Archive for April, 2010
Hot off the press, The Guild of Motoring Writers have awarded Charles Morgan their highest accolade; Guy Loveridge, Press Officer for The Guild, had this to say: -
“The Guild of Motoring Writers recognises a unique British achievement
Charles Morgan of the Morgan Motor Company has been awarded the President’s Trophy, The Guild of Motoring Writers’ highest accolade, in recognition of the specialist car company’s centenary.
The presentation was made at the Guild’s Annual General Meeting by its president, Nick Mason. Mr Morgan expressed his “delight and extreme gratitude” in accepting the award, and went on to thank the Guild for its members’ help and support during the 66-year association between the two organisations.
Introducing the award, Nick Mason said: Introducing the award, Nick Mason said: “I’m delighted to present Charles with this Trophy in acknowledgement of The Morgan Motor Company’s commitment to British automotive engineering”. In accepting, Charles Morgan replied: “It is an honour to accept this on behalf of all those who have and who continue to make Morgan a success.”. In accepting, Charles Morgan replied: “It is an honour to accept this on behalf of all those who have and who continue to make Morgan a success.”
He added that Morgan has plans for an electric car and a small family vehicle, plus a ‘weekend’ car, hinting it might be a three-wheeler.
The presentation was a highlight of the Guild’s AGM, which was generously hosted by Rolls-Royce at its Goodwood headquarters. After the meeting, members were given a VIP tour of the production facility, and had the opportunity to drive various Rolls-Royce models.”
During a recent visit to the Morgan Motor Companies Visitor Centre in Malvern Link, England, the Morgan Car News spotted these rare Harrods Supersport pedal cars. Morgan Motor Company introduced the new model, for a slightly younger than normal, owner in 2009. The SuperSport Junior Pedal Car is a limited edition of 500 ‘person-powered’ vehicles.
Morgan Motor Company have this to say about their latest version of the original Morgan 3-Wheeler: -
“In our Centenary year no celebration from a car manufacturer as special as Morgan would be complete without the introduction of a new model.
In keeping with the tradition of doing things our own way, we are delighted to announce a new model – The SuperSport Junior Pedal Car: It’s light, It’s zero emission and it’s fun!
Designed to be built alongside the normal range of cars at the factory, the 2/3rd scale SuperSports Junior pedal car will appeal to the younger element of the Morgan fraternity. Suitable for 6-13 year olds, it requires energetic pedal power rather than petrol or hydrogen for forward motion. True to our core Morgan values it retains our legendary high power to weight ratio.
Made from only the highest quality materials and featuring a cast aluminium look-alike engine, the limited run of 500 are expected to sell as fast as they move! If you are interested in ordering one of these future collectors items please contact MMC for brochure and ordering information .”
Further photographs of the Morgan pedal car can be found on Talk Morgan, the Morgan sports car site for owners and enthusiasts.
Hot off the press from Milan, we have just received photos of the wonderful Morgan Roadster Sport from Morgan Motor Company. The photos show the new Sport model in, the fresh for 2010 colour, Sport Teal.
MMC have this to say about the new Morgan sports car: “A new introduction for 2010, the Roadster Sport adds performance and luxury to the basic formula.
With a minimal range of options to add to the comprehensive specification, which already includes a mohair hood and tonneau, black coloured stainless steel wire wheels and tan leather upholstery, the Roadster Sport offers style – pure and simple. 220 Bhp, a wider frame front for more secure handling yet still with 225 g/km Co2 emissions, the new Euro 5 Roadster Sport delivers performance with responsibility (Editor – thereby following in the footsteps of the Morgan 4/4 Sport).”
For more information on the Morgan Sport Range, visit the Morgan Motor Company and see their list of dealers for Morgan sports car sales. To discuss these wonderful automobiles, view photographs and meet other enthusiasts of Morgan cars, visit Talk Morgan.
Morgan Motor Company have confirmed 2 new colours for the 2010 Morgan Sport Range, which includes the 4/4 Sport and V6 Roadster Sport. The new colours to grace these Morgan sports cars are: Sport Teal and Sport Sand. Sport Sand has already been shown on the Roadster Sport shown at Geneva in February; however, other than a sample in the 2010 Morgan Classic Range brochure, Sport Teal is yet to be revealed.
The colours join: Sport Grey, Sport Blue, Sport Red, Sport Ivory, Sport Black and Sport Green to round off the 8 colours that the Morgan Sport models are offered in. Tan leather is the only interior trim offered on both models but the Roadster receives premium quality Natural Huntley Distressed leather over and above the standard leather provided on the 4/4.
Is a love affair with cars an innate quality, something preordained by our inherited DNA, or a result of parental, and wider family, nurture? Furthermore, can an inanimate object become part of the family or is it simply an heirloom, a reference to the tastes and proclivities of former generations? I doubt these are questions that the average ‘petrol-head car lover’ ask themselves very often; however, if we found ourselves in the same position as Dan Stewart, perhaps we would be motivated to do so.
In his short story Time Machine: One Family’s 40 Year Morgan Odyssey, Dan tackles the retelling of his family’s 40-years of Morgan sports car ownership. Blame it on the sentimental side of me but by the end of the story, I could not help but imbue the Sunset Yellow Plus 8 with a personality all its own. Dan has promised to document his upcoming road trip, through the Carolina mountains, in the Morgan; therefore, I can look forward to hearing further adventures of this bright member of the Stewart family. Until then, I hope you enjoy Dan’s story as much as I did…
Time Machine: One Family’s 40 Year Morgan Odyssey
by Dan Stewart
The December, 1968 issue of Road & Track arrived in the mail about a month late, as it always did at our home in San Salvador, El Salvador. My father had been a subscriber for years, and as his career had taken our family first to Europe and then Central America, he and I had become accustomed to receiving the magazine late, and occasionally in tatters.
This issue contained an item that captured my father’s attention more than most. On pages 102 and 103, there was an article by Eoin Young about a sensational new Morgan, the Plus 8, powered by the Rover 3.5 liter all-aluminum V-8. This engine was of particular interest to my father, who spent his entire thirty-eight year career working for Alcoa Aluminum; first as a metallurgist, and then in upper management with the company’s international division. He was an enthusiastic proponent of the aluminum internal combustion engine, and during the war had assisted Packard with their production of the mighty Merlin V-12 that propelled the P-51 fighter aircraft. He had previously owned a 1962 Buick Skylark convertible powered by the same compact V-8 used in the Morgan before GM had sold the production rights and tooling to Rover. I should add that my dad was an unapologetic automotive enthusiast, and although he had never owned a British sports car he was more than open to the idea if the right one came along.
Nothing was going to come of it as long as we lived in El Salvador, but our family’s four-year sojourn there was coming to an end. The following summer, we learned that Alcoa management had decided that my father was just the man they needed to manage their expanding operations in the UK. So it was that in the fall of 1969, my parents moved to the town of Droitwich, in Worcestershire, and I was sent off to a boarding school in Rome, Italy to complete my senior year of high school. My sister, three years older than I, was by this time attending college in California.
This being long before the days of cheap, instant communication, the weekly letter from home was eagerly anticipated. I was especially interested to hear about the new family home and surroundings, as I had travelled directly to Italy from El Salvador. When one particular letter arrived that autumn, I quickly found a quiet spot to read it. My mother always wrote her part first, and I got the usual tidbits about the new house, neighbors, and surroundings. When I came to my father’s section, my heart raced with excitement as I read that he had “…Placed an order for a Sunset Yellow Morgan Plus 8 at the Earl’s Court Motor Show.” He went on to say that the car would be delivered in the late spring of the following year. I quickly wrote back to praise my father for the wisdom of his decision and began to count down the days to delivery.
~ to continue reading Dan’s story about 40-years of Morgan Plus 8 ownership, click here
Brooklands, in Weybridge Surrey, has often been used for Morgan sports car meets (photographs from the last event can be viewed on Talk Morgan). The site has also been witness to some racing Morgans over the many years that it has been in operation. The site relies heavily on funding from the public and because of this needs to come up with creative ways to raise these funds. With this in mind, Brooklands Museum are now hoping to raise £200,000, which will be used toward preserving the historic home of British Motorsport, by selling sections of the famous banked track.
Donors are being asked to pay for square-yard sized sections of the historic track. Prices start at £95 for the lower section of the bank, mid-level chunks are £125 and the top tier cost £150. In total, 1,980 will go on sale in support of the Museum. The Brooklands Museum Trust, a registered charity, has this to say: “Brooklands, the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit constructed in 1907, is the birthplace of British motorsport. Now, for the first time, you can take custody of square yard sections of the Members’ Banking while supporting the Museum through the donation you make.
Your contribution will help us to preserve this iconic site for the enjoyment of current and future visitors to Brooklands Museum. Whether for yourself, or as a gift for a loved one, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for motor-racing fans to be part of something truly special.”
2009, the Centenary year of the Morgan Motor Company was always going to be a busy one, and so it proved. Events throughout the year, included a visit to the factory by the Princess Royal, a mass Centenary factory drive away of new cars, the opening of the new Morgan Visitors Centre and Museum, plus featured Marque displays at Villa d’Este, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. As if that wasn’t enough, over 3200 Morgans gathered from 23 countries worldwide in August to celebrate the 100th Birthday at the Cheltenham Racecourse. Concerts, a Gala Dinner for 1000 guests and then a finale Proms in the Park concert with the English Symphony Orchestra and firework display wrapped up a weekend to remember.
2010 looks to be just as successful, with the factory starting production of the new Aero SuperSports, and introducing the new Euro V Roadster Sport. Production has increased to try and meet demand, with nearly 800 vehicles planned for this year – to be the largest ever number of Morgans produced in one year.