The Morgan Three Wheeler Convention was a great success with plenty of Three Wheeler Owners travelling to Atlanta to share their cars and experiences.
To see all the photos, click here. A write-up follows the event poster.
Some words from Duncan Charlton. North America Group Organiser:
Most Convention attendees arrived in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday and we got rolling on Thursday with the daily schedule of four 45-minute tech sessions (two subjects running concurrently) with an alternate activity for those family members who weren’t Morgan enthusiasts — trolley rides (with a knowledgeable guide) through the historic district, a trip to the farmer’s market and my wife Lee’s class on the art of needle-felting. Afternoon activities varied. On Thursday afternoon we asked those with a car-hauler trailer to show it off to others so we could share ideas for improvements. On Friday we drove the Morgans over a scenic route through the old neighborhoods and around a local lake, ending up one of the old mills along the canal where we had lunch, canal boat rides (where we learned a lot more about the local history) and a judged car show in the courtyard. Saturday afternoon’s activity was a test driving session in which Morgan owners allowed others to drive their car or gave rides to each other. Larry Eckler of Morgan Motors of New England gave demonstration drives in a new 5-speeder. Sunday afternoon included a succession of one-hour experts panel discussions and a spares fair/parts swap and a show and tell for Morgan-specific tools. We had nine modern 5-speeders and 15 vintage Morgans, broken down into four 2-speeders (two JAP KTW Aeros, one JAP LTOW and one Anzani M3 Super Sports Aero), four F-types (two F2 racers, an F-Super and an F-4), with the remainder being 3-speeder twins (one JAP Sports and the remainder being Super Sports, some early ones with JAP engines and 2-speeder front wheels). We also had a JZR and a Triking, a Corvette-engined “+8+” and a 2010 Morgan Aeromax.
I was pleased that several people had driven their early 5-speeders long enough to rack up many miles and perform many upgrades, some of them of their own design, and they were willing to share the problems they encountered and the solutions they came up with.
We are starting to see a body of knowledge accumulate and I hope that we can get this information into The Bulletin (and therefore the Morgan Three Wheeler Club archives) before long.
We came in from Texas but those who drove the farthest came over 1500 miles from the US midwest and from Canada, while two flew in from California and Alf Gapper flew in from the UK. Jeff Ingebrigtson of Minneapolis, Minnesota drove his 5-speeder 1525 miles to Augusta in four days. I wish we’d had an iron butt trophy to give to Jeff!
We had a few day attendees, including some who lived nearby who did not own Morgans but were highly interested. Many of us expressed our pleasure and approval at seeing people in their 30s gather to ask questions, get to know the cars and get a chance to drive all types of Morgans.
Alf Gapper gave a fine presentation on building and repair of a brass radiator — it was popular enough that several people requested that he conduct the session a third time, so Elton Wright, who was scheduled to do a class on general restoration of Morgans gave up his repeat session to let that happen. Many people remarked on what a treasure Alf is to this community and I was quite pleased to have gotten to know him a bit.
I hope this will happen again in the next few years in another region of the continent so that many more Morgan 3-wheeler owners can get to know each other and enjoy a boost to their enthusiasm. We sometimes need to rub shoulders with other enthusiasts to get the juices flowing again so we can regain the energy to finish that restoration or do another project done on the car which will make it that much more enjoyable to drive (and therefore more likely to get driven). It certainly had that effect for me.