The Annual Gathering
The highlight of the ‘Morgan Year’ to most of us, that is ‘the most of us’ who are not organising it, is the annual meeting or ‘MOG - whatever’. The earliest record I have found of such an event was a proposed celebration of ‘50 years of Morgans’ to be organised by the Montagu Motor Museum on Sunday the 31st of July 1960 but the club committee were not entirely happy with the date so further discussion was needed. A meeting did however take place and from 1976 has done so every year since.
1970 saw the first big club gathering, although the event was in fact the 25th meeting of ‘The Bugatti Owners Club’ and ‘Ferrari Owners Club’. ‘The Morgan 4/4 Club’ and ‘Morgan Three Wheelers Club’ were co-promoters. It was to celebrate ‘60 years of Morgans’. The main venue was Prescott on the weekend of 6th and 7th of June. I remember it was gloriously hot weather with a turnout of over 300 Morgans. Most of us had never seen so many in one place.
1976 saw the first national event proper. This was to celebrate 40 years of 4 wheelers and the club’s 25th. There were two weekends 29th and 30th of May at Harewood Hill Climb including a concours and cavalcade. This was followed in August, the 14th and 15th, with a race meeting, another concours and barbecue at Shelsley Walsh.
MOG 77 was the first event to be called ‘MOG’ and it was held at Ragley Hall. This was a one day event on Sunday the 8th of May and contained all the usual attractions we expect to see. There has been a big club event every year since then.
MOG 78 was a return to Ragley Hall for two days the 20th and 21st of May.
MOG 79 was at Knebworth Park on the 19th and 20th of May with a test day at Silverstone on the 14th.
MORGAN 1980, “The Morgan Clubs joint committee to celebrate 70 years of the Morgan” from the 4th to the 7th of July at Beaulieu and Goodwood. This was the first event to be run jointly between the 3 and 4 wheeler Clubs. I can remember working my socks of at Goodwood and the heavens opened at Beaulieu.
MOG 81 was at Elvaston Castle Country Park on the 6th and 7th of June.
MOG 82, Walton Hall 10th and 11th of July.
MOG 83, Walton Hall again on the 16th and 17th of July.
MOG 84, a bit of a change here this time as it was organised by the Factory. Billed as ‘Morgan 75th Anniversary’ (their maths is obviously better than ours!) it ran from the 21st to the 30th of July. The week also included some club organised events, Curborough Sprint and a Silverstone Test Day. There was a Sports Day at Prescott and concours plus spares fair at Eastnor Castle.
MOG 85 was at Haycock Hotel, Wansford from the 29th of June to the 1st of July.
MOG 86 and 50 years of 4 wheelers at the Three Counties Show Ground in Malvern. from the 11 to the 15th of July.
MOG 87 was over the weekend of the 26th to 28th of June just a bit north of Watford at Beamish.
MOG 88 and to The Cotswold Wildlife Park held between the 17th and 19th of June.
MOG 89 back up north beyond Watford again and for the first time way over the border to Carbridge in Scotland from the 23rd and 25th of June.
MOG 90 at The Whitbread Hop Farm in Kent from the 22nd to the 25th of June.
MOG 91, 29th of June to 9th of July back to the Three Counties Showground. It was another celebration year, 40 years of the club and 40 years of the Plus Four.
MOG 92, over the border again, this time to Wales and Margam County Park, 19th to 21st of June for "Eisteddfod y Morgan" which means a ‘Gathering of Morgans’.
MOG 93 and “Morgans in Staffordshire” at Weston Park 2nd to 4th of July.
MOG 94 21st to 24th of July travelling further north into Yorkshire and based in the historic City of York.
MOG 95 a return to Beaulieu, 21st to 25th of June. This time glorious weather and a super event which also included The Morgan Experience a whole new concept which was a 3 day all in package precursor to the main event.
MOG 96 back up to the Midlands and Himley Hall near Dudley, 18th to 22nd of July. This was a co-operative event organised by three Centres, Midland, Warwickshire and Staffordshire in a very short time.
MOG 97 was in Bath with a Roman flavour many wearing togas and plenty of earwigs on the camp site. The Saturday was very wet but the Sunday was a gloriously sunny day.
MOG 98 a change, 2 events in one year. The first in May MANX-MOG for the first time the national event is held off the main land on The Isle of Man. 250 cars, by event standards small but a great success. On the Saturday afternoon the road from Ramsey to the mountain was closed and we were let loose, it was magic. The second was HAL-MOG in Little Hallingbury. Who could forget the superb display celebrating 30 years of Plus Eights and Standsead Airport.
MOG 99 returned to Scotland, after 10 years, this time to Bridge of Allen, near Stirling. Legendary Scottish hospitality ending with a superb meal in Stirling Castle.
MOG 2000 and another 10 year return to the ‘Garden of England’, Kent at Canterbury University Campus. The Club ended the Millennium with a meeting which including a race meeting at Lydden Hill and a lunch in Le Touquet. It was also the first “MOG” for the Aero 8.
MOG 2001 A golden jubilee meeting at Cheltenham Race Course. Including all the usual features plus a 50th birthday card and celebration for the whole club.
MOG 2002 A meeting based around The Gaydon Heritage Museum, with a two day grass autotest and an “Oxford Experience” which includes, for each night, a dinner, and B&B at St. Edmund Hall, one of the oldest of the Oxford Colleges.
MOG 2003 The GREAT NORTH MOG 003 based at the Newcastle race course with trips along the Tyne, a track day at Croft plus all the usual MOG features, gymkhana, concours, scenic runs etc.
MOG 2004 On the Welsh borders DevaMog hold the event at Oswestry with canal trips and splendid scenic drives proves that a small centre can organise a great event.
MOG 2005 When the idea of another event on the Isle of Man, as part of the 100 year anniversary of racing on the island, fell through the 2002 team stepped into the breach. A return to Gaydon, this was originally going to be a one day event but expanded to a full and successful Mog.
MOG 2006 This was another year when the event should have been on the Isle of Man but circumstances meant a last minute change of plan. Volunteers from a number of different centres came forward and with the cooperation of Mallory Park a very successful event took place over the last weekend of July.
MOG 2007 Was held at Goodwood Motor Circuit over the weekend of 10th to 12 August and ably organised by the Brighton Centre. It proved very popular with the opportunity for members to drive on one of the world's great tracks. An opportunity that many grasped with both hands!
MOG 2008 Cornwall hosted this year's MOG. It was based at the Trevelgue Holiday Park, Newquay and held over the weekend of 13th to 15th June. The weather was fabulous and the event was a huge success. Many stayed on after the event to take advantage of the scenery and facilities available in Cornwall.
2009 Centenary Year for The Morgan Motor Company Limited so the Club did not hold a MOG Event. MMC arranged a series of celebrations during the year with the main event being held at Cheltenham over the weekend of 1st & 2nd of August.
MOG 2010 Took place at Buxton in Derbyshire on the 18th, 19th & 20th June. Based at the Palace Hotel with events taking place there and in and around the town it proved a great success to members, visitors and inhabitants alike.
MOG 2011 Was held in Newmarket, Suffolk at the Rowley Mile Racecourse between the 1st & 3rd July. Over 700 cars were in attendance of the Sunday and the weather was, fortunately, kind. The venue proved to be an excellent choice and the event was much enjoyed.