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So, have you driven your Aero today?

Posted By: TalkMorgan

So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/11/20 04:45 PM

The first thread was getting large, so this is Part Two!

Part One can be found here!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/11/20 04:52 PM

So few Aeros, so many words...!!

Not today, the next trip is an essential visit to Williams Morgan for the annual service and MOT, next Tuesday.
Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/11/20 10:16 PM

Threw me with the new thread as old one wouldn't allow posts! Cheers James she's getting there slowly but surely with lots of jobs for over the winter.

The strange horizon can be accounted for as I was standing in the middle of the road between bikes and cars avoiding having my rear end being removed while taking the picture Ale! That and I'm crap at taking pictures! Loch earn looks like it may empty off to the right.😁

Strange you should say that Aerotaff. When I first got the car I met a gent in the car park in Dunkeld who swore blind it was a factory car as he recognized the registration but I've never been able to determine if he was right or not.
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/11/20 10:40 PM

Kevin. There wasen't that many silver S1s made I used to call at the factory quite regularly between 2002 and 06 I can remember a silver with light ash dash floating about . My first S1 was an ex factory car. I took a waterlogged Gtn out and that was it hooked, it was about 4k more than mine at the time and i didn 't think it was worth the extra it's now worth double. Em
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 11:13 AM

Originally Posted by aerotaff
Kevin. There wasen't that many silver S1s made I used to call at the factory quite regularly between 2002 and 06 I can remember a silver with light ash dash floating about . My first S1 was an ex factory car. I took a waterlogged Gtn out and that was it hooked, it was about 4k more than mine at the time and i didn 't think it was worth the extra it's now worth double. Em


Great picture in the last thead Kevin, the closest I have gotten to taking mine out is sitting in it laugh2

Em - got to admit I don't understand why the values suddenly doubled on the GTNs, seemed to coincide with the classic car boom but for some reason the S1 was left behind..call me cinical but often dealers can be behind driving these values and a few make a tidy profit as a result - not saying that is what happened here though or that they aren't worth the money as they are very special cars. Just an odd scenario!

Oddly the last one that came up didn't sell for over a year, so perhaps people don't believe they are worth double the amount when they were only a few k more? Who knows..

cheers
Posted By: sterya

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 11:52 AM

Relatively new to the forum but had my Silver S1 out on a stunning Saturday morning...
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Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 11:56 AM

Very nice indeed
Posted By: bmgermany

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 12:13 PM

mog67.pg@gmail.comery nice car -silver suits the Aero very well!
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 12:20 PM

There 's a bit of Flash gordon going on with a silver Aero and as you say It suits the car, love it. Em
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 04:13 PM

- that does look good; congratulations thumbs

James
Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/11/20 04:14 PM

Best make the most of any good weather we get. My Carcoon is going up this weekend in preparation for putting up over the winter. Only outing planned then is to the leather specialist for cleaning and renewal of the entire interior.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/11/20 04:58 PM

Drove up to Williams today to drop the car off for a service and MOT. A nice drive, little traffic on the roads.

As well as the service an additional task is to fit a new right angle bracket that goes between the front of the bonnet hinge and the bulkhead. The old one had cracked in half.
At Williams I discovered that the Morgan do not have this part and have no plans to make them available. Not very good on a car that only went out of production a year or so back.
Tom at Williams will. repair it with a bolted on fishplate.

Simon: something else for you to consider! It is simple enough, three aluminium pieces welded together.

Tomorrow I'll go back in the wonderful Saab loan car and drive back the scenic way.

At Williams I found a rather nice white metallic Coupe. Only £124K.... Gosh.....

Peter

Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/11/20 04:25 PM

Originally Posted by NickCW
Originally Posted by aerotaff
Kevin. There wasen't that many silver S1s made I used to call at the factory quite regularly between 2002 and 06 I can remember a silver with light ash dash floating about . My first S1 was an ex factory car. I took a waterlogged Gtn out and that was it hooked, it was about 4k more than mine at the time and i didn 't think it was worth the extra it's now worth double. Em


Great picture in the last thead Kevin, the closest I have gotten to taking mine out is sitting in it laugh2

Em - got to admit I don't understand why the values suddenly doubled on the GTNs, seemed to coincide with the classic car boom but for some reason the S1 was left behind..call me cinical but often dealers can be behind driving these values and a few make a tidy profit as a result - not saying that is what happened here though or that they aren't worth the money as they are very special cars. Just an odd scenario!

Oddly the last one that came up didn't sell for over a year, so perhaps people don't believe they are worth double the amount when they were only a few k more? Who knows..

cheers


The GTN retail price when new was £72,500. A series 1 at the time new was around £55,500. So 30% more expensive than the standard series 1.

In the January 2004 edition of EVO they got an exclusive first drive in Morgan's Road-Racer as they called it The tag line was: Inspired by the successful Morgan racecar, the GT is a rawer, faster take on the Aero 8. Listed differences according to the article, the 4.6litre Alpina engine (about 44bhp more than the 4.4 standard engine), stiffer suspension, centre lock OZ wheels (like the early S1's) with Yokohama semi-slick tyres, an extended spoiler that spans the scallop between the front wings and a trimmed version of the racer's carbon fibre hardtop. Inside, the traditional Morgan ash framework has been hidden by a blackened and carbonated interior - a detail described as 'Ebonisation' by Morgan. Interestingly, I dont know who made the black steering wheel for the GTN. It is wood, not leather covered but Moto-Lita say they have never made a black wood wheel (as at 2017 when I showed it to them).

Given that it has a different powerplant to any other Aero, it is a proper limited edition compared to the Series 5 GT which was pretty standard apart from the body kit and a partial improvement to the suspension I would expect it to run at a higher price than a standard S1. Of the 2 versions available of the GTN, I prefer the S1 body rather than the S2 body. The narrow cockpit suits the cross-eyed look much better than on the S2.

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Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/11/20 05:15 PM

Just to clarify in 2006 the aero with mini headlights and 325hp was 62500 new, a series 1 around 2002 about 38k the gtn at the factory was up for 42k but was a bit tatty,which ever way you cut it they are now up for sale at double the price of average series1s. Em
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/11/20 06:55 PM

Back from Williams with a fully fettled Tarka!!
The drive back was in the dark and rain... LED lights and Pete's wipers made it almost enjoyable.
How is it that MMC can't supply wipers that work?
Presumably they don't believe Morgan owners ever go out in the rain!!

Some rather nice looking cars in Williams' showroom...

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But not for me.. I remain loyal to the Plus 8!!
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/11/20 02:16 PM

Can't beat a V8. smile

Just looking at the map, I am almost exactly equidistant to either Williams or B&C.
Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/11/20 04:39 PM

Originally Posted by aerotaff
Just to clarify in 2006 the aero with mini headlights and 325hp was 62500 new, a series 1 around 2002 about 38k the gtn at the factory was up for 42k but was a bit tatty,which ever way you cut it they are now up for sale at double the price of average series1s. Em



Do you have the list price for S1 at end of 2003? The GTN deliveries were winter 2003 spring 2004. All the articles I have read put the GTN at around £17-18,000 above the standard Aero.
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/11/20 05:23 PM

Sorry Shooter had a clearout of old Miscellany's a few months ago, all I can tell you is what was on offer when I bought the S1 2002 year model in 2006, I think the Gtn was about 6k more before negotiation second hand. I ended up buying the car sold as seen no warranty but a 4k difference if I had taken the Gtn which had quite a few marks and very slight damage underneath the front apron, The factory had used the car for press It might even have been the top gear Gtn. I remember Mathew Parking saying if I didn't buy it the car would go back through the factory and would be for sale for substancially more . Newton motors had just been given the Morgan dealershipand they would ship it down there to sell. Em
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/11/20 05:31 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Back from Williams with a fully fettled Tarka!!
The drive back was in the dark and rain... LED lights and Pete's wipers made it almost enjoyable.
How is it that MMC can't supply wipers that work?
Presumably they don't believe Morgan owners ever go out in the rain!!

Some rather nice looking cars in Williams' showroom...

[Linked Image]

But not for me.. I remain loyal to the Plus 8!!

Although I didn't gel with the PlusSix ride & seats, that metallic blue is lovely
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/11/20 02:49 PM

Jon,

agree with you on all counts.
Our AMGs are what Mercedes calls "Brilliant Blue". Not a patch on the metallic blu MMC used on that Plus Six, no real depth of colour nor brilliance.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/11/20 09:17 PM

Pricing on the 2012 Coupe is interesting.

https://www.williamsautomobiles.com/morgan/current-stock/11061372-morgan-aero-coupe-aero-coupe/
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/11/20 10:18 PM

Yes I saw that, I have spent all day polishing mine laugh2
Posted By: DaveW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/11/20 10:49 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Yes I saw that, I have spent all day polishing mine laugh2


Don't forget the exhaust and inside the wheels.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 07:59 AM

Looks rather like Andy Abbosh's car, but I can't find the couple of photos I took at Castle Combe many years ago.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 09:24 AM

No I don't think Abo owned that one did he?

I remember it being in the hands of the chap who started the register and had a couple then went off to another marque, my memory is so bad. Apologies for not remembering it.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 10:12 AM

Andy went to the dark side. Into his Maccas now.
Posted By: Rovert

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 11:27 AM

I thought the price was a bit optimistic, £10k more than the ASS that London Morgan had for sale for what? 3 Years? But as that has sold now together with a lot of the £90k+ Aeros that had been sticking around for a long time, I guess the market has picked up.

Possibly due to CV? people realising that life is short .
Posted By: MJF

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 03:01 PM

On the basis that it appears to be the only Coupe for sale in the UK, I guess they might as well pitch it high.

I have been trying to do some man maths on it, but so far haven't created a convincing enough story.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 04:36 PM

Originally Posted by Rovert
I thought the price was a bit optimistic, £10k more than the ASS that London Morgan had for sale for what? 3 Years? But as that has sold now together with a lot of the £90k+ Aeros that had been sticking around for a long time, I guess the market has picked up.

Possibly due to CV? people realising that life is short .


Certainly can be if you catch it, whereas owning a Morgan can extend your lifespan smile
Posted By: pandy

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/11/20 10:40 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
No I don't think Abo owned that one did he?

I remember it being in the hands of the chap who started the register and had a couple then went off to another marque, my memory is so bad. Apologies for not remembering it.


It's not Sukhathai's car is it ?

I seem to remember that was white.

On reflection, I seem to recall that his had a dark brown interior.

I just thought of him, as I seem to remember that he was unsure about taking it back to Thailand as the import duties on vehicles are so savage.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/11/20 09:55 AM

Wonder what happened to the black one that Jon (formely of this parish) used to own

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Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/11/20 11:51 AM

I believe it is Jonathan Hildred's Coupe. He has a3 wheeler and a S5GT (the Gold and green one)
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/11/20 08:40 AM

Drove the Aero for my flu jab to sweeten the pain.
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/11/20 09:59 AM

Originally Posted by Shooter
Originally Posted by NickCW
Originally Posted by aerotaff
Kevin. There wasen't that many silver S1s made I used to call at the factory quite regularly between 2002 and 06 I can remember a silver with light ash dash floating about . My first S1 was an ex factory car. I took a waterlogged Gtn out and that was it hooked, it was about 4k more than mine at the time and i didn 't think it was worth the extra it's now worth double. Em


Great picture in the last thead Kevin, the closest I have gotten to taking mine out is sitting in it laugh2

Em - got to admit I don't understand why the values suddenly doubled on the GTNs, seemed to coincide with the classic car boom but for some reason the S1 was left behind..call me cinical but often dealers can be behind driving these values and a few make a tidy profit as a result - not saying that is what happened here though or that they aren't worth the money as they are very special cars. Just an odd scenario!

Oddly the last one that came up didn't sell for over a year, so perhaps people don't believe they are worth double the amount when they were only a few k more? Who knows..

cheers


The GTN retail price when new was £72,500. A series 1 at the time new was around £55,500. So 30% more expensive than the standard series 1.

In the January 2004 edition of EVO they got an exclusive first drive in Morgan's Road-Racer as they called it The tag line was: Inspired by the successful Morgan racecar, the GT is a rawer, faster take on the Aero 8. Listed differences according to the article, the 4.6litre Alpina engine (about 44bhp more than the 4.4 standard engine), stiffer suspension, centre lock OZ wheels (like the early S1's) with Yokohama semi-slick tyres, an extended spoiler that spans the scallop between the front wings and a trimmed version of the racer's carbon fibre hardtop. Inside, the traditional Morgan ash framework has been hidden by a blackened and carbonated interior - a detail described as 'Ebonisation' by Morgan. Interestingly, I dont know who made the black steering wheel for the GTN. It is wood, not leather covered but Moto-Lita say they have never made a black wood wheel (as at 2017 when I showed it to them).

Given that it has a different powerplant to any other Aero, it is a proper limited edition compared to the Series 5 GT which was pretty standard apart from the body kit and a partial improvement to the suspension I would expect it to run at a higher price than a standard S1. Of the 2 versions available of the GTN, I prefer the S1 body rather than the S2 body. The narrow cockpit suits the cross-eyed look much better than on the S2.

I




Some interesting information there, would love to see the original article. I always find a shroud of mystery around them as there was talk of different brakes, weight loss and differing spoilers none of which materialised in the end but I think it wasn’t needed with the purity of the design. Also the talk of a single wide S2 body GTN, never seen pics of it tho.

Considering there are only 11 I would have thought they would be worth a lot, but I find it very odd that they went from a few k more to double with seemingly no explanation.

Re the steering wheel if you shine a bright light on the black wooden rim you will see it’s actually not black..but a very dark almost brown colour that you can see the woodgrain through. I figure Morgan just lightly painted a dark wood Mota-Lita wheel, as I to spoke to them and they said they have never done one either.

If it helps my S1 was £60’000 new in 2001.
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/11/20 10:03 AM

Originally Posted by aerotaff
Sorry Shooter had a clearout of old Miscellany's a few months ago, all I can tell you is what was on offer when I bought the S1 2002 year model in 2006, I think the Gtn was about 6k more before negotiation second hand. I ended up buying the car sold as seen no warranty but a 4k difference if I had taken the Gtn which had quite a few marks and very slight damage underneath the front apron, The factory had used the car for press It might even have been the top gear Gtn. I remember Mathew Parking saying if I didn't buy it the car would go back through the factory and would be for sale for substancially more . Newton motors had just been given the Morgan dealershipand they would ship it down there to sell. Em


If only time machines existed..buying the Top Gear GTN from the factory would be one of the things I would go back in time for!
Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 10:18 AM

I believe that GTN number 1 is the one with the S2 wide body and number 4 is the Top Gear one. I have a picture of number 1 somewhere from when it was for sale. It had silver wheels which are not my favourite choice.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 12:34 PM

I took Tarka out for a run, early Sunday morning and the roads were quiet.
On the way back I stopped off to feed her addiction for petrol... not sure where it went, I must have driven the long way round!


I thought this made a nice autumn composition.

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Now in her 7th year the paint is still brilliant, despite minimal polishing.

Back home I washed the C Class estate...that was less satisfying... would rather be driving!!
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 12:55 PM

+1. Tarka looking great there Peter.
I greased up the rear springs. I don't think they were ever treated and this is my 3rd go around. Every time the suspension gets better.
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 01:02 PM

The Gtn was parked behind the first building where the petrol pump was when we opened the doors the sills were full of water had a coffee in the works canteen and after a while was ready for a test drive, It had a hard top so before we reached the main road was all misted up. Cocked up a junction on an incline in the town that bloody handbrake and my shaking foot with leather soles slipped off the accellerator. Once out on the open road wow all that torque unfortunately the screen never really cleared as everything was so wet even so that was it well and truly hooked, a week later I took the S1 out top off and the deal was done. Hind sight is a wonderfull thing but clearly I ain't got any, I have loved the Aero but lately I have thought I could live without might be time for a change. Em
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 01:05 PM

Great picture Peter with a lovely empty forecourt too..
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 01:08 PM

About 0950: the A36 in the background was almost deserted.
Sunday mornings are special, in "Lockdown" they are even better!!
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 01:11 PM

But the Rossers are still out there. I have never seen so many speed cameras and jam sandwiches hidden on slip roads.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/20 01:16 PM

Not in Wiltshire....!
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/20 04:54 PM

I sold something on eBay (hooray!)
The queue at the local Post Office was huge (boo!)
There's a nice big Post Office in t' next village, with a large car park behind.
An excellent excuse for a drive to Lewes
:-)

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Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/20 05:33 PM

Thought I had tamed the beast but gave it some fairly hard acceleration from a standing start today and it didn’t seem to want to go in a straight line as directed by the steering wheel - dropped the revs and it recovered.

Still need to be careful with it.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/20 09:51 PM

Originally Posted by Clipper
Thought I had tamed the beast but gave it some fairly hard acceleration from a standing start today and it didn’t seem to want to go in a straight line as directed by the steering wheel - dropped the revs and it recovered.

Still need to be careful with it.


colder road, colder tyres?
which will also maybe mean tyre pressure is down a notch

They're sensitive bunnies, aren't they!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/11/20 04:26 PM

Cross Climate Tyres go onto Tarka this weekend... safer for the colder months, I think.
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 26/11/20 09:16 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Not in Wiltshire....!


Just for your info, they are proliferating on the A303 at the moment in Somerset be careful
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 26/11/20 10:10 PM

A303, M4.....indeed.
But on lesser roads.....?
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/20 08:01 PM

The choice of car seems to be changing a bit as well. An unmarked Hyundai i30n tiny blue lights blazing from all corners came past me on the M3 this week.
Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/20 09:09 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
The choice of car seems to be changing a bit as well. An unmarked Hyundai i30n tiny blue lights blazing from all corners came past me on the M3 this week.


Could also be the boys from Customs or Border Force.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/11/20 01:07 AM

Nearly run one over today in the town centre. He looked about twenty, smart uniform and big helmet on and half stepped in front of the Aero without looking but then realised his mistake and jumped back onto the pavement.

Wouldn’t have been a great career move (for both of us).

Wish I’d had the dash cam on though.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/11/20 06:24 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
The choice of car seems to be changing a bit as well. An unmarked Hyundai i30n tiny blue lights blazing from all corners came past me on the M3 this week.


Some years ago I was overtaken on the Salisbury ring road by 3 black Transit vans, with Blue lights flashing from almost every light.
My son, at the time, worked for HPI in Salisbury and was able to check the registration.
All the information was blocked with a note to contact the Police if there were any issues.
Digging further revealed they were linked to a specialist anti terrorism unit linked to an army base in Hereford and the number plates are changed regularly.

Sometimes it pays to to ask too many questions.
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/11/20 06:44 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Originally Posted by Alistair
The choice of car seems to be changing a bit as well. An unmarked Hyundai i30n tiny blue lights blazing from all corners came past me on the M3 this week.


Some years ago I was overtaken on the Salisbury ring road by 3 black Transit vans, with Blue lights flashing from almost every light.
My son, at the time, worked for HPI in Salisbury and was able to check the registration.
All the information was blocked with a note to contact the Police if there were any issues.
Digging further revealed they were linked to a specialist anti terrorism unit linked to an army base in Hereford and the number plates are changed regularly.

Sometimes it pays to to ask too many questions.




It's fairly common practise when you work for the Ministry mine were blocked for twelve years during a particularly sensitive period.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/12/20 06:42 PM

A fun time yesterday on Thruxton's skid pan, courtesy of Misssion Motorsport, the forces motorsport charity
https://www.missionmotorsport.org/

Conditions were perfect - cold, and bright.
After a first session spent gyrating at 4mph, I got through the 2nd session with just the one spin - and it was a shock to get back on public roads, and feel the bite in the steering :-)


Waiting for the off
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Moving, slowly, and in a straight line!
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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/12/20 06:51 PM

It would be interesting to repeat that exercise in the C63, a bit more power, but masses of computer trickery to help keep the car in a straight line.
Posted By: DaveW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/12/20 07:01 PM

I've seen the Police use branded Van's on raids, like either rentals or well known companies.

Our number plates were blocked in Customs. In fact Departmental cars were not taxed until the Irish troubles changed that policy. They were not insured either at that time. It was good old Crown Indemnity.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/12/20 09:48 PM

Peter those people unfortunate enough to have traction control made it look very very easy!
The chaps in the caterham, MX5, and I with only our right foot to keep control of things had a lot more fun, I think
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/12/20 06:35 PM

Will,

have you watched the display drivers at Mercedes World drifting their AMG 63s round the wet circuit part of the track?
They have to turn all the support systems off to do this, but they CAN be turned off, 100%, other than the mechanical LSD.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/12/20 08:29 PM

I would love how to find out how to turn the damn nanny off on the ML63. Drives me mental.

I don't think I will try drifting it, private or public roads!
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/12/20 08:45 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Will,

have you watched the display drivers at Mercedes World drifting their AMG 63s round the wet circuit part of the track?
They have to turn all the support systems off to do this, but they CAN be turned off, 100%, other than the mechanical LSD.




I used to glimpse them as the train passed Brooklands :-)

The Thruxton skid pan sessions saw a lot of 3 & 4 series BMWs, an Alfa Giulia, and a Mini - all of whose control systems couldn't be turned off, and whose dashboards lit up for Christmas. some found themselves in limp home mode as their nannies told them off. All very well, good & safe on the public highway, but not a lot of fun in a low speed/no friction environment.

Speaking to the BMW team at a Goodwood driving day yesterday, they set traction controls to low intrusion, but definitely on - which I can confirm from a lary moment coming out of Lavant in a Z4 ;-)

Will
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/12/20 08:47 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
I would love how to find out how to turn the damn nanny off on the ML63. Drives me mental.

I don't think I will try drifting it, private or public roads!



I was pleasantly surprised bu the Thruxton skidpan experience- not least that the pan is a decent size - there's room to lose a car without falling off the pan, and all at about 5mph

Will
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/12/20 04:39 PM

Thursday I go to "work" at the Aircraft Collection. This morning was bright, a blue sky and not raining, so I took Tarka.
Not much happening on the airfield, but I thought the photo captures the mood of the morning rather well.

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It may not have been raining, but the roads were damp, meaning Tarka now needs a wipe down!
The winter tyres are amazing, on a cold wet road where the Pilot. Sport 4S+ would have been skittish the Cross Climates just gripped, no need to a super careful right foot on roundabouts and white road paint!
Very reassuring!
Posted By: HeadlessBlue

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/12/20 04:41 PM

With the sun shining, it really shows the colour up a treat
HB
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/12/20 05:15 PM

The alloys look nicer in that picture.

You will be hours cleaning it now 8)

The road-track Dunlops on the mini hate this weather and takes ages to reach temp, spin spin spin!
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/12/20 05:40 PM

Peter,
looking good. I hope S&M rubber is working for you & nice to talk on zoom last night.
John
snowlaugh hide
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/12/20 06:26 PM

John,

the Zoom call was enormous fun, it needs to be repeated! SwanMog are a great bunch.

Im becoming very fond of the S&M rubber rings, they certainly grip well.

Alistair...

Cleaning the Plus 8 with the waterless spray stuff takes about 30 minutes, unless I'm in a hurry. It is a SMALL CAR....virtually nothing after the rear wheels...
Talking of wheels, the black discs are far easier to clean than the AeroMax wheels!!
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/12/20 09:23 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Thursday I go to "work" at the Aircraft Collection. This morning was bright, a blue sky and not raining, so I took Tarka.
Not much happening on the airfield, but I thought the photo captures the mood of the morning rather well.

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It may not have been raining, but the roads were damp, meaning Tarka now needs a wipe down!
The winter tyres are amazing, on a cold wet road where the Pilot. Sport 4S+ would have been skittish the Cross Climates just gripped, no need to a super careful right foot on roundabouts and white road paint!
Very reassuring!


That is a nice morning picture, I do love airfields - I am lucky to live in close proximity to a small one and it always invokes some emotion when I walk past.

Originally Posted by TheCustomer
Originally Posted by Alistair
I would love how to find out how to turn the damn nanny off on the ML63. Drives me mental.

I don't think I will try drifting it, private or public roads!



I was pleasantly surprised bu the Thruxton skidpan experience- not least that the pan is a decent size - there's room to lose a car without falling off the pan, and all at about 5mph

Will


I would love to take mine on a skid pan, great way to get a feel for the car without being at high speed or wearing the tyres out!
Must google it when spring comes.. drive
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/12/20 12:03 PM

Thruxton is ready and waiting to take your money ?

https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/skidpan

Maybe a good outing for next year for a group. No matter what happens (with the exception of a total prang god forbid) you can stay well distanced?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/12/20 01:08 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Thruxton is ready and waiting to take your money ?

https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/skidpan

Maybe a good outing for next year for a group.


Excellent idea...
Morgan or C63....?? Decisions, Decisions....
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/12/20 01:19 PM

I'm in

& the 'prang' likelihood is much greater on the public roads.

You're doing well to get to 10mph on the skidpan: it's surrounded by grippy tarmac, so you're not going to hit anything.
The only risk I could see was in leaving the pan sideways, power on, and putting sudden load through the drivetrain... which is solved by lifting off the loud pedal :-)

On my Mission Motorsport day they were putting cars through in groups of 6-8, with each session lasting 45 minutes.
I took two sessions, with 45 minutes between.

Tuition would be interesting - https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/experiences/skin-pan-weekday-experience#tab-experience this gives time in a Mini, Toyota, tutored & untutored.
I wonder if they'd let us add a run in our own cars?

Will
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/12/20 09:31 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Thruxton is ready and waiting to take your money ?

https://thruxtonracing.co.uk/skidpan

Maybe a good outing for next year for a group. No matter what happens (with the exception of a total prang god forbid) you can stay well distanced?


The waiting to take your money bit made me chuckle! laugh2

Good idea for when things improve.
Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/12/20 09:40 AM

Don't forget, on a skidpan in a manual, to cancel out the spinning just stick your foot down on the clutch!
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/12/20 11:11 AM

... & thinking of things returning to normal, maybe using our own cars solo, rather than using Thruxton's cars with instruction, would reduce the risk of cancellation :-)
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/12/20 03:20 PM

Originally Posted by TheCustomer
... & thinking of things returning to normal, maybe using our own cars solo, rather than using Thruxton's cars with instruction, would reduce the risk of cancellation :-)


Normal?
I've almost forgotten what normal was.... perhaps I should find a guru and ask?
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/12/20 11:41 AM

Took the Aero out yesterday, when I say took it out I moved her out of the garage so my son could do some woodwork to the interior of his campervan. I nearly took it for a quick blast even though for the first time ever she is sorned. It took an age to get to working temp on idle but then I had to give her another quick polish, now under wraps till we get a Jab at least...... Em
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/12/20 03:02 PM

Christmas afternoon...
Glorious weather, brilliant blue sky, a bit nippy.....

The kitchen team were busy preparing an early. supper....
So I escaped to take Tarka out for a drive...hood up though...

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Taken the MOD road past Porton Down. The MODPLOD discourage people stopping, but on Christmas Day I thought I'd get away with it.
The lighting from the low angle sun really brought out the best in Tarka's paint: I'm really pleased with that shot.

If you zoom in on the background at the front of the car you can see all the bunkers built a few years ago to hold 100 years of chemical weapons for disposal: slow, dangerous work as many have to be first identified as all the markings have been lost over time and poor storage at other sites. The work is expected to take many years.
Posted By: HeadlessBlue

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 26/12/20 07:38 AM

And to think I used to go running on that road in my yoof when training for a marathon (late and much missed grandparents lived in the village just down the road from the MOD entrance)....
It’s explains the natural glow I have which thought was down to Ready Brek....
HB
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 26/12/20 10:37 AM

The road was comprehensively re-engineered a few years ago, it has been a real crumbling mess.
Amusingly, most sat navs don't show it connected to Porton village!
Posted By: madmax

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 26/12/20 06:23 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Christmas afternoon...
Glorious weather, brilliant blue sky, a bit nippy.....

The kitchen team were busy preparing an early. supper....
So I escaped to take Tarka out for a drive...hood up though...

[Linked Image]

Taken the MOD road past Porton Down. The MODPLOD discourage people stopping, but on Christmas Day I thought I'd get away with it.
The lighting from the low angle sun really brought out the best in Tarka's paint: I'm really pleased with that shot.

If you zoom in on the background at the front of the car you can see all the bunkers built a few years ago to hold 100 years of chemical weapons for disposal: slow, dangerous work as many have to be first identified as all the markings have been lost over time and poor storage at other sites. The work is expected to take many years.



No sign of water whatsoever !
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/12/20 11:09 AM

That isn't what the thermometer said and why the hood is up!

Heater on, heated seats on so as snug as a bug in a rug!

It could be said that I'm doing what most drivers of modern confertables do, drive with the hood up when the weather is bad. hide
Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/12/20 06:24 PM

If truth be known, I quite enjoy driving mine with the roof up from time to time. Very pleasing engine and transmission thrum on top of the usual side pipes, very enjoyable.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/12/20 06:39 PM

The Aero family, and now the CX generation are modern cars, mostly. I enjoy mine because it can be both an "old school" classic soft top and moments later a warm, comfortable modern roadster.
When I rode a bike I used electrically heated clothing as I firmly believed that bikes were not fair weather toys and can be used all year, but there is no purpose in being cold and wet.
I feel the same about the Plus 8, if the weather is appropriate the hood is down and stays down, but if it means dressing up in layers of winter clothing then I'll put the hood up, turn the heated seats on and crack up the heating.
If it is damp outside and the car starts to mist up then I turn on the AC to dry the air: a modern car controls the temperature automatically, a Morgan needs a co-pilot to continuously adjust temperature, fan speed and A/C settings.
In my SLK Mercedes managed this in a convertible - it also had the glorious "air scarf". I fail to see why MMC couldn't achieve this with the new CX cars. There does, still, seem to be a "Hair Shirt" mentality at MMC.
Posted By: DaveW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/12/20 08:09 PM

Adding weight isn't generally what MMC do.......

The heater is standard. That wasn't always the case in classic British sports cars.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/12/20 08:29 PM

DaveW - What decade was that in ? thumbs
Posted By: DaveW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/12/20 11:28 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
DaveW - What decade was that in ? thumbs

40's, 50's and early sixties.

MG price lists had the heater as an option. Others would have been the same.

In fact the base 105e Anglia didn't have a heater if my memory is holding up.

https://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/car-heaters.htm
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/12/20 11:08 AM

My Ford 107E Prefect had a "dealer fit" optional heater, I fitted screen washers, a radio and seatbelts...
According to Motor Magazine in the day the 0-60mph was 27.2 seconds....
Seemed fast at the time... xmaswowespecially on ice and snow...!

Back on thread, I went out to Tesco this morning, 4 miles there and 15 miles back...
This was the result...

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To be honest, it wasn't very clean before!

The Michelin Cross Climate tyres make a massive difference, without any "nanny electronics" there is more grip than the C63 has with all the driver aids.
I had a play with the Plus 8 on some wet and muddy roads..lots of feedback through the steering and I could sense the back end starting to be unhappy before anything actually happened. As soon as it started to move simply easing off the power brought it back into line.
The Plus 8 on winter tyres is as good a car for the winter as it is for the summer.
I'm going to leave the Cross Climates on until they start to seem unhappy as temperature rises. From the Michelin web information I won't notice any loss. It could be that unless you want to do track days Michelin Cross Climate tyres are all an Aero S4 based car needs.

As an aside, I'm beginning to really dislike turbocharged engines where the turbo and engine computers are set to deliver maximum boost and torque at less than 2000 rpm.
Natural aspiration gives much more driver control, but probably at the expense of emissions.

I wish Ford did a Mustang Waggon... the C63 Estate would be gone in a heart beat!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/12/20 11:19 AM

Peter you have an answer (another?) to your question.
Four seats
Big boot
Slightly hi-rise so you can SUV adjacent
Better still it answers that Jolly progressive should I go Electric question at the same time.

Mustang?

I would however imagine the "simple" and " nanny free" will not be ticked. Do I sense you are frustrated with the C already?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/12/20 11:34 AM

Not frustration, it needs winter tyres, to be honest.
I can't enjoy it in the winter as I do when it is a bit warmer..
The rears are about 40% worn, it has almost new Pilot Sport 4S on the front, I wonder if it would be safe to fit Cross Climates on the back?

I also enjoy driving the Morgan in the cold and wet for the reaction I get from people who think that a Morgan isn't used in the winter...!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/12/20 11:36 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Peter you have an answer (another?) to your question.

Mustang?

I would however imagine the "simple" and " nanny free" will not be ticked. Do I sense you are frustrated with the C already?



It looks good, far better than a Tesla, in my view. With a big V8 it would be even better....
I may have a look when they are at a dealer.
Posted By: Heinz

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 12:09 AM

This car named „Mustang“ does not deserve the name Mustang. It is total misuse of an iconic name, stolen from a distinctive car. Ford is not doing itself any favors by doing this.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 08:24 AM

Strange but that was the response I was expecting from Peter!
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 08:53 AM

I see Heinz' point.
Apart from the badge, there does not appear to be any resemblance to the lineage. Follow the Mustang line from the very first in the 1960s through to the latest generation ICE car and it is easy to see how the car has morphed over the years.
This E version SUV bears no resemblance to earlier models... smile
Posted By: JohnHarris

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 10:07 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
The Aero family, and now the CX generation are modern cars, mostly. I enjoy mine because it can be both an "old school" classic soft top and moments later a warm, comfortable modern roadster.
When I rode a bike I used electrically heated clothing as I firmly believed that bikes were not fair weather toys and can be used all year, but there is no purpose in being cold and wet.
I feel the same about the Plus 8, if the weather is appropriate the hood is down and stays down, but if it means dressing up in layers of winter clothing then I'll put the hood up, turn the heated seats on and crack up the heating.
If it is damp outside and the car starts to mist up then I turn on the AC to dry the air: a modern car controls the temperature automatically, a Morgan needs a co-pilot to continuously adjust temperature, fan speed and A/C settings.
In my SLK Mercedes managed this in a convertible - it also had the glorious "air scarf". I fail to see why MMC couldn't achieve this with the new CX cars. There does, still, seem to be a "Hair Shirt" mentality at MMC.


Having own 7 Mercedes cabriolets and early SL's with mohair hoods for over 30 years and even from new, the hood material is to an certain extent porous (added to the greater inefficiency in dealing with outside/inside temperature differentials) which it releases and mists up the interior when the hood is up when its raining or cold, leaving you continually having to adjust the heating and air conditioning to compensate......... you never seem to get the balance right. Whereas with the metal top of the SLK moisture never penetrates from the foldable top and to cause the same type of problem as the Mercedes cabriolets suffer from. That is why in part I will never put a mohair hood on a Morgan (all other things being equal) as the everflex hood offers in IMHO better moisture protection to the interior. Mind you the gaps around the side screens etc certainly provide sufficient airflow to help misting issues not having the benefits of fitted air conditioning in my Morgan other than what was built in by its design and fit.

regards
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 10:59 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Strange but that was the response I was expecting from Peter!


I try to confuse them....
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 03:33 PM

Originally Posted by JohnHarris
Originally Posted by Peter J
The Aero family, and now the CX generation are modern cars, mostly. I enjoy mine because it can be both an "old school" classic soft top and moments later a warm, comfortable modern roadster.
When I rode a bike I used electrically heated clothing as I firmly believed that bikes were not fair weather toys and can be used all year, but there is no purpose in being cold and wet.
I feel the same about the Plus 8, if the weather is appropriate the hood is down and stays down, but if it means dressing up in layers of winter clothing then I'll put the hood up, turn the heated seats on and crack up the heating.
If it is damp outside and the car starts to mist up then I turn on the AC to dry the air: a modern car controls the temperature automatically, a Morgan needs a co-pilot to continuously adjust temperature, fan speed and A/C settings.
In my SLK Mercedes managed this in a convertible - it also had the glorious "air scarf". I fail to see why MMC couldn't achieve this with the new CX cars. There does, still, seem to be a "Hair Shirt" mentality at MMC.


Having own 7 Mercedes cabriolets and early SL's with mohair hoods for over 30 years and even from new, the hood material is to an certain extent porous (added to the greater inefficiency in dealing with outside/inside temperature differentials) which it releases and mists up the interior when the hood is up when its raining or cold, leaving you continually having to adjust the heating and air conditioning to compensate......... you never seem to get the balance right. Whereas with the metal top of the SLK moisture never penetrates from the foldable top and to cause the same type of problem as the Mercedes cabriolets suffer from. That is why in part I will never put a mohair hood on a Morgan (all other things being equal) as the everflex hood offers in IMHO better moisture protection to the interior. Mind you the gaps around the side screens etc certainly provide sufficient airflow to help misting issues not having the benefits of fitted air conditioning in my Morgan other than what was built in by its design and fit.

regards


This has just confirmed my suspicion.

My nipper bought a 2000 Boxster recently and it’s sat on the drive with the inside of the glass now wringing wet with mould forming on the inside of the hood and seatbelts etc. The car smells like an old minge (so I’m told)

These cars can suffer from leaks but this car is dry and let me to exactly that conclusion that the hood must be letting moisture in.

On my Plus 8 I covered it in Lenovo waterproofing gear. I suspect the same might help the Boxster
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 03:41 PM

Renovo.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 04:21 PM

That’s the gear.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 04:30 PM

Originally Posted by aerotaff
Renovo.

Beat me to it!
I need to do the Saab, as a precaution more than anything.
Posted By: 1560

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 05:05 PM

not me, but someone stopped driving his today frown
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Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 05:28 PM

Ouch! That's a bad end to 2020 for someone. Hope all involved walked away safely.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 06:40 PM

That’s a great shame
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 06:50 PM

The los of an AeroMax is a loss, but impressive survival, of the passenger cell, from that perspective.
It might even be repairable.
I wonder what happened.
Posted By: JohnHarris

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 07:35 PM

Originally Posted by Viper
Originally Posted by JohnHarris
Originally Posted by Peter J
The Aero family, and now the CX generation are modern cars, mostly. I enjoy mine because it can be both an "old school" classic soft top and moments later a warm, comfortable modern roadster.
When I rode a bike I used electrically heated clothing as I firmly believed that bikes were not fair weather toys and can be used all year, but there is no purpose in being cold and wet.
I feel the same about the Plus 8, if the weather is appropriate the hood is down and stays down, but if it means dressing up in layers of winter clothing then I'll put the hood up, turn the heated seats on and crack up the heating.
If it is damp outside and the car starts to mist up then I turn on the AC to dry the air: a modern car controls the temperature automatically, a Morgan needs a co-pilot to continuously adjust temperature, fan speed and A/C settings.
In my SLK Mercedes managed this in a convertible - it also had the glorious "air scarf". I fail to see why MMC couldn't achieve this with the new CX cars. There does, still, seem to be a "Hair Shirt" mentality at MMC.


Having own 7 Mercedes cabriolets and early SL's with mohair hoods for over 30 years and even from new, the hood material is to an certain extent porous (added to the greater inefficiency in dealing with outside/inside temperature differentials) which it releases and mists up the interior when the hood is up when its raining or cold, leaving you continually having to adjust the heating and air conditioning to compensate......... you never seem to get the balance right. Whereas with the metal top of the SLK moisture never penetrates from the foldable top and to cause the same type of problem as the Mercedes cabriolets suffer from. That is why in part I will never put a mohair hood on a Morgan (all other things being equal) as the everflex hood offers in IMHO better moisture protection to the interior. Mind you the gaps around the side screens etc certainly provide sufficient airflow to help misting issues not having the benefits of fitted air conditioning in my Morgan other than what was built in by its design and fit.

regards


This has just confirmed my suspicion.

My nipper bought a 2000 Boxster recently and it’s sat on the drive with the inside of the glass now wringing wet with mould forming on the inside of the hood and seatbelts etc. The car smells like an old minge (so I’m told)

These cars can suffer from leaks but this car is dry and let me to exactly that conclusion that the hood must be letting moisture in.

On my Plus 8 I covered it in Lenovo waterproofing gear. I suspect the same might help the Boxster


The mohair hoods do require cleaning and waterproofing from time to time, you can have the hoods go mouldy if it is folded away when wet, especially if left folded away for some time. A typical sign of a folded wet hood being permanent fold crease marks that wont come out.
regards
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/12/20 09:53 PM

Damn hard way of converting a Max to have a Series 1-2 front

Hope they are at least physically okay, that's going to take a while to get over.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 31/12/20 12:35 PM

Hood down today in the freezing. fog to go to Tesco as No 1 daughter needed to get her boots re-healed.
Why take the Morgan...???
Because I can and it was fun.
She thought I was, well, certifiable, but admitted that it was funvas the sun broke through and the heater got into its stride!

We are fortunate to be in Zone 3, for now.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/01/21 04:45 PM

The. C63 Estate was off the road, the horse needed a new bail of bedding....

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Amazingly versatile, these Morgans!
Posted By: Dean-Royal

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 09:24 AM

Nice Trailer, how does it hook onto Tarka ? laugh2
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 09:31 AM

I thought the same Dean - white bits fit up one exhaust each side? So that's why Peter did not have sidepipes fitted, now I understand.
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 10:00 AM

Surely with side pipes it can added as a side car?
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 10:34 AM

Originally Posted by John V6
Surely with side pipes it can added as a side car?

Stabilising wheel? grin2
Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 11:31 AM

Just get some real wheels for the job Peter.... laugh2
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Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 02:11 PM

Carlos Fandango had nothing on those! laugh2
Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/01/21 02:17 PM

cowboy laugh2
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 02:45 PM

Yesterday I drove out of the garage on to the drive, then washed the car, dried it and drove it back.
I now have an unreasonable urge to apply tyre black to the tyres and detail other pieces, such as the fuel filler cap: Why?
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 03:26 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Why?

Lockdown OCD? smile
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 04:27 PM

Because my car is not on your drive to accept the same loving treatment?
It can be arranged, actually it can't no MoT or Tax, bum.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 04:32 PM

Lockdown OCD.... very probably!
Or I just like to polish things.
Remember the tail pipes?
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 04:43 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Lockdown OCD.... very probably!
Or I just like to polish things.
Remember the tail pipes?

grin2 I don't think we could forget the tailpipes Peter smile
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 06:38 PM

Tyre black is if evil stuff if used on a convertible Mog, you reach in to sort the hood whilst stood against the rear wheel and promptly ruin a pair of trousers swear
Posted By: Hamwich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/21 07:07 PM

Originally Posted by CooperMan
Tyre black is if evil stuff if used on a convertible Mog, you reach in to sort the hood whilst stood against the rear wheel and promptly ruin a pair of trousers swear


Which is one reason why I rarely wear anything other than black jeans.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/02/21 06:19 PM

Novel use of an Aero #327
- click n collect

I was pleasantly surprised to find a full week's shopping fitted in the boot

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Rovert

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/02/21 06:51 PM

Originally Posted by TheCustomer
Novel use of an Aero #327
- click n collect

I was pleasantly surprised to find a full week's shopping fitted in the boot

[Linked Image]

love
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/02/21 05:08 PM

Had a local shakedown ride - not been out for a couple of weeks! Normally wait until I hear a cuckoo before I tackle the roof, but could have had it down today and its still Feb.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 05:57 PM

Roof Off time - another spring like day.

[Linked Image]

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Posted By: Ewan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 09:11 PM

Lovely car and lovely house, that’s some height of back fence, do you live next to Jurassic Park?
Posted By: Ewan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 09:15 PM

Originally Posted by Hamwich
Originally Posted by CooperMan
Tyre black is if evil stuff if used on a convertible Mog, you reach in to sort the hood whilst stood against the rear wheel and promptly ruin a pair of trousers swear


Which is one reason why I rarely wear anything other than black jeans.


Tim, you do realise this conjures an image of a wrinkled Iggy Pop bopping around topless, at least put a shirt on when you’re out in your Morgan.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 10:05 PM

Originally Posted by ewn
that’s some height of back fence, do you live next to Jurassic Park?


Local park - if you want any tennis balls let me know.
Posted By: Gordon D

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 10:39 PM

Originally Posted by Clipper
Originally Posted by ewn
that’s some height of back fence, do you live next to Jurassic Park?


Local park - if you want any tennis balls let me know.


No thanks, tennis elbow is sore enough.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/21 11:46 PM

Anyway maybe you lads can help me with a gastronomic query.

I was looking at where Revolutions is in Perth - have to visit soon and will be ready to scoff a wee haggis if I could catch one, but noticed this tuck shop across from the garage.

Now presume tattie scone has potato in it - you wouldn’t normally buy a scone from a takeaway van so suppose it makes it more savoury.

But Lorne and egg? Never heard of it - is it worth a try?

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Gordon D

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 07:07 AM

Lorne is basically sausage meat in flat form, not in a skin. Known as square sausage, it'll have a fried egg on top.
When in Rome.👍👍

Plenty of pics and a report of that lovely new plus six when you collect it would be great.

There's also a great farm shop/ cafe out near Huntingtower that's very good, Russell and Elliott will advise.👍
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 07:38 AM

Missed the farm shop when up that way.
Good Lorne sausage is on a par with Stornoway black pudding. eat thumbs
Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 12:18 PM

Gloagburn farm shop out the Tibbermore road is what you're after. Only a mile from my house so makes a good pit stop on the way back from a drive but be careful as parts of the carpark look like a film set of the Somme!
Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 12:20 PM

Oh and meant to say once you've had Lorne you'll never look at sausages the same way again!
Posted By: Gordon D

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 12:45 PM

Originally Posted by KevinMcR
Gloagburn farm shop out the Tibbermore road is what you're after.


That's the one, couldn't remember the name
oldgit thanks Kevin.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 02:18 PM

Sooner or later, a thread always seems to turn to food! grin2
Posted By: Gordon D

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 05:34 PM

Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
Sooner or later, a thread always seems to turn to food! grin2


laugh2 or drink, or fish puns.
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/03/21 07:33 PM

Think we might have the equivalent of Lorne sausage south of the border

https://youtu.be/4M3FrHsiSfE
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 05:36 PM

Another warm sunny afternoon, I needed to go to the local Tack Shop to buy a head collar for the horse.. the old one broke yesterday and leading a horse without a head collar is no joke!
The nearest Tack shop open is in Ringwood, so that meant a drive across the New Forest.
Time for Tarka...
A wonderful drive, partly on the A31 and then on the B roads across the Forest. It was almost normal, but without the traffic...

I have one question.

Why to people driving alone in a TinTop wear a face mask? I must have seen 5 or 6 this afternoon. Very strange...
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 05:53 PM

I know Peter maybe they think they will infect themselves
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 06:26 PM

Originally Posted by John V6
I know Peter maybe they think they will infect themselves


Logical, in a special way....!!
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 07:05 PM

Originally Posted by John V6
I know Peter maybe they think they will infect themselves

Someone taking Granny for her Covid jab ?
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 07:08 PM

Dead body in the boot ?
Posted By: MJF

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/03/21 08:50 PM

Or are they the smart ones as when they get a speeding ticket they will be able to claim they can't remember who was driving and the photographic evidence will be inconclusive ?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/03/21 08:37 AM

Originally Posted by MJF
Or are they the smart ones as when they get a speeding ticket they will be able to claim they can't remember who was driving and the photographic evidence will be inconclusive ?


A balaclava would be better....with a mask, of course!!
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/03/21 09:55 AM

Maybe it filters out the stink of diesel engines? ;-)
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/03/21 03:45 PM

Originally Posted by milligoon
Maybe it filters out the stink of diesel engines? ;-)


Diesels are best avoided..
I wonder if anyone ever put one in a Morgan?
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/03/21 06:48 AM

Yes, a 4/4 with a 1.9 Peugeot engine.
Saw it at the Midland Section car trial a good number of years ago. I might even have a photo in the albums somewhere.
Posted By: atalante83

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/03/21 05:03 PM

Nice aero in Monaco
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Posted By: Jon G4LJW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/03/21 04:17 PM

Originally Posted by atalante83
Nice aero in Monaco
[Linked Image]


Very smart!
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/03/21 08:34 PM

Nice spring weather so took the S5 out for a 'rumble in the jungle' (Barnsley) - Plus 6 is great but can't beat the sound of that V8
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 31/03/21 12:30 PM

Yesterday a gentle gander round some local lanes in the glorious sunshine.

Today a short drive to Halfords to but the AuroGlym stuff I need to detail Tarka ready for the season to come. The cockpit is now bright and clean, next is the bodywork.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/04/21 05:01 PM

180 miles around the South Downs & Thames Valley today. Hat n' gloves cold at the start, but full sun by mid-morning. The excellent & cunning plan was 6 locations, with 6 cars at each, at a time, and then shuffling around to meet as many people as possible.

Here's the northernmost point, an anonymous car park by an empty cinema, somewhere North of Bracknell (Aero, random stranger McLaren, Taycan, cracking US V8 and the loudest Aventador you've ever heard. And that's just the colour)

The Aero did its usual trick of drawing most attention...

[Linked Image]
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/04/21 05:45 PM

The Morgan has "something" that the Macca and Aventador just don't have.
Did you polish the S5 first? It looks suspiciously bright and clean....

Clever plan to comply with the rules.... I admire the deviousness!
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/04/21 06:35 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
The Morgan has "something" that the Macca and Aventador just don't have.
Did you polish the S5 first? It looks suspiciously bright and clean....

Clever plan to comply with the rules.... I admire the deviousness!

If the Morgan is a broadsword, Macca is a rapier! innocent Love them both and they're both British built uk if sadly not owned anymore!

As you said Peter, love the clever plan...
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/04/21 07:44 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J

Did you polish the S5 first? It looks suspiciously bright and clean....



No more than:
- a wipe down with a detailer spray: https://www.gtechniq.co.uk/shop/auto/ceramic-sealants/quick-detailer/ which I'm very impressed with. I'll try more of Gtechniq's point 'n spray products. I don't have access to a hose, so can only dry wash
- a bucket of water to wipe down the wheels
- metal polish on the grill & pipes

Will


Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/04/21 03:13 PM

The sun is shining, the air is warm, so I took Tarka out for a run into the new Forest.
When I got back I parked next to the two AMGs and took this photograph...

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Spoilt for choice, but only one is a keeper.. I'm a very fortunate person to have the three to choose from: a roadster, a Coupe and an Estate....
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/04/21 12:04 PM

[Linked Image]

A delightful week away from home 'touring' the Isle of Wight: we got lucky with the weather & the roof stayed down all week.
Aero seen here at Ventnor.
The island is just waking up after C-19 - and is still delightfully quiet, with very little traffic on the roads.

Will
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/04/21 12:14 PM

Lucky you Will that is a wonderful place.
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/05/21 11:26 AM

I saw a very nice blue Aero in the Cotswolds at the weekend - STU was the plate. Saw it a couple of times actually - was driving so no pic.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/05/21 12:53 PM

Out of the garage for a wash and POLISH ... yes, it gets a polish for the summer.
Then change the wheels back to the 19" AeroMax wheels and tyres for the summer.

On Monday we plan to go out for a good, long run!!
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/05/21 06:25 PM

I wandered up county to the A27, and headed east until the traffic stopped. Turned around and came home. A pleasant hour out in my mobile tanning salon :-)

Will
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/06/21 07:31 AM

I managed a few hours out around Surrey, East Sussex and West Kent on Monday afternoon and stopped for an ice-cream in Bexhill. Fantastic weather and great run with the exception of a bit of sticky traffic for a while on the way home on the A21.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/06/21 02:34 PM

Yes just took my wife shopping in Sevenoaks in it roof top down.

Couldn’t get anything in it. Result

Every time I went back to the car someone asked me what it is.
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/21 04:19 PM

a three day jaunt to Malvern to get the Aero serviced by Mark (Middleton Motor Services at Upton Severn).Usual thorough job by him and all is well for another year (I hope!)

Glorious weather and a lovely stay at the Swan Inn in Hanley Swan.

I had to see the new visitor centre at the factory so called in for a quick look and a sneaky photo.....

[Linked Image]

James
Posted By: Budster

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/21 04:28 PM

The Aero is looking splendid James. : notworthy

Glad you had a good trip down.
All the best to you both.
Bud
4/4 - Stanley
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/21 04:30 PM

I may be a sad old g*t, but I feel that MMC has gone all corporate: I miss the comfortable, slightly down at heel image that used to be portrayed.
Someone is paying for all the glitz and glamour and it isn't the shareholders...but the customers.
It could be any car showroom...
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/21 04:57 PM

thanks Bud. - best wishes to you and Sue; I hope all is well in your neck of the woods.....

Peter - I know what you mean; everything was looking a bit too 'glitzy'.

On our first visit several years ago , we parked up in the Factory yard (probably shouldn't have !) and had a cup of tea and a biccy from the works canteen before visiting the Spares department and then having a general nosey around.

Sadly, it was after the days when you could wander 'at will' around the factory and chat to the workers but it still felt very authentic ( probably a H & S nightmare....!)

James
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/21 05:56 PM

Originally Posted by James B W
a three day jaunt to Malvern to get the Aero serviced by Mark (Middleton Motor Services at Upton Severn).Usual thorough job by him and all is well for another year (I hope!)

Glorious weather and a lovely stay at the Swan Inn in Hanley Swan.

I had to see the new visitor centre at the factory so called in for a quick look and a sneaky photo.....

[Linked Image]

James

Great photo thumbs
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/06/21 02:12 AM

I was doing tours yesterday - missed you! (From the angle of the shadows that photo was taken before I arrived smile ).
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/06/21 08:00 AM

Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
I was doing tours yesterday - missed you! (From the angle of the shadows that photo was taken before I arrived smile ).


yes ,it was early on Graham, before we set off for home.

Sorry we missed you too; did you see the red, series 1 Aero8 parked up ?

I remember meeting the (then) owner at Shelsey but I think it may have been sold on since then....?

James
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/06/21 07:28 PM

Looks lovely James, how do you keep it so clean with all that driving laugh2
Aaah the Swan at Hanley, do miss the food there - did you stay at the regular place?

I managed to get my Aero out for an MOT, a grand total of about 1 mile driven.. which took the total to 16 last year gloomy
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/06/21 07:43 PM

Originally Posted by James B W
I remember meeting the (then) owner at Shelsey but I think it may have been sold on since then....?

James

Red Aero 8 - yes had a chat to Andy. He's owned the car for around 6 years. It's going to be replaced by a PlusSix though. He's a member here, but I haven't seen him post in quite a while. He also used to marshal at Prescott, but nowadays can be seen driving the hill in one of his other cars on the occasional event.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/06/21 07:30 AM

Stunning looking car James!
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/06/21 02:00 PM

I rarely see an Aero out and about but spotted a pale met blue AR08 AER near the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield today. is the owner on TM ?
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/06/21 06:23 PM

That’s funny, the last time I saw one out in the wild it was in a hospital car park.
Posted By: Jens

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/06/21 06:34 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
I may be a sad old g*t, but I feel that MMC has gone all corporate: I miss the comfortable, slightly down at heel image that used to be portrayed.
Someone is paying for all the glitz and glamour and it isn't the shareholders...but the customers.
It could be any car showroom...


cheers

I liked the old Morgan world much better. When there were old worn leather armchairs in the factory and slowly fading pin-up photos hung on the walls ...
When you bought a Morgan in a small workshop, not a glass palace. Today they pretend they're Aston Martin ...
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/06/21 09:09 PM

I think it looks very much in keeping with the brand.

Nothing like any Aston Dealer or any other I’ve been into.

They have to move with the times much like the cars.
Posted By: Ale_72

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/06/21 05:51 PM

Today 250 miles for a BBQ with friends.
I was not used anymore at the combo temperature-noise-wind-squeaks-noises-rattles of Violet.
It has been an experience. But I cannot avoid enjoying it even if I feel tired as if I drove for 2500 miles laugh
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/06/21 03:29 PM

No Plus 8 driving this weekend, just too much pollen about to make being outside enjoyable.
Also rather warm....

Peter
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/06/21 06:08 AM

I'm off to Btands Hatch Morgans today for an annual service and to have the SSL suspension kit added to my 2007 Series 3.
Posted By: John Winn

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/06/21 08:20 AM

Nice drive out to Gilks Cafe at Kineton near Gaydon Warwickshire [Linked Image]
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/06/21 10:57 AM

Okay I know social distancing is a thing but that is definitely interesting parking. wink

Looks lovely, how do you find the Tillets?
Posted By: John Winn

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/06/21 12:03 PM

Very pleased with Tillet seats and the style suits the car.

Odd parking was for a photo opportunity prior to leaving .
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 15/06/21 05:08 PM

Great to be out and about again and reacquainting myself with the quirks.

Full beam tell tale only works for about 5 mins. Then nothing.

All dials lit- except the fuel gauge.

When engine off- heated screen light on. But turns off if you turn the screen on.

Aircon- only when it feels like it.

Fast wiper speed for two seconds. Then not ( don’t drive in heavy rain)

But…..all is forgiven as you guide the machine along the Reading to Henley road then back along the Wargrave Road- pipes playing something heavy.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 06:25 AM

Had a short drive home after collecting the car from Brands Hatch Morgans after a full service and the fitting of the SSL suspension kit; just in time for Father's Day and Goodwood in a couple of week's time! [Linked Image]
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 11:46 AM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Okay I know social distancing is a thing but that is definitely interesting parking. wink

Looks lovely, how do you find the Tillets?


I sat in Aeroman's Plus 8, he has Tillet seats. How can something that looks as if it should be torture be so comfortable????
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 02:31 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Originally Posted by Alistair
Okay I know social distancing is a thing but that is definitely interesting parking. wink

Looks lovely, how do you find the Tillets?


I sat in Aeroman's Plus 8, he has Tillet seats. How can something that looks as if it should be torture be so comfortable????

When I was younger and slimmer I used to do quite a bit of Kart racing, my seat of choice was always Tillett lined with grippy material, still used to get nasty bruises in strange places frown
Posted By: Clipper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 05:07 PM

Hot Dog!

[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
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Posted By: AndyrIch

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 07:04 PM

I looked at the weather forecast & decided today was the last day of sunshine, and that 400 miles in 12 months is not sufficient use of a car.

As I was working I did Luton to Surrey Quays roof & door tops off in the Mog for a meeting. My brain is now boiled and my left knee is beyond repair. I've decided I need a new + Four Automatic with aircon.

I believe I will be trending on Japanese twitter, there were a surprising number of foreign tourists on tower bridge, it took me 3/4 of an hour to cross it & was continually having my photo taken. I presume it was the car they were trying to capture, not the Richard Gere look-a-like driver.
Posted By: HeadlessBlue

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/06/21 08:05 PM

You won’t regret the Plus Four. I only did 70 miles in one and half hours today and I floated most of the way despite 30’ temps and traffic queues all the way. Aircon kept my left hand and knees cool, even with the roof down. Thus I deduct with the roof up I may have been even “more cooler” and over more of my body parts…..I could be over egging how cool I was but it felt great…it may not have quite the same roar as a V8 but I’m sure it’s just as quick and, slip it over to sports mode and it goes even quicker with pops as you slow down and a healthy rumble from the exhaust
🤣
HB
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/06/21 09:44 AM

When you mentioned being boiled and burnt then trending in Japan I thought you meant some kind of Takashi Castle weird moment ! rofl

scared
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/06/21 03:35 PM

Originally Posted by Clipper
Hot Dog!


Daschunds must be obligatory in S5 Aeros... ours is just back from some 350 miles over 4 days, from Sussex to Dorset, where we enjoyed the empty country roads around the delightfully eccentric Plumber Manor Hotel. I'd say the roads were 'quiet', but they weren't when we passed through :-)

Will
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/06/21 04:32 PM

A friend of ours has a delightful wire haired dachshund, hey are super little dogs with a big dog attitude..
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/06/21 09:54 PM

Peter, a big dog attitude has altitude, as you well know wink
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/06/21 06:41 AM

Managed a couple of short runs out this weekend one of which ended at Westerham Brewery (not visited before despite being on my doorstep) and is a fabulous little place to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 07:07 AM

Had a great couple of days with a run down from Oxted to Climping on Sunday to stay the Balliffs Court before heading off on Monday for a track day at Goodwood. The only Biot of frustration was the Aero failing to start on Monday mongering due to the Starter/Solenoid fuse which kept blowing. A quick call to Brands Hatch Morgans and Jaime confirmed that Morgan had installed the incorrect rated fuse when the car was new in 2007 (20A - as per the sticker on the fuse box, which is clearly also incorrect). Therefore with a 30A fuse installed she started on the button and has been 100% since. The run down and back and the time on track allowed me ample opportunity to put the new SSL suspension under scrutiny and I'm delighted with the results. It adds a little suppleness to the ride of the car so on the way down from Surrey in to the Sussex, the quality road surfaces we are blessed with in the UK don't have such a harsh effect on the cabin. The small amount of additional body movement through corners does seem to give the car an even better feel, particularly on the limit as well as making the front a tiny bit more pointy, which I like. Had plenty of track time with only 7 cars out each session. Top speed on the Lavant Straight was an indicated circa 135mph and 2nd gear enabled some lovely controllable power-slides from the chicane on to the pit straight. As usual the Aero seemed to attract a lot of attention and photo opportunities for those spectating as well as comments about the superb noise delivered on full power past the pits in 3rd and 4th - I do adore those side exit exhausts!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 02:24 PM

Further to the above here are a couple of photos!

At the hotel - just putting the cover on for Sunday night.
[Linked Image]

In the Paddock at Goodwood.
[Linked Image]

In the Pit Lane waiting for the Green Light!
[Linked Image]
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 02:25 PM

Great stuff.
Very envious of your track day.

Like me you are a lucky chap to have BHM on speed dial.
Not sure I’d enjoy Morgan ownership as much without them there.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 02:30 PM

Hi Viper, Mark H was there with his crew and his BMW M2 track car on slicks! The Aero did remarkably well although could not hold him off indefinitely; he did have a bit of a "moment" when he forgot he was in an M2 and must have thought he was riding on a Mountfield!
Posted By: Alan Patterson

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 02:30 PM

Originally Posted by Viper
Like me you are a lucky chap to have BHM on speed dial.

Haven't we all?? Fix-by phone is their speciality.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 02:35 PM

Jamie et al at BHM have been bloody marvellous since I acquired the car and made me feel part of the family which is a great relief. Off out with the TipEx and a Biro to resolve the 20A / 30A misprint on the fuse box cover; if only every issue with the Aero could be resolved so easily. At one point I did consider a rusty nail in place of the fuse for the Starter to ensure I didn't miss the track day - LOL !
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 03:48 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Hi Viper, Mark H was there with his crew and his BMW M2 track car on slicks! The Aero did remarkably well although could not hold him off indefinitely; he did have a bit of a "moment" when he forgot he was in an M2 and must have thought he was riding on a Mountfield!


Has he still not learnt to drive ? wink

Was he surprised by the pace of the aero?
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/21 03:59 PM

I think a little, particularly given I've only had it for two months and only done about 300 miles in it so not really 100% settled in the car yet and it was on 8-year old Avon ZV3s. Hopefully I'll be pedalling a little faster next year with more time in the car, newer rubber and some better brakes!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/07/21 05:39 PM

A run in bright warm sunshine to Old Sarum for my tour of duty at the Aircraft Collection.

Tarka, parked with the Comet 2 Sagittarius, in the background.

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I was rather taken by the cloud formation to the east, over the 1916 General Aircraft Sheds, built for the RFC.
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/07/21 09:05 PM

Should have used HDR on those clouds Peter, I see you have your dingmaster wheels back on!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/07/21 10:25 AM

More like this?

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It is summer, so summer wheels and tyres fitted!!
Posted By: Ewan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/07/21 11:39 AM

Great picture, what a brilliant colour your car is.
Posted By: hashluck

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/07/21 04:26 PM

Originally Posted by ewn
Great picture, what a brilliant colour your car is.



Agreed, just lovely
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/07/21 04:50 PM

Thanks for the kind and positive words about the image and the car's colour.
It is a rolls Royce colour from years back, called Bronze: it seems to be a multi component paint, when I had some minor bodywork repairs done the paint technician said the mix had over 30 components.

The car was specified by the Sales team at the factory and it was intended to be eye catching as the car was used for most of 2014 as a press demonstrator. I was told that the paint is very expensive: a number of customers, having seen my car, asked to have it on their new build, but most felt it was too costly: there is one +4 in the same colour, I believe.
Posted By: hashluck

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/07/21 07:18 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Thanks for the kind and positive words about the image and the car's colour.
It is a rolls Royce colour from years back, called Bronze: it seems to be a multi component paint, when I had some minor bodywork repairs done the paint technician said the mix had over 30 components.

The car was specified by the Sales team at the factory and it was intended to be eye catching as the car was used for most of 2014 as a press demonstrator. I was told that the paint is very expensive: a number of customers, having seen my car, asked to have it on their new build, but most felt it was too costly: there is one +4 in the same colour, I believe.

Thanks for the info Peter
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/07/21 06:31 AM

I got our form a short run on Saturday afternoon after adding EBC Redstuff pads all round and putting my second set of wheels on with the brand new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres. Initial thoughts are all good and will have see how the brakes improve as the pads bed in and hoping that the initial bit of pad seal goes as they bed in (despite plenty of copper ease). Pilot Sports feel nice on the road and improve the tiny bit of vagueness at dead-ahead that the power steering system seems to deliver on occasion.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/07/21 02:50 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Thanks for the kind and positive words about the image and the car's colour.
It is a rolls Royce colour from years back, called Bronze: it seems to be a multi component paint, when I had some minor bodywork repairs done the paint technician said the mix had over 30 components.

The car was specified by the Sales team at the factory and it was intended to be eye catching as the car was used for most of 2014 as a press demonstrator. I was told that the paint is very expensive: a number of customers, having seen my car, asked to have it on their new build, but most felt it was too costly: there is one +4 in the same colour, I believe.

Could it be this one Peter ?

I spotted it in PDI some years ago & was really impressed with the colour, it's rare to see a brown mohair hood too

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 09:32 AM

Jon,

think it must be: it does looks stunning and the wire wheels set off the paint to perfection.
I wonder where it is now?

thanks for posting.
Posted By: PeterG

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 03:54 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J



I wonder where it is now?

thanks for posting.


It was in front of you, once (I think)

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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 03:56 PM

That looks like Brooklands?
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 04:02 PM

This one recently sold at Russells up north.. Just like No9 buses they're everywhere once you open your eyes grin2

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 05:24 PM

I rather like the cream hood, but it would be a nightmare to keep clean!
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 05:26 PM

Yes, it's a nice contrast but as you say a mare to keep clean.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/21 05:27 PM

Originally Posted by PeterG
Originally Posted by Peter J



I wonder where it is now?

thanks for posting.


It was in front of you, once (I think)



Brooklands, a few years ago. I'd forgotten that we were in procession!
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/07/21 06:07 PM

Had a great few days in the Speedster. A trip up to the factory on Wednesday then a couple of days pootling around locally. Had Comfortably Numb playing on the stereo-which edged through the V8 soundtrack now and again when cruising. Great moments-love this mildly insane machine.
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/07/21 06:18 PM

JB it is so good to read you are back in the seat and loving it all again woohoo thumbs

Is the boat going well..
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/07/21 06:41 PM

Really enjoying life again!

Had a lovely trip along the Thames last night. The Thames Traditional Boat Rally is due to happen 27-29th August- in Henley. A great gathering of all kinds of vintage boats and a small car show. I think the ale is from the Loddon Brewery.
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/07/21 10:54 PM

Brilliant...

That sounds like a lovely event at Henley with a few ales at hand the perfect day.
I had to look up the Loddon Brewery they sound a nice family business with some fine ales, pictures would be good if you get the chance.

Meantime, more of the same therapy thumbs

p.s. I haven't heard about the Dartmouth Regatta Steam Boat Rally yet, my friend Niko used to organise it but he's a full time Alpaca breeder/farmer now so I think he's quite adept at midwifery duties instead these days.
I just love the old boats especially the steam one's.
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/07/21 07:10 AM

I’ll sort out some photos of the day. The TTBR web site used to have a Gallery with some great photos of the various craft.

Steam Boats to Alpacas. A very Natural progression of interests!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/07/21 02:06 PM

The Aero is coming out tomorrow to go and have the Wolf Performance sump guard fitted and it's just been selected for the Royal Automobile Club "Mid-summer drive in" on the 11th August at Woodcote Park so I'll hopefully get some interesting photos to add!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/07/21 09:33 AM

Wolf Performance sump guard fitted in 35mins - the photo fitting instructions are excellent!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/07/21 11:12 AM

Now temperatures have returned to sensible values the Tesla is parked up and Tarka is in daily use.
We are going out to a pub for lunch with friends tomorrow, I'll see if I can get some photos!

As has been said previously, there is nothing like the smell of an engine cooling down!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/07/21 07:05 AM

Got out for a couple of hours around Surrey and Sussex on Monday afternoon in the sunshine after getting back home from being in London to watch the Formula e at ExCeL. Rear brakes still squealing after fitting the EBC Redstuff pads so had the pads out to add a bit more copper ease which has improved things a little - think I'm just going to have to be patient while they bed in.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/07/21 06:03 PM

A really excellent lunch at the Beckford Arms, close to the Fonthill Estate arch, deep in sleepy Wiltshire.
https://www.beckfordarms.com/

The front was massively improved by the presence of a Morgan...
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The weather was "mixed" started out wet, but put the hood down after about 5 miles and then it was a glorious drive. Waze took us along narrow lanes and through gorgeous villages...
On arrival we put the hood up, fortunately as thee rain came down suddenly and heavily shortly after we went inside.
Our drive back, through Fontil Park, was a delight, but as we turned into the drive the rain came down again: I love electric garage door openers. But we then had to sit in the garage and wait for the deluge to ease as the door from the garage to the house was locked and neither of us felt like getting sodden going to the front door!

A good day.
Posted By: DaveW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/07/21 06:13 PM

Didn't that pub burn down a few years ago?
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/07/21 06:24 PM

Got caught out in the rain yesterday for the first time since buying it.

I’d replaced the rubbers with thicker gauge on the header rail and around the door apertures and she’s water tight. Superb.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 06:49 AM

Where did you get your thicker door header rail rubbers from? On my Series III they seem to be rather pointless as the glass only touches them occasionally!
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 06:56 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
A really excellent lunch at the Beckford Arms, close to the Fonthill Estate arch, deep in sleepy Wiltshire.
https://www.beckfordarms.com/

The front was massively improved by the presence of a Morgan...
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Is Caroline deliberately trying to ignore the SUV? grin2
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 08:11 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
Where did you get your thicker door header rail rubbers from? On my Series III they seem to be rather pointless as the glass only touches them occasionally!



Paul
https://coh-baines.co.uk/
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 09:07 AM

Thanks Viper - they have a massive choice of all things rubber - I don't suppose you recall which profile / size / part number etc that you ordered?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 09:10 AM

Originally Posted by Graham, G4FUJ
Originally Posted by Peter J
A really excellent lunch at the Beckford Arms, close to the Fonthill Estate arch, deep in sleepy Wiltshire.
https://www.beckfordarms.com/

The front was massively improved by the presence of a Morgan...
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Is Caroline deliberately trying to ignore the SUV? grin2


She is a lady, so naturally the Jeep doesn't exist.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 09:12 AM

:laugh2 laugh2 thumbs
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 10:49 AM

Its a jeep ? I figured it for a blown up FIAT 500 squareapopable or whatever they call them. laugh2
Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 11:09 AM

They are both one and the same Alistair, Jeep is now owned by Fiat Chrysler so you are right it's a blown up flat square thingy!
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 02:07 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Thanks Viper - they have a massive choice of all things rubber - I don't suppose you recall which profile / size / part number etc that you ordered?

Originally Posted by PJC
Thanks Viper - they have a massive choice of all things rubber - I don't suppose you recall which profile / size / part number etc that you ordered?


Pretty sure your car will be different.

Look at what you have then order based on that
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 02:18 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
[quote=Graham, G4FUJ][quote=Peter J]A really excellent lunch at the Beckford Arms, close to the Fonthill Estate arch, deep in sleepy Wiltshire.
https://www.beckfordarms.com/

The front was massively improved by the presence of a Morgan...


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Indeed, I too have improved the Beckford Arms - and that's what 4 years growth on the foliage looks like!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/07/21 04:58 PM

Perhaps we should see how many Aero's we could get lined up there...
Good food too!
Posted By: drewg

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/08/21 01:49 PM

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Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/08/21 02:37 PM

That really is a wild paint job. I remember the first time I watched it come towards me on a bright sunny day and just stood and looked, doing a good impression of a zombie.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/08/21 02:45 PM

It's a really cool colour and I assume there must only be one of those in which case I tried to buy that car about two years ago from Morgan in London but the owner wanted too much for it allowing for the repainting the front which had lots of stone chips at the time I saw it. Black leather with contrast yellow stitching as I recall.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/21 11:26 AM

I've just been invited to take up a cancellation for a Factory Tour this Friday hosted by the RAC - very excited as never been to MMC before. As there are a lot of motorway miles between Oxted and Malvern for a day trip (particularly the lovely Southern half of the M25 on a Friday afternoon/evening) I'm thinking I may be best to go in the Range Rover ........ having just checked the Met Office forecast for Friday I'm definitely leaving the Aero tucked up on the ctek!
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/21 07:14 PM

Enjoy Paul, such a refreshing change to be able to do a factory tour without having phones & cameras confiscated before you can enter
Posted By: asbojohn

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/08/21 03:25 PM

Originally Posted by drewg
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That brings back memories. I'm guessing you've got your issue sorted now and enjoying the ride?
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/08/21 07:07 PM

Did a 200 mile round trip in mine today.... too much motorway driving to be honest. But enjoyed the outing.

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Posted By: drewg

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/08/21 07:46 AM

Originally Posted by asbojohn
Originally Posted by drewg
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That brings back memories. I'm guessing you've got your issue sorted now and enjoying the ride?

Hi John, yes all sorted out at the factory thanks (took 2 months though so finally got it back Good Friday in time for the warmer weather). Love driving it but the girlfriend is not a fan and now that I have a Cayman GTS will only go out in that .
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/08/21 04:58 PM

So just back from my first Morgan Factory Tour - excellent in every way! Didn't take the Aero as I was needing to be on the phone there and back and pretty good call considering the weather I encountered at various points of the journey and the usual M25 fund from J16 round to J6 - pleased I was in my automatic ranger rover with massing seats to ease the crappy traffic!.
Posted By: Sir Percival

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/08/21 08:46 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
So just back from my first Morgan Factory Tour - excellent in every way! Didn't take the Aero as I was needing to be on the phone there and back and pretty good call considering the weather I encountered at various points of the journey and the usual M25 fund from J16 round to J6 - pleased I was in my automatic ranger rover with massing seats to ease the crappy traffic!.


What on earth is a massing seat?
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/08/21 09:02 AM

Massage seat probably. Predictive Apple ?

PJC. glad you enjoyed the visit.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/08/21 10:09 AM

Yep, you've got it. Seats that have built in massage programmes that you can select from the menu screen or select to some on automatically after a given period of time in the car. Now trying desperately to wash the Aero in between the downpours to get it ready for a show at the RAC, Epsom on Wednesday essay evening.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/08/21 06:31 AM

Might have spotted the RR in the car park. Kevin should have given you a good tour smile
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/08/21 06:40 AM

Kevin was excellent. One of the early three wheelers (1929 according to Kevin) they had there sported a slightly different Morgan logo which had the word Aero under the Morgan.
https://www.tm-img.com/image/38W3N
https://www.tm-img.com/image/38llR
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/21 02:59 PM

The Aero is ready for the display on the Lawn of the RAC, Epsom tomorrow evening and at last the weather os looking to be dry and bright! sunny
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/21 03:16 PM

Good luck have a nice day, does Aeroman (Brian) swing by, he's not far away... JB too for that matter both are Aero boys....
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/21 04:29 PM

Hopefully will be out on the river the next few days - attending a cut-down Henley Regatta. The weather looks like it might behave. The traffic around Henley is not conducive to road travel - so everywhere by boat! Which has its advantages. Have a good show at The RAC.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/21 04:31 PM

Cheers, I'll post some photos afterwards.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 09:15 AM

Here are a couple of images from the RAC yesterday evening and one this morning as I was leaving. A great evening with a number of fabulous cars to look at and chat to the owners about followed by a lovely meal with rather too much red wine!

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Posted By: Matt C

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 02:22 PM

Lovely looking Aero PJC!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 02:49 PM

Thanks Matt, three days of cleaning and paint prep when I got in April.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 03:40 PM

Looking lovely Paul, I still like those six spoke Aero wheels with the polished rim thumbs
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 03:47 PM

Thank you; as is often the way the Aero did attract a reasonable amount of attention despite some the cars there worth hundreds of thousands! There was a guy there who had a DB6 MkII which he'd owned since it was a year old and it has 40k on the clock now and valued at £500k. He was stood next to it chatting to some friends with his Pimms standing on the bonnet pale
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 04:26 PM

That does look nice, the Michelin's help wink
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 04:38 PM

Yes those rims look particularly good with that colour.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/08/21 06:10 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Thank you; as is often the way the Aero did attract a reasonable amount of attention despite some the cars there worth hundreds of thousands! There was a guy there who had a DB6 MkII which he'd owned since it was a year old and it has 40k on the clock now and valued at £500k. He was stood next to it chatting to some friends with his Pimms standing on the bonnet pale



500 bags? Did it have gold bullion in the boot?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/08/21 09:53 AM

A delightful run across the New Forest yesterday evening to a pub for a bite to eat and to meet up with a bunch of misfits and other strange people all owing Morgans, collectively LogMog. We Haven't met up since the summer of 2019, so much catching up to do. A few people brought their "interesting and different" cars, including one Mustang Mach 1, not the electric thing: I hadn't realised quite how large they are! 5 litres of naturally aspirated V8, with a manual box.
A better run back in the gathering gloom of the evening.
A really good return to normality.... not a mask in sight!
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/08/21 07:46 PM

Driving to Honfleur tomorrow in the 8. It's almost Tesla weather to be honest, but I am going to brave it....
Posted By: RichardV6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/08/21 06:07 AM

One of my favourite French towns. The harbour is archetypically French attracting many painters .

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Enjoy the plateau fruit de mer wink
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/08/21 07:23 AM

Originally Posted by Neilda
Driving to Honfleur tomorrow in the 8. It's almost Tesla weather to be honest, but I am going to brave it....

Enjoy!!
Might be worth taking the sidescreens.
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/08/21 04:50 PM

It was rather wet on the way down..... but looking OK tomorrow

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Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/08/21 06:16 AM

That looks good. The other car in the pic is a bit of a bright thing!
Posted By: RichardV6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/08/21 07:32 AM

Glad to see it hasn't changed much since I stayed there nearly 25 years ago.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/08/21 06:15 PM

Looks like a nice spot!
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 21/08/21 06:27 PM

That looks comfortable, how much is your vehicle minder costing you per hour...
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/08/21 08:53 PM

I throw him a croissant.

Easy getting into France, an administrative feat to get back - I took my laptop as I couldn't have done it on an iPhone. It took about an hour and half of queuing on the French side to get onto the tunnel. Weather was awful once landed, the Morgan was nearly watertight!
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/08/21 08:56 PM

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Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/08/21 09:01 PM

That's cheap enough grin2

Lovely pictures that first one looks just like a place in Jersey the name of which escapes me but they have a wonderful seafood restaurant there and a biggish breakwater, no surprise there really..

Sounds a pain getting back in you didn't need that, so more neoprene on order.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/08/21 12:53 PM

... back from a week long road trip to Jersey

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It's kinda fun driving at the island speed of 20-40mph, with lots of 2nd gear corners, and hard stone walls to bounce the exhaust sound off.

Crossed 16,000 miles on the way home, a cracking brisk late night/early morning run along the south cost, Poole - Hove.


Will
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/08/21 01:47 PM

That's the place - Gorey..
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/08/21 03:19 PM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
That's the place - Gorey..

laugh2
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/08/21 06:03 PM

Tarka the Plus 8 has parked just where your S5 was parked!

We met up with the MSCC group and in places drove somewhat faster. I enquired of one of the owners why they ignored the speed limits.
I was told that one of the members was connected to the Police and had ensured there would be no speed checks.
Believe it, or not, but I have a feeling that in Jersey who you know and who you are is important.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/08/21 09:55 AM

Another Plus 8 day, the next couple of weeks lok about perfect.
Tarka is out of the garage and is my daily drive for now. I shall have to wash the car and put fuel in the tank.

I was checking the MOT Certificate to see when I need to book a service and MOT and was horrified to see that since November 2020 I have driven just 1500 miles.
That verges on neglect. scared redcard
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/08/21 09:59 AM

I think I'll have to give up working for a living so I'll have the time to drive more - working from home isn't conducive to being able to get the Aero out anywhere near as much as I'd like to!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/08/21 02:55 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
I think I'll have to give up working for a living so I'll have the time to drive more - working from home isn't conducive to being able to get the Aero out anywhere near as much as I'd like to!



I'm not sure if that would work: I retired and still don't have enough time. Very strange.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/09/21 07:43 AM

Off to Salon Prive tomorrow for Ladies Day and I'll be helping Lockton out on their stand on Saturday and Sunday.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/09/21 08:27 AM

Salon Prive was excellent and I was fortunate enough to form part of the judging panel for the Salon Prive Club Trophy where my choice was the ultra-rare Morgan SLR500 (only three ever made) although this was nudged in to second by a lovely vintage Rolls Royce. I have posted a couple pop photos of the SLR500 on the Classic Morgans page. I'm now looking forward to the Edenbridge Motor Shown this coming Sunday where the Aero will be part of the stand taken by the Kent Region - HopMog.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/09/21 09:17 AM

Were there any Mogs entered in the Concours ?
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/09/21 10:56 AM

Not in the concours that I saw, however I was on the Lockton stand for the majority of the three days talking to their clients. Morgan's own display was pretty low key with only the CXT, a Plus 4 and Plus six on the lawn - no stand or merchandise etc to buy which was disappointing, particularly as the cars were right outside the Piston Gin stand which was probably the busiest and most successful all weekend!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 07:59 AM

Weather is looking promising for the Edenbridge Motor Show on Sunday 12th where my Aero will be on the HopMog stand.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 09:23 AM

I didn’t even know HopMog were attending

Buggerartions
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 10:33 AM

Hi Viper, are you coming along anyway? Be good to meet you and I would see if Mr H is free too.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 04:27 PM

I’ve booked to be somewhere else unfortunately.

I’d like to ha e come along, I understand it’s a good show.

I really should join the Morgan Bobble Hat Society then I’d be in the know
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 05:15 PM

A gentle perambulate along Wiltshire to a farm where a meeting of the local Riley and Rolls Royce car owners was taking place.

I was parked next to two Rolls royce cars, for 2 reasons... Tarka is painted in a Rolls Royce colour and BMW, makers of the oily bits in Tarka now owns Rolls Royce!!


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It is hard to believe that the convertible next to me is 50 years old...
Posted By: Alan Patterson

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/09/21 05:19 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Weather is looking promising for the Edenbridge Motor Show on Sunday 12th where my Aero will be on the HopMog stand.

We'll be there too. Looking forward to it.
Hopmog won the Best Display trophy in 2018, which is on display at BHM.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/09/21 01:17 PM

Alan, that's great and I look forward to meeting you on Sunday
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/09/21 04:55 PM

a cracking day out with Hope Classic Rally, from Weybridge to Wiston, and all in a good cause

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It's not often you park up next to a 190... or with two (two!) fezza 250s

Will
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/09/21 08:36 AM

The Edenbridge Motor Show in Kent yesterday turned out to be an excellent event with an enormous range of cars, old and new from around the globe and the weather was perfect. To top it all HopMog (Kent region of MSCC) won the trophy for the Best Car Club Display! joy

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/09/21 10:20 AM

A delightful run round the Purbecks with LogMog on Sunday.
Thanks to Andy Joseph for organising it. It was planned for early summer 2020..... so somewhat delayed!

The view from the Isle of Purbeck View Point carpark was much improved by the Morgans...
Poole Harbour can be seen top right.
A wonderful sky, warm and not windy. Pure Bliss..

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A good lunch at the Isle of Purbeck Golf Club, after so long it was good to get back to "normal"!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/09/21 10:33 AM

Here's a shot of my daughter and I arriving at the Edenbridge Motorshow to get the Aero on the HopMog display area before the show opened to the public. Interesting that this image is taken by the professional show photographer and doesn't appear to be as good as the earlier posted photos taken on my iPhone from an accuracy of colour rendition perspective.
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Posted By: DavidR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/09/21 04:35 PM

A nice run taking my BiL over to Uncle Melvin's for a parts buying spree for his 4 seater. Good excuse on a glorious day for a drive and a pub stop on the way back.
Posted By: John Winn

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/09/21 11:17 AM

Photo of the Speedster over looking Bardsey Island after following the Pilgrim route from Holywell in North Wales [Linked Image]
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/09/21 01:41 PM

Originally Posted by John Winn
Photo of the Speedster over looking Bardsey Island after following the Pilgrim route from Holywell in North Wales [Linked Image]

A great shot and my word you really are a brave boy visiting N.Wales in a Speedster in late September clap
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/09/21 11:24 AM

To the petrol station!!!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/10/21 04:47 PM

Sunshine, a great pub, a dry road, a Morgan +8, a meet up with friends for Lunch: it really doesn't get any better than that.

[Linked Image]


The Pub is the Langton Arms, just outside Blandford.

https://www.thelangtonarms.co.uk/

A good meal!!
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/10/21 04:55 PM

Having stayed there a couple of times, I know it well.
It will be the base for another holiday some time in the future, too smile
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/10/21 02:28 PM

Let me know when you do, it is about 35 mins away from us.
Very happy to have an excuse to go back!

As an aside, Caroline and I went there in about 1978 to see Fred Wedlock, star (?) of "The Oldest Swinger in Town".
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/10/21 03:55 PM

My first encounter with Fried Wetleg was during college time mid-70s in Bristol smile
Yes, will let you know when a return is made to the Langton Arms smile
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/10/21 06:22 AM

Got out in the sunshine on Saturday afternoon on some fun roads around South Surrey and Sussex only to have the outing cut a little short by a loose radiator hose and a loss of some coolant; fortunately no harm done and a relatively simple fix once the temperatures had dropped.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 10:51 AM

Today Tarka reached a majestic milestone, 45,000 miles ticked by on the odometer.

When I bought the car in November 2014 it had 15,751 on the Odometer, so that is 29,249 glorious, trouble free miles over 7 years.
I went to the most appropriate place to buy something to celebrate!


[Linked Image]


In the next 7 years we must do better, a little over 4,000 miles a year isn't very much.
Tarka is off to Williams in a couple of weeks for the annual service and MOT!

And yes, 12 bottles of wine fits easily into the passenger footwell, with the seat pushed back!
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 10:59 AM

Good work! I found that I could fit a crate of Fairmile English Sparkling Rose Wine from the vineyard in Henley by doing the same.

A Most practical vehicle!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 11:21 AM

I can allegedly very highly recommend a DOCG Prosecco they carry!

https://www.majestic.co.uk/sparkling-wines/prosecco-di-conegliano-valdobbiadene-extra-dry-23253

[Linked Image]

(now that gives you an excuse to go out for another drive.)
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 12:37 PM

thumbs wine
Posted By: Robbie

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 01:50 PM

10000 Kms ticked over today en route to a gathering of PaddyMogs for Brunch at a well known pub/ restaurant in Co Wicklow!, not too bad in 8 months!!
Cheers!
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/10/21 04:30 PM

Well done Peter, Tarka looks amazing, as ever thumbs
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/10/21 09:36 AM

Jon,

thanks, the photo flatters what is actually a dirty car....!!
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/10/21 08:47 AM

Front Wheel camber looks odd in the photo, have you kerbed it again Peter? wink
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/10/21 09:41 AM

Originally Posted by milligoon
Front Wheel camber looks odd in the photo, have you kerbed it again Peter? wink


I-phone 12 camera optics...(I hope!)
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/11/21 09:59 AM

Not quite "Driving my Aero" but rather waving it off as it's off to Brands Hatch Morgan to remedy a coolant leak!
[Linked Image]
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/11/21 07:43 AM

Water leak resolved yesterday (split elbow hose) so was delighted to pick the Aero up at 18:30 and enjoyed a blast home (just to check the coolant system was holding pressure you understand)!
Posted By: Paul F

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/11/21 12:00 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Water leak resolved yesterday (split elbow hose) so was delighted to pick the Aero up at 18:30 and enjoyed a blast home (just to check the coolant system was holding pressure you understand)!


That is good news. Both the fix and that it was something relatively simple.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 22/11/21 12:47 PM

Hi Paul, yes relieved it was something very easy to fix (not an internal engine issue), just a little frustrating on the cost perspective with the several hours of labour involved to get the bodywork off and on and that fact that the hose in question is no longer made by MMC. A new part had to be made up by the dealer which proved time-consuming due to the angle of the bend and the fact that each end of the small elbow has to be a different diameter!
Posted By: taffy

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 07:36 AM

Hi Paul
I feel as every year goes by the less support from MMC on critical parts that leave you waiting for months to get a specialist to (hopefully) make them! For such an expensive car its poor effort!
Glad you got sorted!
T
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 09:30 AM

Hi Taffy, I agree and its also very short sighted on a number of fronts: 1. Loss of a reliable and continual revenue stream from a Parts Department; 2. The ability to keep more of their older cars on the road with a reputation fro longevity; 3. The attraction of a younger client base who can only afford the older less expensive cars to get them in to the Morgan brand and culture (many younger owners will not accept these challenges and lack of support from MMC), which one day may lead to another new car purchaser; 4. Some (not all I hasten to add) after-market parts may not be as reliable as a factory produced part and may lead to reputational damage to MMC.

Anyway - delighted to be back on the road and keeping the locals awake with the side exit pipes! innocent
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 12:11 PM

I think the secret is to keep sharing information Morgan clearly aren 't interested. I phoned for a rear wheel bearing a couple of months ago to be told they didn't keep them anymore, got a price from a fabricator who always seems to have it on the shelf but never picks up messages. I eventually got one a third of the price quoted from a fairly local bearing supplier.It was suggested i try the yellowstuff brake pads from a very helpful internet supplier and were shipped direct next day. A local garage did a very good job once I sourced the parts, pulling the bearing out of the hub was a bit of a bugger it was a good choice to pass it on to them. Em
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 01:16 PM

Do I not remember something about Morgan contracting their spares business out to an external supplier some time back? Does this have any bearing on the lack of bearings etc ? Unipart is rattling around in my sub-functional name store ?
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 06:58 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Do I not remember something about Morgan contracting their spares business out to an external supplier some time back? Does this have any bearing on the lack of bearings etc ? Unipart is rattling around in my sub-functional name store ?

IIRC it's the shiny accessories and clothing that's handled by a subbie, Leacy Classics ?
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/11/21 10:28 PM

Ah thank you. My memory is always a bit duff (mostly followed by very duff)
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 06:08 PM

220 mile round-the-M25 trip to the Scramble at Bicester Heritage. It's not the most exciting driving, but at least the storm had a name so I allowed myself a roof :-)

Had a delightful chat with Road Rat mag's Editor Mikey Harvey about chocolate labradors, and the forthcoming Edition 9

& co-hosts Morgan brought along a Plus 8 GTR - in the flesh it's a very subtle evolution of the standard car. Without the wide-window roof you'd be forgiven for not noticing the extra vents on the wings.

[Linked Image]

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Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 06:38 PM

Interesting Plus 8, there is (was ?) also a PlusSix in development for track use, they weren't happy that someone clocked it was different, and took a photo

[Linked Image]
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 06:51 PM

Someone wasn't taught to put their toys away in the cupboard at the end of play time were they laugh2
Posted By: Rovert

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 07:04 PM

That S5 with the black hard top is rather cool.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 07:55 PM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
Someone wasn't taught to put their toys away in the cupboard at the end of play time were they laugh2

Yes, and I got a verbal spanking for using my zoom lens, but it's hardly F1, DRS tech they are hiding innocent
Posted By: waikiore

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 09:09 PM

The Plus 8 looks very much after the style of Big Blue the development hack / racecar.
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/11/21 10:27 PM

Originally Posted by waikiore
The Plus 8 looks very much after the style of Big Blue the development hack / racecar.

My thoughts too and for 250k it somehow looks unfinished to me perhaps it's the Bristol influence grin2

The Customer's S5 car in contrast looks very stylish with it's black roof.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/12/21 03:20 PM

Tarka was filthy from a wet night time drive....
A glorious sunny day but far too cold to wash a car.
So I took Tarka down to the hand car wash at Tesco, run by a company called "Waves".
They wash the C43 and the Tesla, so I thought I'd see how they got on with the Morgan.
I got them to wash and wax, using Autoglym. It took 45 mins, and cost £25.00

[Linked Image]


I'm very pleased with the result... tyre black with the black Speedster wheels does look cool!
Given the lack of detailing the car gets the paint shine on a car that was built on 3rd July 2013 and has run 45,000 miles is remarkable!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/12/21 03:26 PM

That's a better shot to show the Black wheels well.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/12/21 05:31 PM

I like them, SWMBO does not!
So we compromised and they are on from late November to late April!!
Posted By: Lordofthewings

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/12/21 07:25 PM

Surely when you are out enjoying the car, you can't see the wheels anyhow ? So you are both winners.

Reminds me of when I used to visit Warsaw in the 1980's. At that time the most disliked architecture was the Palace of Culture, which was built in the "Stalin Gothic" style. It was said by many that the best view of the city was from the top of the building, which was the only place you couldn't see the Palace of Culture ! I should add that times change, its architectural merit has been embraced, and it has become the city's symbol.

[Linked Image]
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 08:08 AM

Does anyone know if those wheels would fit a 2007 Aero and if so are they still available to buy a set from anywhere?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 02:04 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Does anyone know if those wheels would fit a 2007 Aero and if so are they still available to buy a set from anywhere?


Very probably...I think all the Aeros, other than those with centre lock hubs, are the same, Simon will be able to speak with authority.
You are welcome to come over from Oxted and try....

As to where they come from, they are Italian, made for MMC by Fondmetal and don't seem to be otherwise available.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 02:26 PM

Thanks Peter for the kind offer to try them. My main concern is that Fondmetal don't seem to be making any new sets of wheels at all for the Aero / Plus 8 series at all any longer from what I can tell from their website. However I'm sure if others on the forum have had success in contacting them specifically about getting a set then maybe I should give that a try too.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 03:32 PM

I suspect that in order to get the contract to be the supplier they have to commit to not selling the wheel themselves and only let it go through Morgan. This would be a normal industry practice I think. I know that Ale_72 had a few issues finding some winter tyres for his car as he needs Winter tyres for Italy/Swiss and was searching for a pair. It might be worth PM'ing him for a chat?
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 04:17 PM

These are a reasonable likeness:
https://www.imagewheels.co.uk/billet-46-alloy-wheel/

I can't comment on quality, but I had a quote from them when speccing my Aero in 2016, and it was £2-@2500 including a custom paint colour.

Will
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/12/21 04:27 PM

Thanks all - I'll check those out.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/12/21 04:02 PM

I'm off the the BHM Christmas Breakfast Club Fair tomorrow but as the whole family want to go I'll have to take the RR rather than the Aero frown I could take 2 cars but the parking is tight enough so not sure BHM would thank me.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/12/21 11:50 AM

Back in Love… all it took was an early morning drive in Tarka from home to Williams Morgan!

I left home at about 8, as it became properly light and joined the commuters heading into Salisbury. Once out of town on the A36 the traffic was light and the rain stopped, the traffic was light, and I was able to maintain “good progress”. Some drives you feel part of the car, this was one, an absolute joy to feel the car responding to the throttle and steering in a way the Tesla simply doesn’t, oh and don’t forget the delight of the exhaust. Although the road was damp the M&S Tyres gripped well, overtaking was a joy.

Tarka is at Williams for an indeterminate time: the reversing light has ceased to function, as has the A/C switch and Cruise Control switch. All are 1st world issues, but I want to get it fixed. As Tony said, it could be a couple of days, or months, if we must wait for electronic parts from Malvern, or SiFab!!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/12/21 03:34 PM

Well I did persuade the family to go in two cars to the BHM Christmas Breakfast Club meet which was excellent, particularly as there was a short presentation to Keith from BHM which was stepping back from daily garage life after 30 years! There were a couple of race cars on display run by BHM proudly sporting a whole range of trophies.

Getting out of the car par was very tight with about a 30-point turn and the help of three fellow Morgan owners to watch each of three corners. Unfortunately having got out of the space and just about straight ahead in the car park and the fuse for the power steering cried enough after all that effort in such a short space of time. So my early Christmas present from BHM was a new 50A fuse! Thank you very much to Jamie and Brett.
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/01/22 04:32 PM

[Linked Image]

Too good a day not to drive- but the roads were filthy!

Will need to clean the inside as much as the outside.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/01/22 04:37 PM

Excellent!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/01/22 05:36 PM

Excellent

JB how are those tyres in the cold, any side effects of having the sporty tread and compound ?
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/01/22 06:03 PM

Alistair- yes, they are not perfect in this type of weather! I was driving to the conditions - so the drive was more sedate than usual- I probably had more issues with a low sun and crud being sprayed on the inside of the windscreen making visibility “ interesting “ at times.

Still can’t resist a chance to hear a V8 sing through side pipes!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 07:00 AM

I got out for a quick run on Saturday afternoon in the Aero for a swift blast around some of the nicer twisty roads in East Surrey and West Kent whilst the weather was reasonably dry and bright. It always fascinates me how little wind buffeting there is in the Aero compared with my wife's SLC 43AMG.

Whilst out the speedometer threw a fit and decided that the needle should move round the dial to full stop past 180mph and just flicker there permanently and at the same time I lost the mileage display from the little LCD screen above the VDO logo. All other clock working normally and the speedo did retain it's backlighting so there is power there, any ideas?

After I got home and washed the Aero when I started it to put it back in the garage the speedo returned to normal operation and the mileage display also cam back showing the correct mileage. Is this a case of MORGAN (Most Owners Regard Gremlins As Normal) or has anyone experienced something similar which requires a more structured cure?
Posted By: Robbie

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 01:06 PM

I would suspect an earth issue
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 01:56 PM

Is the car kept in a warm dry garage, or in a cold damp box?
Dampness on the circuits behind the dash is always a potential money pit as MMC, in their infinite wisdom, didn't see fit to pot the electronics.
I'm still waiting for a component, less than £100 but without it the buttons on the dash don't illuminate.
Since 2014 I have had more "dash module" issues than any other,
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 02:20 PM

The flickering on the dash is usually poor earth or connection.
Each time it is removed and put back is an opportunity for captain cockup to dine as it is a very tight squeeze for the poor mechanic.

The small LCD display can also get a bit fuzzy due to low voltage on occasion from my experience. Always make certain earth strap on the battery is good and tight to the body, this can also be seen by poor starting (tick, tick)
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 06:43 PM

Hi all, thanks for the feedback.

Peter J - The garage is very dry and well ventilated so no moisture however it is not heated so I guess a bit of condensation could build up. It's odd then on that basis that it was fine from cold and only caused an issue 10-15 mins in to the run.

Robbie & Alistair - That's a good point, I'll double check the battery earth particularly as I do occasionally get a "Tick, tick" on first press of the starter and then ignition off an on and the second time is perfect.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/01/22 06:58 PM

All earth connections are solid so I'm hoping its the "Turn it off, count to 10 and turn it back on again" philosophy of rebooting the systems - fingers crossed! innocent
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/02/22 12:11 PM


I'm going to Williams Morgan tomorrow to collect Tarka...
The weather forecast looks benign and I've got my new Morgan Plus 8 Driving Smock....

[Linked Image]

Colour coordinated to the car, windproof, waterproof and with a hood that well help keep my neck warm!

Not so sure about the 2 hour train journey...but only £16.00 so probably less than the petrol!!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/02/22 12:20 PM

Wonderful, finally back in your hands again.
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/02/22 03:51 PM

That camoflage just won't work in Tarka Peter - people will notice you! grin2 thumbs
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/02/22 06:10 PM

I suggested to SWMBO that I get Taka wrapped to match.
The response was as one would expect..
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/02/22 06:13 PM

I can imagine Peter rofl
Anyway, safe drive home thumbs
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/22 05:08 PM

Well...

Blue sky, not cold, open roads, little traffic and I'm back in love with the Plus 8.
The A46/A36 together provided all I needed and the Warminster Bypass.... I made very good progress with a big grin on my face.

Yes, there is enough equity in it to make a new Plus 4 posible, but why?
What would I gain?

Tarka and I have run over 30,000 miles together, I think there is more to come. OK, she has a drink problem and servicing and tax are expensive, but so what....?
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/22 05:12 PM

Why indeed! A sanitised Euro compliant 4cyl turbo or a NA massive V8 - no contest......There's no replacement for displacement! drive
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/22 06:16 PM

Just needs those silly side pipes for the total silly b____r effect and grin. Ah I forget you have culture and sensibility. I still think there is just a little bit of loony begging to get the anti-social things fitted?
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/02/22 06:49 PM

You definitely have to be a little careful with the side pipes though.....talking from experience when the long-haired colonel had some friends over and she asked me to to demonstrate the lovely sound of the V8 through side pipes to them. She was stood a little too close wearing white trousers when I blipped the throttle a little excitedly and hey presto the the white trousers have been adapted to white shorts! innocent rofl
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/02/22 10:40 AM

I was planning, when the pipes need replacing, to have the finish where side pipes fit, but rather than cut the wing have the pipes end pointing down to the road.
Not sure if it would sound the same, or worse, but it would avoid the black leg syndrome.....
Posted By: milligoon

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 03:03 AM

Leave the pipes alone. You'll be wearing a baseball cap and a hoodie next!

Now you can enjoy washing the salt off it again!
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 09:12 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
You definitely have to be a little careful with the side pipes though.....talking from experience when the long-haired colonel had some friends over and she asked me to to demonstrate the lovely sound of the V8 through side pipes to them. She was stood a little too close wearing white trousers when I blipped the throttle a little excitedly and hey presto the the white trousers have been adapted to white shorts! innocent rofl


That definitely wasn’t your fault. In fact, I can’t think of anything bad about sidepipes!😎😎
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 10:33 AM

I spoke to a gentleman in Malvern a few years ago who had his S1 converted to sidepipes as I was quite interested bought the alloy trim finishers and a very good price from Long life to do the job. He said they did drone a bit on a long run so as not to upset the co driver gps and wife who let's me drive everywhere with the top down I decided against it, they do look and sound superb though. I must say that of all the cars that have come and gone over the years the old Bmw v8 is the cleanest engine around the exhaust tips no black carbon at all shame we can't pass a petrol station without having a drink Eh........
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 12:34 PM

The Plus 8 has rear pipes, but cut-outs both sides! Sounds terrific, with the option of quiet touring - you do need a friendly MOT station though!! evil oops
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 03:10 PM

The side pipes do have a few wrinkles such as total volume which usually gets you blocked for track days. The single pipes on the S2-S3 only really got loud at higher revs and throttle angles. The later dual pipes (especially with the optional sports cats) go quite a lot louder and deeper.

I would worry about pointing them down at the floor as the standing wave could build up and become a big drone. The Skyline had the option of a single or dual pipes. The big single was horrible at motorway speeds and I swapped to the dual which was a higher note and less wearing.

When we toured in the Coupe which has the dual pipes it was really noisy at 75 but smoothed out at 80. Well that’s my excuse anyway
Posted By: aerotaff

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/02/22 03:34 PM

The GTN I drove at the factory had a bit of a drone but I put that down to the hard top but to be fair when i took the S1 out it was with the top off which creates a different driving experience. Agree with you Alistair 80 mph is a real sweet spot not much rev's on a private road obviously........
Posted By: PeterG

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 09:10 AM

I preferred the side pipes and never found them to drone on long journeys. Once you get between 120 & 150 the wind noise is greater.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 10:32 AM

rofl That would of course be KPH Peter. innocent

Yes the Coupe has a confined space NVH issue that the soft tops do not suffer from. I would love to fit more sound absorbent matt to it but it would mess with the trim which you don't want to do to often.
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 10:34 AM

On the Autobahn of course in mph woohoo
Posted By: PeterG

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 01:47 PM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
On the Autobahn of course in mph woohoo


Of course.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 06:24 PM

Originally Posted by Aeroman
The Plus 8 has rear pipes, but cut-outs both sides! Sounds terrific, with the option of quiet touring - you do need a friendly MOT station though!! evil oops

At 75 to 85 Tarka has a bit of a drone in 5th, in Sport Mode, but in 6th is really quiet.

I see a new 2022 M3W in your Garage list... what will that sound like, when you get it?
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/02/22 11:27 PM

They are just finalising the exhaust, sounds very different to the last model Peter! Just finalising the spec, especially the colour - more when we meet…
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/02/22 11:17 AM

Originally Posted by Aeroman
They are just finalising the exhaust, sounds very different to the last model Peter! Just finalising the spec, especially the colour - more when we meet…


Is the engine the 3 cylinder 1.0L Ecoboost non-turbo, 80bhp in the base form?
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/02/22 10:14 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Originally Posted by Aeroman
They are just finalising the exhaust, sounds very different to the last model Peter! Just finalising the spec, especially the colour - more when we meet…


Is the engine the 3 cylinder 1.0L Ecoboost non-turbo, 80bhp in the base form?

Not long to go now Peter to the launch when all will be revealed? Unfortunately we won’t be there as we have a trip planned to New York! 😢
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 06:10 PM

A sunny day, good roads and a great lunch.

A photo of two Plus 8s in the New Forest, Les Mirabelles at Nomansland....
https://www.lesmirabelles.co.uk/

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We drove each other's cars, the small differences are fascinating... Brian's has Tillett seats: they look as though they are uncomfortable but exactly the reverse in the case. Caroline and I have felt the Plus 8's seats need a bit of an upholstery refresh. Perhaps we need to go further. The way the centre dash buttons are illuminated differs, his stay one, mine come on with the ignition and then go off. And Brian's car seemed to have a better, sharper throttle response. I need to investigate. Last, I love the discrete "Morgan" badge on the lower grill!
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 07:12 PM

I love the shallow windscreen on his car
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 07:17 PM

Is it a bolt on sign Peter or is it painted?
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 07:20 PM

Originally Posted by Viper
I love the shallow windscreen on his car

Could it be the optical illusion from the trad style popper hood overlapping the 'screen frame ?
Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 07:28 PM

Originally Posted by CooperMan
Originally Posted by Viper
I love the shallow windscreen on his car

Could it be the optical illusion from the trad style popper hood overlapping the 'screen frame ?

No Jon, Brian had it specially made at the factory when new, it's very sleek.

John, Brian had it sprayed on from new.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 07:30 PM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
Originally Posted by CooperMan
Originally Posted by Viper
I love the shallow windscreen on his car

Could it be the optical illusion from the trad style popper hood overlapping the 'screen frame ?

No Jon, Brian had it specially made at the factory when new, it's very sleek.

Excellent, well both Mogs look amazing thumbs
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/02/22 08:02 PM

The shallow screen also changes the hood profile and frame and side screens.

Clever little tweak.
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/02/22 10:20 AM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
Originally Posted by CooperMan
Originally Posted by Viper
I love the shallow windscreen on his car

Could it be the optical illusion from the trad style popper hood overlapping the 'screen frame ?

No Jon, Brian had it specially made at the factory when new, it's very sleek.

John, Brian had it sprayed on from new.

My car is going back to the Works shortly for some further work!

Peter liked the exhaust system on my car - expect to hear it on his car soon (!) and the way my car drives now. drive

I liked the suspension changes to his car and must get it fitted to mine! Work is already in hand 🙌

The food at the Mirabelle was up to the usual standard and it was nice to see Peter and his Head Office after a rather long interregnum! 🤩
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/02/22 10:25 AM

With the hood up Brian's car does have a more "Gangster" look about it, somehow.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/02/22 10:38 AM

I definitely like the "Morgan" sprayed on to the lower grill - I wonder if I could replace the lower grill on the Aero with a similar element. Much cooler!

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Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 07:50 AM

I think this hood was developed by Williams.

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Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 07:58 AM

Morgan script present

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Posted By: Luddite

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 09:58 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
I definitely like the "Morgan" sprayed on to the lower grill - I wonder if I could replace the lower grill on the Aero with a similar element. Much cooler!

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Gotta say I really like the angle and crop of this Aero image, as it shows off it`s lines wonderfully well, also that there is good detail of the happy crew, adds to the scene greatly...Nice One thumbs
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 10:10 AM

Here's a similar shot I took of the Aero in the garage - changed it to B/W, mainly to blend out the background colours in the garage!

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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 10:35 AM

Just had the pleasure of sorting my annual road tax - £600 eek! Finally you can now also use AMEX to pay so at least I get a few points towards my air miles.
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/02/22 11:50 AM

Originally Posted by Luddite
Originally Posted by PJC
I definitely like the "Morgan" sprayed on to the lower grill - I wonder if I could replace the lower grill on the Aero with a similar element. Much cooler!

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Gotta say I really like the angle and crop of this Aero image, as it shows off it`s lines wonderfully well, also that there is good detail of the happy crew, adds to the scene greatly...Nice One thumbs

Must say, that I also like that photo! 👌
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/02/22 02:18 PM

A beautiful day, so we took Tarka out for a run to the Radnor Arms in a local village for a pre-lunch half and a packet of crisps...
Wonderful drive there and back, the gloss taken off by filling up ay £1.60/litre..
Chatting at the bar we realised that the last time we went to a pub was in the summer of 2020 after the first lockdown...
This time it felt like normal times, only one customer, in a busy pub, wearing a mask.
It all seems to be too good to be true...
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/22 07:48 AM

What a lovely weekend weather-wise! I managed to get out for a quick hour's blast in the Aero late afternoon on Saturday and then went out with Mrs C for several hours on Sunday afternoon on many of the great roads around Surrey ending up with dinner at the restaurant where our daughter works. Esso Synergy Supreme+ 99 comes in at £169.99 in Oxted, so almost worth driving to Salisbury to fill up! rofl
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/22 08:05 AM

I knew people in Surrey have money but £169.99 per litre !!! I paid £1.55 in Suffolk on Sat. laugh2 laugh2
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/22 08:17 AM

Thanks John - I feel so much better now and on a Monday morning too!
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/02/22 08:53 AM

hide laugh2 laugh2
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/03/22 07:14 PM


- unexpectedly sunny day here in Newcastle so a trip to the fish Quay at North Shields in order -

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Glorious drive out and then up along the coast to Blyth.

Car was running well and was much admired - I wish I had a £ for every photograph taken..... innocent

James
Posted By: Luddite

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/03/22 07:39 AM

First pic is a belter, others show the wonderful colour up well, good angle on the interior too... thumbs I know what you men about getting carried away while taking too many pics, guilty as charged. In fact I have just recently spent days trying to download and catalogue or dump hundreds upon hundreds of pics, that I allowed to build up in my memory cards.. Never ever had any such problem when using film.... Could not afford to take so many pics back then.. smile
Thanks for posting James... thumbs
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/03/22 10:20 AM

Stunning looking motor! Where did you get rear splitter from?
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/03/22 01:33 PM

Cheers guys thumbs

Splitter is a 'home made' affair - I made it up out of foamex board and then had a local fabricators laser cut it out aluminium.

They then welded the strakes to the base plate and the whole was powder coated.

I still can't decide if I should have gone for black rather than silver....?

James
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/03/22 03:37 PM

Great colour looks stunning

Is it Audi Emerald Green ?
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 11/03/22 04:39 PM

thumbs

no Lee, it's BMW Boston Green Metallic - there's a bit of mica in there that really sparkles when the sun catches it

James
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/03/22 02:19 PM

A bright sunny morning + sahara dust on my bonnet = need to drive out for breakfast!

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Bolney's 18 acre cafe does a cracking meal :-)
Posted By: KEVFITZ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/03/22 08:04 AM

Beautiful car James !!!

Just had a week up in the North East terrorizing the locals with a Hooligan Caterham and taking my son up the Northumberland Coast to show him where Daddy used to visit the Opencast coal sites round Chevington and Red Row.

Just one thing James...how do we know its your car?..never seen pictures of you in it !!!..just saying !!!


Love as always xx
Posted By: RichardV6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/03/22 08:48 AM

Originally Posted by James B W
Cheers guys thumbs

Splitter is a 'home made' affair - I made it up out of foamex board and then had a local fabricators laser cut it out aluminium.

They then welded the strakes to the base plate and the whole was powder coated.

I still can't decide if I should have gone for black rather than silver....?

James

I think black (although a fan) would have hidden the aesthetics to a large degree. Good call therefore IMHO thumbs
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 20/03/22 10:29 AM

Originally Posted by KEVFITZ
Beautiful car James !!!

Just had a week up in the North East terrorizing the locals with a Hooligan Caterham and taking my son up the Northumberland Coast to show him where Daddy used to visit the Opencast coal sites round Chevington and Red Row.

Just one thing James...how do we know its your car?..never seen pictures of you in it !!!..just saying !!!


Love as always xx


Oh no - you've sussed me out Kev scared

I usually just hire the car from 'honest Bobs rentals' for a couple of hours so I can get a few photo's (they also have a rather nice Caterham available - maybe I should try that....?) innocent

Sorry we missed you when you were up North - I'd love to see the new Kev.mobile sometime....

Love, James and (mostly) Sandie xx !!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 12:52 PM

After a glorious drive back from Williams I took Tarka down to the stables, where we keep our horse, and parked next to another wonderful modern take on a British Classic!

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The Mini is owned and driven by Robyn a spirited young lady rider on her horse Mango (really???)
The latest Mini is a bit "blobby" but the series 1 Mini is as much a trad Mini as Tarka is a Trad Morgan.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 02:28 PM

When are you flipping over to the summer Mich P4's then Peter ?
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 03:09 PM

Sunday!!
Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 04:12 PM

car is looking great Peter - the headlights look particularly good IMHO thumbs

'glad that you got it fixed relatively easily....

James
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 05:09 PM

James,

thanks, the car is in fine fettle, and Tom at Williams does seem to be on top of the weird "Morgan-BMW-Volvo" CanBus system!
As mentioned, the AeroMax wheels go back on over the weekend.

I'm mulling over selling the Speedster Wheels, SWMBO really doesn't like them...... so they are in the "For Sale" section.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 05:17 PM

Looking at the mini is almost like looking at my Aero - so there's definitely a bit of Morgan in that too! laugh
Posted By: Paul F

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 05:58 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J

I'm mulling over selling the Speedster Wheels, SWMBO really doesn't like them...... so they are in the "For Sale" section.


Would she be happier with them if they were a different colour ?

A colour change may be a lot cheaper than an alternative set of wheels. Unless you really want different wheels for the winter? In which case, there will be a form of man-maths that will work in your favour.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 07:07 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
After a glorious drive back from Williams I took Tarka down to the stables, where we keep our horse, and parked next to another wonderful modern take on a British Classic!

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The Mini is owned and driven by Robyn a spirited young lady rider on her horse Mango (really???)
The latest Mini is a bit "blobby" but the series 1 Mini is as much a trad Mini as Tarka is a Trad Morgan.

Tarka looking great as usual, the early BMW MINI's are around 20 years old and are becoming a bit of a sought after modern classic, especially the Coopers
Posted By: nick w

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/03/22 10:13 PM

I sometimes wish I'd hung on to my bmw mini cooper s, that supercharged engine was brutal.

Nick
Posted By: Volvos60s60

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/03/22 11:23 AM

Yes, I have an S1 Aero & a R56 2013 Mini John Cooper Works - both such great sports cars in their own way.

The Morgan won't be sold as long as I keep driving.

The Mini I am however considering selling as I quite fancy a BMW M2 before such devil toys are outlawed....

Don't know really - stick or twist?.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/03/22 02:14 PM

Not sure whether you should stick or twist - however if you do twist then my next door neighbour had an M2 for while, amongst several other exotica, however didn't get on with it at all and went for a Cayman GT4 which is, by all account, an infinitely better car from his perspective. The last few days of glorious weather has certainly been made for enjoying the ultimate Aero experience and long may this Aero perfect weather continue!
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/03/22 04:46 PM

We all judge cars in different ways but I would stick.

I would not compare a modern mini with an M2. The modern mini can be ragged hard without it becoming crazy. The M2 needs a track to enjoy as it is so fast.
Flip the Mini a bit (strut brace, uprate shocks, brakes, mild engine tweak) and it becomes a hoot everywhere (with care and respect).

I love the good ladies Mini, maybe not as much as the Mog but more than the Merc for certain.

But we all trigger on different things don't we.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/03/22 05:03 PM

Originally Posted by Volvos60s60
Yes, I have an S1 Aero & a R56 2013 Mini John Cooper Works - both such great sports cars in their own way.

The Morgan won't be sold as long as I keep driving.

The Mini I am however considering selling as I quite fancy a BMW M2 before such devil toys are outlawed....

Don't know really - stick or twist?.


Yeah the M2 a sensational car and exactly where the bloated M3 should be. The. It’d be true to its origins

I bought my Daughters off her last year, an OG car and she owned it from new. Love it.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/03/22 08:32 PM

Pedant mode on...please stop calling 'em Mini as I get all excited because that's a proper old school Mini

A BMW is a MINI, and as for all this John Cooper Works stuff, poor old JC would be turning in his grave to see his name emblazoned on some of these ugly bloated pimped up, oversized stuff

And...relax, I'm off for a rub down with a damp edition of the Radio Times grin2
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 07:36 AM

/pedant assist mode on

What do we call them then.

R56 (most non owners will go "huh?")
Bini
BMW Mini takes too long for a small car 8)
BMini
Fatty (May cause Woke offences)

/"normal" mode redumbed 8)
Posted By: Graham, G4FUJ

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 08:25 AM

MINI - that's what BMW called them to differentiate from the original Mini... smile
Posted By: Volvos60s60

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 08:55 AM

Years ago, I had an original Mini and that was fun. Now I've got a modern BMW Mini and it's also fun, more fun in my opinion, and much better made. Hopefully we can all agree that we can be thankful BMW decided to make a modern Mini because it's a great car and still feels a relatively individual choice in today's monotony of European & Far Eastern shopping trolley cars - quite simply it has character.

Back on topic, I took my S1 Aero out last Sunday for the first run of the year. I've been fortunate enough to have had many interesting cars over the years, including half a dozen classics, but honestly the Aero is the only once that I have ever looked forward to driving with such anticipation, and it never fails to reward that. I only did a 20 mile blast, but it really is such a superb machine - Can't see me ever selling it because I know I'll not get anything more individual, rare or rewarding without spending very much more. Why would I do that when I have a car that gives me everything I crave as a Petrohead?
Posted By: Aeroman

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 09:52 AM

Originally Posted by CooperMan
Pedant mode on...please stop calling 'em Mini as I get all excited because that's a proper old school Mini

A BMW is a MINI, and as for all this John Cooper Works stuff, poor old JC would be turning in his grave to see his name emblazoned on some of these ugly bloated pimped up, oversized stuff

And...relax, I'm off for a rub down with a damp edition of the Radio Times grin2

You can’t beat a Mini! oops
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 11:00 AM

Totally agree with both of those.

( Mog - Even when they are broken they are still pretty to look at!)

Originally Posted by Volvos60s60
Years ago, I had an original Mini and that was fun. Now I've got a modern BMW Mini and it's also fun, more fun in my opinion, and much better made. Hopefully we can all agree that we can be thankful BMW decided to make a modern Mini because it's a great car and still feels a relatively individual choice in today's monotony of European & Far Eastern shopping trolley cars - quite simply it has character.

Back on topic, I took my S1 Aero out last Sunday for the first run of the year. I've been fortunate enough to have had many interesting cars over the years, including half a dozen classics, but honestly the Aero is the only once that I have ever looked forward to driving with such anticipation, and it never fails to reward that. I only did a 20 mile blast, but it really is such a superb machine - Can't see me ever selling it because I know I'll not get anything more individual, rare or rewarding without spending very much more. Why would I do that when I have a car that gives me everything I crave as a Petrohead?

Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 11:49 AM

It is Friday, so I'm spending the day at my Day Care Centre AKA Boscombe Down Aviation Collection....
A glorious drive up in Tarka, now watching the people jumping out of an aeroplane...they think it is fun....
Anyway, two Morgans arrived and had an enjoyable time looking at the collection!
Posted By: Jon G4LJW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 02:30 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
It is Friday, so I'm spending the day at my Day Care Centre AKA Boscombe Down Aviation Collection....
A glorious drive up in Tarka, now watching the people jumping out of an aeroplane...they think it is fun....
Anyway, two Morgans arrived and had an enjoyable time looking at the collection!


Very nice day for it. It’s a couple of years since I visited and sat in Tarka!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 03:07 PM

Originally Posted by Jon G4LJW
Originally Posted by Peter J
It is Friday, so I'm spending the day at my Day Care Centre AKA Boscombe Down Aviation Collection....
A glorious drive up in Tarka, now watching the people jumping out of an aeroplane...they think it is fun....
Anyway, two Morgans arrived and had an enjoyable time looking at the collection!


Very nice day for it. It’s a couple of years since I visited and sat in Tarka!



We have had a lot of new arrivals since you came:

Hawk XX 154, the first production Hawk from Boscombe Down
Avro 707 WZ 876 first flown from Boscombe Down
EE P1a, WG760 first flown from Boscombe Down
Tornado GR1 ZA 319 from MOD Arncott, Bicester and first evaluated as Boscombe Down
Basset B-206Z XS743 from Boscombe Down

Peter
Posted By: Jon G4LJW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 03:19 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Originally Posted by Jon G4LJW

Very nice day for it. It’s a couple of years since I visited and sat in Tarka!



We have had a lot of new arrivals since you came:

Hawk XX 154, the first production Hawk from Boscombe Down
Avro 707 WZ 876 first flown from Boscombe Down
EE P1a, WG760 first flown from Boscombe Down
Tornado GR1 ZA 319 from MOD Arncott, Bicester and first evaluated as Boscombe Down
Basset B-206Z XS743 from Boscombe Down

Peter




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Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 03:36 PM

I loved sitting in (I think it was but my memory?) the Sycamore and seeing how utterly basic the controls and instruments were. Flying by the seat of your pants never felt more apt.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 05:03 PM

By
Originally Posted by Volvos60s60


Back on topic, I took my S1 Aero out last Sunday for the first run of the year. I've been fortunate enough to have had many interesting cars over the years, including half a dozen classics, but honestly the Aero is the only once that I have ever looked forward to driving with such anticipation, and it never fails to reward that. I only did a 20 mile blast, but it really is such a superb machine - Can't see me ever selling it because I know I'll not get anything more individual, rare or rewarding without spending very much more. Why would I do that when I have a car that gives me everything I crave as a Petrohead?



My sentiments exactly.
I’ve had many an exotic and still own a fair few but I love the S1 as it delivers something very special that the others don’t.

I’ve made the mistake of selling my previous 2 S1’s and vow never to make the same mistake again
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 25/03/22 06:27 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
I loved sitting in (I think it was but my memory?) the Sycamore and seeing how utterly basic the controls and instruments were. Flying by the seat of your pants never felt more apt.


Yes, indeed basic!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/03/22 10:33 AM

Got out for a short blast on a fabulously sunny Saturday afternoon with my 17 year old daughter as my passenger. Even managed to embarrass a couple of bikers on some twisty Surrey roads by sticking right with them before coming out of a tight right-hander (with very good visibility) on the opposite side of the road and leaving the V8 to do it's thing and leaving them behind wondering what had just happened (all down to keeping your vision up rather than a car out-dragging motorbikes)! The usual admiring glances and waves through the local villages from those who don't get to see/hear a V8 Morgan that often made the short run even more special.
Posted By: Alan Patterson

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/03/22 11:14 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
Got out for a short blast on a fabulously sunny Saturday afternoon with my 17 year old daughter as my passenger. Even managed to embarrass a couple of bikers on some twisty Surrey roads by sticking right with them before coming out of a tight right-hander (with very good visibility) on the opposite side of the road and leaving the V8 to do it's thing and leaving them behind wondering what had just happened (all down to keeping your vision up rather than a car out-dragging motorbikes)! The usual admiring glances and waves through the local villages from those who don't get to see/hear a V8 Morgan that often made the short run even more special.


We were out for a run on Thursday meeting friends at Chartwell before making our way to the Barley Mow in Tandridge for lunch. I thought Kent roads were bad, but as we crossed the border into Surrey there was a marked deterioration in the road surface. It certainly tested the new SSL suspension on my Plus 4!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/03/22 02:27 PM

I absolutely know that feeling Alan, living in Oxted. I too have the SSL kit on the Aero and it makes a positive difference and definitely adds a little compliance over the poor surface!
Posted By: drewg

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 31/03/22 10:02 AM

Last Saturday managed to take my S4 along to Morgan for a used car event which gave a great photo location before putting my car up for sale.
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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 31/03/22 10:50 AM

Hi AnDrew - stunning looking car - why are you selling as I recall you've not it too long? I think I looked at this car at Morgan London 2 our 3 years ago and it rather a lot of stone chips at the front which you or the previous owner have obviously sorted. The interior was also very nice with yellow stitching on the black leather if I recall correctly.
Posted By: drewg

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 01/04/22 08:22 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
Hi AnDrew - stunning looking car - why are you selling as I recall you've not it too long? I think I looked at this car at Morgan London 2 our 3 years ago and it rather a lot of stone chips at the front which you or the previous owner have obviously sorted. The interior was also very nice with yellow stitching on the black leather if I recall correctly.


Hi Paul, the previous owner Dean as an automotive industry paint expert sorted the stone chips (and gave ne spare paint). I've only had the car 18 months and have only done about 2,400 miles. I'm looking to start a new build house for myself in June which will mean I''m unlikely to use the car for the next 2 summers as will mainly be driving as van and also have a Porsche which I do use in all weathers (and my girlfriend prefers it).

Cheers
P.s. have put it on Pistonheads and Car and Classic and see what happens between now and June, if doesn't sell it's likely to keep increasing in value anyway as I'm sure you've been watching too.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 02/04/22 06:06 PM

Stunning car and good luck with the build.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/04/22 11:07 AM

A glorious Easter Sunday morning so I grabbed the opportunity to take Tarka for a bimble through the New Forest before the visitors descended...
Parked outside The Cuckoo Inn Hamptworth
A great, traditional, country pub with a large beer garden and excellent local beers.

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Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/04/22 12:38 PM

Those wheels do look so much better.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/04/22 01:40 PM

Those wheels look fabulous on your car Peter and I can't believe how light they are!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 17/04/22 05:35 PM

They do look fantastic: I'm glad there is agreement!

The wheel design started out as an exclusive for the AeroMax and after that production run ended the wheels were available, at a significant premium, on later Aeros.
As Tarka was built as a "show" car the factory fitted them, for which I'm incredibly grateful.

They are made by Rays Racing in Japan, they are forged, one reason that they are both light and strong.
I can't see them on the Rays website and MMC don't have them available, I understand.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/04/22 04:22 PM

I've spent far too long looking at rays wheels https://www.rayswheels.co.jp/products/choose.php?lang=ja&
- the Max pattern are a variant of Gram Lights 57: Rays change the designs regularly.

So currently in a similar ballpark we have:
https://www.rayswheels.co.jp/products/wheel.php?lang=ja&wheel=57EX_D
https://www.rayswheels.co.jp/products/wheel.php?lang=ja&wheel=57XR

Will
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 18/04/22 04:45 PM

The wheels you have identified are cast, the AeroMax wheels are forged.
This is the closest match...
https://www.rayswheels.co.jp/products/wheel.php?lang=en&wheel=S5-RR

Their 19" forged wheels seem to be about 80,000 Yen, so close to £500, plus shipping, import duty and VAT...
Lichfield in the UK are an authorised distributor.

https://www.litchfieldmotors.com/

Might be interesting to ask them for a price....

MMC sold the AeroMax at £2500 a set of 4, I believe.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/04/22 06:15 AM

I found a small window of a couple of hours yesterday afternoon on the bank holiday weekend to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the Aero! Stopped in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex for a quick pic:

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Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/04/22 08:30 AM

indeed Peter, I was looking at pattern rather than method - and there isn't a forged Gram Lights 57 in the range right now...

Running 18" wheels I could be tempted by https://www.rayswheels.co.jp/products/wheel.php?lang=en&wheel=ZE40TA_III if they turn up in something other than blue, which wouldn't work on my car.
One of my supplied wheels was dented - I think by a spectacularly sharp ridge in the road outside Poole Harbour - it's been made round again, but long term I'll need to replace them.

Will
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/04/22 10:01 AM

You won't dent a Rays forged wheel, they seem to be incredibly strong, and light!
Yes, in silver or gunmetal they would look cool on your S5.
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/04/22 02:56 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
I found a small window of a couple of hours yesterday afternoon on the bank holiday weekend to get out in the sunshine and enjoy the Aero! Stopped in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex for a quick pic:

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Great colour and wheel style thumbs
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/04/22 04:29 PM

I’m off to the Cotswold avec my favourite lady for a week with other couples in our village.

It’ll include a visit to the Factory on the Thursday.

Hope it doesn’t rain

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Posted By: James B W

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/04/22 04:45 PM

Originally Posted by Viper
I’m off to the Cotswold avec my favourite lady for a week with other couples in our village.

It’ll include a visit to the Factory on the Thursday.

Hope it doesn’t rain

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car is looking super smart Lee ; enjoy... thumbs

James
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/04/22 06:57 PM

Thanks James.
Fingers crossed.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/04/22 06:14 AM

Stunning car viper - beautiful colour.

Got out for a run the other evening with my 17 year old daughter who absolutely adores this car. I think I'll have to gift it to her at some point in the future......

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Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/04/22 07:20 AM

Thanks Paul.

Special car’s indeed.

Be careful promising cars to sprogs as I once promised my 97 Viper to my daughter, owned from new until recently I sold it.


She’s not happy
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/04/22 04:32 PM

Took the Plus 8 over to Thruxton today, to meet a pal and watch another couple take their BMW something go round the track.
Thruxton is a FAST track, only one meaningful chicane at Club but some crafty corners that are likely to make you run wide and spin....especially Campbell/Cobb complex.
I talked to some of the people, including a couple who had driven their Noble over from Jersey... and was told that a 1 day was about £300.

I've emailed thruxton to confirm and see if we could set up a Morgan Aero group day.
Is anyone interested?
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/04/22 11:40 AM

Took my 6 year old grand-daughter out yesterday. She is now a confirmed speed freak and wants the car!

Only downside was that I was “ dobbed-in” by her to her mother over a minor speeding indiscretion.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/04/22 07:27 PM

Arrived at Horton Court with friends.

Sent the wife out in the aero to get some supplies and she gets fellas chatting to her at the supermarket.

Her verdict is that she loves it. Think I’ve lost a car and maybe my wife


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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/05/22 07:48 AM

rofl

For some that would be remarkably low-cost result!
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 09:52 AM

Off to HQ Today with fellow people.

Will have another look at the Super 3 which will be joining Clarence in the stable

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Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 09:57 AM

A lovely selection of Classics there Viper, have a good visit - is yours in build at the moment..
Posted By: NickCW

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 03:10 PM

Car is looking amazing Lee! cheers
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 03:59 PM

Mine, once again, is without brake lights, so it is not road legal.
Off the road until the 27th, the first date I can get it into Williams.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 05:12 PM

Love the Merc.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 05:26 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Love the Merc.


The Merc AMG has new Michelin Pilot Sport 5 boots... fitted today.
A bit improvement on feel and feedback from the original tyres... can't recall what they were, but from 2017.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 05:51 PM

Sorry Peter I meant the trad SL model in the pic from Mr Viper.
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/05/22 07:23 PM

Originally Posted by +8Rich
A lovely selection of Classics there Viper, have a good visit - is yours in build at the moment..



Thanks chaps.

No not in build yet. There were about 3 in. I old. Dealer cars I would think.

The more I see it the better it gets. It’s a wicked car.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/05/22 01:41 PM

Got the newly refurbished Speedster wheels (ex-Peter J) on the Aero this morning with new Avon ZV7 boots, then went out for an hour or so in the glorious weather to get the first heat cycle through the tyres. Personally I think these wheels really work on this colour car. I'm delighted.

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/05/22 05:26 PM

A pleasure, Paul. Yes, they look stunning!
Far better bright and shiny than dull black!
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/05/22 06:45 AM

Went to the RAC, Epsom on Saturday morning for their Spring Breakfast Drive-In - the weather held too which was a bonus!

Lots of amazingly exotic and expensive cars there as well some more affordable classics in the form of a Mitsubishi Lancer Estate and a Ford Sierra 1.8L

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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/05/22 07:12 AM

Off to Goodwood on Tuesday next week for Brands Hatch Morgan's annual track day so will get some photos from there hopefully. Ties in with my best mate's birthday so he's going to drive the Aero too!
Posted By: Viper

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 12/05/22 08:48 AM

Originally Posted by PJC
Off to Goodwood on Tuesday next week for Brands Hatch Morgan's annual track day so will get some photos from there hopefully. Ties in with my best mate's birthday so he's going to drive the Aero too!


I had to bail cos I’ve been told I’ve got to be somewhere else.

My good mate Dave (from my village) will be there in his blue S1.. so another local
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/05/22 02:52 PM

Excellent, I'll look out for him.
Posted By: Shooter

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 13/05/22 06:28 PM

Originally Posted by PJC
Got the newly refurbished Speedster wheels (ex-Peter J) on the Aero this morning with new Avon ZV7 boots, then went out for an hour or so in the glorious weather to get the first heat cycle through the tyres. Personally I think these wheels really work on this colour car. I'm delighted.



Looks nice although I preferred them in the matt black when I had them on my S5 but I think matt suited the look of the car. Did Peter change them from black to Brown/copper or leave them? I can't remember,
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 14/05/22 10:32 AM

Originally Posted by Shooter
Originally Posted by PJC
Got the newly refurbished Speedster wheels (ex-Peter J) on the Aero this morning with new Avon ZV7 boots, then went out for an hour or so in the glorious weather to get the first heat cycle through the tyres. Personally I think these wheels really work on this colour car. I'm delighted.



Looks nice although I preferred them in the matt black when I had them on my S5 but I think matt suited the look of the car. Did Peter change them from black to Brown/copper or leave them? I can't remember,



I left them black....
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 16/05/22 05:55 AM

I bought them from Peter in Matt Black and decided to have them fully refurbed and went Gloss for my S3.
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/05/22 02:16 PM

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I’m not a great polisher/ cleaner of cars- but as I am in the Paddock on Saturday at the Stonor Supercar and Classic- Mrs JB strongly suggested I cleaned off the mud. I’ve done my best!
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 19/05/22 05:05 PM

They do scrubb up rather well, don't they?

Talking of which, I need to remove the insect road kill from the screen...
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/05/22 06:09 AM

Auto clay is great for getting all the road kill and insects off the screen and then once dry a couple of coats of Rain X and they come of really easily after that with no scrubbing required! The only driving I got done this weekend was getting it out of the garage to clean it after the track-day at Goodwood on 17th and then back in the garage again. Had lots of positive comments about the black speedster wheels at Goodwood - they do really seem to suit the car. Thanks Peter J!
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/05/22 06:33 AM

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Leaving the Stonor Supercar & Classic on Saturday. There was quite a good turnout- including a grand entry of over 20 assorted Lambos. We also enjoyed a short Spitfire flypast.
Posted By: Lordofthewings

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/05/22 11:51 AM

Looks like an excellent event, and great pic of your car.

Originally Posted by JB62
We also enjoyed a short Spitfire flypast.

Was it this one ?
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Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/05/22 05:04 PM

Nope- it definitely looked longer- but then again…..
Posted By: John V6

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/05/22 07:04 PM

Originally Posted by JB62
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Leaving the Stonor Supercar & Classic on Saturday. There was quite a good turnout- including a grand entry of over 20 assorted Lambos. We also enjoyed a short Spitfire flypast.

A lovely house and great photos. I bet the lambos loved the speed bumps
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/05/22 05:35 PM

About as much as I did!!
Posted By: another

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/06/22 09:12 PM

Jubilee weekend and now country commuting - love it, I have forgotten how light and torquey the Aero is...... shame MMC cancelled the sunset sessions....
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/06/22 06:37 PM

Originally Posted by another
Jubilee weekend and now country commuting - love it, I have forgotten how light and torquey the Aero is...... shame MMC cancelled the sunset sessions....

Cancelled ?? I wasn't aware of that !
Posted By: another

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/06/22 12:53 PM

Yeah I got an email saying not enough interest and then a refund.
I’m guessing there is another event more important somewhere.
I really enjoyed the last ones.
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/06/22 08:01 AM

Managed to make the most of the glorious evening we had yesterday in Surrey and got the Aero to the Midsummer Drive-in at the RAC, Epsom. A great evening chatting to other petrol heads with an enormous range of cars from 1910 to 2022.[Linked Image]
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 23/06/22 02:24 PM

Looks good on the Pepper Pot wheels Paul thumbs
Posted By: Ale_72

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/06/22 06:37 AM

Old Monza circuit

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 24/06/22 10:07 AM

It is in better condition than Brooklands old circuit!!

A wonderful opportunity..
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 27/06/22 07:49 AM

Truly fabulous - that must have had the hairs on your neck tingling with excitement! drive flag
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 05:43 AM

Have driven mine to Provence - proving, once again, that the Morgan is not waterproof. Wet knees and feet with water dripping from under the dashboard. Not great...

However, made it to the sunshine and have not seen another Morgan in all the miles down here...

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 09:04 AM

Shouldn't leak... as much as that...
Waders next time?
Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 09:11 AM

Great photos! Enjoy the trip and the dry weather.
Posted By: Alistair

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 01:03 PM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Shouldn't leak... as much as that...
Waders next time?


I laughed so hard at this clip.

Posted By: Luddite

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 04:03 PM

Originally Posted by Alistair
Originally Posted by Peter J
Shouldn't leak... as much as that...
Waders next time?


I laughed so hard at this clip.



Re the Chris Harris vid...When I bought into the idea of Morgan ownership it was purely to enjoy it on chosen dry days all year round and in search of a pseudo vintage driving experience, which it has provided in spades.

That was circa 20 years ago a time when sports cars were becoming ever more sophisticated by way of comfort and on board electronics to make them simpler and safer to drive, and which seemed to match the ever evolving expectations of drivers at the time.... and all of which was in no way the driving experience that I was desirous of. Chris seems to hint at something along the same lines when commenting on the Roadsters lack of a digital on board mother in law, to keep the uninitiated out of the ditches, though not using those words exactly....

As for the stuffing of newspaper here and there to stop the water ingress, as someone mentioned on TM the term roadster may provide a clue as to reality Vs expectations..?

Plagiarised from Wikipedia, A Roadster (also spider Spyder) is an open two-seat car with emphasis on sporting appearance or character. Initially an American term for a two-seat car with no weather protection, usage has spread internationally and has evolved to include two-seat convertibles... Thus it seems we may be back to expectations exceeding those of the definition, just as any marketing splurge seems bound to encourage..?

It came as a surprise to me when my good lady decided we should go touring in the old Mog... most of which was in overly hot Southern Europe, and on our first trip heading south for the 24 hrs at LM it rained plenty... but as best I can remember from that trip, the hood and side screens worked very well at keeping the water out, though not being used to having either in place the difference in the cockpit cacophony was a tad dis-concerting at first... and once the heater got up to temp the dash mounted demist vents performed well enough. The hood kept us dry on the two days that it was put to use during that holiday, though with Sandra navigating the side-screens were ever in place... sigh!

The hood has been used a few times over the intervening years though when visiting friends in winter, utilised mainly to save messing about when the car would be left parked up outside, which worked out fine.

A few years back when staying at a hotel during a Jockmog event, it rained almost constantly and heavily for a couple of days, it seemed the hood was perhaps in need of re-proofing as things internally became a tad damp but still having a good heater and dash level vents kept the windscreen from misting up better than Chris seemed to manage on his trip.. Wading through dips in the roads holding quite a few inches of water on our trip and just the general faffing about with luggage behind the seats hood up hood down in the rain kinda got the best of me. Just a grumpy old man kinda thing I guess.. it was on that trip that I decided finally that a tin top sports car would be the requirement if I wished to enjoy sporting motoring in all the weathers my climate can provide.. and sometimes all in one day...(-:

Currently still got the Mog for the few days when I feel up for it... thumbs
Posted By: CooperMan

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 28/06/22 06:30 PM

Originally Posted by Neilda
Have driven mine to Provence - proving, once again, that the Morgan is not waterproof. Wet knees and feet with water dripping from under the dashboard. Not great...

However, made it to the sunshine and have not seen another Morgan in all the miles down here...

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Great photo, looks like the Reims pit garages ?
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/22 05:58 AM

Originally Posted by CooperMan
Originally Posted by Neilda
Have driven mine to Provence - proving, once again, that the Morgan is not waterproof. Wet knees and feet with water dripping from under the dashboard. Not great...

However, made it to the sunshine and have not seen another Morgan in all the miles down here...

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Great photo, looks like the Reims pit garages ?


It was - en route south and I stayed in a hotel very close to Reims.

Picked up a nasty chip to the windscreen on the peage and am having 'CarGlass' (a French version of AutoGlass) come to the house on Friday to repair. I assume big chips are MOT fails and I don't really want to have a new screen. Hopefully it can be repaired.
Posted By: Deejay

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 29/06/22 08:07 AM

Originally Posted by Neilda
Originally Posted by CooperMan
[quote=Neilda]Have driven mine to Provence - proving, once again, that the Morgan is not waterproof. Wet knees and feet with water dripping from under the dashboard. Not great...

However, made it to the sunshine and have not seen another Morgan in all the miles down here...

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Picked up a nasty chip to the windscreen on the peage and am having 'CarGlass' (a French version of AutoGlass) come to the house on Friday to repair. I assume big chips are MOT fails and I don't really want to have a new screen. Hopefully it can be repaired.

MOT failure if over 10mm in a zone 290mm wide: centred on steering wheel, or over 40mm elsewhere on screen.
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/06/22 05:35 AM

Great photos. I remember taking my 4/4 Competition to Reims- the French Police had set up radar traps as a welcome.
Posted By: HJF

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 30/06/22 08:22 AM

I had heard that the police were now stopping parking there and fining people, how did you go on?
Posted By: Neilda

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/07/22 09:45 AM

Originally Posted by HJF
I had heard that the police were now stopping parking there and fining people, how did you go on?


I had heard that too. But there was nobody around - also the road is very wide with a full width lane empty and made for parking.

Hot and sunny down here. smile

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Posted By: waikiore

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 05/07/22 09:43 PM

Appropriate plate for winter : V8 Wet Morgan Driver
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/22 05:19 AM

Latest outing in the Speedster.

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Posted By: PJC

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 06/07/22 02:52 PM

The Boss and I arriving for the RAC Mid-summer Drive-in at Woodcote Park, Epsom.

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Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/22 09:06 AM

Run out through Fife to Falkland Palace for a coffee in the square then out to St Andrew’s and over the Tay bridge to Dundee and back to Perth. Car ran superbly apart from a stall issue that I’ve started a thread for.

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Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/22 09:51 AM

Please don't torture me! Tarka has been mostly unavailable since 16 March due to the so far untraced intermittent fault causing the brake lights not to work.
Tarka sits at Williams, waiting to go back to the factory.
I'm not at all happy: this will be the third year when I've effectively been unable to use the car in the summer.

What is the point having it?
Posted By: JB62

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/22 09:57 AM

Hopefully your Boxster will be delivered this weekend so you can enjoy some open air motoring over what is left of the summer.
Posted By: KevinMcR

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/22 10:11 AM

I sympathise Peter as I had a long period of everything going wrong and the car spending more time with the dealer than with me which was what convinced me to put it on SOR. I took her back as she hadn’t sold and have now decided to keep her after a few weeks of regular driving where the smiles per mile were off the scale.

Hopefully when you get her back you’ll feel the same.
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 03/08/22 02:39 PM

Originally Posted by KevinMcR
I sympathise Peter as I had a long period of everything going wrong and the car spending more time with the dealer than with me which was what convinced me to put it on SOR. I took her back as she hadn’t sold and have now decided to keep her after a few weeks of regular driving where the smiles per mile were off the scale.

Hopefully when you get her back you’ll feel the same.


I hope so too. The Boxster and Plus 8 are two very different takes on a 2 seater soft top!
One is rear mid engine, the other is front mid engine, in both cases the engine is within the wheelbase.
Posted By: Ale_72

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/08/22 12:14 PM

I cannot remind which Boxster are you waiting.
But I can ancipate you that it will be a charm to drive. And that you will get bored soon, since it's too perfect.
Posted By: MJF

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 04/08/22 02:35 PM

I have long concluded that having a combination of perfect (but less interesting ) cars and less than perfect ( but engaging) cars should be my goal as there are different days and journeys that can benefit from both.

I wouldn't want all perfect cars, but I also wouldn't want only engaging cars.
Posted By: TheCustomer

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/08/22 03:45 PM

A fun & purposeful drive out with Goodwood's RRC to hospice https://www.chestnut-tree-house.org.uk/ ... the families and the hospice staff genuinely appreciated being able to see, sit in & hear some very special cars.

(The Aero of course drew attention aplenty :-) )

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Posted By: +8Rich

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 07/08/22 04:22 PM

Great work and good show of cars thumbs
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/08/22 11:04 AM

Originally Posted by Ale_72
I cannot remind which Boxster are you waiting.
But I can anticipate you that it will be a charm to drive. And that you will get bored soon, since it's too perfect.


Boxster S 917.... 2016.
Yes, I know it has 4 cylinders and a turbo, but the original Porsche 356 has 4 cylinders.....
I collect it tomorrow afternoon!
Posted By: Luddite

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/08/22 11:23 AM

Peter, my first Porsche was a sixties 912, which had the same body shape as the 911, with a four cylinder air cooled engine..
Posted By: JohnHarris

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 08/08/22 12:25 PM

In some ways the 912 was a better car than the 911, and certainly cheaper to run.
Posted By: Ale_72

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/08/22 07:39 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Boxster S 917.... 2016.
Yes, I know it has 4 cylinders and a turbo, but the original Porsche 356 has 4 cylinders.....
I collect it tomorrow afternoon!

Believe me. It will be a great fun flag For a few months laugh2

Even the engine noise is not bad, for a B4.
Posted By: JohnHarris

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 09/08/22 08:33 AM

Peter,


Horses for courses, I'm sure you will enjoy the Boxster and get more use out of it than you first thought. I jump in and out of the wife's Merc roof down all the time, sometimes rather than get the Morgan out. Just dead easy to drive, especially in the packed roads with day trippers around here at the moment, Got a usable boot and glides along the rough pothole urban roads around here and a peach to drive down some of the undulating country roads I don't take the Morgan down as it often bottoms out.

The crux for me is access to open air motoring. The means of achieving that is always open to debate, but as I get older I enjoy my creature comforts far more. If the sun gets too hot and we are starting to burn, just press a couple of buttons, the roof comes up and the ice cold air conditioning comes on without moving from my seat. Not the same for the Morgan 4 seater hood that needs two to drop or erect with a few curse words for good measure, The only thing I miss is not having a folding metal roof instead of a mohair soft top as you have to make sure its bone dry before lowering it otherwise it will leave creases in it.
Posted By: drewg

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/22 08:41 AM

Originally Posted by Peter J
Please don't torture me! Tarka has been mostly unavailable since 16 March due to the so far untraced intermittent fault causing the brake lights not to work.
Tarka sits at Williams, waiting to go back to the factory.
I'm not at all happy: this will be the third year when I've effectively been unable to use the car in the summer.

What is the point having it?

Hi Peter, I can report Tarka was at the factory yesterday when I dropped my S1 off for a service, so hopefully they sort it quickly for you.
Cheers
Posted By: Peter J

Re: So, have you driven your Aero today? - 10/08/22 01:55 PM

Andrew,

the tracker confirmed this and today I had an email advising me that it is now in the after sales workshop with John Bower keeping an eye on it.
Fingers crossed...
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