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The new Morgan EV3 for 2017 Here at Beamish Morgan we’re delighted to offer the Morgan EV3 for 2017. This new fully electric 3 wheeler looks at the world of zero emissions motoring from an entirely different perspective. What if an all-electric vehicle was bespoke made, hand crafted and exhilarating to drive? The EV3 embraces new technology and celebrates 107 years of traditional British motor manufacturing at Morgan. Weighing in at less than 500Kg, the all-electric 3 wheeler has a range of 150 miles. The Morgan EV3 not only celebrates all that’s great about British motor engineering, it’s an opportunity to celebrate some fabulous British brands. Now Beamish Morgan you’ll be able to order Tailoring by Timothy Everest on Saville Row, Christopher Ward London Watches, Taylor Morris Eyewear and many more brand collaborations throughout the coming year. We’re now offering build slots for interested clients with a delivery date to be announced for 2017. Now really is the time to be a part of something incredibly special and something exceptionally British!!!
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Never play with fire! That’s advice that’s been drummed into all of us from the very early days of childhood, and yet there’s something quite mesmerizing about it when you do so! This month, we decided to introduce something unique into our cover story photography. We’ve never played with fire, so this time we decided to flout the rules and give it a go! And, wow, what a result we achieved. If you’re thinking I’m glad that’s not my Plus 8 engulfed in a ring of fire, then you may be surprised at the photographic jiggerypokery that achieved this eﬀect. Rest assured there was no melting paint, burnt tyres or singed leather to be seen! In fact, there was barely a flame in sight! And no – we haven’t photoshopped it! Have a look on our social media pages for our behind-the-scenes video on how we did it! Thank you to Nigel Bradford for putting his trust in us! Anyway, the whole point of this pyrotechnical wizardry was to draw your attention to the environmental pariah that the V8 engine has become. Once the darling of speed buﬀs and petrolheads alike for its ‘growling grunt’, modern-day contempt for its emissions and polluting eﬀects have swept aside talk of desire, power and admiration. Can the V8 survive in the race for smaller, more eﬃcient engines? Morgan let go of the V8 engine once before, will it happen again? As we examine the beauty that is the V8 and consider its future in the modern world of motoring, we got to wondering what your thoughts are on the matter. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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#60 // MARCH 2017
006 MOGMAIL Your letters, emails, tweets and thoughts
012 RING OF FIRE Has the V8 fuel-burner really had its day?
009 NEWSBITES All the latest industry and Morgan talk
028 BREAKING THE MOULD A look at some super-rare Morgans from around the world
045 ON THE RECORD Morgan MD Steve Morris reflects on the Brexit Eﬀect
035 NEW PERSPECTIVES Concept Mog Top Trumps
060 WHAT’S IN THE WORKSHOP Life in the fast lane at Richard Thorne
048 CLOCKING ON A work day in the life of a Morgan employee
089 TRIED & TESTED MOG puts a selection of the latest motoring products through their paces 098 INSIDE TRACK Behind the scenes with the latest goingson at the factory
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MOG LIFESTYLE 054 CLASH OF THE CLASSICS A head to head of Morgan models and their competitors throughout the decades 086 PERFECT PARTS Up close and personal with Sliding Pillar suspension
063 HANDMADE IN BRITAIN Steering a road to success at Motalita
071 MOTORING MECCAS Maranello Magic for Ferrari fans 086
MORGAN OWNERS 052 PITCH PROWLERS Our pick of the best Mog on sale in the UK this month
070 IN THE COCKPIT With you and your Morgans 080 MOG TRAVELS The final stages of the epic US road trip 094 FOLLOW THAT CAR All the latest news from our fleet of MOG owners 103 MORGANATICS Your cars ... your photos ... your faces www.mogmag.co.uk 005
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Dear MOG Mag, caring for your car during the cold Your feature on winter motoring and ful – just 12 months too late for weather was very informative and help th’, we experience some pretty wet me and my Mog! Living way ‘oop Nor much to my chagrin, I should ded, deci and cold winters and last year I on of warmer weather. Tucked stow away my 4/4 Gertie in anticipati reading MOG mag and dreaming safely away, or so I thought, I wintered my disappointment then when, on ine of summer noggins and shows. Imag for a joy ride in the countryside was the first day of spring, my enthusiasm rodents who had enjoyed their way squashed thanks to an infestation of and the odd rubber pipe for dessert through a variety of electrical cabling year, I have taken great heed to your whilst Gertie was in hibernation. This to a much more fruitful first drive of suggestions and am looking forward 2017! Roll on the warm weather!
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Dear Editor, I was bemused by your Motoring Meccas article in the last issue of MOG, which featured a Miami restaurant that charges diners astronomical amounts to dine besid ea supercar with a butler sharing the history of said car to the assembled guests. It made me smile rather when I think of the various even ts such as the Blenheim All Morgans Day wher e everyone sits picnicking besides their Morg an, gassing on endlessly about their pride and joy to passers-by, fellow owners and anyone who will listen, and everyone has a thoroughly enjoyable day – all for the price of a hamp er full of food! The simple pleasures!
I am writing in response to your recent news article about remembering your first car. The article states that over 65s have better memories than younger people when it comes to remembering the number plate on their first car and only 38% of women can recall theirs! Clearly, then, I am in the minority as I recall only too well my first ‘car’, which actually was an old Second World War Humber FWD Light Ambulance, registration 115 KGC, with the crosses taken off the sides! After the war, it was the only vehicle my father could get his hands on for his bakery business, and after it had been in the family for some years, I learnt to drive in that! I realise that it is perhaps its rarity value that makes me recall it so easily, but I can assure you than I am both under 65 and female. Compute that!
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RUN FOR THE HILLS UPDATE Run For The Hills 2017 tickets are now available to purchase. Taking place in Malvern next August 26th & 27th, Run For The Hills 2017 is the annual Morgan event and promises an exciting weekend of Morgan-themed entertainments from owners and fans all around the world! Morgan are offering a range of ticket packages for adults and children, as well as individual day tickets and tickets for the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night and Prom Spectacular on the Sunday night. The Schedule Friday: Wherever you’ve travelled from, join us and other event goers at the Morgan factory for an open house. Relax after your journey, enjoy a cup of coffee in the visitor centre and whet your appetite for the weekend ahead! We’ll also be offering special discounts on the Friday as well as a valeting service. Saturday: The main event begins just a few miles away from Pickersleigh Road at the Malvern Three Counties Showground. Enjoy meeting owners from all over the world surrounded by thousands of Morgans spanning the 108-year history of the company. Live motorsport events, concours, historic displays, “an audience with” sessions, pit stop challenge, stunt displays, it’s a knockout and a variety of trade stands are just a few of the attractions on offer.
The Saturday Evening: Saturday night means Gala Dinner and we’ll be pulling out all the stops to make an extra special evening. Expect some of the finest local food and drink accompanied by after-dinner speaker, charity auction and live entertainment. We’re also pleased to announce a free shuttle service will be running between the event and local hotels both on Saturday evening and on Sunday morning. (Applies to hotel bookings with the Official MSCC Travel Club only.) Sunday: The fun carries over to the Sunday, where many of the Saturday events will be joined by a Cars & Coffee style morning, concours judging, prizegiving and EV junior races as well as a whole host of other entertainment that will feature across the whole weekend.
As the sun sets on the bank holiday weekend, we look forward to rounding off an enjoyable few days with an evening proms on the Sunday night. The Sunday Evening: The perfect end to a fantastic weekend will see the English Symphony Orchestra headlining The Morgan Prom Spectacular with support from the fabulous Rockabellas. Enjoy a summer evening of entertainment set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills listening to your favourite pieces of music with firework finale. Entry to the Sunday evening prom is included in all weekend and Sunday tickets, however individual tickets can also be purchased. More information at www.morganmotor.co.uk
BROMYARD SPEED FESTIVAL Morgan are once again sponsoring the Bromyard Speed Festival – a street motoring event to be held in the centre of Bromyard on 2nd April. Now in its second year, after a fantastic inaugural event, the line-up is looking even more impressive. The sheer breadth and variety of motor vehicles and motorcycles participating on Bromyard’s street circuit is guaranteed to thrill all motoring enthusiasts. Around 70 cars and 30 motorcycles
will be displaying on the streets. From gorgeous classic cars, including the iconic Jaguar E Type, a superb Ferrari 330 GTC, the classic Triumph Stag, through race and rally cars such as a fire-breathing 5-litre Chevron single seater, a variety of race and competition Morgans, seriously quick competition Alfa Romeo GTV, a BMW 1600Ti and Sunbeam Tiger V8, which recently competed in the Classic Monte Carlo Rally. More details on www.bromyardspeedfestival.co.uk. www.mogmag.co.uk 009
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Race Retro (24th-26th February, Stoneleigh Park) celebrates the very best of international historic motorsport, showcasing every discipline including formula and circuit racing, rallying, hill climbs, touring cars, single marque series, motorcycling, sports and GT cars. From historic to vintage and classic to retro vehicles, it’s all covered at Race Retro. Cars and motorcycles, drivers, team managers, riders,
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mechanics, manufacturers and enthusiasts all come together ahead of the forthcoming season. We’ve been for the last three years and it’s always good fun. Our favourite part is the Live Rally Stage; Group B cars blasting around is as close as you can get to those crazy, heady days of Group B rallying. Oh, and the Morgans – there’s always more than a few Mogs on display!
Officially the UK’s fastest-growing classic car event, with over 19,000 enthusiasts in 2016, the Restoration Show seems to improve every year. From barn finds discovered after many years of storage and those project cars that have stalled in an owner’s garage, to restorations just getting back on the road and pristine marques with gleaming brightwork and proud-as-punch owners – it’s always a good show. It’s not as sparkly as the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in December, but it’s packed with advice from motoring experts, lots of tools to do the job yourself and specialist restorers who can tackle the work on your behalf. For more information and tickets visit www. necrestorationshow.com.
WORKSHOP WONDERS The British Motor Museum has launched a series of motoring-related workshops this spring as part of its on-going lifelong learning programme. The fascinating workshops will enable participants to learn valuable skills in photography, drawing and classic car ownership. • ‘Cars through the Lens’ will take place on 18th March with motoring photographer Lara Platman. The workshop will help participants take the perfect photograph of a car and learn when and how to use different settings on their camera. • ‘Lights, Camera… Cars’ takes place on 19th March with Lara Platman. Participants will get the chance to develop their photography skills and experiment with lighting.
day is designed to suit pen and ink sketchers of varied abilities. • The popular ‘Classic Virgins’ Experience Day returns on 22th April. This is a hands-on, informative day aimed at those considering buying and owning a classic car. Booking is essential for all lectures and workshops. Please book online or call 01926 645033 (Monday – Friday, 11am - 4pm. A £2.50 admin fee applies for telephone bookings). Visit the website at www.britishmotormuseum. co.uk.
• The ‘Sketching from Automotive History’ workshop takes place on 1st April with Richard Cook, an art teacher and accomplished pencil sketcher. The
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RING OF FIRE Loved, revered and lusted after, the V8 is a thing of beauty. Housed in the beautiful lines of a Morgan, itâ€™s a breath-taking combination, but has this engine had its day? James Ball investigates.
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A V8 is something of a holy grail when it comes to car ownership. We all want one, don’t we? For a long time the V8-powered Plus 8 has been the flagship Morgan, boasting stacks of horsepower and a soundtrack to match. However, the market is changing. Are V8s going to survive in the race for smaller, more eﬃcient engines? First, a bit of history: the Plus 8 blasted onto the scene in 1968. Peter Morgan was on the hunt for something more powerful than the traditional four-cylinder engines, but had a hard time finding something small enough to fit under that slim bonnet. Morgan didn’t necessarily set out to use a V8, they were after sheer power, so the Lotus Twin Cam and Ford V6 units were both considered, but the Lotus had proved unreliable and the Ford was too big and too heavy. It wasn’t
“Maurice Owen, taken on specifically for this role, led the development of the Plus 8” until a friend of Peter Morgan’s, Peter Wilks – a director at Rover – suggested a Rover engine that might fit a treat. Rover had just adopted a 3.5L Buick-Oldsmobile V8, a small, lightweight engine. Negotiating access to this engine, Peter Morgan accepted the deal – the V8 Morgan looked like it was going to become a reality. So, with an engine deal in place, it was over to development to make sure it could fit. Maurice Owen, taken on specifically for this role, led the development of the Plus 8; with experience in F1 engineering he was a specialist in competition cars.
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“Morgans make you smile, V8s make you grin, and both together make your face hurt”
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Although compact for a V8, the Buick unit was bigger than the usual four-cylinder engines. The chassis had to be adjusted by two inches at the front, making it slightly wider, so the bigger lump could slot in. However, it wasn’t quite as straightforward as it sounds – shoehorning the V8 in was a diﬃcult task, but one Maurice was equal to. The extra size of the V8 meant it obstructed the usual location of the steering column, so it had to be worked around the engine. The bonnet’s central hinge had to be flattened and the alternator required a recess to be made in the inner part of a wing. Changes were also made on the engine, with fans moved and various parts adjusted to fit. The Plus 8 continued in this guise until 2004, when Morgan halted its production before reintroducing the model in a completely redesigned, wider, aluminium chassis in 2012 – the car on sale today. The model featured here is a 1991 example. The Rover engine was increased in capacity and steadily improved over 018 www.mogmag.co.uk
“I asked him how fast it would go. He replied ‘140mph, but if you took the windscreen off, 160mph’” its 36-year run, this car being equipped with the 3.9l engine, pushing 190bhp and a top speed of 121mph. It belongs to Nigel Bradford (you may have seen it appear in our MOG Fleet). He told us what it is about the Plus 8 that drew him in. “It's just the sheer power at low revs – you can drive in fifth and rarely need to change down at roundabouts or to overtake, this makes long drives very relaxing. A couple of passengers have thought the car has an automatic box. I have yet to get it on a track and explore the upper end of the rpm scale. Someone once said to me he never goes above 3,500rpm or he’d lose his licence. I think he had a point!”
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Maurice really was the father of the Plus 8, and his enthusiasm for the configuration shows. Nigel is a pilot by trade and enjoys recreational flying. Maurice Owen also used to fly, and Nigel met him on a number of occasions at Shobdon Airfield. “Maurice usually drove to Shobdon in a Plus 8,” Nigel remembers. “On one occasion, around 1981, I remember him arriving in a particularly tatty one. It looked as if it wasn’t quite finished and I think it was driving on trade plates. Very pleased with himself, he told us that he’d managed to get over 200 horsepower out of the 3.5 litre V8 engine. “He wouldn’t go into detail, but the dual fuel filler caps on the car had been marked ‘water’ and ‘petrol’. I asked him how fast it would go. He replied ‘140mph, but if you took the windscreen oﬀ, 160mph’.” Maurice enjoyed squeezing every inch of power out of the V8, and clearly wasn’t afraid to push the Plus 8 to its limits. Now, we have to mention a bit about this photoshoot. Our photographer used real flames – no fake Photoshop fire here – to create this shot. A flame red Plus 8 encompassed by a wall of fire we felt was the most befitting way to pay tribute to Morgan’s flagship fuel-burner – and burn fuel is what it does so well. Nigel let us hear the V8 growl as he blasted along the country lanes. Morgans make you smile, V8s make you grin, and both together makes your face hurt.
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“There is something very exciting on the way from Morgan, it’ll be fast and powerful and have all the spirit of a V8“
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As day turned to evening on our shoot, the Plus 8 rumbled across the common to Golden Valley, where it sat bathed in the orange evening light. When night fell, our photographer lit a rope, set the camera to long exposure and created the wall of fire. We’ve never gone to extremes such as this for a shoot before, but that’s what the Plus 8 is all about. The world needs extremes – Olympians, skyscrapers, drag racers, things that are unafraid to be bigger, bolder and better. The V8 is a celebration of all the things that make a car great – the noise, the power and the smell. It’s big, loud and proud. We have to face facts however, the V8 is on the decline. Engines are downsizing and it’s widely acknowledged that
“The V8 is a celebration of all the things that make a car great – the noise, the power and the smell” big manufacturers are slowly abandoning the V8 configuration. Look at the Mustang. Europe finally gets the best of Ford’s line-up and it turns out to be a V6. But this isn’t all as bad as it sounds – the V6 Mustang is a fantastic car. Morgan let go of the Plus 8 once before. With Morgan sourcing their engines from major manufacturers, such as BMW, there’s a certain inevitability that at some point it is likely to stop production. www.mogmag.co.uk 025
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“This engine won’t go quietly into the night – it will burble and splutter and growl” At this stage we can only guess, but we can whet your appetite with a small statement – there is something very exciting on the way from Morgan. It’ll be fast and powerful and have all the spirit of a V8 – a spiritual successor perhaps? More news is promised from Morgan ahead of the Geneva Motor Show. Rest assured, this engine won’t go quietly into the night – it will burble and splutter and growl, carving its way into classic supercar status. If the V8 could talk, it would say, in gruﬀ, Batman-esque tones: “It’s better to burn out than fade away.” 018 www.mogmag.co.uk 026
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Last month we had part one of our series about unique Morgans. This month we delve into the wider world of car design, exploring a few alternative avenues the Plus 4 Plus could have taken and the intriguing Serra Coupe… at the risk of indulging in some wishful thinking, one cannot help wondering what actually denied the Plus 4 Plus a more illustrious future, and what Peter Morgan had in mind, a comfortable gT suitable for touring on the Continent. after the le Mans race in 1962, Chris lawrence started pondering as to how to go about creating a more streamlined Morgan sportscar racer to compensate for ToK’s speed on the straights versus the (later) Porsche 904’s. This led to a partnership between lawrenceTune and John sprinzel racing in 1963, resulting in the creation of the four aerodynamic,
lightweight and more competitive slrs, one of which Chris was to use at racetracks thereafter. In the light of all this, perhaps some minor tweaking to the Plus 4 Plus, such as a few more welcome horses under the bonnet in the form of the optional 4-branch tubular derrington manifold – instead of the standard heavy cast-iron one supplied by Triumph – and a couple of type 40 (or 42) Webers, might have made it suﬃciently eligible for track use as well. Moreover, had the coupé made its debut at the london Motor show a year earlier, in 1962, it could possibly have provided Chris with an earlier and, consequently, alternative solution to the slr. www.mogmag.co.uk 029 025
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Alfa Romeo Zagato 1900C SS
Letting one’s imagination wander further still, the Plus 4 Plus might also have benefited from some tweaking of its body style in general, under some Italian influence. For a flusher front end, at the cost of slightly more overhang, the wings could have been more in keeping with those on a SZT Giulietta Zagato Alfa from the same era, with Perspex covers for the headlamps, like the one that raced alongside TOK in 1962.
As concerns Alfa Romeos, Zagato really excelled with the 1900C SS model (1954-1958) that incorporated his unmistakable signature, the (vented) double-bubble roofline. That, too, could have enhanced the Plus 4 Plus’s styling, and for a 2+2 eﬀect, an extended roof as on the 1961 Porsche T7 (prototype) might have been a possibility. As for the rear end, more sober period styling, as per the afore-mentioned Italia, could have provided an elegant finishing touch as well as more ample boot space. The second of the three one-oﬀs developed in Europe was in fact the Pedro Serra-designed Plus 4 coupé from Spain, which, unlike the Swiss model, was oﬃcially designated a Morgan from the beginning. Pre-dating the Swiss coupé by six years, it is equally singular and unique. The story behind it is even more entertaining because it takes one further back in time, to 1955. The recently appointed Spanish importer Francisco Alcaraz had ordered an eclectic assortment of 13 Morgans in one batch. To complete the order, a Triumph-engined rolling chassis was also supplied by Morgan, and delivered to him in December 1955. By August 1956, coachbuilder Pablo Gimeno had finished the steel-bodied coupé, but, at approximately 1,250 kilos, the 2+2 Serra coupé weighed nearly 400 kilos more than a regular Plus 4 roadster.
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The artist and his work reunited 50 years later. Pedro Serra at Barcelona 2013 Retromovil exhibition, aged 89
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Like the Swiss one, the Serra coupé fell into a state of neglect, and during the following years of ownership, the fifth or sixth of its guardians sadly left it to rust outdoors in a garden in Madrid. Fortunately, Fernando Aydillo came to the rescue in August 2009 and brought the coupé back to its former glory following a major four-year restoration. Subsequently displayed at the Auto Retro Barcelona show in December 2013, the car is evocative of the much later Italia 2000 that was also steel-bodied. Importantly, it sported the signature of the talented Pedro Serra, something more commonly seen in Spain on a Z-102 Pegaso roadster of the mid Fifties. Pure speculation, of course, but perhaps a Latin design might have made the Plus 4 Plus more attractive, like an English gentleman in a smart Italian suit. Well, the recipe did work for the 330 Italias produced and
marketed out of Turin by Ruﬃno during the same period. It also worked for eight Triumph models, including the TR4, that were all designed by Michelotti, not to mention the iconic 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT bodied by Zagato. Now, if one could only go back in time, to 1961, and start all over again… Where is that DeLorean when you need it most!?
THANKS Many thanks to Jake Alderson who took the time to proof-read and contribute certain details. And Francisco Aydillo and Francisco Carrión for the photos supplied of the Serra Morgan. Douglas Hallawell
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NEW PERSPECTIVES In the final article in the series, Morgan's Head of Design Jon Wells reviews the culmination of 16 months of concept design and what it means to the future of the Morgan brand.
Sixteen months ago MOG magazine pitched the concept of their new ‘New Perspectives’ feature to me. “How would you design a vehicle, which Morgan would never produce, using Morgan design principles?” The beauty of industrial design, or any creative work process for that matter, is that the designer never knows exactly what will appear in the end. I certainly never pictured these 16 ‘whacky racers’! No matter how specific the brief, or how vivid your imagination, it is
impossible to picture the outcome until the journey to ‘finding it’ commences. I use the term ‘finding it’ deliberately. Once you commence a design project, there is a degree of excitement in not knowing what will appear, but there is also great opportunity for frustration to take over. For me, it is almost as if the concept you are looking for is lost. No matter how hard you try, or how many hours you spend sketching, sometimes you just can’t find what it is you believe you are looking for. And then, just like
your lost car keys, the ideas appear to you, often when you least expect them. When I set about writing these features I could never have imagined the concepts that you see on these pages. Designing vehicles, especially in a high-pressure, small-team environment such as Morgan’s, is not a 9-5 job. You carry your thoughts with you everywhere, constantly on journeys to answer the various briefs being set for you. Between that, a new born baby and limited monthly editorial
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deadlines, the MOG New Perspectives concepts were only ever destined to be initial thoughts. These ideas were coloured in, and thrown down as a means to show how one would set about designing a Morgan, boat, plane, bike or tractor! And therein lays another frustration attached to being a designer… the job is never finished in your eyes. In the case of these sketches it is barely started. I’ve been fortunate to have a significant hand in the design of many Morgans throughout my tenure at the company. Although I am always very proud of everything the entire team has achieved once we see the final car displayed to the world, not one of those vehicles could I say was exactly as I envisaged. Financial, resource, safety, packaging, material and time constraints always leave you questioning what else could have been. As my experience has broadened I’ve come to realise that it is in fact those constraints which add the energy, features and quirks to a design which make it unique. It adopts a character determined by the environment in which it is created and as such is as ‘complete’ as it should be. Therefore should the quest for mythical aesthetic design perfection be completed, the cost would have been to remove the product from the circumstances and attributes that nurtured it, and it would no longer be a Morgan. At least I tell myself that so I can sleep at night! Philosophical principles of design aside, the concepts presented over the last 16 months have, I believe, served their purpose in telling the story of the multiple Morgan brand qualities. They have demonstrated how one would begin designing different vehicle types, but more importantly, I hope have raised a smile or two. Morgans are designed to be enjoyed and the process of designing them should be equally as involving. Once or twice we have popped a new MOG concept on social media and it has been incredible to read the responses. The Morgan ‘MOG Rod’ and ‘2-2’ motorbike in particular caused quite a frenzy. Often taken out of context, there was fierce opposition to the ideas alongside acclaim and excitement that Morgan was making such a vehicle. In one instance we even had dealerships taking calls from clients insisting that they take their money as a deposit! Only to be told to look at the date and realise it was April fools!... The age old ‘no such thing as bad press’ expression certainly rang true, 036 www.mogmag.co.uk
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and it was so rewarding to see how passionate people are about the Morgan brand and the directions it is perusing. I was given free rein by the team at MOG in selecting what vehicles to base my studies upon. This in its self was a great challenge. Whilst I enjoy the study of hot-rod or motorcycle design in my spare time, I know nothing about designing a tractor, boat or snowmobile! Often I would commit to a vehicle type and rapidly regret the decision shortly after! Throughout my research I have
certainly learnt a lot about the considerations that designers from different fields have to consider and have developed a new-found respect for what they achieve. Over this series I have sketched: a 4x4, a boat, an aeroplane, a hot-rod, a snowmobile, an off-road buggy, a ‘shooting brake’, a luxury saloon, a GT3 car, a belly-tank racer, a tractor, a pre-war race car, a selection of delivery vans, a city car, a futuristic three-wheeler and a motorbike. Whilst all of them served a purpose in answering the brief and demonstrating design strategy, I
certainly have my favourites. I find the process of designing enjoyable regardless of the subject matter. It’s fun to sketch, make clay models or use CAD software whether you are modelling a toothbrush, a building or a sports car. However, the satisfaction is undoubtedly amplified if you are passionate about the product. Calling on your own tastes and inspirations certainly makes the job easier. Whilst I enjoyed the challenge of designing the city car or the tractor immensely, I certainly felt more enthusiastic about getting home and continuing the
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development of the vehicles closer to reality or the Morgan 2-2 motorbike! I could easily fill the pages of this final article with summaries of the different concepts we created, but I feel it more important to talk about the commonality between the designs. Plus, you can always order back issues from MOG if you feel particularly inclined to discover what makes a Morgan ‘EV ski snowmobile’. (And no, I’m not on commission with MOG!). The intention of these articles was to distil the design principles and values of Morgan cars within different vehicle types to discover what it is that makes a Morgan so unique. I had hoped to perhaps reinforce my own understanding of this in doing so, but am left with the same conclusion: there is no one thing that makes a Morgan so special. Many would argue it’s the manufacturing technique; the coach-built body, wooden frame and craftsmen that make them.
Others would insist that it is the proportions of the vehicle with the long bonnets, long rear overhands and short noses. For many it is the history: the broader Morgan family, the years of manufacture, what it means to the British automotive landscape. Some suggest it’s the round lights, the friendly face and non-aggressive grill / cowl arrangement. For others it’s the big combustion engine and noisy, visceral driving experience with the roof down…and of course for some, the obvious design statement is the flowing inflicting wing line or running boards.
However, not every Morgan ever produced features all of these elements. For example the 3 Wheeler has no running board. The EV3 has no engine. The Plus 4 Plus or SLR from the Sixties had no suggestion of the wing line, and like many other coupes we have created, were also not open topped. The Aero range of cars feature mechanically formed superformed panels opposed to raw panel beaten bodies albeit they are hand worked into place. Yet... all of these vehicles carry the Morgan badge with conviction.
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I believe, more so than when I started this feature, that there is no one thing that makes a Morgan a Morgan. It is in fact a combination of these elements and the way in which they are blended in varying measures that matters. I also believe that if any one of these elements were diluted or removed entirely that a new Morgan vehicle can still be true to the brand DNA. Although in saying this, the decision to drop elements must be taken seriously to ensure the same uniqueness applies. ‘Unique’ is a word commonly used by Morgan. Whilst one could argue that a BMW 7 series is unique in style and
performance, it could be compared to say an Audi A8, for example. I honestly can’t think of a true competitor in production today that rivals the 3 Wheeler or Classic Morgan. This may be largely because these vehicles occupy highly niche market segments. When trying to design an entrant into the popular city car or SUV segments, the challenge of maintaining that uniqueness was heightened. In these instances the core visual design cues such as the wing line graphic, proportions or ‘face’ of the Morgan became much more important to maintain. I have been at Morgan for almost eight years now. Each year has
presented different opportunities to learn and grow. Some years have been focused on practising conceptual vehicle design in its true forms. Other periods have been focused on building the Morgan brand with other visual media. The ‘Morgan Design’ team employs a collection of designers from lots of different backgrounds not just automotive. The principles and inspirations behind our photography, web, video and illustrative design ensure that the team is dynamic and broad thinking and I’m sure that variety, and ability to broaden your knowledge within a mixed skills environment, is what makes the work so enjoyable.
“There is no one thing that makes a Morgan a Morgan”
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To the surprise of some, Morgan is a very free thinking company. Design creativity and exploration is encouraged. Our challenge is to play with the ingredients list and ‘consider’ different concepts in order to ascertain what the future looks like for the marque. I suppose that these concepts also demonstrate free thinking and help focus the eye on what aspects of Morgan design are most important. They have also served a purpose in discovering new ideas and details, some of which may well appear on future models! I particularly like the hooded fighter cockpit graphic of the ‘Aero Av8’, the GT3 detailing on the Aero GT3, the grill treatment of the Morgan ‘Plus 4 Plush’ and the forward stance of the SP30. If I had to pick a favourite I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d like to see a Morgan
motorbike! Although that may be fuelled simply by my passion for all things two-wheeled! Design will always, thankfully, be subjective. I trust that the team and I, at the helm of new Morgan creation, can maintain the characteristics that attract
the enthusiasts that are so important to the brand. I for one am very excited about the future designs on our studio walls at the moment. I hope that they will in reality justifiably carry the Morgan badge going forward whilst offering a real-life ‘New Perspective’.
Overleaf I have created a series of ‘New Perspectives’ trump cards. The launch year, powertrain and performance figures are self- explanatory, but for each I have awarded a ‘MOG factor’. This is based on firstly, the viability of the design; would, or could, Morgan ever create one of these? Secondly, how true to Morgan design DNA is this? Does it visually appear to be a Morgan product? Lastly, how much do I like it?! We would love to hear your thoughts on the selection of these concepts. So much so, just as I thought I was about to get my spare time back, Julia and the team at MOG thought this would be a good opportunity to entertain one more ‘new perceptive concept’ and offer you, the reader, the chance to have your say on what weird, real or whacky Morgan vehicle you would like to see.
COMPETITION TIME We would love to hear your take on what your personal Morgan concept vehicle would look like. Send in your thoughts in a form of a paragraph or sketches with your reasons why. The top three chosen concepts will receive a factory tour for two and digital subscription to MOG magazine. The most adventurous or exciting will be chosen for a future special feature in which the Morgan design team and yourself will get together to bring the concept to life within MOG mag. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org by 3rd March 2017.
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On The Record with STEVE MORRIS
MORGAN REAPS BREXIT REWARDS To date Morgan has kept its powder dry on the grisly subject of Brexit and the likely impact on its business. But in a “speak as you find” approach, MD Steve Morris has been reflecting on its impact on the business so far, and has found that in spite of the doom-mongers, Morgan is doing rather well! “On the downside, the impact of Brexit on the value of sterling has represented a double whammy for us. Firstly, for any business buying product from further afield in currencies such as yen, Euros, or dollars then clearly there is a negative impact. Obviously we do buy some big ticket items from Europe and the rest of the world
–BMW being the most obvious. However, luckily for Morgan, we also manufacture a lot ourselves and buy materials from the UK so the impact has been softened somewhat for us. Secondly, we are now just starting to feel the effect of Annual Price Increases. We have ridden the storm from the referendum up until the beginning of 2017, but now it’s
beginning to bite with suppliers such as the paint and chemical companies. However, the positive side for us is the strong euro and dollar against the pound has meant that our export has gone up considerably. Our vehicle build plan has increased noticeably, especially for the 3W in the US, which is the strongest it’s ever been from an ordering perspective. We now have a 9-month waiting list! This is a really strong position for us to be in. Europe has also been amazingly strong - there is a lot of benefit for European buyers in the current marketplace which is great for our business. For the UK market it’s been very interesting, too. I would have www.mogmag.co.uk 045
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expected to see a downturn in sales, but actually it’s been good. I don’t think there has been the negativity and nervousness that we all thought there would be once the Brexit decision had been made – most people have accepted it for what it is. This means that so far we have not experienced the black clouds of Brexit that we anticipated. Is it to come? I am sure there’s going to be some challenges ahead! Legislation,
homologation, customs, free trade – these are all things that are still to be decided and we are waiting to see what the likely impact will be. However, as an operator under the European Small Series Approvals we’ve not seen or heard anything that’s going to change as of yet. Obviously with the situation in America, with President Trump talking of levying big increases in customs duties and import taxes on
the big manufacturers we will have to wait and see what that impact is and we have a watching eye on all of these legislations and rhetoric - as a business we are fairly fleet of foot! However, for Morgan the impact of Brexit to date has meant an upsurge in demand for product based around the consumer seeing a financial benefit from buying a British car. And that’s got to be great news!”
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CLOCKING ON NAME:
A WORK DIARY IN THE LIFE OF SARAH BALDWIN
MY JOB TITLE IS… HR Manager
I’VE BEEN WORKING FOR MORGAN… 29 years – I started in Feb 1988!
WHEN MY ALARM GOES OFF... I wish I had another five minutes! I normally swim before work, and I look forward to that!
Sarah and husband Mark at Thrill on the Hill
I’M RESPONSIBLE FOR…
A TYPICAL DAY…
The day-to-day HR function of the business – hiring, dare I say firing, holiday booking, discipline issues, sickness and absence management, workwear, benefits, healthcare, pension arrangements, safety glasses… anything and everything you can think of that comes with looking after 200 people!
I arrive just before 8am. I like to align my hours to those of the factory. The first thing I do is check the clock, do the register so to speak, and see that everyone who should be here is here. I have a ring round of the heads of department to try and find out where people are to record illness and so on. After that my work experience student
for the day has arrived in reception, so I run down and pick them up dropping them oﬀ in whichever department they are working in that day. We have a diﬀerent work experience student every week – we had 49 last year. Then I start my day, normally with my emails, then whatever project is on the go and whoever is shouting the loudest!
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BEST PART OF THE JOB…
The people. This place becomes more of a way of life than just a job and I think most people here will tell you that. The people are the glue that holds this place together.
WORST PART OF THE JOB… On the HR side sadly you do sometimes come into conflict with people and when people leave there are exit interviews to do. Disciplinary issues are not so nice to deal with either.
MY PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT... ONE THING I HAVE LEARNT WORKING AT MORGAN... Never take anything for granted!
I AM MOTIVATED BY… Doing the best job I can and making sure I am here for people. I like to think my door is always open to help people and if I can’t help I can at least sit and listen, but I like to think if someone asks me to do something I will try and do it for them as best I can.
The centenary year and being part of that team pulling the celebrations together in 2009 is probably the highlight of my time here. That really was an amazing year for the factory, everyone here and the wider Morgan family, too. I think the sense of achievement we all had when that was done and dusted was amazing. There were several key moments when you stopped and thought – is this really happening? Run For The Hills this August is an opportunity to have another
go at it over a shorter period of time! It’s great to have a creative input into things. I am organising the gala dinner, which is taking place on the Saturday evening – so hopefully we will have between 500 and 700 people sat down to a lovely meal with entertainment and local food. I am hoping it will be a fantastic weekend. I have also organised several Royal visits to the factory, which was great, and, I met my husband Mark here, so plenty to be proud of!
HOW I GOT MY JOB... A friend of mine saw a job for receptionist here advertised in a local paper. She didn’t apply for it, so I did and got the job. She never forgave me for it! I covered payroll for a little while and then Charles sent me to do a part-time MBA at Coventry Uni for two years. I was then working with him on the production side and gradually took over the HR function as time went on.
Sarah and the MOG team on tour
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MY CV When I left school at 16 I worked in a secretarial bureau in Great Malvern. Those were the days before people had computers in their own homes and we did word processing , and sending faxes and telexes for people! Then I came to Morgan when I was 18 and also did my MBA. I’m a Morgan stick of rock, really!
MY PLAN B Had I not ended up here I would have liked to do something creative such as graphic design or event work – I organise the factory Christmas party each year, which I love, and am now involved with Run For The Hills, which is great!
The HR manager's tools of the trade!
HOW I FUEL MY DAY... My swim before work sets me up for the day and then I have a bowl of porridge when I arrive at work. I do enjoy a gin and tonic when I get home!
UNFULFILLED AMBITIONS... If I had my time over again, I would quite like to have done something more creative. I left school not knowing what I was going to do, but I am quite happy with the way things worked out!
AFTER WORK I… We have a very old house which keeps us busy. We enjoy going out to eat, to the cinema and meeting up with friends and family. Nice holidays, too! 050 www.mogmag.co.uk
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PITCH PROWLER When Morgan announced the ARP4 we were beside ourselves. A Cosworth-powered Morgan with over 220bhp! Oh yes. Nearly all were snapped up at launch, but occasionally one will pop up for sale…
With only 50 made, this is most definitely one of the rarer Mogs on the market. If you’re just after a Morgan, the ARP4 probably isn’t for you – this is a performance car in the truest sense. Let’s take a look at the spec: Under the bonnet is a Cosworth 2.0 225bhp engine, attached to a Birchill sports exhaust system; transmission is taken care of by a five-speed manual ’box; suspension is Morgan’s own AR Motorsport 5-link with Spax adjustable shocks; brakes are AR Motorsport with cooling ducts; wheels are Image lightweight shod with Yokohama tyres. Just from scanning that list it’s clear that this Mog means business. When we reviewed the car on launch, it delivered speed and handling by the bucket load. With sticky tyres and tuned 2.0, it accelerates like a bat out of hell.
What surprised us, however, was the luxury interior. This is a performance car, but it also has a very plush trim spec. There are plenty of aluminium panels, for weight saving, but there’s also box-weave carpet, AR Motorsport detailing, full leather, a sound system and even footwell lighting. You may also notice the transmission tunnel with its brushed aluminium cover – a nice touch. It’s a very comfortable place to be, making this model a great choice for those who want great performance but could do without the bucket seats and roll cage.
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This model comes in the standard Porsche Prosecco with Cuba leather, a tasteful combination. Other ARP4-exclusive elements include a red-painted chassis, mean-looking bonnet scoop, flush-fit petrol cap and domed rear panel. Up front are a full-LED lights – which are incredibly bright. They’re not to everyone’s taste but we think they make this model undeniably modern – you won’t have people asking you if it’s a classic!
If you’re after a Mog with a diﬀerence, something a bit spicier than the standard range, the ARP4 could be for you. Some make the mistake of thinking of the ARP4 as the Plus 4 version of the ARV6, but that’s not really the case. The ARP4 is much more of a usable road car than it’s race-ready cousin. Yes, it’s frighteningly fast, but it’s also comfortable enough, for many the ARP4 is one of the most complete cars Morgan has ever made. In Porsche Prosecco, with that distinctive rear bump, it sets itself apart from the classic range.
FOR SALE £54,995
FOR SALE If this ARP4 has piqued your interest, head over to Berrybrook Morgan in Exeter to see it in the metal. Visit www.berrybrookmorgan.co.uk or call 01392 833177. We think it’s a pretty good price for quite a rare breed.
CLASH CLASSICS OF THE
PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS! The survival of the Morgan Motor Company has astonished and confounded many experts in the motor industry. Morgan is unique in being the only independent family-owned motor manufacturer from the early years of motoring to have survived. With the decline of the British motor industry in the 1970s and ‘80s, few would have predicted that Morgan would still be making cars by the turn of the Millennium, and fewer still would have imagined that the Company would reach its centenary, looking forward to a future with an ever-increasing family of
followers around the globe. Soichiro Honda, however, realised just how special Morgan was when he said that in the future there would be just half a dozen massive car companies worldwide, then, after a brief reflective pause, he added – “and Morgan of course”! Morgan’s success lay in building classic sports cars for the discerning enthusiast rather than taking on the big boys at their own game and trying to make ordinary automobiles for the daily commute to work and back. Morgan, however, celebrated the Millennium in style, not with the cautious, conservative approach to the
future as previously demonstrated, but it amazed the motoring world with the introduction of an astonishing new machine with innovative engineering and supercar performance. The new car was the Aero 8. This was a particularly brave move. Morgan was now competing with some of the most famous names in motoring; Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche and others. These established brands had an enviable reputation in the supercar sector of the market. Morgan was a newcomer in this sector, so to take a share of the business the new car had to be good. Morgan’s competitors produced some excellent
The Aero 8 Series 1 from the early 2000s.
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cars; there is no doubt about that, but the Aero 8 had one distinct advantage: this was no flash fashion accessory for the rich and famous, but a real driver’s car. Devoid of superfluous electronic driver aids, the Aero 8 instead made the most of the advanced race-developed aluminium chassis by engineer Chris Lawrence, resulting in superb road-holding and handling. Discerning drivers would therefore forego the glamour of the other famous marques for the visceral dynamic pleasure of the Morgan. Whilst it would be easy to compare the Morgan with the established supercars, it is perhaps more appropriate to equate the Aero 8 with other similar low-volume specialist cars. Nothing could match the Morgan’s blend of revised traditional styling, albeit with a modern ‘retro’ twist, but there were other contemporary alternatives. Two charismatic British companies, TVR
The 1997 Marcos Mantis.
“Morgan’s success lay in building classic sports cars for the discerning enthusiast rather than taking on the big boys at their own game ”
The 1996 TVR Cerebra Speed Eight.
and Marcos, were producing exciting performance cars with dynamics similar to the Morgan. The Marcos Marcos was a latecomer in the sports car industry compared to Morgan, having been founded in Dolgellau, North Wales, in 1959 by Jem Marsh and Frank Costin. Marcos soon became known for its distinctive lowslung modern design, early examples of which had a wooden chassis – a feature which has often erroneously been attributed to Morgan! The Marcos was available as both a factory-built car and a kit-car, but was only ever made in relatively small numbers. The business went through various periods of turmoil but by the late 1990s (by www.mogmag.co.uk 055
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The 2000 Morgan Aero 8 prototype.
which time all vehicles were factorybuilt) Marcos had produced a car with a performance that would match the Aero 8, which was under development at that time. The 1997 Marcos Mantis was built as a two-seater coupé or convertible, powered by a 4.6 litre all-aluminium quad-cam Ford engine producing 327 bhp, which allowed the car, weighing only 1,078kg, to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 170 mph. Price for the Mantis was £46,883. The TVR Around the turn of the Millennium, TVR offered an alternative to the Marcos: the TVR Cerebra Speed Eight. As with Marcos, TVR had a rather tempestuous past, having been established by motor engineer Trevor Wilkinson in 1947 in Blackpool and then, after passing through the hands of other owners in the mid-1960s, was eventually purchased in 1982 by Peter Wheeler. Wheeler oversaw the successful growth of the company and the introduction of new models including the Cerebra Speed Eight in 1996.
To power the Cerebra, Wheeler made the bold decision that TVR should design and build their own engine. This was a 4.2 litre V8 producing 360 bhp, which gave the 1,100 kg Cerbera Speed Eight a top speed of 185 mph, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. A 4.5 litre version of the engine was later offered with 420 bhp. Wheeler was quoted at the time of the car’s launch
as saying that the combination of light weight and high power was too much for a road car, a quote which cause considerable excitement amongst potential customers and ensured much free publicity in the press! Morgan entered the ‘Supercar’ league with the launch of the Aero 8 at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2000. Charles Morgan did a deal with BMW to supply their M62TUB44, 4.4 litre, 286 bhp V8 engines, which when mated to Chris Lawrence’s aluminium chassis, resulted in a stunning performance. The Aero 8, weighing just under 1,000kg, accelerated from zero to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and reached a top speed of 160 mph (slightly down on the competition due to the classic retro styling). The car generated much debate amongst Morgan enthusiasts, many traditionalists regarding the Aero 8 as “not a proper Morgan”. However, others welcomed the new arrival; the first significantly different car that the company had produced since the glass-fibre Plus 4 Plus of 1963! The Aero 8, however, introduced ‘Morgan’
“Similarities between Wiesmann and Morgan became even more evident when Wiesmann introduced the closed coupé GT MF5 in 2009”
The Wiesmann Roadster.
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motoring to an entirely different type of enthusiast by combining traditional crafts and skills with outstanding dynamics and ‘supercar’ performance. The Wiesmann The closest competitor to the Aero 8 from the point of view of style and performance was the Wiesmann. The company was established in 1988 by two brothers: engineer Martin Wiesmann and businessman Friedhelm Wiesmann, who set up a factory based in Dülmen, Germany. Their first significant car was the Wiesmann Roadster MF30 of 1993 with traditional styling: a Jaguar XK150-like front with a very AustinHealey 3000-inspired tail. The body was glass-fibre fitted onto a galvanized steel chassis and the Roadster was powered by BMW’s M54B30 straightsix, 2,979cc engine. 230 bhp was available to move the 1,080kg Wiesmann from zero to 62 mph in just 5.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 143 mph. The Roadster MF3 received a bigger 3,246cc BMW straight-six engine, increasing the top speed to
The Wiesmann GT MF5 Coupé.
The Morgan AeroMax.
158 mph but with very much the same acceleration due to the increase in weight to 1,180kg. The most significant change came in 2006 with the launch of the Wiesmann GT with an aluminium chassis, glass-fibre bodywork and a BMW S65, 4,395cc V8 engine. As is evident from these details, the specification was very similar to the Morgan Aero 8. The Wiesmann’s engine producing more power at 402 bhp (286 bhp
for the Morgan), although the car weighed a more at 1,390kg (997kg for the Morgan). The Wiesmann was ultimately faster at 181 mph (160 mph for the Morgan), however, the Morgan had the edge on 0 to 62 mph acceleration with a time of 4.5 seconds, just beating the Wiesmann at 4.6 seconds. Similarities between Wiesmann and Morgan became even more evident when Wiesmann introduced the closed coupé GT MF5 in 2009, which was remarkably similar to Morgan’s AeroMax. The AeroMax was first developed in 2005 as a one-off coupé for Morgan enthusiast Prince Eric Sturdza, head of Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza in Geneva. It was then decided to build a limited edition of 100 cars and production began in 2008. It was considered by some to be more than a coincidence when the Wiesmann GT MF5 Coupé, with very similar styling to the Morgan, appeared a year later. Both cars received more powerful engines, the Morgan used the BMW N62B48, 4,799cc V8 engine (367 bhp), the Wiesmann had the BMW S63B44O0, 4,395 cc V8 with two twin-scroll turbochargers (547 bhp). www.mogmag.co.uk 057
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Once again, the Wiesmann was heavier than the AeroMax, but the considerable extra power made it faster (193 mph) and, on this occasion, quicker to 62 mph (3.9 seconds) than the AeroMax. The Wiesmann might have been quicker, but the Aeromax proved to be the more desirable car. The Morgan was undeniably the more handsome design, especially the beautiful coupé tail, it had a body of ‘Superform’ aluminium, rather than glass-fibre and cost £50,000 less at £110,000, compared to the Wiesmann’s £160,000! Ultimately Wiesmann went into decline and the company was liquidated in May 2014. Marcos likewise went into liquidation in 2007 and TVR ceased production in 2006 (although there are current plans for a TVR revival), proving that Morgan had a winning formula for building desirable low-volume sports cars!
The 1962 MGB.
Morgan’s Aero Super Sport parked on the platform of Great Malvern station.
Morgan eventually developed the Aero 8 concept further by producing other high-performance cars using the successful and proven combination of aluminium chassis, BMW V8 engine and distinctive bodywork of ’Superform’ aluminium on an ash frame. Morgan’s centenary in 2009 saw
the introduction of the Aero Super Sport, with the fixed-head Aero Coupé following a couple of years later. The current Aero 8, launched at Geneva in 2015, proved even more successful with a significant increase in orders for Morgan’s ‘flagship’ car, which continues to this day.
The current Aero 8 continues Morgan’s success in the specialist high-performance sector.
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IN THE WORKSHOP This month we travelled to one of the most well-established Morgan dealerships in the realm – Richard Thorne Classic Cars.
The old stable/farmhouse location, large showroom, countryside setting and, of course, bustling workshop at RTCC meant we had to pay a visit. With a raft of race cars in the showroom, we knew there would be something interesting in the workshop. Nothing quite prepared us for what we found. Sat proudly in the centre was one of the Eric Sturdza GT3 Aeros. Dark green and gold, with that massive rear wing, it’s a beautiful
thing. It had been undergoing some updating to be valid for the new Britcar Series. Prince Eric I Sturdza is one of the most influential non-Morgan employed individuals to have made a significant impact on the Morgan Motor Company. This GT3 car is one of three he commissioned for an ‘AutoGT Racing’ team. The GT3s were light and responsive – in only their second year racing, in 2008, the team came sixth. Next year, at Silverstone,
the team won two races in a row, proving the GT3 Morgan to be a serious competitor. This car took a brief blast up Thrill on the Hill in 2015 – it makes one hell of a noise! As race cars go, and Morgans in general, that gold and green livery is stunning. In our eyes, it’s the best-looking GT3s we’ve ever seen. If you get a chance, check out some of the racing footage of the car on YouTube – the way it takes corners is mind-blowing!
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“As race cars go, and Morgans in general, that gold and green livery is stunning” Undergoing some tweaks at Richard Thorne’s, the GT3 has had a number of performance upgrades, including a fancy new exhaust system. Thanks to Richard’s long history with racing Morgans, the team here have an incredible
amount of racing expertise. RTCC have an upcoming track day at Castle Combe (23rd March), and we’re told there might be a chance to see the GT3 on track… With top-end equipment and a reputation for amazing sympathetic restorations that are race-ready, it’s no wonder they’re busy. You might remember the 1961 SuperSports featured in MOG – apart from the necessary race-legal additions, it looked like it had just rolled off the production line.
Alongside the cutting edge of Morgan race cars, there were a number of smaller jobs happening around the workshop – a full chassis-up rebuilt, newly trimmed door cards, electronic upgrades and general servicing. RTCC provides the complete package: rare Mogs for sale, a great workshop and a truly Morgan-esque atmosphere. If you’re ever in the Reading area we highly recommend swinging by to check out their forecourt. www.mogmag.co.uk 061
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STEERING TO SUCCESS Moto-Lita is a brand synonymous with classic steering wheels. The company’s liberal use of wood and traditional skills closely echoes the Morgan ethos – and it’ll come as no surprise that it is official supplier to the Morgan Motor Company. James Ball travelled to its Thruxton-based factory to find out more… www.mogmag.co.uk 063
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For a traditional Morgan, there’s nothing quite like gripping the thin wooden rim of a Moto-Lita. It’s a driver’s first point of contact with the car beneath. Moto-Lita has been around since the 1950s, and it makes the highest-quality steering wheels, keeping to the original blueprints and methods of the golden age of British motoring. Morgan has stuck to what it knows and kept the spirit of traditional sports cars alive, and Moto-Lita shares that passion. Founder Simon Green began Moto-Lita in 1958 with a single handcrafted wheel he advertised in Autosport – his first customer was Alfred Moss, father of F1 legend Stirling Moss. After learning his trade at Cooper’s Racing, Connaught
“His first customer was Alfred Moss, father of F1 legend Stirling Moss” Engineering and HWM, he made a wheel under the Moto-Lita name and advertised it in Autosport. A short while later Simon had a call from Alfred Moss, who ordered two steering wheels, setting in motion a run of production that has continued ever since. Mr Moss wasn’t the only one to respond to the advertisement and the orders continued to roll in. The Moto-Lita branded steering wheels quickly built a reputation for quality and the news spread. At the start of 1958, Simon was so busy he employed two
friends to help keep on top of the orders. It wasn’t long before Morgans were sporting Moto-Litas, and in a sense, Moto-Lita and Morgan have grown up together. In fact, Simon’s first car was a Morgan JAP V Twin 1932 three-wheeler! Moto-Lita has since gone from strength to strength and Stirling Moss himself has been a customer. A multitude of marques have been supplied with Moto-Lita wheels over the years and at a classic motor show they’re hard to miss. Although Moto-Lita is primarily famous for its wheels, it also produces flying jackets, helmets and goggles at its sister company, Aviation Leathercraft. Thruxton Circuit used to be an airfield, and Moto-Lita is based within
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one of the old barracks. Its Second World War links seem very fitting, given the old-school manufacturing techniques and focus on quality materials. We spoke with Joe Kaluza,
Director of Engineering, to find out more about how the wheels are made. “Most of our designs are based on the original drawings by Simon Green,” Joe explains. “The engineering drawings
have been uploaded into CAD (computer-aided design). Although we have a large traditional range, we’re also developing new designs which I develop exclusively in CAD.” Through to the main workshop, light poured in through the ex-barracks windows illuminating stacks of sliver disks of solid aluminium – the beginning of a Moto-Lita wheel. From here we are shown the process of wheel-production. The disks are marked up with the desired design and then cut. The segments cut out are called kidneys, due to their shape. If the wheel is to be ‘dished’, the aluminium is pressed to the required depth, then the metal is sanded and filed for a smooth finish. Once the metal component is complete, the wooden www.mogmag.co.uk 065
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rim is added. Quickly and accurately, the shape of the wheel is cut from a square of ply on a bandsaw, before being cut in two and stuck to the aluminium. Next, the wood is sanded down ready for the application of a several layers of wood stain or stitched leather coating. For the wooden rims Moto-Lita uses mostly tropical hardwoods – including mahogany and walnut – which are all ethically sourced. Watching the hardwood wheels receiving their layer of shine is a satisfying sight – the velvet-like grain
starts to show through. The wheels are then hung to dry before heading out for final finish. The finished products are a work of art, and can really add character to a classic or new Morgan. Brightly coloured stitching with black leather gives a sporty look and feel, whilst a mahogany
“Moto-Lita uses mostly tropical hardwoods – including mahogany and walnut “
rim and circular cut-outs are achingly classic. For something in between you can have a thicker wood rim wheel – popular amongst the 3 Wheeler fraternity. In terms of specific Morgan wheels, Moto-Lita supply Morgan with the MK3 14” wood steering wheels with a thicker dark wood rim, MK3 14” standard wood rim steering wheels – dished or flat with holes or slots in the spokes, MK4 14” flat leather rim wheels, and MK9 14” and 15” mahogany rim, along with specific Morgan boss kits. www.mogmag.co.uk 067
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“Where there’s a demand for classics, there’s a demand for Moto-Lita” Moto-Lita will no doubt carry on manufacturing steering wheels using its unique methods for many years to come. The market for classic cars is still booming, despite some predictions it could crash. Record sales across the board in 2016 all point in the right direction, one notable sale being that of an ex-Pierre Bardinon Ferrari 335S sports-racer that fetched £25,844,280 – a new auction world record in both sterling and euros. Where there’s a demand for classics, there’s a demand for Moto-Lita – it is the go-to company and in many cases the original supplier to the classic marques. There is clearly still a demand for good traditional English quality, but far from exclusively looking 068 www.mogmag.co.uk
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ACs,” Joe says. “We have something quite exciting projects in the works , too, but we’re not quite ready to release details yet… but watch this space.”
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Everyone loves an Aero, those sleek lines and that romping V8 – Nigel was caught up in the frenzy when Morgan announced the Aero range. We caught him at the All Morgan’s Day last year for a quick chat about his pride and joy.
Is this your first Morgan? I’ve had five Morgans and I’m after my sixth – I’m stalking an old Plus 8! You could call me a Morgan fan…
What’s so good about it? People on the motorway go by and they wind down their windows and take pictures with their phones. It’s a fantastic car, certainly one of the best looking I’ve seen. It’s a bit more refined than the other Morgans – I love it.
Have you made any modifications? It’s absolutely stock; I’ve made no modifications. This is a manual one, which is quite rare. When they announced the Aero I knew right away that I was going to have to get one. It’s unique – they’re not going to do it again. I was pleased to be able to have the opportunity to have one.
Describe your Morgan in three words… Beautiful. Fast. Brilliant!
Motoring Meccas MARANELLO
Maranello Magic This understated Italian town is the world-renowned home of the Prancing Horses – Ferrari’s very own motoring Mecca, nestled in the heart of northern Italy. And although you may not get the opportunity to visit the factory (unless you happen to be a Ferrari owner or a VIP), there’s still plenty to whet the appetite and get your Ferrari-fix! www.mogmag.co.uk 071
As you drive through the streets of Maranello, you can be in no doubt that this is the home of Ferrari, with flags waving from many windows and regular streaks of motoring beauty on their inaugural 100km test drives ahead of delivery to their lucky owners. The whole town appears to be dedicated to this iconic motorcar from restaurants to museums, test tracks to drive experience companies – if you love Ferraris, you’ll love Maranello! Apart from the factory, which is pretty much the sole reserve of workers, owners and VIPs, perhaps the biggest attraction, and the fastest way to get your Ferrari-fill, is the Museo Ferrari. Dedicated to telling the story of Ferrari past and present, the museum’s roots lie deep in the Prancing Horse’s extraordinary history, spanning both the most famous and successful Formula 1
cars, its legendary sports prototypes and GTs, and its most significant road cars. The ground floor has been hosting the “Exclusivity and Technology: the Special Limited Edition Series” exhibition. This showcases
a collection of models built in extremely small numbers but each still representing a milestone in technological innovation. The “Ferraristi Forever” exhibition begins on the mezzanine. It is essentially an homage to Formula
1 and the endurance competitions competed in across the globe by Prancing Horse cars. And, if all this passive viewing has got your accelerator foot a-tremble, you’ll get a genuinely authentic sense of how a real eight-speed turbocharged F1 single-seater complete with hybrid power unit
behaves out on the track with the F1 simulator – definitely worth a go! Visitors wishing to also take in the Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena can avail of a special shuttle service departing from the plaza in front of the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. This service links the two museums at regular intervals throughout the
day. Here you can visit the renovated workshop where Enzo’s father used to work, as well as experience a show that tells Enzo Ferrari’s incredible life story, spanning 90 years, taking you through his various incarnations: from the child who discovered racing at the beginning of 1900 to the pilot, from the manager of Scuderia Ferrari
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through to the manufacturer with so many triumphs to his credit. The Ferrari Museums have also joined forces with the Autodromo di Modena to give their visitors an exclusive and very special experience. Anyone who purchases the new “Museum+Track” tickets
will not only be able to visit at least one of the Ferrari Museums but also take their own car out for a 15-minute track session at the Autodromo di Modena. And, as if that wasn’t enough, you can also hire a Ferrari for yourself at one of the companies that
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offer Ferrari experiences around the local area. Finally, when you’ve had your fill of Ferrari, just up the road in Modena is Maserati, while Lamborghini and Ducati are also within an easy drive. Continue further north to the famous Stelvio Pass; just make sure you get there early if you want a less-congested run or, better still, head for the lesser-known but equally spectacular Gavia Pass nearby. A true petrolhead’s motoring mecca if ever there was one! 074 www.mogmag.co.uk
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TORQUE THE JOURNAL OF A MORGAN PILOT BY
Always winter and never Christmas, I’m sure many of you will recognise that line from C S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first and most famous of the Chronicles of Narnia. Driving my Mog Gladys to the Factory to pick up some spares just after Christmas, I pulled up next to a gas lamp on Link Common. It is said that the author, a former Malvern College pupil, took inspiration from the town’s lamps, some in quite obscure locations surrounded by trees, to place one of them in Narnia’s perpetual winter forest, miles from anywhere. I’ve always thought that there is something magical about them. So it may well be true. The day was bright, sunny and mild with a low, bright sun. When I’m driving on country roads on such days, I tend to run with my driving
lamps on, especially in Gladys, the 4/4. I figure that if it’s good enough for motorcyclists, it’s good enough for a small, low, dark green car. As Cossie my Plus 8 is bright red, her visibility to other road users is somewhat better. Of course, winter also brings the fog and it was a very foggy morning when I set out for Bicester Heritage Centre for their Sunday Scramble. I had dipped my driving lamps before setting off and had them and my rear fog lamps on for most of the way through the Cotswolds. Strangely there was no fog on Fish Hill and no other cars either. Enough said! It being such a damp and gloomy day, I had the roof on, so I felt a little twinge of shame on seeing a Plus 8 Speedster at Bicester when I arrived. It was great to see it, along with a couple of AeroMaxes and a glorious 1951 Plus 4 in a great turn out of
Mogs – especially for the time of year. Decisions about weather-gear and suitable clothing were not on the agenda at the NEC for the Autosport International Racing Car Show, however. Among a plethora of racing cars in the halls, the University of Wolverhampton had the works Plus Four on display alongside its Formula Renault car. It was great to chat with the team and share their enthusiasm for the car and their participation in the Morgan Challenge series. Another highlight of the show for me was a wonderful reminder of the time when I thought all Formula 1 cars were either green or red, and the winners were nearly always Lotuses. A red Plus 8 has been my dream car since childhood and though I’ve had to wait nearly 50 years for that dream to become reality, it’s been worth the wait. But she’s not
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my first red car. I’ve had a few red cars, hot hatches and a classic mini. So imagine my indignation when I saw that the august society journal Tatler had denounced all red cars as something tasteless to be looked down upon. But the more I thought about it, the less worried I was. I think they probably just meant Ferraris. How can any Morgan be tasteless, especially a red one? Winter drew on, Christmas became a distant memory and freezing cold nights became commonplace. Major roads became glistening white salt tracks. Luckily, I live a little way from a main road so the streets around me are salt free. Gladys really doesn’t like being left in the garage for more than a week, so I have been getting her out and just gently warming her up by driving around the block a few times. One particularly cold day I found myself in a drift at less than 10 miles an hour. Easily controlled and soon ended. But a salutary lesson nevertheless. Cossie stayed indoors that day, her low-down torque would have been far too much for me on those icy roads. Always winter but never any snow is almost as terrible a concept as the lack of Christmas to brighten up the cold, dark season. At least it is from an aesthetic point of view. I was hoping so much to have some pictures of one of my Mogs in a
snowscape for you this month. But there are alternatives. Those lovely people at Mog Towers, possibly mindful of my bruised feelings over the Great Red Car Slight invited me to take Cossie the Plus 8 along for a photo shoot. Something about fire and a very dark night was mentioned, I was intrigued, how could I resist? The day dawned bright but misty. Fog lights on, but roof off, I drove to the meeting point on Castlemoreton Common. Now I’d love to say that all went well, but as I pulled up clouds of steam billowed from the bonnet louvres. Disaster beckoned. Thankfully it was just a dodgy radiator hose. Half litre of pre-mix antifreeze, a bottle of mineral water and a tightening of the clip meant the day was saved. The daytime part of the shoot was almost spoiled by a large flock of geese, one of whom even decided to have a peck at Cossie’s rear wing. No damage done, but I was getting strangely hungry for a roast dinner. Then for the night shoot. Well I’m sure you’ve seen the results on the front cover. How did we create the circle of fire around the Mog that night? Well we drew the circle and prepared the fire, but I’ll leave it at that. We don’t want anyone summoning back the White Witch now, do we? Well that, and the photographer saying that it’s a secret…
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TECHNIQUES UNITED KINGDOM MORGAN CARS MID-ATLANTIC USA
86-88 High Street, Stotfold, Hertfordshire, SG5 4LD Phone: +44 (0)1462 835500 www.techniques.uk.com
MORGAN PARK GERMANY Hanskampring 23, D-22885, Barsbuttel, Hamburg, Germany Phone: +49 406 703 020 www.morganpark.de
501 Industrial Drive, Lewisberry, PA, 17339, USA Phone: 717 932 6600 www.morgancarsmidatlantic.com
ISIS IMPORTS SAN FRANCISCO PO Box 2290 Gateway Station San Francisco California, 941 26, USA Phone: +1 415 433 1344 www.morgancars-usa.com
MOGPOR Ld PORTUGAL Avenida Miguel Bombarda 108 1050-155, Lisbon Phone: 00 3512 1386 1063 firstname.lastname@example.org
MORGAN WEST INC. LOS ANGELES 3003 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90405, USA Phone: +1 310 998 3311 www.morganwest.net
CHRISTOPHER JOHN LTD. FLORIDA 322 Ridgewood Dr Holly Hill, Florida, USA Phone: +1 772-634-4363 www.christopherjohnltd.com
Rue Boissonnas 15 1227 Les Acacias Geneva Phone: +41 223 085 800 www.autobritt.ch
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Our adventure with Morgan started back in 1986. It was then that we became Morgan dealers for Portugal and negotiations took place at the factory directly with Peter Morgan. Peter listened to our history, suggested a contract, and shook our hands – a perfect gentleman’s agreement. For us it was the dream of a lifetime. Today we are based in Lisbon in a prime location. Morgan is a niche brand in Portugal, like Aston Martin, Bentley and Lotus etc. and is recovering from the financial crisis we’ve had in Portugal over the last 5/6 years. In 2015 we invested in a new showroom taking in to account the positive signs economy was giving. For a few years we were importing an average of nine cars per year. The economic crisis mentioned above meant our sales had dropped dramatically until 2014/2015. It was then we decided to boost Morgan distribution creating a new showroom and investing a lot on communication, TV car shows, internet, Facebook, product placement, magazines, Morgan days at the show room with car tests and we promoted the CEM (Club of Morgan Enthusiasts). All this is due to the integration in the team of Rui Catalão, who is an expert in these techniques, a very well know designer and Morgan cars fanatic. We are expanding our dealer network, and we already have one for the Estoril/Sintra/Cascais area, we are also finalising negotiations for the center/north of Portugal. Expansion will follow to the Algarve as soon as we find the right partner.
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Working with Morgan is best part of the business. Morgan is a very professional and reliable company, who has always helped and understood us. Even in the most complicated situations Morgan have worked with us so sort things out quickly and efficiently. Steve, Mark and all the other staff at Morgan are remarkable people. It is indeed a pleasure working with and for Morgan as we concentrate our efforts, increasing the quality of distribution and service. Jorge Monteiro of Morgan Cars Portugal Morgan Cars Portugal Av. Miguel Bombarda 108, 1050-167 Lisboa +351 21 386 10 63 www.morgancars.pt www.facebook.com/morgancarsportugal
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FROM EAST TO WEST: USA ROAD TRIP
Now on the west coast intrepid 3 Wheeler traveller, Richard Hardy, is nearing the end of his epic journey. After calling in at Morgan West, Richard heads up the Pacific Coast Highway… The last phase of my journey was the Pacific Coast Highway heading North to San Francisco. I took my time in the morning and walked out to a coﬀee shop for breakfast. I sorted my car out a bit stowing some spares and getting rid of some rubbish following the service and living in the car for the last 17 days. There is only one route today. Highway 1. Things don’t always go to plan…. In the afternoon, whilst driving, I could hear an unusual rattle. My car makes many varied noises but this was a new one. I stopped at a gas station and discovered what it was. One of the fixings for the passenger side mudguard had completely broken. The mudguard could now easily flex and touch the tyre. Not good!
I strongly believe that most people are good and will help someone out when they can and so it proved to be again today. A young man (sorry I forget his name) was admiring the car and we got
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chatting. I explained the problem and he not only told me where there was a shop that should be able to help, he drove there with me following. What a nice guy. I hope he reads this – thank you. Another chap on a motorised three-wheeled bicycle also offered help and gave me his number and invited me to his house where he had a welder just in case the other shop couldn’t fix things. I turned up at Hot Rod Alley and they whipped off the mudguard, welded it up, painted and refitted it in half an hour and only charged me just
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$20. Thanks Sean – great job. I was soon on my way again to Morro Bay. What an excellent day I had. There were superb views from Highway 1. This really is a truly brilliant road along a beautiful piece of coastline. It is a great driving road in itself as it sweeps up and down with plenty of interesting curves to keep you busy. My last real driving day for this trip was from Carmel. Carmel is one of my favourite places and I did see a nice little place there for just £3.25 million but didn’t put an oﬀer in. I continued my
journey north on Highway 1. The section north of Monterey is a faster more sweeping road and I soon get to what I have always considered the finish line for this trip – the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I continued over the bridge and pushed further to Bodega to visit the longest standing Morgan dealership in the USA. I was provided with a lovely (late – my fault, sorry) lunch and shown round including looking at the very first Plus 8 (Thanks to Tcherek for the invitation). I loved following that Plus 8 to the Bodega shop. www.mogmag.co.uk 081
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Spartacus in the shop was also extremely friendly and had prepared a few things that he gave me for my wife. Bodega was where â€˜The Birdsâ€™ was filmed and Josephine is a big fan. I bought a few things as well and visited Bodega Bay for a few photos before heading back to San Francisco. I made it to my final hotel just before dark, my 20th hotel of the trip! After an epic 4445 miles across the USA I left my car at the shipping 082 www.mogmag.co.uk
warehouse for its final journey home. I drove the 45 miles or so through the heart of San Francisco over to Fremont where they put the car in the container for the voyage back to the UK. I wished I was continuing up Highway 1 all the way to Seattle and up into Alaska, but that would have to wait for another day. Without the car I am no longer a celebrity! I am just another anonymous tourist doing the tourist things in San Francisco. I was ready to go home.
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It really has been a great adventure. I have collected so many memories that I will never forget, made some new friends and just seen so much. Some people thought I was mad to attempt this trip. The Morgan is certainly not the most reliable means of transport I could have chosen but as a solo traveller I cannot think of anything I would rather have used. With the Morgan you don’t just observe the world from a sterile air-conditioned box, you see, hear, smell and feel it as you go along and every time you stop, people are eager to talk and learn learn about the car and the trip.
“With the Morgan you don’t just observe the world from a sterile airconditioned box, you see, hear, smell and feel it as you go along and every time you stop”
I know I am very lucky to be able to do a trip like this but I would encourage anyone considering anything like it to stop thinking about it and start planning it. Once you start, the excitement grows and a plan soon becomes reality. This started as a daft idea as I wondered what to do for my 50th birthday. In the end I couldn’t wait and it all started on my 49th birthday! www.mogmag.co.uk 085
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PERFECT PARTS Many parts of a Morgan are handmade – the bonnet, the trim and the dashboard – but some parts of a modern car need modern-day accuracy. Enter the world of CNC. Sponsored by
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CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, a machine that translates CAD (Computer Aided Design) into numbers, and then manufactures, or modifies, a part automatically. A series of big machines whirring away behind closed glass doors create a surprising amount of parts on a Morgan. Although automated, these machines require trained staff to programme them – it’s not easy! Take a look at 086 www.mogmag.co.uk
those LCD screens – it’s like another language. We caught up with Adam Zikking, who does both CNC programming and machining/fabrication. “At the moment I’m adjusting the brake casing, sometimes we need to take a few millimetres off or modify parts to suit other models.” Watching the machine moving about, we noticed a lot of liquid covering the part.
A) CNC equipment B) Brake assemble pos-CNC C) Drill bits for milling
D) Adam securing the door – safety first! E) White liquid is oil and water
F) Looks complicated? It is! G) Central dash unit
“That’s a mix of oil and water, to lubricate the process and prevent friction,” Adam explains. A process such as this takes around 15 minutes, but more complicated parts can take longer. Adam showed us some other items created using CNC – the central dashboard console, rear light housing and a plethora of smaller items. During the process, Adam is free to work on fabricating
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other parts by hand, before returning to assess the CNC work. “The next step is to measure all the parts that have been machined to double check they are machined to the correct dimensions.” After a quick measure, the parts are then shipped off to their relevant departments. “We can even make suspension parts on these machines, too, “ Adam told us as he pointed out a box of sliding pillar parts.
What amazed us most is that many parts are machined out of a solid block. A block of metal goes in, a functional part comes out! There’s no denying the usefulness of some automation in Morgan’s workshops. The CNC machine can be equipped with a huge variety of different machine tools including lathes, mills, routers and grinders. Automation hasn’t always been good news for manufacturing jobs, but these
H) Adam knows what he's doing
I) Drilling leaves some metal shards to dispose of J) Measuring to check results
K) From solid block to Morgan part! L) Rear light assembly is modified by CNC
smaller CNC machines need experts to run and simply speed up the manufacturing process of certain parts that require 100% accuracy and consistency. There’s a small cluster of these machines in the fabrication area at Morgan – but they’re not stealing all the limelight. Plenty of hand tools and traditional fabrication happens alongside these new robots on the block. It’s a wellbalanced relationship. www.mogmag.co.uk 087
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Additives that improve heat transfer in your cooling system are nothing new, and here’s Royal Purple’s oﬀering – Purple Ice. The idea behind it is quite advanced, but it works in a similar fashion to the way water has a surface tension – that’s why you can fill a class to slightly above the rim, and why water forms beads. Break this tension and the coolant water absorbs heat from the surrounding metal more easily.
Adding it is as simple as opening the bottle and bunging it in the radiator or expansion tank, then letting it do its work. One bottle is good enough for a water/anti-freeze mix in most passenger car cooling systems, but they recommend two bottles if you’re running plain water. It should be noted that while Purple Ice aids cooling and prevents corrosion, it doesn’t provide any anti-freezing properties.
Royal Purple reckons this stuﬀ can help lower overall temperatures by up to 22 degrees F, so if your cooling system is marginal, or just heavily taxed by a powerful motor, then a bottle of this could be the diﬀerence between boiling and not boiling. It’s not ridiculously expensive, and you can’t do much harm with it, so why not give it a go and be ready for that sudden heatwave that we’re all hoping for? www.mogmag.co.uk 089
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This little bottle of magic is a new product from Meguiar’s, and sounds like the answer we’ve all been waiting for. It sounds simple enough – clean your car, then cut, polish and wax it as much as you see fit, then apply a coating of this stuff. Simple. It seems to work very much like Rain-X, although the label suggests you 090 www.mogmag.co.uk
keep Paint Protect well away from your car’s glass. You just rub it on, then buff it off, and it supposedly protects the paint finish for up to a year. It’s odd stuff to use, being slightly oily, and applying it made a beautiful crystal-clear waxed finish ever so slightly blurry. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much effort to buff out.
The next time it rained (you never seem to have to wait very long for that, do you?), the way the water beaded up on the roof was quite spectacular; however, unlike Rain-X, it didn’t all run away, it just sat there. Still, a couple of months down the line our car still had that just-cleaned look. So it may not be the magic answer, but it’s very close.
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Brake and fuel pipe unions can be the bane of your life, especially if they’re steel, or mixed steel and brass. The flare nut corrodes to whatever it’s screwed into, and the pipe corrodes to the nut. Use an open-ended spanner and you’ll probably find you’ve suddenly got a round flare nut and your knuckles are bleeding; use a cheap flare nut spanner and you’ll find it flexes and either lets go or rounds the nut oﬀ anyway.
This flare nut spanner from Sealey promises to do the trick, with a nice, forged C-shaped double-hex, 10mm at one end and 11mm the other (so 7/16” is pretty much covered), with a cunning ratcheting mechanism. Spin the C-shaped hex to allow it to pass over the pipe, slot it into place, and go for it. It grips the flare nut well, and we tried it on flares that hadn’t been touched in 25 years and it opened them all without
damage, though we did soak them in lubricant beforehand. This little tool has quickly become an indispensable part of our toolbox. The only downside is the bulk of the C-shaped hex – it’s pretty deep, which is great for ensuring a good grip but can be a bit of a faﬀ in tight spaces. It’s not the cheapest, but feels well made, and the first time it gets you out of a sticky situation you’ll consider it money well spent.
High price, but worth every penny
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easy. After a quick rub, however, the results don’t take long – and they’re impressive. The leather comes up with a very nice sheen; small cracks and blemishes are greatly reduced. It’s not a particularly waxy solution, more like a thin cream, which makes it easier to apply. The final
results are very impressive – quite a high shine and pretty good restoring properties. We’re pleased to report that this leather cleaner, in terms of finish and ease of application, is one of the best we’ve tried. To top it oﬀ, this stuﬀ is very aﬀordable for what you get.
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FOLLOW THAT CAR Our fleet of Morgans and respective owners tell their tales of the month. The ups, the downs, events, trips and everything in between, our Mog pilots get up to quite a bit!
JIM & ALY HARRIS 3.7 Roadster “Billy Wizz”
Jim and Aly are new kids on the MOG Fleet. Jim’s new to Morgan ownership – but he’s already had five! Welcome to the Fleet both… 437 Not Out! ... Sounds like an exceptional cricket score, but more about that later. First, the introductions. We are relatively new to the Morgan marque. We’ve never really been true soft-top people either, eventually being encouraged – or was it arm wrestled – to try a Morgan by the infamous Russell Patterson.
Our road test went so much better than expected, so much so that we purchased our first Morgan – a brand new 4/4 Sport. But we very soon realised that we needed more power from the engine, so a 3-litre V6 was tried. Now this was close, but still no cigar! A seriously modified Plus 4 soon followed which ventured down to see the Mille Miglia and crossed the Alps… 3,000 faultless miles later we came across another stunning new 4/4 Sport and could not resist.
You would have thought that we would have learned from the previous car, but more power was indeed the only way forward – and so we found our current Mog (hopefully a keeper this time?). A 3.7 Brooklands Roadster, now known affectionately as ‘Billy Wizz’ probably due in part to the fact that it is certainly not lacking in power and can be outrageously quick – and a bit of a hooligan when allowed!
“A seriously modified Plus 4 soon followed which ventured down to see the Mille Miglia and crossed the Alps”
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So, that makes five Morgans in 12 months – is that some kind of record or just proof of petrol-fumed madness? Now, for us ‘Billy Wizz’ ticks most of the boxes. He’s a serious big boys’ toy, looks particularly period and has most of the desired requirements for cruising along the lanes at home in the Yorkshire Dales. Also, he’s comfortable for longdistance touring, whilst easily capable of the odd sprint and track day. Back to 437, which in my case is definitely not cricket, but the number of cars previously owned and registered in my name. Being in the motor trade for most of my life, I had become rather nonchalant when surrounded by all manner of different motors every day, never getting attached to anything in particular as it was always for sale. Aly, my significantly better half, has always been understanding and in most cases even enthusiastic towards my motoring insanity – wife, financial advisor, assistant mechanic, seriously efficient navigator and my best mate. So
good, in fact, that I have kept her captive for 37 years. We have had a real blast in our first year of Morganeering, joining the MSCC and NorMog regional events, taking part in some of the Travel Club Tours, visiting many friendly dealers and listening to the varied opinions of owners.
Winter for us is not a time to hibernate, but to plan next season’s tours and activities and to compile the long list of modifications that would, of course, be subject to management approval. After a hectic season and some 9K miles later, we are busy preparing for future Morgan adventures.
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CAIN POULTON 4/4 ‘Café Racer’
Cain: The Wolf Cafe Racer got a new pair of front shoes, so I got to use my Smoothride Cones again. Sticking with the Avon CR6zz 175’s format but opting for the soft compound rather than hard, as the new rubber is staying on the front I’m hoping that wear resilience will be ‘realistic’ – the grip is out of this world even on damp, greasy, grit-covered winter roads. Only time, miles and Michele will tell if I’m allowed to have the soft compound again! We also hit the public weighbridge to find Cafe Racer’s curb weight, including all the extra parts, fuelled to the brim and all fluids to the max marks for a ‘true curb weight’. The Cafe Racer comes in at an afterChristmas lardy 880kg! Well, it has been a year since the first Follow That Car hit Mog Mag and what a year it’s been, so thank you all for following our adventures. To celebrate this momentous anniversary Lady Break-a-lot has done it again! The Wolf Cafe Racer
“Well, it has been a year since the first Follow That Car hit Mog Mag and what a year it's been”
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is our workhorse, not just my toy; Michele gets to use her for her business. But, I will let her explain… Michele: I was heading off for the first of two work meetings on a very cold and icy -6°C morning, but was OK as we now have the heater working. Acton, London here I come!
The North Circular was a pain, stop/start and fast all in one hit. I heard something smash in the road at one point that sounded like breaking glass… but there was no way I was stopping to see what it was, or if there was any damage. With the first meeting over, it was
time to kick the tyres before I headed off again. They were all inflated – what a relief I didn’t have to call Cain and say, “I broke her again…” Next stop Markyate Holiday Inn, as I was giving a presentation on Accident Investigation to the IOSH Chiltern Branch. As usual driving a Morgan attracts admirers – this is the one big advantage of ownership, other drivers let you out at junctions. Just to have good look! The M1 was a car park; I managed to dart off at the Hemel turn to find a single-track B road heading in my intended direction. It had some wonderfully twisty bits and a little tunnel to play ‘noisy exhaust’ in. After the fun back-road drive, I reached The Holiday Inn in good time, at this point I made a discovery… That glass breaking sound on the North Circular was the LHS Cibie Oscar Plus lens, rim and cover hitting the road. Last time it was a stiff rear-view mirror coming off in my hand, I can now add spot-light destruction to my list of mishaps! P.S. Cain has asked for a full investigation! www.mogmag.co.uk 097
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PHIL ROYLE 4/4 “Megan”
Although it is not the best Morganeering weather at this time of year, it has been reasonably eventful. On my last visit to Kedleston, I decided that as it was a lovely crisp, sunny day I would go the pretty way. This was a mistake as going uphill on a narrow road I hit a patch of black ice and suddenly I was a passenger in a car that had the back end where the front should be. I realised that there was nothing I could do except relax and wait for the impact. Luckily there was nobody else on the road and I came to rest on a soft verge alongside a hedge. There was no damage done and I was able to continue warily on my journey. I did get the car
checked out the following day to make sure that nothing had been damaged underneath and she was given a clean bill of health (and also a clean-up of a few clods of soil underneath!).
I noticed that the Victorian Sewage Pumping Station at Claymills near Burton was in steam, so I took the Morgan over for a spin (though not literally this time!). As I headed for the car park I was
“Suddenly I was a passenger in a car that had the back end where the front should be”
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turned away and pointed in the opposite direction to find the main gates being opened for me and ushered in to park by the door to the engine house.
Apparently, they do this for all classic cars. I parked up next to a lovely Morris 1000 and near to a very smart red Sunbeam Talbot. In conversation with the owner of the
Sunbeam Talbot it turned out that the car was featured in the new series of Father Brown as Buntyâ€™s car and so I was able to watch the car on TV over the next couple of weeks.
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Claymills is worth visiting many times as it has around 20 working steam engines ranging from small ones to power a workshop to huge beam engines, which would pump Burton’s unwanted waste several miles up the road to where it fertilised a couple of farms. They also have a Victorian electricity
generating station that looks like something out of a Hammer Frankenstein film. We went to my niece’s wedding in Oxford in the middle of January and stayed on for a couple of days to visit my stepmother. We took the tin top as we had lots of luggage and the like to ferry. On the way back we
“I collected my nice new, shiny, stainless wire wheels and posh, grippy Blockley tyres for the Morgan, which hopefully may make any further spins less likely”
went via Blockley in the Cotswolds where Father Brown is filmed. There we visited a small industrial estate that is home to Blockley Tyres from where I collected my nice new, shiny, stainless wire wheels and posh, grippy Blockley tyres for the Morgan, which hopefully may make any further spins less likely. It was amazing to see that these tyres are made by enthusiasts for enthusiasts and appreciate the wide range of tyres for classic, vintage and veteran cars and motorbikes they produce in what looks like an old army building. So, with four shiny wheels stacked on the back seat it was back to Derby where they are in the garage waiting for a dry day to be put onto Megan. I am now in the throes of final arrangements for the Resto Show at the NEC in March where MSCC will have a stand with five cars (or bits of them) on show. This show is less blingy than the November Classic Motor Show and attracts the ‘oily fingernail’ brigade. It is a great show and is on for three days this year and in addition to the club stands has a great trader village and autojumble where you can find that part or tool for which you have been searching. If you do visit the show, come and say hello – I am in Hall 11.
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Tweets from Techniques Simon Ford tweeted us a few photos from his nearest Morgan dealer: “Here’s a famous racing Moggy!” Plenty of high-class cars on this forecourt…
Sunday Scramble OxMog MSCC Centre threw a ‘Sunday Scramble’ at Bicester – some nice Mogs turned up! Nigel Bradford snapped a few of his favourites.
Behind the Scenes We spent a lot of time keeping geese at bay for this month’s cover shoot – here’s a few behind the scenes snaps. It got us thinking about how many animals we’ve had to deal with recently, they’re all looking for some magazine fame.
Mog Marriage Georgina Insinger-Claros got in touch and said: “My father is a big fan of the magazine and of Morgan cars. I recently got married and we used his car to drive around Barcelona. I know he would be very happy if the photo attached could be featured in the magazine. He receives the magazine in Barcelona on a monthly basis and I can’t tell you how much he enjoys it.” Congratulations Georgina!
Across the Pond Plus 8 Here’s Chris and Pene’s early Plus 8 looking good at a car show at Comox on Vancouver island. We particularly like the thin red-strip on the sidewalls – a nice touch!
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K C A R T E D I S IN
The Morgan factory is bursting at the seams with interesting vehicles this month. We hunted down some funky-spec’d 3 Wheelers and found out about an intriguing modification.
Pass the Parcel
Tucked away, and under wraps, was this shiny-shelled 3 Wheeler. Possibly a Brooklands-esque design, or perhaps something wholly new, it’s sporting that highly polished aluminium finish. When it’s all packaged up it looks like the world’s best Christmas present. We were very close to tearing it all off to see our grinning reflections! How do they get it that shiny?
We thought we’d seen it all, every spec under the sun, but sometimes we’re still surprised. Check out this purple interior! This is going to be an eye-catching 3 Wheeler. It kind of reminds us of a berry sorbet – or maybe Vimto…? Either way it’s fantastic – we’ll make sure to get a snap of the finished thing, check back next month.
Chop and Change
On our travels we also passed through the fabrication shop, spotting this interesting alteration. The hood bar is universal across all Morgans, but obviously the Plus 8s are wider. To rectify this situation Morgan simply makes its own alteration, increasing the width to suit the wider aluminium chassis. Morgan’s fabrication shop has the skills and equipment to make practically anything! Especially, as you might have read in Perfect Parts, with their CNC machines.
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TRACK DAY Thursday 23rd March, Castle Combe We would like to invite all Morgan customers to come and have a bit of fun on track with us at our annual track day – this year it is on Thursday 23rd March at Castle Combe, everyone is welcome regardless of what Morgan you own or what experience you have. For those of you with racing Morgans this is an ideal time for a pre-season shake down, with expert tuition and advice available for novices; or if you own a road going Morgan and fancy having some fun on track, and learning your cars capabilities
in a safe environment, this is the perfect opportunity. We can also offer you some hot laps from our experienced race drivers! This is a Morgan only day and we have the whole circuit, we will group the cars into novice and experienced and there will be plenty of time on track for everyone. Numbers are strictly limited too so if you would like to attend please call Helen on 01189831200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place now.
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