Kennet Valley TR Group enjoy Easter Sunshine at Spring Vehicle Meet

Kennet Valley TR Group enjoy Easter Sunshine at Spring Vehicle Meet

A lovely warm and sunny Easter Monday (for a change) saw several KVG members attending the Spring Vehicle Meeting at Newbury Showground also members from Windsor Forest came along.

KVG members Joyce & Paul Woodham were in the barn, with others, selling off some more stock they had acquired over the years, and Mike understands they cleared about 2/3 of what he brought.

Peter and Audrey Heywood joined us too, as did Joe and Wendy Douthwaite from Banbury, and a couple of others who Mike did not know, so we had on show a good range of TR's, barring a Grinnall which were at Coleford Carnival of Transport. There were also quite a few TSSC Triumph's on show, and a very good turnout from West Berks Classic Vehicle Club.

Toney Dines new Stag acquisition causes the usual looking under the bonnet!

The show was not as large as Mike Field thought it might be, but nevertheless there were a great selection of classics, from 'wooden spoon' candidates, to some very nice tidy examples.

One interesting exhibitor in the barn, calling himself 'Rotary Roy' was exhibiting a Honda motorbike rotary engine, something Mike never knew existed, but even more interesting was to learn that Rolls Royce actually successfully produced a rotary diesel engine, intended for a (can't remember the model) tank. The concept remained the same, but they made it twin cylinder, the first just to compress air to feed the second cylinder, thus increasing the compression ratio over 2.5 times higher than the normal engine, a requirement for the operation of a diesel. Unfortunately the tank never went into full production, only test samples made, and was superseded by the Centurian - so the project unfortunately never came to full fruition."

Peter & Karen Woolnough's very original TR7 resplendent in the sunshine

A super day out in the Easter sun was enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Val Carter & Karen Woolnough for the photos and Mike Field for the report.

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