International Triumph Show 2004
Stoneleigh NAC, Warwickshire
Every year in early February (well for the last few years anyway) a
swarm of Triumphs descend upon the little village of Stoneleigh in Warwickshire,
for the largest Triumph only show in the UK, maybe in the world? A week
later there's a throng of MG's that head to the same place for the annual
jamboree and scrum at the autojumble. The MGs go second because is because
a week is not long enough to clear all those broken down MGB's out of
the way. Errr that maybe pot calling the kettle there.
I have been for the last 4 years, the middle odd years on my own and
the even ones with the co-pilot. For the last two years I've had to
travel in the Ford Probe, last year because TRisha was otherwise engaged
(yes she was in the garage), this year because I'd not had chance to
clean her... well it was raining when I collected her from Moordale
and thanks to MyTravel we got back from holiday 36hours late! Before
entering the show hall we talk a walk around the Triumph only parking
area (this is undercover and provided welcome respite from the bitter
wind). Triumphs of all shapes and sizes were
lined up, the straight 6's taking advantage of the acoustics of the
place to rev there engines... it's always the same with these GT6 and
TR6 owners isn't it? Surprisingly there was no retort from a TR7v8;
though Steve Heath (who's car was the 'cover' car to this website for
Jan & Feb 04) had left his bonnet up - posser!! I have to say I
think this was the largest collection of TR7's I have seen at the show,
and I reckon there were probably more FHCs in attendance than at the
TR Drivers weekends.
The outstanding car for me was undoubtedlythe Victory Edition. Not
only because it was in such good condition but also because it's the
first time I've seen one in the flesh. To my knowledge this edition
was specific to the USA (or Federal) market, launched in 1976 it has
stripes - which are available today. The car here though was a RHD model,
it's vintage (1977/8) would probably place it at about the time these
were around but whether it's a genuine Victory Edition I can not say.
If you know, or indeed own, the car please let
The show itself seemed to lack the anorak feel that it has had of previous
years, and I'm glad to say seemed to have less pushchairs than last
year!! Why people have to take children of that age I do not know, it's
not an ideal environment for them to be in and they do cause obstruction
and annoyance when trying to view some stalls. The last thing you need
went desperately searching for the all illusive spiggot washer is to
have your shins carved open by a wayward perambulator!
This year the show could be enjoyed more... I hadn't really got anything
to buy so the Co-Pilot and I could just mosey around without the need
to battle through the hoardes looking for the aforementioned washer.
It was good to meet up with a few people who I knew through the forum,
including those on the Club Triumph forum. And now I know the GT6 face
behind some of the "Isn't the TR7 just Marina Coupe?" jibes.
Indeed Mr.Bancroft! The Club Triumph stand was well manned and laid
out, seemed to lack a wedgy flavour though! The TR Drivers Club stand
featured 2 of the 3 vehicles from the NEC with Guy Brinton's Grinnall
replacing Kevin Morton's 'barn find'. There were a further two TR7's
within the indoor sale area, both DHCs - the last two shows (NEC and
here) have featured a total of 9 Triumph TR7's in the various halls,
and not one of them has been a fixed-head. Something that needs to be
sorted for next year!
We left carrying the wares we'd purchased which constituted a lot of
polishing materials and some new mats for TRisha. Oh and I finally managed
to get a new switch panel which hadn't had the 'fog' blanking plate
removed. If you have never been it is well worth a visit, even if it's
just to natter to fellow drivers and enthusiasts. Maybe next year we
can think about a convoy run to or from the show?