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Monday, 6 July 2009

TR Drivers National Weekend

This weekend we went to the TR Drivers Club National Weekend at Billing, Northampton, we would have liked to also attend the Club Triumph National weekend but as they are on the same weekend and we have two wedges it had to be the TRDC one.

We drove up on Friday afternoon, taking both the drop head coupe and the fixed head coupe, we got caught up in the typical Friday Cambridge A14/A11 jam, so took a detour, before rejoining the A14 for Northampton.

We where camping for 2 nights, not my favourite pastime! but with brilliant weather I enjoyed roughing it for once.

Gill cooking the Chilli on Friday Night.
Saturday we took part in a 45 mile road run round the Northants lanes, stopping at the Tollemache Arms, the pub where Club Triumph Northants meet. Around 20 odd cars took part in the run in hot sun, we had a wait for a lost 7 on route, but had a good quick run, which ended in a run down the A45, arranged so the V8's could blast by. Nice to see a large convoy of wedges.

Waiting for the lost wedge.

Line up wedges in of the Tollemache Arms.
Convoy of Wedges.

Saturday night we where entertained with a quiz, followed by a disco put on by Kevin Todd, aka Dizzy Fox, the Essex area rep. Also running where various TR7 rally videos on a large screen, best being the Coors Historic Rallysprint, along with some video of Tony Pond/Per Eklund and Roger Clarke in the 1980 RAC rally and the American rallier John Buffum. Coupled with some John Smiths and Old Speckled Hen this made for a good night.

Sunday even more wedges arrived, by my reckoning around 70 cars where seen, along with some TR6's invited along for their anniversary celebration. We also had a few Stag visitors. Theme of the event was special TR7's such as press cars, development cars, conversions, etc. Some very good cars where on show, favourite for me was the original TR7 V8 rally car of Per Eklund, beautifully restored to running condition by Belgium TR7 V8 rally fan Bert Smeets, and now back in the UK and a nice genuine TR7 Sprint.

I spent some time on gate duty, the highlight of which was a Herald 13/60 which turned up, believing the event to be a TSSC weekend! he should have been 25 miles away at Wickstead Park near Kettering! Funnily enough he didn't want to come in!

Victory Edition TR7 and Genuine TR7 Sprint.

2 nice examples of Grinnal V8 Conversions.

Per Eklunds Rally TR7 V8 TUD 682T.

A selection of Genuine UK TR8.'s

One to p--s of the Purists, TR6 with Chevy 350 V8 and sequential gearbox. I was in awe of the engineering required to fit the Chevy block.

Interior of Chevy TR6.

Ex launch day press cars.

A good event, thanks to all concerned.

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