At the very end of January we had an NCM (National Committee Meeting) and I am pleased to report that a number of decisions were taken at that meeting which will result in our plans for the Club’s 70th anniversary being rolled out over the coming weeks and months. I will not say too much as details will be published shortly in Miscellany and on the website. At the same meeting we confirmed two new appointments with Andy Reeves taking on the role of Commercial lead and Ivan Wheatley that of Communications lead. I would like to thank both Brian Lee and Mike Mackay who held those respective positions previously for all the excellent work they have done on behalf of the Club. As I have said many times without our hardworking volunteers at both Club and Centre level we simply could not function.
On a number of occasions I have referred to the changing profile of Morgan owners, you only have to look at applications for club officers to get a snapshot of how things used to be. The majority have careers that involve engineering, manufacturing or involve the acquisition of technical and or practical skills. It would appear that buying a Morgan was an extension of what they enjoyed doing for a living including (for some) getting their hands dirty and modifying or improving the original product. The New Morgan owner is unlikely to have the same profile simply because those kind of careers (especially in the UK) largely don’t exist to the same extent. So what is the attraction to the new owner? Surely it must have something to do with the uniqueness of Morgan, a largely hand built car, a genuine rarity in today’s world. It has been crafted by human beings and by so doing has soul and personality, even to the extent that many owners name them and treat them as a member of the family! I do understand that they do not always behave themselves, just like some members of any family but we ultimately forgive them because we can see past that and see something special. I believe strongly that as members of this club one of our roles is to champion a hand built car, made in this country by highly skilled people. I do understand that buying a new Morgan is not cheap but in a world where robots, AI and value engineering predominate, swimming against the tide has never been harder. Spread the word and pat yourself on the back for making such an excellent decision by owning a Morgan.