Hillman

William Hillman was born in 1848 and apprenticed at John Penn’s engineering works. James Starley also worked at Penn’s, but left to move north and found the Coventry Sewing Machine Company with Josiah Turner in 1861. Starley headhunted promising engineers from down south, and William was among them.

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Fleet Line Markers

Fleet Line Markers was initially established by Peter McGuffie in 1953 and produced a polishing paste for treating webbing found on military uniforms such as gators and belts. Although this was a good start for the business the end of National Service meant that the paste they produced was not so sought after from 1960 onwards. Due to this change in circumstances the company diversified into the production of line marking materials, due to Peter’s expertise in pigmentation, and the machinery required to apply the paint. A canny change of direction indeed and in no real time at all, Fleet Line Markers became a leading name in sports field line marking and an award winning one at that, gaining recognition for their innovation in the field.

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News Issue 96

On July 1st we saw the doors of car showrooms open again, and our Editor’s anecdotal thought that now was a great time to own a Morgan transitioned into a great time to buy one, as the still quiet roads of Great Britain became an opportunity for every parked up Morgan still waiting at a dealer to find a new home.

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Highland Smoked Salmon

During this period of lockdown and the uncertainty that has accompanied it my thoughts have often turned to food, and my weighing scales tell me that this is a little too regularly, and one of our household’s absolute all-time favourite food stuffs has to be smoked salmon. As soon as this delicious delicacy crosses the threshold it appears to almost instantly disappear requiring me to set out once more in search of this finest fish.

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News Issue 95

‘The Big Night In’ appeal saw the BBC’s biggest charitable partners, Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need, join forces for the very first time with a live star-studded show to help raise funds and celebrate acts of kindness. The show aimed to unite the nation with an evening of incredible entertainment and stories of those going the extra mile to support their communities in these troubled times.

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Tanner Bates

A most amazing natural material, manipulated by mankind, to become an essential covering for endless objects including ourselves. Yes, I’m talking about leather, from our vehicle interiors to the trousers I am wearing as I write, its durability and use is almost limitless. Us Humans have been leather making for a remarkably long period of time, by our meagre standards, a staggering seven thousand years apparently!

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Lea-Francis

Draw a map of the UK’s motor manufacturing history, and you’ll find that an awful lot of automotive ley lines converge on Coventry. It certainly was the Detroit of Great Britain. One of the minor but significant pins in that map would be marked Lea-Francis, and, as with so many other motoring names, they began by making bicycles.

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News Issue 94

The Morgan Motor Company is supporting the coronavirus relief effort with the donation of an example of its all-new Plus Four to the BBC’s The Big Night In. The car featured as the final prize in the appeal, which aired at 7pm on Thursday 23 April. The prize draw was open to anyone aged 18 or over, and ran until 2pm on 30 April, by which time a total figure of funds raised will be considerable. On the night of the appeal a total of twenty seven million pounds were raised, of which the Morgan Raffle contributions were said to be an “eye watering” amount.

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News Issue 93

Morgan Motor Company has built the first of its limited-run Plus 4 70th Anniversary Edition models. The four cars, the first of just 20 examples to be built, were completed just before the Company took the decision to close its factory for one month as part of efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For the first time since World War II, the Morgan factory will close for an extended period, beginning 25 March 2020.

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KEF UK

“I like small people I like tall people, if they’ve music, they’re wired for sound” Cliff Richard once sang, or at least that’s what I thought, and so did my Mum! Just to explain, my Mother is a master of the misheard and reinterpreted lyric, the twisted lyric as it is often called. Sir Cliff was of course singing “I like small speakers I like tall speakers” but I guess it depends on the quality and clarity of what is delivering the sound that you are listening to and in mine and my Mother’s case perhaps we needs some better equipment?

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News Issue 92

The World’s Oldest Morgan Dealer has moved from the Centre of Southport to Banks on the outskirts of the town. Proprietor Dave Randall has finally retired, and the business has been taken on by Matt Jackson, the chief mechanic at the dealership. Matt has been at Life’s and working with Morgans of all ages for well over ten years now and he will continue to provide his expert care and attention for all types of Morgan.

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Gilbern

The industrial areas of Wales have always provided British manufacturing with many of the components needed to build cars. There seems to be a bit of a renaissance going on there, too, as the likes of Aston Martin have moved assembly to Welsh factories, and even the reborn TVR factory is in Ebbw Vale.

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Antony Bridge Landscape Artist

It is something that has always fascinated me, given immense pleasure and created total confusion over the years, the world of visual art. As an art form it has also challenged my understanding as I often return to the recurring conundrum of how some people can create paintings and drawings, from masterpieces to doodles, seemingly effortlessly while others appear to struggle with one end of the pencil and paintbrush to the other!

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