The assembled gathering featured cars that ranged from the pristine, near-concours vehicle through
to the dog-eared but well-loved mutt. Whilst the former undoubtedly has one drooling with envy, it’s the dog-eared mutt that evokes emotion, and none more so than the pie-bald offering ANP 283R. It’s
nothing short of a miracle that this car ever made it to Gaydon at all, and its owner, Dave Thomas from Cwmbran, was a well-deserving winner of the only award to be made - the ‘Anniversary Adversity
Cup’. Dave moved heaven and earth to get the car ready for the weekend. In the five days leading up to the Friday afternoon MOT the car was to be the subject of some panic-welding to the inner wings
and the sills, a new coil from Robsport [un-needed, as the irritating, non-starting problem was subsequently found to be nothing to do with the coil but rather the electronic ignition module] and four new tyres.
It failed - a failure sheet was issued citing, amongst other things, dodgy bottom ball-joints, dust covers and a brake imbalance. More midnight oil was burned and the vehicle was re-submitted the following
morning, but this wasn’t to be the end of the matter. On securing the battery clamp, smoke was seen to drift aimlessly from the headlamp motors…. It’s what owning a TR-Wedge is all about!
But the fact remains - Dave and Jan arrived with their multi-coloured TR7 and it was considered the most deserving to be awarded the fabulous trophy supplied by TRDC member Garry Yorke.
At 3:00 pm it was time to gather in the Conference Hall where Tony Lee regaled the assembled
membership with a few stories. A light-hearted banter with TR7 stylist Harris Mann followed before the 40th Anniversary cake was cut by a knife-wielding Mr Lee. Notwithstanding several youngsters having eyes on
the pair of Scalextric TR7s that adorned the two-lane black top, they both found their way back into Mr Lewis’s collection, and by 4:00 pm it was all over……
The final count? 107 cars parked outside Gaydon - a big thank you to everybody who gave up a
weekend to take part, including special thanks to our Ex-Triumph VIP guests and to Neil Campbell [Practical Classics] and Keith Moody [Honest John].
Triumph VIPs in attendance:
Tony Lee, Chief Development Engineer
Harris Mann, TR7 Stylist
Speke Emissions Controller at end of production line.
Richard Hunt, Triumph stylist involved with TR7 interior amongst other things.
Peter Wilson, TR7 Resident Engineer Speke, Canley and then
David Jeans, TR7 Drophead Chief Engineer
Mick Bunker, TR7 Chief Engineer
John Ashford, Triumph Stylist [styled the TR7 Lynx and decals for TR7 amongst other things]
Dave Keepax, Triumph
Stylist [best known to us for the Keepax Alloy but also did TR7 instruments and other TR7 interior styling designs]