Some key changes to Government guidance have been implemented to enable sections of the hospitality industry to re-open. However, none of these changes have yet given the green light for TR Register events, meets or road runs in groups to resume.
Tighter restrictions still exist in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland so, members in those areas should check on the guidance from the authorities for their particular region as linked below. Furthermore, as regional outbreaks occur, (such as seen this Summer in Leicester, England) local guidance may also change on a regional basis.
Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs that are able to reopen, will be placed under heavy restrictions to enforce social distancing. Many venues will be operating a pre-book only policy and all venues will be required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises.
The following outlines the position relating to TR Register car club events, road runs and meets.
At the current time, the TR Register is strongly advising our organisers for local groups to continue to cancel all social activities and refrain from road runs or any other meets in groups, until further notice.
Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys. 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, we imagine many could do with a good exercise by now!
Please remember, as a club, we are not only ambassadors for our individual clubs, but also the classic car community as a whole.
Furthermore, Motorsport UK have stated that spectators will not be allowed at test days, race meetings and track days.
At this moment in time, we feel it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade TRs through the streets and country lanes when many people are still in self-isolation 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, which applies from 4th July 2020, urges us to 'Remain Alert and Safe' . It’s vitally important that club members drive with caution, as tighter lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.
We must remain mindful of our own safety and be vigilant on the impact of our actions on others.
In England, (the most lenient area of the UK in terms of COVID restrictions), public gatherings of more than 30 people are still prohibited in law and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. Guidelines in England still urges us to avoid meetings of more than 6 people from different households in an outdoor space and two households indoors. As mentioned above, other areas of the UK such as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland may have even tighter restrictions. Read and understand the guidance from the links below. Also, certain areas of England that have experienced a regional spike in infections may also be subject to tighter restrictions.
Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
For NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.who.int
- The pandemic is NOT over. The lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
- Read and understand Government guidance for your specific area of the UK.
- Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible (1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines).
- 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 vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
- 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 adhere to these guidelines to protect the health of yourself and others.
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-register.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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 322 has recently arrived on doorsteps.
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 plans as to how it proposes restarting motorsport across its eleven sporting disciplines.
TR Register Hillclimb and Sprint Championship:
Roger McEwen proposed the following actions to current registered competitors, all of who agreed to the following:
- The Revington TR / TR Register S&HCC will be abandoned for 2020 in terms of results and awards.
- Roger McEwen all work to obtain invitations to as many events as possible for the TR Register for the rest of 2020, assuming that existing events on the calendar will be in if they go ahead. Roger will issue SRs and Entry Forms as they become available.
- That we will not have a Drivers Dinner / Awards Ceremony or Meeting this year.
- That for 2021 the Championship Regulations will be the same as this year subject to any necessary changes in the calendar of events.
Latest event updates as of 4/7/2020:
**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 / Goodwood Revival - **CANCELLED**
The organisers of the Goodwood Revival and Festival of Speed events have announced that the event will not take place in 2020. The Goodwood Revival began in 1998 and has been a key part of the historic motorsport calendar ever since, attracting many thousands of visitors every September to revel in a celebration of historic cars, motorsport and vintage fashion.
In a statement, Goodwood said,
"Sadly, we have had to take the decision not to hold the Festival of Speed and Revival this year. All ticket holders have the option to rollover their tickets or request a refund.
As we rely so heavily on our headline events, their absence places not only future events but even the long-term future of the estate under considerable strain. With this in mind, we are today reinvigorating the Goodwood Supporters’ Association (GSA) in the hope that the Goodwood community will stand beside us as we weather this storm together. As well as the options to rollover tickets to 2021 or request a refund, any ticket-holder can also choose to exchange a proportion of their 2020 ticket value in return for additional GSA benefits.
For those without tickets that would like to join the GSA and show their support, there are a range of GSA levels with various benefits at each level in recognition of your support. We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone, and one which is surrounded by uncertainty.
We hope that this range of options across all of our customer groups will allow people to make an informed choice to suit their personal circumstances, and will help preserve the spirit of Goodwood, and our unique interpretation of the sport we all enjoy."
For information on tickets visit: https://www.goodwood.com/coronavirus-faqs/
**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
The first of the Bicester Heritage Scrambles 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.
British Motor Museum, Gaydon: RE - OPENS 4TH JULY
Following the recent government announcement, the British Motor Museum are getting ready to safely re-open on Saturday 4 July.
The British Motor Museum reassured us that they are committed to providing a safe place to visit. They are adopting new approaches in order to adhere to government guidelines so, whilst we they look a little bit different, they are excited to be able to welcome you back to the Museum. Most event remain cancelled until the first weekend of September.
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:
TR Register @ Gaydon 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 on the link below: