Run For The Hills
Malvern welcomes 1000 of its world-famous classics home for Europe’s biggest Morgan spectacular
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.