All shapes and sizes of Triumph cars took part in this two-day, 2,000 mile run. Of special interest were the two ex-factory TR8s which took part in the event in 1980.
In glorious weather a healthy number of TRs met near Hayle. The intention was to have a convoy run through Marazion, Penzance and Newlyn before arriving at Birdie's Bistro on Hayle Causeway for lunch. Heavy traffic meant that our convoy group only remained intact for a short while. However we all arrived safely at our destination. We were delighted that Rodney (Rodders) and Daphne Rawlings were able to join us in their latest Triumph, a Vitesse Mark 2. The occasion marked the end of Rodney's TR ownership which started in 1963 and has involved him owning some fourteen cars covering the complete TR range. Rodney's scale-modelling skills are legendary and he has a model of each of his cars.
Once again our intrepid heroes took on another MCC classic trial in their venerable TR7. This time it was the Edinburgh, which of course goes nowhere near Scotland. Let the pictures tell the story.
Our last Evening Run of 2023 took us to the Punchbowl & Ladle at Penelewey near Playing Place close to the Truro Falmouth road. The meeting was very well attended and we were joined by members of the Devon Group who were on an eating day trip of Cornwall.
It's the time of year when there is a huge choice of local events to attend. Glad to see a TR at this one.
Once again this event attracted a good display of TRs, with some taking part in the parade through the town.
This event was held at the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet. As the site is situated some 140 miles from Mid Cornwall, it was possible to visit on a day trip without having to drive in the dark. However, others chose to make a full weekend of it. It was a good opportunity to meet friends from the earliest days of the Register. A good time was had by all.
This was another weekend when there were plenty of local events to choose from. Thanks to Bob for sending in the images of the TRs in attendance.
Once again the kindness of the Prideaux-Brune family enabled us to hold our picnic in the grounds of Prideaux Place, Padstow. The bad weather held off long enough for us to enjoy a private visit.
Our intrepid Group leader, Pete Rugg, recently took his TR3A on a ambassadorial road trip along the South Coast. His first stop was with the Devon Group at the Powderham Show. A few days later Pete was asked to be the celebrity concours judge at a meetiing of the Dorset Group.
This ever-expanding charity event was held on Lemon Quay in Truro. Weather conditions could have been better but the day was judged to be a success. The selection of TRs on display drew a lot of attention. Taking pictures at this type event can be a challenge. People's arms, legs. umbrellas, etc etc seem to appear from nowhere.
Once again this charity event was not blessed with the best weather. However, Cornwall Group TRs put on a good show at Trewithen which is situated near the A390 halfway between St. Austell and Truro.
In 2022 the Wheels Car Show at Wadebridge was held in unbearable heat. This year things were slightly different. The journey to the Royal Cornwall Showground and the first hour saw some fairly heavy rain. However, it didn’t last too long nor did it deter the owners of a huge range of cars, motorbikes etc etc from coming along to show off their prized possessions. TRs and other Triumphs provided the usual splendid array of cars and we were able to meet with friends old and new.
Our Tuesday run was delayed by two days following bad weather. Because of traffic disruption in the area around the A30 roadworks it was considered wise not to have a convoy run, but for everyone to make their own way to The Golden Lion at Stithians.
This was a relatively small local two day event held in support of the Merlin Neuro Therapy Centre which is situated close by.
Our June Evening Run took up through the Glynn Valley to the Halfway House Inn at Twowatersfoot between Bodmin and Liskeard. In ideal weather conditions we were joined by members of the Devon Group.
Our recent group visit to Brittany was once again a great success. Cornwall Group members were joined by two of our friends from the Devon Group. Perfect weather conditions meant that TR Register members were able to meet with those from the Triumph Club de France - Bretagne Region. Another attraction was a visit to the St Goueno hillclimb where Darrel was taking part on his TR7V8 as was Hanks in his TR6 powered TVR. Thank you for the images, especially those that show little food and drink was involved!
Our first Evening Run of the season took place in perfect weather. It was six-a-side as TRs from the Cornwall and Devon Groups met at The Blisland Inn on Bodmin Moor. We assume the Union Jacks and bunting were out to welcome us.
Drive it Day 2023 dawned misty and cold and by noon mid-Cornwall was being subjected to epic downpours. However we are used to this and by our assembly time of 14:00hrs the sun had come out to play. For the rest of the trip windscreen wipers were not required. At 14:15hrs. a wonderful selection of TRs set off on a forty mile route around the middle of the Duchy. Points of interest included a waste incineration plant, an eco-town, a depleted reservoir and let’s not forget the Highland cattle. We hope the crews enjoyed the journey to our destination at Jamaica Inn at Bolventor on Bodmin Moor. Thank to everyone who sent in the images.
Once again TRs and their crews put on a great display on this event. Rather than feature the usual images of cars facing the challenge of Blue Hills 2, this is a selection taken by the crew of TR7 Number 183 during the event. No doubt a full report will appear in a future edition of TRaction.
Just in to April and we were blessed with glorious weather and no rain or road salt. With little traffic around, we were guaranteed a good run. We met at Chiverton and were taken on a meandering route around part of the spectacular North Cornwall coast. Our journey took in the delights of Skinner’s Bottom, Mount Hawke, St. Agnes Beacon and Trevaunance Cove, before stopping for a quick photo-shoot at the bottom of Blue Hills. A location some our members will be visiting under different circumstances on Easter Saturday. We made our way through Perranporth where we arrived at the Golf Club for a hearty breakfast. This was a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and to welcome new members and their TRs to the Group.
Despite some group members suffering from Cornish Flu and an uncertain weather forecast, another splendid turnout of TR owners and cars enjoyed a trip in perfect conditions to the Farm Shop and Cafe at St. Kew near Wadebridge. Following the success of our recent "food trips", look out for more to follow.
After a postponed breakfast meeting due to poor weather, we were blessed with a dry morning for our gathering at Birdies Bistro on Hayle Causeway. Fake news regarding road closures, as well as much salt having been spread on the A30, put off some members from venturing out in their TRs. However, many TRs turned up at 9am and including partners twenty two of us enjoyed a breakfast! Ian and Mike brought their TR2s, Tony came in his TR3A, Paul in his TR5, Jeremy in his TR6, new member Gavin in his Sprint engined TR7 DHC and Simon in his TR8 DHC. In addition Hank drove Darrel in his very rare Lotus Esprit. John Player Special. It was good to meet and welcome two new members to the Cornwall group. Gavin arrived in his restored TR7 and Karl whose TR6 has yet to follow him to Cornwall.
The new year of TR action has started with this fascinating event. TRs once again put on a good show.
Two days after yet another successful Christmas Do at Lanhydrock, we met at Blackwater to mark the passing of Register member number 25, Les Rennie. Despite the appalling weather conditions, a good number of TRs and their owners turned out to pay their respects to Les.
Early on Sunday morning three of us left Cornwall and crossed two county borders to visit David Appleby Engineering near Wellington in Somerset. After a coffee and charge up stop near Exeter, we made our way to Uffculme where we met many of our friends from the Devon Group for yet more coffee and cake. We then travelled the narrow lanes to the workshops where we given even more coffee, cake and bacon butties. David Appleby spent a great deal of time explaining his engineering background in motor sport and his current project of developing and selling recreation TR7V8 rally cars which are becoming increasingly popular in historic rallying.
Our intrepid triallists, Darrel with cousin Hank subbing for Pete, had yet another successful outing in their TR7 on the Edinburgh Trial. The event organised by the The Motor Cycling Club obviously went nowhere near Scotland. Other Cornish entrants , John Hicks and Simon Hendra, were delayed by mechanical problems
Once again Newquay Auto Club put great effort in to organising a successful and intriguing tour around the highways and by-ways of the Duchy. The number of entrants was not as high as in earlier years and heavy overnight rain may have put off a few more. Windscreen wipers were not required for the rest of the day. From the start at St. Dennis we were taken along roads which were unfamiliar to many, including those who live in the area. The 45 mile morning loop was centred on the St. Columb area before the carvery lunch break at Blue Anchor near Fraddon. A further 45 miles took us around the Bodmin area before making our way back to St. Dennis for a cream tea and the awards presentation.
This was the second running of the event and it attracted a wonderful array of vehicles. TRs also took part in a parade through Fowey which was organised as part of Regatta Week.
Despite a Government Amber Heat Warning being in place, this event was moved to a more suitable location at very short notice. As a result numbers were down, but there was an impressive turnout by the intrepid members of the Cornwall Group.
It was not the sunniest of Summer evenings, but a great turnout of TRs and crews met at Hayle and then enjoyed a gentle drive along the spectacular coast road to The Tinners Arms at Zennor. Many thanks to Darrel, Rob and Rodney for the images.
We have all missed this major event in the Cornish car calendar, so it was good to back. The combined display of Triumph cars certainly made a major contribution to the event. Necessary changes have been made to the format resulting in there being no parade ring or commentary this year.
In what we hope has now become an annual event, we were kindly given permission to display our TRs along with a number of "invited" other classics. It was a case of perfect weather, perfect location and perfect company. Thank you for the photo contributions.
On yet another perfect evening for TR driving, our members met in Bodmin and then followed an interesting route around the moors to St. Kew.
Once again Cornish TRs had a successful outing on the trial. Unfortunately the route didn't bring the cars close to home.
Our June Evening Run was delayed by the weather for two weeks, but proved to be well worth the wait. We met in Newquay and followed the spectacular coast road through Watergate and on to the Falcon Inn at St. Mawgan, a pub previously run by a Cornish TR6 owner. Unfortunately our designated Convoy Leader just failed to make the start, but then went to great lengths to join us at the pub.
TS2 came to the Duchy as part of its tour around the various Register groups. As you will see, this was not its first visit to Cornwall.
As we continue our search for a suitable pub to hold our meetings, this month we found ourselves back at the New Inn in Goonhavern.
Three TRs from Cornwall took part in this epic charity event. Pete and Ju Probst entered with their TR6 and sent a daily picture record. These images are shown here, but not necessarily in the right order. We hope that Pete will be able to give us an illustrated talk during one of our Winter meetings.
Our run for 2022 was slightly shorter than in the past and included fewer of the narrow Cornish lanes. A good number fo TRs arrived at our assembly point near Truro from where we headed South around Mylor to Falmouth and on to the Helford area. Our route took us through Helston to Penzance where the TRs were challenged by the cobbled Abbey Slip. Our destination this year was just West of Penzance at Trereife House where we received a warm welcome from the owners before spending well in their cafe.
Once again Easter Saturday meant making the annual pilgrimage to Blue Hills near St. Agnes on the North coast of Cornwall to witness the passing of the Land's End Trial. The weather conditions were perfect for spectating and the recent lack of rainfall meant that the track surface provided plenty of grip. This year the trial started later and as it was delayed along the way, it meant that some of us had to leave before all of the entrants had arrived. A sample of what was to be seen follows.
After a couple of false starts because of the weather, we eventually managed to get this one done and dusted. While it was not the sunniest of days, all participating TRs were in top-down mode.
Once again we were fortunate to find a gap in the winter weather when the roads were dry and not covered in layers of salt. We met in the lay-by on the A30 at the foot of Hamburger Hill near Fraddon. There we were joined by members of the Devon Group before setting off on another trip down the mysterious by-ways of Cornwall. How many of us had been to Trevuzza Mill before? Travelling via Lappa Valley and St. Newlyn East, we eventually arrived at our destination, The Bowgie Inn at West Pentire near Crantock. We have used this as a summer venue in the past. This time we did not have to pay for car parking, but it was difficult to pay for drinks as management had decided in their wisdom not to accept payment by cash or contactless card. Despite that, it was another successful event just when we all needed it.
We are all aware that the first weeks of January are known for being slightly damp in the West Country. 2022 was no exception. The thought of standing on a muddy hillside in pouring rain for three hours didn’t really appeal, so it was left to others to record the event which again attracted a good representation by TRs..
We believe that since the Cornwall Group was formed in 1978 we have never been brave enough to hold an afternoon run in January. In recent times we have all been frustrated by not being able to use our TRs and the number of suitable pubs to visit continues to be restricted. This year our normal January evening meeting was changed to an afternoon outing to Jamaica Inn at Bolventor close to the A30 on Bodmin Moor. In the morning the weather forecast and webcams were checked and the outlook was promising. But of course as soon as the TR was taken out of the garage the heavens opened. We met in heavy rain near Roche and then followed an impromptu route through Fletchersbridge, Mount and St. Neot. We then took to the lanes across the moor passing between Dozmary Pool and Colliford Lake where the birders were out trying to spot a White-Tailed Eagle which had just arrived in the area. At the Inn we were joined by more members who had travelled from the other end of the Duchy, bringing the total number of TRs in attendance to a splendid eight. Who knows where our next trip will take us?
After another year of uncertainty, we managed to get together at The Lanhydrock Golf & Country Club near Bodmin. As expected, numbers attending were down compared with previous years. However, about forty souls came along and a great time was had by all. Good food and good service. The unfortunate weather resulted in our normal car park display of TRs being limited to Darrels's TR7V8. Len Olds brought along the Reg Woodcock Trophy and the Champion's Trophy for winning this year's Revington TR/TR Register Sprint & Hillclimb Championship. Bentley Orchard came along with the Gatepost Award, but we won't dwell on that!
We were privileged to be invited on a private visit to this exciting project. It is certainly impressive but a full explanation can be found below and here: https://www.edengeothermal.com/
The delayed running of the Club Triumph Round Britain Reliability Run visited the Duchy early on Sunday morning in atrocious weather conditions. Your intrepid (stupid) photographer ventured out to the wind and rain-swept A39 Atlantic Highway between Wadebridge and Winnard's Perch. Taking pictures through a car windscreen is never particularly successful, but here is my best attempt.
Again Cornwall provided a motorsport event on a closed public road. This was between Newquay and Padstow on the B3276. Our star man Darrel was taking part and waving the flag for the TR Register. The sight and sound of his TR7V8 certainly drew a lot of attention.
From Windy Ridge to Cows & Sows. That sounds like the title of an American Western film. Not so. These were the start and finish points for the 2021 Classic & Sports Tour of Cornwall. Newquay Auto Club once again excelled in organising a superb 85 mile route through the roads and by-ways of East and Mid-Cornwall. The eclectic array of cars taking part included another splendid showing of the TR range. We left the start point at Windy Ridge Restaurant near Trerulefoot in sunshine and headed West in fine weather and only experienced any rain around Lanhydrock on our way to the midday pasty stop at Carlyon Bay. The afternoon leg took us around the lanes to the finish point at Cows & Sows at Idless Woods near Truro. Here a cream tea was waiting for us before the awards ceremony. Group Leader Pete Rugg arrived just in time to see his boys collect a fine selection of trophies. Pete Probst received the award for the Best 70s Car. Neither of Steve Malcolm’s TRs was available on the day, but he still went home in his new Morgan with the trophy for the Best Modern Car. Your webmaster was almost too embarrassed (not) to collect the Outright Winner’s trophy for the third time. If you are interested in where the run took us, try these place names: Trehunist, Quethiock, Menheniot, Lamellion, Scawn. Herodsfoot, Beara, Braddock, Cardinham, Fenton Pits, Tubb’s Mill, Ruan Lanihorne, Idless Vale. Our thanks go to Newquay Auto Club for inviting us and we look forward to the 2022 Tour.
Some twenty five years ago the Cornwall Group thought it might be a bit of fun to trace what remained of the original A30 trunk road from Exeter to Land’s End. Plans were put in place and all was looking good until on the morning of the run the weather took a turn for the worse. Twentieth century communication (or lack of) meant that we couldn’t alter arrangements and the resulting attendance was poor. Toys and pram were thrown some considerable distance and the idea was shelved. That was until 1999 when Pete Probst decided he would organise a run through Cornwall, starting at Launceston Rugby Club. This proved to be a great success attracting a wide variety of cars. A re-run took place the following year and was held on 1st October in typical Cornish weather. This year Pete and Ju Probst have continued their fund raising activities for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of the Cape to Cape rally series. They have put in considerable effort and having been delayed for obvious reasons have now organised and delivered a superb event which has raised over £1,800 for their chosen cause. The timing of the run seems appropriate as yet more of the old A30 is about to be buried under the road improvement scheme between Carland Cross and the Chiverton roundabout. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who contributed to this Gallery section, especially those who braved the deluge at Hayle around lunchtime. Thank you to Rodney for patiently waiting to capture Go-Pro footage for our amusement. Enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r46ATf8U1p8
After seeing the forecast we decided to move our only evening run for two years one day forward. We were rewarded with fine weather. Many TRs arrived at Chiverton Starbucks by 6:30pm, but Rob had to change an injector on his TR5. Unfortunately, Pete and Ju Probst did not make it as A30 was closed both ways near Tolvaddon! We decided to go via Porthtowan, Portreath and Hayle. It was a stunning drive until nearly at The Engine Inn when we encountered yet another road closure! On arrival at the pub at 7:30pm we found Rodney waiting, having brought his fantastic TR7 V8 to its first TR event. In all 14 TRs and one TR6 engined TVR 2500M turned up. Phil and Trish Tucker were present being on holiday in Cornwall and we welcomed a new member with a TR4A carrying an appropriate registration number, 1967 TR. It was a special night for a couple of our longest serving members, Rob and Al Parry who were celebrating being married for 36 years. Our last official visit to The Engine Inn at Cripplesease was on 31st August 1980, so we felt it was time to go back! Thank you to everyone who sent pictures of the meeting.
At long last we were able to get together to celebrate the formation of the TR Register in January 1970. Mr. Peter Prideaux-Brune welcomed us and our TRs on to his lawn at Prideaux Place, Padstow. We managed to escape the heavy showers and eventually attracted twelve TRs to the event, including those of new members. Pete Rugg explained how the club had developed over the years and we also spent a little time thinking of those of our group who have sadly passed away this year, namely Chris Sergison, Patrick Rogers and very recently, Cliff Markham. It was with some relief we could report that we know their TRs will remain in good hands. Oh, and then there was the cake!
It seems a long time ago when we met for Drive it Day in April. It came as a pleasant surprise when 10 TRs appeared for our much delayed afternoon drive. Local weather and traffic conditions have been frustrating to say the least. but we decided to give it our best shot. We met near Probus and then took the scenic route through Tregony to St. Mawes where our parade through the village caused great interest to the holidaymakers. Our destination was meant to have been the tearoom at St. Just-in-Roseland. On arrival we found there was plenty of room for customers, but the car park was full of vehicles belonging to those who had chosen to go off walking. Not to be deterred we put in to action our Plan B. This involved driving a short distance up the A3078 to the Roseland Garden Centre near Ruan High Lanes. Here we all savoured the delights of Da Bara Bakery before making our way home ahead of the bad weather closing in.
Having missed out on the Land's End Trial for the last two years, it was great that the MCC organised a slightly different event for 2021. While there was a much smaller number of spectators at Blue Hills than normal, Pete and Darrel upheld TR Register honour by putting a spectacular display in their TR7.
A mixed bag of weather greeted the intrepid members of the Cornwall Group as they ventured out on the track. A good time was had by all. We don't have any still images of the action, but here are a few screen grabs from video clips of the day.
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