The return of the TR Register Tracks days over the past couple of years has been welcomed by steady support and an ever-increasing turn out. The events represent an ideal opportunity to explore the capabilities of your TR in the safest possible surroundings with full support from course Marshalls and fellow TR owners alike.
This year's first outing was at Castle Coombe, near Bath and those attending to test their Triumph to their own personal limits were treated to a day of glorious sunshine. We could not have booked more perfect weather with the sun warming the track temperature up without conditions getting so hot that it was uncomfortable for those driving in closed roof cars, helmets and overalls.
Signing on always commences super early to maximize track time, but a cooked breakfast and plenty of coffee was laid on for the bleary eyed, Press Officer included following a 4.30 AM departure from home!
Castle Coombe are true professionals at processing batches of cars for track laps, as was the event organiser Kevin Bryant to whom we owe a huge vote of thanks for putting on this event for the TR Register. First disclaimers and tickets for the noise test are distributed, and then the participants were required to pass the noise test, or stop to collect an exhaust baffle from Merlin Motorsport and try again! Following that all drivers and passengers received their safety briefing and some tips on driving the track before signing on and taking to the tarmac. Sensibly, the marshals lead each group out on their first sighting lap of the day to demonstrate braking points and best lines through the corners for those willing to take note.
The cars were divided into groups A through to D according to experience, speed and car specification. A great move because it meant most the cars on track were travelling at a similar pace and ability but most importantly it allowed everyone bags of track time to really get to know the circuit, build their confidence and have a fantastic time. It was also great to see so many spectators attending who although were not driving on track, all added to the fabulous atmosphere in the paddock and trackside.
There was a huge spread of vehicles from very early standard road TR3s, through to the recently built fire breathing rally-prepped monster TR7V8 of Alastair Flack. Saloons big and small were well represented, including an Acclaim as were the small chassis Triumphs and of course plenty of TR6s and TR7V8s – both of which seemed to be the preferred weapon of choice. TR Register Hillclimb Champion Jon Weedon was also out on track for pre-season testing in his single-seater Mallock Hillclimb car. The widest grin of the day however had to come from TR Register Chairman, Phil Tucker in his TR3A fondly known as "UP –J" though the jury it out as to whether it will need a gearbox rebuild before his trip to France!
The event concluded without incident and everyone who had been out on track left with aching faces from all the grinning! Thanks to Kevin Bryant once again for organising such an important event in the annual TR diary. Also don't forget that the next TR Register Track Day takes place on 14th July at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire. Tickets still available but very limited, so call the office or book online via the TR Register shop.
"Just a quick thank you from the Essex Group for a great day out, for me this was reminiscent of TR Register GoodWood Sprints in the early 80's and on all fronts is exactly what membership is all about."
"Just a short note to say thank you for organising such a great day at Castle Combe on Tuesday. I was with a few others from the Brunel Group and we thought the format was spot on. The grouping was good and with just 12 on the track we were able to easily work out what pace we were each running at and pass or give way accordingly."
"Just a great big thank you for organising such a fantastic day on Tuesday. Still got a huge grin on my face!"
"An absolutely great day on Tuesday. Well organised and well run. Many thanks. My son, following his passenger ride, said he had no idea why anyone would do such a blindly terrifying sport, but after his first drive, said it was just fantastic, and he knew exactly why!"
"I really enjoyed it. It was a good idea to give people a 15 minute slot and meant there was less time queuing up around and more time on the track."
"I'd like to extend a big Thank You to the circuit staff, yourself and the TR Register from myself and the Triumph Dolomite Club for a superb day. Very well organised and we look forward to, hopefully, attending the event next year."
"Many thanks for all the organisational effort you all put in. I thoroughly enjoyed the day."
"A very short note of thanks for a great day yesterday.Well run and most enjoyable.Thank you for making it happen and to the circuit team – so well run."
"Brilliant day & very organised but relaxed."