The Classic Car Loan Project and “Mogmatch”

Holly Davies was the first person to borrow a Morgan Three Wheeler through the Classic Car Loan Project back in 2018. When Holly was applying, she asked her father which car he would pick if he had the chance. He sent through his top three: “Either the Morgan, the Morgan…or the Morgan”.

Since then, the CCLP has enabled four other enthusiasts to experience Morgan driving and there are now three V-Twin Morgans available to borrow.

Holly’s Morgan was “Mabel” – a 1934 V-twin JAP engined Super Sports – owned for the last 25 years by Andrew Morison from Hampshire. After a brief but very insightful lesson from Sam Savage at the British Motor Museum Holly and Mabel headed back to Derbyshire to begin their year together.

Andrew handing Mabel over to Holly at the British Motor Museum Gaydon April 2018.

This started with a bang as they stopped off at the Sprint Circuit at Curborough where there just happened to be a Morgan Three Wheeler track day in progress – no better opportunity for a young driver to get used to her loan car and to meet the friendly members of the Morgan Three Wheeler Club.

Holly and father James Cornish arriving at Curborough.
Holly driving her first track session passengered by international Morgan racer Iain Stewart – good to have experience by your side.

Year one in the CCLP for Mabel wasn’t without mechanical challenges but Holly and husband Scott overcame the setbacks to enjoy vintage driving on a regular basis. Holly learnt various life lessons such as don’t go for a victory lap without your toolkit, however confident you might be that you’ve solved the issue, don’t wear a cap when driving an open top car and don’t wave to passers-by with your right hand which should be on the hand throttle at all times! Holly and Scott had many enjoyable countryside drives at the weekends so they were overjoyed when Scott became Mabel’s next official young borrower in 2019 whilst Holly took over the passenger seat and welcomed their son into the world.

Clearly Morgan driving had become engrained in the Cornish and Davies families because, having handed Mabel over to a new keeper for 2020, they have now bought a 1950 Morgan F-Super with help from the Morgan Three Wheeler Club “Mogmatch Scheme”.

The 1950 F-Super Morgan XFF 237 finds a new home with the Cornish/Davies families.

“Mogmatch” was set up by the Morgan Three Wheeler Club (www.mtwc.co.uk) about 5 years ago with the objective of getting more Morgans into the ownership of the younger generations of vintage and classic car enthusiasts.

With the generous support and determination of MTWC members, Mogmatch has found new homes with young people for 11 Morgans at significantly less than normal market values. These cars ranged from incomplete restorations projects to up and running V-Twins and F-Types like XFF 237. Currently there is a 1948 F-Type restoration project available, and we hope that more cars will become available in the future.

If you are a young enthusiast that would like to know more about Mogmatch and perhaps add your name to the list of people interested in acquiring a Morgan through the scheme, please contact Steve Lister – stevelister6421@btinternet.com