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Here in West Sussex we are blessed with some very fine examples of early TRs and we now also have two early former publicity TR3As. One is owned by David Farrer Brown - originally white and now red; and the red TR3a of Roy Parmenter illustrated in Bill Piggott’s tome on the early TRs.
However for the GWTR galleried picture we have chosen a TR4A, with long standing TR Reg member Peter Serna, who started the restoration and now it has been taken over and is in the skilful hands of Richard Serna for the last part of its journey back to the road. GWTR bods do get down to it, with great results.
At the time of writing GWTR chaps are organizing to visit the Wessex TR group for Ian Cornish’s chat on Racing TR4s ~ should be quite an invasion methinks.
Another record turnout on our October meeting made it a bit of squash in the ‘Snug’ of our local meet-up venue pub in Eartham. It is being refurbished next week and so we will meet at the George Inn for Tuesday 19th November. We are uncertain of the amount of facilities we will find, so the change-over to the Royal Oak is a very real possibility next year. I say that because of course the GWTR 17th December meeting is allocated to the GWTR Xmas bash and for this we will be moving away from Arundel to the Tollgate at Bramber, just north of Shoreham.
Our competition pictures for the 2014 GWTR Calendar are being sent in now ~ hurry time really is running out! So send me your TR picture before we do the selection!
For any more information on what is going on in West Sussex do contact us by email please: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01903 242 226. Ignition off... for now.
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Summer is now on the turn and the dusk is arriving earlier - as we found out at our last Meet at the George Inn at Eartham. As the assembled enthusiasts turned to enter the pub we found it packed out with a special occasion dinner party patrons and that is the rub. These days a country pub needs, it seems, to turn itself into a ‘gastro pub’ before it can respect itself and they seem to forget that in the dark winter months it is the GWTR patronage that fills the pub even if for only one night.
To counter this development GWTRs are now actively looking for a new venue where we can have space to conduct a TR meeting. We of course are not alone within the Hants /Sussex area in experiencing such change of ownership and events in our usual hostelry. We are looking for a venue pub with car park and space inside for us with the general area from Eartham to Emsworth. Suggestions have been made ~ more welcome ~ we will raise a glass to the occasion and meet the challenge!
Our August Meet had a record turnout and we were even blessed with ‘Brian TR5 Hartley’s’ presence. Jamie Cripps brought along his newly acquired early TR4 ‘leftie’ and was duly given the tasteful GWTRs windscreen badge for a first attendance, along with John Wills with a TR5 restoration project and Dave Wood with his red TR6. It was good to see a few TR6s.
So if you have missed a Meet or two or have not been over to join us ~ we will hopefully have our delayed picture quiz next Month!
A quartet of GWTR bods made it to Malvern this year and pictures on this are still coming in but thanks to Mike Newton for the galleried picture depicting Peter Miles & Rod Pearce with their great early TRs in the ring at Malvern. Yes, we at GWTRs feel it right that competition condition TRs should be used, folks.
Our next meet is set for 17th September at the George. If this is to change I will let all those on our regular email list know - a very good reason indeed for emailing me with your email address if it has recently changed or if you are new to the area. Contact me (Robin) at: email@example.com.
Key in, ignition on. See you there.
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GWTR bods have been busy racking up the international miles at Laon, the Spa Classic and the Jabbeke anniversary celebrations. Indeed this month’s galleried pic is of Phil Starling’s TR4A doing battle with Peter Snape’s Jersey registered TR6 on the Francorchamps F1 circuit. Having been overtaken by the red TR6, the chase was on, but not slow. The TR4A reeled back the gap only to see the TR6 pull away on the longer sections of Kemmel and Blanchimont, but the TR6 was kept in range! Something to aim at and great fun. Very many thanks to the Register's organizing committee for all their hard work!
For our GWTR Laon trip the sunshine on Saturday was perfect for open topped touring with 704 entrants no less, whacking through 150 miles of the beautiful Picardy countryside ~ only to be met with heavy rain on Laons ‘ancient cobbles’ on the return. Happily, the old Rheims-Gueux F1 Circuit proved good for ‘quick runs’ by the derelict grandstand and old pit buildings before GWTR steering wheels finally turned homeward.
Locally in West Sussex, the Storrington and Ferring Village Fetes lured more GWTR bods out from their garages and with Goodwood being in our ‘patch’ our TRs are frequently found in and about at the Breakfast Club Sundays or at the huge Festival of Speed & Revival events.
Club Meets: I have been fielding many technical enquires by email on TRs recently ~ why not just come over to the George at Eartham (just north-west of Fontwell & Slindon) and have a non-geekie chat on this stuff with the bods that know? GWTR bonnets, in number, were again happily reflecting the June sunlight in the George Inn car park ~ have you dropped over with your TR for a warm welcome in the sunshine yet?
My thanks to Phil Starling for co-writing this article.
Key in… Ignition on… See you at our next meets of 20th August and 17th September at The George Inn, Eartham, PO10 OLT.