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  1. Hi Wayne - yes no problem I will drop you an e-mail so you can let me know directly which ones you want and at what resolution. Cheers J
  2. There were a total of 8 TR's in the CSSCC Swinging Sixties group 2 race at Snetterton last Saturday 1 X TR5, 2 X TR4 & 5 X TR6. Somewhat mixed fortunes in the race but a good result for Mark Campbell in his TR5 who finished 3rd out of a field of 26. Lots of pictures of all the TR competitors here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/norfolkjohn/albums/72157682079435126
  3. An enjoyable day at Snetterton today albeit not particularly successful for the Triumph participants. The Thoroughbred Sportscar Championship race is effectively two races in one - the MGB V8's and everybody else. The V8's dominated overall but the TR's held their own with the other non V8 runners and both Phil (TR6) and Michael (TR4) had spirited drives which they looked to be enjoying. Roy Chamberlain had cooling problems with his TR250 which soon curtailed his practice session and unfortunately he didn't last long in the race either managing only 3 laps. The two GT6's of Clive Gimson and Dickon Parnell were towards the back of the field both in qualifying and the race but again it looked like they were both having fun and they survived without any major dramas. Here are a few pictures of the Triumph participants : Triumph TR6 - Philip Lambe - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2748 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - Philip Lambe - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2843 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Michael Hunter - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2520 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Michael Hunter - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2676 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR250 - Roy Chamberlain - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2372 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR250 - Roy Chamberlain (Cooling Problem) - Snetterton - 10Oct15 3132 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph GT6 - Clive Gimson - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2857 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph GT6 - Dickon Parnell - Snetterton - 10Oct15 2627 by John Allan, on Flickr
  4. I plan to be there for both the practice sessions and the race. As always I will be toting heavy duty camera equipment . Expect to be taking shots at Corham during practice and at Murrays during the race. May also do some stuff from infield side of the Bomb Hole. If I have time I'll try to drop by the paddock and say hello. Best of luck to all TR & GT6 drivers ! John
  5. A total of five TR’s took part in the Aston Martin Owner’s Club race meeting at Snetterton on Saturday 18th July, comprising three TR4’s, one 4A and one 2. Although rather breezy – as is typical for Snetterton – the sun shone all day but, sadly, the good weather didn’t bring much good fortune for the TR contingent. In race 1, the Innes Ireland Cup for pre 1966 production GT and touring cars, featured the three TR4’s. Car 6 was driven by John Andon and Pete Foster who qualified and finished in 5th position from a field of 11 starters. Car 85, driven by David Allen and Darren Roberts, qualified 9th but apparently suffered some sort of mechanical issue and was unable to take part in the race. The ever keen Pete Foster managed a second drive in the race partnered with Nick Mountford in his number 44 car which qualified 7th finishing one place higher in 6th. The race was won by a Lotus type 26R. Race 3 was the Equipe GTS which was again for pre1966 cars but with a number of classes depending on engine size. 20 cars qualified with 19 starting the race. Unfortunately the non-starter was the No85 TR4 of David Allen and Darren Roberts which had qualified 14th. Nick Mountford took part in his second race of the day starting from 10th and finishing a respectable 8th following a spirited drive. David Ferry qualified his TR4 in 15th spot but spent race towards the back of the field and was later disqualified, although the reason for this was not obvious during the race. The best TR performance of the day was definitely Richard McKoen who qualified and finished in 4th place driving his No 68 TR4A. The race was won by a TVR Grantura MkIII which led for most of the race. The last race of the day was the AMOC 50’s Sports Cars race for the Jack Fairman Cup. Mark Hobble took part in his lovely TR2 race number 50. From a large field of 25 cars Mark qualified 20 but sadly retired on the third lap. Below are a few picture of the action. More can be found here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/norfolkjohn/sets/72157653758423784 Triumph TR4 (John Andon + Pete Foster) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 007 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (John Andon + Pete Foster) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 1442 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (David Allen + Darren Roberts) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 323 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (David Allen + Darren Roberts) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 777 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (Nick Mountford + Pete Foster) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 2049 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (John Andon + Pete Foster) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 1516 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (Nick Mountford + Pete Foster) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 1523 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (David Ferry) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 738 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4 (David Ferry) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 2040 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4A (Richard McKoen) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 2112 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR4A (Richard McKoen) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 549 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR2 (Mark Hoble) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 1193 by John Allan, on Flickr Triumph TR2 (Mark Hoble) AMOC - Snetterton - 18Jul15 2588 by John Allan, on Flickr
  6. Not been on the Forum for a while but I’ve just had my TR4A and a TR6 serviced / prepared for MOT by a very experienced TR mechanic based in West Norfolk. I hope it's OK to mention here but I thought his services might be of assistance to other TR owners in East Anglia who, like myself, are more interested in driving their cars than tinkering with them. He might also be able to help anyone struggling with unusual TR mechanical problems that are proving hard to fix. The chap in question is Bob Scott. He used to be with Classic Marks in Stoke Ferry and more recently in Brandon but he is now working (independently) out of E.W. English’s garage in Stoke Ferry once again. I’ve known him for a few years and he really is very knowledgeable about all mechanical aspects of TR’s and has worked on them for many years. He knows the various quirks of each model and is particularly handy with gear boxes and TR6 fuel injection set up’s. I have no connection with Bob other than as a customer but having recently spoken to a few classic car owners that have struggled to find genuinely knowledgeable mechanics I thought I’d mention him here in case it is of help to others. He can be contacted in Stoke Ferry on 01366 500254 during normal working hours (Monday to Friday) or send me a PM and I can pass on his mobile number. I would also mention that E.W. English are very experienced at doing MOT’s on classic cars and I know that finding such people can also be a bit of a challenge at times.
  7. Hi Jean, No tripod but I do use quite a good quality lens. Canon 100-400mm F4L which has image stabilisation - which does help . Cheers John
  8. Hi Jean, Glad you liked the site. Schaffen is a great event. Never had the opportunity to attend but have seen some amazing pictures taken by others. I also hope the weather is good next weekend as we have the DH Moth Club Rally at Woburn. Not quite sure I followed the comment about air-to-air pictures. All the shots on my web site were taken from the ground. That said I have done some air-to-air stuff in the past. Was lucky enough to get up in a Yak 52 some years back for an A-To-A shoot but have mainly been in the back of an Vans (RV4 or RV8) which is hard work due to the canopy. Not done anything recently though. Have fun at Schaffen JA
  9. Hi Tom - Many thanks. Glad you like them. Check back once in a while as I will be adding lots more in the future. At some point I also hope to include scans of some of the airliner and military aircraft shots I took 30 years back - but I think that will be a bit of a winter project ! Cheers - JA
  10. After years of posting my pictures on various web sites including Flickr I've finally set up my own site to display some of the pictures I take and allow people to buy prints of them (if they want to). The content is limited at the moment but I will be building it up over the coming months. The site is, and always will be, completely free for people to browse. Here is a link to the site : http://www.flyingcarsphotography.co.uk/ If you like old aeroplanes and classic cars I think you will find a few of the images interesting. Enjoy ! JA
  11. Well at least the pictures are there so here goes with a few shots of the TR4 and TR4A that were on track plus a few TR's from the Car Park Triumph TR4 - Snetterton - 12Apr14 2766 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Snetterton - 12Apr14 531 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Snetterton - 12Apr14 2959 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4A - Richard McKoen - Snetterton - 12Apr14 2010 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4A - Richard McKoen - Snetterton - 12Apr14 2899 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr TRiumph TR4A - Snetterton (Car Park) - 12Apr14 2034 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr TRiumph TR6 - Snetterton (Car Park) - 12Apr14 3033 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr TRiumph TR3A - Snetterton (Car Park) - 12Apr14 3076 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  12. This is my second attempt at getting this post up so fingers crossed it works this time. It was a bit cold and grey at Snetterton most of the day and unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances I wasn't able to be at the track for as long as I had planned. (Basically part of the Under-Tray fell off my MX5 resulting in a fair bit of messing about in the morning to swap cars and an early departure to sort out the ensuing complications - Yes I know I should have stuck to TR's). I didn't see the Swinging 60's race but I did catch the practice. With luck (if I've finally managed to get the forum to accept the links) there should be some pictures below and I'll try to post a few more if this lot work Triumph TR7 V8 - Martyn Adams - Snetterton - 12Apr14 1344 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR7 V8 - Martyn Adams - Snetterton - 12Apr14 1460 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr TRiumph TR6 - Christopher Edwards - Snetterton-12Apr14 686 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr TRiumph TR6 - Christopher Edwards - Snetterton-12Apr14 2763 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - David McDonald - Snetterton - 12Apr14 874 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - David McDonald - Snetterton - 12Apr14 671 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 Racing Engine - Snetterton-12Apr14 2973 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  13. I plan to be around from start of practice until the end of the swinging 60's race. Best of luck to all participating TR drivers !
  14. Norfolkjohn

    TR6. Seats

    Just a small point but not all Mk2 MX5's had the seats with separate adjustable head-rests. I believe these were only on the original Mk2's produced 1999 - 2001. Some if not all the post face-lift MK2's produced from 2001 to 2005 (also known unofficially as the Mk2.5) reverted to a high-back seat albeit different to the ones in the Mk1. My 2002 S-VT sport has the later high back-seats and they are very comfortable. In fact I prefer them to the earlier Mk2 seats we have in the TR6 (which are still very good) but I'd agree the earlier Mk2 seat with the separate head-rest does look nicer in the TR.
  15. Norfolkjohn

    6945KV

    Still listed by the DVLA but apparently hasn't been taxed since 1979. Just might still be lurking in a shed somewhere !
  16. CSCC Classic K Just one Triumph in this race. Car 53 the lovely little TR3 driven by Roy Chamberlain which qualified in 19th spot and finished 15th. I wasn’t able to stay to watch this race but the conditions in qualifying were not great with a very wet track. Triumph TR3 - Roy Chamberlain - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2088 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR3 - Roy Chamberlain - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2159 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr CSCC Future Classics A TR7 V8 and a Dolly Sprint were entered in this race but although qualifying went ahead in bright sunshine on a fairly wet track I understand the race was cancelled. Again this was after I had left but the weather was deteriorating and as this was to have been the last race of the day it would also have been getting decidedly dark. The pictures below are from the qualifying session in the morning. Car 7 – TR7 V8 driven by Martyn Adams. Qualified in 18th position. Triumph TR7 V8 - Martyn Adams - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2571 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR7 V8 - Martyn Adams - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2710 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 24 – Dolomite Sprint driven by Tony Crudington & Adrian Vincent. Went well in qualifying to gain 10th spot on the grid. Triumph Dolomite Sprint - Tony Crudington - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2590 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph Dolomite Sprint - Tony Crudington - Snetterton - 20Oct13 2794 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  17. CSCC Swinging 60’s Group 2 A brace of TR6’s took part in this race. Triumph TR6 - Christopher Edwards - Snetterton - 20Oct13 919 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 12 – Christopher Edwards. Qualified 9th but went very well in the race to claim 2nd place. Triumph TR6 - Christopher Edwards - Snetterton - 20Oct13 916 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - Christopher Edwards - Snetterton - 20Oct13 4004 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 78 – David McDonald. Qualified 11th but unfortunately retired from the race having completed only 2 laps. Triumph TR6 - David McDonald - Snetterton - 20Oct13 910 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - David McDonald - Snetterton - 20Oct13 1297 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr However both car and driver did get a lift back to the paddock ! Triumph TR6 - David McDonald - Snetterton - 20Oct13 4011 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  18. I know this is a bit of a late report but I’ve been away most of the week with work – sat under a B747 in Paris CDG (Don’t ask !). However on my way to the airport last Sunday I managed to catch part of the CSCC meeting at Snetterton and the following pictures show the various Triumph cars (mainly TR’s) that took part. The weather was decidedly changeable with everything from bright sunshine to monsoon proportion down-pours which made for challenging conditions on the track. As there were quite a lot of cars and hence pictures I’ll split things up and make separate posts for the different races. CSCC Swinging 60’s Group 1 Car 10 – TR4 - Dave Bailey, qualified 5th and finished a very creditable 3rd. Triumph TR4 - Dave Bailey - Snetterton - 20Oct13 064 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Dave Bailey - Snetterton - 20Oct13 757 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 15 – TR4 SLR – Steve Chapman, qualified 15th and finished 9th. I must admit I would never have realised this was a TR4 based car. It makes me think of a Pontiac Firebird Transam that has shrunk in the wash – but it’s still a great looking car. Triumph TR4 SLR - Steve Chapman - Snetterton - 20Oct13 416 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 SLR - Steve Chapman - Snetterton - 20Oct13 3043 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 29 – TR4 – Philip Britten, qualified 11th but unfortunately crashed out on the 4th lap of the race. Triumph TR4 - Philip Btitten - Snetterton - 20Oct13 142 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr The track was drying after earlier rain and coming down to Murrays Philip seems to have got slightly off the dry line and gone almost straight on. Although there is a fairly wide run off area once on the grass he had no control of the car and hit the tire barrier pretty hard. Triumph TR4 - Philip Btitten - Snetterton - 20Oct13 3108 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr The car finished up almost beside the Marshal’s post and although a little shaken the driver was otherwise none the worse for wear. The same can’t be said for the car and it may take a little bit more than T-Cut to sort out the damage. Triumph TR4 (May Need the T-Cut) - Snetterton - 20Oct13 3633 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Car 888 – TR4 – David Ferry & Guy Heath. Not their day. Regrettably the car only managed 3 laps in qualifying and did not start the race. Not sure what happened but I think it was a breakdown rather than any sort of accident. Triumph TR4 - David Ferry & Guy Heath - Snetterton - 20Oct13 125 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - David Ferry & Guy Heath - Snetterton - 20Oct13 129 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  19. Hi John - had just seen your message. Bummer ! Still let's hope there will be something similar arranged next season. A date a bit earlier in the year might be more attractive. Hey Ho.
  20. Folks - I don't see the big deal with the car being on eBay. If you actually look at the eBay add you will see it is a trade listing from a well known TR dealer (who is also a forumite). The car is also on the dealer's own web site and is listed on Car & Classic. All just sensible marketing I would have thought. In my humble opinion the chap concerned knows his TR's bloody well and is entirely realistic about pricing. If you look at his web site you will find he really does try to stick to top notch vehicles and I have no doubt VUX fits into this category. I have no connection with the chap presently offering VUX for sale other than being a (more than once) satisfied customer. I can also say from personal experience that he has very good engineering back up and is good to deal with if there ever are any technical problems. Just my 2p's worth
  21. Yes - Very well done to Josh. Great to see a young TR enthusiast moving his motorsport career forward Here's a reminder of Josh at the helm of the TR6 back in 2010 Josh Files TR6 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr
  22. Tags are just key words that are supposed to make it easier for people to search the forums. In the various technical forums when you start a new topic a box comes up under the title box where you can pick between 1 and 10 tags from a drop down menu. For example if you were starting a topic in the TR4 forum about repairing a body panel you might tag the topic with "TR4", "Body". However it looks like the tag box doesn't appear when you try to start a new topic in the Competition Forum so it appears there is some sort of glitch I have no idea if you can invent your own tags if / when the tag box appears in the first place
  23. Many thanks Kevin - glad you like the pics ! If you are interested in other types of classic racing sportscars apart from TR's keep an eye on my Flickr photostream - it has been a busy couple of weekends at Snetterton and I've got a huge number of images to sort through. Just been uploading a variety of shots of MG's http://www.flickr.com/photos/norfolkjohn/ Cheers John
  24. Not such a great day for the TR's at Snetterton yesterday. Pete Foster did well in qualifying for the Ecurie GTS race in his TR4 gaining second position on the grid but he had a bad start off the line and I think finished in 5th or 6th position. Triumph TR4 - Pete Foster - Snetterton - 5Oct13 3966 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr For interest here are a couple more close up shots of the technical bits of Pete's car. Triumph TR4 - Racing Engine by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR4 - Racing Fuel Tank by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Also in the Ecurie GTS race Richard McKoen went quite well in his TR4A in practice but suffered mechanical problems and did not make it to the grid. Triumph TR4A - Richard McKoen - Snetterton - 5Oct13 1665 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Although 3 TR6's were on the card for the Thoroughbred Sportscars race only Phillip Lambe actually attended the circuit qualifying and finishing mid field. Triumph TR6 - Phillip Lambe - Snetterton - 5Oct13 4235 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr Triumph TR6 - Phillip Lambe - Snetterton - 5Oct13 4230 by norfolkjohn, on Flickr As regards the different regulations I'm no expert but each series has its own peculiarities. In Ecurie GTS all the cars have to run on historic Dunlop tyres and the TR6 does not qualify by Type. I think Thoroughbred is less restrictive at least for TR's but it specifically excludes racing sportscars - they have to be basically unmodified historic road sportscars. The regs for Equipe GTS (which was on last weekend at Snett) are again, I think, slightly different to either of the other two series. For a lot more detail have a look at these links : http://www.ecuriegts.com/regulations.html#eligible http://www.thoroughbredsportscars.net/wp/?page_id=549 http://www.amocracing.org/#/equipegts/4574188130
  25. Interesting bit of film but why did someone have to go and add that awful plinky-plonky guitar music that drowns out the fantastic engine sounds
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