The fiftieth anniversary of the Triumph TR6 will reach its climax in November with a display of “Six Sixes” at the NEC Classic Motor Show with Discovery.
The club will be offering free tea, coffee and biscuits for members throughout the 3-day event as well as showing a line-up of TR6s representing a variety of aspects of the model’s life. Members will also be offered an area where they can store shopping, coats and other items to help them explore the show more comfortably. So, use the TR Register stand as your base for the biggest indoor classic car show in the UK.
The show brings together the world’s largest gathering of 300 car and motorcycle clubs with over 3,000 iconic classic and vintage cars and motorbikes on display across seven halls at Birmingham’s NEC.
As well as admiring these amazing vehicles, you'll have the opportunity to shop from the UK’s largest indoor autojumble and specialist traders to source parts and tools for your maintenance and restoration needs, drive or buy your very own classic car from our outstanding range of dealers, enjoy the spectacle of live auctions, talks from motoring celebrities, restoration demonstrations and much more.
Six Sixes on the TR Register display
Ray Smith: ATR 60K
This TR6 spent the start of its life in California before returning to the UK, rust - free, but slightly the worse for wear. Subsequently it was given a ground up restoration in the mid - 1990s, converted to right hand drive and fitted with triple 45 DCOE Weber carburettors and a performance engine.
In 1995, the car was owned and enjoyed by Simon Cowell, the famous record producer of X factor fame. In an interview with The Guardian in 2007, Simon was quoted as saying "I purchased an old TR6 and loved that car more than the Porsche!"
The current owner acquired the car in 2016 and fitted it with a private number plate, 'A TR6 OK' and has enjoyed the car with the whole family, hoping to hand it down to daughter Kayleigh one day.
Chris Orson: ANB 435M
Chris purchased ANB 435M from TRGB in November 2014. Originally a French Blue CR car built in ’73, the car had been extensively restored and uprated to the current spec. The main changes under the bonnet included the addition of the Moss supercharger kit, single Holly carb, big bore exhaust, competition clutch and 5 speed conversion accompanied by uprated suspension and brakes. Externally, the car had been repainted to Mimosa Yellow and rolling on new chrome wire spoke wheels. Revington TR completed most of the work around 2007/2008 and It had been dyno tested shortly after the works in 2010 at 208bhp. As Chris Orson’s first ‘classic’ car, he was originally keen to find something as original as possible, but when he came across this example at TRGB, the quality of the work and the stack of bills and receipts made a compelling argument – and that was before Chris drove it!
Alan Wheeler: 1972 TR
This car was built on 26th May 1972 and dispatched on 5th July 1972 to a dealer in Plymouth. First registered on 1st August 1972 as SCO 344L and sold to a Somerset customer. In 1975 the car was bought by an accountant from Bristol. The third owner purchased the car in March 1979 as a PART rebuild project for winter 79/80. This “restoration” began September 1979 when the interior was stripped out and the wings removed. At which point it was decided to go-the-way, remove the body shell, have it stripped and resprayed. The rebuild included shot blasting/hand painting the chassis, coating/plating every component. Only replacing items labelled as beyond repair.Engine, gearbox and final drive were checked and rebuilt as necessary, and restoration was finally completed in August 1982.To compliment the “rebirth” the car was allocated an appropriate registration mark of 1972 TR. The present owner purchased the car from Telford in August 2012, and where possible has resisted the temptation to add such “mods” like electronic ignition or power steering etc. Is regularly maintained by TR specialist and recently underwent a full inspection/service.
Jim Johnstone: AWO 710K
Jim has owned the car since 2014. It was prepared for the HSCC Road Going series approximately 10 years earlier but had not run for the 3 years before he acquired it. It has since been developed for use in hill climbs and sprints. The 6-cylinder engine uses the original Lucas Petrol Injection system and produces 200 BHP at the flywheel with a wide spread of torque. It has a close ratio gearbox, a limited slip diff and up rated suspension. Following an incident at Blyton Park in May 2018, a major rebuild was necessary and the outer steel body panels, except the hard top, were replaced by fiberglass.
Jim began competing in motorsport in 1957 in a very slow special, moving to an Austin-Healey Sprite two years later. It was usual then to drive the same car in all types of event and after running in rallies, autotests and speed events, I opted for speed, including circuit racing. The Sprite was developed in that direction and was followed by a Turner, Healey 3000 and from late 1964, single seaters.
Successes in the TR6 include the 2015 Harewood Seniors’ Challenge (AKA Old Farts Championship), Ilkley & Dist MC Open Speed Championship Rose Bowl in 2015, ’16, ’17 & ’19. JDC 4 Hills & Sprint Championship Headlam Hall Cup for best non-Jaguar in 2019.
David Ferry: NNB 249G
In 2014, the oldest surviving Triumph TR6 returned from half way around the world back to its spiritual home in Warwickshire – the county where it was built more than 51 years ago.
Built on the very first day of production, 19th September 1968, at the Standard Triumph Factory in Coventry, the car was shipped to California for sale to the US market. It was imperative that when the TR6 was launched to the public at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1969, that the factory was ready to ‘hit the ground running’ with delivery into the most important market for Triumph, the USA.
Therefore, a number of cars were put into production way before the world knew they were coming!
The French Blue TR6 was found at Drake’s British Motors, British Columbia, Canada, after the firm’s owner, Len Drake bought the car in 1997.
The bonnet was cut in two pieces some years earlier, in order to open it, after the bonnet release cable snapped!
The current owners are now considering the restoration of this historically significant, now UK registered and road legal TR6 themselves or make them available for someone else to have a go!
Spiro Tanti: HUP 435N
This TR6 is a truly unique colour. It is finished in the largely unknown and very rare, Delft Blue. Delft was never put on the colour charts as an option for the TR6 CR series, but it did appear on a few, HUP 435N being one of 7 RHD originally built.
Out of the seven RHD CR Series built in Delft Blue TR6 This is the only one on the road still in its original Delft Blue colour. There is one however, one LHD Delft Blue on the road and that is CR6671LO which is in Belgium.
It was purchased back in 1997 initially it was never meant to be a full nut and bolt restoration but after 7 years it went back on the road.
In this time the TR6 has been featured in Triumph World Magazine, won car of the show on its first outing and few more trophies thereafter. The TR6 is used often and has covered over 30,000 miles since its restoration.
TRs elsewhere in the show
The FBHVC Village Green will be featuring a very special and historically significant Triumph TR2, which is being restored by the apprentices from the FBHVC Heritage Skills Academy. Read more here.
Silverstone Auctions will be selling the ex-works Le Mans TR2 registered PKV 374, that raced in the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours. Read more about that car here.
Finally, our very own Venkatramanan Panchapakesan will be competing in the Meguiars Master Class Concours throughout the weekend with his stunning, non-standard TR6. Show him your support over the weekend. You can read the full story of his restoration here.
Have you booked your parking?
Park at the NEC for £12 (£16 on the day)
Book in advance at: www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/parking
NEW special rate at the NCP Car Park 5 at Birmingham airport, park from 8am – 7.30pm for just £9. This Event Special must be booked in advance entering the code Classic19 at: www.ncp.co.uk/prebook