Standard Triumph Show 2004
British Motor Heritage Museum - Gaydon
This year the organisers introduced a new admittance fee structure
to the weekend, the effect was that numbers were down on last year,
which couldn't be attributed to the weather!! Though the forecast was
for 'unsettled' (or rather the forecaster is just hedging their bets)
the day was generally glorious. No rain, though the wind was a trifle
chilly at times.
to an illness the Co-Pilot was unable to attend which was a shame, and
meant that I had to take the long route to the Museum as I'd not really
done much about checking the map in preparation! As TRisha was one of
the cars on the TR Drivers Club stand I had to be there before 09:30,
not a problem I'd be there for 09:00. Well I was taking the long route
and to confound matters the first part of my journey was hampered when
I encountered, and was held up by, about 4,891 Citdrone Saxo's or Pugs
such as the 205 or 206. Yes it appears the Barry Boys were out for a
'French Car' day somewhere in Leicestershire, maybe Bruntingthorpe.
All this meant that I was travelling at a speed which isn't condusive
to retaining your license along the A46 and M40!
I made it there by-the-way!
The day got of to a slow start, maybe due to people checking the weather,
which meant a lot of people missed the TR7's in the parade ring - TRisha,
Pete in his DHC and Guy in his Grinnall v8. The picture shows Pete being
'interviewed' - yeah it's a bad pic, but I'm in TRisha so how good do
you think the pic could be? It's a bit strange speaking and then hearing
a second later, still I was more switched on than the chap posing the
questions..... "The early TR7's had a rather plain bonnet, I see
you've a double bulge bonnet. Why the change?" "Errr it is
the original single-bulge bonnet". "Oh is it?" I guess
the lack of people around at the time was a blessing for the fellow.
Whilst we sat there a whole stream of TR7s/8 entered the grounds - including
Gordon's rather splendid green FHC (even if the rear fogs are of limited
appeal!!!!! Gordon won't mind... I hope!)
It was good to meet and chat to many of those who drop into the forum
and put real names to some of those aliases; even if we weren't able
to offer a definite solution to the problem afflicting Karl and Donna's
Judging by those passing by the Club stand there does appear to be
real interest in the TR7 and the car was probably the dominant car within
the Triumph only parking.... and FHC's were well represented for a change!
Within the museum itself the truly awful Lynx prototype was still present
- only this time it had a dent in the back, which didn't really help
it's looks (lets be honest only a crusher could improve the rear-end
of this thing!). Also on show was Tony Pond's rally car - nip along
to the TR Drivers National weekend
to see a mock-up of a 1970's rally stop - for me that's the halcyon
days of rallying and the images are easy to recall... which is odd as
I can recall little else other than the FA Cup Finals from 1976 onwards
(Oh and my youngest bro' being born)
There's a whole ream of photo's
in the gallery - chances are if your TR7 was there then I
got a photo - and it was as I ambled around (sticking TR
Drivers Club cards under your wipers!) that I met a TR2 owner
had left that at home and turned up in his TR7 instead - this
one quite rare as it was a tin-lid without the sunroof, in very
original condition. And whilst admiring Karl and Donna's FHC a
TR7 DHC driver was lamenting the loss of his FHC - he bought a
DHC after having to sell his FHC on medical grounds, due to back
problems caused, by getting in and out of the vehicle.
So mosey into the gallery
for a selection of the vehicles there on Sunday 30 May 2004.
Cheers, TRisha Pilot.