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!
GL Rob Cringle says: “Goodwood TR group’s record turnout Christmas Bash at the Tollgate in Bramber went down a treat thanks to Les and Jane Thacker. The champagne prizes research was carefully carried out by Richard and Nicola Kennet. I think we will definitely need a bigger room next year! Normally I would include a gallery picture of our Christmas bash; however a certain person forgot to take his camera so it is all in the memories folks!
However, I am delighted to include a local landmark picture taken by Phil Starling deep within the glades in dryer times!
We are due to combat South Downs TR group at a return Skittles match on Sunday 16th March at the Bull Inn, Henfield ~ futher details will be at our Meet and again in our area Newsletter/s. Lunch option is usually taken up as the Bull Inn does home made pizzas of the very tasty kind.
There has been considerable interest in Le Mans Classic this year from our area and it seems that Hotel spaces are nearly all taken so if you wish to know more do please come to our next Meet or, as a last resort use email!
GWTR was created from an off shoot of Wessex group in days long gone by and in those days the monthly Meetings for GWTR were held Emsworth way but over time, migrated east to Eartham where our group have been for many years now. That is set to change with a move further westwards to the new venue pub at Lavington. This offers a closer venue to all those of our area members who live near the Portsmouth and Hampshire areas, and is also closer to Chichester: Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst, GU29 0EP. Located on the A286 Midhurst to Chichester Road, 1.7 miles South from the mini-roundabout where the A272 meets the A286. Location map at: www.royaloakmidhurst.co.uk/royal-oak-midhurst-west-sussex-map.php. The Royal Oak has a great car park, has a restaurant and has ample room inside for our gatherings and folks, it is very easy to navigate to.
Our next Meets there will be 18th March and 15th April which are the third Tuesday of the month. See you there!
My preferred contact is by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we currently have 73 area members on our GWTR email list ~ please do update me with your new email address if you change it. Ignition On.”