This is traditionally the time of year when we start thinking about what adventures we can have in our Morgans as the weather improves, be it in the UK or Europe. The landscape looks a little different this year and you could be forgiven for sitting on your hands and waiting to see how things work out but the club has taken a slightly different view. We already had Mogfest planned for July9/10th and we now have added a 70th anniversary event on Sunday the 11th, a picnic and drive in cinema. It is hoped that with a vaccination programme now picking up speed by the time we get to July the situation will allow the event to take place albeit with a number of additional safeguards.
Having said that I am afraid we have already had to cancel one of the first club events of the year, the Sprint Taster Day due to take place on 29th March. The amount of work that goes into organising which mostly falls on the shoulders of Chris Bailey and Simon Baines should not be underestimated. It is a great pity as I know many members really enjoy the thrill of being a “racer” for the day but with so much uncertainty around at this early point in the year it was felt better to cancel now.
In last month’s column I reported on George Proudfoot’s retirement and this month we have another long serving club officer who I am sad to say has decided to step down, Peter Anderson. Peter has been the clubs Technical Services secretary for many years and together with George has helped countless members and restorers offering advice and practical solutions to all kinds of problems relating to traditional Morgans. Thank you Peter for all that you have done for the MSCC and for its members.
I am pleased to report that the club made a modest profit in its last financial year helped by a reduction in travel and meeting costs due to the pandemic whilst at the same time supporting the publication of Miscellany during a difficult period for advertising revenue. The club’s audited accounts will be available shortly and sent out with the March edition of Miscellany. As has been widely reported the popularity of meetings by video link will continue post pandemic and it is clear from centre secretaries that they believe this should apply to the club too. It obviously has benefits in terms of cost, but just as importantly in terms of a wider participation and environmental impact. We still have the factory experience centre booked for the club’s AGM in April but it is expected that it will also be available via Zoom.