Stop press: monsoon conditions at Westgreen House. I would like to congratulate everyone that made it along to this fine classic car meet up. I understand we were the largest or at least one of the largest groups that turned up. Brave souls I think.
It reminds me of when I bought my old Morgan from Phoenix Motors (that was) The proprietor told me, as I was about to drive off, that I would learn to look out for road bridges to shelter under while trying to put the hood up.
Last month, our trip to The Trenchard Museum and the James McCudden Flight Heritage Centre at RAF Halton near Wendover was a great success. It was a wonderful day out; the flight simulators had plenty of takers. Please remember there are no old bold pilots. Thank you very much Chris for organising this trip.
Just to keep you on your toes, the name of the Novello noggin venue has changed to the Javatri Restaurant. All of you passed the intelligence test and made it to the last noggin there with no mishap. It has changed to being an Indian restaurant, but we can still just go there for drink, etc. as will the Jenson and Chevy car clubs. The curries are quite special: they will now just get better, I think. We have started a tradition of making our noggin night curry night. Hope to see you there soon.
November will be another busy month for ThamesMOG. Some of us hope to be watching the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday 4th November, when we join SexMog at the Jolly Tanner in Staplefield. Park your Morgans around Staplefield village green where the Jolly Tanner and The Victory Inn pubs do a great breakfast. If you plan to watch it there it is best to arrive before 9 am. The quickest and simplest way from Reading is via the M25/M23. You can take your time driving home by returning through the delightful Surrey countryside.
I am pleased to know that our numbers are growing for our Centre’s visit to the Morgan Factory on 7th November at 11 am. Please contact us if you are interested in attending. It will be a great day out. I hope you will bring back some hot news.
Then on Saturday 10th November, we hope to see you at another of Richard Thorne Breakfast Mornings, and on Sunday 25th November why not join us for our monthly National Trust visit, this month Greys Court.
Looking ahead, although it won’t be that long, following the resounding success of this year’s New Years Dinner we are delighted to invite you to the major event of our Centre's calendar, the ThamesMOG New Year’s Dinner 2019 on Saturday 19th January. It will again take place in the Golf Club at Castle Royle Country Club.
Morgan Factory Visit – Wednesday 7th November
ThamesMOG has arranged a visit to the Morgan factory. For those of you who have never visited before, this is the opportunity to have an inside view on the creation of your Morgan. Whilst for those of you who have visited before, this is a chance to see what changes have been made, if any, to the manufacturing process. It could be a good opportunity to ask about the new models that are expected in the next year or so, especially now that the supply of BMW Aero8 engines has stopped.
MSCC members are being offered a 1/2 price entrance fee of £11.25, payable on the day.
The tour starts at 11:00, make sure you arrive in time have a hot drink and a sausage rolls (other foods are available) before the tour.
Visit at NT Greys Court – Sunday 25th November
Walks around the woods, or a visit to the house, the choice is yours.
Why not join us here to see a moving display commemorating the centenary of the end of the war's end, as the National Trust delves into the experience of one of the keys figures in Greys Court history; Sir Felix Brunner.
ThamesMOG New Years Dinner 2019 - Saturday 19th January 2019
This year our annual dinner will again take place in the Golf Club at Castle Royle Country Club on the A4 at Knowl Hill (opposite the Bird in Hand), RG10 9XA.
Thames Valley Centre car badges available on eBay - beware
Don’t forget please, as reported previously, a Morgan owner from Australia has brought to our attention that Thames Valley Car badges are for sale on eBay. They appear to be our badges but we would like to point out that these sales are nothing to do with us or our previous suppliers. They are very highly priced, and please remember we can supply Thames Valley car badges new at the nominal club price. If you see any regalia out there and are interested please check with us first. I would like to thank our Australian customer for letting us know about these items.
While on this subject we have come across a website that details fake badges: