Morgan Challenge 2016
Created in 1985 by a group of Morgan racing enthusiasts, the Morgan Challenge is a one-make race series for Morgan sportscars. Since its formation it has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most successful one-make race series.
The Morgan Challenge is open to all 4-wheeled Morgans and the championship is divided into several classes encompassing both standard and modified cars to encourage entries from as broad a spectrum of cars as possible. It is well known for being friendly, welcoming and supportive of both new and seasoned competitors. Grids throughout the season are well supported with an average of 30 cars on the grid for every race.
There are 10 race weekends with 12 races and the best 9 count towards the Championship positions. Points are awarded to class winners, second, third and so on, with an extra point being awarded for the fastest lap in each class. This enables a quick and consistent driver from any class to become overall champion and win the coveted Peter Collins Tray at the end of the season. It also ensures that, although the overall race winner on the day is likely to come from the highly modified and very quick cars in class A or B, the battles for class honours throughout the field are just as hotly contested. The championship winner is often decided at the last race of the season.
The Morgan Motor Company actively supports and sponsors the series via its performance arm AR Motorsport. There are always representatives from AR Motorsport at race meetings looking after factory cars that they have brought along to race and they bring along a variety of spares for sale to anyone who needs them. Yokohama tyres also support the series.
23rd April - Silverstone Nat
Mon 2nd May - Castle Combe
Sun 22nd May - Donington
Sun 5th June - Silverstone GP
Sat 23rd/Sun 24th July - Anglesey
Sat 6th August - Silverstone Nat BDC
Sat 3rd September - Oulton Park
Sat 24th September - Mallory Park
Sat 1st/Sun 2nd October - Snetterton 200
The series has a wide variety of classes to cover all of the various models that have been produced by the Morgan Motor Company and those classes are framed to cater for both highly modified V8’s and rapid V6’s through to near standard 4-cylinder engines.
Full regulations are posted on the Challenge web site and members of our Technical Committee are always happy to guide and advise on which class your Morgan is eligible for.
There are around 60 registered competitors in the series, several of whom have been racing in the Challenge since it began in 1985. New competitors in the Challenge come from other forms of motor sport or other race series. Some competitors drive to the circuit in their race cars on the day of the event, some camp, some overnight in a local B&B and many bring their cars on trailers behind motor homes. The variety of competitors is wide, both in age and occupations and there are five registered women drivers. The only qualifications you need are to be enthusiastic and sporting; commitment ranges from highly competitive to laid-back. The Morgan race series is one of the most friendly and if anyone has a problem with their car at a race meeting, advice and help are on hand from fellow drivers and their crews.
Everyone taking part in the series voluntarily agrees to a Drivers Charter emphasizing that the enjoyment and participation in the Morgan Challenge is based upon a respect for each other’s cars, friendship between competitors and finishing races with all the cars in one piece.
There is an award at the end of the season, voted for by the drivers, for the person who has embodied the true spirit of Morgan racing during the season.