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Visit to the Morgan car factory

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We had a very pleasant visit to Malvern and the factory. After a certain amount of research on the internet we decided to stay at the Cotford Hotel. The rooms have a certain old fashioned charm and are quite comfortable. Barbara was very attentive and helpful with a small travel requirement. The restaurant is nothing less than superb, Chris is simply a genius in the kitchen and the staff are attentive and give service with a smile.

We arrived a little late for our appointment at the factory and as we drove in the gate we saw a Plus 4 in exactly the colours we had thought of buying. We both said “look they have our car ready for us!”

As it turned out that was the car we were to take for a test drive and in due course we exited the factory gate and headed towards Ledbury. We were lucky with both the weather and the traffic and were able to drive with the hood down in warm sunshine and were able to get along at a reasonably smart pace. Following a short walk around Ledbury we somewhat reluctantly headed back to surrender the car.

My impressions: I found the ride much more comfortable than that of my friends 4/4 and I liked the extra power and torque. In general terms I liked the handling and the steering response. The car has a pleasant exhaust note and at 50 mph the total noise, engine, road, wind etc., did not present any problems to conversation. On the negative side I am not entirely comfortable with the resistance (return spring pressure?) and the length of travel of the brake pedal. I guess that is something I will get used to.

After returning to the factory we tagged on to the next factory tour and very much enjoyed our visit. We took the opportunity to ask questions about some of the cars we saw in production. Morgan must have the most enthusiastic staff of any automotive factory in the world and we always received a willing response with a smile.

At the end of the day, after many discussions about colour choices, we decided to order the following car and options:

Morgan Plus 4 (LHD)
Colour Sports Ivory
Leather upholstery in Mulberry
Reclining Sports Seats
Mohair hood in Maroon
Walnut dashboard
Air conditioning
Elasticated door pockets
Map reading light
Clock
Radio CD inc. speakers etc
Spare wheel cover
4 Tread rubbers
Luggage rack
Digital photo build book
Battery conditioner
Webflex car cover (outdoor / indoor use)

I am undecided about sun visors and a little unsure whether to stay with the 4 tread rubbers or have no tread rubbers at all for that clean look. We have, and still are thinking of an alternative of interior trim in Saddle Brown with a black hood (the brown mohair unfortunately does not match any of the leather choices).

I have to say that we like the classic look of the colours we have chosen but also feel we are being a little unadventurous for what is essentially an adventurous car. Two other options considered are blue with beige upholstery or a deep metallic burgundy which also looks good with beige upholstery. Unfortunately a beige hood, whilst looking nice, would be very difficult to keep clean.

We are expecting to take delivery at the end of February or in the first week of March so we have time to change our minds on colours or refine our choices a little.

The drive home to Lake Como will be something to look forward to during the cold winter months.

Sorry about such a long post. I hope some find it interesting. Any and all comments greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultimo aggiornamento Venerdì 21 Ottobre 2011 06:38

Duilio Agostini Race Record

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1950

16 April Circuito di Asola (Moto Guzzi 500) 1° place

18 May Circuito di Lodi (Moto Guzzi 500) 4° place and fastest lap

28 May Circuito di Codogno (Moto Guzzi 500 ) 1° place and fastest lap

18 June Circuito di Castano Primo (Moto Guzzi 500) 1° place

 

Ultimo aggiornamento Martedì 02 Febbraio 2010 17:18

A Guzzista Doc

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Duilio Agostini

Translation by Peter Bradley from an article by Mario Colombo for “Moto Guzzi Collection” N. 69 published by Hachette.

Many fans are convinced that the first and only Agostini in the history of motorcycling was the renowned Giacomo from Bergamo, but they are wrong. Agostini is a name that, well before Giacomo became a national hero, had appeared several times in the chronicles of the sport, particularly those about Mandello.

Ultimo aggiornamento Lunedì 01 Febbraio 2010 18:47

Crete - August 2009

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About 3 years ago Alis was approached by a local family that was interested in purchasing the motorcycle dealership founded by her father. At that time, due to the ill health of her father Alis was not able to conclude any deal but after the death of Duilio last year Alis decided that after 30 years it was time for a change and with the agreement of her mother and sister the business has now passed to new hands. Alis is obliged to work part time for a period to assist with the smooth hand over of control but, for the first time ever, has managed to take a break of a full 4 weeks holiday.

Alis, Francesca and I once more went to Crete for our annual holidays. This time we took our car and travelled by ferry to Crete instead of flying. Our main destination was to a remote place on the southern coast called Frangokastello. It is the same place that we went to last year but this time we stayed for a full two weeks and meet several local friends that we had made last year. Before arriving at Frangokastello we stayed three nights in a small hotel, the Ammos Hotel, on Glaros Beach, a beautiful gently sloping sandy beach near Chania

Ultimo aggiornamento Lunedì 01 Febbraio 2010 19:42
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