Firstly an apology from www.TriumphTR7.com - to those of you you may have
been annoyed at finding an advertising flyer, for this website, tucked under
your wipers!! We did try and speak to a fair number of people asking if they'd
like a flyer before depositing them there.... however there were quite a few
cars and the beer tent was inviting!! The flyers were distributed without
the clubs permission, so we do hope no one was offended! And besides - we
did provide some entertainment in the afternoon (more on that later).
Rather annoyingly TRisha TR was unable to make it - the guys at SS Preparations
managed to get the recon engine down to us with a week or so to spare; unfortunately
a lack of communication from the mechanic and some teething problems prevented
the car being ready on time. So it was the debut for Priscilla (or 'Pris'
- named after the Bladerunner character) Probe - ahhhhh some of you have guessed
If you've never been to Billing, in a nutshell, it's a rather large park based
around some man-made lakes/ponds etc (you may have guessed the water content
by the clue in 'Billing Aquadrome'). There's lots of caravans, and field space
for hire and it's a popular destination for car clubs. On the Sunday I spotted
(what looked like) a MKII Cortina meeting - with a TR6 in the line-up(?!),
a well-attended Capri Owners group from Milton Keynes and a small (4) gathering
of Austin Princess/Ital Ambassadors.
think the owner of this engine (which was in a car.... just in
case you were wondering!) may have been offended by my "...far
too much time.." comment. Ooops. No apologies from us though
- we like to see the Wedge on the road. Shiney engines are all
very well but a regularly used car would butter my muffin ahead
of any pristine, showroom condition vehicle. Which is why I quite
liked, amongst others, Rusty's DHC which made the journey up from
Kent. Well I may have liked it but the car which we thought was
his turned out not to be. Doh! Anyway the 'worst car at show'
challenge never materialised..... due to TRisha's absence (And
anyway Rusty there was one in the concours - !! - which was truly
awful..... what were they thinking about with those rear fogs?)
Whilst there we had a good chat with Rick from S+S Preparations
- who tried, unsuccessfully, to flog us an electric window kit
(maybe when the restoration gets underway hey Rick?). After the
many phone calls of late it was good to be able to put a face
to the name..... no doubt we'll be chatting again soon when TRisha
hits more trouble!
What did surprise me on the day was the lack of really modified
TR7s - previously there has been home-made body kits (ie the green
one in the gallery), and some of the more daring Grinnall cars.
This time around there were a few with wider wheel arches and
very worringly - lots of USA spec rear bumpers! At www.TriumphTR7.com
we like the original shape so wouldn't modify too heavily, however
that's not to say we're not averse to seeing some outlandish changes
And unlike in America - where the Wedge is becoming rather a 'cult'
car amongst the 18-25 year old age range [Brad - Wedgeparts.com]
- the people in attendance were generally from their 40's and
upwards..... hopefully, with events like the National Weekend
at Billing (where other groups are in attendance) we can create
an interest amongst younger people and thus ensure that the car
and the TR Drivers club thrive. It was certainly in evidence that
the V8 sound turned more younger heads than the whine of 2.8i
We didn't count the number of cars, nor did we get any statistics
on FHC vs DHC though it was very obvious that the latter are more
in evidence than their older stablemate. We all know that DHCs
are more desirable (accept in the TriumphTR7.com offices), but
the volume of DHCs compared to the FHC is still surprising when
looking at the Triumph build stats of the two vehicles. The split
between 'occassional' vehicles - we all know the ones - and everday
cars was about 50/50. The car below (which is obviously not Rusty's
- as his has not got the wheel centres!!! How we missed that I
don't know! ;-)) is not perfect but it's a delight to see this
sort of TR7 at these events.... does everyone else leave their's
at home until after the restore? The rebuild of TRisha may be
put off another year just so that she can be the biggest nail
There's a few more cars in the gallery - not as many as we'd hoped for, this
was due to a slight 'technical' problem with the digital camera!
And the entertainment? Well no TR7 day out can be complete without a road-side
rescue service putting in an appearance can it. On this occasion it was the
RAC Operator: "And what seems to be the problem with the car?"
Car owner: "Errr, nothing it's a problem with the muppet who's
driving it." Have a laugh on us and
read about the terrible event which was the TR Drivers club unplanned
The best car in the show for us.... it won by a country mile really.
Yes it was a FHC (always an advantage), it was in the concours
and it was built at around the same time as our very own TRisha.
Have a look at Rod's red 1976 FHC in the gallery.
See you all at next years event? Surely TRisha will make it then? Meanwhile
if anyone would like to invite us to similar events in Italy, USA or Australia
send us the details and the flight tickets and we'll be there!