My last month’s column was written before our decision to cancel Mogfest in 2020 and move it to 2021. Since becoming Chairman back in April there had been barely a day without some discussion around this event. Finally it became clear even if the hospitality industry was allowed to open and bigger gatherings permitted it would be difficult to generate the usual relaxed and happy atmosphere that has been the hallmark of past Mogs. The year 2021 will be a landmark for the MSCC being 70 years since it was formed, although it started life as the Morgan 4/4 Club as many of you will know. I am sure Frank and his team will already be thinking of how to mark this special occasion and we remain committed to making it a success.
I have had some interesting and valuable comments fed back to me during conversations with Centre Secretaries and a recurrent theme is “where is the next generation of Morgan owners coming from?” It is undoubtedly true that for all kinds of complex social and financial reasons the profile of owners particularly for new vehicles will change. I agree it is difficult to be “all things to all people” but the club will need to think hard about how it attracts this new kind of owner. When I first joined the club one of the things that struck me was how inclusive it was, members interests covered track racing, hill climbing and rallying, restoration, history and heritage, three wheels and four and yes touring and visiting interesting places! It would be nice to think that the club can embrace another type of Morgan owner as it has done on occasions throughout its history.
I do hope you have a look at our photographic competition featured elsewhere in this edition, the prize is well worth having and my thanks to the calendar committee who have agreed to judge all the entries. I am not allowed to have an entry but if I was to submit a photograph it would be of me trying to figure out how to fit an LED headlight bulb, it looked so simple in the instructions!