The Annual Morgan Sports Car Rally called a MOG, 2014 this year, was held in the Magnificent Building of the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
It is said that almost 400 Morgan Cars attended the 3 day event, although some of them were parking at other hotels nearby.
The Majestic was fully booked back in October last year indicating the popularity of the event and the venue.
The Decorated Hotel Entrance
One of the Pillar Trees decorated with MOG 2014 Flags.
We set out from home on Friday morning choosing to travel north using the A1 route. We only reached the Black Cat Roundabout near St Neots when we came upon the first of a few massive tail backs caused by lack of priority for our direction. We were there for ages just crawling along getting very hot from the V6 engine. We stopped at the service station there after passing through the jam just for a comfort break.
Unlike my usual blogs, I am unable to take photos on the move as I am banned from doing so by my passenger.
On arrival at the Hotel we parked up in the only space available in the massive car park. We settled into our room overlooking the Main Entrance. I took this snap of some of the cars parked below. Most of them have their Raincoats on ready for the uncertain overnight weather.
One strange admin issue with the event meant that there were no Restaurant facilities for anyone (like us) who did not want to eat with the masses. With this in mind I had booked to eat at the Old Swan Hotel just across the road in Swan Road. We had stayed there before.
This is the Hotel where Agatha Christie stayed when she disappeared from public view. I took this photo when I had lunch there during my 1000 Mile Rally trip last year.
The Old Swan Hotel
Another view of the Parked Morgans
On Saturday Morning it was a hive of activity below our bedroom as many of the owners prepared their cars and were about to set off on either a Scenic Drive into the Yorkshire Dales or to a specific venue such as the Steam Train Ride at Bolton Abbey. Many, like ours, stayed in the Car Park all weekend.
No Scenic Drives for us as we were to spend the day roaming Harrogate, shopping! At least we did get a chance to visit the Gardens on my insistence as we made our way back to the hotel.
The War Memorial
Harrogate's famous Betty's Cafe where there is always a long queue of people waiting for a table inside.
The Monument with Queen Victoria in side the arches.
Here we are passing some traditional Victorian Style Porticos.
Ornate Architecture for a Shopping Centre.
One of the many Floral Displays to be found around the Town.
Two of the many Magnificent Flower Beds to be found around the town.
Lamp Post Decorations
Even the Old Shops in the Pedestrianised Ginnel have been given a Face Lift.
The Floral Display supporting the Grown Hotel in the background.
Harrogate being a Spa Town here is the Museum nest to the still active Pump Room and Turkish Baths.
The Pavilion where a Wedding Reception was about to take place as the guests were making their way up the hill to it on foot.
The Long Avenue
Another View of the Pavilion.
Yours Truly spoiling the Picture.
Posing Near to The Garden Cafe.
More Sculptured Gardens
A Small Business utilising the Model Boating Lake.
Near to Harrogate is the famous RHS Harlow Carr Garden. This bed is planted to represent their gardens.
Further along the Harlow Carr Flower Bed.
We have one of these in our garden and in 5 years has only produced one Thistle.
A Small Man Made Stream flows down the gardens falling through different levels into ponds. These Giant Gunnera are alongside the stream.
Ducks on one of the small lakes.
The View back to the Town from the Valley Garden Gates
I notice more Tour de France memorabilia with this line of Hand Knitted Cycling Jumper Bunting across one of the buildings.
Hales Bar is the Oldest Bar in Harrogate. - I would have loved to go in for a sample but not this time!!??
The Royal Hall Theatre
The Latest Development - The Morgan +8 Speedster, also built on the Aero Chassis with the BMW V8 engine.
The Rear View.
Part of the Morgan Motor Company Merchandise selling area.
The Morgan Sports Car Club Merchandise tables.
Before we went out for our evening meal at the well known Graveleys Fish Restaurant, we were asked to move our car from the area required for tomorrows Morgan Gymkhana.
Night Time in the Car Park
The Green Goddess in her new parking spot under wraps as well.
Sunday at a MOG is the Big Day of the event. Here in the Trade Stands area Rally Plaque supplier Jancraft had this display of Plaques. I spot one of the Waddesdon Rally Plaques in the background.
Jancraft Rally Plaques
In the Tennis Courts, the Team Based 'Fun & Games' were in progress.
Space Hopper negotiating the Bollards.
Friends from my Round Britain Trip, Sylvia & Dennis O'Neil from Northumberland were entered in the Innovations Competition with their Luggage Rack Tea Table.
The Line Up of Entrants in the Innovations Competition.
Driving under Instruction with a Hood over the Head in the Gymkhana
A Vintage Matchless Engined Aero Three Wheeler was a late arrival.
I spotted another Tour de France token set high on one of the Hotel Chimneys.
In the Concours Competition was this beautiful Flat Rad.
This 4/4 Special needs some explanation as it merges the rear end styling of an Aeromax with a Trad car.
More of the Concourse entrants in showroom perfection.
The Melvyn & Sindy Rutters Trophy winning entry.
Another Trophy Winner
This Beauty from Chris & MSCC Chairman Michelle Bailey won its class as well.
Another Old Matchless Engined Aero Trike
This one from Germany was judges to be the Best in Show
The whole Concourse Display Area
The Brands Hatch Motors stand was busy all afternoon.
This Lifes Motors car had a Wheel Up showing off a Suplex Installation.
The Drighlington Brass Band played for us all afternoon. Here they are being sketched by the Caricaturist.
The almost finished sketches.
Having had such a difficult 7 Hour Journey to Harrogate using the A1M, I decided that we would go all the way home without using a single mile of Motorway.
We would travel down the spine of the country towards Birmingham by going via Bradford, Huddersfield, Holmfirth (Home of The Last of the Summers Wine TV Series) over Holme Moss, the highest climb on the Tour de France UK Stages. Then on to Glossop, Buxton, Ashbourne and Litchfield.
I achieved this by setting Waypoints on the Sat Nav. My mistake was allowing the Sat Nav to take us from Litchfield to home.
9.5 Hours later, we arrived home in heavy rain for the last hour of the journey.
Our First Comfort Break stop was in the heart of Holmfirth in a small car park alongside the toilet block and the river.
Holme Moss is on the Autocar 1920's List of Motoring Hill Climbs
- Point 65 on my map of the 152 Hills (Link Below)
I Hope you enjoyed our weekends photos.