Following the formation of the TR Register in 1970, the earliest local activities for Cornish members were covered by the Wales and South West Group. The nearest meetings were held at the Old Court Hotel near Whitchurch in the Wye valley. Not too far for a lunchtime pint.
By about 1973, the boys from Plymouth and Exeter thought there was sufficient interest closer to home and the Devon and Cornwall Group came in to being. Geographically, this still covered quite an area, most of which was, and is, sparsely populated. There were members based from St Just in Penwith in the West, Honiton in the East, Clovelly in the North, to Falmouth in the South. From Land's End to the Devon/Somerset border is a distance of about 150miles. Meetings alternated between the Cornwall's Gate pub by the A38 in Plymouth and the Riverside Club in Saltash. The venues were no more than a mile apart, but were separated by the mighty River Tamar. During the summer of 1978 it was decided that the two counties each had a large enough membership to go their own ways. Graham Veal took charge of the Devon Group, while Julian Stephens became the first Group Leader for Cornwall.
After a couple of dips in interest over the years, membership of the group seems to be holding steady at just over the eighty mark. The Group leadership remained unchanged for almost three decades. In January 2006 Julian handed over responsibility to Peter Rugg, owner of a timewarp, non-concours TR2.
The Group meeting place has altered a few times over the years, but has to remain somewhere close to the A30 and the middle of the county. The standard of the cars that now appear at meetings is out of this world when compared with the daily drivers that used to turn up in the last century. This must be testimony to the knowledge, enthusiasm and mutual support that emanates from the band of owners who love the sight, sound and smell of their beloved Triumph TRs and all the memories and expectation that goes with them. Long may it continue.