The TR Register has sadly learned of the passing of Derek Pollock, MBE.
Derek was President of Club Triumph, having been a leading light in the Triumph scene since first joining the Triumph Sporting Owners Association in 1954. He worked as an underwrite for Lloyds of London and owned his TR4 registered CMV 7A, from new, purchased in 1963.
Derek Pollock's contribution to the Triumph scene centred around the now world renowned Round Britain Reliability Run. It all began at Le Mans in 1966, on a club trip when Derek was discussing long distance driving with his close friend Les Mills and so the idea for a 48-hour, 2000 mile non-stop run was born. The first running of the event took place in October that year and ran from London to John O Groats , Lands End and back to London again.
Derek remained a principal organiser until 2002, taking part in it 14 times himself. He introduced the charitable aspect of the event in 1990 and as a result, was awarded the MBE.
Derek Pollock suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and had been recovering in hospital. Unfortunately, his condition to a turn for the worst and he passed away at 1pm on Sunday 3rd November 2019.
Darren Sharp, Secretary of Club Triumph says:
'Our thoughts are with his family . I believe we owe so much to Derek, for without him there would be no RBRR . Derek has been in or waving us off at the start of every RBRR and he will be sadly and sorely missed.'