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  1. Same book John, but one edition was published by Motorbooks in the USA, and the rights were later taken over by Herridge and Sons here in UK, who republished it when it went out of print. It is still available new from Herridge's website as far as I know......Bill P.
  2. Interesting....still they turn up ! MJY 608 was 1st registered in Plymouth in March 1957, chassis no TS 16720 according to my records, and it was once on the Register...…. looks pretty original too....BTW who are the film makers Stuart? Was this on TV or something? Bill P.
  3. Good, but I do hope it turns out to be the right book, as I can't find it on Amazon and there are lots of Triumph books with vaguely similar titles...….Bill
  4. If you want to see many historic Frank Callaby Triumph pictures then seek out a copy of my largely -forgotten book published in 2000 called "Triumph, the Sporting Cars" published by Alan Sutton Publishing Ltd. It contains dozens of excellent quality pics , largely from the BMIHT archive, as I compiled it in conjunction with them.....they got a share of the royalties. Sadly Alan Sutton disappeared soon after that into the Haynes maw, and all efforts I have made to have this book reprinted have failed, Haynes of course no longer being interested in their old motoring titles...…. Although I regularly see copies of most of my other books on sale secondhand at dealers etc, I never see this one, yet I know that 2500 copies were printed and sold.....where did they all go? Would that I had stuffed a hundred copies under the bed back in the day. Bill Piggott
  5. Ugly, innit? I turned it down in 1979 for £395 when it belonged to Andrew Ledingham…..its running was as rough as a bear's bum...…. Why so much loot? Well, it was a famous Goodwood entrant around 1959/60 in Bill's hands and won the Motorsport Brooklands memorial trophy series....I think, without looking it up, two years in a row.....winning a number of marque sports car races at Goodwood and elsewhere....I researched its history for Darrryl a few years back and it has certainly been well rebuilt recently, but 195k....? More than somewhat optimistic I'd say, especially in today's bloody awful market (ask any dealer.....)…..still, should be a Goodwood entry "golden ticket" as they say......Bill P.
  6. I have the same non-Addco bar on the front of my TR2 ……..I bought this 2nd hand from Buckles about 35 years ago and have transferred it from car to car since.....II think I've had it on 6 TRs over the years....it works well but I've always wondered who manufactured it.....definitely a professional job....and PLEASE gents, can we use the English phrase Anti-Roll bar for the front bar, not the American anti-sway bar...…..Bill P.
  7. Roy, you'll need to contact our V765 man via the club office to ascertain the latest dvla rules re completeness of car I'm afraid....note that "completeness" does not mean the same as "Originality" …...Bill
  8. Hi Roy, 3154 BT is a number issued by the old East Riding of Yorkshire circa late 1960, which stacks up with your car's date. The old archive records for BT numbers DO still exist, and were held in Beverley, E Yorks, though they may now be at either York or Hull record offices.....however, you shouldn't need this as you have the old style logbook to rely on, and you will be able to retain the number provided the car is largely complete and in one piece and passes an inspection by the club's V765 officer, Graham Andrews, who took over the job from me. Good luck, Bill P.
  9. What is the original reg number? Having recovered over 400 reg numbers for members over 26 years 1990-2016, I know what records are where....Bill Piggott
  10. After trying time and again to place a classified ad on the classified site and failing, I'm using this to say that, if anyone is looking for a complete TR3/3A axle to upgrade their TR2/early TR3, then I have one for sale for £500. Exactly as removed from a car many years ago and stored since, and very hard to find now, Bill Piggott
  11. Hello again Philip, Mary certainly lived in a grand house in Bearsden when I visited her in 1998 to interview her. Her husband had a GIANT model railway in the attic that I was shown....wonder what happened to all that? She had no offspring as far as I am aware. She was able always to get 888 numbers as I seem to recall that her father was in the motor trade, which was how, she told me, she was able to get one of the earliest TR2s at a time of shortage and use it in the March 54 RAC Rally. The interview is still unedited 20 years later....your posts prompt me to get this done and put onto dvd from the vhs where it sits....will let you know when I get round to it ! Bill P.
  12. Hello Philip, I met Mary Walker twice, and wrote up her exploits in my 1995 book Triumph by Name, Triumph by Nature. I also have an unseen video interview I did with her in 1998. You won't find her, as sadly she died about 6 years ago. She came from Northumberland but went to live in Bearsden, Glasgow when she married a Scottish doctor and became Mary Frazer. It was whilst she was single that she rallied extensively and successfully, almost always in TRs, in the 1954-1964 period. Her cars always had 888 number plates. OWK 888 was a very early TR2, and her second TR2 was JJR 888. VWA 888 (Lanark registered) was her 3A......I'm not sure if she ever had a TR3...she didn;'t mention one. VWA 888 is still shown on the dvla website as existing, but long term off the road, so it is out there somewhere, but they won't tell you where...….When did you receive the picture from her? She must have been a generous lady, as she gave me her two RAC rally finisher's medals, for 1954 and 1955, which are still in my office......Bill Piggott
  13. I've had TR2/3/3A s and Healey 100s for 50 years now.....both are equally good but in entirely different ways. Were the best parts of each combined into one car, it would have made a fabulous device.....Bill P.
  14. Well Tom, think hard before you do it...….the BN2 is about the best car Healeys made, especially in "M" tune......it is the car all the Healey family considered their collective favourite.....BMC forced them to use the 6 cylinder engine in 1956 against Donald and Geoff's judgement. The 3000 is a heavy old beast, especially in Mk 3 form...it shakes rattles and rolls a lot more than the Hundreds and ALWAYS uses a lot more fuel for the same result! I know, I've had 'em all...…(all 100s do leak in rain -but even the best late 3000s are never fully dry) That said, if you do proceed, the TR wires will generally fit Healeys, BUT the later 3000s have a different thread for the k/o nuts, 12 tpi instead of 8, so k/o nuts not necessarily interchangeable.....Bill P.
  15. Thanks everyone for the offers of help, but I've got one coming now from relatively near me, Bill P.
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