The racing Morgan, specially built for the postponed International Cycle Car Race.
A VEHICLE, concerning the novel features of which many rumours gained currency as the date of the International Cycle Car Race drew near, was the new racing Morgan. It was known that a number of these machines were being specially designed for the race, and a great many fancied their chances against the four-wheelers. The Isle of Man race, as everybody knows, was abandoned owing to the war, and we are now enabled to publish illustrations and a description of the new Morgan racer. When we state that the engine is a special eight-valved air-cooled M.A.G., of a bore and stroke of 82 mm. x 102 mm. = 1,078 c.c., it can be well believed that the runabout has proved much faster than anything which the Morgan Motor Co. has turned out hitherto, these remarks applying particularly to speed on gradients.
The chassis is the standard Grand Prix type in almost every particular, though the back forks are widened slightly, and larger brake drums are fitted. The gear is of the usual Morgan two-speed type, the ratios being 3½ and 5¼ to 1 respectively. The clutch is of standard design, but no outside flywheel is fitted. The bodywork is entirely of wood, whilst the front is pointed as shown in the illustrations, and accommodates a good supply of tools. The back part is held together by a large petrol tank the capacity of which is about six gallons - sufficient fuel for a trip of approximately 200 miles. The petrol is pressure fed to an Amac carburetter possessing a very large float chamber, and the pressure is maintained by a pump on the dashboard, discernible in one of the illustrations. A pressure gauge is, of course, fitted. The exhaust is conveyed to the rear of the vehicle by two long and almost straight pipes extending along the sides of the body. The silencers are fitted at the ends of these pipes, and, incidentally they can easily be removed for racing purposes. One of the most remarkable features of the new racing -Morgan is the exceptionally low centre of gravity, the object, of course, being to render the machine safe on corners in particular, and, indeed, the vehicle has proved to be possessed of wonderful stability.
H.F.S. Morgan at the wheel of one of his special racing runabouts. The engine
is an eight-valve M.A.G.