TR Register International Weekend, Malvern 2005
Since the car is "fresh out of the box" we decided to enter it in the concours "Non-Standard TR7-8" class. (Well it is a competition car)
Here we all are, lined up in the concours hall, there were all the other TR's too... you know, the ones that aren't wedge shaped, the camera avoided them though.
We were well and truly thrashed by Phil Bywater's car. (2nd pic on the left) who quite deservedly took first place... We breathed a sigh of relief as half way through the day I read the rules which state that concours entrants cars may not be trailered to the event.... oops!
Best/Rare/Most interesting cars assembled in the ring for some spiel from compare Steve Redway and a brief interview with the owners.
Yellow car is Alex Pringles 5 litre V8 Drag car... The green/white Rally car is the Stephen Hall/TR Enterprises competition car.
The Grinnall belongs to Charles Aulde.
Trophies were presented by Harris Mann, designer of the TR7 no less....
Meanwhile, the same weekend at Silverstone saw a special one-off event celebrating 50 years of British Motorsport.
Several TR7/TR7V8 Works Rally cars were there apparently.
Hidden amongst the period British Leyland advertising below is a picture of my trailer... can you guess which one it is?
TR7V8 Tarmac Racer....Esko Ukura of Finland
Quite a few cars in works colours are being built, this one is a Tarmac Racer from Finland.
Andy Jerrom's TR8
Finally, a TR7 for £40 (60 Euros, $80US). Thats what this fetched on e-bay...
Latest update on WAC275S
Been working 24/7 (or so it seems) as I run my own business and the summer is our busy time. The target was to get the TR to the main two shows, TRDC Int. at Billing and TR Register Int. at Malvern and that was achieved...just!
The car wasn't finished then and still isn't now... this kind of car is probably never finished! Some small jobs such as the mudflaps were not on the car for Billing but were on for Malvern and the car was barely road legal and as yet largely untried at that time. I have been using it since though as often as I can (which isn't very often) due to having to work virtually every waking hour!
Things left to do...There is currently no servo on the brakes and no temperature gauge. There is no rustproofing either. The ride height is adequate but not generous and I am trying to find longer and uprated springs. Currently I have no air filters on the carbs either, not sure what route to take on that one. Also I am not happy about the position of the roll cage... lots of work to change that, inc. dashboard out again! I was told (by someone who knows) that the rear hoop backstays will also have to be changed or at least modified to get thru scrutineering for Historic Rallying. I am wondering about actually removing the Safety Devices cage all together and starting again with a company who I can actually communicate with.
I have the original TR8 Rally FIA Homologation papers now from 1978 so I will be looking at getting the spec correct and applying for Homologation papers for the car.
After that little lot is sorted out I'd like more power and better brakes... one thing at a time!
If you are able to help with any of the above... my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
I have now uploaded some video's of the car in (mild) action... click here.