Sunday 18th April 2010 saw the latest collaboration between the Wessex Area of the TSSC and the Southern Area of the TR Drivers Club. This year’s
One of the motivations for this event is to support the FBHVC’s “Drive it Day”. In previous year’s we have held the Run on the official day, however there are many other events also held on this day encouraging people to get their Classic vehicles out on the roads. Our decision to move the event one week forward proved to be popular giving people the opportunity to participate in other events being held “in support of the cause”. Ok, the good weather undoubtedly helped but we had a “fantastic” turn out of Triumph cars with examples ranging from the TR’s, Heralds & Vitesses, Spitfires & GT6’s, Stags, Dolomites & Toledo’s, 2000/2500, a Bond Equipe plus some other “Honorary Triumph’s for the day. This latter category including a Healey 3000 Mk3 and 3 MX5’s (they seem to get everywhere!)
There was only one area which did not go as we would have liked. Our normal timings were thrown astray by the required change of route at the end of the Run which added approximately 20 minutes to the second half. We had intended to counter this by bringing the start time forward by half an hour but this proved not to be possible due to the distance some entrants had to come. The inevitable result was that the early arrivals were “hanging around” for longer than intended at the start and again at the halfway halt whilst the last cars caught up. However, no-one seemed to mind particularly – some even took the opportunity to break out the picnic hamper and just enjoy the sunshine.
We eventually got everyone underway from Avon Heath just before 11am with the
Despite all the planning that goes into the event, there is always the possibility of the unforeseen. This year, as in past years we had to contend with a cycle race being held over some of the same route as our event. Thankfully, despite the belligerent attitude of some cyclists we managed to avoid incident – although I believe there were a few exchanges of “choice words”. The main area of unforeseen incident is always the chance of a breakdown. Fortunately, we only had 2 of these - both on the first half. One was a TR4 which I believe managed to get re-started and continue the Run. The second, was a TR7 V8 belonging to our “resident cameraman” so, unfortunately this year, we do not have the customary video of the Run itself. However, not wishing to miss out completely on the day he managed to get his car home on the back of a recovery wagon, then he logged on to the DVLA website, taxed his other car on line and met us at the end of the Run at Damerham. You can look at this 2 ways – either he is completely “bonkers” or he deserves a mention for what must be a perfect example of the “Spirit of the Run”. Hopefully the problem was relatively minor and has not dented the wallet too much!
All in all, I think everyone who came along had a good day and enjoyed the Run, the scenery and of course the wonderful weather. This is certainly the impression I have received through the various e.mails I have since received in appreciation. Our only problem now seems to be that we have set a very high standard for the event which we hope we can maintain – planning for next year has already begun!
Although we do not have the customary video of the day we do have, courtesy of “That Bloke with the Jag and a Camera”, a good photographic record of the day. Allan has put these on Flickr for all to enjoy – link
I believe Allan managed to photograph most of the cars at various points on the Run – hopefully you can see yourself. In addition other people have very kindly forwarded us their photos of the day which can be viewed via this website.As you will appreciate 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
I would also like say a big thank you from us to everyone who came along with their Triumph on the day. Also I feel a special mention should 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. Last but not least a special thank you must go to Bethany Williamson for awarding the prizes at the end of the day!