PH BLOG: MORGAN PLUS 8 DELIVERY DUTY
With Monkey jetting off to drive the Boxster someone had to drive the Plus 8 back from the Alps...
theBoxster and then new SL(stay tuned, coming shortly!) it needed someone to drive it home. Which is how I ended up, literally, snowboarding down a mountain to meet Chris, cameraman Neil Carey and the Morgan at the bottom of a piste outside Chamonix. Actually, that is as rock'n'roll as it sounds and as I arrived at the bottom of the run Chris was just pulling in. And in the time it took me to release my bindings and walk over there was already a crowd around the Morgan. This, it seems, is what happens with this car.
We spent the rest of the day filming, commandeering the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian I'd driven out in as a camera truck with the long-suffering Neil (I won't detail quite how long-suffering but, with the roof up, the Morgan is a very confined space to share with someone for a drive across Europe) rattling about on the load bed attempting to keen his lens trained on a giggling Monkey in a Morgan. Well, at least he was in the fresh air now.
The imbalance between power and tyre size/grip is heroic. Ditto the noise. So a route combining lots of hairpin bends and tunnels was hoontastically good fun. Into the more rolling Jura region the roads got a little icier and my throttle applications a bit more measured but the Morgan was still huge fun.
It's far from perfect - Chris is right about it being over sprung and it's hard to heel and toe properly - but it's such a riot you just don't mind. And, for my money, the lightly modernised styling is the perfect expression of the more high-tech aluminium chassis beneath. I wouldn't usually like 'modern' wheels on a car like this but even they seem to work visually. It looks kind of civilised but goes and sounds like an utter hooligan, which is an appealing combination that makes all other cars seem dull and anodyne.
Yes, it seems, they do... It could have been a lot worse.
Off the back roads and onto the peage I decided putting the roof up might make for slightly more comfortable cruising. But, it seems, wind noise and draughts actually seem to increase. No, not sure why that happens. I texted Chris at this point. "Try it in the rain" came the response.
UPDATED: Now with added (blustery) video footage...