This trip was made in order to catch the early Great Western Brighton to Great Malvern train. No one in the group had visited this Cotswold town.
The train was on time and a sedate trip took place via Southampton, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham Spa and Worcester. Great Malvern had been visited by Michael Portillo so for once we followed him rather than he followed us when he started his rail trips around the UK. We were first.
On wandering around the town we noticed that tours of the Morgan car plant were available if a booking was made. The hotel owner knew their secretary and kindly booked a tour for the following morning still allowing time to return home.
The tour was extremely interesting to see how much of the cars were still handmade especially with shaping the wooden frame work. The three wheeler model had made a comeback and now had a separate area for it production.
The standard design had examples from the early days through one off models to the more streamlined versions seen today
Starting cost for a basic model was £30,000 but most were custom made to owners requirements. Paul O’Grady had a car being built for him and the interior work in the colour purple.
One of the others being shown round asked doesn’t the wood rot when it is outside, but the guide said if you bought a Morgan you didn’t leave it out in all weathers!! We decided that buying one was out of our pockets!!
From there we caught the train back via Oxford, Reading and London.