Cyclecar Grand Prix

From the start it was very much a family business and Mr H.F.S Morgan’s sister, Miss Dorothy Morgan, was a regular entrant in reliability trials gaining many first class awards in a Morgan three-wheeler. In 1913 a Morgan made the fastest time at the celebrated Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb at an average speed of 22 mph. And at the end of the year the Morgan Runabout had gained a greater number of awards for reliability and speed than any other Cyclecar or Light Car.


The most significant victory of the early years was that of W.G. McMinnies in the International Cyclecar Grand Prix at Amiens in France. McMinnies and his passenger Frank Thomas won against strong opposition from many continental four-wheelers. This in spite of an enforced stop to change an inner tube in one of the front tyres!


W.G. McMinnies, was the editor of the “Cyclecar” magazine and his success gave Morgan a great deal of publicity. After the event he christened his particular car “Jabberwock of Picardy”, and a new model, called the Grand Prix and based on the race winning car was introduced to the Morgan range. This victory also resulted in a further increase in orders for Morgan cars and it was soon obvious that despite recent extensions, the Worcester Road factory was too small to cope with the demand.