Glen Hewett of Protek Engineering in Wallingford, UK has recently completed the restoration of arguably the most historically significant TR ever built. The landspeed record breaking Triumph TR2, MVC575. The car made history in 1953 during speed trials held on a highway near Jabbeke in Belgium where it achieved 124.889 mph - a new top speed record for a two - litre production sports car.. Quite an achievement for a totally standard British sportscar that at the time could be bought new for around £500.
Standard Triumph were keen to show the world that their new sports car, the TR2 was faster than its nearest rivals, in particular the Sunbeam Alpine that had completed the run at at Jabbeke in the March of 1953 with 120.135 MPH over a flying mile at the hands of Sheila Van Damm and Sir Stirling Moss, who we were able to reunite with the car for an interview at the NEC Classic Motorshow in November 2016. The video from that interview can be seen here.
To assist with the renovation TR parts specialist Moss Europe supported the project with a parts sponsorship for Glen, a Moss trade customer for over 30 years. The car is currently on display in the Moss group's showroom until the end of February whereupon it will then travel on to central London for it's official launch and display within the foyer of the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall. The TR Register's magazine TR Action will be there on March 19th to mark this historic occasion with coverage and a full photographic spread in Issue 297.
In this interview, Glen offers an insight into the often tricky restoration that the car has undergone during the past year.
Cover photo by Kevin Warrington.