As you may know, we’re a small team at South Downs Secure car storage. The facility is managed by myself, Martyn Sands, but I feel fortunate to be able to call on the expertise of our trusted affiliates and consultants. When it comes to classic and vintage cars, there’s very little that Bryan McMorran doesn’t know. So, we’re thrilled to be able to count him as our Classic Car Consultant. We thought it was about time you found out more about him.
An Interview with Bryan McMorran
When did you first get behind a wheel?
Legally, when I was 17 years old. But, I have fond memories of sitting on my fathers lap being allowed to steer his 1977 Ford Granada GXL on a deserted airfield runway near our home in Scotland. My whole family was involved in cars in one way or another, so there was always something special around me from an early age!
What was your first car?
Well, I passed my driving test one day and started my job as a car salesman about five days after. So, technically, my first car came with the job. Disappointingly, it was a 1987 Austin Metro, but the company cars got better as my experience in the trade grew! I bought my first personal car a few years later, which was a 1969 MG Midget 1275cc. From that moment, you could say I became hooked on classics.
What do you drive now?
I love driving the “less obvious” cars, and so my passion for Saabs fulfils that perfectly. I’m now on my 5th. It’s a standard looking, but heavily modified, 9-5 Aero that takes care of my everyday needs. I always have a classic car too. At the moment, I’m the very fortunate custodian of a lovely old Bentley T2 for those special occasions.
What do you wish you were driving now?
After 20 years buying and selling some of the best Aston Martins, a DB4 GT would always have a space in my garage if funds allow!
If you were on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke what three tracks would you sing along to?
Gosh, am I only allowed 3? Okay, well, as it was one of the first songs I ever remember playing on my record player, one would have to be “Let Your Love Flow” by The Bellamy Brothers. I’d also choose “Can’t Take My Eyes of You” by Frankie Valli (it was the song that my wife and I fell in love to). Finally, “Fat Bottomed Girls” by the greatest band ever, Queen. I don’t think I could run out of great music if it were a road trip though!
What is your favourite classic car/motoring event in the U.K., and why?
It simply has to be the Goodwood Revival. I’ve attended pretty much every year since it started. I know it’s much bigger and busier over the years, but it just keeps getting better and better with it.
What is the most memorable journey you have made in a classic car?
In 2013 I was asked to assist Aston Martin in filming a Brand Film for the updated DB9 to show the lineage of the DB brand. This involved me driving a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 over the French Alps and then along the Riveria past Monte Carlo as the story featured around a “race” between old and new to the coast. That was a pretty special three days.
What do you consider to be the finest motor car you have ever sold?
The next one.
Can you tell us a little more about your involvement with electric vehicles?
I’m a big believer in progress, and I’m also a father. So, environmental responsibility for my children’s future is of huge importance to me. I know that there is still a long way to go, but I have been hugely impressed with the gains that manufacturers are making in the EV world. There has been significant progress in how they are using it for performance reasons as much as environmental. And, if this is what we have to accept to enjoy our classics a bit longer, then I am all for it. As well as writing about classic and sports cars in the journal Private Motor Club, I also write for the new dedicated electric car magazine, AutoEV.
In the world of classic and sports cars, it’s ‘Not about what you know, but who you know.’ Comments, please?
The world of classic cars revolves around client relationships. Of course, it’s important to know your subject matter. That said, it is often the case that someone looking for a particular car is just as knowledgable about it as you are. The difference is being able to know how to source one. Also about being able to assist in selling one quickly, profitably and, often more importantly, discreetly. That’s the key.
What services can Bryan McMorran offer clients of South Downs Secure?
Knowledge, discretion and accountability. Aston Martin has been my passion for almost all of my life, and so my skill set lies within that brand. I can source, sell, value and advise on purchases or sales of these cars. I can also connect people with others who can be trusted to look after them. Many of my clients are time-poor. They have other, more important issues to focus on in their lives, so having a consultant who can be trusted to get things done for them is paramount to maintaining their collection and enjoyment of these cars. That’s where I come in.
If you’d like to find out more about Bryan McMorran and how he helps South Downs secure clients contact us so that we can put you in touch.