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Mendip Centre Newsletter Number – 137 April 2017

Editorial

Now that Spring has sprung, welcome to the second Newsletter of 2017. As we are all aware it’s been a soggy start to the year; rainfall recorded in our garden revealed 25mm for January, 15mm for February and an amazing 91mm for March! Of course, it never comes (or stays away for that matter), when you want it to, so much so, that we often only had a small handful of Morgans at various events.

However things are brightening up and that was ably illustrated by the turnout of 16 MOGs at the first of this year’s scenic tours “Ted’s Spring Dustdown Revival”. Our appreciation to Ted & Jamie for the original concept and to Paul & Jane for the revival. Full details will be found starting on page 13. Prior to all that, we enjoyed Noggins both at The Strode, Cranmore and The Blue Bowl, West Harptree plus Sunday Lunches at The Bull, Bruton and also a new venue at The Horse & Jockey, Gurney Slade, kindly and very successfully organised by David & Linda.

Venturing further afield, just a small Mendip contingent (pity) made it to Spotmog’s Brown Shoe Lunch at Prescott, excellent as always with support from the guest speaker Ian Patton, a super orator, who shared his experiences of riding a 1928 Indian motorcycle 4,000miles across the U.S. On our recent trip down to Cornwall followed by a few days at Dartington Hall, we popped into Berrybrook on the way home and were made very welcome by sales manager Henry Sharman; the first time we had been there since the new facilities opened.

Congratulations also to new arrivals. First was Jeanne’s new MX5, not a Morgan but one of the first special limited editions to be on the road in the UK.

Then, long awaited, we met with Ed & Lindsay’s new Roadster (“The Nipper”) on the Spring Dustdown, just one day following delivery.

My thanks to contributors to this edition notably Mike Ph. and Alan A. As things have been a little quiet, this issue is probably the shortest of the year but it has to be in multiples of 4pages for printing purposes, so I had to juggle with extra humour to fill capacity!

Mendip’s 23rd Birthday Party Thurs. 18th May plus lots of exciting events to look forward to in the coming year so please check out details on the events page of the website. This can now also be accessed via the new MSCC site http://www.morgansportscarclub.com. In addition, other local events which may be of interest, are listed on the back of this newsletter.

One big concern for all of us in the next few months should be who will replace our events team when Paul & Jane retire, after 9 years of sterling service in November? Committee are looking at ways to make the task more manageable but we must all be aware that much of the success of Mendip existing as a Centre rests heavily on the events that take place. New incumbents will naturally receive plenty of support from the committee and may well have different ideas as to how we should be approaching the situation. We are wide open to suggestions and discussions to keep this Centre alive.

Doug

 

Noggin at The Strode, Cranmore: 18th January 2017

Where did they all go? Despite recent record numbers, this event only drew 23 members and with the threat of salty roads, just 3 MOGs ventured out.

Maybe it was down to the time of year with coughs and colds. Hopefully it wasn’t down to the reputation here which had suffered under previous management. It is pleasing to report that the current proprietors maintained the excellent standards set since our last visit in August. As well as super food, portion sizes remain generous; so much so that I don’t think the dessert menu drew any takers at all.

However, with the layout of the room, our numbers fitted very comfortably and a good time was had by all.

 

Sunday Lunch, and more… around Bruton: 5th Feb

Maybe early in the year but a full day of interesting activities was organised by Paul & Jane and immensely enjoyed by some 25 members.

First off, 19 of us with just 6 MOGs met up for coffee at the Hauser & Wirth gallery with a particular slant on viewing the exhibition of bronze sculpture and art from the 50s and 60s by the late Elisabeth Frink. Her focus was much concentrated around tension, aggression and vulnerability. Also running alongside, was the “Brave New World” exhibition by Djordje Ozbolt who seems to explore a myriad of techniques. Amazing what you can do with garden gnomes a.k.a. “playful subversion”. We last visited in October and though not everyone’s cup of tea, it is nevertheless an interesting eye-opener.

“Goggled Head II” leaves us guessing : a Plus 8 or M3W man ??’

 

“Mirage”…I buried it in the sand somewhere but now, I can’t remember where!

From there we moved on for lunch at the nearby Bull Inn, which again was fantastic. Numbers now rose to 25 to enjoy the excellent roasts with delightful selections of vegetables. Despite all of that, some of us could not resist the calling to indulge in desserts. (just to make sure they were up to scratch, you understand…and yes they were!) Following lunch, 21 made it over to Stourhead for an afternoon stroll around the lakes to view the snowdrops. Jane had checked in advance and was informed that we were a little on the ‘seasonal-early’ side to see them in their full glory but it was still worth the trip. Even the waterfall & water wheel were working! Thankfully, it stayed dry for the whole day and what better way to finish off by congregating in the café for a warming cuppa.

 

Doug

 

Noggin at The Mendip Inn: 15th February

Sadly we missed out on this one as we spent a few days with family in Cornwall before taking a further break at Dartington Hall. We called in at Berrybrook on the way up as you will see from the separate article on the next page.

However, I hear that the Mendip Inn did us proud with excellent food and a well organised evening despite the fact they had 70 covers that night. Only 3 MOGs fought through the foggy conditions and just 27 members attended. Numbers a little down on normal but several calling in sick and some enjoying winter breaks elsewhere offers some explanation.

No photos unfortunately as cameras were not to hand.

Doug

 

A man named Donald

A man named Donald bought a horse from a farmer for $250. The farmer agreed to deliver the horse the next day.

The next day, the farmer drove up to Donald’s house and said, “Sorry, son, but I have some bad news. The horse died.”
Donald replied, “Well, then just give me back my money.”
The farmer said, “Can’t do that. I went and spent it already.”
Donald said, “Ok, then just bring me the dead horse.”
The farmer asked, “What ya gonna do with him?”
Donald said, “I’m going to raffle him off.”
The farmer said, “You can’t raffle off a dead horse!”
Donald said, “Sure I can! Watch me. I just won’t tell anybody he’s dead.”
A month later, the farmer met up with Donald and asked, “What happened with that dead horse?”
Donald said, “I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at five dollars a-piece and made a profit of $2495.”
The farmer said, “Didn’t anyone complain?”
Donald said, “Just the guy who won. So I gave him back his five dollars.”
Donald has just moved to a new house…you can’t miss it, it’s quite big & sort of… WHITE!

 

Berrybrook Morgan at Exminster

On our return from Dartington we made a visit to Berrybrook at Exminster, where we originally purchased our Plus 4 in 2011. This was primarily to buy a replacement clutch pedal rubber but also to have a ‘look-see’ at recent improvements to the dealership.

We were very warmly greeted by Henry Sharman who has been there for about 9 years and is now Sales Manager. As well as quickly attending to our needs he kindly took us on a tour of the establishment out through the workshops (Bradley still there) and on to the new showroom round the back. This is capable of holding up to a dozen cars and was opened last year. Personally, we missed out on the celebrations at that time, as it clashed with something else but I know that some Mendip members did actually attend. Anyway, a nice sized unit and something the business sorely needed. Henry told us that Berrybrook have just been awarded another 10 year certificate by the factory to carry on the dealership. With an increasing commercial awareness emanating from Morgan, we may well see some dealers disappearing in the future, especially if they don’t meet expectations on sales of new cars.

Interesting to see amongst the stock were two lovely unregistered 4/4 Anniversary models in blue, a 1980s Nut Brown +8 with only about 8k miles on the clock and a pre-owned ARP4. If you fancy just 3 wheels, they have one of the last of the originals to be made, complete with gleaming Matchless engine. Also out in the yard, we noticed a selection of Microcars (see below). Despite having 4 wheels, they can be driven on a motorcycle licence as they are not classed as a car but rather a “quadro-cycle”! Apparently, they are very popular in France where 16 year olds can take to the roads. Recent pre-owned models in the line up at Berrybrook ranged around £7k to £10k .

Anyway, if you get the chance, pop in and Henry will make you most welcome.

Doug

 

Sunday Lunch at The Horse & Jockey, Gurney Slade

Indeterminate weather once more as heavy rain showers threatened and flooded roads and, for some, an unexpected reality. However, this is England and it’s only the 4th of March, 4 days into official Spring as far as the Met. office is concerned. Consequently only 2 MOGs ventured out, those of Terry & Babs and David & Linda. Brave of them to fly the flag. (“Whatever-the-weather“ MOG stalwarts Mike & Angela were in the land of OZ!)

This was a new venue for us and was not only suggested but also organised by David & Linda, so I guess they were almost obliged to fly the Morgan flag by leading their horse to water, as it were! (see left) A traditional country pub serving good food with service to match. What more could we ask for…well quite a few were tempted by a broad selection of desserts to follow, with lashings of cream aimed to naturally balance up the statins intake!

We fortunately had a room to ourselves which comfortably accommodated our 33 souls, (it would have been 35 but Clive and Nat had to dip out due to the dreaded man-flu descending on Congresbury.) Unusually, the roast dinners were available in both normal and small portions and those with smaller appetites certainly appreciated their choices when they saw what “normal” was. Plenty of very tender meats accompanied by a plethora of fresh vegetables, well in excess of requirements.

On our behalf, Sue thanked David & Linda for organising such a successful event; it is also certainly helpful to give Paul & Jane a break from time to time, so if anyone else has any ideas for the future…?

Lots of chatter ensued as usual, with particular reference on the car-front to not one, but TWO brand new motors. Ed & Lindsay’s forthcoming addition to the stable will be a new 3.7 Roadster, due on 1st April. With virtually every extra in the book… and then some, we look forward to seeing it on it’s maiden Mendip run with Ted’s Spring Dustdown Revival on 2nd April, where a more detailed report will surely follow.  [ Yep…see p. 16] Following last week’s aero crash up in Malvern, where the prop-shaft may have allegedly come adrift, some wag suggested that Ed actually takes the position of lead car for the scenic run so that the rest of us can pick up the bits that fall might fall off! (I’m sure that won’t be necessary, though “it is a Morgan, Sir and they all …”

 

The other new car on the day’s agenda graced the car park outside in the form of Jeanne’s new Mazda MX5 RF. These were only made available in the U.K. a few days ago and Jeanne took possession on hers, a couple of days prior to official launch. The new MX5 features a retractable hard top and the launch editions are limited to just 500 units. They will be distinguishable from the ‘run of the mill’ production to follow later in the year by the two tone roof, BBS alloys and Recaro seats. A demo of the retractable roof drew an ogling audience as one might expect. The whole machine looks absolutely lovely, and Jeanne, though being no stranger to MX5s, is surely going to enjoy this one immensely. Many congratulations.

Doug

 

A letter sent to an Australian newspaper

 

It’s about time the authorities did something about older drivers. For too long they have caused havoc by hogging the left hand lane, sticking to the speed limits and halting at “STOP” signs, causing great inconvenience and preventing others doing what they like.

Another concern is by avoiding fines they are not doing their bit for state revenue and therefore placing a further burden on younger drivers.

Until older drivers can prove they are proficient at weaving in and out of traffic, driving while texting or talking on their mobile phone, tailgating, using drugs or doing wheelies they must be banned from holding a licence.

{Thanks to Alan A}

 

Spotmog’s Brown Shoe Lunch at Prescott: 8th March

The Mendip contingent sadly sunk to just 7 for the annual David McCarraher memorial lunch; namely Nick & Sue, Alan & Jeanne, Terry P and ourselves. A mucky, showery day once again saw only the bravest venture forth in the MOG. (Terry in our case) However, a total of 81 people sat down for a very nice 3 course lunch and the lecture started soon after.

This year’s talk on “The Motorcycle Cannonball” was superbly presented by Ian Patton, who participated in the 2012 event, from 7th—23rd September. (Ian, incidentally is also a guide at the Morgan Factory) The run is essentially a time trial for pre-1929 motorcycles and certainly tests endurance of both bike and rider over the 4,000 mile journey from New York to San Francisco. In 1916, this was a 45 days trip but now, competing on similar bikes, but better roads of course, the time limit was down to 17 days with 16 stages. i.e. only one day off! Tulip diagrams were provided but sat-navs and the like were banned. As well as the cost of getting man and machine there and back, the entry fee was some $1500. Ian was so keen that he paid up-front even before even finding a suitable bike, in his case a wreck of a 1928 Indian Scout which he re-built over an 18 month period prior to the race.

A lot of riding practice was required as the bike, typical of the period, had a foot operated clutch on the left, with just 3 gears and a twist-grip throttle, but that was also sited on the left handlebar. Apparently, this was because many bike sales were to the U.S. police, and they needed their right hand free whilst riding to enforce the law in the traditional way. (Colt 45?) Prior to the story of the run itself, with support from superb original film footage, Ian took us into some of the early days of motorcycle races within the U.S.  “Motordromes” were constructed far and wide, being essentially banked wooden tracks built from 4 x 2 green timber, with slopes of 60 degrees on the banking, steeper than one could walk up. Race bikes back in 1910 typically had no brakes fitted, no clutch and very little in the way of carburation. You simply got it going with a push start and held on for dear life. With bikes reaching 100 mph, accidents were horrific, often with  machines running off the top of the banking and into the crowds, killing spectators as well. The luckier riders might need to have foot long wooden splinters removed if they survived. This mayhem eventually led to public outcry and the demise of the motordrome.

Back to 2012, and 71 bikes set off with an aim of about 250—360 miles per day, every day except one,  starting at 7.30 a.m. finishing at about 5 p.m.. Any breakdowns would be mopped up by a support truck but if you were not actually with the bike, it would pass you by. The first of Ian’s breakdowns came when all 4 bolts holding the magneto, fell off. He was rescued but the break down truck took a wrong turn and they ended up in Chicago, Southside. Not a good place to be apparently, with a shooting carried out on average, every 10 minutes of every day! Luckily a police officer drew up beside them at the traffic lights and led them out, just as a group of inquisitive young men were heading their way! There was another story of one of the participants, who in the middle of nowhere suffered a disintegration of the cam on his distributor. A passing farmer expertly whittled a new replica from a chunk of roadway wooden debris, super-glued it in place and he was soon on his way again!

Our journey with Ian’s story continued, with much interest being added by photos and video footage: from the beautiful colours of New England in the fall to the extreme cold of the Yellowstone pass at 10,000feet, minus 30-odd degrees but “old faithful” blowing off every hour with it’s renowned thermal ferocity.

Poor Ian, within just a couple of days of the finish, a terminal breakdown occurred. Engine lubrication, typical of the period was a total-loss system. Oil was held in a separate tank and was not circulated like a modern engine, it was consumed, so regular top ups were essential. That was no problem as he carried plenty of spare. However on this model, the oil tank was a separate compartment, soldered within the fuel tank. A hair line crack had developed in the soldered joint and subsequently, petrol leaked into the oil tank, diluting the oil. The result was a complete melting of the roller bearings in the crank and seizure of the con-rods. No fix for this and so he was rescued by one of the other competitor’s support truck. As yet another example of American friendliness and camaraderie, the truck driver took him round the back where a new Harley Davidson stood. He handed him the keys and said “You’ve come this far, you just gotta finish; we’ll see you in San Francisco!” Wow!

Of the 71 starters just 19 made it, the winner being a 1916, single speed Excelsior.

Ian’s oratory skills combined with fascinating footage made for a very interesting afternoon even for those who may not be into bikes. Excess funds from the event of some £300 were to be donated to Ian’s charity of choice “The British Heart Foundation”

Many thanks to Moira Norwood of Spotmog, for organising yet another great event.

Doug

 

Noggin at The Blue Bowl, W. Harptree 15th March

The last noggin prior to B.S.T. saw numbers slightly down on “the norm” with just 27 members accompanied by 7 MOGs. We were missing Mike & Angela, still in Oz and sadly Ed was missing his black roadster which we understand Williams have sold already. Poor Ed (getting poorer by the moment with all those extras on order) will have to put up with that shiny new 3.7 on April 1st…no joke! Pleased to say that with his porker on display under the bright lights of the car park, there was no evidence of the white rash affliction which he shared with us in the last issue.

The weather, though bright during the day turned very foggy and drizzly over Weston towards the end of the afternoon, and maybe this acted as some deterrent to Morganeering. Ironically, West Harptree didn’t fare as badly.

We were all seated at two long tables and the food came in fairly quick succession. I believe most people were well satisfied with the fare on offer. Plenty of chat thereafter but no real revelations to report.

Doug

 

Wannna buy a Plus 8 mate??  

I am very grateful to Mike Ph. who drew my attention to an article in the March edition of “Classic & Sports Car” magazine. This was a 4 page Buyers Guide spread, on the Plus 8 and as one might expect, it was very upbeat. Particularly highlighting the desirability of the model, it also focussed heavily on appreciation, rather than depreciation.

The Le Mans 62 was mentioned with a suggestion that prices may command a premium of 25% over the standard model. Typical guide prices for the ordinary models were quoted as £40k for show/rebuilt standard, £30k for average and £20k for a restoration candidate.

The guide went on to point out 10 potential rot spots to check before purchase. Outer steel front wings, front chassis cross-frame, cracks by engine mountings, steel inners at bulkhead, bulkhead uprights, chassis webs & box sections under floor, wooden A-posts (try lifting doors), wooden sills (check pins holding trim on sill are tight), B-post (should not move with door open), cross-member at main chassis rails & spring hangers. (Cripes guys…what’s yours like in all these nooks & crannies; time to slip the knee pads on?)

As far as the mechanicals are concerned, they suggested a healthy hot oil pressure of at least 35 psi. highlighting infrequent oil changes leading to prematurely worn camshafts. Also mentioned was the risk of alloy corrosion if suitable corrosion inhibitors had not been maintained in the cooling system and expectation of sloppy steering common on pre-1983 (pre-Gemmer) models. Though power is less with Strombergs, parts for the 1990s Lucas fuel injection system can be hard to source and the later GEMs-injection can have engine controller problems, though this can be sorted by specialists.

Doug

 

Ted’s Spring Dustdown Revival: 2nd April

What better way to kick off the touring season in a nostalgic car than to dust off a run from the past. Ted had kindly put this one together and we last ran it in May of 2014. This year, Paul  launched a revival and obviously put a lot of effort into re-hashing the tulip diagrams so there would be no excuses for anyone to get lost.  (Erm, we’ll see about that…)

Initial interest in this trip started out at 37, but unfortunately sickness took its toll and we ended up with a still very healthy 32 persons accompanied by 16 MOGs and Terry’s XJ.

The meeting point was at the lorry park at Nunney Catch and for once, the sun shone throughout the day. Of special interest was Ed & Lindsay’s new Roadster. (see separate article on page 16)

With everyone signed on, and with the re-assurance from MSA traffic liaison officers of a clear route ahead, we set off on the 47 mile, 2 hour route in batches of 3, as some of the roads to be encountered would be quite narrow and difficult for passing places.

A lovely drive  over a mixture of road types took us via Trudoxhill, Witham Friary, Stourhead, Gasper and Penselwood then down to Gillingham. Sadly we were too early for blue bells but the scenery is still captivating. The crowds we encountered en-route sadly had not turned out  to cheer us on our way but rather, to support the road race runners along our route. I think we missed the worst of it by the skin of our teeth as it was destined to start at 11am. (From past experience, nothing new…Thanks MSA traffic liaison officers!)

Approaching Gillingham, we started to bunch up with something like 8 MOGs in quick succession, no doubt due to the impediments from the road race. However, that was all to change shortly!

Coming into a roundabout at Shaftsbury, lo and behold, we spot a line of Morgans heading back the way we had just come! Could this be another MOG scenic tour?? I’m sure I recognised some of those number plates though…yes the Lemming fiasco had bitten again as the leader of the pack missed the exit and everyone else followed. This is what makes a scenic run… such fun, is it not?

By now, it’s only Ed behind me and we soon attack Zig Zag hill with relish, thankfully having a fairly clear run at it and well, you know, boys will be boys! Lindsay was exhilarated!!

Breaching the top of the hill, a breath-taking scenic panorama meets the eye but still with no other MOGs in sight, I begin to suspect some participants may have succumbed to Compton Abbas airfield for a quick break. However as we started out last in the pack, we ought to keep making tracks and so continued on down the roman road towards Ludwell. Then, surprise yet again, as we met a couple of our pack coming back UP the hill, but hey, we are used to things like that happening by now.

Onwards through picturesque villages and countryside, Tisbury and Hindon and a final blast along the A350 to The George Inn at Longbridge Deverill.

Remember, we were the last ones leaving Nunney and had not done an overtake along the way, yet apart from Ted & Jamie who departed Nunney well before everyone else, we were the first to arrive!! Are we in the right place? (some consolation when we got talking to a motorcyclist who came for the annual Moto Guzzi meeting, only to realise it had happened yesterday) However, by 12.45 most people had made it from their detours and we soon settled down to a good chinwag before lunch, comparing wildly varying mileages actually covered. We were able to form a good line up on the grass by the river so hopefully advantage was taken of the photo opportunities on offer. (Photo competition remember…)

At the pub, the Orangery was set aside exclusively for our number and we went on to enjoy a delicious and generous carvery.

As lunch was finishing, in came a brand new Aero8 in mint green, which Edward said looked like the one that was collected from Williams the day before, when he went to get his Roadster. Sue went off to investigate and yes, this guy was indeed the one and having had a night over in the Cotswolds was making his way back to his home in Salisbury. Spotting our line-up, he naturally dropped in and spent some time in conversation with us. When asked about his choice of Morgan, he said that having lost his wife 2 years ago, this was the only thing he could think of to put a smile back on his face. Excellent therapy indeed.

As  middle of the afternoon approached, we started making our own ways home, the sun shining stronger as the day progressed. Another lovely day out with like minded friends and thanks again to Ted & Jamie for the original route and Paul & Jane for the revival.

Doug

 

Enter “The Nipper”

Just 24 hours out of Williams showroom comes Ed & Lindsay’s new 3.7 Roadster a.k.a. “The Nipper”.

A beautiful example in Ferrari Grigio Metallic complemented by Imperial Claret trim, matching hood and shod with Avon ZV7 tyres.

However, things are not all they might seem for this is not the same car that left the factory gates; Ed seemingly had “a boat to push out!”

Mechanically, the brakes have been upgraded with Mintex Pads and braided hoses, front suspension ditched in favour of Suplex, brake reaction bars, anti-tramp, panhard rod and electric power steering all added. For me, (having tailed him for some miles) the piece-de-resistance just has to be the Williams Sports exhaust system, recognisable by the 4 exit pipes at the rear and a sound that is…well you can certainly hear it and the harder the foot goes down the roartier it gets!

Looking at the cosmetics, we see an unusually dark wooden dash in “Brown Velvet”, with the addition of Wolf Performance carbon fibre veneers; a lovely thicker style Moto-Lita wheel, stainless steel MK indicator console and stalks, and in matching leather, a central trinket box and sun visors. No doubt, lots of other refinements that I missed but do have a closer look when you have the opportunity. (Bear in mind that he now has a large box of hardly used bits from the original, if anyone may be interested) Initial impressions from Ed are those of sheer delight with handling and performance far outshining his previous Roadster. Even the “rev-hang” symptoms of earlier models seems to have been cured. Congratulations to you both and we wish you many happy Morganeering miles. At least we’ll hear you’re coming!

Doug

 

Committee Meeting  16th January 2017

The first meeting of the New Year took place at the New Inn, Blagdon. Salient points included:

  • Matter arising from AGM re: Honorary memberships. Following research into principles and ensuing discussions, it was decided that committee would not bestow honorariums based on merit. More detailed report at next AGM.
  • Bristol Classic Car Show: committee delighted to hear that we have a safe pair of hands in Dave Millard who is continuing to make arrangements towards the show.
  • Treasurer: All subs received from 40 households & balances a little up on this time last year.
  • Regalia: Fairly quiet but new scarves & hats coming through. Possibility of engraved wooden trinket boxes. Doug investigating.
  • Events: P & J outlined plans for the coming months; (see latest calendar on website); Birthday Party to be THURSDAY 18th May at Winford Manor; BBQ in August at Wyke with Donald & Di; AGM 19th Nov. 2017 Wedmore Golf Club; Christmas Party 9th December, Lyncombe Lodge.

 

Regalia

Weather’s warming but not hot yet—order your ‘Mistral’ jacket to keep you snug in the Morgan on these early sunny days. Better still, gat yourself a fleece or knitted scarf to go with it and keep the draughts out.

For newer members, we can still offer one green  and two blue Mendip Centre car badges to sport your pride and joy. Finally, to keep that wine cool, we have just one remaining terracotta wine cooler embossed with the Mendip logo.

Check with Nat or Clive for details.

 

Photo Competition  2017

Don’t forget to get your entries into Margaret by closing date on 29th April. If you really can’t find a photo, please, please at least make a valuable contribution by voting for your favourites. Details to follow early May.

Margaret

 

Yet another Committee Meeting!: 3rd April

 

  • We were due the next meeting later in the month but with date clashes ,had to bring it forward, so here are the main points. (Treasurer Angela still in OZ at present)

 

  • Bristol Classic Car Show arrangements well in hand by David M. We’re promised the cut-away +8 from factory with Williams Automobiles to provide transport.

 

  • Possibility of silver car badge to celebrate Mendip’s 25 years in 2019?

 

  • Events: the full year’s program now mapped out by P & J; detail on website

 

  • Birthday Party at Winford Manor Thurs 18th May; 3 course dinner + birthday cake

 

  • This year’s charity event: Annual BBQ on 5th August

 

  • Discussions on future committee “Events Officer” role, when Paul & Jane retire in November. Some additional duties currently undertaken, to be devolved to other committee members to lessen the burden. Need to seek out interested parties.

 

  • Photographic Competition: launched with deadline for entries 29th April; only then will photos be displayed on ‘Flickr’ for voting from 1st—13th May. Voting instructions to be amended to restrict households from voting for their own photos in an attempt to produce a clearer outcome than in previous years.

 

Technical

Following on from the thread sewn by Mike Ph. in the last issue about punctures and recovery vehicles scraping bottoms, he now informs us of “improvements”:

I am very pleased to advise that M-B have revised the recovery system in the event of a puncture. Instead of the pick up by low loader and no car for 24/48 hours a van arrives with a temporary spare so as to allow the customer journey to continue.

Oh yes!… Hang on! What happens then:-

1) if you are on the way to ferry, airport etc. Do you keep the temporary unit or does it have to be returned to the dealer who delivered it and how long can you keep it? (Yes you have guessed it!)

2) if it is Sunday /out of hours and tyre retailers are not open how far can you travel and is speed restricted ( a nightmare)?

3) if on the way to a holiday is the temporary unit legal in all countries?

What a mess this thing called progress is and who needed to solve what problem when the original spare idea worked well, still it must have saved the manufacturer a few initial pounds in abandoning the fifth wheel though there is now the useless pump and bottle for small leaks! It is very surprising that this is has become an industry wide feature and in my case the spare wheel space is taken up with the Bluetec tank.

Sorry but I cannot say I am looking forward to testing the new arrangement though perhaps I should be pleased that my bottom end will be free of further damaging scrapes. (Any volunteers to take a closer look?? Ed)

Mike Ph

 

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.

Mendip Morgan Photographic Competition Voting Instructions

Mendip Morgan Photographic Competition 2017

 

Many thanks to all those members who submitted entries; they are all now displayed on the website together with their category labels and titles.

Now is the time for EVERYONE to VOTE – May 1st – 13th

 

*IMPORTANT* – CHANGES  TO THE VOTING SYSTEM THIS YEAR:

 

No member will be allowed to vote for a photograph from their household or submitted by a family member.

This rule has been introduced to ensure a fairer voting pattern.

 

Voting Instructions

All you need to do is e-mail Margaret with your choices by Midnight on Sunday 14th May 2017.

e.g.
Driver John votes: A16, B17, C21.
Co-driver Janet votes: A29, B45, C32.

  1. A couple can send just one email with their votes collectively.

 

  1. You are NOT allowed to vote for a member of your household or a family member.

 

  1. Every member has one vote in each category.

 

DEADLINE – Midnight Sunday 14th May

 

 

All entries can be viewed by clicking on the following links…

 

Category A: A traditional “line-up/display/queue/column” of at least 2 Morgans

Category B: A single Morgan with a backdrop of your choice

Category C: An amusing or unusual composition featuring a Morgan or part of one

 

Note: Depending on the machine you are using to view, you may have to scroll down to view the title and category number, especially if you are viewing full screen.

Please Remember:   EVERY member has ONE vote in EACH category.

Results and prizes will be presented at the Mendip Birthday Party on Thursday 18th May 2017