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Bristol Classic Car Show
Held at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Somerset Triumphs and Brunel Group shared a stand, exhibiting one car per group. Mario’s traditional TR6 and Tony’s upgraded TR4A, which invited a lot of interest from the public and won a highly commended award from the organisers.
Well, our Cotswold trip was a great success, eleven cars in total, taking in a weekend of mainly sightseeing and gardens, including Westonbirt Arboretum and Highgrove House. We also managed a visit to the Cotswold motor museum in Bourton on the Water, which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. Plenty of eating and drinking and a small earthquake in the early hours of Saturday morning. Well actually it was a B52 strata fortress taking off from Fairford but at six am it felt like an earthquake; apparently the hotel is on the flight path.
Killerton Classic Car Day
We met near the Old Well garden Centre, Cullompton and headed off towards Killerton. The weather held out as we enjoyed the gardens (and stalls), music and company. This show gets bigger and better organised every year.
Abbey Hill Steam Fayre
A small but select group attended Abbey Hill, a really good value event, a four day pass giving access on any or all of the four days, pre-booking is essential for the sum of zero pound and zero pence. A cool day but plenty of entertainment was on offer in the form of an unruly bird of prey refusing to go back to it’s falconer.
Drive it day was as usual well attended by group members with 14 cars in total; we decided to resurrect an old favourite run of ours.
Starting in Taunton, Somerset the group took in the Blackdown hills before the descent down to Charmouth, on the south coast, to refuel (us) and refresh and then on to the B3157 between Bridport and Weymouth, which must be one of the great driving roads in our country. The views out across the Jurassic coast are breath taking. We could happily enjoy them for another ten miles or so but instead we stopped for a picnic in the sunshine and a wander around Abbotsbury sub-tropical gardens.
Every TR should be equipped with a warm air neck blower as installed in Chris’ car.
Weston -Super - Mare
A cold but bright day, saw Somerset Triumphs and some of Brunnel group descend on Mark and Di’s for breakfast, then on to the lawns or in our case some very nice hard standing, the only problem being where to put the flag!
With 4 TR6s, a TR4A, 4 Stags and a Dolomite Sprint, lots to look at and plenty to eat and drink, a great way to start the summer season .
Christmas dinner was at the Ring 'O Bells and once again was a very successful event thanks to Hilary and Paul Rogers expert organisation. a quiz for entertainment and prize killer skittles and throw the poung coin at the bottle competition. Many thanks to the Pub and staff who stayed open allowing us to roll to the cars in the late afternoon.
With the show season at an end it is time to get out and about for some Sunday lunches, so typically for our group, we met up on a Saturday for a tour round Muchelney Abbey Before a short drive to East Lambrook manor gardens and a very nice lunch at the Rose and Crown. Many thanks to Hilary for organising the day.
West Somerset Railway
I counted sixteen cars on our stand, a great turn out with perfect weather and great company.
John Carreau brought along his award from the English Riviera Classic car Show for best in class (Sports Car 1950 – 1984)
Forde Abbey Summer Fair
What better excuse to have a day off work than a mid-week car show. The weather forecast was not good but the promise of bacon butties at ours lured people out despite the misty start. The sun came out soon after arriving at the abbey making an enjoyable day wandering around the gardens, craft and food stalls.
A small but select group ventured over the border to join Devon TRs on their stand. The usual traffic jam on leaving having put many people off despite the show itself being excellent. Various routes were chosen on the way home to avoid travelling behind steam engines.
Jersey Festival of Motoring
Although some intrepid travelers had gone ahead to check out the lay of the land the majority of the group sailed over together on Thursday, giving a chance to explore the island before all of the action kicked off on the Friday night.
As is often the way on Jersey the convoy which set off from the hotel soon got separated. Those that had been waiting for the stragglers also lost the main group and were surprised to find the cars which had been behind at the meeting point and the cars in front nowhere to be found. Little did they know the others had taken the “scenic route”. So onto the next stop, and the group was still not reunited, with poor telecommunications it was decided a parting of the ways was called for. The Steam Museum deserved a visit so off we headed, we found signs to five of them all with the same name. While there we joined forces with more lost sheep from the original group and headed for the pub where we caught sight of the main group, who had taken in some of Jersey’s wartime history at a military museum and partaken of a cream tea with the unique Black Butter. Reunited at last, but sadly it was not to be as they overshot the turning and disappeared around the bend with replacements for their missing comrades from another group who had also lost their convoy.
We all made it back to the hotel safely in time for the classic car cavalcade along the seafront, followed by the Belgium super-car club enjoying a slightly livelier drive. Then the racing began with the moonlight sprint which saw the coming together of a variety of vehicles ranging from classic motorbikes to the mighty 6lt full race E-type Jaguar and a monstrous big block Ford Capri which shook the ground we stood on. Nobody succeeded in breaking the 10 second barrier for the quarter mile but a good evening’s entertainment none the less.
A show in the Peoples Park on Saturday with a hill climb and racing in the street in the town center kept the lads occupied while the ladies headed off for some retail therapy, coming back with bags tied with ribbon that provoked comments of “Ooh that looks expensive!”
Sunday brought another show in the People’s Park and more hill climbs in the town. Those who fancied a change headed off around the island again to take in the views, the gardens and search for a crab sandwich. After an unexpected detour that took us away from civilization, the quote of the holiday went to Shirley, who said “Ah signs of life!” just as we came to a graveyard.
Monday was a day where people did what they fancied, some heading off to the war tunnels, others to the zoo and others in search of orchids.
The festival is turning into a must for petrol heads with demo runs by exotic machinery throughout the weekend as well as the shows and races, with so much else on the island to see and do on the island as well.
The National Trust property, Killerton House, near Exeter was the setting for Somerset Triumphs latest outing. The 13 cars on the stand were but a few of the 600 cars in attendance. It’s no wonder the show is popular, set in beautiful parkland, entry to the house and gardens included in the entry price, stalls and a jazz band playing in the background, the beautiful weather was the icing on the cake.
Mike and Jill attended the annual tour run by The Classic and Historic Car Club. The 1972 Triumph TR6, which Mike has owned for 36 years, was awarded best classic prize
New Forest Run
A few of our group ventured into Hampshire for the TSSC New Forest Run. Apart from the beautiful scenery it was well worth the drive for Alan, who picked up 2nd place prize in the TR2 – TR4 category with his TR3A.
Drive it Day
The Perfect Picnic.
As a tribute to the late Dave Kcrezmer we had decided to spend Drive it day in the beautiful Exmoor National Park, as we had many time on one of Dave’s runs. Wall to wall sunshine was enjoyed as we set off from the meeting point in Taunton towards Wimbleball lake. After a brief diversion to Clatworthy lake we found the tea rooms and after a Coffee stop and lakeside stroll, set off again to Exford and enjoyed “The Perfect “Picnic” by the river. On the return trip we were treated to cream tea in the beautifully picturesque setting of “The Chantry” at Kilve. Many thanks to Paul and Adrian who led the tour without the aid of a pre-planned route and in true Exmoor run tradition, none of us knew where we were going.
Haynes Breakfast Club
Some of the group went along to the Haynes Breakfast Club meet. What a huge turnout of cars, everyone must have been itching to get them on the road after all the rain we’ve had recently. The numbers were matched by variety, from Dodge Vipers to Mini Coopers. It’s already in my diary for next month. The picture is of a quartet of sixes all in tune.
TR drivers are made of stern stuff. The three sixes from Somerset Triumphs that showed up at Weston -Super -Mare on Easter Sunday after the previous day’s wash out, enjoyed a brief spell of reasonable sunshine after the early morning deluge before the rains returned on the journey home. What else would we expect now British summer time has begun.
Limpley Stoke party weekend.
A large contingent of Somerset Triumphs again attended the Limpley Stoke party weekend again organised by Glavon TR group and as always we were not disappointed. Good company, good food and of course good ale. Saturday was a “free” day and members chilled out in the hotel some walked the canal path and others went into Bath for shopping or to visit the Spa and sample the hot springs. This weekend provides a welcome break from the winter gloom.
What a great weekend!
Our Christmas dinner was again held at The Ring ‘O Bells at Ashocott and kindly organised by Paul and Hilary Rodgers.
27 members attended and enjoyed the fine food on offer and of course the excellent ales! The quiz proved quite challenging and the prize was awarded to lowest scoring team, after all it’s only a bit of fun.
Anyway yours truly was killer skittler and the shove ha’penny/pound raised £89.00 for Somerset and Dorset Air Ambulance. The one and only Triumph on display was that of Steve Baker who drove out in his TR6.
Meeting at cost coffee in Taunton, 3 TR6s, 2 TR4As and a Stag set off for the Blackdown hills. Tops down to enjoy the fine weather, honestly, it was fine, usually as I reverse the 6 out of the garage, the skies darken and it pours with rain. A brisk drive around the hills saw us arrive for lunch at The Merry Harriers at Clayhindon where Wayne and his team provided a warm welcome and superb food.
West Somerset Railway show
What a great success, fantastic weather and 12 Trs and 2 stags on our stand, (well all in a long line). We were, I believe, the largest make club stand displaying.
Forde Abbey Summer fair
All Gathered at Mine and Hellen’s for breakfast to the order of bacon rolls and hot dogs. This mid week jaunt has become a favourite with our members and we think it’s a damn good reason to have a day off work. Several people were disappointed not to be able to attend due to the event being oversubscribed. Places are strictly limited to 150 book early next year.
The weather held as we enjoyed the tranquil gardens of the Abbey. The day was rounded off in our usual style with a meal this time at the Stonemasons in Ilminster.
Silverstone Classic was a rather damp affair, not what you would call camping weather but us hardened enthusiasts braved the elements and enjoyed a weekend of rocking and racing.
The Masseratti Trophy for pre 66 Grand Prix cars involved a grid start of some 40 plus cars, what a spectacle. The evening entertainment provided by Status Quo was brilliant and well worth a wet weekend.
Classics at the Castle, this super car come classic car show has really grown over the past few years with an array of vehicles ranging from Lamborghinis and Ferrari super cars to every day classic.
We had a large display on our stand of member’s cars the weather and company was good followed by food courtesy of the Half Moon at Mudford. Thanks to Tony for organising both the stand and the meal.
Our annual trip down to Powderham Castle for the Crash Box Club Classic Show was a rather damp affair but as the weather improved and the show ground filled it turned into an enjoyable day with our hosts the Devon TR Group.
The journey home was less enjoyable as I realised just how many places a TR6 can leak when we hit monsoon like conditions on the A 30 Honiton bypass with a steady stream of water running down my legs and into my socks and shoes. (The passenger side was dry apparently). We finally arrived home and turned on the bilge pumps.
Sunday 21st June Tyntesfield House classic car event.
A group of cars attended the event at this spectacular Victorian gothic revival house, with its well stocked gardens, turrets finials and opulent wood carvings, an array of fine art work it provided at interesting day out and a perfect backdrop as we lined our cars up on the drive way.
The photographers in the group were able to exercise their cameras and fine weather enabled us to picnic on the lawns.
June 12th to 14th Unmissable events, Bideford Weekend.
What a fantastic weekend. Good company, as usual, good food and beer (very important), fantastic entertainment and the weather was kind as well.
Somerset Triumphs were Triumphant in the skittles completion on Friday night, clearing up all the prizes, with star man Alan Harold in action again for the shove ‘hapenny (pound) on the Saturday night, repeating his xmas meal performance and winning an enormous teddy bear.
There was a show each day, Lynmouth on the Saturday and The Big Sheep on the Sunday. A traffic free, brisk drive home over Exmoor (interrupted briefly by a cream tea) in the sunshine finished the weekend off perfectly.
A big thank you to Rachel, Brian and Shirley who organised the event. Did we spot George Michael and Ginger Spice? Looking forward to next year’s event.
June 6th, Haynes Breakfast morning.
A few of the group, as well as a variety of other classics attended the Haynes classic breakfast gathering for June (held on the first Sunday of the month). Great breakfast good company and weather to air out the Triumph.
Killerton Classic car show
The Killerton Classic car show was very well attended; I counted 12 cars from our group. The Georgian manor house set in its fabulous gardens and Capability Brown landscape makes a fantastic venue for this show which always supports a variety of vehicles.
It was good to see Devon TR group in attendance which boosted the Triumph numbers.
A bit of a scare on the way home travelling along the A30/A303 from Exeter the Ford Mondeo in front apparently blew its engine up in a huge cloud of smoke. Everyone on board was OK, what a mess though!
April 26th Drive it Day
We set off on a really cold morning to meet fellow Triumph enthusiasts on the Drive it Day outing to Haynes Motor Museum, arriving at the rendezvous in a state close to Hypothermia. The TR6’s heater has been compared to an elderly asthmatic lady blowing gently on the knees. Tony very wisely had the roof up on his TR5.
It was good to meet up with some new faces, Stafford in a very nice TR3A and David in a rally prepared TR4A which sounds absolutely gorgeous as we followed him to the museum. 157 Triumphs were in attendance plus other makes.
Diner was a burger in an American themed Diner, could someone please advise me how to eat a burger 6 inches tall without wearing it.
April 12th Sunday Lunch
Sunday lunch at the Winchester Arms in Trull must be Taunton's best kept secret (for those that don't know, obv). It was made all the better by being preceded by a 55 mile top down run taking in the Quantocks, Exmoor and Blackdown Hills.
Two Stags and a TR4 from far flung parts of Somerset joined Alan's TR3 at the start in West Monkton for coffee/tea and biscuits. We were booked for 2pm in the pub which is about 5 miles away to the south west, but we set off at 10.30 on the scenic route north up Buncombe Hill, over the Quantocks via Nether Stowey to join the A39. Going West via Doniford we arrived in Watchet with perfect timing to see the 11.14 steam train arrive on the West Somerset Railway, headed for Minehead.
One of the girls stood guard outside the Ladies (as the Gents was locked) while four of the boys temporarily declared it UniSex. What are we like? Then on to Exmoor climbing to Raleigh's Cross and then on to the viewing area of Clatworthy Reservoir. Sun still shining on a lovely spot for a picnic. But the pub, not to mention our stomachs, beckoned.
So, with military precision we left at 12.30 to run down south off Exmoor via Beam Bridge, Wrangway (where we went the right way) and Wellington Monument, which you will all have seen from the M5 standing proudly as the middle digit of the fist that is the Blackdown Hills. A long mostly straight road East along the top of the Hills led us to the junction to turn left down Blagdon Hill, with views over Taunton Vale and a hairpin worthy of the Stelvio Pass, just the one. And so to lunch where we were joined by another Stag (they're taking over) and a TR5.
April 5th The Easter Run
The Easter weekend saw fantastic driving weather down here in the west country, as a large group descended on Mark and Di for breakfast before moving on to the beach lawns at Weston-Super-Mare seafront to attend the annual classic car show.
A great day was had by all with some even finding the time to investigate a TR5 misfire, some of the group are not happy unless they are dismantling other people's cars!
Sunday 22nd March Treasure Hunt
Keen to get going on the treasure hunt organised by Anne and Hillary, two people, in a Lotus Elan, turned up an hour early to Chris and Anne's house for coffee and were later joined by a TR 3, a Stag, a rather nice Ferrari, a TR6 and various other mordern cars.
Excellent weather provided an enjoyable run over the mendips to finish at the Ring o' Bells in Ashcott for a good Sunday roast, which we were all in need of to refresh our brains. The clue about white and tan geryhound caught almost everyone out.
1st March Triumph and MG spares day
7 group members attended the Triumph and MG spares day at Stoneleigh on Sunday 1st March. Lucky we arrived early as chaos ensued due to the organisers altering the show entrances. There was a good display of classic cars and spares which was enjoyed by everyone, Adrian even found something for his Cortina!
13th February Bath and West showground auto jumble.
Mario and a friend attended the Bath and West showground auto jumble. I decided to take my latest acquisition, a dark green TR6 affectionately named Mr Rusty. There was a lack of stalls but not a lack of good company and the day turned into a good social event, but the six ran poorly over and back and is now renamed Mr Misfire. Time to find the compression tester. Oh dear.
14th February Sunday Run and Lunch.
The February Sunday Lunch was held at the Puriton Inn and was very well attended. A superb roast dinner and luscious puddings were the order of the day. Some members even had a run before hand on the roads along the levels.
Limpley Stoke Weekend
The Limpley Stoke Weekend is a little ray of sunshine in the depths of winter.
Somerset Triumphs again massed to the Best Western Hotel on the Friday for the meet and greet with old friends and new from other TR groups, finishing the evening off with our traditional dinner at the Hop Pole.
Saturday saw some of the group take to the high seas (Kennet and Avon Canal) hiring a barge. None of the shenanigans of recent years ensued as the captain was at the helm to perform some of the more intricate manoeuvres and all returned safely. Another expedition set off to walk to Bath along the canal path, some 6 miles apparently, not 3 as some people were led to believe.
The Saturday party was a great success, food, wine and good company finishing in the early hours on Sunday.
Another great weekend thanks to Lesley and Sally from Glavon, looking forward to next year.If you enjoyed it this year or missed out and want to come along next year
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New Year’s Day meet at junction 24
A damp, dull start to the New Year greeted all who attended but the rain held off!
A large turnout at the Bridgwater cattle market made it well worth the trip out.
2 TR6s, an MGB GT, a Hillman Hunter , a Lotus Elan, a Rolls Royce and a Lotus Cortina were the classics brought by our “Triumph “ group. The day was rounded off with a superb meal at the Puriton Inn, courtesy of Terry’s organisational skills, worth a trip if only for the desserts.