The Derbyshire Dales Group organised a mid-week trip to RAF Scampton Heritage Centre. All told we had something like 38 cars and 58 members & visitors attending, this event being pretty much a joint meeting between the Derbyshire Dales and Leicester groups. With Scampton due to close in 2020, this was one of the last opportunities to visit the Heritage Centre and view the museum and memorabilia from the Dambuster and more recent eras. The photo of the assembled cars attests to bright sunshine. The visit was followed by lunch in the beer garden of the Dambusters Inn in the village of Scampton, where we were very fortunate that the weather was so kind as the pub would have struggled to contain our large group had it rained!
Script by Alan Ford. The first Sunday run of the season was Drive It Day, with a good turnout of cars - a round dozen TRs and a couple of E Type Coupés to keep us company. The run took us out into east Derbyshire and on into Nottinghamshire and the Dukeries, stopping off for coffee at the extensive grounds of the Welbeck Estate, before carrying on with the rest of the run in on into deepest darkest TR Enterprises territory with a final stop for lunch in the hamlet of Blidworth Bottoms and the Fox and Hounds pub – a gem of a find. This run was organised by David and Val Sygrove, with a fair amount of luck weatherwise. The Saturday had seen the back-end of Hurricane Hanna, with extensive rain for most of the day and temperatures just 5 degrees above snow. Had the extensive rain fallen as snow, we would have spent our Sunday digging our ways off our drives. We weren’t exactly roasting on the Sunday, but we all had hoods-down all the day apart from the two couples in the coupés.
Script by Ian Walker; The Traws Cambria weekend was a refreshingly different format this year in that everyone did their own thing. Saturday we teamed up with Andrew and Sarah who were our guides also Dave Worne , Gwen , Ryan and myself . We went to the Clywedog Reservoir (the tallest concrete dam in the UK) which captures the head waters of the river Severn. You may remember the AD where a Defender 90 winched itself up a dam wall, this is the dam. Sunday a drive through the Elan Valley. Weather was dry but cold hoods down all weekend!
An entertaining evening visit to Pirelli on 27th March 2019 organised by David Sygrove. After being welcomed and treated to a light buffet we were shown around their fitting bay containing all the latest equipment for tyre replacement and 4 wheel tracking. This was followed by a very interesting presentation on tyre technology and evolvement, paying particular attention to the very specific requirements of supercars and F1 tyres. As an added bonus we were invited to have our own cars checked with some owners of modern cars returning home with concerned faces!
Our first 'Bring & Buy' sale was a suggestion by Alan Hawley and took place on our August club night at the Amber Hotel. Fortunately, despite some threatening cloud, the sun managed to shine through. There was a wide range of TR parts on offer and even some fresh vegetables, courtesy of Mike and Irma Miller! This looks like an event which will be repeated again and again in the future.
A run organised by Jim Tully passing through the ancient capital of Mercia to the confluence of the rivers Dove and Trent, through the beer capital of Britain, past historic Tutbury to a comfort stop at the Salt Box Café. Nearly following the course of The Dove. On to the gateway to the Peak , swishing through "Swiss Chalet " village for lunch at Izaak Walton Hotel Dovedale steppingstones!!Images by Alan Ford.
Our BBQ this year was delayed by one day owing to a clash with the anticipated (by many) England World Cup semi-final victory. Unfortunately, as we all know by now, this wasn't to be but those attending didn't let such a minor issue diminish the occasion, helped, I am sure by it being a 'freebie'!! A warm, sunny evening greeted the 37 people who were able to attend and Darren & Wendy displayed their culinary talents by producing a constant supply of gourmet food (well burgers and sausages anyway). Maggie Sloss arrived with an absolutely amazing tray full of chocolate brownies, coffee & walnut cakes and carrot cake whilst Dave Worne slaved away cooking 6kg of onions!! Our thanks to all but particularly to Darren for his tenacity in sticking behind (and underneath) the enclosed BBQ, enduring the heat and smoke on what was already a warm, balmy evening.
Held again this year at the Lincoln Showground and incorporating 'Pistons in the Park'. See TR Action for a complete report
Once again a well attended event organised by Dave Worne and Gwen Walvin with a significant amount of help from Dave Smith and Ian Walker. Saturday's run was approximately 80 miles long and set off from Alison House with a coffee stop at the Royal Oak in Hurdlow before a welcome lunch break at the Ladybower Inn, Bamford. Saturday afternoon left a choice of a walk around the scenic Ladybower reservoir, a drive over the Woodhead Pass and Snake Pass or return to Alison house in preparation for the evening's Gala Dinner. Sunday morning's run took us to the Midland Railway at Butterly where all our cars were guided into Swanwick Junction at Butterly Park which is the main museum site. From here train rides were available on the Golden Valley Light Railway and the narrow gauge. Access was available to many of the sheds where both locomotives and carriages were kept in various states of renovation.
Our Drive-it-Day this year was through the Derbyshire Peak District. Our run was organized by David and Val Sygrove and took in many popular roads carefully selected to follow the high and scenic roads of the Peaks. Strangely, we saw very few other classic cars, although we offered twelve TRs and two E-Types to lend attraction to the area. Our coffee stop was the Yonderman Café, always popular, and lunch was at The Old Hall Hotel, Hope. Most had hoods-up by the time we reached the Old Hall, but were down again as we departed. Photographs by Alan Ford & Alan Jones.
Between the 6th - 8th April the Derbyshire Dales Group hosted the TR Register Spring Ball at the Casa Hotel, Chesterfield. Once again this was a great success with some seventy people attending in twenty-eight TRs and two Stags. The Friday offered a guided tour, then a buffet dinner with a car seat construction competition, using only balloons, sticky tape and string, (see photo) then dinner & entertainment from a comedian/magician (well worth a video). Saturday offered a run through the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Dales in which 13 cars, hoods down for most of the way, took part. This was followed by a black-tie dinner and raffle, with entertainment from a favourite group of the Derbyshire Dales, The ziPt, a reformed version of The Pitz, and every bit as good. Sunday saw a tour of the Barrow Hill Round House, the last surviving engine shed housing an operational rail engine turntable complete with several steam and diesel rail engines. A very fine and enjoyable weekend; congratulations to Dave Burgess and team for an exceptional event enjoyed by all. Photographs courtesy of Alan Ford
This year's dinner was held again at the White Hart Inn, Moorwood Moor, Alfreton. We had a good attendance of approaching 100 people with visitors from other Groups, the furthest travelled being our regular Norwegian visitors Bjarne and Tove Refsnes. We also had attendees from TR Enterprises and lively entertainment was provided by The Pitz. Photo's courtesy of Alan Ford.
Our January club night was at Proctor Cars for a professional demonstration on how to properly valet a car and was attended by over 20 of our group. Proctor's head detailer Nigel Cox gave an interesting talk and demonstration on the best techniques and products to use on both modern and older cars. The evening was organised by Dave Burgess who, together with Alan Ford, provided the photographs.
Our pre-Christmas lunch this year was held at the Blue Bell Inn, North Wingfield and was attended by 41 people. The lunch was organised by Val and Alan Jones and the photographs are courtesy of Alan Ford.
Our last run was organised by Alan and Liz Ford who also took the photographs. We had a good attendance of 14 cars and started by having breakfast at the Yonderman Café, Wardlow Mires on a 'sunny' Sunday morning. Our route took us through the Peak District before stopping for coffee and cakes at the David Mellor cutlery factory in Hathersage. Our lunch stop and end of the run was at the Anchor Pub at Four Lane Ends, Tideswell.
This year's Euromeet was held in Dijon and hosted by the Triumph Club de France. A total of 121 cars attended from across Europe, 34 being UK cars. A very elegant and sumptuous Gala dinner was held at the Chateau de Clos de Vougeot.
This year the International returned to the Three Counties Showground, Worcestershire and celebrated 60 years of the TR3A and 50 years of the TR5 / 250. Alan Hawley won a gold award in the Masters Class and also 'The TR Ken Richardson would have liked to drive home' award. See the full article in TR Action issue 300.
Via its members the TR Register provided cars to transport all of the F1 drivers during the track parade immediately prior to the race. The entire range of Triumph sports cars were displayed to the world audience and our own Dave Burgess had the fortune to take Kimi Raikonnen around the track in his TR5. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton. Refer to TRaction Issue 300 for full details.
A combined group visit of the Derbyshire Dales Group and the Stag Owners Club to RAF Coningsby, organised by Alan & Liz Ford and Steve & Julie Buxton. Due to the large number of attendees (over 60) we were taken round in three separate tour groups before travelling to the Ebrington Arms for a late lunch.
A very enjoyable evening BBQ at the Amber and the weather was kind!
A very successful tour to Vannes in Brittany organised by Mick and Linda Forey and TR Tours. Out of a total of 20 cars, 3 were from the Derbyshire Dales group - Alan and Liz ford, John and Lynne Biggin and Alan and Val Jones. Courtesy of the overnight Brittany Ferries service we arrived in St Malo at 08.15 on Saturday and drove to our hotel, Best Western Le Roof in Vannes for a 4 night stay. Suggested itineries to explore during our stay were the Salt Flats and Briere National Park and Quiberon (via Carnac) before journeying to Caen/Ouistreham for our overnight ferry back to England.
Our club night this month consisted of a run organised by Peter Jenkinson. 14 cars left the Amber on a dry, sunny evening and the route took us to the Blue Bell Bar and Restaurant car park in North Wingfield. From there we took a brief stroll to the adjacent St. Lawrence's Church for a very interesting tour of the belfry and a quick lesson in bell ringing! Needless to say, the party ended up in the Blue Bell for a quiet drink afterwards!
Another very successful Derbyshire Dales event organised by Dave Worne and Gwen Walvin with support from Ian Walker and David Sygrove. Based again at Alison House in Cromford our Saturday run was over a distance of approximately 90 miles, stopping for 'elevenses' at the Millstone in Hathersage and continuing on to the Bulls Head in Castleton for lunch before returning to Alison House for dinner. Sunday morning's 37 mile run departed Alison house at 10.30am and passed through Ashover, Calver, Bakewell and ended at the Peak Village shopping centre where 6 of our cars were invited to be shown in the pedestrianised main concourse.
A 56 miles run organised by Liz and Alan Ford taking in many of the lovely villages of the Derbyshire Dales. Starting at The Highwayman on the A619 our route took us past Robin Hood's Stride and The Grey Ladies then through the village of Elton, which at 271m a.s.l. has, reputedly, one of the finest views in the Peak District. Following a coffee stop at Carriages Bar and Restaurant we then proceeded along some of the roads proposed in 1965 as part of the Peak District International race circuit before stopping for a group photograph, then heading off to the picturesque Saxon village of Ilam at the end of the Manifold Valley. A well earned lunch was enjoyed at the Bentley Brook Inn on the A515. Thanks to Alan Ford and Hannah Cowling for the photographs.
This run was organised by Alan Jones and was a mid week run. Nine cars met at the Monsal Head Hotel on a lovely sunny morning and drove down through Cressbrook in Monsal Dale and up towards Tideswell. The route then took us through Chapel-en-le-Frith, Kettleshulme, Pott Shrigley and into Woodford. We enjoyed a guided tour around the museum which included sitting in a Vulcan cockpit before parking our cars beneath a refurbished Vulcan. Lunch was at the Legh Arms in Adlington.
Drive It Day was organised by David and Val Sygrove. The run started at the Grouse and Claret in Rowsley and stopped for coffee at Tittesworth reservoir before continuing on to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Longnor for a very enjoyable lunch.
Our first run of the year organised by Alan and Liz Ford. The run commenced at The Amber Hotel and a pre arranged coffee stop at The Angler's Rest in Bamford saw several other cars join the group. We were not blessed with any sunshine and the rain was quite persistent. Some amusement was caused by an irate cyclist on the 'off road' section who was convinced that cars were not allowed until Alan Ford (Peak Park Ranger) soon put him straight! Lunch was arranged at The Derwent pub in Calver.
This year's dinner was held at the same venue as 2016, namely the White Hart and attracted our largest number of attendees yet! We were honoured to have our Chairman Paul Hogan together with Wayne Scott, Editor and Press Officer. We also welcomed Norwegian visitors Bjarne and Tove Refsnes together with members from Red Rose, East Riding Leicestershire and North London Groups. Great entertainment was again provided by the Pitz.
Our lunch this year was at Bateman's Mill Country Hotel and Restaurant in Old Tupton, organised by Val and Alan Jones.
November club night starting with a presentation by Wayne Scott and Alan Jones on the new website closely followed by a Pie and Peas supper by Darren Salmon and Paul Hodgkinson.
Our last run organised by Ian & Ryan Walker and Christine heading out to Nottinghamshire. Following a coffee stop at the Dukeries Antique Centre, the run concluded with lunch at The Bromley in Fiskerton.
Congratulations to Barry Cockayne in this year's Vintage and Classic Vehicle Section. He won 1st place in the 'Cars 1950 to 1959' group and also the 'Best in Show' Trophy! Barry was up against 130 contenders including the White Rose Group Leader's entry. The prizes were presented by Her Ladyship The Mayoress of Rotherham. This added to Barry's previous success in 2009!
A run organised by Dave and Val Sygrove to drive along two proposed race circuits using Derbyshire's public roads. See our Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 294 (November 2016) for more details.
Four cars from our group out of 26 Triumphs in total participated in this run, staying at the 5 star Hotel Dunloe in Killarney. The event was organised by TR Tours and hosted by Mick and Linda Forey. Please refer to TR Action Issue 293, September 2016 for a full report.
Alan Hawley's TR3A winning the Meguiars Concours d'Elegance in the Non Standard TR2/TR3A/Derivatives class at Lincoln Showground. Also Stephen Butter's red TR3A scoring 729.5 points.
Congratulations to our three prize winners! Alan Hawley won the Lincoln International Meguiars Concours d'Elegance in the Non Standard TR2/3A/Derivatives class with his powder blue TR3A. Barry Cockayne won 'Best in Show' at the Langold Festival Classic Car show with his red TR3A. Steve Buxton won first prize in the 'Pre '73 Class at the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.
A visit to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon where some members of our group joined in with the Stag group.
Our annual BBQ held at the Amber Hotel on a pleasant, dry evening. Thanks to Darren and Wendy Salmon who ably carried out the cooking.
Our big 3 day event of the year organised by Dave Worne and Gwen Walvin. Saturday's morning run comprised of a run through some Derbyshire villages and over the Weaver Hills to the Railway Inn at Froghall. The afternoon runs were split between Heage windmill and the Churnet Valley steam railway. A very enjoyable Saturday evenings dinner was held at Alison House in Cromford followed, on Sunday, by yet another run into the White Peak and Peak District National Park, finishing at Denby Potteries.
A pleasant evening run organised by Peter Jenkison along Derbyshire lanes culminating in a fish and chip supper in Belper. The original intention of taking our F&C's to a local pick-nick area was changed due to the weather but fortunately the chippy had a restaurant so we all ate indoors!
Our Drive It Day run on 24th April starting at the Grouse and Claret in Rowsley, passing through the grounds of Chatsworth and ending at the Queen Anne pub in Great Hucklow for lunch. Organised by David and Val Sygrove. Photo's by Alan & Liz Ford.
An early run on 20th March starting at the Amber Hotel and culminating with lunch. Organised by Ian Pidcock.
A run to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Derbyshire Dales Group starting at the Sherwood Foresters' Memorial at Crich Stand and ending with a barbeque at the Bulls Head, Ashford in the Water. Please refer to 'Social Scene Reports' for more details.
Dave Burgess's freshly restored TR6 on display.
Excellent Fare on Pudding Hill!! - Thanks David & Val Sygrove
Seventeen members' cars appeared for the FREE BBQ. Thank you to Sean and staff at The Amber and to Darren and Wendy for cooking all afternoon. We have all lived to tell the tale and no doubt reminisce!!