2017 Run Details

Wessex and New Forest Triumph Run - Sunday 23rd April 2017

Now in its 25th Silver Jubilee Year, all Triumph Cars and their owners are invited to join us for this milestone event.

The Run will start from the Ringwood Long Stay / Lorry Park at approximately 10am on Sunday 23rd April 2017. It will be the usual leisurely drive through the New Forest and surrounding countryside in the company of other Triumph cars and their owners.

There will be the usual halfway halt with complementary teas and coffees.

The Run will end at Damerham where, as it’s our 25th Run, you are invited to join us for a complimentary cup of Tea or Coffee and Scone (with Jam and Cream). These will be available in Damerham Village Hall.

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I suppose that it could be said that 2014 was the year our luck with the weather ran out.

However, despite the wind and rain we still had a good turn out of Triumph cars with examples ranging from the TR’s, Heralds & Vitesses, Spitfires & GT6’s, Stags, Dolomites, 2000/2500, together with the by now customary “Honorary Triumph’s for the day. In all, we had 92 cars turning up at Avon Heath Country Park for the start out of a total of 128 entries.

This year’s run got underway from Avon Heath around the customary time of 10.30am with the marshalls having previously departed to their allotted positions. This year’s route took in the scenery around West Moors, Verwood, Horton, Cranborne, Breamore, Woodgreen, with the halfway halt at Hale Village Hall.

After suitable time to dry off, relax and take advantage of complementary teas and coffees we got underway again for the second half which took us out via Cadnum, Bramshaw, Boldrewood, Bashley and Hinton. From thereon we took the coast road on to Bournemouth. Normally, this route would have afforded fantastic views of the coast but the wind and rain with accompanying cloud cover did nothing for the scenic views.

We eventually arrived at our agreed parking area adjacent to the BIC only to find that, despite us booking and paying for the allotted parking, with the council agreeing to leave the area clear for us , the BIC had over-ruled this and let 2 articulated lorries and tour busses park adjacent to the BIC building. This made things quite tight however, we did manage to fit everyone in - just. This was the only time during the day that we were thankful for the bad weather - if everyone who had entered had turned up we would not have been able to accommodate all the cars.

Unfortunately, due to the worsening weather we had to hastily complete the judging and prize giving.

Despite the weather, and the parking problems at Bournemouth, I think that we were lucky again this year in that all the planning that goes into the event paid off and there was no major incident.

All in all, I think everyone who came along had a good day and enjoyed the Run, the forest scenery and the camaraderie of the event. This is certainly the impression gained from subsequent comments and thanks received.

Now the Statistics:

Breakdown of cars entered and taking part on the day:

Cars Entered Actual
     
TR2 0 0
     
TR3 5 5
     
TR4 9 6
     
TR5 1 1
     
TR250 2 1
     
TR6 22 13
     
TR7 9 5
     
TR8 6 6
     
Vitesse 3 1
     
Herald 7 7
     
Spitfire 9 7
     
GT6 7 5
     
Dolomite 2 2
     
2000/2500 4 4
     
Stag 31 21
     
Acclaim 1 1
     
Others 10 7
     
  128 92

 

The results of voting in each of 8 categories in the self judging concours were as follows:

  Winner Runner Up
     
TR 2, 3 & 4  C. Vedova A. Smith  
    TR 3  TR 3A
       
TR 5 & 6  P. Taylor  O. Webster
  TR 5  TR 6
     
TR 7 & 8  T. Francis M.  Humphries
    TR 7  TR 7 V8
     
Herald / Vitesse  R. Smith  L. O’Kelly
  Herald 13/60  Herald 1200
       
Spitfire / GT6  P. Stead  N. Fletcher
  Spitfire Mk4  GT6
     
Stag  M. Goulding G. Fletcher
     
Saloons  V. Ralph  N. Woodward
  2500S  Acclaim
       
Others  N. Barber  
  MG Magnette    

 

In addition to the above, there was also a separate prize for what was deemed to be the “Car of The Show”. This was chosen independently and the choice of “Car of the Run” was the Mk 1 Triumph 2000 of J. Wood.

I think that everyone appreciates that there is a lot of work that goes into the planning of this event, designing the route and obtaining the various permits and insurance required. Most of which goes on behind the scenes before the day. In addition there is the organising of the booking in at the start, the band of volunteer marshalls around the route, the halfway refreshments and the arrangements at the end of the Run. I would like to pass on the many thanks received from numerous participants to everyone involved in making the day the success it has been.

 

I would also like say a big thank you from us to everyone who braved the weather and came along with their Triumph on the day.

As always, I feel a special mention should also go out to all the Area Organisers and Group Leaders who have supported our event. Without this support we would simply not be able to hold the event and it would not be the success it has been. I won’t mention any names but you know who you are – they involve areas of the TR Register, TR Drivers, TSSC, Stag Owners, 2000/2500 Register, Dolomite Register etc.

Trevor