps that are capable of half these flow rates produce a combined flow rate equivalent to that of the Ohio River.

The pumps are 5 to 7 stories high.

It took 150 special flatbed tractor trailers to transport the 17 pumps to New Orleans. They were shipped in components (photo attached) and assembled on site while the pump stations were built around them.

Regards,

Jack Claxton

 

14 Aug

Morgan’s Thrill On The Hill – 2018 Report from the Field

[Ken and Pat Kreuzer are visiting the UK and attended the 2018 Morgan Motor Company’s Thrill on the Hill.   They have also rented a more modern Plus 4 for their adventure.  

Here are a few words on the event and be sure to view the great pictures from their MMC Factory visit and the from the event. 

I am envious!!   Mark]

FYI, The Plus 4 we are renting is fun. I have to fold back the hood to get in.   At least its not held down by a dozen lift the dots and can be sealed from inside.

How many car companies would invite their customers, dealers, employees and local food and gift purveyors to a giant picnic at the factory?  Morgan, the only privately owned car company in the UK did just that this August. Celebrating 50 years of the Plus 8, and, unfortunately the end of the naturally aspirated V8 engined sports cars, the show featured a year by year display of the model starting with the 1968 prototype brought over from the states.

The factory and some UK dealers showed a number of cars ready to empty one’s wallet. Factory tours were available and some of the things we found interesting were crates being prepared for shipping the engines for US dealers to install in new traditional cars now available to us for the first time in years and a alloy skinned body also ready to come here for someone’s classic four seater. In the same shops that hand made wood framed bodys are made, Morgan have installed a 3D printer for making prototypes of new parts.

Managing director Steve Morris and the heads of design and marketing gave a lively Q and A about the company while keeping information about new models up their sleeve.

Live music and fireworks capped off a unique automotive event.

Don’t miss Ken and Pat’s great pictures of the event.  Click Here!

Ken and Pat Kreuzer

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