Friday, 31 October 2014
Monday, 27 October 2014
Visiting Heathrow Today
Every so often I travel to Heathrow to deliver and collect my Son from his travels, usually to the Magnificent New Terminal 5.
It is a long time since I last visited Terminal 4 so was Pleasantly Surprised to find that since my last visit, Etihad Airline, from Abu Dhabi, have built a Fabulous Display on the Entry / Exit Roundabout.
Here I am swinging onto the Infamous M25 from the M4 Motorway with a good clue above that I am getting close to my destination.
Ahead I can see the regular Anticlockwise queue but fortunately, as a visitor to either T4 or T5, I just need to get over to the Nearside Lane Slip Road and cruise past the queue.
Ahead, as I turn into the Terminal 4 Slip Road, I spy the target of my Camera.
Ahead is the Magnificent Facade of the Hilton Hotel, designed by the Manser Practise, and my Etihad Display, better Photographed from the Exit Road.
On the way out, I managed to take this shot (Cropped) which shows the display in all of its splendour.
At risk of a Knuckle Rapping, as I traversed the Roundabout I managed to get two more close shots, this one into the Sun.
Just before entering the slip road I manage to take just one last shot of the display from the rear.
I cribbed the next two shots from the internet to show how Fab they look in the dark.
Those of you like me, who travelled weekly from Terminal 1, entered from the North Side will remember seeing the superb British Airways Concorde Model reaching for the sky as you entered the tunnel under the runways.
The Concorde Model at Heathrow.
When it was removed from Heathrow it was temporarily relocated to the Brooklands Museum at Weybridge Surrey.
Also at Brooklands, a Full Size Concorde may also be visited
The Model may now be seen as you travel into the Mercedes World / Brooklands Museum Visitor Entrance of the Brooklands Site.
Back at Heathrow, the Entry Slot has been taken by this Emirates Airways Airbus Model.
Once I had delivered my son to his office, I made my way to meet Ann at the White Horse Inn at Hedgerley for our Morning Coffee (despite me partaking of a Costa Cappuccino at Heathrow)
It was so warm there we could sit in the Sun in the Garden.
It was a perfect end to the trip when this beautiful Late Flying Red Admiral paid us a visit.
So that was my day. Frank.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
The R. Nick Taylor Tool Tray available to Buy for Your Morgan.
I realise that some of you may have already read about these tool trays as part of another of my Blog Topics.
But, as others of you may have missed it this thread is Specific to Buying one of Nicks Tool Trays for your Morgan.
Here is a Copy of Nicks Sales Advert
My Own Morgan Tool Tray
This Picture above may be familiar to some of you. Others of you may not have noticed that fault this has happened to your Plastic Morgan Tool Tray?
Roadster 100 Owner, Nick Taylor designed an Aluminum Tool Tray and the maker is prepared to make more of them for Morgan Owners who would like to have one for their car
Currently, they cost just about £126 delivered to a UK address.
As the photo in the Sales Flyer Advert above, of Nicks Filled Tray, indicates there is plenty of extra storage for those who tour and need to take extra equipment.
The Tool Tray Cross Section
These Two New Drawings from Nick, give the dimensions that he used for his Morgan Roadster.
He points out that Owners of other Morgan Models should cross check their Own car's Dimensions and write them on a copy of these drawings if they differ from Nicks Measurements.
The Tool Tray Plan.
The Manufacturer, Kevin, will then Tailor a Tool Tray to fit your Morgan's needs. if you want to order one then speak to Kevin about it.
If you do order one then please be patient for yours as Kevin has received quite a few orders to fit in with his existing business.
Nick has enhanced his Tool Tray to make it more accessible by Splitting the Plywood Lid into a 4 Part Hinged Lid with the Carpets modified to Fit the Split Lids.
I have enhanced my Tool Tray by fitting it out with these small Fibre Board Boxes which I made to separate my Tools and other Items.
I also fitted the Plastic Foam Sheet to keep the Lid from Rattling when Closed.
I have also made this set of Nylon Drawstring Bags, lined with some Towelling Fabric, to take the Heavy Items of The Jack, The Jack Handle, The Wheel Nut Spanner and the Wheel Nut Mallet.
Just a few extra ideas to use to enhance your Tool Tray.
Therefore, if you are interested in this super upgrade for your Morgan then please contact Kevin.
or, as Nick says,
If you have the skills and the equipment then do feel free to use the Drawings to make a Tool Tray for yourselves.
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Iconic Brooklands on Morgan Day with a Brooklands Morgan passing by
Every year since our founding the Morgan Centenary Roadster 100 Register, a group of us have attended this excellent Morgan Gathering in the Home of British Motor Racing.
Following the Sterling Efforts of Member Chris Attwood to Gather Roadster 100 Owners us at this Years Brooklands Morgan Day Today (Sunday 5th October 2014) Five of us Regulars made it on what was a beautiful Sunny Day.
The only ODD THING, if one can call it that, about today is that were were located away from our usual pre booked area, to a spot behind the Old Garages where none of the other Morgan Owners could see us?
As a Brooklands Club Member, I will aim to establish from the Brooklands Team why this was?
A friend has since suggested that, being on the route from the Main Visitors Entrance, we were in a Privileged Position.
Our Parking Place at this end of the line, in front of the Old Garages once used by the Motor Racing Teams. This building is now one of the Main Museum buildings.
Our Registers Founder Member, David Harris, exchanged his Roadster 100 for this beautiful Zuralic Red Roadster after it being displayed at one our All Morgans' Day Events.
We Call his car No. 000 and he sports our Car Badge carrying that number.
Also taken by the Official Brooklands Photographer
Also taken by the Official Brooklands Photographer
The View from the other direction towards the Entrance Block.
Heading for the Cafeteria we turn the corner and there is the Fabulous Brooklands Club House.
Passing the Side Door, This is the interior of part of those Garages
At the side of the Club House is the beginning of the full Morgan Parking area.
On our left, a Club Member has been allowed to park his 'Royale' in front of the BP Garage.
Wife Ann & Elizabeth buying us a welcome Coffee.
We alway gather at 11.30 am for a Meet & Greet Coffee before dispersing over the museum area.
Here are some of our group, David, Barry, Elizabeth, Stephen and Ann enjoying the Sunshine.
Some of us Lads decide to take a short walk around the Aircraft Parking area - This BAC 1/11 looks smart.
David takes the opportunity to sell an idea to todays organizer Chris.
The rear of the Clubhouse, well maintained.
The Brooklands Wall.
This Concorde, where one may take an 'experience' simulated flight, is too long for one photo.
Here is the Other Half.
This building has recently been converted into a Theatre.
The Theatre shows old films of the Vintage Motor Racing on the Brooklands Banked Track.
Tea Towels are available depicting the Full Brooklands Track
In the distance here, Behind the London Bus Museum Building you can see a section of the original Brooklands Racetrack Banking
Another New Exhibit is this group of Emergency Vehicles with the Teams resting waiting for a Shout.
More of the old aircraft are Parked around the front of the Club House and will be seen in some of the next few photos.
Part of the event for the last two years has been for a limited number of Morgans to drive the Test Track of the Mercedes World.
The cavalcade from last years event.
Here below, this years cars are forming up ready to drive their few circuits.
We just never get to Brooklands early enough to be among the Chosen and Register.
This shed is devoted to the replica Avroplane.
The Cavalcade waits to be allowed to exit the site.
More Aircraft next to the Avro Shed.
This Mog appears to have Aircraft Tendencies, needing to Spread its Wings.
Showing Off the Clubhouse from the Entrance Road.
Backing onto 'The Height' Members Car Park.
This Series 1 Aero 8 heading this line up.
On the Clubhouse Balcony this Saxophonist plays for us most of the day with hardly any encouragement from the passing visitors.
His view of the world below
Taking a well earned break.
A Stunning Matchless Engined Three Wheeler.
A Brooklands Roadster and Plus 4 Special
This Lime Green is of an Acquired Taste but the Aero next to it was absolutely Stunning.
The Burger Bar must be a recent addition to the facilities on offer.
Quite a Stunning M3W recent Three Wheeler. I just wish that someone had spotted that awful black Air Filter cover and redesigned it.
The Harrier Jet and the WW2 Wellington Hanger make a perfect backdrop to these two lovely Morgans.
A Jap Engined Aero Three Wheeler was one of the stars for me.
The Malcolm Campbell Sheds for the Main Museum buildings.
As Members, Ann and I decided to visit the Clubhouse Bar to take a sandwich lunch, however it was too busy as usual so we decided to go to the cafeteria. Our route back took us along the corridor.
An excellent depiction of a Race Day at Brooklands.
The Racetrack in action driven Clockwise.
On the Ground Floor of the Clubhouse there are a few exhibits.
A lovely line of Vintage Motorcycles.
After lunch we spotted this version of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' had replaced the 'Royale'
The Line Up of Morgans had almost stretched to the rear of the Clubhouse.
Next we decided to make a tour of the Museum Sheds to see if there were any new exhibits.
These are the ones I photographed.
Love this Aston Martin
Model of the Railton Special and the old Daily Herald Trophy
Brough Superior & Sidecar.
Back at our cars, Stephen had been told to move due to being in front of an Emergency Exit
David & barry had left for their long drive back to The Cotswolds.
This Late Visiting Member had parked along side us.
In the Sheds opposite us are the Racing Cars. Normally there is also a F1 Simulator there for you to try a circuit of the old Brooklands Track
Back at the Main Display Area, the Sun is going down and Owners are thinking of going home.
The Famous Test Hill
Donna Hopton and her Team of Marshals are taking a well earned break having completed the Test Hill Runs.
We make one last circuit of the displays before having a Green Tea in the Club Bar.
There are more Trikes here than when we came past earlier today.
I had not realised that local Morgan Dealership, Bell & Coleville, had two cars here. Then I spotted Talk Morgan member Peter Jenks chatting to a lady who I then discovered is Brooklands Bulletin Editor Diana Willows discussing this new Morgan +8 Speedster.
I then spotted Chitty giving rides around the Old Pits Garages.
In the Old Pits Garages are parked the Specials Vehicles used to give Test Hill Rides during the School Holidays.
In the Old Days this area was on the Track Finishing Straight and will soon be the subject of a Museum Race Track Revival Project.
While having tea on the Balcony I spotted this opportunity to photograph a Morgan from above.
As 'Chitty' and her passengers give us a wave as they head for home, we say our farewells to Brooklands Morgan Day for another year.
I hope that you enjoyed our tour.