It has been too long since we have seen any TRs taking part in motorsport in Cornwall. That was all put right when our man and Reg Woodcock Trophy holder, Len Olds, entered his TR4 in Plymouth Motor Club's Hillclimb meeting held at the picturesque parkland setting at Werrington, North of Launceston. This event included a round of the 2021 Revington TRs/TR Register Sprint & Hillclimb Championship. Spectators were not admitted to site, but support crews were, including those with cameras.
It is much appreciated that this year we have received photo contributions from Group members. Here is a selection from Pete Probst all taken at Trevathan. It is followed by a couple from the Hickling Brothers who took their TRs along with other classics around the Roseland before stopping for lunch at the Fox & Hounds near Lanner.
As the weather was once again perfect for Drive it Day I decided to take the TR on a solo afternoon run across to the North Cornish coast. As it was time for coffee and cake, I pulled in to the excellent Trevathan Farm Shop at St. Endellion near Port Isaac. Imagine my surprise when on arrival I found that thirteen other TRs and their owners had chosen to stop at the same location. What a coincidence. It was great to meet with friends old and new in a non-Zoom setting.and see some TRs which we were new to the Cornwall Group.
The weather today would have been perfect for a visit to St. Agnes to see the passing of the 2021 Land's End Trial. It was obviously not to be, so grab a glass of something and take a trip down Memory Lane and up Blue Hills. This is a selection of my shots going back over five decades. Enjoy.
Our nostalgic trip this time takes us back to 27th June 2006. We met at was our watering hole at the time, the Plume of Feathers at Mitchell. Setting off on a warm evening, we travelled through Goonhavern, Perranporth and Blue Hills before returning to the Plume for a welcome drink.
This time we go back to 5th June 2012. As I recall this was not the warmest of summer evenings, but we enjoyed a quick blast up the A30 before travelling through the Glynn Valley to The Halfway House Inn. Here we met with our friends from the Devon Group.
This time we revisit Father's Day on 21st June 2009. In glorious weather we met at Trelissick overlooking Carrick Roads on the South coast of Cornwall. Our colourful array of TRs was granted permission by the National Trust to meet in the courtyard and then parade the cars around the grounds.
Here is another trip a mere fifteen years down Memory Lane to 3rd July 2005. I took these shots near Gummow's Shop on Newquay Auto Club's Classic Tour of Cornwall. This event has kept going with the usual strong representation of TRs. Enjoy another wallow in the nostalgia.
You will all have had time to read TRaction 321 from cover to cover and noticed in Pete Rugg's report that we would be going back in time. In the absence of any local group events for a while, we will revisit some of the best bits from the past. Just over ten years ago on 25th May 2010 we met at Hayle and headed West via St. Ives to Zennor for what is regarded as one of our most enjoyable outings. Lovely roads, perfect evening weather and a great turnout of TRs. Enjoy the memory.
As I upload these images the weather is perfect for what should have been another successful Drive it Day event. The World has changed since we made our initial plans. However, Pete Rugg was the inspiration behind the idea to hold our own Virtual Drive it Day for 2020. Members were invited to submit images of their TRs, no matter what state they were in, and hopefully include themselves and/or loved ones. The results have been fantastic, so pour a small glass of petrol and another of gear oil to sniff, sit back and enjoy another Grand Day Out. Thank you to everyone who made the effort to contribute.
Once again we used the Lanhydrock Golf & Country Club near Bodmin as the venue for our Christmas get together. One of the few dry days of late 2019 saw a good turnout of TRs and over fifty members and friends enjoying a hearty meal in good company.
On 21st November 2019, The Plume of Feathers at Mitchell was once again the venue for this keenly contested annual charity event. Twenty teams entered the competition and TR Register members featured in four of them. There has always been a friendly rivalry amongst the TR teams, but this year after many podium finishes, it was the St. Austell TRs team of Pete Hancock, Will Mee and Julian Stephens who took the top spot.
UPDATED 31/10/2019 - Newquay Auto Club once again provided a fascinating route which this year was centred in the Mid-West of the Duchy. Horrendous weather during the previous night put off a few, but six TRs turned out making up a quarter of the Start List. The tour started from Goonhavern and took us to Perranporth, Falmouth, Helston and Hayle before finishing in Redruth. Along the way we saw the contrasting coastal roads and countryside lanes, visiting places I had not heard of, Trew and Joppa. We have now added some screen grabs from the Newquay Auto Club's website. There is also a Youtube link in our Social Report Section. Thank you Roger.
We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Mike Crewes. Mike was not just a TR man, he held a passion for any Triumph and has been instrumental in the founding and operation of Cornwall Triumphs with the express aim of bringing together all Triumph owners in the Duchy and beyond. Mike's funeral took place on 19th September with a wonderful selection of Triumphs and a coach meeting at the Hawkins Arms in Zelah before travelling in convoy to the Penmount Crematorium, Truro.
This is another local show that offers something for everyone. Thank you to Gerard for the pictures.
We met in Bodmin for our last Evening Run of 2019. John Macleod once more led us on a magical mystery tour of his home patch before reaching our destination, the Blisland Inn. A good turnout of TRs was blessed with good weather, everyone arriving home before the big rain set in. Thanks to the Two Petes for supplying the images.
Here we see some Cornwall Group members enjoying this event which is becoming more and more popular.
For a change, our July Evening Run was blessed with blue skies. Pete Probst put together a fascinating Retro Run using stretches of the old A30 and A39. Before reaching our destination, the Star Inn at Vogue near St. Day, we stopped for a quick look at Gwennap Pit.
UPDATED 20/07/2019 - Once again this event was held in perfect weather conditions. There was an impressive display of TRs and other Triumphs as well as a vast array of vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
A record number of TRs (and other assorted cars) from the Cornwall Group enjoyed the third official visit to Brittany. This time the destination was St. Malo. The hot weather provided some challenging conditions for cars and drivers, but all of this was overshadowed by the hospitality offered as ever by our friends from Triumph Club de France (Bretagne Region). Here is a pictorial record of the trip. A full report will appear in a future edition of TRaction.
Seventeen TRs met up at Fraddon and from there we made our way to one of our favourite destinations, the Bowgie Inn at West Pentire on the North coast. Here at least the car park is big enough, even if we did have to pay!
This year our friends from the Devon Group were heading our way and invited us to join them for some or all of the journey. This proved to be most successful. Many of us then made our across a rather damp Bodmin Moor before arriving at The Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre at Newquay. Despite the elements, it was a grand day out for all. Cornwall Group members met in the mizzle at Victoria and made our way East to the Engine House Cafe near Callington for breakfast.
Yet another good year for some TR action on this year's event. Look out for a full report from our intrepid heroes in a forthcoming edition of TRaction. Well done again boys.
Ten TRs met on a bleak A30 for our first run of the 2019 season. We travelled through the Glynn Valley where the blossom and Spring colours were at their best. Our destination was the Louis Tearoom at Kit Hill near Callington. Here we met with our friends from East Cornwall and enjoyed tea and cake while admiring the expansive views over South Devon and Cornwall.
Go to our Social Scene section and read all about Pete Probst's fascinating day out in the mud.
The years seem to be passing a bit too quickly for my liking. Once again it was time for the 132 participants in the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run to make their fleeting visit to Cornwall. After poor weather on Saturday, Sunday proved to be a smashing day and an ideal, opportunity to take the TR out. I chose my favourite spot just North East of Wadebridge on the A39 as the cars made their way to the Control Point at Bude Castle. I spent two hours at Nice Baps lay-by and saw most of the cars. Obviously I missed the early or late runners and those who chose to use an alternative route!
Once again a good display of Triumph cars from Cornwall and Devon met at The Route 38 Diner at Trerulefoot. Thanks to Gerard for being on hand to record the event.
For the first time in England a public road was closed for a motor sport event. The section used was one we have travelled on some of our Evening Runs, albeit at a slightly more leisurely pace! The climb is challenging and the scenery spectacular. However, any amateur photographers would have been disappointed as a result of the vegetation, topography and let's not forget H&S. There was little of TR interest, but this album shows my best attempts. This includes one surprise entrant who performed splendidly on the Sunday.
Numbers were down again this year, but three TRs took part . A green 4A took a class win!
For our final Evening Run of 2018 a bumper number of TRs met at Fraddon and then followed a scenic route to the Quarryman at Edmonton.
After a prolonged period of glorious weather, things became a little more unpredictable in the week of this event. However, TRs still put in an appearance over the weekend.
Making the most of the dry weather another record number of Cornish TRs met in Bodmin for a gentle 30 mile trip along the highways and byways of the Duchy. This scenic route was kindly suggested by John Macleod and took us through the lanes North of Bodmin before taking to the sweeping curves of the open roads via Camelford to our destination at The Eliot Arms at Tregadillet near Launceston. Here we were delighted to be joined by a good number of our friends from the Devon Group. We all managed to park and if you think we had been there before, see the last two pictures in this section.
This year saw record numbers of exhibits and visitors to the show. However, for some unknown reason, the number of TRs in attendance was lower than in recent years. In perfect weather conditions the Cornwall Group Hospitality Suite proved a great success.
Making the most of the good weather, once again we followed one of our favourite routes. Around the Roseland peninsula, over the KIng Harry Ferry, before reaching our destination in Events Square, Falmouth. Follow this link for Rodders record of the trip: https://youtu.be/YtggT_PFDdo
Once again Pete and Alyson Rugg kindly invited Register members to join in a splendid barbeque at their home. In glorious weather, a good time was had by all.
A number of Cornish TRs made their way up the A38 and across the border in to Devon for this event organised by the TSSC at the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. There was a fascinating array of Triumphs on show. We were able to have a good look around the workshops and some took advantage of the free train travel at the end of the day. Some of us came home via the scenic route through the lanes and across Dartmoor.
We had more good weather this month and an opportunity to welcome Mike and Carole on holiday from Red Rose Group with their 4A. After a slightly delayed start, Rob led us on a scenic route to the Bowgie Inn at West Pentire near Newquay. This has become a favourite destination for us, despite the introduction of parking charges.
NEW 24/05/2018 - This show seems to get bigger each year. The journey is worth it for a trip up and down the Atlantic Highway. As ever, there was a good selection of TRs scattered around the site.
NEW 24/04/2018 - This year fewer members than usual took part in our annual Grand Tour. The forecast was accurate and after a little mizzle at the start, it was perfect TR weather all the way. We met at Victoria near Roche and made our way through the Glynn Valley, over the South Eastern slopes of Bodmin Moor through Minions to Congdon's Shop. This was followed by Bray Shop and Taylor's Shop (all blacksmiths' shops back in the day). Heading South we passed through Amy Tree, over the River Lynher at the Bramble Wood Clapper Bridge and on to St. Germans. We made our way to Millbrook and followed the Lower Anderton Road before heading along the coast on the Military Road to Tregantle and on to our destination in Seaton. After about seventy miles it was time for a cuppa and cake!
Our first Run of the 2018 was held on a Sunday afternoon. A splendid turnout of fourteen TRs met near Roche and enjoyed a trip in glorious Spring weather. The roads were busy with Easter holidaymakers and the beach at Polzeath was suitably crowded. On arrival at the Trevathan Farm Shop & Restaurant in St. Endellion we found that parking was at premium, mainly because the Overflow Car Park was overflowing following the recent heavy rain. Some of us followed the suggested route home by way of Delabole and Camelford, probably some of the best TR roads on the Duchy.
NEW 31/03/2018. This year the weather was kind to those who made the annual pilgrimage to Blue Hills near St. Agnes. As ever the TRs put on a superb display featuring the regulars and some newcomers.
NEW 07/12/2017 - It came as a bit of a surprise to arrive at The Lanhydrock Golf Club near Bodmin to find that no less than eight Cornish TRs had been brought out on a grey December day. This proved to be a very successful event and provided an ideal opportunity to meet with friends old and new. Thanks to Pete Probst for providing the images which tell the story.
NEW 23/09/2017 - Newquay Auto Club once again invited Register members to take part in their long-running event. Unfortunately, TR numbers were lower than usual, but as ever they did well in collecting trophies. Despite the dismal weather, a good time was had by all. One of the high spots of the day was the fish & chips lunch at Carbis Bay.
NEW 23/09/2017 - For our final Evening Run of 2017 we ventured up the Atlantic Highway to the St. Kew Inn. Our homeward journey was lit by a Moon which was one night short of being full.
NEW 23/09/2017 - This popular village show has been running for many years, but this was the first time Cornwall Register members and their TRs had turned out in force
NEW 20/09/2017 - Once again we made our way as far West as an Evening Run would allow. Being the height of the season everywhere was busy, but I'm sure our destination served its purpose. Rodders' coverage will appear in our Videos section.
The British Summer weather in the days preceding this event was appalling. As a result numbers of those attending were down. However, Cornish TRs arrived to put on a good show.
Despite an encouraging weather forecast, the day proved to be particularly unpleasant, with a generous helping of good old Cornish Mizzle. However, this did not deter a huge number of proud owners from putting on a magnificent display of vehicles of all shapes and sizes. We were pleased to be joined by the TR boys and girls from North Devon.
In June 1977, to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty the Queen, the TR Register organised their John o Groats to Land's End Run. To mark the forty year anniversary of the run, Ian Benfield and Roger Huttlestone made the journey in their TR5. As we only became aware of their visit to the Duchy on receipt of TRaction, it was fortunate that, as ever, Rodders was on hand to record the event. Now go to our Social Scene section to see the results.
UPDATED 21/08/2017 - After a couple of cancellations, we eventually enjoyed our annual run to the Roseland Peninsula. A delayed start from Truro meant we had a spirited drive to catch the last crossing of the evening at the King Harry Ferry. At St. Mawes we held our normal procession through the village and photoshoot near the castle, before making our way to the Roseland Inn at Philleigh. Rodders joined us with the camera car and the footage can be found in our social scene section. Luke Rugg was also with us and captured some fascinating drone coverage of our epic crossing the mighty River Fal.
UPDATED 19/08/2017 - Truro & District Motor Club invited TR Register members to take part in their Coast to Coast Run. Sadly numbers were down on the previous year, which is a shame as this is a well-organised event which takes entrants to many fascinating parts of the county
UPDATED 16/08/2017 - This year even more Register members crossed the Channel and enjoyed an even longer stay. As ever, we were made more than welcome by our good friends from The Triumph Club de France (Bretagne Region). We really appreciate the effort they put in to looking after us during our visit. Below you will see just a few snippets from a truly memorable week. Thank you to everyone who has contributed images.
After a rain-soaked May Day our Evening Run took place in perfect weather. A dozen TRs met near Roche, from where we took a gentle drive via Lanivet and Washaway to Camelford. We then crossed Davidstow Airfield on Bodmin Moor before arriving at the tucked away Rising Sun Inn near Altarnun. The trip home down the A30 was under a cloudless moonlit sky. Great for top-down TRing.
Each year this event is organised for appreciative motorists to celebrate the first running of the 1,000 Mile Trial in 1900. For our Drive it Day 2017 we headed West and followed a route which included some of our favourite stretches of road, without using too many winding, narrow lanes. Again we took in the very best that Cornwall has to offer in terms of open countryside and spectacular coastline. We were blessed with fine weather and enjoyed the Duchy at its most colourful. Our starting point was at Threemilestone, West of Truro. The route of about sixty miles took us through Mithian, St. Agnes, Portreath, Hayle, Marazion, St. Just-in-Penwith, Zennor before our arrival at The Tregenna Castle Hotel in St. Ives for a well-earned Cream Tea. We had a good turnout of TRs and welcomed a few other non-TRs. Now go to our new Videos section for the latest offerings from Rodders.
Twelve TRs and their crews met at Fraddon for our first Evening Run of 2017. After a gentle potter up the A39 Atlantic Highway, we arrived at our chosen watering hole, The Maltsters Arms at Chapel Amble.
Go to our Videos Scene section to enjoy the results of Rodney's splendid efforts.
Two Triumph events in one morning with no direct route between them! The second event was an informal gathering of Triumph car owners from Cornwall and Devon.
This year marked the twenty-fifth running of this event, the first being in 1966. As ever, the cars ran early as the participants seemed eager to get back home. However, Rodders was on duty at Land's End before sunrise and then moved closer to home in Penzance to record the passing of the cars. I made my way up the somewhat featureless A39 Atlantic Highway to Otterham between Camelford and Bude. As quite a few cars had already passed this point, they obviously will not appear here!
At the third attempt we managed to muster a modest number of TRs for our closing Evening Run of 2016. Despite being overcast the rain held off for us. After meeting in Truro, we followed a scenic route via Mylor to Flushing where our photoshoot took place. Our destination was Events Square next to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
Following the previous week's poor weather, our delayed August Run took place in ideal conditions. Twelve TRs met in Truro and made our way to Breage, between Falmouth and Penzance. We followed the A roads rather than our usual byways. This was considered advisable as at this time of year holiday traffic can be problematic. Now that Rodders is back with us in TRland, we have the luxury of this to enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJGUIS66k_g&feature=youtu.be
Once again this year's event was held in perfect weather. Examples of the Standard-Triumph range (including four red, wire-wheeled TR3As) were on display, along with many other fascinating vehicles.
This time we ventured to the Eastern slopes of Bodmin Moor where we were able to meet our friends from the Devon Group who had travelled across the border. Our destination was The Cheesewring Hotel at Minions.
UPDATED 15/08/2017 - After many years of discussion, we eventually got around to organising our first official trip across the Channel. It provided a wonderful opportunity to meet up with our friends from The Triumph Club de France (Bretagne Region) in their country.
Truro & District Motor Club really pulled the stops out on this one. The entry list was limited to fifty cars, but comprised a good mix of classics (including four TRs) and modern sportscars. The event began at Portreath, before taking in the best of scenery in the South West of the Duchy. The first tea break was at Porthleven. The lunch break was on the Lizard Peninsula and the finish, with cream tea, was at Maenporth near Falmouth.
We were all saddened to learn that Tim Parr from Padstow had passed away. Tim had owned many TRs over the years, but he is probably best remembered by Cornwall Group members for his spirited driving style in the TR5 he had owned from new. On the day of Tim's funeral his TR5 was parked outside the main entrance to Prideaux Place, while members of the Cornwall Group displayed six TRs in his honour. .
Our second evening run of the season once again saw perfect weather for top-down motoring. A good number of us met near Fraddon from where we made our way through Ladock, Probus and Tregony before venturing on to the picturesque Roseland Peninsula. Our photcall was at Porthcurnick just as twilght fell. As you will see, the view across Gerrans Bay to the mighty Nare Head and Dodman Point was calm but spectacular. Our destination was The Royal Standard at Gerrans, where we managed to squeeze the cars in to the car park.
This year we headed West and were blessed with sunshine all the way. We all would have preferred the air temperature to have been a little higher. Having met at Threemilestone, we followed a country route through Chacewater, Four Lanes, Nine Maidens, Praze-an-Beeble and Relubbus before reaching the coast at Marazion. From here we followed the coast along Penzance Promenade, through Newlyn and Mousehole before reaching our destination at Porthcurno. Here we took a leisurely picnic lunch before having a fascinating tour of the Telegraph Museum. We were also pleased to welcome new members with TRs we had not seen before.
A splendid turnout of TRs met at Hamburger Hill near Fraddon for our first Evening Run of 2016. We were expertly led on a short but scenic route to our destination, The Falcon Inn at St. Mawgan
Once again members of Truro & District Motor Club organised this event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Held at the Plume of Feathers in Mitchell, seventeen teams took part and TR Register members featured in five of them. Concentration was intense and competition was fierce. In the results the boys from St. Austell took their customary third place , while born-again TR Man, Darrel and his team were overall winners. Well done and no sour grapes! This link should take you to Darrel's understated view of the evening: http://trurodmc.co.uk/Newsletter_Jan_2016.pdf