The latest advice from the government now states that non-essential travel in England (but not Scotland or Wales) is now allowed. Non key workers are now permitted to drive as far as we feel necessary for work and for exercise.
However, public gatherings of more than two people are not allowed and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. The club’s HQ and local area representatives on the Management Team have been approached with a number of enquiries as to whether members are permitted to meet up in their classic cars whilst observing social distancing.
At the current time, the TR Register strongly advises all local area groups to continue to cancel all activities outdoors and refrain from road runs, convoys or any other meet ups in groups until July at the earliest provisional date.
Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys – the UK Government states clearly that we must not meet more than one other person from outside our household. It is important that large groups of classic car owners do not congregate in particular areas, such as parks, or places of natural beauty. By all means, use your TR individually to drive to the shops or go out for exercise, but only individually.
Please remember, as a club, we are all ambassadors for the classic car scene as a whole.
Furthermore, Motorsport UK have suspended all permits in the UK until July so, any convoy or road run with a pre-determined route or start/end point would be considered illegal and will not be insured.
The TR Register also feel that, at this moment in time, it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade classic cars through the streets and country lanes when many people are still in lockdown within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet.
The latest advice, issued 13th May 2020, urges common sense around taking any car out for leisure drives. It’s vitally important that club members drive with caution, as lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet changed their advice of ‘Stay Home’, but residents of England are now told to ‘Stay Alert’.
Key points :
- The pandemic is NOT over – the lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
- Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes. Please see TR Action Magazine Issue 321 for a handy guide on preparing your car for post-lockdown travel.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres.
- If you previously declared your TR as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road.
- If you didn't renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. To help with this, TR Register Insurance have a number of helpful schemes and allowances they are offering members. Contact them on 0333 003 8157 .
- If your classic needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT AFTER 30th March
- Do not drive across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary as, currently, those countries are yet to change their rules.
- For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int
- To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.ukFor NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with TR Register members if the situation develops.
Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.
TR Register COVID-19 appeal
Don't forget our Triumph Over COVID-19 appeal raising money for the NHS. We would like as many members as possible to take part. Read more at www.tr-regiser.co.uk/nhs
TR Register offices, Didcot.
The TR Register are continuing to work remotely and are not be accepting visitors to the TR Register offices in Didcot at the present time. Staff that can work from home continue to do so, therefore please be patient when contacting the office. Please use email communication as the preferred method of contact: email@example.com
TR Action Magazine
TR Action Magazine will continue to be produced and mailed out to members, to offer a distraction, entertainment and information during this time.
We have assurances from our printers and the Royal Mail that they have put precautions in place to enable them to continue working for us. The situation the world is experiencing and its impact on the TR and wider classic car scene is moving and changing incredibly fast and is therefore difficult to remain timely and up to the minute with information in a six-weekly print magazine.
Issue 321 was delivered a day ahead of schedule - we sincerely hope you enjoy reading it!
As ever, our Editor Wayne Scott looks forward to receiving your articles and stories on what you have achieved on your cars as we know many of you have been getting those little tasks done during lockdown.
TR Register Insurance
Our insurance manager, Pete Barrett from TR Register Insurance says;
"Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what measures we need to put in place to ensure the wellbeing of you, our clients and colleagues. As such, we have temporarily shut the doors to clients visiting us at the branch in Worcester, but rest assured - we are still open for business.
During this unprecedented time, as some of my colleagues will be away from the office, we would appreciate you contact us to renew your policy as soon as you receive your renewal letter.
This will reduce our call volumes and enable us to continue to provide a top quality service even if we do happen to have limited staff.
In the near future we will be moving to home working, so please do bear with us if the we are busy. We will call you back if none of the team are available when you call."
Updated: Motorsport UK advice for sports events:
Motorsport UK has announced that, in anticipation of motorsport restarting in the UK from 4th July, it is inviting online permit applications from 1st June 2020.
Motorsport is currently suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020. Following ongoing positive dialogue with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and having set out its strategy and anticipated conditions for restarting motorsport disciplines, the governing body is now moving to its next phase of getting the sport back on track. Further details will be communicated following the next Motorsport UK Board meeting of 3rd June.
Any resumption of motorsport is contingent on event organisers demonstrating that they can plan in accordance with the recently published, “Getting Back on Track” guidelines of Motorsport UK, while respecting government guidance on social distancing.
Motorsport UK is also acutely aware that different devolved territories of the UK may be moving at different paces in easing restrictions; any application for an event permit will be subject to approval based on the prevailing government advice. The move is also contingent on governments continuing with measures to open up society and that further restrictions resultant of any additional waves of COVID-19 are not required.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, commented, “In March, Motorsport UK moved quickly and in line with government to suspend motorsport, while everyone’s priority was restricting the spread of this terrible disease and protecting the NHS. It is now right that, as government has set out plans to ease restrictions, we move in step and introduce the next stage of our phased restart. Unlike many sports, motorsport in the UK is an industry in itself, employing tens of thousands and contributing billions of pounds to the UK economy.”
“We always said that, when the conditions were right, we would take a responsible decision to resume motorsport in order to sustain the sport, jobs and the economy. We have explained our plans to government and are fortunate that motorsport takes place outdoors over large controlled spaces. Our plan is that, subject to government advice and ongoing lifting of restrictions, motorsport will resume from 4th July. We are making this announcement now as event organisers, venues, preparation specialists, the supply chain, volunteer Marshals, Officials and Competitors all need time to put in place their plans.”
There will be a number of caveats of granting event permits, including that event organisers commit that their events will be held behind closed doors, appropriate PPE requirements are met, and that each organiser must appoint a COVID-19 officer to ensure compliance with any relevant guidelines. Furthermore, there will be a limit on the number of permits issued for July to 50% of those in the corresponding month of 2019, in order that there are sufficient volunteer Official and Marshal resources available to support the restart in a safe and responsible manner. No national or British championship events will take place in July to reduce potential national and international travel (excludes FIA championships).
Latest event updates as of 28/5/2020:
TR Register Hillclimb and Sprint Championship - ALL FIXTURES CANCELLED UNTIL AT LEAST JULY 1ST 2020
As per the advice given in the statement from Motorsport UK above, the start of the Hillclimb and Sprint season will be postponed until further notice. This includes the first three rounds at Goodwood, Curborough and Gurston Down. Roger McEwen will issue news and a revised fixtures list for the rest of this year's rounds from May onwards, via these pages and www.tr-register.co.uk/motorsport
**CANCELLED until 2021** NEC Restoration Show rescheduled for 26-28th March 2021Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 outing of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is now postponed until 26-28 March 2021. The organisers had hoped to run the event this August but with restrictions still in place, it is no longer possible.Read more >>>
Goodwood Festival of Speed - POSTPONED DATE TBA
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been postponed, with a view to shifting the event to a later date in the year amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The Duke of Richmond said: ‘Over the last few weeks, we have been working together with everyone involved to understand the viability of the Festival of Speed going ahead in July. Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus threat and not knowing whether the situation will have significantly improved by then, we sadly need to postpone the Festival of Speed in July.’
**CANCELLED** Silverstone Classic
The organisers of Silverstone Classic have confirmed that the 2020 event is to be cancelled. TR Register members should contact them direct for refunds or to roll-over pre-booked tickets. All advance ticket holders will have been contacted by Silverstone Classic. Their statement follows below:
It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic announce that this summer’s flagship three-day festival – originally scheduled for the weekend of 31 July to the 2 August – has sadly been cancelled.
As the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the massive event always attracts unrivalled grids, many thousands of classic car owners and more than 100,000 visitors, many of whom camp out at Silverstone. The nature and scale of the event make running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation; and the event’s much-loved family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors isn’t a feasible option.
This summer, the pioneering Classic had massive plans to celebrate its milestone 30th birthday with a special ‘greatest hits’ racecard but organisers have indicated that they will carry forward these celebrations to the 2021 event.
“Following the latest Government advice, coupled with other scheduling changes at Silverstone, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event,” said an enormously disappointed Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.
“I can’t tell you how sad this news makes me feel. For the last 12 years it has been my life’s focus to build the Classic into the most amazing family friendly classic racing festival, the biggest and many people think the best in the world, but our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events – as well as our own team – and we know that Classic fans will understand why this step has been necessary.
“As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are so proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers and petrolheads.
“In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s continued support. It means a lot. The passion of those coming through our gates is what makes the event the success that it has become and we are now already looking forward to celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary with everyone next year instead.”
The record numbers who have already purchased Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund.
All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps. As ever all the latest information can be found at www.silverstoneclassic.com.
Sunday Scramble - Bicester Heritage - POSTPONED
Bicester Heritage has the made decision to postpone the next two Scrambles, due to be held on the 26th April, and the 21st June 2020 0- these events will now be held on 4th October 2020.
Bicester Heritage wishes to reassure all Scramble Pass holders, that their current Passes will allow entry to the Scramble on the new date of 4th October 2020. If you would like to login to your Eventbrite account to check your Passes, please click here.
If you are unable to attend the new Scramble date then you are entitled to a full refund.
On behalf of all at Bicester Heritage, do take care and please ensure that care and compassion for one another remains at the forefront of all our minds.
South - West Groups Regional Event (Part of 50th anniversary TS2 Tour) - 30th May -CANCELLED
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh Station, TQ11 0DZ.
The event has sadly been cancelled as due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all facilities at the railway have been closed until at least the end of May and the staff have been stood down. Currently, there are no plans for an alternative event.
Wales and West Groups Regional Event (Part of 50th anniversary TS2 Tour) - 6th June 2020 - CANCELLED
Oakham Treasures, Oakham Farm, Portbury Lane, Bristol, BS20 7SP.
The event scheduled for 6th June at Oakham Treasures yesterday afternoon, I will be sending out an email to Group Leaders shortly. A later date may be announced dependant on TS2 and venue availability or alternatively the TR Register will use the venue as a meeting place for an inter-group meeting next year. All group leaders have been informed.
Thirlestane Castle Show, nr Edinburgh - CANCELLED
The committee of the BVAC Classic at Thirlestane have announced that this event cannot go ahead on June 7th this year. After looking at the possibility of an autumn date, they feel that the only option is to postpone the event for a year and go ahead on Sunday 6th June 2021.
Derbyshire Dales Weekend Event 12-14 June 2020 - CANCELLED
The weekend event scheduled for 12 - 14 June 2020 is cancelled in entirety for that weekend.
The Palace Hotel, Buxton have suggested that the whole event shall be moved by one year to 11 - 13 June 2021, with all deposits remaining intact.
We in Derbyshire Dales are prepared to hold all monies paid for the event in our group bank account until the event takes place next year.
If anyone is unhappy with this, the following will apply -
1. It is up to the individual to contact the Palace and make individual arrangements on any refund required. Anyone wishing to contact the Palace should not do so immediately, the workload due to the current situation has spiralled, allow at least 2 weeks.
2. The Derbyshire Dales group will refund your event registration in full. We will be happy to do this at any point until May of next year.
When you have considered the above, We would be obliged if you will respond will an email outlining your preferred choice.
All emails on this should be sent in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org
Leicester Group Weekend - CANCELLED
Scalford Country House Hotel, Melton Road, Melton Mowbray, Leics, LE14 4UB
Planned for the 19-21 June 2020, this event has now been cancelled. Please contact: Contact: Andy Holyoak email@example.com 07725 056 653 for refunds and latest information.
British Motor Museum events - CLOSED UNTIL 1ST JUNE
The museum is closed until June 1st. All events after 1st June will be reviewed in the near future. So, currently there is no requirement to cancel or postpone the 50th anniversary of the TR Register event currently scheduled for the 12th July 2020. However, please keep checking back for updates.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans - POSTPONED
In view of the changing health situation related to the coronavirus and the latest Government guidelines, the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, initially scheduled for 13-14 June, has been postponed until 19-20 September 2020.
Le Mans Classic - POSTPONED UNTIL 1- 4th July 2021
Peter Auto have announced the Le Mans Classic will be postponed until 1-4th July 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation. More details for those who have booked through Travel Destinations can be found below:
50th anniversary of TR Register event - POSTPONED UNTI 6TH SEPTEMBER
British Motor Museum, Gaydon
Will now be held in conjunction with the Metro and Mini Show and the BMC and Leyland Show subject to government guidance. All tickets and bookings made for the 12th July date will now be valid for this new fixture.
Triumph Weekend 14-16 August 2020 - CANCELLED
In response to the most recent UK Government guidelines and after extensive discussions with the event’s venue and partners, the TR Register and TSSC has taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Triumph Weekend, planned for 14-16th August 2020.
The TR Register is committed to following the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings. Current government and public health advice states that all non-essential social contact with other people outside of your own household should be avoided for the foreseeable future. Furthermore, legislation currently in force to prohibit public gatherings of more than two people remain in place.
Day tickets, camping passes and exhibitor bookings already purchased for the event at Stratford – upon – Avon Racecourse will be refunded immediately.
For accommodation booked in nearby Hotels, attendees should contact their accommodation provider and share this announcement with them in order to negotiate a refund.
IMPORTANT: The TR Register asks specifically that, in the first instance, those who booked advance tickets do not contact the club nor the venue regarding their booking. The organisers will automatically refund you and will send notification of the refund having been issued.
Paul Tunnadine, speaking on behalf of the joint organising team from the TR Register and TSSC clubs explained: “As published in TR Action Magazine, Courier Magazine and via the event website at www.triumphweekend.com the Triumph Weekend organising team promised to review the situation that faced the event in mid-May. The well-being of club members and show visitors was of paramount importance to both of the organising clubs.
In light of the latest UK Government advice regarding COVID-19, not only did we have to consider the impact of probable social distancing restrictions on the event format, but also whether it was practical to proceed in terms of time and resources available to organise the event.
The organising team also considered whether club members would feel comfortable and safe to attend an event at that time and how possible it would be to implement appropriate health and safety and social distancing required to keep visitors safe.
Having considered all these factors, the organising team were left no other option but to cancel the event.”
The Triumph Weekend will take place ‘virtually’ however, via www.triumphweekend.com during the originally intended weekend. Members of all Triumph clubs will be able to display their car in our virtual show field online by uploading photos of their car. You will be able to compete in our Concours D’ Elegance and Pride of Ownership decided upon via public vote, view an online directory of traders with possible show discounts and view video interviews and podcasts. We will release further information on how you can take part in the Virtual Triumph Weekend, in the next few weeks.
The TR Register and TSSC Car Club wish to thank all members and attendees for their patience whilst the discussions for this event were being held in conjunction with our partners and venue. The TR Register and TSSC clubs will be announcing the dates and venue of the 2021 Triumph Weekend later in the Summer.
CarFest North and South
Chris Evans announced that, as a result of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, CarFest have taken the difficult decision to reschedule both CarFest North and CarFest South until 2021.
CarFest North will take place at Bolesworth Estate from: 23rd - 25th July 2021
CarFest South will be held at Laverstoke Park Farm from: 27th - 29th August 2021
"Over the past eight years we have raised over £16m for UK Children’s Charities – BBC Children in Need, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust – we want to continue to do this.
We know many of you have been waiting for us to announce the second release of tickets for this year, and we’re sorry to disappoint you, but do hope that you will be able to join us in 2021 to celebrate CarFest’s 10th birthday!
We plan to go back on sale for CarFest North and CarFest South 2021 in October of this year and we will keep you updated on final dates and details in the coming months."
Bo'ness Revival - 4-6 SEPTEMBER - CANCELLED UNTIL 2021
The organiser released the following statement, however the TR Register Scottish regions will be looking into an alternative option for the TR Register Scottish Weekend, which will be announced in due course.
From the Bo'ness Committee:
"After a lot of discussion and soul-searching, it’s with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Bo’ness Revival and Classic. In light of Motorsport UK cancelling all events until at least the end of June, we are unable to plan an event that takes many months to organise to make it as successful and safe as possible for competitors, entrants, marshals, organisers and visitors. We hope you understand and everyone involved with the Revival is humbled by the support you have shown throughout this situation that none of us could have predicted.
We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who have been unstinting in their support for the Revival and without whom we simply couldn’t run the event.
We will be refunding entry fees to those who have already paid for the Classic. Any Hillclimb competitor can also be refunded, defer their entry to 2021 or gift their entry fee to the club, we wil lbe in touch about this in the near future,
However, this is far from the end of the Revival and Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival Club. We are already looking to the 2021 event and how we can make it the best Revival yet. Much of the planning that has gone into this year’s event will be carried over and we have plenty of other ideas too.
We will continue with our regular Facebook posts celebrating the great drivers, cars and people of past Revivals. Kenny Baird has plenty more of his history of Bo’ness Hillclimb to come and we also have our virtual Breakfast Club meeting this Sunday from 10am right here on the Bo’ness Revival Facebook page. Make sure you drop by with a cuppa, bacon roll and ready to chat about all things classic and hillclimb.
There are also other events we have planned for later in the year that we’ll keep you up to speed on as and when the unfolding situation allows.
In the meantime, all of us at the Bo’ness Revival ask that you stay safe, keep well and we send our best wishes. We look forward to seeing you all again in good health and cheer very soon."
TR Register European Meeting - POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021
The TR Register have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the UK European Meeting, until September 2021. The move will see all subsequent meetings in other countries, also put back by one year by universal agreement.
Although much of the detail will be announced in due course, the organising team have in place a new plan and agreements with all the major suppliers.
The theme of the weekend will remain as a celebration of over half a century of the TR Register. More details oj the link below: