About Stafford and Warwick
Welcome to the Staffs and Warks Group web pages. We are the local group for TR Register members in the north Birmingham area.
The Staffs and Warks group was founded in 1975 by Paul Hogan who lived in Walsall, then in Staffordshire, and Chris Glasby who lived in Sutton Coldfield, then in Warwickshire hence the name Staffs and Warks. No records exist of that first meeting at the Bulls Head but one of the founding members Pete Dumelow is still a regular attendee. Auto tests in the car park and hosting sprint meetings at the nearby Curborough Sprint course from 1978 helped launch the TR Register's involvement in motor sport.
Currently the membership stands at just under 90 and covers every model of TR from TR2 to TR8. So there is a wealth of technical expertise gained from running and restoring TR's which most owners are more than happy to share with all members new and old. There is no pressure to join in, but why not come along to our monthly meeting at the Bulls Head in Shenstone WS16 0JR on the first Tuesday of every month or at our mid month meetings which are at various locations in the area for a friendly chat with like minded TR enthusiasts. Wives and partners are also catered for so the talk is not all about oil leaks and which tyres to use! We are always interested in new ideas and suggestions as to how the group is run.
We run a varied list of events throughout the year which include:
- Twice monthly club nights
- Club runs
- Attendance at local shows
- Visits to places of interest
- Attending national events and other TR Group events
- Christmas dinner
Our management committee is
Chris Hubball - Group leader
Mick Robinson - Treasurer
Neil Wragg - Events coordinator
Dave Kent - Web page editor
Stop Press....Staffs and Warks Group Lunch Time Meetings.....
Whats the idea? .... Our normal social get togethers are on Tuesday evenings. With the better weather coming, there are opportunities to meet during the day too.
Who's invited? .... Any members of the TR Register. The people who normally come to the evening meetings are certainly welcome. Members, who we seldom or never see are very welcome because this idea is aimed at them. As a TR enthusiast, whether you are currently an owner or not, we would love to see you. If you don't currently own at TR, you can see and hear the cars and then it might convince you to buy one. If you do already own a car and you are in the process of restoring it, then seeing and hearing our cars may urge you to get your car back on the road. If your car is roadworthy, but you are not confident in driving any distance or at night, then no problem. We can meet in your area. If you are thinking of purchasing a TR then come along and take a look at the range of TR's available. Between us we have a lot of knowledge about the cars, their 'individualities' and how to repair them.
Meeting place... Let us know where you want to meet. The venue should have a reasonable car park and preferably availability for food - pubs and garden centres are ideal. We'll bring the sun :)
When shall we meet? .... We already have evening meetings on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Wednesday or Thursday lunch times are probably best running from May until September.
What next? .... Let our group leader, Chris Hubball know if this is of interest to you and when and where you wish to meet.
Venue suggestions .... Meet at junction 10 services of the M42 where we can drive to Dobbies Garden Centre between Atherstone and Nuneaton ....
....to spend some money and have lunch. Alternatively, from junction 10, drive to the Cock at Sibson. This is a thatched roof, half timber pub built in th e 13th century and reputedly where Dick Turpin used to hang out. It is located on the A444, close to where it joins the A5 near to Nuneaton. It has a good car park with CCTV coverage with good food and a decent bar.