Brian is a very long time member of the Morgan Three Wheeler Club and gives himself not enough credit, as he is one of the leading historians when it comes to Morgan three-wheelers. It was he who wrote the first book about Morgan three-wheelers, over 40 years ago. His book "The Three-Wheeler, story of The Morgan" is still a very good reference work. What follows is his own story:
I knew there were Morgan three-wheelers, but, I knew very little
about them. One summer evening in 1950 when I was 16 years old, I was
walking along the main street of Yate, near the City of Bristol. I heard and saw the 1939 MX4 engined Super Sports of Mr Green go
past. It was wonderful and for sale at £165. I could not imagine so
much money as I earned £13 a month as an office junior.
When I was 20 years old I sat in my office reading the Bristol
Evening Post. When my girlfriend appeared, I explained we were now
going to view a Morgan which was for sale in the newspaper. I expected a bit
of a wreck for £15. The 1922 De Luxe with 980cc watercooled J.A.P. turned out to be very sound having
been put in store 1939. I soon had it running well.
There was a
lovely winding back road route from the village where I lived into
the middle of Bristol, so going 10 miles to work was a delight. 50mph (80 kph)
and 65mpg (1 litre per 21.2 kms). The Morgan would soar up a 1 in 4 hill, if it arrived in
top (i.e. second) gear. I went on holiday through Devon and Cornwall and it was so
Alas, I was eventually seduced by a Super Sports J.A.P. of 1933. A gap and then another the same. Rescued and passed on a
1932 boat tailed Family and 1935 MX Family. I rescued a
Super Sports Aero chassis with 8 valve aeroplane Anzani
engine allied to a GN chassis. These were followed by a 1937 Super Sports MX4, a 1934
Super Sports and a 1948 F4. Now I have an F Super.
Back in 1956 Derek Evans talked to me about the technical side and
history. He worked at the Morgan factory and he and his brother were
dedicated to the marque. He had a 1928 Super Sports Aero with a KMC Blackburne sports engine. Said to be good for over 50bhp. Most, if not all, of the Morgans which Derek used to own are still going strong.
A memorable moment was being flat out going down into Woodcote
corner on the Silverstone racing circuit. My passenger assumed that
as it was before the actual race, she need not hang out behind me.
Without the needed weight the drivers side front wheel rose high
into the air. I kept it there as I tried to flatten out the bend. I
was only just able to bring down the wheel before I ran out of road! The next time I saw rows of cameras at the ready, but, had no wish to
repeat the hair raising event.
Not being an engineer by trade, I do some casting and make parts on my
lathe. I have enjoyed restoring Morgans,but the important part is
for them to be in good condition, reliable and smart, never over
For the Morgan Three Wheeler Club I have been Group Organiser a
couple of times, Technical Adviser for twins and Club representative
on the Auto Cycle Union General Committee.