International Triumph Show and Spares Day

Stoneleigh Park – Sunday 6th February 2005

This annual event is regarded by most Triumph fans as the kick start for the classic motoring season, it gives all who attend a gentle nudge to finish any repairs and get their cars ready for the year to come.

In recent years the TR Drivers Club stand has been organised by the Worcester Group and we all pull together to ensure it is worthy of the event. Making it extra special this year is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the TR7 so it would be fitting to have some fixed heads on display.

I had already asked one of our  local members Mike Satchwell to supply two  convertibles to compliment the two fixed head TR7s I had bagged at the N.E.C. in November last year, when Kevin had a phone call. The caller was Steve Cushing from Norway who was driving his freshly rebuilt TR7 convertible over to the U.K and asked us if we could find room on the stand. The car also sported fuel injection a variant that is pretty rare, especially in this fine condition. Mike Satchwell was quite happy to drop one of his two cars off the stand line up and I’m sure we will see the car on a driver’s stand in the near future.

Our stand was set up on the Saturday by Paul Setchell who is always on hand to help the club here and at the NEC by supplying and erecting the stand backdrop, all Worcester Group had to do was to provide some cars and manpower support during the event.

Sunday morning I arrived at Stoneleigh bright and early and waited for Steve Cushing at the main entrance as I did not trust mailing the ticket to him in Norway. We both then proceeded to the stand to find Mike Satchwell who was already cleaning and polishing his Persian Aqua convertible. We had our two convertibles – but no sign of the fixed heads!

Fairly soon they arrived, Chris Turner had driven his four speed Coca-Cola car down from Sheffield and Jason Human rolled up with his TR fixed head – later than expected after a jump start due to a flat battery found as he was leaving for the show. After more cleaning and polishing we moved the cars into position and we were ready.

All the cars were attracting attention but I guess the Coca–Cola car was the one that got most from the public, closely followed by the unusual fuel injection car, which was finished in charcoal grey metallic paintwork. Mike Satchwell’s pristine convertible example and Jay’s smart fixed head ‘Trisha’ TR, also attracted their fair share of custom during the day.

Our stand crew were kept busy all day answering eager questions about the TR7s on display, could this mean an upturn of interest within the Triumph fans towards our wedge shaped TRs? We remained busy for the duration of the show and the day passed in a flash, our stand was broken down and packed away, farewells were said and the crew departed.

Special thanks go to the Stoneleigh stand crew:

Paul Setchell ￿stand erection and backdrop supply.

Mike Brinton, Guy Brinton, Pete Neilsen, Kev Morton and Rob Turner – stand support.

Mike Satchwell, Steve Cushing, Jay Human and Chris Turner – Vehicle supply.

And thanks of course to all of our members who came along, had a chat and enjoyed visiting our stand – we’ll see you all here next year I hope!

Phil Humphries

Chris Turner’s Coca Cola Triumph TR7


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