For quite some time now the TR7 has been used as a cheap(ish)
entry into track-day events. Easy tuning, the availability of
v8 transplants and of course the value of the Triumph TR7 has
helped fuel the interest. But more recently there is more and
more interest in the TR7 as a rally car. Back in the days the
little wedge was a competitive entrant - both in 2.0l 16v 'sprint'
form and later as the hairy chested v8.
Way back when there was Tony Pond, John Buffum and Per Eklund
as the main luminaries but amongst other were Clark, Grainger
and Dowson. Today there's a healthy historic rally scene and various
other events which allows 'privateers' to enter in various classes
- and some of these are pretty strict as to what is and isn't
allowed with regard to modifications and originality.
For now we'll look back at what happened but maybe in future
we'll look at the current crop.... Smeets, Sawyer & Hall who
all have rather special cars. And maybe I'll actually get to seeing
these cars being driven rather than merely on show stands!!!