The Morgan Sports Car
Considering the weather we have had this year, some of your Committee were not confident that this event, which needed a pleasant Summer evening to succeed, would have the weather it deserved. Wednesday 20th June turned into one of the best days of the Summer so far.
The evening started with a roar of exhausts and the engine smell that we associate with rally-cross or motor racing as six assorted Morgans arrived at Norton Village Hall from the Plough at Lewson Street, where the drivers had convened for a meal and created quite a lot of interest.
Neil Lock, who had organised this event for us, gave us some time to look at the cars and then we were called into the hall for an illustrated talk about the history of the marque and the joy of ownership.
Neil`s first task was to dispel some of the myths which have sprung up over the years. For example, Morgans have a wooden chassis - not true. You have to wear tweed to own one, there was not a hint of tweed in the hall that evening. Morgans are only driven on country lanes- they are regularly raced and have been successful at Le Mans.
He then outlined the history and development of the cars, The Morgan family has been involved in the design and production for 102 years. The first car was a three-wheeler with a two cylinder engine. In 1936 a four-wheeler with a four cylinder engine was developed. The Aero 8 was produced in 2000 and then the circle was completed with a new three-wheeler.
Neil then told us about the Morgan Sports Car Club and some the events which he and his family have taken part in, including track events and touring in the UK and Abroad.
The talk finished with an introduction to team from Brands Hatch Morgans and some Morgan Club members. We were then invited to view the cars and the owners were on hand to answer all our questions.
Our thanks go to Neil Lock for making the event possible and the ladies in the kitchen for providing the refreshments.