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MSCC Stand Bristol Classic Car Show June 2015

Here is our photographic round-up of the MSCC stand at the Bristol Classic Car Show, which took place in June 2015.

 

Mendip relieved Wessex this year in taking the lead for organising the MSCC stand at the annual Bristol Classic Car Show. Nick & Sue’s Plus 4 in Aston Martin Mendip Blue caught the judges’ eye for a highly commended award. Chris’s Le Mans Plus 8 also drew the attention of the organisers as they chose it to headline their pre-show press release. We complemented it on the stand with a backdrop display of written TOK history and photos from the past. Also of interest to visitors who mentioned the word “depreciation”, we had a recent advert in Miscellany (May 2015) from Allon White for a Le Mans 4/4 at £28,950. Not bad when you consider the new price of £27,500 in 2002!

 

Richard’s Roadster, crammed with Mulfab modifications, and with bonnets up to show off the V6 motor, drew much interest as visitors could easily inspect it’s unusual wish-bone suspension with the help of under-lighting and mirrors. To make up the Classic range, Richard Williams at Williams Automobiles came to the rescue and personally delivered a gleaming used 4/4. This also drew much interest as it was for sale with low mileage and at a very good price. I would not be surprised if a few new enthusiasts don’t come knocking sometime soon.

 

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We have submitted a full report to Miscellany which due to publishing deadlines may not be seen until August. However, I would like to thank again all members who helped set up the stand and contributed to the success of the show. ( Nick & Sue, Chris, Richard A, Mike Pa, Ted, Mike & Angela and David) Despite it being ‘Mendip’s turn’, support from Wessex members was also invaluable, in particular Nev Lear, Colin Balkwill, Pete Tombs and not forgetting Pete Turner, who got me off the ground to start with. John Rob, who has dual MOG-centre nationality was naturally there as ever and was also a great help in tracking down photos for display boards, prior to the show. Everyone on the stand did so much to promote the benefits of Morgan ownership in general and the friendliness of the MSCC in particular.

During the show we picked up a new subscription from Alison and Steve Smith who hail from Wrington. They have been MSCC members for a while and we look forward to welcoming them in their light blue Plus 4 Super Sports soon. (The first one in Mendip, so sure to create lots of interest!) A couple of enjoyable days but thank goodness it’s over!!

MSCC Mendip Centre News – Number 130 June 2015

Editorial

 

With space and time at a premium, this editorial will need to be short. Mendip celebrated its 21st Anniversary in May, traditionally a “key of the door celebration”. All very well of course, but for… “door handles are extra, Sir!”

The Bristol Classic Car Show has come and gone but took an inordinate amount of time and frustration to get off the ground with a new company organising the event. However we got there, and with some success.

We have had a very active period in the last few months and this issue also covers the Williams Open Day, Doug’s Trusty Trip to Dunster, Clive & Nat’s White Horse Run, Mendip’s 21st Birthday Party and MOG 15 at Llangollen. Together with a resume on various Noggins and lunches, it’s been a bit of a squeeze to get it all in. Some may notice that I have slipped a month, as this one usually comes out in May but it is a gradual and deliberate ploy so that I can work towards publishing the Christmas issue in January rather than March.

Margaret has put a lot more photos on the Flickr website; do have a look and if you have any that would enhance the albums, please pass them on to her as soon as you can by email or stick.

 

Doug

 

When Terry saw RED…

After spending a happy hour or two at Williams Morgan Open Day, Terry returned to find this monster casting a shadow over his beloved 4/4. His body language says it all”

 

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Bristol Classic Car Show 13th and 14th June

 

Mendip relieved Wessex this year in taking the lead for organising the MSCC stand at the annual Bristol Classic Car Show. Nick & Sue’s Plus 4 in Aston Martin Mendip Blue caught the judges’ eye for a highly commended award.

 

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Chris’s Le Mans Plus 8 also drew the attention of the organisers as they chose it to headline their pre-show press release. We complemented it on the stand with a backdrop display of written TOK history and photos from the past. Also of interest to visitors who mentioned the word “depreciation”, we had a recent advert in Miscellany (May 2015) from Allon White for a Le Mans 4/4 at £28,950. Not bad when you consider the new price of £27,500 in 2002!

 

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Richard’s Roadster, crammed with Mulfab modifications, and with bonnets up to show off the V6 motor, drew much interest as visitors could easily inspect it’s unusual wish-bone suspension with the help of under-lighting and mirrors.

 

To make up the Classic range, Richard Williams at Williams Automobiles came to the rescue and personally delivered a gleaming used 4/4. This also drew much interest as it was for sale with low mileage and at a very good price. I would not be surprised if a few new enthusiasts don’t come knocking sometime soon.

 

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We have submitted a full report to Miscellany which due to publishing deadlines may not be seen until August. However, I would like to thank again all members who helped set up the stand and contributed to the success of the show. ( Nick & Sue, Chris, Richard A, Mike Pa, Ted, Mike & Angela and David) Despite it being ‘Mendip’s turn’, support from Wessex members was also invaluable, in particular Nev Lear, Colin Balkwill, Pete Tombs and not forgetting Pete Turner, who got me off the ground to start with. John Rob, who has dual MOG-centre nationality was naturally there as ever and was also a great help in tracking down photos for display boards, prior to the show. Everyone on the stand did so much to promote the benefits of Morgan ownership in general and the friendliness of the MSCC in particular.

During the show we picked up a new subscription from Alison and Steve Smith who hail from Wrington. They have been MSCC members for a while and we look forward to welcoming them in their light blue Plus 4 Super Sports soon. (The first one in Mendip, so sure to create lots of interest!) A couple of enjoyable days but thank goodness it’s over!!

 

Doug

 

Noggin at The Swan, Rowberrow 18th March

 

The first time in 2015 for double digit MOGs as 10 turned up at this very well liked venue along with 32 members. The food as always was very good with dishes such as Ox cheek seemingly being a very popular choice. I think the establishment may have missed a trick by not pushing the puds as despite the generous main courses there are a few amongst us who can easily be persuaded!

Nothing much else to report on this one; just a very friendly and happy evening. What more can one ask for? (mmm, sticky toffee pudding, maybe…?)

 

Doug’s TRUSTy Trip to Dunster Castle: 12th April

 

Some of you may already have heard me wailing leading up to this one! Despite sowing the seeds last October, we had to do the route reccy 3 times due to road closures. Then, in the days leading up to the event, the N.T. admitted they had double booked a Falconry display in front of the castle, right where we had agreed to park up and the manager at the hotel where we were due to assemble for bacon butties had resigned and left nothing about us in their diary! All we needed now was snow, a hurricane, a marathon or bicycle race to put the icing on the cake. However, the night before, the weather forecast bode well; completely dry in the south. Next morning…rain clouds forecast  at 2 p.m. (Met office must have got wind of our trip).

 

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Off we set at an early hour to welcome our 16 MOGs (plus Terry’s Jag) and passengers to The Admirals Table at Dunball. Again consternation set in as we witnessed a solitary waitress attending to the breakfast needs of the hotels’ guests, who this day, all seemed to descend from their slumbers later than normal. However, stand-in manager Lee got to grips and soon our happy group were tucking into bacon sarnies and coffee, served with amazing speed, such that we were ready to start the exodus at 1010hrs. Things were starting to work in our favour at last!

The route took us through Bridgwater, then on the backroads following the edge of the Quantocks through Enmore to Bishops Lydeard. From there we followed the B3224 out towards Elworthy, traversing Exmoor National Park and the Brendon Hills with some beautiful views en-route. Finally, meeting up with the A396 we entered the back end of Dunster, driving through this extremely picturesque village to arrive at the castle picnic area where exclusive parking arrangements had been made for us whilst the Falconry display was in progress.

On our arrival, Pete & Frances had already travelled direct from home and had kindly christened the uneven grassy hump in the entrance way with their sump. Was anything said, I wonder? All I know is that when we arrived, John Lax the N.T. events manager was lying prone on the grass…guiding each car in to avoid under-carriage damage. How’s that for personal service? (Well done Pete!!)

 

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With Chris & Yvonne also making it direct from home, we ended up with a grand total of 18 MOGs displayed in all their glory. Much interest from visitors including a couple who were off for a factory visit in the following week so were much delighted to see our MOGs on show.

The rest of the day was for everyone to do their own thing. Some enjoyed the picnic area for lunch, as the weather was still holding up whilst others made it to a variety of local establishments such as the Luttrell Arms where a very good lunch indeed was had, so I hear from Dee. The expected rain held off thank goodness.

 

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Some of us witnessed the spectacular flying skills of a wide range of birds of prey and later in the day, after the Falconers had done their bit, we were able to move the MOGs up to the Castle itself to grab a few shots, hopefully for the forthcoming photo competition. (Did you know that owls are not ‘wise’ at all? Most birds of prey are instinctive animals and are not particularly intelligent; indeed if they were, it would cramp their style, according to the handlers at the show.)

 

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This event was designated Mendip Centre’s only sponsored charity run for 2015 in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service. Sue and Nick kindly administered the donations of £10 per car, and had made the necessary arrangements to enable gift aid as well, which of course boosts the overall total. With kind donations from those who could not attend, the total prior to gift aid, came to £210 for which we thank you all and sincerely hope that no one will ever need to make use of the air service in the future. Sue & Nick delivered the cheque personally on their way to Cornwall later in the month.

Finally, personal thanks from Margaret & myself to all who supported this year’s trip and have proffered some kind comments on the day. We hope you enjoyed the experience as a kick-off to a busy forthcoming year of happy Morganeering.

 

Doug

 

Noggin: The Manor House Inn, Ditcheat 22nd April

 

A return to The Manor House turned out to be a very good night out indeed. We were blessed with a fine, sunny evening which encouraged 10 Mogs, 5 tintops and 31 people to attend, including Viv’s brother Duncan. Being such a nice evening many took their drinks outside to admire the gleaming MOGs in the softening evening light.

The dining area was set up in the skittle alley in the company of several hanging silks of old…(Oh. That’s as in jockey’s by the way, not Q.Cs of misdemeanour!!) This I think was a great improvement on times past as it gave us plenty of room to eat and move about to chat. Food was very good indeed and was served in quick succession. Most stayed on till well past 10pm before enjoying a lovely refreshing blast home with moonlit and starry sky. Certainly worth a return visit.

 

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On leaving, interesting to see Terry & Bab’s 3-zip tonneau, which allows the outer edges to remain in place  when seats are occupied. A bit more snug on a chilly night!

 

Doug

 

Williams’ Automobiles Open Day: 25th April

 

Despite gloomy forecasts, the sun shone on the righteous! Over 70 MOGs and a handful of Lotus (should it be Loti??) descended on the Williams dealership at Horton, early on the Saturday morning to be welcomed by scrumptious sausage & bacon baps to kick the day off to a fine start. With food about, more than a dozen members from Mendip were seen in attendance and what a great day it was.

 

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Highlight for many was the talk by Clive Chapman, son of the infamous Colin who pioneered Lotus. Following intensive pestering by Henry Williams, Clive brought along Ayrton Senna’s 1985 JPS F1 car from his collection of some 25 historic F1 cars. This was the one that won the Grand Prix at Estoril in that year. Clive was a very accomplished speaker and had us spellbound with stories of the development and running of the cars in his possession. Amazing to hear that in those days, at the end of the season F1 cars were ‘readily obtainable’ as teams had to make way for the following year. This JPS was the type 97T built on chassis No.2 (of 4). It has a carbon fibre monocoque body with flat bottom and incredible hand-painted graphics, which apparently showed up on T.V. better! The engine was a turbo-charged Renault 1500cc! No, not from a Megane; this one would put out an almost unbelievable 1000 b.h.p.

They even got it up to 1200 b.h.p. but had to change the turbos after just one lap. Just think, shod with those enormous sticky tyres of the day, no power steering, no traction control, an ancient E.C.U. for which there is only one similarly ancient lap-top left in the world to tweak it with… it needs a certain expertise to drive it and to care for it. And, it’s only done 6,000 miles! Clive recalled that when Ayrton won, the excited pit crew all jumped the fence onto the track and almost got flattened by Nigel Mansell as he came through. This practice was banned from then onwards.

 

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Another treat for those attending was the unveiling of Henry’s latest race car. Resplendent in white and green it has already reaped success on the track. With just a 1.6 Sigma engine, it has apparently eaten Roadsters for breakfast! Very tasty indeed!

Henry was also keen to show off his newly launched range of exhaust systems in highly polished stainless steel (I thought they were plated with such a dazzling finish) with a variety of silencers & tail-pipes to suit all models and ears, at just under £2k fitted.

 

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Lunch soon appeared with a variety of tasty hot dishes followed by tea and cakes later in the afternoon. All in all, another great day out courtesy of a dealer who strives to satisfy.

 

Doug

 

The White Horse Hunt on Drive-it Day 26th April

 

Clive  & Nat came up trumps for this one and again, what a great day it turned out to be, especially as the rain had done it’s bit during the night and gave up at breakfast time. Most of us met up at the lorry park at Nunney where we were then able to choose a variety of 4 runs ranging from the bespoke Mendip tour of 8 white horses spread across the Wiltshire countryside, a reprise of the Wessex run last held in 2010, National Trust Treasures and a selection of wet weather ideas at Avebury, Calne and Lacock.

 

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Focus naturally was on lunch targeted at 1230-ish at the appropriately named White Horse Inn at Winterbourne Basset. (Basset means ‘small’ or ‘short’, so maybe places bearing these names were once small hamlets?)

 

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So our collection comprising Mendip and Wessex MOGs, Mike Pa’s mate Charlie in his immaculate MGB, the red Audi TT belonging to Graham & Jill from Wessex all trotted off soon after 10am to search out the gee-gees hiding at Westbury, Devizes, Cherhill, Broad Town, Hackpen, Marlborough, Alton Barnes and Pewsey. Clive & Nat had thoughtfully provided maps, photos and interesting snippets of information to accompany each one. Whether anyone completed the run or not is unknown as lunch always takes its toll. I hear that several of us came across the ubiquitous bicycle runs that are fast becoming a nuisance when looked at through the eyes of the touring car fraternity. If it’s not that, it seems to be marathons!

Talking of lunch, what a find the White Horse at Winterbourne Basset turned out to be. We were made most welcome by the landlord, a car enthusiast himself, with reserved parking so that we could get a good line-up (Thanks Terry for being the whipper-in & getting a pretty good…(for us)… straight line)

 

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Lunch was served in the conservatory and was particularly tasty, plentiful and very reasonably priced. Two missing items though: Nat, unfortunately was on another outing with a group of friends so Clive had to take all the thanks and the other thing, was that red Audi TT of Graham & Jill! As time passed, it started to become clear that they were not going to arrive. With no means of contact, we became concerned that maybe they had suffered a breakdown or something worse. We found out the next day that they had chosen the Wessex run and had gone to The Red Lion at Chitterne, where they found themselves alone. Anyway, safe and sound and they enjoyed the trip!

Margaret and I were attracted to Avebury later in the afternoon where we met up with several others, toured the manor house and succumbed to some extremely generous portions of cake and tea… It’s a tough life!

 

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A bit shocking whilst there to see that the thatch on the tythe barn, which despite wire netting protection, has been devastated by Jackdaws seeking out the ears of corn in the straw material. The plastic owls perched aloft have obviously become too familiar!

So, our thanks to Clive & Nat for particularly good organisation; a lot of preparation had obviously gone into this which made it such a success. We are holding on to the horsey details to seek out the ones we missed at some other occasion in the future when we next canter into Wiltshire.

 

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See pest post for Chris’s ‘100 years on’ sequel!

 

One Hundred Years On

At the end of the Drive It Day ‘White Horses Run’ in April 2015, we took the opportunity of updating an historical family photograph taken by my father in September 1915. His picture was taken outside Milston Church near Bulford Camp, Amesbury in Wiltshire and prior to his embarkation to France on the 10th November 1915. (He served with the Manchester Regiment (City Pals) in Northern France and Italy from 1915 to 1918).

 

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I identified the location of the church from the angle of the sun, time of day from the church clock and the sign post.   I assume the   soldier in the picture is a fellow Mancunian and fittingly the stone plinth on which he is standing is now a war memorial to those killed in both world wars.

 

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Junk Male??

 

How much junk do you have in your car? If the answer is none or it is all absolutely necessary stuff then read no further. If the answer is I don’t know or a bit, then read on. We emptied our car at Christmas and then weighed all the contents and it came to 17lb. We used our famous fishing scales and they are always accurate. I am sure there is a formula somewhere for ‘junk- to-petrol, giving a miles per gallon or top speed to weight ratio. Surely if we don’t carry junk around with us we can blast down that fast bit of road free. The heaviest item was the first aid kit in its plastic box. Thankfully we have never used it.

We have definitely never used the fire extinguisher and we don’t even know if the lock and wire on the spare wheel has ever been used, perhaps it’s look has deterred thieves. We have used the gaffer tape and the multi- tool kit but the rest is plain junk! Or can we claim our badger mascot, at 4 ounces, just entertainment? The pair of day-glow vests, the 2  breathalysers and a map of France seem unnecessary in England, but now we have a radio to listen to, surely our many bits of paper for checking how many Eddie Stobart lorries we have seen that day should be scrapped. Perhaps Morganeering is all about having fun so does it really matter if you have found a small corner to stuff that little bit of something to add to your day? Yes Morganeering is just about having fun; enjoy.

 

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What a whopper…

 

Some may see Alan in a new light (alas, no room nor inclination for innuendo at this point!), especially when it comes to the size of his Parsnips. He withdrew this, without it breaking off, from his garden towards the end of March and it measured a whopping 58 inches!

 

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When the house was built they had to pile drive to 6.5m before hitting the marl; Avon silt in abundance!

 

Sunday Lunch at Hartley’s Kitchen: 10th May 2015

 

Many welcomed the second visit this year, to Hartley’s Kitchen near Binegar on the Mendips, where superb fare is not just expected but virtually guaranteed. Before that however, with spring in the air and no rain, Paul and Jane suggested an early start to meet up at the picnic area on Chew Valley lake.

 

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Nine MOGs turned up (who’s missing above?) and following coffee and chatter, we were encouraged to embark on some ‘Mendip manoeuvres’! This wasn’t a formal M.S.A. run so no tulip diagrams to mark the way, just some helpful (?) suggestions as to how we might clock up a few miles enjoying the Somerset countryside with the aim of meeting up at Binegar in time for lunch.

 

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Now from my experience as a field engineer with SWEB many years ago, I quickly learnt to try to avoid the wilds of Nempnett Thrubwell at all costs if I had to get to somewhere else in a hurry. Nothing has changed! Amazing how 4 cars arrive at a crossroads with the same destination in mind, 1 went right, 3 went straight on but then 2 of them quickly changed their minds and retreated to end up going left. Anyway it was a lovely run around the countryside made all the more interesting with thoughts of ”I wonder where everyone else is by now?”

 

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Luckily we all arrived on time for lunch and soon parked up along with others outside Hartley’s. The proprietor, Paul Hartley had thoughtfully displayed his usual sign ‘Welcome to the Flying Morgans’ in the car park prior to coming out to greet our arrival. In all we ended up with 12 MOGs, one tintop and the TR5, sounding particularly rorty as it cruised into position.

Twenty seven sat down to enjoy a very nice lunch indeed followed by a few tasty puds. BUT, it wasn’t over yet!

Whilst on manoeuvres in the morning, many of us had come across a variety of classic cars bearing rally plates (even a DeLorean!). It was the annual Mendip Classic Car Rally which culminates in a display on the green by Wells cathedral. As it was only just down the hill, many of us set off in that direction and enjoyed the spectacle of a plethora of classic and vintage machines; XKs, E-types; MGs and even a solitary MOG. And…the sun was still shining! Another great day out.

 

Doug

 

Mendip celebrates 21st Birthday on 20th May

 

The coming of age, the key of the door (though not all MOGs have a key hole nor door handle come to that) is an event worth celebrating in some style? Well Paul & Jane certainly gave us the opportunity to do just that!

The venue was Lyncombe Lodge, located at the ski slope at Sandford. It’s only a few yards down the road from the pub where the inaugural meetings were held 25 years ago and we were so pleased to have in attendance three of the founders of Mendip. We have Kim, Clive and Terry to thank for kicking off Mendip Centre 25 years ago and were all delighted to have them cut the skilfully crafted anniversary cake.

 

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Guests for the celebrations totalled 36 with a dozen MOGs in the car park, but sadly lacked the presence of Gay & Adrian and Lyne & Richard, whom we missed but they had to withdraw late on, for temporary health reasons.

Guests arrived in good time to a generously sized room, bedecked with balloons, to be welcomed by a complementary glass of Pimms, much laced with fruits of the season (almost a meal in themselves!) An excellent three course meal followed and over coffee, Sue as secretary took the floor to propose the toast to Mendip and to particularly thank Paul & Jane for all the work put in to organising the evening so beautifully.

Then it was on to the annual awards, for which Jane did the build up: The Tinney Trophy for the most mileage in a single trip went to, (surprise, surprise…) no less than Henry once again, with another multi-thousand mile trip under his belt.

The ‘Triple M Trophy”, for most appearances at our events in a Morgan, went to Mike Pallent for a change rather than Mike & Angela who have received it several years running.

 

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Then, with audience cowering in their seats, it was time to reveal the ‘Keeper of the Mendip Potatoes’ an award for the greatest faux pas during the year. Quite a few in the running for this one ranging from Henry oversleeping on the ferry and finding his was the only car left on deck;  ourselves getting sprayed with “moo juice” when following a cattle lorry up the M5 to Malvern; Mike C shedding a portion of finger whilst fiddling with his lawnmower whilst it was still running and no less than two Golf Club mishaps where Ted & Jamie and David & Linda, in separate incidents, went to the incorrect Golf Club for Sunday lunch. (Why do they all seem to put ‘Mendip’ in their names??)

 

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However, the accolade, (pictured previously) being presented by last years keeper Janet, went to far more deserving catastrophes. Terry P clocked up several worthy moments from breaking off the arm of a chair when he sat down at the Mill House gardens on the Tinney Tour last year; his hand-brake falling apart during a Malvern tour (though he fixed it, took a short cut & came out in front of us all a few miles down the road) and the now infamous one, for which he already secured the O.B.E. award from Wessex. This was down to him dropping his lawn mower onto the bonnet of his MOG and not telling anyone. When Wessex started to deliver the O.B.E. award, Terry cut in with his hands in the air to admit all, only to then realise that the award was going to be for his extensive engine repairs that had to be carried out that year. The cat was well & truly out of the bag! Thanks to all recipients for gallantly accepting a few laughs on your behalves.

It wouldn’t be a special night out without one of Henry’s quizzes. Tonight, a carefully thought out quiz on events of 25 years ago, with Henry freely admitting that 21 years was really the intention, but these anniversaries come & go…also in the quiz, a new set of  collective nouns taken from a very reliable source, a tea towel. Most people were confounded and scores reflected that but the lucky winners were Alison & Peter who became the proud owners of…the tea towel!

Finally, it was on to Margaret to announce the winners of the photo competition:

She reported an excellent selection of entries, slightly up on numbers from  last year, although they were again very slow to come in. 56% of the membership voted – 3% down on last year but many photos had well over 250 views.

 

Category A    A traditional line-up of at least 2 Mogs

15 entries – with impressive and some very unusual line ups of Mogs We had several from the race track, some from our visits to stately homes, of course a few line ups outside hostelries and even a couple of tasty rear end views!! There were several close-runners for the prize including Natalie’s “One Day Teddy, One Day”; “Parade of the Champions” from Angela and Terry Phelps’ “Speech House in the Forest of Dean

However the winner of the photograph in this section who received 50% more votes than the nearest contender was

Peter See with his “Pit Lane Wait”

 

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Category B   A single Mog

In this category we had 17 entries with some beautiful sceneries and backgrounds, the main favourites being…

Henry’s “Put out to Grass” (at first I thought he must have taken a trip to the savannah, but Glastonbury Tor in the distance, gave it away!!);  “Perfect April Day” by Paul and “Little Devil” by one of our newest members, Edward Cooke. One of my personal favourites was Angela’s “Are you sure the brakes work?” showing a 3 wheeler careering down the hill.

However, in this category there was one entry which stood out, and with more than double the votes of any other, that of  Clive Nunn with “Field of Gold”

 

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Category C   An amusing or unusual Morgan photo

In Category C, we had 17 very different entries which made this a very close run and diverse section indeed and the voting reflected this. From sprouting flowers to reflections and bats to badgers, we had them all! Unusually, we ended up with no less than 5 tied positions:

Aero Reflections” by Peter See

Thunder & Lightning” by Edward Cooke

On the Quayside” by Nick Upton

From the Cockpit” by Sue Upton, and

Oops” (the squashed badger, Doug’s favourite) by Angela Jennings, and so a process of elimination had to be devised.

In accordance with the rules, Peter See, already a winner in Category A, was therefore excluded.

This left 4, and to help me with my casting vote, I decided to count up the votes that each person had accumulated over the whole competition.

The winner is “Thunder and Lightning” by Edward Cooke (just don’t bring him to a Noggin, Edward!!)

 

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Margaret

And so ended another super night out, excellent food and even better company. As we wound our way down the dark leafy lane, bathed in the shadows of moonlight…I whispered to my darling chauffeur “If you keep going in this direction, we’ll soon be going down the ski slope! A quick ‘about-turn’ was called for! A poor excuse of “just taking the piste”, cut no ice with me!

 Doug

 

MOG 2015 Llangollen, courtesy of Devamog

 

Mendip were well represented at this year’s MOG, held at the Eisteddfod Pavilion at Llangollen.

Some travelled up a few days in advance whilst others stayed on for a few days after. For ourselves, we met up with Nick and Sue at Trumpet Corner, just beyond Ledbury. (where Terry’s handbrake fell apart last year!!) We then travelled on to Powis Castle for lunch and finally settled at a very rural Country Guest House near Harlech with views of Harlech Castle perched upon its rocky edifice in the distance. Clive & Nat joined us the next day and we subsequently spent a great few days viewing the sights, enjoying the fantastic scenery and roads with no pot-holes and of course the fine dining that polished off each day. On one day, we took the Welsh Highland Railway up to Caernarfon and on going to the station to obtain tickets the day before, met a full car park. The attendant, admiring our MOGs not only kindly gave us leave to park on the prohibited areas but also ensured 3 parking bays were reserved for us the next day when we were to travel! It was a lovely journey with 1st Class Pullman up and 3rd Class open carriage return; the afternoon light amplified the beautiful views of Snowdonia with its little train puffing up the mountain side. Whilst in Caernarfon, we spotted a certain MOG (P20 SEE) but think they were inside the castle. Did someone leave a “We woz here” teaser on the screen?

 

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Soon on to Llangollen for MOG 15. A very well organised reception dishing out the goody bags, this year including a collapsible bucket & sponge, amongst other useful items. The scenic-runs booklet was very professionally produced complete with maps and tulip diagrams with 5 runs ranging from 74 to 137 miles.

 

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We soon met up with other Mendip members Terry & Babs, Mike Pa, Peter & Fran, John & Dee and then later over the weekend, we came across Ted & Jamie and Ron & Kim. All meals were taken in the pavilion and provided by an expert team of outside caterers who arrived with everything including the kitchen sink, in a huge truck and set up shop behind some curtains within the dining hall. Whilst the food was of excellent quality, it will probably be more remembered for the low ambient temperature of the venue, the architect having gone to the Millennium Dome school of design! This, combined with much confusion over dress code (D.J.s or not, for a Gala/formal dinner?) resulted in most attendees enjoying their meal in the comfort of flying jackets, headscarves, etc. A mental note for the future to double check with organisers just what is de rigeur, as it is somewhat of a nuisance to take the gear and then not use it.

 

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Other events enjoyed were the steam train rides and canal trips over the famous Thomas Telford Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, built in 1805 and spanning the Dee (River that is, not John’s beloved!!) for 1037 feet at a height of 137 feet. We walked it instead and it surely is a fine feat of engineering for its time.

On the Sunday, we came across Ted & Jamie enjoying a picnic in the sunshine (or was it a banquet?) with friends Pat & Norman who were celebrating their wedding anniversary. They arrived in style in their beautifully preserved (but well used) 1953 Rover 75 which has been in the family from new.

With over 500 Morgans at the ground, concours, innovations and trade stands, there was plenty to see and do. Terry entered his well thought out heater modification into the innovations contest but probably as it is not a universal need across the range of MOGs, did not meet with the judges favour for an award. The winning item was a very simple tool for tightening side screens, which no doubt someone will pick up on soon.

 

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At the prize giving in the afternoon, bathed in sunshine and enjoyed with an ice cream, there followed an auction of a very special commemorative car badge. This one was gold plated with a small diamond set in the dragon’s eye. With some agile bidding across the field, we were all delighted to see Kim succeed in acquiring this one-off reminder of MOG 15. Other incentives no doubt drove the bid as Ron was born in the area and well, what lady doesn’t like gold and diamonds; but I don’t think we’ll be seeing it on their MOG anytime soon.

 

It’s that enticing devilish look again! You get to know members a lot more when you spend a few days away together...eat your heart out  David Walliams!!

It’s that enticing devilish look again! You get to know members a lot more when you spend a few days away together…eat your heart out David Walliams!!

Altogether, a great few days away and we look forward to MOG16 at Milton Keynes next year. Bookings open 1st September.

 

Doug

 

Committee Bits ‘n’ Bobs

  • A meeting was held on 13th April 2015; salient points included:
  • Discussions on preparations for Bristol Classic Car Show
  • Finances healthy & currently above minimum desired level
  • Regalia: Research into ‘future proofing’ artwork software & possible additional supplier.
  • Events: Discussions on ‘Drive-it’ day, Birthday Party, etc
  • Editorial: slow response for photo competition.
Who’s a happy bunny then…? Paul celebrated a birthday at this committee meeting. Here we see him with a very generous surprise gift from Clive; a Tonka MOG almost matching his own treasured +8, except it’s a bit slower! (...not a lot….!!) Happy Birthday indeed, Paul !

Who’s a happy bunny then…?
Paul celebrated a birthday at this committee meeting. Here we see him with a very generous surprise gift from Clive; a Tonka MOG almost matching his own treasured +8, except it’s a bit slower! (…not a lot….!!)
Happy Birthday indeed, Paul !

 

Regalia

 

Clive & Nat will be delighted to receive any orders for regalia. They are currently looking at some new ideas and if you have any thoughts on regalia items, do let them know. Remember, they can supply any item with a choice of Wings, Badger or the car badge Logo.

 

Disclaimer: All information was correct at time of print. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information in our publications is accurate, msccmendip cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracy in any of our publications.

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