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Friday, 30 July 2010

Helmingham Festival of Classics

7 Cars from Club Triumph Norfolk Area attended the excellent Helmingham Festival of Classics and Sportscars on Sunday, meeting in Eye for a convoy of Triumphs over the 15 miles to Helmingham.

Weather was dull to start of with but brightened up and was quite hot in the afternoon
This is an interesting event, with prestige classics lined up in front of the House belonging to the Tollemache family. We the lowly classics where mixed in with about 200 others, a very varied selection of cars, both classics and sportscars. The more modern sportscars and larger clubs where in a seperate area, there was a large contingent from Pistonheads comprising a couple of Ultimas, Dodge Vipers, TVR's galore, Club Lotus with many Elises, couple of Exige, Esprits and Elans, the Porsche Club had a large selection and others including Mazda.

There was enough to keep the ladies entertained, which is becoming a pre-requisite of any shows we attend, there was a very good Samba group, falconry, dogs, plus crafts, most important a beer tent for the boys, and car related stalls, etc.

A highlight for me is the runs up the main driveway by classics and sportscars, held twice, "prestige" cars in the morning and "normal" classics in the afternoon. Sight and sound of the day was the Ultima grinding its way up the drive, sparks flying due to its low ground clearance.

A few pics.

AC Cobra blasting up the drive.

Stag owners out in force.
Club Triumph Cars.

Shaking and Moving!

Nice Aston Martin.

One of the very last Esprit of the Hethel production line.

Cobra, or is it a replica, all badging looked correct but maybe reg gives it away.

Stately 1930's Riley.


A good day was enjoyed at this popular show, food and drink greatly improved this year, with more outlets, bacon baguettes where reported OK with 6 rashers in each. We even remembered the Club Gazebo this time.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Classic Le Mans

Club Triumph Norfolk Area took along 6 cars to Classic Le Mans over the weekend of 9th to 11th July. Most made their own way there, some by Ferry, some by Eurotunnel, and all made it back safely. I think the word of the weekend was "Scorchio" Camp site was ok, loads of Triumphs about.
I won't post too many pics here, if anyone wants to see more they can look at http://www.andys-tr7.co.uk/63761/97261.html

Here are some pics of some of the the Le Mans cars in the paddock.

Former Graham Hill/Pescarolo Matra Simca 660-01 from 1971.

Lancia/Porsche/Ferrari Racers from the 1980s Le Mans Races.

Capri 2600 RS from 1971 Race.
BMW M1 from 1979 race behind, returning to paddocks after their race.

As close as you can get at any race, engines starting prior to formation lap.
Gulf Porsche 908/3 from 1971 era.

Jigsaw Racings Le Mans Spitfire.

Ferrari 512 M from 1971 era in paddocks.

Just a short video of some of the cars going back to the paddock after a race session.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Vintage Transport Day - North Norfolk Railway

The usual Club Triunph suspects attended the Vintage Transport Day at the North Norfolk Railway at Holt Station on Sunday 4th July. A hot day, Gill and I where in trouble for leaving the Gazebo at home, but with only a couple of days to go before our Le Mans trip, and a car just back from headgasket and jackshaft failure we had more to worry about. This was a new event for Club Triumph Norfolk, and we again picked a good, yet different event, not just sitting in a field looking at cars.
Most of our contingent left the cars parked up on view at Holt Station and where able to take advantage of free travel on the North Norfolk Railway, drawn by steam to Sheringham or Wybourne.
CT contingent lined up at Holt Station.

GER Engine and Quad Set after arrival at Sheringham.

We spent a couple of hours at Sheringham, looking around, a quick go on the penny pushers in the arcades, had some very nice fish and chips in a resturant, followed by the usual seafood we have when on the coast, mussells, prawns, and a crab to bring home, then watched the ships with an ice cream on the sea wall before heading back to the station to catch a train to Weybourne.
View of North Norfolk Coast from the train on a bright sunny day.

Stanier Class 5 at Weybourne.

Fourth form of motive power we used on the day, Diesel Railbus at Holt.

Couple of old trucks from Jack Richards Transport, a concern still going today.

Some members took the vintage bus service in to Holt for a look around, however we did not have the time. Was a good day out, brillinat weather, and worth attending, Managed to get around 80 miles on the car with no problems prior to Le Mans, easing some worries about the long journey ahead on a partly rebuilt engine.

The Jackshaft Failure, which looked as though it had been caused by a metallic buildup on the front bearing surface end of Jackshaft, thus jamming in the bore, caused this damage.
Closer inspection reveals that the Crankshaft timing chain sprocket teeth where knurled over, the tensioner had a big lump chewed out by the chain, camshaft timing chain sprocket had a bolt sheared, and the chain snapped, I presume it had all happened in this order, luckily was only on tickover at the time so no lasting damage was done. The head was removed again, valves and guides checked for damage, and camshaft removed to check free operation of valves. There was no evident damage to pistons. All was put together again with thicker gasket due to head skim.