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Killerton Classic Car Show, Devon

The MSCC Mendip Centre, loaded up their Morgans and headed on over to Killerton in Devon where the Killerton Classic Car Show was being held on 26th May 2013. The Morgans relished the sunshine and performed wonderfully. I tagged along as I needed a day out and always thought it would be a great place to take some fantastic photographs of the vintage and classic cars that would be lined up on display for the show.

I am glad to say that I was not disappointed, the turn out of classic cars was brilliant and the weather was wonderful as well.

Despite wearing really rubbish sun cream and getting really badly burnt, it was a really nice day out in Devon. Got a little cloudy after lunch, but the clouds soon shifted and brought fourth more Devon springtime sunshine to bathe the show in glorious sunlight. Even when having a picnic one can not simply drink cider out of any old drinking vessel, no! You need a tankard!

Here is cold hard proof.

We spent late morning and all afternoon at the show and got to see some really splendid cold and vintage cars. Some well kept and really highly polished and well looked after. Some were not so well kept and looked like the car needed to be taken off the road and totally re-built such as a poorly Morgan Thee Wheeler we saw towards the end of the show.

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You Feel As If You’re In A Cockpit Of A Spitfire

This weekend was all in all a really fantastic weekend and really enjoyable to say the least. Shame that my friends (who I have not seen in an age) had to leave so soon but, I am sure that we shall see each other again real soon.

Saturday morning started very early for us all, early I mean about 07:00, and we got up, washed and dressed and then a really great breakfast before jumping into the car and driving to the Morgan Factory. Now for all of you who don’t know Morgan, Morgan are the oldest sports car company around and it’s always been owned and run by the Morgan family, and as always been made in England.

We had been lucky enough to find a place on the Morgan factory tour, which was a special tour as it was on a Saturday and was in honour of a proposed Morgan statue, more about this statue can be found a little further down in this blog. If you want a normal Morgan factory tour all you have to do is phone them up and ask for times and bookings!

When we arrived at the factory we were shown into a reception area which was presentable and was done up in typical Morgan style colours and trimmings, and once we signed in we walked into a conference centre and offered tea or coffee. Also there was a selection of nice biscuits, you could have as many cups of tea or coffee and indeed biscuits as you wanted, I was modest some were greedy (looks at Motoko).

Inside the conference centre was a really fantastic Morgan, which was in a one off paint colour of bronze, which was made to honour a new statue that is going to be put up in honour the Morgan car and the Morgan family.

Once the tour was well underway we were first shown a video in the conference centre on a projector screen which was fairly well put together and thought out. Thought it was a little outdated, the information was still relevant and interesting. Then once the video was over we all marched outside and up to he first of the garages, which was used as a shipping and dispatch area for all the cars that have been finished.

Here you could see such a Varity of cars waiting for shipping or their new owners. Be nice to buy one of these little cars wouldn’t it.

Also here was a fantastic little gold car styled car, only thing is that this was a custom made one by Morgan themselves for use by their staff to go around the grounds of the factory. It looks fantastic and almost as good as their proper production cars for sale. There was also a red which was in a different part of the factory.

The second area we seemed to enter was one of the construction areas and was a really rich smell of industrial goings on and a nice wooden small. There was also a rich smell of new rubber tyres as well, and sure enough there was a massive surplus of tyres stacked up very high to one corner of the area we explored.

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Another surplus of parts in this area was an abundance of engines and these were just dropped off a day before we got there and they still looks totally brand new, and they were spotless. In fact the whole factory from top to bottom was just really well kept.

One thing that makes Morgan stand is out the fact that 99% if not 100% of all their cars are made on site, and all made by hand. You see a wooden frame and you know that has been cut by hand with a hand saw and sanded down by hand. Shaped wood has been bonded together and then clamped in a vice to be bent into a shape, once it’s in the shape it stays in the vice for a weekend to make sure the bonding has works and that the wood will hold its shape.

A panel is also shaped by hand by beating it and a few panels are formed using super forming. Below you can see a band shaping a panel for a bonnet by hand using nothing but a hammer.

Picture below is what the man will shape the panel into, very good workmanship.

In the next area we were taken too they were bending and shaping the wood, and here you can see the oak vice gripping the bonded planks of ash (I think it was ash) and shaping it into a desired shape. This will be in the vice for about 48 hours, to make sure that it is fully bonded and will not loose its shape once out of the vice.

So here we have another photograph of some more work done by hand, here they are still making the wooden frames for the cars, and its very skilful work goes on here.

After you go though the row of factory garages you then get to go outside again and then cross into the paint room, but nothing here was worth taking a photograph of so I didn’t take any. But once we walked across from said room to the finishing off area as they guide said I took a lot more photographs. Here you can see the guide showing some of the safety kit that is fitted to the newer Morgan’s.

Now then as some of you may know Morgan have remade a three wheeler car, and I have to say that it is stunning. I have never seen so much passion put into a car before, and although they didn’t have the green three wheeler styled spitfire car here the three wheeler they had put out for us was every bit as fantastic. Below you can see of the pictures of the staff making the Morgan Three Wheeler.

Morgan’s three wheeler is set to be another iconic Morgan motor car, and was designed to be adrenaline fuelled, dramatic and a fun driving experience. They market driving this car as “You’re In A Cockpit Of A Spitfire”!

Once the trip came to an end we had lunch which was provided by Morgan and then everyone started to leave and go home, and so did we. To sum up the trip in a few words, the trip really was fantastic and a really great experience.

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