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MSCC Mendip Centre News – Number 127 – August 2014

Editorial 

 

Welcome to our 20th Birthday issue of the Mendip Centre Newsletter. My thanks also to contributors to this issue for snippets and titters, namely Henry, Alan, Mike  P and Mike C.

Due to the hard work of our eventers Paul & Jane, the party was a great success with birthday cakes galore and prizes in abundance for those who succeeded in the annual awards for mileage, MOG-use and les faux-pas! Margaret was also extremely grateful to all those who entered and voted, in the annual photo competition. Full details on pages 4 to 8 with lots of photos in addition on the website.

 

Later in May, we followed up with a visit to Castle Combe where a good day’s racing was enjoyed in fine weather. We then entered an extremely busy month of events in June. Kicking off with Paul & Jane’s amazing Subterranean Experience at Beer caves, we then assisted Wessex at the Bristol Classic Car Show in the middle of the month, (Mendip taking this on next year). This was followed by  the annual skittles evening at Doulting. Then it was meeting up with newly formed FossilMOG for a picnic on a lovely summer’s day at Burton Bradstock and finishing off the month, with the infamous Tinney Tour steaming out to Watchet Bay. If that wasn’t enough, we were soon meeting up with LogMOG at the beginning of July for a visit to the recently refurbished Haynes motor museum and then a superb trip up to the factory with an extended stay over a 5 day period, to take in the ‘Malvern Delights’, splendidly organised by Nick and Sue. Reports on all of these events in this issue and Margaret has been busy adding photos to the website also, so do have a browse. In particular view some fantastic shots sent in by Pete S.

 

New MOGs seem to be catching, with Henry & Joy and Alan & Jeanne all acquiring brand new +4s. I believe others are looking and pondering, so watch this space in the coming months.

 

On the members’ news front, we were all horrified to hear of Ron & Kim’s accident (page 17) but so relieved that they were not more seriously hurt. Most seem to agree that their MOG, though battle worn, put up a jolly good defence.

I am sure that all members will join me in sending best wishes for a successful outcome, to our Treasurer Lyne and husband Richard, whilst he is undergoing intensive chemo-therapy treatment.

 

Finally, sorry to hear that Jamie B has suffered a broken leg; tut-tut you’re just too hard handed Ted!

 

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Double Take

The one on the right is 9 years old, has a 3 litre engine and has done over 70,000 miles, many of those across Europe. The other is a brand spanking new 2 litre Plus 4. Wishing Henry & Joy many more happy years of Morganeering.

 

Mendip’s 20th Birthday  Party 21st May 2014

Team Williams certainly excelled in presenting the Mendip 20th Birthday party at one of our favourite haunts, The George at Nunney.

Despite rain forecast for later, 34 members assembled in the garden area, which many of us didn’t even know existed until now, to enjoy the early evening sunshine. To make it complete, what better than to sip a glass of Pimms, generously laden with seasonal fruits, and provided courtesy of club funds.

 

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The dining room, which had only just been refurbished looked incredibly attractive, though with new tables and chairs, space is now down to just 34 diners, which thankfully fitted our number exactly. The refit had only just been completed prior to our visit which necessitated Team Williams in redrawing previously prepared table layouts at the last minute.

Our events team have certainly got it all off to a fine art; a comprehensive seating plan with each table identified by a race circuit made it easy to find one’s position on the grid! At each seating position, an individually designed table mat complete with name, menu choices and an interesting fact from 20 years ago. Think we may have Mark to thank for doing the research on those and it certainly got the chat going. (1994:Sunday trading introduced, the first Apple Mac computer…)

In addition, we had the usual balloons and party poppers to complement the event, together with photo albums and a running laptop slide show of the past 12 months.

Food was delicious and with very generous portions, many of us were wondering how we might tackle deserts. No doubt, one extremely happy chappie after the event was Terry & Bab’s dog who would have tucked in to the doggie bag that the staff kindly made available.

 

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With food and banter underway, the wine flowing, Jane was soon reduced to blowing  bubbles!  No, not gone ga-ga… this was in fact a prepared celebration bubble mix intended to enhance our surroundings but of course, not easy without kids to show us how it’s done. However, any excuse for a song; was it Henry who led the way as we burst into a melodic rendition with “I’m forever blowing bubbles…”?

Soon it was time for the  annual presentations to take place. Mme Secretary, Sue introduced the formalities and also expressed our thanks to Paul Jane & Mark for organising such a successful evening. She then went on, with no surprises as expected, to present this year’s awards for most mileage, to Henry & Joy. Again in perpetuity, the most use of a MOG to events went to Mike & Angela. Then handing the floor over to Jane, some very amusing anecdotes were delivered, illustrating our dilemmas over choosing this year’s recipient of the Mendip Stones (or potatoes) for the greatest faux pas of the year. First in the running was Henry, for inadvertently shutting one of his cats in the Morgan until it eventually (and expensively) clawed it’s way out through the hood material! However, he had already picked up an award for that one at Wessex! Then there was Ted’s embarrassing discharge where he went to great expense to replace his battery only to eventually find that the culprit was an interior light left on !

Finally, we were reminded of Janet, who was unusually extremely late to a noggin last year. This was down to feminine multi-tasking, trying to bake a cake before she left home but forgetting to shut the oven door!  It was decided that this year’s recipient would be Janet, who gallantly accepted the accolade. Quite fitting perhaps on this special birthday, as the stones actually originated from Terry’s possession. He was in turn, presented with them from Wessex 20 years ago when  Mendip was first set up and had to seek permission from neighbouring centres.

 

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Finally, it was over to Margaret to reveal results of this year’s photo competition. Despite a slow start entry numbers ended up being comparable to last year, with 59% of members voting.

Category A, the traditional line up, attracted 14 entries with the decisive winner being John P with his “Wheel meet again” photo which attracted double the votes of its nearest rival.

 

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Category B, with 16 entries depicting the single MOG was a close run thing with the honours being taken by Terry P with his “Water Splash”. This just forded Mark’s rural entry of “Morgan Flock” by only one vote.

Category C, comprising 15 entries was again a close run thing. Babs’ “Blackpool Lights” entry was blinkered by Paul’s “Just one more horse power”. Voters may not be aware but this was the very last picture of Jane’s beloved horse Boston before he had to be relieved of incessant illness, a touching moment indeed.

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As if we hadn’t eaten enough, finally it was birthday cake time. Another innovation from our organisers this year went down very well. Instead of the usual birthday cake, we were all presented with individually created cup cakes iced in a colour to match the owners’ cars! Easy to take home or eat on the spot!

It is always particularly good to record the continuing presence of several of Mendip’s founder members at the birthday party, in this case Kim, Terry and Clive. On behalf of the membership, Clive kindly delivered some extremely words of appreciation to the committee for which we were all very grateful.

Roll on next year; 21 and ‘key of the door’ and all that. What? You’ve got no door handles…that costs extra doesn’t it?

 

A Day at the Races: Castle Combe 26th May

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An informal get together at the Combe drew 16 members to the embankment at ‘Bobbies’ where despite gloomy forecasts it stayed dry all day. We were able to enjoy our picnic lunches, view the racing with ease and stretch our legs over to the paddock. The more adventurous even walked the whole circuit!

Racing was good with a few spectacular crunches by the chicane. The Aero Morgan race was of course our highlight, with an entry of 27. Excitement was elevated by the storming performance of Keith Ahlers in his 4.6litre +8. Starting purposefully at the back of the grid, within a handful of laps he was at the front of the field, driving with a relaxed determination which saw him yet again take victory in Class A. A well deserved win for the ladies, the Class C honours going to Sharlie Goddard in her 3.9 litre +8.

 

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A good day out which we must do again. Maybe next time we’ll set up at Camp corner & catch the high speed drifts as they negotiate the sweeping right hander. Lots of pics here on the website including some superb action shots from Pete S.

 

 

Subterranean Experience at Beer:  Sun. 1st June

What a brilliant day out! Members started arriving at the spacious grassy car park at Beer from about noon onwards. With the sun shining and the sea below glistening we soon settled into picnic-by-the sea mode.

 

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Within a couple of hours, it was off en-mass to visit Beer Caves where Paul & Jane had organised a group tour. Many of us never knew that this extensive quarry cave system even existed, though it is the largest in the country.

The special qualities of Beer limestone, buried deep below a chalk overfill, has been quarried by man (and alas women and children) over many centuries. Starting with the Romans in about AD47, one can see the typical roman arched roofing. As you move into the extensive warren of caves and tunnels, architecture typical of Saxons and Normans becomes more evident, with work finishing in the 1920’s. In all, the system occupies some 70 acres with 20 miles of tunnels; we of course, only saw a snapshot as there is still much more to be excavated and revealed in the future. Our guide kept us well informed especially with the roles and lives of the basic quarry worker compared to the Free-mason, the profits lapped up by the bishops who ran the show, tax avoidance schemes and finally the use of the caves for smuggled contraband. Methinks said guide will not be welcomed into the brotherhood anytime soon and whether he finally gets a plot in the local churchyard may also be up to debate!

 

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Following our exit into the bright afternoon sunlight, a quick afternoon tea and then it was back to Beer and off to the Chippy. A sudden order of 15 Cod lots on a quiet Sunday afternoon, not long before closing time did not seem to phase Mr Chippy at all. It meant a short wait but the results were fantastic! This is how Fish & Chips should be… that wonderful crispy batter wrapped around a generous portion of cod… just like it used to be!

We sat and feasted, watching the evening light diminishing over the bay. Then off to the pub for  some refreshment and finally the drive back home. We made it with a few raindrops but not enough to put the hood up.

In all, the day was enjoyed by 24 members plus 2 from the recently formed FossilMOG. We had 11 MOGs, Mikes Jag and a couple of tintops. A really great day out with good weather, beautiful views, lots of interest and regular calorie top-ups…what more could one ask? Thanks to Paul & Jane for organising once more.

Doug

 

 

35th Bristol Classic Car Show: 14-15 June

A few of us from Mendip went down to help man the Morgan stand which was again ably put together by Wessex, but with a different flavour for this year. Rather than the usual line-up of gleaming machines…”look but don’t touch” , this year there were just 3 exhibits. A Dave Sapp chassis and tub, Nev’s F4 and a brand new +4 loaned by ‘Williams’ . This came with a photo backdrop to enable visitors to sit and have their photo taken against a road run back-drop. This more “hands on approach” turned out to be very successful and is summed up by organiser  Pete Turner below.

 

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The chassis, frame and suspension demonstrations were very popular and helped dispel a few myths about Morgans having a wooden chassis, whilst the suspension arrangement baffled a few, I showed it to a young budding engineer who was very intrigued, it was quite a bit different to the standard modern day car set up.

Neville’s F type looked stunning and fitted in well with the “100 Years At Pickersleigh Road Theme.”

 

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We took nearly 140 photos of visitors in the Williams +4 and everyone seemed delighted with the results, quite a lot got on Facebook and 1 or 2 on the MSCC Facebook pages, it would have been great to get more numbers from this but perhaps this is something that can be developed next year.

We picked up a few new members for the club and hopefully Williams sold a car or two. There was certainly a lot of interest from visitors who had always fancied a Morgan but had never sat in one; it seems that Williams may have sold the +4 from the show.

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Skittles Evening at Doulting: 18th June

On a beautiful summer’s evening with the sun still blazing, but with several members already on holiday, just 26 Mendip Morganeers made it to the annual skittles evening at the Poacher’s Pocket.

The line-up included 10 MOGs, most sans side screens, 3 tin-tops and, as a refreshing change, Chris brought along her beautiful Citroen Deux Chevaux (a.k.a. Dolly).

 

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With drinks and chats ensuing in the garden, maybe there was not a lot of enthusiasm for knocking down pins at this stage. Before long, it was time to sit for a super buffet of lasagne and/or  chicken korma, accompanied by salads, chips and rice; extremely good and plenty for all. Despite Pete’s later attempts as the sandwich board man, to tempt us with the desserts , not many had the space to fill.

 

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As the evening progressed, it was down to the main event, this only being marred by the lack of lighting over the alley! As time passed, it was getting more and more difficult to see the end of the alley, let alone the pins! However, those who partook had a good time, with just 3 rounds to decide the supreme ‘champeens’.

The guys were headed up by Paul with 29, Nick on 24 and Mike P with 23. The gals also put up admirable scores with Frances leading on 21, followed by Babs on 18 and Di at 17.

A very pleasant drive home in the balmy, (but bug ridden, as discovered next day) night air ensued, to complete yet another good night out.

 

 

FossilMog Picnic at Burton Bradstock  22nd June

With a large chunk of N.T. car  park reserved for MOGs, we had a really super day out at this  first major event for Fossil Mog, ably organised by Graham & Kim.

 

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45 MOGs, hailing from 5 centres including an Aero, a modern M3W and a JAP engined example, brought over 80 Morganeers and provided much interest for attendees and the public alike. Mendip were well represented with 17 members in 8 MOGs and Donald & Di’s camper van!

Above, relaxing in style… summed up by Chris with his unique bespoke wooden wine bottle and glass holder.

Hearty picnic fare, feet dabbling in the sea, walks along the coast and fish & chips to polish off the day. It doesn’t get better than this in Moggy England on a perfect summer’s day!

 

Doug

 

 

The Tinney Tour 2014: 29th June

Once again Henry & Joy delighted 62 members of both Mendip & Wessex, this time with a steam train ride from Bishops Lydeard down to Watchet. This was followed later in the afternoon with a tour of Bishops Lydeard Mill including of course the customary afternoon tea. Mendip’s attendance made up 35 of the total with 15 MOGs, the TR and one T/T.

 

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The weather started showery with umbrellas to the fore but soon cleared. It was just as well that we had a carriage all to ourselves as the train was packed to capacity, Now maybe many were thinking just how shall we spend 3+hours in a tiny town like Watchet? The answer became clear with Henry’s well researched “treasure hunt”. This readily provided the solution and took us to parts of Watchet that we would never normally have sought out. The time really flew by and made the trip all the more interesting and enjoyable. Joint winners, were Sue & Nick and Nat & Clive and despite a tie-break question (Which Engine brought us back…Norton Manor) no-one managed the answer so they had to share the bottle of Morgon wine.

 

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Janet also collected a prize for doing… not quite so well!

Our arrival at the mill was thankfully after the public had departed which was just as well as we did the sardine trick with MOGs in every conceivable space. A restored grade 2 listed mill, run by the very friendly team of Mr & Mrs Back, the exhibits were most interesting and varied, being mainly focused on rural trades scenarios. Also a few surprises with even a Model T on display together with a penny farthing and many other relics of a bygone age. The gardens, created and tended by Mr Back, were stunningly beautiful. All profits go to a range of worthwhile charities.

Despite numbers, Mrs Back took it in her stride and served tea and some of the best scones for miles throughout our visit with no undue queuing. A very relaxed outdoor seating area with the water wheel gently turning and glooping its contents into the mill-stream below; all-In-all, a lovely end to a lovely day.

I myself had a pleasant surprise from Jane, with the presentation of a yummy decorated cupcake to celebrate my birthday which happened to be on the day.

Thanks to Henry & Joy, with co-ordinating support from Paul & Jane and Jon & Elaine to bring us yet another memorable event.

 

Doug

 

Haynes Motor Museum with LogMOG: 6th July

Fourteen Mendip Morganeers were delighted to accept Logmog’s invitation to join them for a guided tour of the recently refurbished Haynes Motor Museum. With variable weather including torrential showers we were pleased to be indoors during the afternoon.

The usual delights were on offer in the museum and following the tour we were able to come and go freely. I hadn’t realised that Haynes no longer publish their famous motoring manuals due to the complexities of modern cars precluding much home fettling.

 

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A good line up outside of about 20 MOGs, including (much to our surprise) the one pictured left. This beautiful Plus 4, recently drooled over by so many enthusiasts at the Bristol Classic Car Show, is now in the ownership of Alan and Jean. Even though their previous Plus 4 was still in its infancy, this new model with the GDi motor and some tasty trim did the biz. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate a Golden Wedding! Congratulations to you both.

 

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Below: Hey, Dave…it’s nice to get them perfectly aligned for the photo shot, but did you realise that they have been fitting reverse gear for quite some years now? What’s that you say? Oh… it never saves that much petrol surely!

 

 

Malvern Delights: a trip away for a few days

Following an invitation from the factory for a visit, the initiative was taken up by Sue and Nick to extend Mendip’s stay into 5 days. What fun we all had and what choices we had to spend the time each day. As well as co-ordinating the trip, they had gone the extra mile (or two!) in researching places to visit together with distances from base. We were spoilt for choice and it made it so much easier to plan ahead. So a big thank you to you both, from all who participated.

On the Wednesday, the day of the factory tour, we had 19 people booked in with most meeting for lunch at The Bluebell Inn, near Malvern.

Getting there was certainly a run to remember for us! As we were travelling some way behind a cattle lorry on the M5. I suddenly noticed what appeared to be a brown haze coming from under the lorry and then as our windscreen steadily turned the same colour, it was apparent that the occupants must have been “taken short”! Soon after Mike & Julia came tramping up behind and must have wondered why we turned off so early! “Sh*t upon from a great height” as the saying goes.

Following lunch, it was a short run to the factory where we were treated to a guided tour by a very entertaining and knowledgeable “Mike”. A few bargain purchases from the factory shop followed and we made our way to the Abbey Hotel, our base for the next 4 days.

The next couple of days were spent in a variety of ways. Day one saw some go trekking the Malverns taking in some amazing views. Nine of us went to Hampton Court Castle (not Palace) and gardens. Interestingly, we decided on a scenic route which yours truly led, but somehow I managed to arrive last without seeing any of our group along the way! We had a lovely day perusing the gardens and taking in a tour of the castle. The owner, spotting our modes of transport, even invited us to park up in front of the castle for photo opportunities.

A little incident to recount on the return journey to the hotel. As we pulled away from traffic lights by the A438 at a place called Trumpet, Terry & Babs failed to move. He shouted out to ‘carry on’ as the top of his brake lever had fallen off and he couldn’t release the brake! Well, I thought, “if anyone can fix anything… it’s Terry”.

 

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And fix it he did. We were even more surprised when after exiting Ledbury some  5 miles later, there they were about to come out of a side junction ahead of us. Problem overcome and finding a short cut, beating us on the road!

The next day various groups took in several N.T. establishments including Croome Park, Brockhampton and the E.H. site at Witley Court Hall. The day rounded off with our own dining room back at the hotel where 15 of us shared a large oval table with much wining and dining.

 

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Saturday was Shelsley Walsh day and we all set off in good time to join the throng of MOGs at this famous hill climb. We were joined by Graham, Mike C, Nigel, Peter, Fran and Pat & Tony from Bogmog. Even more special today, as Chris was taking his Le Mans +8 up the hill for the first time. Lucky co-drivers were Yvonne for the first run and Sue for the second. Thankfully no mishaps and I believe that Chris managed to beat his personal target times.  Altogether a great day, staying dry despite poor forecasts earlier in the week. Some very quick times were witnessed with hot machines in the hands of hot drivers. We even had entertainment including the lovely voice of Elles Bailey (Henry’s sister at Williams) with her supporting band.

 

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The rain did come however overnight but quickly cleared again for Sunday, where we all returned to the factory to enjoy the centenary of the buildings at Pickersleigh Road. The aim was to try to get a car from each year of production, but I’m not sure of how close they got. Terry & Bab’s Nut Brown 4/4 was on display representing 1981. Visitors would not have known that the car only made it due to Terry’s determination in the preceding few weeks. Following a trip to Waddeston, the engine failed to start at the beginning of June. Now Terry had planned to do a leisurely rebuild in the coming winter but was now faced with a MOGless summer. So burning the midnight oil right up until a couple of days before our trip, the car received a re-sleeve back to standard, new pistons & rings, reground mains, a new head, oil pump, water pump, camshaft, clutch and gearbox overhaul … Phew! (He even found that the valve timing on the old camshaft had been about 10 degrees out and had to get a vernier sprocket to sort it out!) She’s sounding good, so hopefully, many more miles of carefree motoring will be wrung out of this rebuild.

Together with a fantastic display of MOGs of all description we were also treated to some spectacular stunt flying displays and even a fly past by a Dakota accompanied on the ground by a rendition of “Land of Hope and Glory” from the visiting male voice choir. Touching stuff indeed.

So that was the end of the very aptly named Malvern Delights; enjoyed by all who went, lots of laughter and the warmth of the Morgan fraternity. Thanks again Sue & Nick.. Lots more pics on the website

Doug

 

Noggin at The Blue Bowl: 16th July

A delightfully sunny evening attracted 30 members  and 11 MOGs to the July Noggin at The Blue Bowl, West Harptree. Even though some claimed to be still trying to shake off the extra pounds in weight gained from the Malvern Delights trip, it wasn’t too evident, from the cleared plates at the end.

 

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Of special mention this evening, was a birthday for our Joint Secretary Nick, and he was presented with the now customary decorated cupcake complete with candle.

Following the meal, many retired to the coolness of the pub garden and were greeted with a super.

 

 

Regalia 

Steady sales continue especially with ladies’ sky blue polo shirts. Gay to increase stock of plain ones to try on for size before purchase. Still a small stock of pottery items and badges; when they’re gone…they’re gone! Be quick!

 

 

Mendip Link

 All contributions from your experiences are welcomed for the mutual benefit of  members. Just try to keep it as short and to the point as poss.

 

 

Technical

Guano on the mohair?… Browsing the “talk-morgan” site recently, a thread caught my eye on how to deal with bird droppings on your mohair hood. A worthy contribution came from Steve Simmonds who of course made the things.

Basically, scrape the lumps off with a spatula or old CD; wash        with water; when dry, brush or vacuum. To clean, use 303             Fabric/PVC cleaner or TEX’AKTIV Fabric cleaner. Follow instructions to the letter. Reseal with 303 Fabric Guard or with TEX’AKTIV Guard.

Scratched chassis plates?… Your highly polished chassis cover plates may be getting scratched, as they are in just the right place for the vertically challenged to scuff with their shoes when gaining access or egress. Good old Solvol Autosol is the answer; rub it on as hard as you like and it will buff to a restored shine.

My easy-up hood recently failed to latch as the allen-headed set screws that secured the female part of one of the bonnet type catches, had fallen out. Easy to fix gaining access with spare wheel removed. I found that the other side was also loose. Worth tweaking when you next remove your spare .

 

 

 

Committee Business

A committee meeting was held on Monday 21st July.

¨ Finances still healthy

¨ A.G.M. to be held at The Mendip Inn, plenty of room and promise of fixed price 2 course menu. A few other changes to events so view or print off a screen-print selection of the events calendar from website.

¨ Membership renewal form to be modified to allow optional entry of birth-date ( DDMM only) to enable celebration, if members’ birthday falls on an event day. (until now this has relied on hearsay or  those who we happen to discover by chance)

¨ Seeds have been sown with the factory to  obtain an exhibit for next year’s Bristol Classic Car Show which Mendip will be co-ordinating. (Helpers will be needed at the event!)

¨ Next Year’s Committee: With the basic 3 years of office coming to fruition for the current committee this November ( not forgetting that Jane & Paul already exceeding this, being in their second term), it’s  time to think about the future.

¨ Regalia Officer, Gay and Treasurer, Lyne will not be re-standing for election. The remainder are willing to carry on for the next year either in their current roles or may consider side-ways moves to accommodate the wishes of any new blood. Nomination forms will be produced in due course.

Note that we MUST have a Treasurer and Secretary as a bare minimum to survive. All positions may be shared roles as joint officers with the exception of the Treasurer, though the Treasur er’s partner is welcome to attend committee meetings as an ob server without voting rights.

New blood is always welcome; there are no precedents to fol low; bring your own style and enjoy the experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSCC Mendip Centre News – Number 126 – May 2014

Editorial

 Welcome to the second newsletter in 2014. Since the last edition in March, we have all started to get out and about, with 9 events covered in this issue, albeit with about half of them getting plagued by damp conditions at some point during the day. Local events have included the ‘more upmarket’ Sunday lunch at Whatley Grange, together with noggins at The Swan and The New Inn. We also include reports on Doug’s TRUSTy trip to Barrington Court, the hastily prepared Drive-it Day to Compton Abbas and Ted’s Spring Dustdown Revival. Additionally, some members attended the Brown Shoe Lunch at Prescott with Spotmog, and also the Williams’ Open Day at Chipping Sodbury. My thanks also to contributors of articles and ideas for this edition namely Alan & Jeanne, Mike & Julia, Peter & Frances and Ted & Jamie. By the time this newsletter is in your hands the results of this year’s photo competition will be known. Margaret was a little worried about the number of entries earlier in the month but with a few reminders, things picked up and finalised with about 15 entries or so per category. So many thanks to all who participated and congratulations to the lucky winners whose winning entries will have been chosen by the membership in time for this year’s birthday party. Hope you enjoy this edition.

Doug

 

On the change

2014 already sees many a change of wheels within Mendip Centre .These range from Peter & Frances upgrading to a very tasty 3 litre ivory Roadster, Adrian & Gay’s increase in both space and power with their lovely blue 4 seater Plus 4 and Henry & Joy moving from the Roadster that has served them so well over the past 9 years to a spanking new Plus 4. (Same reg. & same colour; blink & you might miss it!)

 

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Rural Life Show at Taunton Racecourse: 13th April

Margaret and I went down to this event on a lovely sunny day in April. A good selection of classic cars on display and a huge range of stalls indoors and outdoors selling an interesting range of handicrafts, clothing, tasty food (venison burgers were wonderful) and lots more. We would certainly go again. Proceeds are in aid of St Margaret’s hospice.

Just two other MOGs in attendance; our John & Elaine, who only live down the road and a couple up from Cornwall. The latter described to me how soon after purchasing his pre-used MOG, complete with power steering, he went to park it in the driveway and the steering column came away in his hands! A weld had broken on the column shaft and it looked as if it had been partially severed for some time from evidence of rust marks at the break. Despite getting the supplying dealer to send it off for metallurgical tests, it finally got lost somewhere! Is it worth checking yours?

 

Of all the many interesting cars on display, the Citroen Special above caught my eye, and you can see me here trying it out for size. This innovative piece of engineering placed a 2CV motor & gearbox backwards with the gearbox right up front. Drive to the front wheels was via two motor-cycle chains! Apparently it doesn’t handle too well due to poor weight distribution but the owner is working on the mark 2 version.

Doug

 

Sunday Lunch: The Grange, Whatley 2nd March

Typical of recent weather, it poured once more!  With Angela & Mike away in India, I might be forgiven for thinking that no-one in their right minds would take a MOG out in this. I was wrong, there were five! Bravo to Clive & Nat, Ted & Jamie; David & Linda, Peter & Francis and Alan & Jeanne; also to Mike Pa in the F-type OST!

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The venue was new to us but what a surprise to find something like this in the middle of no-where. A cookery school doubling up as a restaurant in very tastefully converted country buildings. Think we have changed up a gear or two as the waiter came to take our coats and  to receive our orders for drinks.

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The food was exceptionally good, well prepared and presented with puddings particularly artistic but not skimping on portion generosity.

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Despite best efforts, we still ended up being presented with a considerable list of supposedly “unpaid for” drinks and food, but were able to prove that errors on their part were evident so a truce was called. Hope we will go back sometime.

 

Tax Disc Changes October 2014

I guess most of us are aware that come October, we will no longer need to display a tax disc on our vehicles. What I didn’t know, when talking with Peter S. at our Whatley Sunday Lunch, is that you will no longer be able to sell or buy a used vehicle with road tax included! The seller will have to cash in the unexpired portion, leaving the buyer to purchase his own! Considering the existing rule which only allows complete months to be refunded, methinks chancellor is in to make a few more bob out of the motorist!

Surfing round the other day, I also found that the last time Excise Duty was actually put into a government “Road Fund” budget proper, was 1937! Since then, it’s all gone into the general taxation pot. (rarely making a re-appearance as tarmac unfortunately!)

 

Plus Four Morgan Ale!

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Spotted by Mike & Julia over in the land of leeks & daffodils; anyone ever come across it before?

According to the ‘net, it’s brewed by Cottage Brewery at Castle Cary. I made contact with them but they say it is a ‘seasonal brew’ & hence only available maybe one month per year!

 

Spotmog ‘Brown Shoe’ at Prescott:  19th March

In response to the kind invitation from Moira Norwood of Spotmog, Mendip rustled up 10 members who attended a super lunch and talk at the Bugatti Owners Club Pavilion. We all met up at mid-day to join some 113 enthusiasts, eager to hear of the exploits of Prudence Fawcett in her Series 1 MOG at Le Mans, back in 1938. Who better to present it than her son, Charles Trevelyan, who now happens to be BOC chairman.

 

Following pre-lunch drinks in the recently extended pavilion, we enjoyed a 3 course lunch and were soon settled back in our chairs to hear Charles’ address. An excellent orator as one might expect, he delivered a potted family history of his family’s association with the motor car, starting with grandma Rachel, who it seems, favoured American Buicks, as they had so much torque it saved changing the wretched gears!

 

The story of his mother Prudence, soon rolled out and with a scattering of amusing anecdotes. We learned of her exploits at Le mans at just the age of 25! Driving a Series 1 Morgan, with the support of a group of men a generation older, she put up a fine performance and had to be encouraged to slow down to preserve the car for the race duration. Certainly a woman in a man’s world was something to talk about in those days. However, having driven back home, Grandma Rachel laid down the law: ‘No more car racing as it’s not befitting of our class!’ However, during her lifetime she went on to own many exotic machines, including Ferrari, Porsche etc.

 

One amusing anecdote had us in fits of laughter. At some point, she and her husband decided that it would be awfully nice to own an aeroplane! They found an Italian job which they liked and squeezed in with a pilot for a test flight. All went well until the landing which was somewhat of a kangaroo affair across the field. The pilot was subsequently berated for his clumsy approach. However, Prudence later confided that that beastly pilot chappie had the audacity to move his hand, with that stick thing in it, towards her skirts as they were coming down. She kept pushing it away but he kept persisting…

 

Following Charles’ talk, we were addressed by John Clarke, who had found Prudence’s MOG in the U.S. and he went over and purchased it at great expense, though it had been dismantled into boxes. Having shipped it back, he never got round to restoring it and sold it on after a couple of years. The guy who restored it kindly brought it along for us to see.

Outside, FXD 280, stood gleaming in the afternoon sun accompanied by Charles’  Aston Martin LM14 which was a 1934 Le Mans team car. It was used to transport Charles’ father to his wedding in 1939, by it’s then owner, Raymond Johnson-Ferguson who was his best man. He subsequently bequeathed it to the Trevelyan family and it is now owned by Charles. This day was the first time since 1938 that the two cars had been together.

 

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Overall, a great day out finished off by a visit to the on-site Bugatti museum. Grateful thanks to Nick & Sue for co-ordinating the Mendip entourage. For some interesting background on Prescott, have a read of Alan’s missive further on within this newsletter!

Doug

 

Noggin at The Swan, Rowberrow: 19th March

Following the Prescott meeting, it was back to Somerset where most of us met up with a total of 27 Morganeers to enjoy an evening Noggin at Rowberrow. A nice dry evening brought a good turn-out of 11 MOGs and half a dozen tin-tops.

Of note, was the latest acquisition by Adrian & Gay of a four seater +4, powered by a Rover T16, and in a similar colour blue to their previous machine. Lots of space for grandchildren no doubt. Perhaps even more astounding was the previous 24 hours for Adrian & Gay: having landed from Africa in the early hours, they drove home, did some essentials, drove up to Prescott for the day, then here to the Noggin! Phew! Whatever it is, I want some please. Also safely back from far-away India were Donald & Di and Mike & Angela with many interesting tales of their experiences.

Mike J. serving his apprenticeship as a  sandwich-board man; is the end really nigh?

Mike J. serving his apprenticeship as a
sandwich-board man; is the end really nigh?

We were also very pleased to welcome Rob Williams, a potential new member who hails from Berrow. He has been into MOGs for many years and was previously from Cranmog territory. Hopefully we will see more of him in the future.

The evening was once more a great success. The meals were of good quality and served in quick succession so thanks to Jane for co-ordinating everything in Paul’s absence.

 

Friday Morgan…

I occasionally have a browse on the ‘talkmorgan’ website, and this case from a sadly disillusioned ‘new to Morgan’ owner, recently came to my notice.

A new +4 purchased last year had been the subject of 6 returns to the supplying garage and 2 call-outs within the first 6 months. Amongst the plethora of faults were replacement of leaking exhaust system, cat, 2 lambda sensors, speedo and washer pump. At that stage the rev counter also started playing up and the hood release failed. Three months later, the exhaust failed again, glove box stay came loose, demister failed, paint cracked, A-pillar blistered, brake light warning lamp on dull all the time, heater knob came loose, difficulty filling with fuel and mis-firing issues. The dealer kept it for a month to sort out once and for all….11 days later the handbrake broke!

This poor guy has concluded that Morgans are a load of JUNK & to be honest who can blame him? It really should not be that bad surely. Until the factory sorts out it’s quality issues, perhaps the lesson is to buy second-hand (as long as it’s more than 6 months old)?

Doug

 

Currency Matters!

The recent Government announcement that the pound coin was to be replaced by a coin resembling the old threepenny bit, drew my ‘throw away’ comment of resignation: “Well, that’s about all it’s worth anyway, nowadays”

This was soon substantiated however when I saw an advert in the Telegraph inviting subscription to that quality read of old…The Beano!

Now I distinctly remember, back in the days when Biffo the Bear took the front page with Dennis the Menace on the back, this amusing and highly educational must-read set me back no less than 3d of my pocket money. The subscription price in the latest advert? 15 copies for £15…that’s  £1 a copy. I rest my fiscal case!

Doug

 

Latest News direct from the Morgan factory at Pickersleigh Road

Management are pleased to announce that the worker who fell into the upholstery machinery last week is now fully recovered!

 

‘Williams Automobiles’ Open Day Sat. 29th March

The rare chance to have a run, bathed in sunshine, persuaded a dozen Mendip Morganeers to venture up to Horton to enjoy a good day out courtesy of Williams. This time round, pre-bookings were up by 100% compared to the last one. However they took it in their stride and managed to keep the food coming! Early birds were rewarded with a BBQ breakfast, lunch presented a choice of cottage pie or bean casserole and all this was complimented by copious tea, coffee cakes and biscuits as the day progressed.

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Two technical lecture presentations were delivered; one very informative session on the Suplex suspension (worth considering if & when your king-pins require renewal) and in the afternoon, a talk on ceramic coatings suitable for exhaust components, etc. Added to this was a fascinating insight into the history of the century old Williams business in Bristol, presented by Richard Williams.

This day also saw the official launch of the new trim shop and I believe that maybe a couple of people from Mendip were drawn towards the side-screen trims which not only enhance looks but also cut down on draughts.

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Test drives were going on all day and I took up the challenge in the M3W. Yikes! It goes and then some. Having a motor-cycle past, the power delivery of a big vee-twin, punctuated by torque delivery in bucket loads was not unfamiliar to me. Blatting around the back roads, I never saw 5th gear but was more than content to explore it’s exhilarating acceleration in 2nd & 3rd. What brings you back to earth  though is that dreaded bump steer! I experienced it twice and it has the strange effect of immediately making you throttle back! (won’t mention involuntary squeeze of the sphincter!)

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All in all, a great day out. Williams certainly know how to look after their customers. Look on their website for forthcoming breakfast clubs.

 

Doug’s TRUSTy Trip to Barrington Court: 6th April

Organising a trip is never so much the problem as the worries of what the weather might be. None more so than this time, as the forecasts during the week were wet and gloomy. However, on the day itself, despite the gloom, it wasn’t that bad! At least we made it to the rendezvous point at The Ring o Bells, Compton Martin with top down and continued in that mode all the way to our destination.

 

All 12 MOGs turned up in good time , and we were soon ready for the off at the planned departure time of 10.20am. Hark! Was that the sound of a swarm of bees going by on the main road? Those who still have reasonable eyesight and quick reactions, explained all, when they spotted the dreaded fluorescent lycra-clad bodies propelling like mad in a bicycle race! They were heading  towards Burrington with the likelihood of going up the Combe and across the top. Our challenge was now to follow our planned route up the Wellsway and get over the top before they did!  A quick word with the marshalls on top proved the assumption to be correct, but  I think we all made it by the skin of our cowls.

 

As I said later at the meal, marathons and road runners are soooo… 2013. (Many will remember last year’s TRUSTy Trip, when we got caught in the Taunton marathon and the road was closed splitting our group in two.) It seems however that cycling (bless your heart Bradley) has become the big thing for now. Having deftly avoided that one, another race appeared in the Langport area and this time, I believe a few had to follow the flow for a couple of miles.

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Anyway that aside, it all seemed to go well. As I led the first group of 4 cars out, we were soon joined at the top of the gorge by Ted & Jamie, followed at the bottom by Chris & Yvonne. Soon spotted in a layby on the Wedmore Road was Mike Pa who joined the ever- growing snake of MOGs which was lengthened yet again by Donald & Di and Nigel’s TR5 at Somerton.

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It must have made a fine sight as we wound our way at a leisurely pace through the beautiful Somerset countryside. Arriving at Barrington, we found that the Jurassic Coast contingent of Graham & Kim together with guests, Simon & Susie and Neil & Jill, had just beaten us to it. Some of our group had stopped off at  the Avalon Marshes centre on the way, but we were all parked up in good time with the opportunity to have a chat before going in to lunch.

 

Numbers-wise, there were 38 from Mendip in 18 MOGs, Nigel’s TR5 and Terry’s Jag;  plus 8 visitors in another 3 MOGs and one tin-top. It was a pleasure to welcome further visitors, Alan & Jennie, friends of Nigel & Viv and Nick & Kate who live nearby and came with Pete and Frances. A lovely array of Malvern’s finest on display but sadly not too many visitors due to the threatening weather.

 

New ‘metal & wood’ to Mendip, in the form of Pete & Frances’ tasty white Roadster and Adrian & Gay’s 4 seater +4 were on full display in daylight at last, and were much admired by members and NT visitors alike. The Strode Restaurant dining room was a very attractive location and, probably due to our numbers and the weather, thankfully our hosts had decided to close it to the public. This meant that we could sit down earlier than planned and get the refreshments under way.

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The staff set a good example to many establishments that we visit. I had provided a spreadsheet with our names, meal choices etc with a gentle suggestion that they try to have a system to tally people with meals and extras. Young Alex, the waiter (this was the first time he had been put ‘in charge’) took this on board. So each table had a copy of the meal choices; the till had a slip for each couple prepared in advance so that extras could be directly recorded and it went like the proverbial clockwork. The gratuity bag raised almost £70. I have since sent our heartfelt thanks to Caroline Jeeves, the Barrington manager, for an enjoyable and successful day out.

The afternoon soon shot by, with a few departing sometime after 3.30pm up until the dozen or more ‘stragglers’, who having walked the gardens and taken tea, made it off site at about closing time at  5pm.

 

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along and support this first run of the year and we appreciate your complimentary feedback.  Margaret has placed lots of pics on the website.

Doug & Marg

 

 

The link between Prescott and Inland Waterways: an article from Alan & Jeanne

 

To those who went to the SPOTMOG event at Prescott (Moira – many thanks – a very interesting day), there is a link between the climb and inland waterways which are a long standing interest of Jeanne and myself.

 

We have been members of the Inland Waterways Association since 1970, an organisation formed in 1947 to campaign and save the inland navigation system after the end of WW2, which although it had been incredibly useful during the war, was afterwards seen as old fashioned. Two of the leading lights in the formation of the IWA were Robert Aickman and Tom Rolt, both of whom were strong characters. Both were authors and amongst other topics wrote ghost stories (their books are now collector’s items). Rolt at the time was living on a narrow boat just outside Birmingham and had written ‘Narrow Boat’, now a waterways classic. Aickman was a fairly well connected person in London. A rather attractive lady was recruited as secretary to the organisation and took Aickman’s eye, and took to his bed as well (Aickman’s wife in her memoirs said she did not mind them ‘being together’, but she did mind taking them breakfast in bed !) As happens amongst strong characters there was a difference of opinion in policy as to the way the IWA was going, and Rolt went his separate way to become heavily involved in successful restoration of the Talyllyn Railway – he had been apprenticed in the world of steam traction engines. But Rolt’s other interest was cars, particularly the Alvis marque. Rolt’s family home at Stanley Pontlarge was just down the road from Prescott, and he became aware that Prescott House was for sale, and thought the drive to the house would make a rather good hill climb.

 

Being a member of the VSCC, he put the idea of buying the house to them but sufficient funds could not readily be raised, so the suggestion was passed to the Bugatti Owners Club.   Having rather deeper pockets, the money was raised and the site purchased, and is still owned by the Bugatti Club who have developed the site to the very high standard it is today. This link is the reason there is still one climb allocated to the VSCC in recognition of the original information. What happened to Rolt and Aickman’s wives is fascinating, Rolt’s ran off and joined a circus, and Aickman’s became a nun !!!  Rolt was still interested in waterways if not actively involved in the IWA, and subsequently married Sonia who was one of the ‘boatwomen’ who volunteered to operate trading boats on the canals during the war (like ‘land girls’ – but afloat).  Sonia still lives in Stanley Pontlarge, and I believe the Alvis is also still there.  A strange coincidence is that Jeanne noticed very recently that Prescott House is once again up for sale, it is now located just outside the site boundary between The Hairpin and The Esses with a separate entry drive!

 Alan

 

Joke Corner

 

  • Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
  • Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
  • When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.
  • A bicycle can’t stand on its own because it is two tired.

 

Noggin at The New Inn, Blagdon: 16th April

 

A beautiful sunny spring evening drew 37 Morganeers to Blagdon in 17 MOGs and a couple of tin-tops. Two vehicles in the car park of particular note. One, a customer’s red V12 E-type, with top down looked stunning. However, it was soon outnumbered by Mendip Mogs and made an early departure, clearing it’s throat as it burbled out of the car park.

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The other vehicle, which one could almost have missed, as it was in a similar colour to a certain Euro-trotting Roadster that we are so familiar with,  was Henry & Joy’s brand new Plus 4.

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Just one day old, it looked a perfect sight with gleaming coachwork and tastefully contrasting leather and trim. Henry says the roadster had done well over 70,000 miles. Congratulations to you both and we’re sure that you’ll have many happy motoring miles to come. The food, as always was very good though the pub this time round, had it’s work cut out in delivering the meals in a timely fashion. No signs of the landlord and with a pre-limit of 35 placed upon us, they were obviously trying to  keep numbers within manageable proportions.

 

Finally, a heartfelt rendering of Happy Birthday was delivered to Di, who apparently had reached the biblical milestone. Myth?

 Doug

 

‘Drive-it’  Day: Sunday 27th April

 

Mendip had plans in the making for drive-it day but unfortunately they didn’t come to fruition due to unforeseen circumstances. So rather than miss out on this national initiative, we came up with a last minute idea to have a breakfast run down to Compton Abbas airfield. To make a day of it, Nick contributed the idea to extend our drive with a visit to Larmer Tree gardens, just a couple of miles or so away, and set in the beautiful landscape of Cranborne Chase. Apologies to those of you who couldn’t take up this opportunity due to short notice but also many thanks to all 20 Morganeers who did manage to support the event without being deterred by the wet stuff.

 

Not the best of weather, with threatening black skies and forecast showers but we personally still made most of the journey down topless, only relenting for the final 10 minutes. By the time Mike Pa arrived some 30 minutes later, the weather was living up to forecast but he still made it sans screens & top! In all we had 10 MOGs and the TR gracing the car park. Not a lot to keep them company apart from 3 1930s Rileys and 3 VW Karmanns and a nice little blue Midget.

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As the rain did its thing, we resorted to the café and tucked in to our breakfasts and bacon rolls, all of which were served in quick succession. Sadly no flying today; a micro-lite tried the strip ponderously but you could see the splashes coming from the wheels a she taxied and the pilot soon wisely gave up.

 

Before long, the weather had cleared and we were off to the gardens. Interesting follies galore, many dating back to the late 1880s when the layout was created by General Pitt Rivers. Also to catch our attention were a flock of peacocks with several males strutting about with their plumage up in full fettle. To add to this there were a couple of parakeets flying about displaying their beautiful colours. A wedding reception also took place in the grounds with the bride arriving in a vintage white roller, with matching brollies to keep her as dry as possible.

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Having done the walks, we then filled the little café to capacity where we indulged in afternoon tea and cakes. Terry & Babs mentioned that quite by co-incidence, BOGMOG had put an email out to their members, to go to the airfield in the afternoon. So most of us went back there to meet up but alas only 2 of them turned up, soon followed by a couple from LOGMOG. Anyway, an excuse for yet more refreshments until we finally departed, eager to do zig-zag hill downwards this time and on  into yet more showers for the homeward journey.

On reflection, we could have sat at home all day looking out of the window and moaning about the weather… but not hardly as much fun!

 

Ted’s Spring Dustdown Revival: Sunday 11th May

 

After a breather of a couple of years, we were all delighted to see the return of Ted’s Spring Dustdown 2014. Despite the inclement weather that greeted us first thing in the morning, (seems par for the course so far in 2014), a long line up of MOGs soon made their presence known, at the planned rendezvous of the lorry park at Nunney Catch.

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Ahead, was a well thought out and documented route of some 47 miles which took us through some beautiful countryside with blue belled woodland, interesting villages and fantastic views. Thankfully, the weather came to its senses soon after setting off as roads started to dry, though many kept their tops up until arrival at the destination.

 

Taking unclassified roads down through Whitham Friary and up through the woods, we went on  towards Kilmington Common and then down through Stourhead. Travelling on to places we had never visited before, such as Gasper and Penselwood, (gloriously bedecked in bluebells) we then headed on towards Cucklington before coming back into civilisation at Gillingham. From here it was across to Shaftesbury and then back onto B-roads for the delights of zig-zag hill at Melbury Abbas.

 

Up until then, Margaret and I were tail enders in a line of 6, but at the top of zig-zag, there was some hesitation, with one MOG overshooting the turn and another (Clive & Nat) drawn by the whiff of breakfast bacon at Compton Abbas airfield. We now moved up to 4th position!

Not long after, another point of indecision was met and as things drew to a halt whilst directions were checked, before we knew it we were heading up the group! A lovely run through Tisbury, followed by Hindon, which especially stuck in our minds for a future sunny revisit.

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Very soon, we were at our destination, The George Inn at Longbridge Deverill. A huge car park but which soon filled as the MOGs poured in; some 25, I counted at one point.

Though the pub wasn’t officially open on arrival, we were thankfully able to use the facilities. The weather by now was sunny but still a bit breezy. Plenty of time for a chat and to greet other arrivals before we took up places in the dining room.

 

Here we were presented with a super carvery; excellent quality and quantity. If that wasn’t enough, when the sweet trolley made it’s appearance, several of us (was it all men?) succumbed to generous portions of a wide choice of statin-exercising puddings. Such was the organisation at the pub, we were all fed and watered by soon after 2 pm and people then started to depart, now with tops down, to enjoy the lovely afternoon sunshine.

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Peter is delighted to share his huge portion of Lemon Meringue Pie!

 

A few of us went back to Stourton, walked off the lunch in the beautiful grounds and polished off an ice cream or two to complete a really super day out. Always nice as well to meet up with our Wessex neighbours. Our grateful thanks to Ted & Jamie for organising such a successful event. The route details in particular were well prepared and we were thankful that Ted had gone to a lot of trouble (including re-issuing an update of the whole route) in ensuring that we avoided dangerous crossings over the A30, severely pot holed surfaces and various road closures that were in effect. Any surplus funds will be donated to Wessex and Mendip centres.

Doug

 

Committee Bits ‘N’ Bobs

 

  • A meeting was held at The New Inn, Blagdon 14th April; salient points included:

 

  • Finances still very healthy; able to provide pre-dinner drink at Birthday party

 

  • Regalia sales picking up. Some stock items available for a “try on first”

 

  • Events discussions on St Georges Day (cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances);

 

  • Drive it Day; Birthday Party inc. annual awards; Subterranean Experience to Beer; Caves; Tinney Tour; LogMog joint trip to Haynes Motor Museum; Bristol Classic Car Show & Classics at the Crescent.

 

  • Photo Competition: entries low at present. New photo album purchased with a selection of this year’s photos displayed.

 

  • Committee’s 3 year term ends November.  Need for some replacements.

 

!THE CLOCK IS TICKING!

 

This November will see  the completion of the standard 3 years service term of the present committee. Although a few may decide to give it another bash we will certainly need some fresh blood.

 

For your information, the roles comprise Secretary, Treasurer, Events, Regalia and Editorial. Each position, with the exception of the Treasurer’s role, may be shared by a couple to ease the workload. It normally entails about 4 or 5 meetings per year but for a better insight, why not chat to the committee members themselves?

 

Summer is coming!

 Now the weather is improving you will notice a few ladies wearing rugby or polo shirts with one of our three logos.  Also there are new sweatshirts about, for chilly days or evening drives and caps for the sun. Catalogues are available at most noggins and events and there are some samples for you to look at or even try, if appropriate.

Children and grandchildren can also be catered for, and love sporting sweatshirts and hoodies with a Morgan Club logo. We also have a few wine coolers and mugs.

Gay

 

Joke Corner

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbour and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”

Her neighbour asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”
The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”
Her neighbour decides to go over and help with the puzzle.
She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.
He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
“First of all, no  matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”
He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then, he said with a deep sigh ………….

“Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.”

Alan A

 

Mendip Link

All contributions from your experiences are welcomed for the mutual benefit of members. Just try to keep it as short and to the point as poss.

 

Technical

Whilst at the Williams open day, I took advantage of their special offer on a trigger operated grease gun with 2 cartridges of grease for £45. I have always found it difficult to keep the flexxy fairly straight with one hand to stop grease squirting out sideways, whilst trying to hold the body & operate the lever with the remaining hand. Being trigger action, this is now a doddle. Also the extra long flex makes it easier to reach the top nipples. (Yes, I know I could have remote greasers fitted but being me, I would still want to crawl underneath to ensure it hadn’t contaminated the discs). A good piece of kit.

Doug

 

Disclaimer – Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information in this Newsletter is accurate, the Officers cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracy in any  article or advertisement.

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