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Old 20 Apr 2010, 14:52   #1
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Help needed: What is this car?

Can anyone tell me what this is? I'm pretty sure it's got a Morgan badge on it, but beyond that I haven't got a clue. My research skills are obviously not as prodigious as I like to make out...
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Old 20 Apr 2010, 14:58   #2
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Old 20 Apr 2010, 15:15   #3
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So it is. Excellent work, many thanks

Also, holy cow! Had I had the first idea what it was, I would have paid it a bit more attention!
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Old 20 Apr 2010, 17:24   #4
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So it is. Excellent work, many thanks

Also, holy cow! Had I had the first idea what it was, I would have paid it a bit more attention!
Simon Orebi-Gann testing after winter engine rebuild, along with fellow Driver / Morgan afficionado Rick Bourne. Chris Conoley (MASS) was keeping an eye on things- Wonder if he will do the same for me now my engine is finished!

Great car and great people. They are doing some Gentleman Drivers events plus some GT & Sportscar cup races this year.
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Old 20 Apr 2010, 17:34   #5
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Excellent, I'll keep an eye out.
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Old 20 Apr 2010, 21:48   #6
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sorry to drag up an old thread, but i have a question about the Morgan SLRs

the question is, did any of them ever race at Le Mans?
i thought they had, or at least one had, but i've just realised that when registration plate TOK258 won its class in '62, it was then on a Morgan +4, not an SLR

i'm gaining interest in le mans and i'm trying to collect together all the pics i have of cars that raced at le mans

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sorry to drag up an old thread, but i have a question about the Morgan SLRs

the question is, did any of them ever race at Le Mans?
i thought they had, or at least one had, but i've just realised that when registration plate TOK258 won its class in '62, it was then on a Morgan +4, not an SLR

i'm gaining interest in le mans and i'm trying to collect together all the pics i have of cars that raced at le mans

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I think it may be Morgan +4 SLR.

Some more info here: http://www.gomog.com/mogwire/SLR/allSLR.html

The Le Mans car appears to have been built around a Triumph chassis.
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Yep, the first SLR wasn't constructed until late 1963 and it was indeed based on a TR4 chassis. Don't think any of them did Le Mans but did race at Spa and Nurburgring.

This should really be in the History section, so moving it (t)here!
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Old 12 Sep 2013, 11:20   #11
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thanks the info chaps

heres some further pics of these rare cars
http://www.flickr.com/photos/coletri...ags/morganslr/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/coletri...gs/triumphslr/
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None of the SLRs, Triumph or 3 Morgan chassis'd versions, competed at Le Mans. My understanding (which is welcome to be corrected if wrong!) of the reason is that Chris Lawrence had a bad road accident which put him out of action for a lengthy spell. Upon his return to fitness he moved on to the Deep Sanderson project and the Morgan's were forgotten.

Shame as the potential top speed is so much higher than anything a +4 can achieve. With some additional lighting and optimised engine cooling it would have been a great Le Mans entry!

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None of the SLRs, Triumph or 3 Morgan chassis'd versions, competed at Le Mans. My understanding (which is welcome to be corrected if wrong!) of the reason is that Chris Lawrence had a bad road accident which put him out of action for a lengthy spell. Upon his return to fitness he moved on to the Deep Sanderson project and the Morgan's were forgotten.

Shame as the potential top speed is so much higher than anything a +4 can achieve. With some additional lighting and optimised engine cooling it would have been a great Le Mans entry!

To quote Bill de Selincourt who was a great friend of Chris:-
"One of the most uncomfortable cars I ever drove, I could not get into it properly"
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Old 12 Sep 2013, 16:05   #14
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To quote Bill de Selincourt who was a great friend of Chris:-
"One of the most uncomfortable cars I ever drove, I could not get into it properly"
Interesting! Although some 'hard points' (as I think they are called!) of the +4 remain the seat position is lower and view out so much better. Like a proper GT car in fact! The three Morgans are all equipped with full roll cages nowadays but having raced one for 50 minutes at a stretch and driven a short distance in another (both with period seats rather than FIA), I find them easier to drive and more comfortable than a +4. I'm about 6ft but anyone taller could struggle.

Off topic, but all 3 Morgan versions will be racing at Spa weekend after next. The unpainted car of John Emberson is doing the 6hr race, and that is a first for any of them. The other two will be in the 'only 90 minutes' Gentleman Drivers race on Sunday. Keith Ahlers in the green car is leading the GD Championship.

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I think the TR4 version is prettier due to being slightly shorter. It certainly has superior front suspension to the Morgan but is a bit heavier.

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