A great evening spent at Gaydon, looking at some classic British cars.
Over 100 Triumphs set off from Knebworth House in Hertfordshire to take part in Club Triumphs Round Britain Reliability Run. The boys were first back just short of 48 hours after they set off. 2000 miles in a weekend.
To Celebrate LVG’s 50th, year we held a Summer BBQ so members could bring their cars along in the sunshine. A good day was had by all and the BBQ and days proceedings were well managed by Loretta and Howard Pryor. Thanks guys.
LVG held its 6th Shine & Show at The Cock @ Broom on this warm midweek Summer evening. It was so successful, we had to turn a small number of classics away, but close to 200 Classic vehicles of all shapes and sizes filled the field behind the pub and everyone seemed to enjoy the relaxed and informal nature of this free to visit event. Below are a selection of photos taken on the day, with many having been emailed to the exhibitors who returned their registration card. The band played and ice creams and BBQ food was consumed with the pub bar doing good trade. Funds raised enabled 2 charities to benefit. Guide Dogs for the Blind & Huntingdons Disease. Thank you to everyone who attended.
19 people attended the DH Museum in London Colney, where DH designed and built the Mosquito aircraft that assisted in the winning of WW11. Many excellent exhibits to see and worthy of a visit.
LVG took a drive to the Buckinghamshire Railway Museum at Quainton, with a few TSSC chums joining in with their lovely Triumphs. A dry day throughout despite the forecast showing 80% chance of rain. A few ice creams were also consumed.
10th February was Sir John Blacks birthday and our Triumph chums in America have been celebrating this day each year by taking their Triumphs out for a drive. LVG have participated for a couple of years now and although it is still Winter in the UK, there is usually a good turnout, which this year included TRR Camb Followers and the local TSSC. Sir John was the man who organized Standard's purchase of Triumph after WW II, and went on to make the cars we enjoy driving today. Drive Your Triumph Day has gained momentum every year, and last year over 600 photos from all over the world: Scotland, Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Uruguay, Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Canada, Holland, Czech Republic, and of course all over the USA, were posted on a Facebook page, by the main US organiser. https://www.facebook.com/Drive-Your-Triumph-Day-118050974550900/photos/?ref=page_internal
The weather for this years Members meeting and Kick Off Lunch was dry and 6 TR’s and a MG ventured out. Unfortunately only Nelson in his nice blue TR3 broke up the plethora of red. Come on you owners of other colours, stop moaning about all the red TR’s and get your blue, green, white and yellow cars out with us.
4th January 1973 saw the birth of Lea Valley Group. Exactly 50 years later the current group returned to the same venue to celebrate this momentous occasion and below are some of the pictures taken on the day. It was wonderful to see so many people attend and included members spanning the whole 50 years.
The 5th running of our regular S&S was the best yet. Here are some of the numerous photos taken on the evening.
16 people enjoyed wonderful weather and a day exploring the Duxford Museum, with a personal visit to hear about Catalina, “Miss Pickup”. Unfortunately due to the Aerodrome preparing for a flying weekend we couldn’t all take our cars airside, but we did smuggle in one TR as shown below.
Groups from Eastern Region met at the Manger PH to Celebrate 50 years of the Register with a BBQ and awards. A damp overcast day, but enjoyable never the less.
A new feature for LVG was a breakfast meeting, which had the added benefit of a TouR around the water Mill. Milling had taken place on the site since 1855 and although it stopped in 2000, the operation would work again if needed. 6 TR’s and a modern took a drive out in the Summer Sunshine.
Over 40 people attended the combined LVG & Camb Followers Drive it Day to Whitewebbs Transport Museum. Members who couldn’t make it, but did get their cars out, also sent in some pictures and these are the last few entries.
With the War in Ukraine continuing to rage, the March club meeting was dedicated to raising money for the Ukraine Humanitarian appeal. The generosity of everyone was immense with over £600 raised.
This annual open day allows the public to get close up and have an insight to the workings of a busy engineering department.
11 TR’s, 2 other Triumphs and 2 modern cars took an early season drive to a mutually convenient meeting point at a Garden Centre in Brampton, Huntingdon. We even had a couple of local Police Constables taking a keen interest as we were meeting up for the mornings drive. No offences were committed, although it is rumoured that one TRR member has recently obtained 3 points from a Boy in Blue catching them speeding in a TR6!!!
It’s all change for LVG with a new Group Leader and a revised committee. The Annual meeting voted everyone in and some new names came forward to join the stalwarts. Despite being the depths of Winter, we were blessed with a bright dry day and 8 classics ventured out (6 TR’s - one Triumph Herald & an MGB), with 34 attending our annual meeting and most staying for the Kick Off Lunch that followed. A great start to 2022.
Members visited Barrington for an Informal, but traditional classic car gathering on New Year’s Day. With unseasonably warm weather, many cars had their tops down.
LVG and Camb Followers were at Sywell for a late Summer Sunshine TRip out. Lots of cars and trade stands were complimented by a few aircraft being put through their paces up in the air.
This was the 28th holding of the picnic and this year, was held on a gloriously warm day, in direct contrast to last year. A number of LVG members are also members of the local group of the Triumph Sports Six Club and so it was, that there were two LVG members, Mike Aldridge and Pierre Miles, supporting the TSSC, helping, hopefully, to arrange tidy organised parking of the numerous Triumphs and other classics that came along on the day. There was no major flying display on the day but plenty of flying still took place, possibly in preparation of the big day later in the month when Duxford celebrates the Battle of Britain. Enjoy the photographs . . .
34 members enjoyed a lazy Saturday afternoon garden party in Bromham Bedford.
Pete Lewis, Lead organiser of Herts & Beds TSSC invited us to join their members on a run to see the Museum and HQ. We were also able to give TS2 a run out while she was in our care for the week. Many TRR members are also members of TSSC and it was great to see the vehicles and memorabilia housed at Lubenham. Thanks Pete.
LVG took custody of TS2 for 7 days to allow members the opportunity of a drive and also be the Star Car at our 4th Annual Shine & Show event. The car was built on 22nd July, so we held a celebration of her 68th birthday. There was also time, before returning to Didcot, to join LVG on a visit to TSSC HQ in Lubenham.
The 4th S&S saw stunning weather and approx 200 classics of all shapes and sizes enjoy the sunshine at LVG HQ of The Cock Public House in Broom, Bedfordshire.
A few LVG members took their cars to this event to support LVG member Sham Singh who arranged a supercar event (and you have to admit TR’s ARE super), through the Petrolhedonism and Autoanonymous Club. What a great way to spend a Fathers Day. Cars and aeroplanes, what’s not to like??
7 LVG and 5 Camb Followers cars and 22 people enjoyed a great 5 day TRip, officially starting from Portsmouth and ending in Anglesey and North Wales. The photos in this gallery outline everyone’s progress.
Being unable to organise any Group events, due to Covid-19, LVG asked members to send in photos of their car if they were going out for a drive on the day. There are some stunning pictures of a good day out.
Since Covid regulations have allowed LVG members to get out and about in their cars, many have taken advantage of our Indian Summer and given their TR’s a blast around our green and pleasant land. Below are a selection of our pics.
4 LVG cars and 5 members had a nice Sunday morning drive to Titan Racing in Great Dunmow, all attending at their own risk. This was an event run by Titan with very good Covid precautions taken. The weather was kind and made the drive each way really enjoyable, especially after such a long period of lockdown.
LVG are currently not organising any events, but are publishing anything that is being organised locally and letting members know that if they attend, it is at their own risk. Today was the date our regular pub meeting would have been held and despite not organising anything, a few members turned up to support the Landlord. Social distancing was observed and even when the heavens opened everyone remained outside under the open pagoda. Stories of TR’s wading through floods to get home showed how amazing the cars are.
LVG kept their cars at home for this years DiD, but members were encouraged to take a photo of them and their car on the day. We had our best attended event for many years. Let’s hope we can have the same success when we have our next real meeting.
Robsport International did us proud, giving our cars a once over and pointing out any areas needing attention. The complementary teas & coffees to wash down the pastries and cookies were also much appreciated. A big thank you to Simon and his Team from LVG.
Although this was expected to be a day car Winter visit, at least one TR was seen in the car park. Around 35 TRR members joined in, with contingents not only from LVG, but also North London and Cambs Followers Groups. It was a great day with many taking part in the “Lancaster experience”, a VR trip on the Dambusters raid.
38 members attended the AGM and then enjoyed a really nice lunch at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. Group Leader Pierre Miles gave an overview of last year and Awards were presented. The obligatory raffle was held to help cover costs and details of an early draft for 2020 Events distributed. Even a few of the last of the 2020 Calendars were sold. Roll on the Spring and more TR’ing.
With some members attending the TRR event at Hopcrofts Holt Hotel, we were a little down on numbers for this evening of frivolity. Eleven of us had a pre theatre supper, before taking our seats at The Market Theatre, Hitchin for a performance of Peter Panties. A non PC, risque take on Peter Pan. Judging by the chatter in the bar afterwards, everyone enjoyed themselves.
It was an early start in the dark to visit the “Super Sausage” cafe for breakfast, before 5 cars convoyed to Bicester. Unfortunately Nick had an intermittent or no spark issue and had to call out TRR breakdown to recover his car home, but still managed to make it to Bicester in his day car. It would also have warmed him up nicely on his way home, unlike those who braved top down motoring. Brrrrrrr.
A nice dry, salt free day saw LVG members go to a couple of New Year Day gatherings. There was Stony Stratford for those who could get up early and Barrington for a more leisurely late morning start. Roll on the Spring for a new year of TR’ing. Photos of LVG members cars at Barrington (including a Triumph Dolomite Sprint).
A new venture for LVG, saw 26 members attend a Film & Supper evening to watch The Italian Job, in its 50th anniversary year. The food was also Italian themed, right down to Cornetto Ice Creams during a film interlude.
Following a WhatsApp message, asking if anyone was up for a drive and a cuppa on a nice day, 3 cars ventured just a few miles to meet at Shuttleworth and enjoy the early Autumn sun.
This invitation only event, gave members a chance to see an eclectic collection of ephemera compiled by Sir William & Lady McAlpine. A good route over the 50 miles from Phil Sanford let us have a nice drive before we took the chance to ride on Sir Williams full size steam train in his garden, see his collection and take tea on the full size station in his grounds.
With some LVG members also being TSSC members, we attended their annual visit to Duxford airfield. Cars, Planes and History. What else could you want on a Sunday afternoon?
A change to the normal “International Weekend” was seen this year, sharing the event with TSSC. After rain on the Friday, the weekend cleared up and LVG ensured enough of us attended to fly the flag and a few assisted with some of the event admin.
The sun shone and we enjoyed a nice lunch at a gastro pub, followed by a visit to a unique “Indian” style country house and gardens in the Cotswolds. A nice 70 mile drive planned by Paul Richardson.
A few cars and members braved the wet weather this year. TRR provided Tea & Biscuits and the Historic F1 cars managed to keep the cars on a very slippery track.
The 3rd annual S&S attracted around 200 classics including tractors, commercials and motorbikes and scooters. Lots of TR’s (50 at least), also swelled the ranks, with the event held at The Cock PH in Broom, which is our regular monthly Sunday meeting venue.
Members thoroughly enjoyed joining the TRR C2C run with LVG starting at Southwold and ending up at Aberystwyth. After the weekend trip, a few more days were taken travelling around South Wales.
To Commemorate the anniversary of the D Day landings, the largest congregation of DC3 Dakota’s for many years was seen departing Duxford Airfield. A good selection of LVG members attended.
LVG joined many of the TR Register Eastern Region after a drive to Bressingham Steam & Gardens. Despite inclement weather at times, an enjoyable afternoon was had by all riding the trains and fairground rides, including looking around the gardens and various exhibits.
17 members spent a lovely afternoon on a canal boat going through the Blisworth tunnel, followed by a meal at The Boat
A good turnout of members attended the AGM and Kick Off lunch at Mount Pleasant Golf Club.