AlbertBallPortraitOn May 7th, 1917, Captain Albert Ball met his end following a dogfight with Lothar von Richthofen, brother of the famous Red Baron. An unlikely hero, Captain Ball was a modest man from Nottingham who rose to become one of Britain’s finest fighter aces. He was also one of the very first customers for Morgan’s Three Wheeler, a car he described as being “the closest thing to flying, without leaving the ground“.

We thought it would be a fitting tribute to visit France to show our respects to Captain Ball on the 99th anniversary of his death. Exclusively in Morgan Three Wheelers, of course. This is not an organised holiday, not a rally, race or competitive event. It’s a gathering of as many Morgan Three Wheelers as we can muster and an enjoyable day’s blat across some lovely French countryside.

We will rendezvous at midday on Saturday 7th May at St Omer Aeroclub, home of The Royal Flying Corp’s 56 Squadron at the time of Captain Ball’s last flight. From there we shall make our way to Annœullin, about an hour’s drive away (by any route you like). The crash site just outside Annœullin was bought by Ball’s Father (who went on to become mayor of Nottingham) and gifted back to the locals on the understanding that they never move a stone he placed on the exact spot his son’s aircraft crashed. We’ll park nearby and tramp across the field to this spot to lay a wreath at 3pm and remember his sacrifice (and the millions like him, on both sides) who gave their lives for us.

Following that folks can either return home, or join us for a few drinks in St Omer on Saturday night before returning on Sunday 8th May. Our aim is to have as many Morgan Three Wheelers along as possible, the event has the full support of the Morgan Motor Company and will be professionally filmed. A photo story should appear in various places in print, too. We think it’s a fitting way to remember Captain Ball.


If you’d like to join us there is no fee, simply email with ‘Albert Ball’ in the subject line and let us know your name(s) and Morgan Three Wheeler registration number and we’ll add you to the entry list (which will appear below in due course). You’ll need to book your own crossings and Hotels if needed (we’re staying in St Omer), all we ask is that you bring a smile and a camera.

We look forward to meeting you at St Omer Aeroclub at midday on Saturday 7th May.

Entry list (periodically updated)

Achim and Caro Koenig (DE) – TÜ MO 61

Darryl Sleath and Rich Duisberg (UK), M3W – VN15 HLU

Mark Henry (UK), M3W – FX12 HTD

Thorsten and Ralf Hüttermann (DE), M3W –  OB PS 3

Ian and Maria Parkinson (UK), 1934 Morgan V Twin Supersports – AOL 523

Ron Clements (UK), 1933 Morgan V Twin Supersports – ALX 8

Pete Clements (UK), 1934 Morgan V Twin Supersports – FD 8573

Chris Golding (UK), M3W – P12 CMG

Scott Morgan (UK), M3W – M3W NV

Gilbert Bougrat (FR), M3W – CV-390-HF

Roger Gates (UK), M3W – V60 RJG

Tim & Alex Watson (UK), M3W – AJ62 ZDT

Dave Moore (UK), M3W – J777 DCM


The smallprint: This is an event exclusively for Morgan Three Wheelers, no other marques or models should attend, please (sorry about this). This is a non-competitive event, no racing, rallying or oikish behavior is expected. You’re free to arrange your own crossings, hotels, breakdown cover and backup. We will announce a meeting point for drinks on the evening of Saturday 7th May in St Omer nearer the time. For further information email with ‘Albert Ball’ in the title and we’ll be happy to help. 

About The Author

Rich Duisberg

Rich's drivel regularly appears in Practical Performance Car and GT Porsche magazines. He has also written for Classic & Sportscar, MogMag, Classic Performance and Retro, Banzai, Evo, and Modern Mini. He also did a book no-one bought. His hungover fizzog also often appears on CBS’s Carfection channel enthusing about historic motoring. Le Mans winner Derek Bell once refused to get in Rich's Morgan Three Wheeler with him at the wheel. Currently amongst the detritus in his garage is a 1972 Fiat 500 Abarth, a fat BMW and a Lotus Elise. Previous machinery includes a Porsche 968, an Alfa GTV V6 and a dreadful Sinclair C5. He also owns a vintage Royal Enfield pushbike.

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