Join Us At Run For The Hills!

Join us alongside thousands of Morgan owners and enthusiasts from around the globe on the 26-27 August 2017 for Morgan Run For The Hills, located at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern.

Held in association with the Morgan Sports Car Club, Run For The Hills 2017 promises a packed schedule of all-things-Morgan.

As we recently became a Morgan Dealership, the team at Holden Morgan will be attending alongside other Morgan dealers, trade stands and specialists.

Things To Do

There’s so much on offer this year, we’ll be surprised if you can fit it all in! Over the course of the two day event, you’ll be able to take part in any of the following:

Pickersleigh 3

If you’re the proud owner of a 3-Wheeler, you might like to take part in the Pickeesleigh 3 run on the morning of Saturday 26th August. Pickersleigh 3 is an organised run from the Morgan factory on Pickersleigh Road, to Run For The Hills. All 3-Wheeler owners are welcome to turn up at the factory for 8.15am and take part in the 15 mile scenic run which will conclude with a victory lap around the main area of Run For The Hills in front of a sea of spectators.

Race a Morgan

If you’re not currently a Morgan owner, or even if you haven’t got a driving licence, you can take a thrilling passenger ride in one of our factory Morgans around the AutoSOLO course. This is the perfect activity for Morgan enthusiasts young and old, and will give you some fantastic photo opportunities too!

The Morgan ‘It’s An Auto Knockout’ Obstacle Course

Morgan drivers will go head to head in this hilarious and gripping challenge where the aim is to dodge obstacles and navigate a complicated course in the quickest time. If you think you’d like to have a go, you can register your interest by emailing runforthehills@morgan-motor.co.uk.

Demo Runs

Morgans old and new will be taking part in demo runs throughout the weekend, with a commentator narrating the day via a loud speaker. If you’re a Morgan enthusiast, you’ll love the variety of Morgans on display and will have a chance to get up close and personal with them too.

The World’s Fastest Car

The 1000mph Bloodhound SSC is a land speed record car that can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds. Yes you read that correctly! It’s powered by a jet engine and a rocket, and will be on static display at Run For The Hills this year!

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Enjoy a breathtaking view of Malvern and the surrounding areas by taking a thrilling hot air balloon ride. Rides are free, but are limited on a first come first serve basis and will be weather dependent.

Watch A Stunt Show

On both the Saturday and Sunday you and the family can enjoy stunt displays by Bold Dog FMX and Richard Goodwin. Bold Dog FMX will be occupying the main arena to show off their motorcycle stunt skills, while Richard will be taking to the skies in his extraordinary muscle biplane!

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Throughout the weekend you can also enjoy delicious artisan food and drink, a range of stalls and services, an up close view of live motoring craftsmanship and delightful music from the English symphony orchestra. This event is not one you and your family will want to miss, so whether you’re a Morgan owner or just a really big fan, we’d love you to stop by and enjoy the weekend.

 

photo credit Morgan Motors

Are we up to the challenge? Of course we are! Morgan+4 Restoration

It’s not like the team at Holden Morgan to shy away from a challenge, and this is especially true of their latest venture – a monumental restoration project of a 1955 Morgan +4 currently occupying the new service and restoration bay.

We first introduced you to this broken down +4 back in March after Jeremy picked it up from Scotland following a bit of late night impulse shopping on eBay. Coincidentally, it turned out the chap he bought it off frequented the same old haunt Jeremy was once a regular at over 30 years ago, meaning their paths may have crossed a few times before. On Monday 13th March, after a celebratory dinner at the Anchor Hotel Kipford, Jeremy loaded the Morgan onto a trailer and it was transported back to the Holden premises in Bromyard.

Unfortunately, due to its fragile state, the car actually broke in half mid-journey, meaning that a new chassis will be required, a good job the Morgan factory is just up the road!

The exciting news is that there’s now an adventurous plan for the car. Not only will it be restored, in house, by June next year (which, when it comes to car restoration, is a bit of a tall order), but it’ll be modified into a rally car and taken to Rally Round Africa in October 2018!

 
For those of you who are unfamiliar, Rally Round Africa is a 6700km route that begins at Dar es Salaam, passing magnificent wildlife, bustling cities, breathtaking coastlines and dusty deserts before concluding in Cape Town. The question is; can this rather sorry looking Morgan handle the heat? We believe it can!
Follow our story over the next twelve months and watch us transform this tired and forgotten Morgan into a rally car fit for the African wilderness.

Bromyard Speed Festival 2017


At 10am on a crisp Sunday morning, Peder Nielsen, Bromyard’s Town Crier, formally announced the opening of Bromyard Speed Festival – the much anticipated classic motoring event that attracts thousands of classic motor enthusiasts from around the country annually.

You might be wondering – why Bromyard? Nestled between Worcester and Hereford, it turns out this charming town has a rich and fascinating classic car history. In fact, it has played a central role in the birth and development of the motorcar itself, with Morgan, Austin and Bean originating in surrounding areas. It’s no wonder people journey far and wide to celebrate motoring history in this picturesque setting.


It was clear from the offset that this year’s event was incredibly popular, with nearby parking lots filled to the brim and the narrow streets packed with thousands of onlookers from all walks of life. Queues of excited spectators lined up to gain access to the paddocks and given the turnout we can assume with some certainty that local food vendors were kept extremely busy all day.
As well as bringing together enormous crowds of likeminded petrol-heads, the festival provided a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with some seriously impressive classic cars and motorcycles.


Three land-speed record holders were displayed in a paddock for the public to view and photograph. These were the Beast Of Turin (pictured), a tremendous car that achieved 116mph in 1911, Babs, who beat the land-speed record in 1926 and The Napier Bluebird, a replica vehicle that achieved 174.883mph in 1927. Both The Beast and Napier Bluebird later took three laps around the streets (and may have shattered a few window-panes as they did). Babs, however, decided to remain in her paddock for the day and soak up the glory – we can’t blame her really!

The morning and afternoon saw groups of cars take a few spins around the town while being cheered on by the excited crowds. Categories included ‘vintage cars’, ‘rally cars’ and even ‘electric cars’, giving spectators a wonderfully diverse range of motors to view and enjoy.

Local classic car owner Brian Bedford had a particularly popular motor that certainly got people talking. His one-of-a-kind 1952 Ford Prefect Police Car (pictured below) featured a 11 72 side valve and had been recently restored to an immaculate standard. It even had a working siren that could be heard for miles as it raced around the town.


The Laverda Club were there displaying a range of legendary motorcycles, and owner of Slater Laverda Richard Slater was also present alongside many of his employees past and present.

Holden Vintage & Classic along with Morgan Motor Company, Brightwells Classic Motoring, South Hereford Garages and a range of other organisations sponsored the charitable event and pitched stalls in the market square where the cars commenced. Jeremy Holden, founder of Holden Vintage & Classic and Holden-Morgan, said, “The crowds and cars this year were fantastic and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. It was a wonderful day with perfect weather. We are so thankful to the volunteers, local businesses and participants for their enthusiasm which helped make the day so spectacular”.


Photo credits Rhiannon Carvell-Crook