MEDIA UPDATE - JULY 2006
on! Do your bit to get the mighty Triumph TR7 in the press - Malcolm
Paris (TR7 Registrar for the TR Register Club) made an impassioned
plea for enthusiasts to contact the classic car press, and we
took that on by trying to cover TR7 appearances in the classic
mags... whilst imploring you to start hitting the editors (quite
literally) with sackfuls of virtual mail.
So what's happening? Well Classics Monthly (sister publication
of TR7 love-in brothers Retro Cars) featured a 3 page spread of
a couple owning both an early 5spd fixed and a late model auto
DHC. This is in the August 2006 edition (see cover, left). If
you've not seen a copy get your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call them +44 (0) 870 837 4773, the mag costs £3.85 with
postage varying from £2 to £4.
The magazine is similar to Retro Cars
in that vehicle usage is to the for, it's down to earth with a
broad outlook on affordable classics - the style is entertaining
and the target audience is probably the younger enthusiast! We
like it anyway!
But it looks like a bumper time for the wedge in the press just
at the moment. Two Triumph TR7's is problematic enough but back
in their July 2006 edition Classics
& Sports Car features some of the cars belonging to TR7
collectomaniac Chris Turner, in comparing a standard 2.0l against
the Sprint and v8 variants of the wedge. At last count Chris had
more TR7s than were actually left on the road, a fantastic achievment
in itself... in fact it's worth checking the deeds on your car
as you may find that it actually belongs to Chris too!
The article is very objective in comparing the cars, the writer
seems to favour the Sprint powered car above
the others. Other than the superb main picture though I can't
help but think they missed a trick. Chris's cars (including the
Sprint recently belonging to and rebuilt by John Gibson) look
superb and yet the photo's don't really do them justice. That
said it's a worthy article to add to your Triumph TR7 media collection
- the magazine itself is aimed toward the top end of the market
and the numerous adverts for the more exotic classic car can get
on your nerves (well they got on mine at any rate).
But that's not the end of it!! Playing up to its role as odalisque
to the TR7 Retro Cars (July 2006) once again features a heavily
modified wedge. And yes, once again the Triumph TR7 has had a
v8 slapped in... only this time Danny Galliver extracts a monstrous
517 horses from turbo charged Rover lump. Oh did we mention that
those horses are at the wheels? That would scare those scooby
boys a little me thinks. So if you are thinking of getting serious
it may be worth picking the magazine up, there's enough pointers
in there to get you started.
It was good to see a none UK car for a change (Danny Galliver
is from Australia), so now we need to hear from you guys (n girls)
in other parts of the world. If there's any press coverage anywhere
we want to know about it (even if we can't understand it), so
let us know and we'll try and cover them in these pages.
So what are you waiting for? Get writing to the editors, get
you car in the press, go on it's a dare!
You can contact use through this e-mail
address - if you are aware of any recent or upcoming features.
round up from April/May 2006 is still online if you wish to
see what you've missed previously.