Run For The Hills

Malvern wel­comes 1000 of its world-fa­mous clas­sics home for Europe’s big­gest Mor­gan spec­tac­u­lar

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Mal­colm Mckay

More than 1000 of Malvern’s finest clas­sics filled the town’s Three Coun­ties Show­ground at this two­day event, mak­ing it the big­gest gather­ing of Mor­gans since the mar­que’s 2009 cen­te­nary.

Mor­gan own­ers drove from all over Europe to take part, and devo­tees flew in from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and even South Amer­ica.

Mor­gan deal­ers oc­cu­pied tents around the main arena, where vis­i­tors could watch mo­tor­cy­cle dis­play teams, when spec­tac­u­lar air dis­plays weren’t en­ter­tain­ing the crowds. There was plenty for Mor­gan afi­ciona­dos, with a spe­cial Chris Lawrence dis­play, in­clud­ing three Mor­gans that have car­ried his fa­mous TOK 258 rac­ing reg­is­tra­tion, three of his gor­geous Mor­gan SLRs and one ex­am­ple of a su­per-rare mar­que with which he was in­volved – the French-built Mon­ica.

Among newly-ap­pointed Mor­gan agents it was good to see Jeremy Holden, of Holden Vin­tage & Clas­sic, who al­ready has ten new cars on or­der since be­com­ing an agent in March, and who’s restor­ing an in­cred­i­bly de­cayed 1955 Plus 4 to com­pete in a trans-Africa rally next year.

His­toric Mor­gans were well rep­re­sented, led by Mor­gan Archivist, Martin Webb, putt-putting around the show­ground all week­end in his faith­fully­built replica of the orig­i­nal 1910 Mor­gan Three.

James Gil­bert, Mor­gan’s press co­or­di­na­tor, said that he was very pleased with how the event went. He says: ‘It’s been a lot of work to pull this to­gether. Malvern was full of Mor­gans when we had the Open Day at the fac­tory on Fri­day and this is def­i­nitely the big­gest gather­ing since the Cen­te­nary. It’ll be a few years be­fore we can do this again!’

’Mor­gan own­ers drove from all over Europe to take part’

The three fields packed with clas­sics in­cluded Mor­gans owned by French and Bel­gian show­go­ers.

Tim and Mina Marsh’s Plus 4 ap­peared at the 1955 earls court show. Tim has owned the car since 1970 and re­built it twice.

Mor­gan works driver and sup­ply chain di­rec­tor, Greg Dick­son-smith, ex­er­cises the fac­tory Plus 8 pro­to­type, MMc 11.

Mor­gan archivist, Martin webb, puts his scratch-built 1910 Mor­gan Three replica through its paces.

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