Philip Starling says: “In July, our monthly meet at The Royal Oak saw numbers bolstered by the arrival of delegations from neighbouring Windsor Forest and South Downs Groups. For what turned out to be an epic meeting, there were 22 TRs and a TVR in the car park and over 30 persons attending for the quiz (but I suspect they were more interested in the beer than the quiz). Assembled in groups of four, Robin’s questions favoured those of a mathematical persuasion and it was a GWTR team that romped ahead to take the spoils with an unprecedented score of 12/25…but believe me, the fifth member was of no use whatsoever and the laptop was not even turned on, honest!
Robin and Len have been busy updating the club’s database and coaxing new and dormant members to join the ranks at The Royal Oak. We have welcomed three new faces at the last two meetings; Bob and Cheryl with their immaculate TR6 and TR4; and Trevor with his much-loved TR6. We now have a fair few TR6s in regular attendance; if you have a sidescreen or Michelotti car please come along and help balance the numbers!
Sunday lunch at The Anglesea Arms, Halnaker was a great success. A thunderstorm the previous night had left the pub with no means to accept card payments so, never one to miss an opportunity, Pauline set up an impromptu Bureau de Change, to convert unspent Euros from Le Mans. Under blue skies we dined alfresco and, somewhat unexpectedly, a local jazz band struck up providing musical accompaniment to our meal. Good food, good company and good times.
The first Sunday in August saw the Breakfast Club ‘Thoroughbred Sunday’ at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Amongst the hundreds of classics lined up on the track and in the paddocks you could spot Rod’s immaculate blue TR2, Richard’s beautifully restored TR4A and Dave’s lovely TR6…how many more did I miss?
In other news: Rob’s persistence has diagnosed a faulty metering unit in his TR6, now back on the road for autumnal runs; I have new oil seals, stemming the flow of diff oil to brake drums and can stop efficiently again and Len’s ignition switch survives another day thanks to Rob’s neat trick involving the application of KY Jelly (although it is possible that I just imagined the last one).
We now have a Flickr page to catalogue recent events at www.flickr.com/photos/126062305@N05/sets/ contact Robin or Phil if you would like to add your own images.
Coming up we have Hot Hatch Sunday, 5 October. The GWTR Xmas bash will be held at The Old Tollgate restaurant in Bramber, on Tuesday 16 December, if you have not yet seen an email from Robin give him a shout to avoid disappointment. Don't forget the 2015 calendar competition; we still need pics of your TRs out and about.
Our regular monthly meets are at The Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst GU20 0EP, every third Tuesday from 7.30pm. A warm welcome is always assured.
Phil Starling reports: “The Longest Day this year saw the largest collection of classic cars at the Storrington Village Day, Triumphs were very much in evidence with GWTR well represented by Ian's lovely red TR5, Rod's immaculate blue TR2 and Steve and Jim's black and red TR4As. Various other classic marques were on display, ranging from an unrestored 1926 Model T Ford to a 200 mph 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish "S".
The GWTR June meet welcomed four new members; Dave with his TR3, Tony and his TR4 and Jim and Lisa with their lovely TR6.
Brooklands Museum hosted the Standard Triumph Day, a wonderful event with Triumphs of all shapes and sizes on display. GWTR showed a TR2, two TR4As and a Dolly Sprint. The opportunity to drive Test Hill could not be missed and provided one of the many highlights when, to the delight of the crowd, Pete spun the wheels of his green TR2 and shot off up the hill in a cloud of tyre smoke. Hooligan!
Our GWTR European weekender is now becoming an annual event, and the Classic Le Mans is sure to become a firm favourite. But with a collapsed wheel bearing, Paul's TR4 was in big trouble and, after much deliberation, we unanimously agreed to do the only decent thing, and proceed without him! Thanks to Darren at Hall & Hall for his time and expertise, and to the local restorers (whose name I do not know) for helping with the reassembly. Curiously, the organisers would not allow Paul to do track laps in his hired Renault Kangoo van, so he settled for being chauffeured around in Rog's TVR, a decision almost rued by Rog when he was nearly rear-ended at Arnage. [Sorry Rog!]
In other news, Robin's newly restored TR6 bod is finally wombling its way home; Mike's rebuilt gearbox is ready for transplant; and I am spending far less on DOT4 now that I have a new clutch slave cylinder.
Coming up we have Sunday lunch at The Anglesey Arms, Halnaker, 20 July; Goodwood TRR/Revington Sprint, 2 August; Thoroughbred Sunday, 3 August and Hot Hatch Sunday, 5 October. Don't forget the 2015 calendar competition, we need some pics of your TRs out and about - or even on axle stands in the car park.
Our regular monthly meets are at The Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst GU20 0EP, every third Tuesday from 7.30pm. A warm welcome is always assured.”
Phil Starling says that: “The South East Group Drive It Day visit to Hever Castle, courtesy of Kent Group, took place on 27 April and, despite the promise of torrential rain, a small (but perfectly formed) group of GWTRs followed Paul’s ingenious route across the county, through some of Sussex’s leafiest lanes. The genius of the route was that, having passed signs for ‘Hever Castle 2 miles’, we were treated to an additional thirty minute tour of the local area. Fortunately, at no time did we actually get lost, apparently. Only slightly damp, the promised downpour failed to materialise and the sun even came out later in the day. A great venue, a wonderful display of TRs and an excellent time had by all.
Two GWTR hot-shoes made the trip to Castle Coombe for the TRR/Revington track and test day. The day got off to a great start: leaving at 0530 the intrepid duo only encountered three cars on the A272, a rare joy - straightening out the bends on that road was great fun. The wet morning meant slippery conditions on track, plenty of sideways action, locking up and missed chicanes, but the track dried out in the afternoon and the lap times tumbled. On the return journey, the sky emptied itself onto the A34 ensuring that both drivers, with tops down, arrived home suitably...refreshed! A truly memorable day - huge thanks to Kevin Bryant for arranging it.
Thanks also to the GWTRs and Sadcases who supported the West Chiltington School vintage themed May fair.
At our May meet GL Robin was away sunning himself; we welcomed new member Don and his well-loved TR3 left-hooker and a devious quiz elicited the usual low scores - surely we can all name the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, can't we?*
In other news, Robin's TR6 restoration continues to receive professional care; Ian has realised the benefit of an emergency bonnet release; Steve's collapsed bearings resulted in a cleanly sheared stub axle; Paul has joined the dark side having electronic ignition fitted to his TR4; John’s welding skills continue to improve and resident mechanic Rob is still gazing lovingly at his engine rebuild...
Planning continues for Classic Le Mans, we have fourteen people going in eight cars; thanks to Ian and Pauline for arranging a pre-trip meet-and-greet BBQ. Coming up we have the Breakfast Club Soft-Top Sunday, St Anthony’s School vintage fete, Middleton-on-Sea village fete, TRR/Revington Sprint at Goodwood and the Breakfast Club Thoroughbred Sunday…and don't forget the 2015 calendar competition, we need summertime pics of your TRs out and about!
Finally, we have received a tip-off that there may be a Windsor Forest TR Group 'raid' on our monthly meet at the Royal Oak on 15th July. So come on guys, get polishing and get there - we want to put up a good show (let's face it, w will probably get stuffed in the quiz!)
Our regular monthly meets are at The Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst GU20 0EP, every third Tuesday from 7.30pm. A warm welcome is assured.”
*As James (aged 7½) will tell you, it is LEGO, obviously!