Friday, September 2, 2016

Morgans over America

Morgan at Chateau Frontenac, Quebec
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Last September, my sister and I were in Quebec City doing the tourist thing. While walking around, over the course of the day, I spotted several Morgans. Possibly the same car more than once, but given there was a green one, a red one, and a blue one, at least three. Obviously that was unusual, as I’ve only ever seen a Morgan outside of a car show once before and that was at a wedding. Something was definitely going on.

So when we were on the double-decker bus for a tour the next day and the man who sat in front of us was wearing a baseball cap with the logo “Morgans Over America,” we asked him what it was about. Turns out it was a road tour (Morgans Over America VI) by a group of Morgan owners, and we just happened to be there the two days they were in Quebec City.

Oddly enough, there’s not much information on this online, though I did find a BLOG by the organizers of the tour—lots of photos, though several days of the tour aren’t covered. According to the official announcement back in November 2011, the trip would take 38 days and pass through 14 states and 5 provinces. Twenty Morgans and their owners from the US, Canada, UK, Sweden, France, New Zealand and Australia ended up participating. The tour started in Savannah, Georgia, on September 10, 2015, and continued for 5000 miles through 16 other locations, including several in eastern Canada, before winding up in Norfolk, Virginia, on October 18. An average day’s travel was said to be 100-200 miles, so there was lots of time for sightseeing and meeting up with other car clubs. Sounds like my idea of a road trip!

You’d think someone who owns a Morgan would be pretty blasé about classic cars, but you should have seen the look on his face when we told him we’d spotted a classic Bugatti in the hotel parking lot where they were staying. If he hadn’t been waiting for someone else to join him on the bus, I think he would have jumped off and gone to take a look.

The Morgan Sports Car Club of Canada website looks like a good resource for British car events in Canada, not just Morgans.

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