One hundred years of driving passion from the Malvern manufacturer was celebrated with incredible style and pizzazz at the Morgan Centenary Festival. Prior to that there were week long events for Morgan owners to enjoy that included a track day at Castle Combe, a visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, and a Garden Party at the Prescott Speed Hillclimb to name but a few.
The weekend festival at the racecourse was the grand finale, with plenty of entertainment to keep everyone happy, from concours and driving tests to live music from the Rolling Clones, One Night of Queen with Gary Mullen & The Works, to the English Symphony Orchestra and guest soloists tenor John Hudson and soprano Natasha Marsh.
Special displays included a recreation of the Morgan prototype of 1909, built by Chris Booth with help from Peter Morgan and members of the Morgan Three-Wheeler Club. Adjacent to that was the stunning brilliant orange liveried Aeromax, 1 of 100 cars and powered by a 4799cc V8 engine rated at 370bhp. The 0-62mph time is just 4.2 seconds and top speed is 170mph. Price on the road is £113,165.
Also on display was the zero emissions concept Lifecar powered by a Hydrogen fuel cell rated at 230bhp giving a 0-62mph time of 8 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. Last but not least was the Morgan Aero SuperSports, a maximum of 200 will be produced in 2010 and priced from £127,350 on the road.
Race car displays included the Banque Baring Brothers Sturdza supported Aero Supersport GT3 Team run by Jacques Laffite and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. There were several examples of the rarer Plus 4 Plus of which only 26 were produced, around eight of which are believed to reside in the UK, and there was the even rarer GRP bodied EB Morgan.
One of the highlights of the special displays was a large gathering of early Three-Wheeler cars that dated back to 1914 and attracted great deal of attention and a fitting tribute to Morgan’s early years of production. There was even a 1932 Morgan delivery van! All in all a really hugely entertaining event, the likes of which we probably won’t see again for a very long time indeed.