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International Rally - Friday's activities

Martyn Webb, Morgan's archivist, demonstrates the Vanguard engine in his early 1950's Morgan Plus 4 to a crowd of SMC members

A Capacity audience of 100 members arrived at the Morgan factory at Malvern around 2.00pm, eager for their tour of what must now be the largest British-owned car factory in the Country. And what a treat was in store:

There is no standing behind ropes here. Divided into four parties, each with a knowledgeable guide, the tours snaked through all the working areas and experienced at first hand the processes going on to build these hand-made vehicles, and all at very close quarters. So close they could touch the cars and machinery used to build them.

The cars are traditionally ash-framed, over which aluminium panels are beaten. The whole process from wooden billets to the painted cars was explained in detail and the audience was enthralled. One of the highlights of the tour for me was to see the workers grafting on the newly announced "three wheelers", the first examples of which were being assembled ready for the formal launch. The tour was followed by a visit to the Morgan Museum where examples of the marque over more than 100 years could be viewed along with much memorabilia rescued over that time.

It was particularly interesting to see photographs of machinery in use in the 1920's and still  in use today. In fact the black and white photos bore a remarkable similarity to the scenes that you would see today and in exactly the same workshops

The unanimous decision of the membership was that this was a very worthwhile visit. Many I am sure came out with the feeling that they would like to own a Morgan one day - and that's the feeling that Morgan would no doubt like the audience to take away

The first Morgan 3-wheeler from 1909

A selection of Morgans

In the "works"

Rear wheel-arch clamped in a former

Final assembly

Building the new 3-wheeler

Following the Morgan visit there was a Roadrun to the Stratford Manor Hotel along a guided route supplied by Steve O'Hara. The cars arrived from 5.30 onwards, when guests signed into the hotel and the Rally.

Author Graham Robson, left, signs a copy of the "Book of the Standard Motor Company", for our Chairman, Paul Newsome

The planned Barbeque on the terrace at Stratford Manor had to be rearranged to an inside room as the heavens opened and curtailed any further outdoor activities. More than 100 people attended and the room was alive with talk of the day, whilst new acquaintances were made and old ones re-enforced. Most people collapsed into bed at an alarmingly late hour.It had been a very successful day!

Report by Phil Homer


July 2011