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Brunel Newsletter No 196 - January 2018

Brunel Newsletter No 196 - January 2018

Group Leader Ramblings

I'll start off by wishing you all a very Happy New Year, and lots of fun with your TR doing all the things you like with it.

The December meeting was very well attended for a December meeting, we were all clearly very well prepared for Christmas, or trying to get away from it.

There are quite a few things to note in the Events Coming Up sections this month, please have a read through.

Social Reports of Recent Events

Christmas and New Year Break

Brunel Events Coming Up

Quiz Night – 21 February 2018

Derek Roberts has kindly offered to organise a quiz night for the next monthly meeting.Derek will outline the plan on Wednesday.

Brunel Lunch on Mendip – Sunday 18 March 2018

Bob & Ginny invite you to join them for 'Lunch on Mendip' at


At 12.00 for 12.30 on Sunday 18 March 2018

For those of you that have not already discovered this venue, it is tucked away among some commercial premises at Rookery Farm, approximately 2 miles south east along the B3135 from its junction with the A39 at Green Ore / The Ploughboy Inn. The OS Map Ref. is Sheet 183, ST 603 482. Postcode BA3 4UL.

The restaurant is run by Paul Hartley who is the author of several culinary guides and who prides himself with providing a personal service using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. He has owned several classic cars in the past and he particularly welcomes visits byindividual cars or groups.

In view of the vagaries of the Mendip weather in March, this will be a purely social function. If the weather is fine, please bring your Triumph, if not, then you will not be frowned upon for turning up in your 'Eurobox'.

Please use the form to indicate your menu choices and send with your cheque in favour of Brunel TRs to: Bob & Ginny Sackley, 2 Home Close, Wrington, BS40 5PX. (Tel. 01934 862672) to arrive by Fri. 02 March. We have reserved 20 places, so book early!

The booking form is near the back of this newsletter.

AGM – 21 March 2018

The AGM will be held at the Jubilee Inn on 21 March 2018.Please let me have any items for the agenda you wish to raise and nominations for the following posts by 16 February 2018.

The posts for election by TR Register Brunel Group members are:

  • 1.Group Leader
  • 2.Treasurer
  • 3.Social Secretary
  • 4.Membership Secretary

Other Classic Car Events Coming Up

Great Western Classic Car Show, Shepton Mallet – 10 and 11 February 2018

The first big show of the year.Whilst a few members are likely to go there wasn't much enthusiasm to pitch up and stand around in freezing halls for two days.The Vale of White Horse Group may be having a run over one of the days, I'll let you know if they go ahead.Entry is just £5 if you turn up on the day in your classic and pay at the gate.

TR Track Day – NEW DATE – Wednesday 4 April 2018

Kev Bryant has announced the date for the next TR Register TR Track Day at Castle Combe.It will be held on Wednesday 4 April 2018, further details to follow.fettling now under way.

TR Register Spring Ball – 06 to 08 April 2018

This hugely popular event is back by popular demand and with limited spaces is set to sell out quickly so don't delay! A TR Register goodie bag will be presented to each couple on arrival.

Friday – A variety of ideas for local attractions and walks for early arrivals, two course buffet dinner in the evening followed by an international award winning entertainer.

Saturday – Huge buffet breakfast, organised TR runs through the Peak District plus guided visits to local attractions and walking routes such as Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

The evening offers a Black Tie Dinner commencing with a Champagne reception plus a three course meal including wine followed by tea or coffee. Following the dinner you can dance to live music with all the classic songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Sunday – Another sumptuous locally produced buffet breakfast followed by a trip to a local attraction before departing for home.

Drive It Day – LIONS BRIMAR Run – Sunday 22 April 2018

This Drive It Day event has been supported by Brunel Group members for a number of years and raises a good sum of money for charity

It all started in 2007 when Brian & Mary Curtis arranged a small gathering of classic and vintage cars inside Clarks Village to raise funds for the Childrens Hospice CHSW.

In 2016 the Clevedon Lions Club took over the running of this event, and they continue to support CHSW as well as the Great Western Air Ambulance and Lions Club charities.The booking form is at the end of this newsletter.

Drive It Day – TR Register Event – Sunday 22 April 2018

Derek Hurford, the TR Register Director for Southern England is planning a group of groups event where each group can either arrange their own run, or join in with another group, with the aim of groups of groups all reaching a single finishing point to create a mass TR gathering.He recognises all the Southern groups are too widespread to congregate at a single point but maybe three or four across the southern counties is practical.We could tie up with Glavon, Kennet, Somerset, and/or Devon for example.All feedback gratefully received.

Classic Le Mans 2018 – 6 to 8 July 2018

2018 is another Classic Le Mans year.At least two of the group are going over for this one.

It will be held on the Grand Circuit 24 Hours of Le Mans. At the last event in 2016, more than 123.000 spectators saw nearly 550 race cars on the track and 8.500 cars in the general enclosure specially designed to accommodate 180 clubs representing 60 brands!

Technical Talk

A follow up the MoT

My TR6 failed it's MoT on two points and had three advisories.

  • 1.The horn fault was the horn push, so contacts all cleaned now and working well.The set of noisy Fiamm air horns are still in the box but I'll put them on soon.
  • 2.The driver's headlamp was adjusted against a white board and the tester says it's fine.They still look dim though, so I'm buying some better glasses!

The advisories were:

  • 1.A top wishbone bush was starting to look a bit tired, I just had time to put some Revington polybushes on the driver's side and the tester was happy with them.The nearside bushes are now out ready for the new ones next weekend.I may tighten the front Konis up a notch following comments from Kev Bryant last year.
  • 2.The steering is a little bit stiff.Keep lubricating things till it frees up I thought.Didn't make any difference, Revington said leave it alone it's fine, tester said on his fancy new MoT jiggle plates its tightening up slightly near the full lock on both sides, so it stays an advisory and I'll have a better look in slow time.This is a Moss rack with less than 10,000 miles on it, any thoughts?
  • 3.The front offside wheel wobbled more than the nearside, I tightened it up one flat and the man is happy with it.

For Sale

TR3 – Andy Spencer


TR6 – Tony Luffman

Tony is selling his red TR6.SOLD

Wire Wheels

Elf has some 4J wire wheels that are surplus to requirements and wishes to sell them.Please call Elf on 07969 191168.

TR3A – Ken Banks


TR3A – John Dresser

It has a replacement chassis, replacement rear axle, gearbox rebuilds (last one by Kevin Savage), engine rebuild, complete new electrics with option to swap from alternator to dynamo, rally seats, etc. It has a soft top, tonneau, metal hard top and aero-screens + a spare set of wire wheels. Currently it's in very good, near immaculate condition, body and mechanics, although not concourse. It is not your average/standard restored TR3. Please contact me for more details.


Stainless Steel Wheel Trim for TR6

If anyone has a Stainless Steel Wheel Trim for TR6 going spare could you please let me know.

Sidescreen TR

David Radford is looking for a sidescreen TR, if you are looking to sell I will put you in touch.


One of the group is considering buying a TR8, preferably one of the original UK ones, but I think he will consider a good conversion.I don't know of one in the group but if anyone has one to sell please let me know and I'll put you in touch.

That's it for this month, see you Wednesday.


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