Meet the Team
Phil Horsley - Group Leader/Regalia/Webpages
Starting my career as an electrical apprentice, I always wanted a TR after working for the bosses son who was bought a brand new red TR6 which he gave me a lift to work in, and being the first experience of having a 'crick neck' from acceleration I was smitten. In 2000, I attended the TR International and ended up buying a 1967 TR250 (so I got that 6 cylinder power) and she is still my favourite and now fully restored a car I am really proud of, I joined the Register just after purchasing and then the committee in 2004 organising the Regalia. Since then I have acquired three Grinnall's, a TR7 V8 and a couple of TR7 restoration jobs which means I have had to rent lots of lock ups. I am very passionate about TR's and in my role want to continue the development of the KVG to give members a range of events, opportunities and social to enjoy their TR's.
Michael Thomas - Committee Member
and I are both retired and living in Silchester. My working background is in
accountancy in commerce, eventually retiring from Macmillan Publishers in 2012.
My interest in cars came from my father who always had something oddball in his
garage. My first car was an Austin Nippy from 1933, on which I cut my teeth,
becoming very adept at removing the engine on a regular basis. Amongst a series
of dodgy second hand sports cars, in my younger days, were an MGA, 3 x MGB's,
TR5, and a US imported TR6. Later included TVR, Stag, BMW Z1 and Z3 and an MGC.
Currently a Mercedes SL280 and our Red TR6 which we bought in 2009 after
discovering the hospitable welcome from the KVG team. A KVG run to Chanteloupe
followed by others to France, Switzerland and Spain, cemented our relationship.
Sally and I very much enjoy the friendly atmosphere with KVG and the mix of
"petrol head" and "social" events. We both see ourselves as "back room" people
and would be very pleased to contribute to the future of KVG in some small way.
Michael Field - Membership/Communication
A retired self-employed engineer to the dry cleaning industry, married with
three daughters, and three grandchildren, two girls and one boy. I joined the
Register in late 2000 before purchasing my first and so far only TR5 in March
2001. I have served on the KVG committee since 2003, initially helping out with
the calendar layouts, but soon taking over the position of events coordinator,
for eight years. As well as seeking and promoting events of interest, and
keeping the membership informed of these via emails and online calendars, I
have also been heavily involved in producing several newsletter formats, and
sorting and updating our membership records, during my time on the committee.
Retaining the membership part, I now serve as Membership Secretary and member
communications. Other interests include touring Europe
in our motor home, walking, computing, and genealogy research.
John Edmonds - Committee
I joined the Register in 1989 and have been on the committee since 1995, serving as treasurer for a period. I own a 1959 yellow TR3a which was imported from a scrap yard in California, which I rebuilt and converted to RHD. My interests are driving the car rather than shows, all forms of MotorSport, and I have been a Marshal on Rallies, including Internationals, for many years.
Denis Carter - Committee
I am a local boy born in Tadley
and always had an interest in mechanical items which progressed to motorcycles.
This was my mode of transport from the age of 16years and went to many motor
sport activities as a spectator. When I was in my 50's I became involved in
classic motorcycle racing and built my own racing bike with a 750cc Triumph
engine. I raced on most circuits in the UK and Europe. Val and I spent 15 years
enjoying the traveling and socialising with the Classic Racing Club. When the
time came to give up racing the race bike was sold and it was a joint decision
to look for a classic sports car the choice had to be again a Triumph. A TR6
was found and then we were fortunate enough to find the K.V.G who were active
in the pursuits we were interested in. We have been members for 10years and
have enjoyed every moment of a lively group and made many good friends.
Emrhys Barrell - Committee
My TR connection goes back more years than I will admit to, when a friend and I shared the ownership of a TR3A. It was the only way we could afford a decent car, and the arrangement worked well, until one night Steve decided to try out the car's inverted flying capabilities. The resultant 100 yard upside-down slide planed off everything above the dashboard, including a slice of his scalp. Since the car was only insured third party, that was the end of that. Then seven years ago we were persuaded to join the KVG by Phil, and were looking for a Grinnall, when Linda & I saw a Stag, liked it and bought it. Since then we have enjoyed every minute of it, and the friends we have made in the KVG. We particularly like the drives in company, in the UK and abroad, and the admiring looks our cars get when we park up. As the Press Officer my job is bringing the TR and the KVG to the attention of the local newspapers and media, and helping produce the newsletter.
Stewart Highnett - Committee/Raffle
I started working life as an electrical
apprentice, working on everything electrical from heavy industrial equipment to
cars. Around 1970 I agonised over a TR6
seized fuel pump, only to discover years later as I partially restored my 6
that it was a common issue. Now busy
running an industrial electrical and control panel building business and
Happily finding enough time to enjoy being a committee member in the KVG group.