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do you enjoy driving your toy? #595484
17/09/19 05:03 PM
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Or just owning it?

The comments from Robbie in the driving to Sweden thread reminded me how little I had enjoyed my recent car club outing to Fowey. The hotel was good, the company excellent, but the driving was simply frustrating. I doubt that we averaged 30mph on the M5 from Exeter to South wales and even when we got off the motorways, speed was badly held back by traffic. There simply are too many cars on our roads by a factor of 3 at least.

Maybe we shouldnt expect driving to be fun any longer. Maybe its is just a means of getting from A to B. I suspect that for many drivers it is just that - they get into their personal transport pod ( 3 door hatch), engage the "infotainment" and go catatonic until arrival at Tesco.

Well, do you? And I dont just mean a quick 15 mile Sunday morning trip round the lcal villages . Do you enjoy a 200 mile journey in the Mog?

Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595489
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Hell yes Howard..I often do 100 + miles just for the fun of it..

Get up early before the masses stir and enjoy quiet roads..there is also pleasure returning home smiling at the crowded roads on the opposite carriageways !!!


" I LOVE THE SOUND OF THROTTLE BODIES IN THE MORNING " (ROBERT DUVAL IN "APOCOLYPSE NOW " )
Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595490
17/09/19 05:22 PM
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I spent nearly 7 hours in the car driving back from Goodwood yesterday. There was the slow traffic, and some proper jams, plus stopping to put the roof on when the rain got a bit much (really need wipers on the inside!). I still enjoyed it quite a lot - it keeps surprising me how comfortable the seats are, though I still find the ride on my Mog a bit harsh at times. But I was glad to get back to the quieter traffic of West Wales.

I generally plan my journeys to avoid motorways, and also take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the scenery if the traffic in front is running a bit slower than I would normally like. Just looking along the bonnet makes me smile anyway!


Jon
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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595494
17/09/19 05:32 PM
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Always no matter what the road conditions, and that is why they are so special, mind you a nice overnight run from Kent to South Devon along an empty A303 topless in -4C is very very special especially when an Orange XK120 has a play with you for part of the journey too thumbs. Special things just happen when you drive a Morgan Howard and you meet some lovely fascinating characters during ownership and I don't mean in clubs as I don't do those.


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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595496
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Being out early is the secret. Although we couldn't bring the Morgan to Devon this time, a five oclock start meant empty roads for the first couple of hours.


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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595508
17/09/19 06:24 PM
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Driving the Mog is amazing and the reaction from people is often a smile , children pull the sleeve of their Mum and point , thats wonderful , perhaps a future Morgan owner ! Life would be dull without a Mog !


There is little point in owning a car just because its fast , it has to have lots of character too !

Last edited by madmax; 17/09/19 07:01 PM.

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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595512
17/09/19 06:32 PM
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Both.

Spend some time in the garage then test my handywork with a 150 - 200 mile tour in Mid Wales. Nothing beats it as a combined ownership and driving experience.

However if I've got a boring journey to do I take a boring car so I never get bored with Mog.


Bob

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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595513
17/09/19 06:36 PM
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Costock, South Nottinghamshire...
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You cannot beat a 150 to 200 mile jaunt in a Morgan. We have friends in Somerset 155 miles from here. We always take the Morgan when we visit them. Fosse Way and the back roads round Bath - wonderful stuff - regardless of how much traffic we encounter at bottle-necks like Morton in Marsh.
Three joys of a Morgan:
1) The enjoyment there is in cruising along at 40mph when traffic dictates and just enjoying the journey.
2) An early start for an 80 mile jaunt very any kinds of road.
3) Using the route planning features of the sat-nav to plot a great route avoiding busy roads and built up zones and then sitting back and relaxing for the journey - be it 20 miles or 300 miles.


Paul
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Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595517
17/09/19 06:45 PM
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If you invest this sort of money in your toy and feel like that it's a bit of a bottom.

If you worry about enjoying the interaction with the car at lower speed then you definitely need to buy a decent trad or a Trad +8, more fun at lower speeds.

I love every journey in the Coupe and S2. In the Coupe when moving I love the loud, lazy experience, when in traffic I love people doing the zombie and staring at the car and giving the thumbs up. In the S2 I love the smiles and happy stares the cars gets. Nothing better. The worst problem is when I am in the tin top and that's an AMG with a 63 so hardly a lump of lead. It's just not special in a loving way.

Maybe you are missing that given a prancing horse does not always get the same open love a Mog does wink laugh2


Just time to burn a little more petrol before dinner.
Re: do you enjoy driving your toy? [Re: howard] #595518
17/09/19 06:45 PM
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Oh yes, I do enjoy my driving along norwegian country roads, I enjoy the ownership, I enjoy tweaking and modding functional and/or cosmetic, I enjoy the Morgan community, I enjoy thumbs up and people smiling to me. I even enjoy going out in the garage where the car sits quietly and waits for me. I enjoy beautiful bodywork lines and the smell of leather in the cockpit. I enjoy talking to enthusiastic aftermarket retailers doing their best to please me. And I have got new and close friends as a result of joining our local owners club.
Yes, the ride is harsh and the level of noise quite high, which is why I do not consider my Morgan i highway machine - at least not for a long distance. But it is wonderful on B-roads (which are in abundance here...), a car to be driven by me, not a car that just takes me along. However, I am selective about the roads, the time and the weather. Crossing the mountains in spring when the snow is melting and there is running brooks and rivers everywhere, seeing the multicoloured foliage in autumn, driving in the night with stars above - all is pure magic.


Robbie the Norseman
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