As a long time USA Morgan-enthusiast, Jim has appeared at numerous meetings over the years. Yet his interest has never slackened, it rather increased! Apart from running and working on his own Morgans, he is also giving US East Coast agents Larry and Linda Eckler a helping hand. Thus he keeps well in touch with the latest news on the Morgan scene.
Jim is better known as Jim Halfdime (nickel = half a dime and sounds as nichol) in the Morgan community around the globe. He actively participates in different Morgan internet fora.
Let Jim share his own Morgan story:
What raised your interest in Morgans
and when was this;
look I had at a Morgan was during the summer of 1962. As a fifteen year old wastrel who whiled away
his non-educational hours at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome with a school chum,
the opportunity arose to drive forty minutes to Lime Rock Park
for an SCCA regional race.
transport? A 1953 Oldsmobile 88 with
license tags found on his back road…legal?
We weren’t even old enough for drivers’ licenses, but off we went with a
few dollars in our pockets for admission.
We found the WW II army surplus bridge into the infield and motored
slowly to the “Climbing Turn” where the E Production morning practice was
As the TR 4s, Elva
Couriers, and other EP cars sped by, I noticed one which looked out of place, a
vintage looking racer that provided the impetus to spend $ .50 for a Haybale,
the official program.
Quickly turning to
the list of entrants, I found the mystery car to be a Morgan +4…I was
What was the first Morgan you owned?
Through high school and university I longed for the paycheck that would open the
doors of Morganing to me. That
opportunity presented itself in April of 1970 when, thanks to a friend, I found
a 1964 +4 4 seater with an owner who needed a quick influx of cash.Two days later I was the proud owner of said
Morgan.After forty years and two major
rebuilds, Marga Morga sits proudly in the garage ready and waiting to ride anywhere.
Which Morgans have you owned over the years?
years, the +4 was joined in the garage by a number of motorbikes,
including a BMW R75/5, a Bultaco
Metralla Mk 2, a Ducati 350 Desmo SS, a
BSA Lightning, anda Yamaha SR500, while
wishing to add a Morgan Three Wheeler.That hope was fulfilled in 1998 when “Murphy,” a 1928 British Anzani
powered Morgan Aero was added. Today the
two Moggies proudly share the family garage.
What gives you the most pleasure of
the Morgan hobby?
Morgans have led me to a number of wonderful
friendships as well as the joy in visiting a number of fascinating places
throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.My life would be much less enjoyable without these connections, which have
enrichened my life beyond measure.
How has your involvement with Morgan
When I first took possession of the +4, I
was unaware of any support, this being decades before the internet simplified
networking. Relying on my own somewhat
minimal skills, we soldiered on for a year, the Morgan being my sole means of
Then in early 1972 in Road & Track magazine there appeared in
the classifieds, a notice of an upcoming Morgan meet to be attended by Peter
and Jane Morgan.I immediately
registered and waited impatiently for the July 4th weekend.
As the weekend approached, so did Hurricane
Agnes along with torrential rains.MOG 2
was not seriously affected and with a high school buddy, off we went with no
idea as to what was to transpire.
turned out to be a weekend that formed my focus until this day. Peter and Jane Morgan were delightful as were
the many Morgan owners gathered there.
year or two later saw the inception of the ¾ Morgan Group of which I remain a
member. My involvement included a term
as president and another as vice president along with the honor of being
awarded the club’s highest award, the Harry J. Carter Esprit du vent
Memberships also include the
MCC-DC, Morgan Three Wheeler Club, and the Vintage Sports Car Club of America.
What do you consider to be your
personal Morgan high point?
Murphy, (The 1928 Morgan Aero of which I am proud to be steward) received an
invitation to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Excellence as one of a ten car Morgan
class. While not an award winner, the
honor of the invitation is one of my two Morgan high points, the other being
awarded the Harry Carter award by the ¾ Morgan Group Ltd. in 2001.
An occasion which will be remembered by many American Morganeers were the memorial races at Road America/Elkhart Lake, in honour of Peter Morgan who passed away shortly before then. I was
among the participants from throughout the United States, racing in "Murphy", although this is basically a road car. The British Anzani engine ran like a top and I enjoyed myself immensely. Below follow a series of pictures from this venue. Below follow a series of pictures from this venue.
Is there anything you personally wish for on the
My primary wish was for the return of the three
wheeler…a wish fulfilled. I hope that
the Morgan Motor Company keeps on innovating and thriving as the twenty-first century continues.
While scanning the pages of your site, I
was also reminded of yet another high point
in my days as a Morgan owner. A couple of weeks after meeting Peter and Jane Morgan at
MOG 2 in Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, I begged, borrowed, and stole to raise
enough money to fly 'cross the Pond.
While there, I took the train to Malvern
Link and strolled the short way to the Works. While enjoying the factory, PM
and Jane and I crossed paths, at which point they asked where I was staying.
finding out that I was going to find a B & B after I wandered 'round, they
insisted I stay with them, so for the next three days I was a guest at their home...
was in heaven!
As I readied my gear to move on and collect my car hire in
Stratford on Avon, Jane suggested that I drive her autobox +8 Drophead Coupé to Stratford
as practice in driving on the left, so I enjoyed driving the only, to that
time, automatic Morgan built (Not to mention the only +8 drophead). Things just got better
through the entire holiday!