Brilliant! Thanks so much Roger for the information, shall see if i can make contact and maybe see some photos. Irving must have owned the car for nearly 30 years - and i thought i had had it the longest. Wonder where he lives.
Thanks to TR 2100 (Alan R). Yes I remember a red 3A and I have some other names for you to conjure with - Daryl Uprichard and Pete Hunt and lovely girlfriend Barb, the first people I met in the TR Register and another head case, Chris Gurney who also had a really pretty girlfriend, might have been Paula.
Lovely old boy called Arthur (who in fact at the time was probably younger than i am now) and of course the infamous Cox and Buckles.
I remember following P Buckles over a hump back bridge one day and the body of his TR landed down on chassis at a different angle from when he started - and i don't think it was straight before the bridge either. Happy days.
Regrets... i have a few. Should have kept my TR somehow and my membership number which i think was 275 or similar, so quite early. But that's life. Anyway i shall try to contact Ian Cornish as well as Irving P.
About 4 years ago after losing my job i decided to get a TR again and would like to have got 297HOT back, but i think I was day dreaming and trying to recover more than my car. Then I thought of getting a 3a instead, but it seemed to get something half decent I needed to spend around 10 15 K which was not on. No time or budget for a long rebuild so i thought about various alternatives and settled on the idea of a Caterham.
A reasonable Caterham was also about 10 - 12 k for very little. Then I discovered Westfields. much cheaper, just as quick and as much fun and so much like a Caterham that they were sued in the early days. So I looked around and found a 1700 Crossflow powered SE which i have an on/off love affair with according to how its going and where it lets me down. Photo on the Westfield site (I am Fangio2) http://boardroom.wscc.co.uk/cgi-bin/ikonbo...9170;hl=fangio2
Be in touch again because I am still a TR man and maybe one day.....