Jochen Ernsting reviews his new Roadster

Jochen Ernsting, head of BMW’s motorcycle center in Hamburg was the first owner to drive the new Roadster away from the factory. This article written by him documents his experience driving it from the Factory back to Hamburg. Having gone through a much beloved 2009 “Centenary” Plus 4 and a nice 2010 Roadster S III i ordered the new Roadster 3,7 as one of the first – not actually exactly knowing what i´d be facing on delivery. But I have been sure all the time since, it was supposed to be something special. To say it rightaway: I have been SO right.   When I took delivery of my new car at the factory last week (thank you to all the helpful & always friendly Staff at Malvern!) after some really nerve-wrecking weeks of waiting I must say it has been worth every grey...

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 7

In the morning after breakfast we drive to Death Valley and Furnace Creek. In the lobby a man tells us a couple of bikers died there recently, it was so hot. The highest recorded temperature is 135 degrees F (57C) and as we drive there on the road it does get hotter and hotter. Two guys on Harleys going our way give us much needed courage. Dried weeds are blown across the desert by the road and I picture rattle snakes attacking us if we have to stop. Kiera is sunbathing nonchalently with her leg out of the car but entering the valley we start to coast down to sea level and a strong wind adds to the baking heat. It is around 130 degrees and at the viewing station at Zabriskie Point Kiera gets a mild bout of sunstroke. Tourists give us water...

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 6

Santa Fe was a giant railroad hub for the Wild West but now is a thriving tourist town and one of the gateways to the Grand Canyon. In the morning we set off and head up into the hills and pine forests. On the way we sail past many Gumballers by the roadside collecting their speeding tickets but the 3 Wheeler seems to avoid any of these unscheduled delays. Everywhere we stop the car or take on fuel people take pictures. “You are crossing from coast to coast in that!” they guffaw. After yet another McDonald lunch, fine dining Gumball style, we drive up the Canyons and arrive in Las Vegas late in the evening as the strip lights up. It is a magical experience driving the length of the strip in the Morgan 3 Wheeler with a couple of Gumball cars in convoy....

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 5

We head out of a prosperous city full of skyscrapers to Forbes Airbase and the Heartland Race track. There is nobody there from the Gumball and the officials won’t let us on track. We do however make use of the weighbridge and discover the 3 wheeler weighs exactly 1306 lbs complete with a full tank of fuel and our luggage. We continue on our journey and realise we are in Wizard of Oz land. We drive along long straight roads at the end of which are enormous 20 story grain silos built to feed the massive herds of cattle which graze the Prairies. We see a twister in the distance in a field overshadowed by heavy rain clouds. Stopping for petrol to shelter temporarily we are told that the hailstones can be as big as golf balls. If the storm breaks above us apparently...

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 4

The next day we leave Indianapolis for St Louis. We drive 400 miles to the Missouri River and St Louis from where the famous 19th Century American explorers Lewis and Clark headed to discover the West. The town was once the biggest port inside America and to commemorate its past there is an enormous arch. The town links the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and used to carry all the goods trade of central America down the Missouri on paddle steamers. St Louis is also the Gateway to the West because the first settlers followed in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark to colonise the Red Indian territories of America. A horrible wind blows a salty dust in our faces but the 3 Wheeler continues to perform beautifully so I have raised rev limit to 4,000 rpm. We are cruising now at...

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 3

At the Indy 500, the fastest motor race in the world. The 150 Gumball Rally cars are given a police escort from Monument Square to the Indy 500 race track. We are parked up on the infield in front of Pagoda and the start line. Kiera and I visit Conquest team garage meet Eric Bachelart and Martin Plowey. We chat about Ana Beatrix, known as “Bia” for short and discuss her chances. She has qualified 13th and top of the 3 women drivers at an average lap speed of 225 mph! We head for the grid where there is an incredible atmosphere. The drivers all come out for a group photo in front of the Pagoda. There is a parade of old Indy cars and past driving heroes. Because it is Memorial weekend there are endless military parades. When the 60 cars appear and...

Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012 – Day 2

We cross the Delaware river over an impressive steel bridge and settle into steady cruise towards Pittsburgh and Detroit. The engine feels great and the comfort is fine. Kiera wears her helmet and fiddles with the intercom trying to listen to music on her Iphone. I wear traditional goggles and leather cap and leave my helmet stored under bonnet. We fly over hills and rumble through tunnels. A police car pulls us over for driving in the USA with a UK license plate but I assure him that it is all perfectly legal. The car is a temporary import and I show him our comprehensive insurance policy. After checking with his superiors he waves us on our way. Kiera reads the map as we drive through the night before stopping for a quick break in a non descript hotel chain. Next morning we head...

GUM BALL 3000 – Charles Morgans Gumball Diary 2012

The experiment was to prove that a Morgan 3 Wheeler can cross the USA from coast to coast with ease, a journey of some 3500 miles in all. To follow a process I take a SuperDry Morgan 3 Wheeler after final inspection just as it would leave the factory before being sent to a dealer or a customer. This is deliberate as I do not want to drive a specially prepared car. I run it in carefully like any customer would around the local area and to Hay on Wye and into Wales for 200 miles. I have a bolster made for extra support under my thighs in quilted leather for greater comfort on longer journeys. Perhaps this should be added to the extras list as the “Gumball” bolster. I test the intercom and helmet headphones with Kiera at the factory. SuperDry who sponsored...

Morgan cars launched at Luxury China in Beijing

The Luxury China event was a success for Morgan Cars. The first Beijing Luxury Expo saw the Morgan team launch brand new cars as the classic British marque came to Beijing. British Ambassador to China, Sebastian Wood CMG, opened a press conference attended by over 50 Chinese and International Media, leading to coverage being secured in China, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, India and France. Thousands of visitors took interest in the cars on the display booth designed by anySCALE, where Morgan Men pooled from Beijing’s British community were on-hand to answer their questions. The 72m2 space allowed visitors to explore the cars as well as get an insight into the company’s history and production process. See the video below

Morgan cars sign lease on 320m2 showroom in one of the Ten Great Buildings in China

Morgan cars in Beijing has a new 320m2 home in the heart of the city, within the Gongti Stadium complex with automotive neighbours Lotus Nyo, Sports Car Club of China and Bentley. The Workers Stadium (simplified Chinese: 工人体育场; traditional Chinese: 工人體育場; pinyin: Gōngrén Tǐyùcháng), often called Gongti or Gong Ti, is a multi-purpose stadium in the Chaoyang District of north-eastern Beijing, China. It is mostly used for football (soccer) matches.[1] The stadium was built in 1959 and was last renovated in 2004 (the concrete structure was strengthened, a new rotating display screen and energy-saving devices were installed). It has a capacity of 66,161 and covers a land area of 350,000 square meters. It is one of the Ten Great Buildings constructed in 1959 for the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. Units 79-81: The Morgan showroom The renovated showroom will be operational...

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