TR Register Hall 4 - Stand 480
The NEC Classic Motor Show joins together classic car enthusiasts from all over the UK and beyond, for the largest classic car show in the UK! The event will once again grace the halls of Birmingham's NEC, covering over one million square feet – that's about 18 football pitches - in order to show off more than 3,000 iconic classic & vintage cars plus motorbikes and trade stands.
TR Register celebrates Peerless Le Mans anniversary and TRs that were 'built to last'.
This year's show theme entitled "Built to Last" has been embraced by the TR Register Car Club with a rare display of vehicles, representing every era of the famous British sports car range, that are all unrestored and presented just as they left the factory, but in regular use.
Triumph TRs became widely revered as a rugged, exciting, but accessible sportscar following incredible successes during the 1950s and 60s in events such as the Alpine and Monte Carlo rallies.
The TR Register display features a rare Triumph TR3B, a version of the TR3 that was sold exclusively for the American market amidst concerns that the buying public across the Atlantic might not take to the new design of the new TR4.
Next in the 'Built to Last' line up, is the TR5 of Neil Wragg. Neil regularly uses the Michelotti designed car for club events and holidays abroad. The Triumph TR5 was the first UK production car to feature fuel injection and heralded the TR range's step up into using six-cylinder engines for more power.
The next stage in the TR's evolution is demonstrated by the incredible "Survivor" Triumph TR6 affectionately known as "Saffy" owing to its Saffron Yellow paintwork. This car is amazingly untouched since the day it left the factory, has covered just 45,000 miles and shows that these cars were not only just built to last but built to remain stunning for generations to come!
The last of the TRs, the Harris Mann designed TR7, was a radical update to the TRs of old, not least because it did away with the old-fashioned separate chassis and initially featured a coupe roof. Dick Tudhope's gorgeous original and un-restored example is a Fixed Head Coupe in Persian Aqua blue proves that the last of the TR line were also built to last.
Anniversary of Peerless Le Mans attempt honoured
Sixty years ago, a rare derivative of the Triumph TR3, the Peerless, was entered into the world's greatest motor race – the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The small Slough based car builder was an underdog from the outset and the Le Mans race in 1958 was run in notoriously appalling weather conditions. That said, the plucky Peerless, with its radical finned GT styling captured the hearts and minds of the motorsport press of the day and received a huge amount of support and coverage. Despite the skeleton crew and shoestring budget, the car ran well, like clockwork and successfully finished spending very little time in the pits at all. The Peerless would have been classified 16 thhad it not been for regulations demanding that the car had not completed sufficient distance. The TR Register stand features not only a display celebrating the car's entry in 1958 but features the original car itself that took on the race that year. This is a rare chance to get up close to a genuine 1950s Le Mans warrior at the NEC Classic Motor Show.
TR Register Youth Group's 'Wedge Theme' raises money for a good cause
The Youth Group of the TR Register have once again been invited by organisers to put on a display within the dedicated 'Young Members' area at this year's show. This area of the exhibition halls is given over to showcasing all the young member's groups from the various car clubs across the UK and is a great opportunity for the future generations of classic car fans to mix it up, network and compare cars!
The TR Register's Youth Group will have an 'all - wedge' stand this year with 3 x TR7s and one Grinnall from their members.
Also, they will be raising money for mental health charity CALM, following the sad death of one of their well loved members, Sam Twigg earlier this year.
TR3 needs your vote in show's Pride of Ownership Awards
A fantastic selection of classics has been announced to compete for the Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership autumn title at the NEC Classic Motor Show.
Representing cars from across the globe, deciding on a winner from the 20 finalists is going to be harder than ever for show-goers who will be asked to vote on the vehicles displayed.
Andrew Evanson, Senior Operations Manager at Lancaster Insurance, comments:
"We've seen more entries than ever this year and once again, we've got a fantastic selection on show. It's an emotive display with some amazing cars, owners and stories to inspire you. For many of you it's the highlight of the show so I can't wait to see you there and help announce your chosen winner - it's a special moment. Good luck to all!"
Of course, we are calling for support for Nick Pollitt's 1955 Triumph TR3, which is not only a stunning example, but a car in regular use. The car has many stories to tell and was initially used by Standard Triumph as a press and publicity car. In private hands, the TR3 was owned by an RAF pilot and through its life enjoyed many European trips including a rather fateful one to the Nurburgring where it was sadly rolled. After being repaired, Pollitt's TR3 was used in speed hillclimbs. In 1960, the car was sold to The Chequered Flag Garage in Chiswick, whereafter it disappeared before appearing in the TR Register in 1975. Now, having been painstakingly restored at a cost of over £52,000 and improved for long distance comfort, this superb TR needs your support at the show!
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite car and story, with the winner announced on Sunday 11th November by Wheeler Dealers' Ant Anstead.
TR Register International Weekend Concours winner competes in Meguiars showcase
Simon Eaton's TR5 proudly won the Masters Class at this year's TR International Weekend Concours D'Elegance, held at Lincolnshire Showground back in June and sponsored by Meguiars. The top honours from that contest automatically qualified Simon's TR5 for entry into the hard fought Meguiars Club Showcase, where he will face winners of other club Concours D'Elegance contests from around the UK. The result will be announced by judges on Sunday afternoon at the show. Good Luck Simon!
Standard Triumph Timeline
Organised by Triumph World Editor Simon Goldsworthy, with financial and logistical help from the TR Register and other clubs from the Standard Triumph Forum, the halls adjacent to the club display area will sport a dedicated historical timeline of Standard Triumph models through the eras.
The TR Register's own TR2, 'TS2' sits alongside an ex-works TR7 V8 rally car to represent the TR line up. The display also includes models from the Standard Motor Club, TSSC, Stag Owners Club, Dolomite Club, Triumph Roadster Club, TRDC, Club Triumph, 2000/ 2.5 Register, and Pre - 1940 Triumph Motor Club. The last of the line, a Triumph Acclaim, demonstrates the Triumph's models on offer during the companies final conclusion in 1984. The stand will be manned by volunteers from each of the Standard and Triumph clubs throughout the weekend long event.
Standard Triumph Forum clubs to honour Harris Mann
The Harry Webster Trophy, awarded by the Standard Triumph Forum of clubs will be presented by our friends over at the TRDC, who will be having a bit of a do during this year's show. Their stand, neighbouring the TR Register will be home to a display commemorating designer Harris Mann's 80th birthday earlier this year. The car line up will include a red Princess, a blue TR7 Sprint and a white MG XPower SV which have all been specifically chosen to represent a patriotic colour scheme and also to showcase some of the historic, futuristic cars Harris was either involved with or wholly responsible for.
Harris will be presented with the special award at 3:00pm on Saturday, 10 November, but you'll have to be there to find out all about it. Harris's continuing involvement with the cars he created is a great example to us all. Simon Goldsworthy, Editor of Triumph World magazine, will be making the presentation followed by the cutting of a cake. The TR Register, along with the Triumph Sports Six Club, will be providing support and the tea!
Practical Classics Magazine to display TR6 and TR7
The team over at Practical Classics Magazine will be displaying the TR6 restoration project of Matt George, currently part of the staff saga's feature in the publication. Plus, a new addition to the family, a TR7 acquired by editor Danny Hopkins. The TR7 has done just 30,000 miles from new and will be re-commissioned as part of a series of articles over the coming months in the UK's most popular motoring title.
Discounted tickets for TR Register members
TR Register members qualify for discounted tickets to the NEC Classic Motor Show and the organisers have expressly asked us to only publish these on our members area which can be found by logging in here.