Chairmans Column

Keeping up with the Morgans

By Colin Thornton (Chairman)

November 2020

You might wonder if it is worth trying to plan anything for the future right now but the club has taken the view that, with an important anniversary in 2021, we must believe that it will be possible to celebrate in some way.  Frank Whitefoot has been putting the finishing touches to our Mogfest gathering in July which will now include a very special event on the Sunday which will be unveiled shortly.  Details of the programme to date for the weekend of July 9-11th  can be found by visiting the club’s website and we hope to make it a fitting 70th anniversary party, so please join us if you can.  The club also intends to mark its anniversary in other ways, I cannot give too much away at this stage but I am confident there will be something for every member to enjoy.  Whilst a pandemic is a difficult backdrop in which to contemplate any kind of celebration, rest assured it will be designed to be appropriate for the times we live in.

I visited the factory recently to have one of our regular meetings with Steve Morris (socially distanced of course).  It was the first time I had seen the new Experience Centre which is very impressive with its design ethos reflecting both Morgan’s past and future. The upgrade for all the areas is very welcome, in particular it was great to see the finished product so beautifully showcased.  I am certain many more visitors will end up buying a car.  I understand that the Experience Centre will be opening every Saturday from late November, to include the canteen and shop, although factory tours will be limited to the last Saturday in each month.  The Archive Room is also due to open shortly although I don’t have a date for that, when it does, it promises to feature some previously unseen and fascinating material, utilising a range of media.  MMC offers club members a discount of 50% on factory tours from October to March and although it is impossible to organise large centre visits right now, depending on where you live it may be possible to visit as an individual or a couple from the same household.  The canteen will be serving hot meals as well as the usual coffee and cakes so you can make a day of it.  As well as all the precautions you would expect in these times, Morgan has reduced the number of people on each factory tour to 10 to ensure social distancing. Whether your visit involves a factory tour or just a coffee and a look at the new Plus Four you will be given a warm welcome. 

Stay safe 

Colin Thornton

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