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Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 332

TR Action 332
Publication Date: W/C 13th September 2021

Derbyshire Dales Group Social Scene Contribution

Alan Ford writes:

It is with great sadness and sympathy that the Derbyshire Dales Group wish to join in the many condolences to Graham Robson’s family and friends at Graham’s recent passing. There cannot be many in the classic motoring fraternity who are not aware of the lifelong contribution that Graham made to the British car industry, or who have not read his prolific output of articles or have not read one or more of his 160 books. As the TR Register’s Honorary President and former Triumph Works Competition Secretary he has left behind many, many friends and taken with him an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things Triumph, both historical and practical. As successful as August’s International was and will continue to be in the future, there will always be a space in the arena that should have been Graham’s.

Meanwhile, weatherwise, July and August in Derbyshire were strange months. In years gone by, we used to predict the weather on the basis of three fine days and then a thunderstorm; this July into August it was a repeated cycle of three days of thunderstorms and then a fine day. Strangely these were very localised. Just up the road the downpours could be biblical, otherwise the sun would be shining all around. Life was a little like that of the swifts on the wing, who arrange to fly around oncoming storms; similarly when out at the top of a hill in our TRs we would look out along the valleys for centres of bad weather, and pick out a route to avoid them – if we could!

At long last the DD Group is starting to get back to normal, whatever that means. Our monthly Club Nights are being well attended, with head counts in excess of thirty, and the August Sunday run, organised by ChrisT and NickyL, was well attended with 12 cars including two non-TRs) and 24 attendees. The run incorporated a Jersey cream ice-cream and coffee stop at the ever-popular Tagg Lane Dairy, took in a run around part of what was the proposed Derbyshire GP circuit, (somewhat amusingly one participant got lost en-route and was spotted going in the wrong direction), incorporated a non-competitive questionnaire, and ultimately finished at Thornbridge Hall nr picturesque Ashford in the Water. Phew. Both Nicky and Chris being ex-RAF, all was timed with full details and precision; this being their first run that they had organised for the Derbyshire Dales, we can’t wait for the next!

The final event of note was the Inter-Club Triumph & MG Weekend at Malvern; a splendiferous three days of events, comps, and socialising. Yet again our own Derbyshire Dales’ AlanH won a major competition and took the Triumph ‘Meguiars’ Concours d’Elegance Non-Standard’ cup with his TR4. Very well deserved.

As I sign off, the heather of the Derbyshire moors has just turned a glorious purple once again. And yet again I will try to take the ideal photograph to do justice to the TR against the colours of the heather, and will fail.

2021 Events:

3rd October – Last Sunday run of the season, organised by John Browett and Peter Callender

13th October - Club Night: Venue to be determined, with Quiz organised by John & Lynne Biggin.

10th November – Pie & pea supper

8th December - Club Night: Venue to be determined.

December – Date to be confirmed – Pre-Christmas Dinner @ Santo’s Higham Farm,

organised by Mick & Irma Miller

2022 Events:

10th to 12th June – TRs at the Palace. Derbyshire Dales Weekend based at the Palace Hotel, Buxton. A few places available.

Contact Dave Worne: 01246 473979/07970 754030,


6th August - TR Register 50th Anniversary Celebration at the Manifold Inn, Hulme

End, nr Buxton. Two pig roast. Accommodation available in the inn, on

the campsite and at nearby in B&Bs – please book accommodation

directly with the proprietors.

Please note that the Derbyshire Dales Group 30th Anniversary

Celebration will also take place at this event.

Contact: Andy Holyoak email:

Derbyshire Dales Group

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