The NEC Classic Motor Show once again provided the classic car world a season finale on a massive scale over the weekend of 13 - 15th November. The Birmingham based show is a leviathan of an event with over 1,800 cars, 300 bikes and 250 car clubs as well as the UKs largest indoor autojumble.
The TR Register was represented across four different stands and displays within the show this year.
The main TR Register stand featured a headline act from the Jigsaw racing supplied Triumph Italia race car that was unveiled to the UK public for the first time in nearly two decades at the 2015 TR International Weekend.
A before and after sidescreen restoration theme featured the "wooden spoon" condition TR2 of Roger Hinds and the gorgeous recently completed TR3A restoration of David Gillespie.
A European touring TR6, owned by the clubs Overseas Director , Chris Hale create a lot of interest around the clubs new TR Tours scheme.
A highly modified TR7V8 coupe brought the model range up to date with the fantastically engineered car of Phil Hughes.
A real showstopper, the magnificent Fiberfab Jamaican captured the imagination of many who stopped to admire this stunning special based on a TR4A owned by Andy Somerville.
Elsewhere the recently rebranded TR Youth group had their own stand within the newly designated young owners area and displayed a series of TR related pedal cars, an entry level Triumph Spitfire, two TR6s and the stripped out supercharged TR4 all owned and maintained by TR Register members under the age of 35.
The TR Register affiliated Swallow Doretti stand had a fantastic beach theme to enjoy and the Meguiars display featured the winner from the TR International Weekend concours, the emerald green TR6 of Paul Griffies from Cheshire.
Another TR Register member's car was entered in the Meguiars Pride of Ownership display at this years NEC Classic Motor Show. Steve Barlett's gorgeous 1954 TR2 looked fantastic following its recent rebuild in time for the 2015 National Drive it Day back in April.
This years show was particularly successful for the TR Register, with the club winning the inaugural Classic and Sportscar Award for "Best Club Initiative of the Year." Every year the C&SC awards are held after the first day of the show to recognise the efforts of classic car clubs and their volunteers. This year a new category for best club initiative was added and the judges were particularly impressed with the series of Technical Seminars the TR Register launched in 2015.
The nomination, which was prepared by the clubs Press Officer, Wayne Scott detailed the series of day long seminars held throughout the year as well as the free sessions held at the TR International Weekend. The judges mentioned the collaboration with TR specialist companies and we must extend a huge thank you to Pete Cox, the teams at TR Enterprises and at Revington TR. Without their willingness to share specialist skills, this program would not have been possible. Thanks are also extended to the members who deliver seminars at the TR International Weekend like electrical matters from Tony Thomson, Lead loading by Stuart Edwards and Superchargers by Peter Cobbold. Furthermore Chris Hale, Paul Tunnadine and Ian Brown deserve recognition for organising and coordinating the seminars and to Robert Longstaff for covering them in TR Action Magazine.
The judges were also impressed by the follow up media coverage on the Technical Seminars including the free videos available to members via the members area of the TR Register website.
Simon Taylor , compere for the evening said on the C&SC website "Our winning scheme recognises that classic owners have differing mechanical abilities. Some will strip down a cylinder head of a lunchtime, whereas others might be reluctant to take a spanner to their pride and joy. So the ideal solution – and one that could be adopted at any club with sufficient resources – would be technical seminars aimed at basics, such as MoT prep work, intermediate (tackling your suspension perhaps) and advanced levels – maybe an engine rebuild. Just such a scheme – and it's already proved successful – has been set up by set up by the TR Register, which wins the Lancaster Insurance Club Initiative of the Year."
But the winning didn't stop there, the TR Register affiliated Swallow Doretti register won 'Best Club Themed Stand' for their beach style, ice cream stand adorned display complete with matching Hawaiian shirts!
Later in the weekend, the TR Register was awarded £150 towards club funds by the FBHVC following Bill Piggotts impressive display of superior knowledge in the Footman James motoring quiz, the clubs Financial Director Mervyn Parkes received the award on behalf of the TR Register.
The TR Register dedicated its display this year to the memory of Colin Boother, a regional group leader for Cotswold Vale who passed away in November this year. A minutes silence followed by tea and coffee was held on the stand in Hall 3 at 1pm on the Friday to coincide with a large convoy of TRs attending his funeral in Pershore that afternoon.
You can walk around the TR Register stand at this years NEC Classic Motor Show with the video below: